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LED Frequently Asked Questions

LED Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about LED 1. What are LED Lights and do they save energy? All our LED lights and bulbs are energy saving that are designed to replace incandescent, fluorescent, CFL, metal halide, high pressure sodium and halogen lights in your office, facility or business. They will reduce your energy consumption by at least [...]

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Converting Fluorescent Shop Lights to LED

Converting Fluorescent Shop Lights to LED

Do you still use fluorescent lights in your work shop? If yes, then are these lights any good? Do they light up dark and dim areas well? Can you work well in fluorescent lights or do you have to strain your eyes to see the fine details? Have you switched your fluorescent lights out with [...]

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LED Shop Lights vs Fluorescent

LED Shop Lights vs Fluorescent

If you own a shop, you may have installed fluorescent lighting. Prior to LED Lighting, fluorescent lighting was a good option. They provided adequate lighting in a replaceable tube solution. When the tubes quit working, a shop owner could replace the tubes with new tubes. So why would you consider changing your lighting from fluorescent [...]

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LED Lumens Comparison

LED Lumens Comparison

Why is it you can replace some lights with more 'advertised' lumens with a LED light with less lumens. Here are 4 reasons why you can use less LED lumens to replace traditional HID lights   You need less lumens when you have Focused Directional Lumens LED light is directional. Conventional light sources are omni-directional. [...]

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High Bay versus Low Bay Explained

High Bay versus Low Bay Explained

There are a lot that High Bay LED and Low Bay LED Fixtures have in common. If you were to place two fixtures side by side it would be difficult to determine which was the high bay or low bay fixture. High bay and low bay lights have a lot in common. But this similarity adds [...]

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Impact Rating IK01 to IK10 and LED Lighting

Impact Rating IK01 to IK10 and LED Lighting

IK Rating Level of Protection IK00 Not protected. IK01 Protected against an impact of 0.14 joules. This is equal to the impact of a 0.25-kg object dropped from 56 mm above the impacted surface IK02 Protected against an impact of 0.2 joules. This is equal to the impact of a 0.25-kg object dropped from 80 mm [...]

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IP Rating and LED Lighting

IP Rating and LED Lighting

The IP Rating The International Protection Marking (IP Code/Ingress Protection) rates the effectiveness from intrusions such as dust or water. The IP rating is a standard of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It applies to a wide range of products.   It is of utmost importance that you verify the IP rating of your LED vapor [...]

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Color Rendering Index Explained

Color Rendering Index Explained

What is Color Rendering? Color rendering defines how well a light source makes the color of an object appear to human vision relative to a high quality reference source, the sun. It further defines how well subtle variations in color shades are presented by the light source. What is the Color Rendering Index? Color Rendering [...]

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HID Fixture

HID Fixture

What is a HID Fixture?   A HID fixture is a lighting device that consists of a fixture, a HID bulb, a ballast, reflectors and a mount. HID is an acronym for High Intensity Discharge, and applies to a family of high lumen bulbs. Mercury Vapor, Metal Halide. Ceramics, Sodium Vapor and Xenon based bulbs [...]

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Color Rendering Index versus Color Temperature

Color Rendering Index versus Color Temperature

Color Rendering Index or CRI, light temperature, Stoke’s shift, are all terms used by manufacturers to promote their lighting products. There are CRI and Color Temperature wars waging to defend incandescent bulbs against legislation and energy efficient LED Lights.   Have you ever wondered what all that jargon behind light quality means? What is Color [...]

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9 Steps to Choosing Lights for Parking and Large Areas

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? So what do you need to know? What should you consider? How do you get [...]

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Extreme Application LED

Extreme Application LED

Some facilities have extreme circumstances where typical LED lighting may not meet the special needs.  This blog will cover 4 unique applications: high temperature, hazardous locations, food processing and extreme outdoors. If you find yourself evaluating lighting upgrades for any of these types of environment, then please consider the products suggested. High Temperature High Bay [...]

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How Lighting Controls Are Changing Lighting

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. Lighting controls ensure that lights are only on when they need to [...]

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Converting to LED – S/P Ratios

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 [...]

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Do Dimmer Switches Save Power: The Answer

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 [...]

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Lighting Maintenance Factor Explained

Lighting Maintenance Factor Explained

What is Lighting Maintenance Factor? Lighting maintenance factor is a number that describes the reduction of lumens, or light levels, over time.  With this, you can determine how well lit an area will be over time. With the advent of LED, lighting maintenance factors have increased significantly over fluorescent and HID counterparts they were designed [...]

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Lighting Language – Basics

Lighting Language – Basics

  Common Terms used in the Lighting Industry and what they mean   Light Light is visible radiation between 380nm and 780nm. Beyond this range the radiation is not visible for the human eye. It is radiation in infrared, ultraviolet or radio frequency. The visible light range is called spectrum. The spectrum of a light [...]

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What is an LED? (Revised 2019)

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 and outdoor lighting.  MyLEDLightingGuide specializes in commercial and industrial LED Lighting. Picture credit https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2007-07-24_Light_emiting_diode_(LED).jpg   Below is the electronic symbol of the LED: Symbol of the [...]

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The Cost of Not Converting to LED (Revised March 2020)

The Cost of Not Converting to LED (Revised March 2020)

Thinking about converting to LED? Not sure if the benefits of the conversion outweigh the cost of conversion? We put this post together to help you work through the costs and benefits of making the conversion.   1. How much money will you save when you convert to LED? Lets take a practical example. You [...]

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50 Best Electrical Apps in 2020

50 Best Electrical Apps in 2020

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 50 (and growing) best electrical apps to help people of all skills levels, on both iOS or Android devices, with both paid and free electrical [...]

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5+ Best Electrician Blogs & Websites in 2020

5+ Best Electrician Blogs & Websites in 2020

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 [...]

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12 Best Electricians Forum Sites in 2020

12 Best Electricians Forum Sites in 2020

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 [...]

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23 Ways to Improve Office Productivity Levels

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 [...]

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The Complete Guide to using LED for Roadway Lights (Revised 2020)

The Complete Guide to using LED for Roadway Lights (Revised 2020)

The purpose of these lights is to illuminate the road and adjacent areas in a manner that allows drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to clearly see obstructions and other dangerous conditions.  Lights are vital in ensuring safety from accidents and unsocial elements. In several studies good lighting have been linked with feelings of safety and reduction [...]

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