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44+ Best Electrical Apps in 2017

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 44 (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: Paying More for the Cheaper Light

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 120W retrofit kit. When we dig in a bit deeper, we find that we are competing against a 'cheaper' version of a retrofit kit. To be fair, cheaper is not meant to be derogatory to the competitors product. The price is cheap because it represents 5 year old technology. Digging in a bit deeper, we find the retrofit kit is producing 110 lumens/watt, for a total of 13,200 lumens.

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High Bay LED Lighting Prices in 2017

In 2017, the typical LED high 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 high bays 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 LED high bay lights price in 2017. 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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High Bay vs Low Bay Lights: The Difference

For lighting projects in warehouses, factories, manufacturing facilities, or other buildings and areas with higher than 10' tall ceilings: bay lighting is going to be one of the best options. Depending on the height of your ceiling and the lighting requirements though will be the determining factor of whether you need high bay or low bay lighting fixtures.   Below, we describe the main differences between high bay vs low bay lights, allowing you to identify the best option for your lighting project requirements.... (421)

5+ Best Electrician Blogs & Websites in 2017

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.

Previously, we put together a list of the top electrical forums where electrical contractors could go join a community, learn, and even share their own expertise with others just like them. Additionally, we've also done a post on the top electrician & electrician mobile apps available - great for getting more work done this year.  To continue this trend of providing the best resources for electricians all in one place, we thought we'd find and put together all of the top electrician blog sites in 2017.

In this specific post, we've put together the 5+ best electrical contractor blog sites for you to scroll through until you find the ones that work for you. This list is no particular order in hopes that you find the best blog & websites for you. So... here is our list of the 5+ best best electrician websites for 2017:

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12 Best Electricians Forum Sites in 2017

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. In this post, we've put together the 12 best electrical forum sites for you to scroll through until you find the ones that work for you. The list is in no particular order for this very reason; that everyone may prefer one over the other on their own basis.
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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   ... (418)

How Much Tennis Court Lighting Costs in 2017

The costs of lighting changes from year to year. As technology gets better and demand increases, prices drop, efficiency increases, and everyone is in a win-win situation. With this ever changing landscape comes misinformation, which is why we have put together this post.

This post is going to lay out the true tennis court lighting costs for 2017. On top of that, we are going to go over some tips and things to be on the look out for in regards to choosing the best light fixture for your tennis court that will save you money and produce the best illumination possible.

This post will be broken into two parts; the average costs that are associated with the actual light fixtures themselves and the costs associated with them. Then, the average costs of powering your lights and how to achieve a higher return on investment by being a smart buyer.
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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. 
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3 Must-Haves with Industrial Explosion Proof Lighting

Explosion proof fixtures are a necessity for environments which output potentially explosive or flammable fumes, produce dust of dirt in the air, or similar situations in which a gas could enter the fixture and cause damage to the light or well-being of the facility. If you are currently running or working with a facility which requires these explosion proof light fixtures, the list of 3 must-haves below will clear the air and hopefully set you on the right track to ensuring you have the proper setup and design.   First on the list, we are going to talk about the actual technology within the fixture and why it is so important.   ... (415)

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 Parking 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 parking lot can lead to many potential hazards.. if the parking lot owner allows for such vulnerabilities. The number one cause of crime in a parking lot is caused by low security, and unlit areas contribute heavily to this. A dark parking lot doesn't allow for cameras to pick up all the activity as clearly as it should. Additionally, unintentional accidents can occur simply by not being able to see everything that is going on. Thus, we think it is up to the parking lot owner and manager to prevent accidents (both intentional and non-intentional) from occurring and the first part of the equation to doing so is by ensuring the parking lot is properly illuminated.  
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5 Best LED High Bay Lights in 2017

High bay fixtures are a critical part to any high ceiling building. Since these high bays require such large lumen output, the cost to run them can be high, especially when running old Metal Halide or HPS lights. By converting to LED high bays, you are able to reduce your energy consumption in your most energy intensive fixtures by up to 75% (or more).

In this post, we are going to cover (non-comparatively) 5 top types of LED high bay lights. While not every item on this list will apply to you and your building, there will surely be one or two for your needs if you currently use high bay lights in your facility.   ... (412)

How Much Stadium Lighting Costs in 2017

The year of 2017 brings along more advancements in the commercial 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 current year, 2017.

