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LEDs in Extreme Applications

Some facilities have extreme circumstances where typical LED lighting may not meet the special needs.  This blog will cover four unique applications: high temperature, hazardous locations, food processing, and extreme outdoor.  If you find yourself evaluating lighting upgrades for any of these types of environment, then please consider the products suggested.

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Should you replace your high-bays or retrofit?

Have you already made the decision to convert that warehouse or factory lighting to LED?  With energy savings of as much as 70% from replacing metal halide high bays that decision is a no-brainer.

The next logical question to ask yourself is should I buy new fixtures, or should I retrofit existing ones?  In this blog we’ll weigh the options to help you come to the best decision for your environment.

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Retrofit Your Existing Fixtures Safely

Businesses are always looking to cut costs where possible. One thing that presents money-saving opportunities is LED technology. Many companies that transition from old lighting technologies to LED technology save money and boost their revenues to some extent (because proper lighting improves employee productivity).

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LED Tips - No Tricks

We compiled a list of helpful LED Tips for your benefit and hopefully you might learn something about LED. Out tips include everything from helpful hints when it comes to retrofitting an existing fixture or what to look for when replacing a fixture with LED.

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A Comprehensive Lighting Guide for Educational Institutions

Nowhere is good lighting needed as in educational institutions. It not only improves the concentration of the students, it also enhances safety for all the people in the institution. Research has shown that lighting can have a negative or a positive impact on concentration. Lighting also impacts mood, engagement, energy, and alertness. Task-appropriate lighting can have a great effect in a classroom.

It is therefore crucial to choose good lighting fixtures that will create an environment that is conducive to learning. Color temperature is also very important in school and college lighting. Cool white light, like the one emitted by LEDs, is recommended as it makes students more focused and improves their performance. For institutions with small children, warmer light may be needed where children engage in calmer activities.

This guide will recommend the type and amount of light for different learning environments.

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How to Pick the Best Wall Mounted Lighting for your facility

Wall mounted lights, or exterior building lights, are lights that are usually mounted on the outer walls of commercial buildings. They are the most common commercial outdoor lighting fixtures. Wall mounted lights typically use high-intensity lamp heads that are durable, energy-efficient, and have low levels of light pollution. These lights offer extra security to buildings as multiple fixtures are normally mounted on one wall to illuminate specific areas outside a building.

Selecting the Best LED Lighting for Different Types of Sports Venues

Several pro teams in the biggest sports in America (NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL) have replaced outdated metal halide lamps with LED lighting in their arenas and stadiums. The new lighting has benefited players, their fans, and facility operations staff. Players enjoy playing under the bright, powerful lights, fans love the brilliant light shows, and the operations staff love the lighting’s unmatched controllability and low maintenance.

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Selecting HighBay Alternatives for Conventional Lighting Systems

High bay lights are fixtures that are usually found in large, open spaces with high ceilings like warehouses, factories, gymnasiums, industrial facilities, loading docks, big box retail stores, and sports arenas. These lights are normally used in areas with ceiling heights above 20 feet.

High bay lighting fixtures have to illuminate large vertical and horizontal spaces and must have a very high lumen output. Many of these fixtures are designed in such a way that they produce diffused light which reduces glare. The fixtures are usually mounted using hooks or chains but they can also be mounted on a ceiling, it all depends on the design.

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Important Considerations When Choosing Parking Area Lighting

It is no secret that traditional Metal Halide parking fixtures consume a lot of electricity. In fact, they can have a negative impact on a business' bottom line. But we all know that parking locations must be bright, well-lit areas in order to enhance safety and security.

Before LED lighting was introduced, most parking areas used high intensity discharge light fixtures. And while these fixtures provided bright light, the light didn't remain bright for very long and they consumed a lot of energy, increasing electric bills significantly.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Buying LED HighBay Lights

The increasing cost of electricity and the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions have made many businesses to adopt energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions – and LED is the most popular choice.

