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LED Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas refining and processing facilities can be highly unsafe because of the presence of hazardous compounds found in the atmosphere under normal operating conditions. To enhance safety, companies in this industry usually install explosion proof lighting systems in their facilities to hinder the ignition of sparks that are created by electrical equipment.

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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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Choosing the Best LED Replacement Tube Lights for T8 and T12 Fluorescent Lamps


T8, T10 and T12 fluorescent tubes are used in different commercial spaces, but they are not energy-efficient. They have a tendency to flicker & hum, contain mercury, have a short lamp life and a poor color quality, and their light cannot be fully dimmed.

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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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5 Types of LED Fixture (Retrofits) – and How to Install Them


Businesses, institutions, and organizations are always looking for ways to decrease their energy costs because traditional lighting systems consume a lot of electricity. LED lighting, which is very energy-efficient, has replaced conventional lights in many applications.
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How to Pick the Right LED WallPack Lighting


Wall pack 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 packs 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.
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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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Guide to High Mast Lighting


Outdoor areas with a lot of activity like airports, shipping ports, highways, merging expressways, transportation terminals, and sports fields usually need high mast lighting because they require extra safety and security. High mast lighting is very cost-effective and is the best way to illuminate large outdoor spaces that need high-quality light.

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing LEDs for a Warehouse


When selecting LEDs for a warehouse, two things should be on your mind: productivity and safety. If the lights don’t enhance safety, workers can easily get injured and take many days off work – which is the last thing you want. And if they don’t boost productivity, employees will be less alert and energetic, which will negatively impact your business bottom line.

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Important Things to Consider When Choosing Shoe Box Lighting for Your Parking Lot


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

Before LED lighting was introduced, most parking lot poles had 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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An Informative Guide to Lighting Retrofits


While you may be very familiar with LED technology, you may not fully understand what a (LED) retrofit is. So, what exactly is a lighting retrofit?

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How to Choose Highbay Light Fixtures for Aircraft Hangars


We'll start this post by asking a thought-provoking question. "Where do you think airplanes go after dropping off passengers at an airport and don't have any other scheduled flights?"

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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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4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Parking Area Lights to LED


The importance of parking area lighting must never be underestimated as it plays a critical role in enhancing safety. While the pole-mounted lights that dot different parking lots across the country are not something a lot of business owners think of, they can determine how safe (or unsafe) a parking lot is for employees, customers, visitors, and passers by.

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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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3 Things to Consider When Buying Explosion Class Lighting


Explosion class lighting can enhance the safety of an industrial space, but only if it is ideal for the location. If you're an architect, a facility manager, or a lighting expert, there are three things you should look at when choosing hazardous location lighting

  1. The lighting technology
  2. The Class, Division, and Group of explosion lighting
  3. The cost savings and environmental impact

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Retrofitting vs. A Full Fixture Replacement: Which One Is Better?


There are two things most people grapple with when converting to energy-efficient lighting:

  1. Choosing the best lighting technology for their spaces
  2. Deciding whether they should retain their existing light fixtures or replace both the light sources and the fixtures

LED technology is the best solution in both cases as it is highly versatile and extremely energy-efficient. However, switching to LED doesn't always mean replacing traditional light bulbs. Sure, if your current light fixtures work well, all you may need to do is replace the old bulbs with LED modules. But if they are old, your only option may be a full fixture replacement.

Before we discuss retrofitting and a full replacement, let's talk a little about LED technology.


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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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5 Reasons LED Lighting Improves Warehouse Safety


Poor lighting in warehouses can be a significant headwind for employers. Dim and degraded lights not only causes safety issues which can lead to big problems for owners, but also can decrease productivity. Beyond the aforementioned, there are numerous ways new LED lighting can improve warehouse conditions.

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3 Great Reasons to Consider Retrofits for your Existing Fixtures


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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How to Confirm the Safety of Fixture Retrofit Kits


One of the best decisions a company can ever make is to upgrade to LED technology. Most businesses, in an effort to cut costs, choose retrofitting over a full redesign. Others do so in order to maintain the aesthetic appearance. Without a doubt, LED Fixture Retrofits offer a myriad of benefits.  However, from time to time, questions arise regarding their safety.