Along with that, giving you the outlets to research more on the topic and get you one step closer to getting the most efficient and ROI focused technology illuminating your fields. This post will be broken into two parts; the typical costs associated with the physical light itself and everything related to buying stadium lights. Secondly, the typical costs to powering your lights and how certain technologies may save you more money than others and how you can go about getting the highest return on investment when choosing a lighting technology and brand to go with.      ... (411)

How Businesses Are Going Green with LED Lights

As a business owner, it is important to reduce your energy emissions as much as possible. You can easily make a conscious effort to do this by reducing packaging, using sleep mode on all your electronic devices and shutting down everything at the end of the business day. Another good way to reduce your emissions and your electricity bills is to use LED fixtures in your buildings, offices, and even parking lots. Here’s how businesses around the world are taking a step towards reducing their environmental impact using commercial LED lighting. 
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4 Best Warehouse Lighting Fixtures in 2017

2017 is here, technology is improving, and we've decided to put together of our 4 best warehouse lighting fixtures that we have here on MyLEDLightingGuide. This is not a comparative list, but rather a list of our best lighting technologies for warehouses that is up to date and current for the year 2017. Although all the lights on this list might not apply to you, surely there will be a few on this list that apply to your needs (e.g warehouse aisle lighting).

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How to Detect, Remove, and Replace Radioactive Exit Signs

Any building, in any industry, in any area of the world, is susceptible to having potentially hazardous and radioactive exit signs installed throughout their building. This could mean they are in schools, near your office, or anywhere else where a radioactive setting probably isn't a desired situation to be in.   This is why we thought it was necessary to create this post to help and guide you towards identifying, removing, and finally replacing your radioactive exit signs with new signs that are much safer and even efficient, saving you money over other alternatives. Firstly before we can remove and replace these seemingly nuclear exit signs, you have to be able to identify if you have them or not. But before that, lets explain what exactly makes these exit signs radioactive.
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3 Ways LED will Improve Income at Your Car Dealership

As a car dealership owner, manager, or even sales member; you know that getting the cars out (along with in) is one of the most vital points in your business. On top of that, keeping the expenses as low as possible to simply operate will allow you to take home more income, rather than spending it on things that are just going to waste (like energy usage).   
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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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5 Critical Warehouse Energy Saving Tips to Meet Green Initiatives

Depending on the size of your warehouse, as a manager (or owner) of that facility; you probably know that your building consumes a considerable amount of energy. From your lighting system to your heating and cooling, to make such large buildings meet "workable" conditions can be tough and expensive. Although, this post is here to gather 5 critical ways on how you can meet green initiatives for your companies warehouse operations, all while maintaining those workable conditions your employees require. By implementing the following ways, you will be able to realize a great reduction in not only energy waste, but also overhead costs associated with powering that wasted energy month to month. So there are two major benefits from all of this; one being you will create a more sustainable warehouse all while secondly reducing month to month expenses associated with operating your warehouse.   Without further ado, here is the first of many on this list of ways to save energy in your warehouse facility...  
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A Month in The LED Lighting Industry: Roundup For November 2016

This months roundup post is for the month of November, 2016. It's been a crazy month, but nonetheless; happy thanksgiving!   This month has been filled with tons of crazy news, and we are about to share it all with you in this months LED lighting link roundup. From insects and LEDs to towns and cities retrofitting their streetlights, we are going to cover these and many more in this edition. Now... Here is the third addition of A Month in The LED Lighting Industry Link Roundup…   ... (403)

9 Huge Ways to Reduce Energy Usage in Commercial Facilities

The energy consumed by a single building or business can prove to be a huge overhead cost, especially for those buildings of a much larger size. Starting the initiative to reduce energy consumption is becoming more and more common as the benefits become more and more clear. The benefits of reducing energy consumption is often times for one major reason, and that is to reduce overhead costs. By making switches (such as those listed here), you could realize a 50% or more reduction in overall energy usage in your facility. Sound interesting? Learn how you can do that with the tips below...   ... (402)