It is no secret that LED lights have revolutionized lighting thanks to their low energy consumption, reduced maintenance, high light output, and a myriad of other excellent benefits. These lights have helped businesses, organizations, and institutions to save a lot of money on electricity and have better light in their spaces.

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How Lighting Controls Are Changing Lighting

As LED technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the world of lighting keeps on changing. And as more businesses and organizations embrace LED technology, they realize they can save even more money by installing automation and sensor technology in their spaces.

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Why Get LED Lighting for A Warehouse?

High-Bay light fixtures are not only ideal for warehouses, they are used in facilities with high ceilings that require illumination from very high points (15 or more feet), like gymnasiums, sports arenas, loading docks, and industrial facilities.

Until recently, metal halide lights were the only lights used in high bay lighting fixtures. However, these lights have many issues (they take time to warm up, buzz and flicker, consume a lot of electricity, and don’t have a long lifespan). Because of their inefficiency, these lights were quickly replaced by fluorescent and LED lighting systems. But the best of the two is definitely LED because of its energy efficiency, low maintenance, long lifespan, and better light output.

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Important Things You Need to Know About LED Parking Area Lighting

If you happen to own or manage a parking lot, you should seriously consider getting LED fixture retrofits to replace the traditional lights. Converting to LED is one of the best decisions you'll ever make as it will have a big impact on your bottom line and the overall look of the space. If you're looking to cut down costs, improve the quality of light in your parking lot, and enhance the aesthetics of the space, LEDs are your go-to lights. They emit higher-quality light than traditional lights and have lower maintenance.

MyLEDLightingGuide is a LED light supplier whose main aim is to help companies, organizations, and institutions switch to energy-efficient lighting. We have more than 10 years of experience in the LED lighting industry and have helped many facility owners to change the lighting in their parking lots to LED.

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Making Light Work: Productivity and Workplace Lighting

When it comes to workplace lighting, we know two things: workers who are content with the lighting in their workspace are more productive and have a more positive outlook on everything, and that most American workers complain that they hate their office lighting.

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Foot Candles Recommended for Different Types of Environments

Truth be told, lighting systems are not equal. What may be ideal for one location may be unsuitable for another. For instance, a big box store does not need the same amount of light as a packaging warehouse. Even if these two facilities have the same square feet, the activities carried out inside them are very different.

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A Simple Guide to Explosion Rated LED Lighting

Explosion rated lighting, which also goes by the name Intrinsically Safe and Hazardous Location Lights, is UL certified lighting that complies with OSHA Safety Standards and is used in areas with pulverized dust, flammable petrochemical vapors, or ignitable fibers – or where the three have a probability of existing.

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How to Choose Lights for Warehouses

Warehouse lighting should be able to accomplish two things: enhance safety and increase productivity. When choosing lights for your warehouse, these two should be your top priorities. The top general industry accidents, according to the Department of Labor, are trips, falls, and slips. Having good lighting is the best way to reduce the risk of accidents. If you're thinking of upgrading the lighting in your warehouse, our valuable tips should help you make the right decision.

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Outdoor Lighting Controls Guide

In todays world, facility managers and business owners have to do more with less. Shrinking budgets, expanding regulations and increased consumer demand require outdoor lighting systems that are not only cost effective and maintenance free, but deliver a safe, secure and inviting environment. A lighting strategy that incorporates efficient led lighting with onboard controls helps customers realize significant advantage and saving over lights only options.

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Solving 3 Problems for Power Generation Facilities

Power Plant Generation Lighting is unique because of the problems associated with this environment. In facilities where steam is generated, heat is a byproduct and can't be avoided. We have years of experience working in these environments so here is our list of the top 3 problems and solutions. 

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Specialty Lights for High Temperature Areas

Most LED Products are able to work in temperatures up to 130 to 140F. But what if you have an area that gets hotter than that? Well, here's a solution for that.

5 Reasons to Convert Your Flood Light to LED

A LED floodlight is a source of high quality light, designed to either flood or spot a location with light. They can be used as area lights, security lighting, parking lot lights and perimeter lighting. These lights have several benefits to offer customers, especially when compared to HID, Metal-Halide and HPS lighting.