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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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4 Amazing (Yet Often Overlooked) Benefits of Retrofitting Your Existing Fixtures


Truth be told, nothing can impact a business significantly the way a lighting system can. But since it does its best work out of the public eye, we only realize its importance when the lighting is subpar, when bulbs stop working, or when there are complaints.

Companies thinking of replacing their lighting systems usually look to LED lighting but are often torn between retrofitting and a full redesign.

So, what’s the difference between the two?
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The Top 4 Reasons to convert your Warehouse to LED


Many warehouse owners and facility managers are seeking to reduce energy consumption or are in need of long overdue updates in their aging facilities. LED lighting present a number of great reasons to upgrade, including but not limited to significant energy savings and ease of use.

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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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Speciality Lighting: Class 1 Div 1 Lighting


Explosion Proof lights have to be good, none more so than a Class 1 Div 1 Light. In today's market, its hard to find this type of light and not pay a kings ransom. Read this, we think you will like what we have to offer.
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2 Must Have Controls for LED Parking Area Lights


We all know LED saves money. Saving 70% of more is not uncommon, if you pay attention to the efficiency of the LED lights you are using. But here is something you shouldn't overlook. These simple low cost add-ons will significantly increase you savings, and dramatically shorten your payback.

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Retrofitting 1000W HID


The 1000W HID bulb is probably one of the most common HID lights on the market today. You can find them both indoors and outdoors, in large factories, gyms, sports arenas, as area lighting and security lighting. Along with their associated ballasts, these lights consume around 1150 Watts every time they are turned on. Want to learn how to save 75% or more?

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Speciality Lighting: Color Adjustable Panels


One of the problems with any lighting installation in the office is to choose the right color temperature. 3000K? 4000K? 4500K? Well, what if you don't have to decide and can have 1 panel that can do any color between 3000K and 5000K, and can be changed at any time?

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Retrofitting 400W HID


This is probably the most common HID light on the market, the 400W HID (MetalHalide or HPS) bulb. It's not hard to find this fixture in a commercial or industrial facility. Along with their associated ballasts, these lights consume around 455 Watts every time they are turned on. Want to learn how to save 75% or more?

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Specialty Lighting for Warehouse Rack Aisles


Warehouses typically have 2 definable areas: open spaces and rack shelving aisles. When dealing specifically about rack shelf aisles, there are special LED Warehouse Lights that are designed specifically for these areas.

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Retrofitting 250W HID


It's not hard to find a fixture in a commercial or industrial facility that has a 250 HID light, either MetalHalide or HPS. The problem is these lights consume way too much energy, and are not designed to work with motion sensors. They go on, they go off. And that's it. Here's how you can convert them to LED.

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Retrofitting 175W HID


Maybe you have a special fixture with a 175W MetalHalide bulb that you want to convert over to LED? Or like some places we do business with, replacing the fixture is not an option because of all the engineering work it would cause. What are your options?

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Replace 1500W - 2000W HID HighBays with LED


You have high power HID HighBays, maybe 1500W or 2000W, but you want to convert over to LED. Not many options exist. Here are some LED options that can handle the job...

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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.

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Super Charge your Savings with LED


We all know, or at least heard, of the savings associated when you switch from fluorescent or HID lighting over to LED. But you know there are some simple add-ons that can significantly increase your savings?

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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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Improved Lighting Performance for your Parking Lot


We all know LED saves money over traditional light sources. But how good is the light from LED? Will it make your parking lot brighter and safer?

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2 Ways to Save Money for your Parking Lot


Looking to save money by converting your Parking Lot over to LED? Here's 2 savings you should know about...

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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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Ulitimate LED Trouble Shooting Guide


This post was written based on many calls we've had from our customers and from customers of other vendors who have a problem with their LED fixture, and needed a solution...

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5 Important Tips Before Buying LED Lights - Industrial and Commercial


Converting to LED is not a simple or inexpensive task. And after being in the business of selling LED since 2008, we've seen a lot of mis-information being supplied to potential customers. Here's our list of the top 5, and what you should really ask before you buy.