25 Practical Energy Saving Tips For Businesses and Buildings

Businesses as we all know, are always thinking about the bottom line. From ways to increase revenues to ways to decrease expenses, it's all critical stuff for any company to pay attention to. That's exactly why we are creating this post on energy saving tips for businesses and companies alike. And while not every business in every building will be able to implement every single tip on this list, there should be numerous ones that will be highly relevant to your business. Saving energy will allow you to reduce overhead expenses, enhance your public view as a "going green" company (which you could use as a marketing play), or even just have better piece of mind knowing your buildings are just that much greener.
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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. 
This list of 14 facilities management blogs will consist of some popular and most likely already heard of publications, along with a few lesser known places that you still may find extremely interesting. Picking a few facilities management blog sites from this list is definitely the first step to keeping up to date and staying ahead with your work. There will be a brief description along with a URL for each blog / magazine listed, and it should give you a good idea or not if that facility management resource will benefit you more-so or not than others listed here.

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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.

This post is specifically for those whom work for a school or college campus that can either make the decisions, or can recommend new ideas to those who do make these types of decisions. The overall goal of this post is to bring the most actionable energy saving ideas for schools so that you can start looking into them immediately.

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Commercial 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?   ... (398)

A Month in The LED Lighting Industry: Roundup For October 2016

This month of our LED industry link roundup is for the month of October of 2016. Also, we couldn't forget... Happy Halloween! This month we've seen lots of news about schools converting to LED and how cucumbers are seeing positive results from LED technology, along with some really great news about MyLEDLightingGuide. The news regarding the LED industry is ever increasing in excitement, and as the technology grows, expands, and simply gets better; the news will continue to be better and better. Without further ado, here is the second addition of A Month in The LED Lighting Industry Link Roundup...   ... (397)

6 Common LED Retrofit FAQs: Answered

Once someone has discovered retrofitting as a completely viable option for upgrading their existing lighting system, there often comes up some very commonly ask questions about retrofitting, more specifically LED retrofits. For more generic questions that are asked frequently about commercial lighting and LED technology in general, we've put together a post explaining them all. You can read that by clicking here.   Let's get started with the first question on the list, and that is what exactly is a retrofit kit?  
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When to Use High Bay Lighting Fixtures

When facility managers or building owners first start the search for new replacement lighting fixtures in their facility, it can seem like a long road ahead. From all of the terminology and lingo that is used in the commercial lighting industry to knowing about the most efficient technology; it can prove to be overwhelming. So... we thought it'd be helpful to answer something that you may be wondering and that is: when is it appropriate to use high bay lights?

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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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Top 5 Reasons to Consider Using a LED Retrofit Kit

As there are many reasons to go with a entirely new fixture, there are also many highly valid reasons to consider using a retrofit kit instead. So although an entire replacement is a must for some facilities and buildings, some people often overlook retrofitting existing fixtures entirely, which is costing them money. By opening yourself up to if an LED retrofit conversion will be right for your building or not will at least tell you which type of product you should be going with.   Here are those 5 reasons you may want to consider using a retrofit kit (more specifically LED) for when it comes time to replace your existing and outdated fixtures.     ... (393)

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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7 Things Facility Managers Should Know About Commercial Lighting

As a facility manager or building owner, it is nearly impossible to know everything about everything in your building. But it is vital to know something about everything, and that goes for your facilities lighting system too. Whether you manage a warehouse, factory, or other industrial sized building or space, the lighting is a huge factor of many things including safety, productivity, and consistency in the work in your facility. So while you don't need to know every technical aspect of lighting, you should know the basics to at least have some clue of what to look for in a good lighting system.  
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What Does it Take to Replace a 1000w Metal Halide Fixture?