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What Does it Take to Replace a 400 Watt Metal Halide?

This blog post is our second post to one of our most popular posts, "How Many Watts does it take to replace 1000W Metal Halide". While many of the concepts are the same, there are some important differences between 400W and 1000W Metal Halide.

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Active Cooling Versus Passive Cooling for LED

LED Light is efficient. Far more efficient than the HID, fluorescent or incandescent bulbs they replace. But not all energy LED consumes is converted to light. Some of the energy is used to create heat. And while LED is far more efficient than the other light sources at producing light and very little heat, the heat it produces must be removed.

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The Cost of Not Converting to LED

Everyone knows that converting to LED saves you money. But how much? We put together this info graphic to show you how much more you are spending by not converting over to LED. It's more than you think. So waiting another year for the costs to lower may not be your best option....

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9 Steps to Choosing Lights for Parking and Large Areas

All commercial property owners should be considering converting over to LED. Outdoors, they may have metal halide shoebox lights that are consuming 400W to 1000W each, and so installing new LED outdoor lights in their parking areas makes sense, right? 

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LED Distribution Types for Outdoor Lights

Want to know the difference between Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4 or Type 5 lighting distribution patterns? We show and describe each type and how it could apply to Outdoor Parking Lot Lights.

How Much Will You Save Converting Your Parking Area over to LED

Business owners are always trying to lower their monthly expenses. Whether you own your own office, warehouse, building or retail shopping center, you might have lights that current have either Metal Halide or High Pressure sodium light bulbs. So how much money will you save if you convert to LED? This article does the math for you.

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50 Best Electrical Apps in 2018

Enabling electricians and students to have access to easy and affordable electrical apps is a great way to improve workflow, productivity, knowledge, and accuracy. We’ve put together this list of 40 (and growing) best electrical apps to help people of all skills levels, on both iOS or Android devices, with both paid and free electrical apps; to have access to the plentiful amounts of information and tools now available on our phones.

The best apps for electricians list below is in no particular order, and so there is no singular best electrical app. Collectively, the list is powerful, and one app may be useful to some and not others. We invite you to go through the list, try out different electrical apps, and find which one you couldn’t see yourself without.

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LED Lumens to Watts Conversion - NEVER buy based on Watts (Revised 2019)

This is a common message we try and teach our customers when they call us. For example, it is not uncommon for us to get a call to quote a price on a LED Product, and being told they need a price on a 150W LED Fixture. The most important thing we can do for our customers is to explain LED efficiency. Read this post to discover the right way to pick the right LED product

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LED Industrial Indoor Bay Lighting Prices in 2018

In 2018, the typical LED industrial indoor bay fixture price is more variable than ever. You have brands that offer cheaper and less efficient options all the way up to the premium products and brands; and then everything in-between. We like to take an analytical approach that looks at the real raw numbers that allows you to best justify the cost of one light to the next. We do this by considering the price, wattage, lumens, and other factors (such as lifespan, qualifications, and warranties). Below, we cover the average price for these lights price in 2018. After that, we explore what exactly you should look at when considering price to get the best value that will maximize savings long-term.

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5+ Best Electrician Blogs & Websites in 2018

Finding quality information around electrical work and electrical contractors can be tricky, that's exactly why we've decided to put together a list of all the best electrician blog sites in one place.

12 Best Electricians Forum Sites in 2018

We've collected the best LED lighting blogs, facility manager blogs; but we've yet to put together anything for electrical contractors. We know from experience and electrical contractors that we've interacted with that forums are a great way for any electrical contractor to join a community, help others, and get help in return when it is needed. They build a sense of security in the sense that if you get lost, there are 100's of others that can probably advise you on the right direction to take a given issue.