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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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How to Retrofit a 400 Watt HID Fixture


Where do you start? What are the options? Should you consider a Retrofit kit or use a 360 degree post top screw in bulb? Here are some of the things you should consider before you purchase...

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How to determine if it makes sense to convert to led


We all know you can save a lot of money converting to LED. Depending on the product you select, energy savings can be as high as 75%, even more with controls. But how do you decide whether replacing your lights with LED is worth it? Follow the 1+1+1 rule.
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Photometric Results to Replace 400W Metal Halide Warehouse Light


So you have a factory or warehouse, and you currently have 400W Metal Halide or HPS fixtures, and you are thinking to convert over to LED. But you want to make sure that the light levels are good before you buy? How can you be sure?

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3 Key Points to Consider When Purchasing a LED Conversion Kit


So you are in the market for a LED Conversion Solution. You have existing fixtures and you want to save money by gutting them and installing a LED Head and Driver to replace your metal halide bulb and ballast. There are a lot of similar looking kits out there, so how do you choose. Well here's a small list of 3 points to consider before you purchase.

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9 Steps to Choosing the Right Parking Lot and Area Light


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.

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How Much Will You Save Converting Your Parking Lot Lights 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 parking lot 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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The Benefits of (LED) Canopy Lights over HID


LED lighting can significantly improve gas stations, parking garages and low ceiling locations by reducing energy expenses and lasting for many years.
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Baseball Field Grants: Guide

Improving a baseball field & arena can require some upgrades, which costs capital to do. To help offset these costs and promote baseball, there are grants out there to enable an organization to upgrade their baseball field, field lighting systems, get new equipment, or endless other ways that you can improve a baseball field with a reduced financial burden on the receiving organization.

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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: 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 Retrofit Unit. When we dig in a bit deeper, we find that we are competing against a 'cheaper' version of a Retrofit Product. 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 is producing 110 lumens/watt, for a total of 13,200 lumens.

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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.

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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 

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How Much Tennis Court Lighting Costs in 2018 (updated)


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.

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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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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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How Much Stadium Lighting Costs in 2018


The year of 2018 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 2018.
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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 LED Lighting. 

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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. 

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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.
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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.
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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)




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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7 Things Facility Managers Should Know About 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 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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The Main Benefits of Quality Gym Lighting using LED


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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DesignLights Consortium vs EnergyStar Qualified Products: Explained


The search for 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?

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What Qualifies a "Good" LED 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 LED 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.

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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 Light Systems to LED


For anyone who is in control, manages, or even owns a facility that has a Parking Area 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 space , you are not only putting your visitors at risk but also your bottom line.

That's right! Parking Area 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 Area 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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LED Directional Retrofits versus 360 Degree 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.

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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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Why Efficiency Matters with LED Products


We are very proud of our Retrofit Products - the kits designed to replace HID 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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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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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 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 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.

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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.

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DLC Premium Retrofits - More than just a higher rebate


My LED Lighting Guide'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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Beware of LED 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 replace your Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium lights with a LED Bulb Replacement Solution. So you start doing some research. You discover there are some options out there to choose from, some offer the basic lights, others offer lights with additional features. Are these features worth the cost? Will you ever use them?

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What is DesignLights Consortium (DLC) and Why Does It Matter?


On the topic of LED lighting and products, we often hear the term 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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Quick Tips to Purchasing High Quality LED Products


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.

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Converting vs Replacing a Light Fixture: Infographic


There has always seemingly been a debate on whether to replace the bulb of your 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 conversion 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 conversion 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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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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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.
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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. ... (345)




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 why you can use less LED lumens to replace traditional HID lights ... (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 now, never done a long-term cost analysis and do not really imagine what kind of changes switching to LEDs will bring.

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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 industrial indoor bay fixtures seemed to be the solution. Business owners 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.
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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.