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. When companies or facility managers start their search, they often search for the wrong answer. Here are some common questions that we are asked:
"How many watts does it take to replace a 1000w metal halide light?" "How can I replace my metal halide light?" "Is it even possible to replace my metal halide fixture with another technology?"
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The Main Benefits of Quality Gym Lighting LEDs

Any room, area, facility, or outdoors space you need to illuminate should be done so with quality lighting. The benefits of quality lights far surpass going cheap on your lighting fixtures just to save a few dollars. The importance of quality gym lighting systems is no exception, and there are a few specific reasons why you cannot pass up the opportunity to plan and install a good gym lighting design.
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A Month in The LED Lighting Industry: Roundup For September 2016

A new thing we will be doing every here every month on the MyLEDLightingGuide's official blog is curating things from all around the web relating to the LED lighting industry.
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DesignLights Consortium vs EnergyStar Qualified Products: Explained

The search for commercial lighting systems can be confusing, misleading, and overwhelming at times. With all of the different terms, labels, and technologies being used how can anyone expect you to make any decisions with all of that going on? Well, this post is going to at least relieve your confusion about DesignLights Consortium vs EnergyStar approved and qualified lighting products. There is a difference, and you need to be well aware of what it is when you are looking into a new lighting system for commercial purposes and applications. Firstly to understand the difference, we must be able to define which each one is (even if it is the most basic terms and explanation). Let's start off with DesignLights Consortium.
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What is Retrofit Lighting? Terminology Defined

With all of the different terms in the lighting industry, it can be hard to keep on top of them, especially if you don't work directly in the lighting field (such as building owners and managers). The term retrofit lights, retrofit kits, and the related are highly important to anyone who is trying to upgrade their lighting system at their facility. As you will find out, you will be able to make a decision that will be a lot easier when you understand what retrofit lighting is entirely.   ... (386)

What Qualifies a "Good" Commercial Lighting System?

Quality, quality, quality. We all strive to purchase not only affordable items but those of quality too. When it comes to your commercial lighting needs, you surely search for the same. Whether you manage any of the following, quality still matters.
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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. This post is here to identify the main points and benefits of a good lighting technology (LED), how it can improve a warehouse or factory facility, and how you can actually cut the upfront investment costs down significantly to make the investment even more-so worthwhile.
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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.
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5 Benefits of Updating Your Parking Lot Lighting System to LED

For anyone who is in control, manages, or even owns a facility that has a parking 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 parking lot, you are not only putting your visitors at risk but also your bottom line. That's right! Parking lot 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 parking lot lighting system.  
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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. Here are the 3 main reasons we think you should start considering the switch over to LED for your stadium and sports lighting needs.   ... (381)

15 LED Lighting Blogs to Follow in 2017

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 2017 2017based 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.
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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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11 LED Retrofit Kits to Replace Metal Halide Lights

One of the main stays in Industrial and Commercial Lighting has been the Metal Halide Bulb. It is common in Indoor Fixtures, such as High Bays, Canopy Lights, Garage Lights and Low Bays. It is also commonly found outdoors in Wall Packs, Flood Lights, Street Lights, High Mast Lights and Parking Lot Lights to name a few. And while they were a great replacement for Mercury Vapor and High Pressure Sodium, the fact they are better off producing heat and they are producing light makes you believe there has to be a better option available. One that can equal the amount of light produced and yet save money on the cost to operate them. And that's where LED comes into the picture.
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The Things you Should Look for When Buying LED Technology

It is not news that LED is becoming the new standard in saving money on your lighting bill. But with every new technology, the options are endless and plentiful, and sometimes clever marketing hides what really is important. If you understand the technology, its easy. If your new to the technology, you have to try and determine what is or isn't important. Which makes the purchase decision even harder for those trying to navigate this maze of product availability and specifications. And to confuse the consumer even more, there is a lot of data being presented that is not created based on any agreed to standard. Read 10 different product brochures on what the marketers believe is the proper solution to replace 1000W Metal Halide and you will read everything from a low as 26,000 lumens to 70,000 lumens. Or what one manufacturer calls day white is total different than what another manufacturer thinks day white is. The best advice we can give the consumer is walk through the same process we do when we select our products to sell. We look for quality, performance, efficiency and great engineering. Let's break that down to what that means. 
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What is High Bay Lighting and its Uses

What is a High Bay? In the world of lighting, it is a fixture that you may find in a warehouse, a factory, a gym, an airport hangar or any large open area industrial and commercial space with relatively high ceilings. Drive by any industrial park, warehouse, or factory, and walk inside and what you will see is a high bay light.
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Lumen Depreciation: Explained Simply

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LED Retrofit Kits versus LED Post Tops - When to use