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7+ Must Read LED Lighting Articles

The world of lighting, LED specifically, can get overwhelming for those that are not directly in the space. From lumens, to watts, efficacy, and more; jargon and terms aren't doing you any good if you don't know what they mean. Not only is it just about LED terms, but also general concepts, facts, and methods of LED lighting technology and the fundamentals that are important to understand to use LED to it's fullest potential. In this post, we've gather the 7+ "must read" LED lighting articles you should read if you want to understand LED lighting a bit more and be much better off when you dive into the industry and technology. Whether you are a facility manager, electrical contractor, or building owner; all of these articles we've gathered will certainly give some value and we hope you enjoy them all 

6+ Office Lighting Tips for a Better Office

Office spaces are a place for productivity and concentration. Since the lighting in an office can, and does, play such a big role in how much output can be created in any given day; it's crucial to invest time and even money into getting right. To start you off in the right direction, we've created this list of 6+ office lighting tips that will lead you in the right direction of how and where to go next in terms of ensuring your office lighting system is up to par and not affecting your employees work output. 

How Lighting Can Impact Sales for Your Retail Store

Proper lighting and positioning is a major factor in enhancing your brand image, building a customer base and increasing the sales of your retail store. A well-designed store is bound to generate higher sales than the one with an ordinary interior. Shoppers these days are more knowledgeable and opinionated than ever before. There is a need for retailers to equip themselves with the right skills and tools to attract their attention and make shopping a memorable experience for them.

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3 Reasons a Dark Outdoor Lot is Potentially Dangerous (and how to fix it)

Visitors, potential customers, and employees shouldn't have to be in fear while going shopping, parking for an event, going to the beach, or even going to work. For this reason, we find that the outdoor lot can lead to many potential hazards.. if the outdoor lot owner allows for such vulnerabilities.  

How Much Stadium Lighting Costs in 2019

The year of 2019 brings along more advancements in the LED lighting space. And in a world in which things are changing so rapidly with lighting technology in virtually every way, it can be difficult to get everything you need to know in one place. For this reason, we've created this post in hopes of helping you get a rough guideline of the actual stadium lighting costs for the 2019.
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23 Ways to Improve Office Productivity Levels

Any business knows that productivity is key to growth, let alone staying afloat. Whether you are talking about a production line, a traveling salesperson, and yes even your office space; productivity is going to be the main driving factor which will allow your business to not only stay in business, but also experience growth year over year, month over month.
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Solve 2 Major Security Flaws in Prisons with LED

Prisons and correctional facilities are full of security threats, it's just common sense. That is why it's a major task and a seemingly forever ongoing one to try everything in the book to reduce threats and increase security for everyone in, near, or even outside the facility. Today we wanted to address how we can solve 2 major security risks prisons are often faced with. Then, at the end we will talk about how exactly you can go about removing this risks by installing a new correctional lighting system and things you should look out for when finding fixtures perfect for your building and budget.

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14 Facility Management Blogs All FM's Should Follow

A hefty amount of our readers here on the MyLEDLightingGuide's official blog consists of facility managers (along with contractors, government employees, and other decision makers). This post is made specifically for the facility managers and building owners out there to help keep you up to date and fresh on the latest news and opportunities for you and your buildings.

15 Actionable Ways to Save Energy At School

A school, whether its grade school or a college campus, can use up a lot of energy during the day. From heating the building to inefficient lighting fixtures in the building; a school that is running 8-10 hours a day can prove to be a huge consumer of energy and thus; a high utility overhead to maintain.

Lighting Conferences and Trade Shows: Over 10+ Events

For any professional in the lighting industry, whether you are an engineer, leading a lighting company, advocate for more efficient technology, and so on; attending relevant conferences to help further your education and awareness of the industry is vital. With this post, we are going to list 10+ conferences and events relating to the lighting industry, including but not limited to LED specific events. To learn more about given conference or event, be sure to click on the link included to be brought to the most relevant web page for that event.   Now, let's start with this list shall we?  
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How to Recycle Fluorescent Tubes Properly: Steps and Tips

Tube lights are found in many applications and environments such as office buildings, hallways, garages, and really anywhere that has a low and flat ceiling. Although fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of mercury and isn't a whole lot, you still want to avoid the breaking of a fluorescent tube and any exposure to mercury if possible. Whether you are simply replacing a burnt out fluorescent tube with a new one or are switching over to a new technology (such as LED), there is a proper way to do it. By following these steps along with others that you may find, you will allow yourself to reduce risk of harm for yourself, staff, or whoever is the one physically replacing the tube lights.   Let's answer some common questions and issues that people seem to face when tasked with this issue of replacing mercury filled fluorescent tubes.