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LED Technical Terms


Here are some of the more common technical terms when discussing LED Lighting

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Lighting Maintenance Factor


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Lighting Language - Basics


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Light Management Systems - Upgrading the efficiency of Lighting Systems


By using LED Lighting Systems the consumer can higher the lighting quality of the installation and by the same time reduce costs and save energy. LED lighting systems are extremely efficient light sources compared to discharge or incandescent lamps. LED produces more visible light for each watt of power they consume. The efficiency even increases when lighting controls are used. It is not the same regarding discharge lamps where the efficiency even drops with dimming. Light Management Systems require more components for the installation that is billed in higher costs for the lighting system. But look at the incredible savings when reducing the energy bill by running the system dimmed on levels like 30% or 50% for maybe half of the required time. Let's get into the topic by watching some points.

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What is the IP rating system?


The IP Rating describes the enclosure for electronic equipment according to the definition of the European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization. IP is standing for Ingress Protection, the protection of the product against environmental effects like solid objects or liquids. The IP rating consists of two digits which are describing the height of the protection against these effects. The larger the number, the higher the protection.

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What influences the lifespan of an LED Light?


The longer a light source is used, the greater the economic advantage and the green footprint. Depending on the system design, minimal decrease in luminous flux over time is a normal process, the components are getting down. When this process is really slow, the system is staying maintenance free for a long time.

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What is an LED?


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.  Here is a picture of an LED:

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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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LED's Role In Slashing Your Electricity Bill


Different home appliances take-up different power consumption depending on its composition and the service it renders. Now that the natural sources of energy are in the midst of depleting, people also suffers from depleting budget to cope up with the ever increasing kilo watt hour rate. It is a good thing to know the details of each common household appliance and how to compute the consumption rate based on the details given.

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Pupil Lumens and their impact on the choice of lighting


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. ... (466)




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.

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Tube Lights II – Mercury from Recycled Fluorescent Tubes


A Swedish study has demonstrated that more mercury is released during the recycling process than in municipal landfills. Typical mercury emission figures from recycling vary between 3-5 %. This was the reason why some companies favored landfills over fluorescent tube recycling. After all, it makes little sense to pay $ 0.4 per tube and still end up causing more mercury pollution.

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Part I - The Complete Guide to LED StreetLights


The purpose of street lights is to illuminate the surroundings – including the road and adjacent areas in a manner that human beings using the area can adequately perceive the area and its surroundings.  Street lights are thus a vital instrument in ensuring safety from accidents and unsocial elements. Indeed in several studies street lights have been linked with feelings of safety and reduction in accidents.

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Part II - The Complete Guide to LED StreetLights


If you have been searching for information on LED lights on the net you would have come across many confusing claims about the light output of LED devices. Some sites would have told you that LEDs are poor at producing light while the others would have claimed that they are among the most efficient lighting technologies. The reason behind this anomaly lies in the rapid strides made in LED lighting technology. In fact, efficiency of LED bulbs has gone up during the few months that it took us to collect data for this series of articles.

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The Complete Guide to Tube Lights


A few decades ago, fluorescent tube lights entered the lighting scene. Thanks to their cylindrical design, they produced good quality light that was dispersed better than incandescent bulbs. Soon tube lights began to be used in warehouses, factories, offices, homes, indoor gardens, schools almost everywhere that lights were needed. The sockets continued to be occupied by incandescent bulbs until miniature fluorescent tubes – the CFLs, arrived. Now LED technology is replacing both fluorescent tubes and CFLs at the same time.

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How to Reduce Office Energy Costs


Electricity is one of the largest cost items on the bills of data centers and other offices. Electricity is used to power air conditioners, computers and communication equipment, mobile and laptop chargers and for lighting. An office manager who would like to reduce electricity consumption in his office would have to address each usage. The electricity consumption in a typical office is equally split three ways – Lighting, air-conditioning and for office equipment. It is not that these are unrelated. If an office has an energy inefficient appliance the heat produced by it will increase the air conditioning load and consequently the electricity costs. ... (460)




Tackling Light Pollution with Outdoor Lights


Light pollution has not occupied the limelight like water and air pollution. Even people who religiously recycle their waste and try to minimize their carbon footprint are often unaware of this silent enemy. Yet the impact of this lesser known evil is no less than its more famous peers.

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The Cost of Street Lights


Are you wondering; How much does a street light cost? Or even, how much does it cost to install a street light? The following article will explain all of the true LED street light costs and answer both of those questions and show you the true advantages of LED street lights.