We had a call today from a customer. They were looking to retrofit their existing fixtures with LED. The competitor did a quote for them, and had recommended LED Post Tops as the retrofit bulb of choice for them. And this would have been a terrific solution if all their fixtures were acorn style pole mounted lights. But they weren't, they were high bays, parking lot lights and show room lights. Yes. They are LED. Yes. They will save you money. But if you are trying to plow a field, you don't buy a Porsche. You buy a tractor. The right vehicle for the job. And the same applies to LED. First, let's make sure we set the score right. We sell both. We sell LED Post Tops and we sell LED Retrofit Kits. We are not Post Top biased or Retrofit Kit biased. We even sell new fixtures. We have no biases! We want what is right for you!
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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. The following list is going to cover 4 major advantages of LED street lights over HPS and Metal Halide, hopefully it shines some light on the true benefits of LED for your city, town, or even private roadways.   
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Why Efficiency Matters with Retrofit Kit LEDs

We are very proud of our LED Retrofit Kits - the kits designed to replace Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium bulb in the existing fixtures from 70 watts to 1000 watts. And while there are some competitive product available that look both similar, that's where the similarity ends. LED Chipsets are different, as well as drivers, heat sinks, fans and even the way you mount them to the fixtures.
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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.
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Industrial LED Lights - How to Choose...

Converting over from Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium to LED seems to launch all the marketing catch phrases like "No Brainer". But what should you be looking for? Are all LED Products the same? New fixtures versus retrofitting? Are overseas products scary? What are Industrial LED Lights? Maybe we can help clear the air.
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Floods versus Full Cutoff Wall Packs: Explained

Along with so many other types of industrial LED Lights, wall packs are also a candidate for converting over to LED. Energy savings when converting from Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium can be 75% or better, all depending on the efficiency of the LED product you choose. And there are many options, new fixtures that completely replace your existing fixture or retrofit. The retrofit option allows you to essentially do a bulb and ballast replacement, with a few additional extra steps. And what option makes the most sense is one that is completely specific to your company.
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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 lighting 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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Explosion Proof LED Lighting - Class 1 Div 2 UL and DesignLights Consortium Qualified

In the entire world of LED, one of the products that seems to have few options is fixtures designated as Explosion Proof LED Lighting - Class 1 Div 2 UL Listed fixtures. Having access to some of the products out there, we found our options to be pricey and limited. Unfortunately, these higher prices were translated to the customer, which made converting their Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium fixtures over to LED a very expensive proposition.
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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 Industrial LED Lighting , a watt is consumed by the LED product and light is produced, that light is called lumens. Some LEDs products are better at doing that than other products. So it is important to understand that not all LED products are equal in terms of how efficient they are at converting watts to lumens. In technical terms, we call this lumens/watt.
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Converting DOT High Mast lights over to LED

One of the best opportunities to save money is to convert Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium High Mast lights over to LED. A typical high mast light consists of a tall pole, 50-150 tall and contains multiple fixtures attached to the pole, typically 4 to 12. The lower poles may be equipped with 400W Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium bulbs, the taller poles typically are installed with 1000W Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium bulbs. So let's do some quick savings scenarios, using both new High Mast fixtures as well as a scenario where you retrofit an existing high mast fixture. In each of these scenarios, we will assume the following: Cost of electricity: .12 kw/h Hours of operation: 12 hours a night Number of days run each year: 365
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DLC Premium LED Retrofits - More than just a higher rebate

MyLEDLightingGuide's commercial retrofit products are DLC Premium Listed. So what does that really mean? So what - big deal? Well it is a big deal, because there are a series of features that make a DLC Premium Listed product better than just the normal DLC Standard listing.
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4 Family Groups of LED Retrofits from MyLEDLightingGuide

MyLEDLightingGuide family of retrofit kits includes 11 models over 4 family groups, mini, regular, large and extra large. These lights start at 30W and go all the way to 350W, powerful enough to replace a 1000W Metal Halide. This posting will be covering every series that we offer in our family of retrofit kits and their features. ... (362)

How important is Color Rendering Index (CRI) in my purchase decision?