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9 Reasons the LED Alternative to Fluorescent Tube Lighting Wins

In most offices, hallways, and other lower level and flat ceiling environments you will find some sort of tube lighting in place. The most common technology that is found to be used is currently fluorescent, but after this post that might slowly change for some because this alternatives to fluorescent office lighting and all of those other uses listed above is going to change your mind on which technology is the truly efficient one.

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What Does it Take to Replace a 1000 Watt Metal Halide?

A common lighting technology in the commercial space is metal halide, at least in the past it was. At an ever-increasing rate, businesses are actively searching for a more efficient lighting system that will allow them to cut energy consumption and in turn; reduce overhead expenses.

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Saving Money in A Warehouse Starts With The Lighting System

Depending on the size of the warehouse we are discussing; the energy costs related to the lighting withing and even outside the warehouse can vary. But no matter what size, shape, or capacity a warehouse operation runs out of they all have one thing in common and that's lighting expenses. This is a common struggle for facility managers: trying to save money with the money that they have. And upgrading or investing in a new lighting system although can save money and produce a positive ROI overtime; can cause troubles considering it costs money upfront.

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Important Reasons Quality LED School Lighting is a MUST

It's agreeable that we all wish for the generations in school now and to come on all levels (elementary, middle / high school, and college) to be given a better environment than we were when in school. Specifically in this post we will be talking about the importance of efficient and more importantly quality lighting within a classroom, on campus, or even in the hallways. From the temperature of the light to the proper lumens, it's all important and ignoring even just one of these points can prove to cause average grades to drop school wide which is bad for endless amounts of reasons.

5 Benefits of Updating Your Outdoor Lighting to LED

For anyone who is in control, manages, or even owns a facility that has a Outdoor lot  for either employees, customers and clients, or both; you know that security and protection of everyone is paramount. With outdated, inefficient, and low quality outdoor area lighting and fixtures in your Commercial Lot space , you are not only putting your visitors at risk but also your bottom line.

That's right!  Lights are a huge consumer of energy, especially when you have inefficient fixtures like Metal Halide (MH) or High Pressure Sodium (HPS) installed. This post is going to cover the main benefits that include these two points along with some others. Hopefully it will shine light on LED and put it on top of your list to look out for when it comes time to updating your commercial Outdoor Lot lighting system.

3 Reasons It's Time to Upgrade Your Stadium Lighting System to LED

So you are facility manager for a school, and you have been asked to replace old stadium lights for the football field, baseball fields, soccer field, or any other sports field or area and your thinking of converting to LED. So how good is LED? Is there enough power in today's LED lights to upgrade your stadium lighting system. We think so, and we think there are other benefits that will make you conversion to LED beneficial to all involved.

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15 LED Lighting Blogs to Follow in 2018

Information is power, and that is exactly why we are putting together this post for you. We want to share the top LED lighting blogs on the web for your benefit. Being able to soak up information that will teach you a thing or two is invaluable. Whether you want general information, news, or in-depth and technical LED information; this list of LED blogs will satisfy any of those needs. We wanted to fill every gap regarding LEDs which is why we are including blogs of all sorts related to lighting and LED technology. Here we list the top 15 LED lighting blogs of 2018 based on quality, yet in no specific order on the list.

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Watts versus Lumens versus Footcandles

We often find there is a lot of confusion between Lumens and Foot Candles and Lux. And even more confusing is how some represent conversion from traditional light sources like Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium in terms of watts, and not lumens. So why all the confusion. Well, it may be because those who represent this conversion are trying to avoid letting you know about the efficiency of the LED lights, so they claim you can replace X watts of Metal Halide with X watts of LED. What they should really say is that you can replace a 400W Metal Halide with X lumens, and their lights only need Y watts to produce these lumens. We'll dive into this a little later, but lets first talk about lumens vs foot candles vs lux.