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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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The Best Lighting Choice for Hospitals


Like Schools, Hospitals are stressed for funds too. Hospital wards, operation theaters, hallways, parking lots need round the clock, good quality illumination. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are needed to fund the lighting electricity bills alone. This is why we thing the education of LED technology for hospital and healthcare facilities is important for a sustainable future for the healthcare industry, along with providing safer areas for such fragile environments like hospitals.... (455)




Lighting for Commercial Companies Sound Financial Sense and CSR


Businesses worldwide are investing in LED fixtures. Starbucks as done it so have Google, Glaxo Smithkline, Staples and Wal-Mart among others. If you think they are doing it as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives – you are right, but only partially. A triple bottom line approach, attractive return on investment, excellent light quality, lower fixed costs, tax credits, green brand image, safety concerns and threat of potential lawsuits are all encouraging companies to invest in this energy efficient technology.

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Settling the Mercury Emission Debate


Mercury is a known neurotoxin. It hampers neurological development, impacts the cardiovascular system of adults and wild animals dependent on fish.

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Lighting Strategies for Retail Stores


Light is an integral part of the business strategy of successful retail stores. Light is needed to provide the right mood for shopping, highlight items the store wants to sell, illuminate display cases and to create a unique identity in the shoppers mind.

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Why should schools be interested in reducing their energy consumption?


There are several reasons, each more compelling than the other, that schools should be highly interested in reducing energy consumption.
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High Quality LED HighMast Lights And Sport / Stadium Lights


The overtaking of LED have conquered many frontiers – retail displays, refrigerator lighting, office lighting, fluorescent tube replacement, spotlights, wall washers and many others. Government guidelines and the availability of stimulus funds have helped, but the biggest boost has come from enlightened customers who have understood the need to cut energy use and reduce carbon dioxide and mercury emissions.

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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.

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LED vs CFL: An Exhaustive Comparison

That the incandescent bulb is on its way out is no secret. Edison’s legacy has illuminated our world for more than a century now.  But the light bulb is akin to a dinosaur today. It has had a long innings but leaner competitors are here and like the dinosaurs the light bulb must yield. It is a matter of debate as to which of the two heir apparent technologies shall inherit the light fixture. Technologically speaking, LED's is certain to trounce the fluorescent lamps.

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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.... (444)




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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The Death of the Light Bulb


The incandescent bulb came to life in 1880 in the workshop of Thomas Edison but it was only in 1910 that the tungsten filament lamp as we know today came into being.

Since then for nearly a century the incandescent bulb has continued to be the most popular lighting device. While it is the most popular it isn’t by any means the best lighting solution. The march of technology has meant that the bulb is today completely outdated. In a classic case of survival of the fittest - the bulb has lost to its more energy efficient competitors – CFL's and LED's.  While it is still more popular than the newer technologies, the incandescent bulb is on the way out.

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Save money on your utility bill


There are certain uncanny similarities between the global climate change and the recent financial crisis. Of late both have has been in turmoil. Climate patterns have become as uncertain as the next big financial institution that will reach the verge of collapse. Human beings and their behavior bear the responsibility of the melt down of both the polar ice caps and the global financial markets. In either case it is the man on the street that is going to pay the price. The solution of both lies in being proactive and taking charge of your destiny today.... (441)




Reduce Your Energy Bill using Energy Saving Lights


Light Emitting Diodes - popularly known as LED's - are devices which are very commonly used in our day to day life, whether we realize it or not. They have been put to use in a wide variety of applications and varied functions. From the tiny lights which blink in equipment to indicate the status, numbers on the digital clocks and messages on the sign boards to television screens which get lighted up by LED's, it has a wide range of requirement and usability. Infrared LED's are used in remote control devices, cameras and similar gadgets.

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The True Cost of LED Lighting


There are many reasons preventing customers switching to LED lights from conventional lighting. But none larger than the lack of awareness about this new technology and the multiple benefits that it has to offer. And even those few, who are aware of this new technology, are deferring the decision because of its higher initial purchase cost. An in depth analysis into this technology reveals that it is economically, environmentally and technically feasible to invest in LED's now.

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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

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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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