CRI is a specification that we simply think of us quality of light. Quantity of light is a measurement of lumens, and quality of light is a measurement of CRI. CRI is a scale between 1 and 100. 100 being great, 1 being terrible. What you need to know is that 6 reference colors are tested to determine how good a light performs against the CRI specification. And it is in this test against these 6 spectrum's that a lights CRI value is determined.
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Beware of LED Retrofit Gimmicks You Don't Need

You are looking to upgrade the lighting in your facility or for your business. You have discovered that you can DesignLights Consortium (or DLC for short) brought up. But for those who are unaware of what exactly this 'term' means when listed next to a lighting product, this post is going to uncover what DLC really is, and why it is so important when making your decisions.
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Purchase LED Retrofits, but only the "Good“ Ones...

All signs point to a significant and sustained increase in the use of LED lighting systems, lamps, and retrofit kits worldwide. White-light LED sources are overtaking conventional sources in light output and lighting quality. In dozens of nations, green initiatives and energy-efficiency directives push the transformation from conventional lighting systems to LED ones. LED's offer the lowest energy consumption and environmental impact, the longest lifetime, and the lowest total cost of ownership. ... (356)

Retrofit vs Replacing a Light Fixture: Infographic

There has always seemingly been a debate on whether to retrofit existing light fixtures or to just replace the existing fixtures all together. More specifically in this post, we are talking about when someone is wanting to make the switch over to LED lights, typically away from older and less efficient lighting sources (like metal halide bulbs).

Now, the reason why this debate or controversy has long lived is really for one reason. This reason is that companies that sell retrofit kits specifically, advocate that they are the only way to go. While on the contrary, companies that focus on selling all new LED fixtures, advocate that replacing existing fixtures entirely is the way to go.

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LED Terminology Defined: Binning

LED Technology is not just about efficiency, power and light color temperature. Luminous flux performance over lifetime and color rendering index, accordingly the spectrum, are important as well. A lot of people recognize cheap LED versions in any shops or retail stores that seem to be bluish and illuminate the space quite palely.
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Simple ROI Calculation For LED Lighting Systems

A bit of mathematics at the end of the week. The former blog topics handled the amount of money that can be saved by changing to LED light sources and how much more can be saved when changing to intelligent LED fixtures (called controls). Here is one example to show how fast Retrofit Solutions amortize and even the high investments into New Solutions pay back the money...
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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) Labels 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.
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Tube vs Panel Lighting: The Difference

LED Tubes and LED 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. First the lumens of the fixture (responsible for brightness in the room), the CRI (how good is the lighting concept representing colors), color temperature (how is the ambience in the room) and lumen per watt (efficiency of the system) are recommended to be watched.
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CRI versus Color Temperature: Explained

The jargon in the lighting world can often get mixed up. Color rending index (CRI) and color temperature are one of the most to be confused with each other. This post is going to clarify what the different between CRI and Color Temperature is so we can end this confusion. Here is a short explanation why the CRI is more important to focus on before deciding for a color temperature. The color rendering index is the most important feature in certain applications as it determines the appearance of objects, faces and spaces. If this aspect is not relevant, the CRI can be as low as 60 or even 40.
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AC Driven LEDs

AC driven LEDs are rare but popular in certain applications. Designers focus on LEDs because of their advantages like direct, brilliant light, strong color saturation, slim measurements, dynamic lighting scenes and in total all the design possibilities that are thinkable. The only restrictions are made by the heat that needs to be dissipated by surface, natural or forced ventilation and the driver's measurements. The driver is mostly not slim at all. That is why AC driven LEDs can be a smart consideration. Conventional LEDs, Modules and Light Engines are driven by DC (direct current) power supplies.
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Purchase Lamps Based on Lumens not Watts

How to choose LED lamps. The replacement of lamps in an existing lighting system is connected to a lot of doubts when concerning the replacement of the lamp type. Changing the lamp type is a conventional process. The invention of the CFL lamp in the 90's allowed users to save energy by replacing their energy consuming incandescent lamps. A lot of labels and graphics on the products packages show the replacing types. There are numerous possible influences on a lighting solution. Changing the lamp is changing the most important factor, the lighting quality. Lamps define the light color, color rendering index, luminous flux (light output or brightness) and installed load.
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Degradation of Illumination Systems