LED vs Metal Halide Lighting: 9 Reasons LED Wins (Especially No. 3)

We all know or at least heard that converting from Metal Halide (High Intensity Discharge) to LED will save you money.

But how much? Are there any other reasons or difference you should know about with LED vs Metal Halide lights?

In this article, we break down all the factors that you should be aware of before making a decision to convert from Metal Halide to LED. Here are the 9 reasons we think LED wins over Metal Halide.

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Lumen Depreciation: Explained Simply

When we talk about replacing a customers lighting, we always try to alleviate the current costs that old and inefficient lighting fixtures incur while keeping (if not improving) our current quality of light in place.

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4 Advantages of LED Street Lights Over HPS and Metal Halide (Don't Miss No. 3)

There are many reasons and advantages of LED street lights over HPS, Metal Halide, and any other HID light used in the street lighting industry. These advantages of LED street range from cost savings, higher quality of light, and overall better efficiency. LED is quickly becoming the "go to" light for all uses; residential, commercial, and industrial. From fully replacing and retrofitting LED is seriously becoming the majority within the world of lighting.

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Converting to LED - S/P Ratios

A lot of time we are asked what is the equivalent LED product to convert from Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium or Mercury Vapor. And a lot of time, we have a product in mind that works based on past experience. But how did we come up with that product, and how did we make the original decision on what was the proper replacement? There's a lot of science that goes into light, color, quality, and each light had it's own characteristics.

Do Dimmer Switches Save Power: The Answer

The energy saving power of lighting has quickly grown over the years, and still is to this day. In the commercial and industrial space, a lot of companies are making the switch over from older technology lighting fixtures like metal halide and other HID lights over to LED fixtures. On top of the energy savings LED can bring over older types of lights, commercial dimmers can yield even great energy reduction and thus a greater reduction in your facilities utility bills month to month. So what is a dimmer, do dimmers save energy, and should I use a dimmer switch? Let's find out! 

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How Many LED Watts Do I Need to Replace my Existing Lighting?

We hear this question all the time. The unfortunate reality is "watts" is the wrong way to shop when you are replacing your existing lighting. You need to be focusing on "lumens". In the world of LED Lighting , a watt is consumed by the LED product and light is produced, that light is called lumens. Some LED products are better at doing that than other products.

Why is Efficacy Important?

One of the least understood terms in LED Lighting is efficacy, or in simpler terms, how efficient is the light. It is typically measure in lumens/watt. Today, efficacy is becoming more and more important because efficacy varies greatly from product to product. What the consumer needs to be wary of is that you should not be mislead into thinking that just because you are switching from HID or fluorescent to LED that you are getting the best savings available. You also need to look at how efficient the LED product is to maximize the savings.

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LED Certifications and their Meaning

Labels have their origin in the will to promote safe living and working environments for people. The implementation of safety science and independent engineering test make sure the products are physically and environmentally safe. In worst case, they should prevent loss of life and property.

Tube vs Panel Lighting: The Difference

Tubes and Panels become the best solution for the office workplace environment. They are cost effective lighting solutions, provide good lighting quality, last longer and contain or emit no harmful compounds while leaving an ecological footprint in each building. This article is going to explain the difference between tube fixtures and panel fixtures. They are both different, but often times get mixed up when talked about. Let's clarify any confusions you may have about the two fixtures.

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LED Product Specifications – Important Points to Watch

The choice of a LED product is guided by watching specifications tables. Here is one table accompanied by the explanation of the features. The result should be a good lighting solution that is leaving a green ecological footprint. A good lighting solution is emitting enough light that the tasks in space can be conducted properly. 

Lighting Maintenance Factor

Illumination Systems are designed to fulfill the required lighting level at the end of an operation term and not at day one of the new installation.
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Lighting Language - Basics

Here is our list of Terms used in the Lighting Industry and what they mean
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What is an LED? (Revised 2019)

LED is the acronym for “Light Emitting Diode”. LEDs are semiconductor devices that produce light.  These were initially used as indicator lights but are now used extensively for indoor, outdoor and decorative lighting.  