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. The luminous flux of the system is going down over lifetime. This is a normal process, no product is lasting forever but the required illuminance levels should not be depreciated at any time. If a lighting system is setup, the maintenance plan has to be fixed too. So the facility managers know how often to clean the room, the luminaries and how frequently to change lamps. A reasonable time needs to be found between maintenance and operating hours, as maintenance cycles are connected to costs. The longer the operation time without maintenance, the more luminaries need to be installed to guarantee the required illumination level at the end of the term. The more frequent the maintenance cycles, the higher the maintenance factor, but also the related costs for the facility service.
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The Truth About Lumens: Uncovered

Why is it you can replace some lights with more 'advertised' lumens with a LED light with less lumens. Here are 4 reasons: ... (344)

Switching to LED: Cost Savings Analysis

Have you ever wondered what would actually change if you switched to LED? You are probably too accustomed to the CFLs or tungsten lights you use right... (343)

The problems with CFL's and Incandescent Bulbs

Right this instant you are probably enjoying light provided by a CFL or an incandescent bulb. Buying and installing this kind of light sources is an automatic process. It`s popular, you buy it and when it does not work anymore you just go to the store and replace it. Little do people know about the hidden dangers of these light sources and their utter inefficiency, not to mention the way they damage the environment. Let`s take each one and see why they are not the best option. Incandescent bulbs have been around for a long time, being quite simple and cheap. While in the past they may have been revolutionary, today they are ineffective and their production will soon be stopped.
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What about LEDs in High Ceiling Spaces?

At some point, someone had to find a solution for illuminating high ceiling spaces like warehouses, gyms, assembly areas, hangars or food processing plants and high bays seemed to be the solution. Entrepreneurs quickly adopted the HID bulbs and thought they have found the best solution but they were far from it. We know information means power, but in this case information means major cost cuts.
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How LED Street Lights Can Enrich Your City

Millions of dollars can be saved every year in every major or little city in this country and those around the world. This sounds like a newspaper headline but it is the actual hard truth. The amount of energy necessary for street lighting is massive. For example, Britain needs about 1900 gigawatt hours for street lighting alone, which yields 3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions which could all be avoided and greatly reduced. Imagine cutting that down to 20%. Can it be done? Of course it can, LED street lights have been proved to have that effect. With the economic crises, cities have started to switch off lights to save up on the electricity bill. This is one of the many solution proposed. Unfortunately, LED street lights were not proposed and that is a major mistake. 
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Is the lighting industry going the way the computer industry did?

GE, Osram, Sylvania and Philips are some of the big names of lighting business. Look at how the market for modern energy efficient lamps is developing and one wonders if the lighting Industry is going the way the computer industry did. When computers burst on to the scene, they redefined efficiency measures. A new computer was a considerable investment but it more than made up for its cost by increasing productivity or by reducing cost. Companies using computers could also use this fact as a branding tool – defining themselves as progressive corporations. The demand for energy efficient lighting products has meant that incandescent bulbs now belong in a museum and not in homes and offices.
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Hazards of CFL's Due To Mercury: When Will It End?

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are good substitute to the now being banned incandescent lamps. It is more energy efficient and lasts longer than its counterpart. CFLs are more expensive because the price includes the disposal fee. It was introduced in North America in mid 1990s. Although it is more energy efficient than the incandescent lamps, its composition makes its disposal complicated. CFLs are known to contain mercury which is a very serious threat to the environment once disposed improperly.

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LED Return of Investment Calculations

Due to the widespread application of LED technology in a lot of lighting discipline, many clients are satisfied by what that technology gives them. As known information, purchasing the LED lighting system will cost much as compared to the traditional lighting systems being implemented, but that is only at the first cost. Employing the system will definitely mean an investment. Because of adopting all the benefits and advantages of employing LED bulbs, the investment can be returned not in terms of money, but in terms of financial savings. The rate of return of investing in the LED can be computed by using the LED ROI calculator.

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Par Lights are a Popular Lighting Choice

DOE estimates of U.S. Lighting Market Characterization suggest that there are close to 350 million incandescent recessed lights in operation of which 76% are in the residential sector. Different types of bulbs can be used in recessed lights. Here is a description of some of the most common types of bulbs to help you make an informed choice.
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