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LED versus Traditional Lamps: A fight between unequals

LED lights are far superior to and can easily replace traditional lamps with far higher light output.

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Pupil Lumens and their impact on the choice of lighting (Revised 2019)

A warehouse facility recently upgraded its lighting. Before the lighting improvement project it was illuminated by low CRI HPS lamps which were replaced with higher CRI lights. The luminous intensity before the retrofit was 35 foot candles which fell to only 25 foot candles after the retrofit project! A reduction of 28% in light intensity. Yet most users of the facility rated the new lights as being significantly brighter than the older lamps.

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LED Lights - Why tubes are a good replacement for fluorescents

LED lights outperform fluorescent tube lights on both costs and output. Thanks to its directional output, LEDs deliver light where it is needed – on your work surface.

What you need to consider with LED Street Lights

Street lighting is one of the biggest costs for city councils. The cost lies in erecting, energizing and maintaining street lights. Of these energy bills for energizing street lights are the single biggest component. A typical municipality spends 3 times as much on energy bills as it does on maintaining lights. The impact of street lights on safety of road users and residents alike has been well documented. Street lights improve visibility when driving and deter the movement of criminals.

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Energy Efficient Lights for Warehouse Applications

Efficient warehousing is an integral component of the supply chain strategy of businesses in a globally networked world. New technologies and material handling procedures are revolutionizing the warehousing world. Bar coding, radio frequency tags, new packaging and efficient containers are changing the way goods are stored. Efficient warehousing and reduced supply chain costs are an integral part of the strategy of the likes of Walmart.

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Save Money with Energy Efficient Lighting

LED lights are the giant bulb slayer in town. Their minuscule size hides a truly power packed performance. They are the fuel sipping hybrids of the lighting world. Besides energy efficient these lights with their fail safe characteristics, low temperature operation, and shatter resistant body are the holy grail of lighting technology. There is nothing new is old technology replacing old. The kerosene lamp killed the oil burning lamp and the bulb in its turn kicked out the polluting and cumbersome kerosene burning lamp. It is now the turn of LED lighting devices to herald a new era in lighting technology. As always, American corporations and enterprising individuals are at the forefront of this brave new lighting revolution.

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Color Rendering Index (CRI) and Color Temperature

Color Rendering Index or CRI, light temperature, Stoke’s shift, are terms that are often used by manufacturers to promote their lighting products. There are CRI and Color Temperature wars waging in the cyberspace to defend incandescent bulbs against the onslaught of legislation and energy efficient LED Lights.

Busting Electricity Myths

In the world of electricity, the myths that are passed around are occurring far too often without any evidence that they are the truth. So, with this post we are busting these common electricity myths and putting a end to them once and for all.
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Why is my Electricity Bill so High?

"High" is always relative. It is prudent to keep in mind that the phrase ‘high electricity bill’ is always relative. A typical American household with 3 members consumes around 850 kWh of electricity per month. One’s consumption could be different because of many factors – a larger or smaller family, residing in excessively cold or hot areas, one or more high usage appliances in the house, etc. There is no single yardstick for deciding what ‘Normal’ is.
One can compare the bill to previous bills or to those of one’s peers with similar family size and usage patterns to determine if the bill is too high.

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How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

A person’s carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane etc emitted by him and his activities. Similarly carbon footprints can be calculated for a product, an event or an organization. The carbon footprint depends on three factors

Indoor LED Lighting Calculator

How bright will your space be after you convert to LED Lighting? That's a great question. No one wants to spend money on a LED lighting conversion project only to find out the room isn't bright enough. Or too bright. Saving money is one thing. Ending up with the right results is just as important when upgrading to LED lights.

So, how can you make sure the light you choose will be the right choice? How many watts? How many lumens? What optics should you use? It's hard to look at a cutsheet and determine unequivocally that this is the perfect light for the job.

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