Cree SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL

12/22/2016

Cree has created the SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL that is part of the Cree Edge Series LED Security Wall Pack Luminaire. Cree SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL wall mount luminaire is equipped with a slim, low profile design. Die cast aluminum with integral, weather tight LED driver compartments and high performance aluminum heat sinks are the materials that have been used to create the luminaire end caps. The housing used on this product is rugged aluminum.

Cree SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL even includes a lightweight-mounting box for installation over standard and mud ring single gang J-Boxes. It can be secured to the wall with four 3/16” (5mm) screws (by others). The conduit entry can be applied from the top, bottom, sides and the rear. The mounting can be up light or down light. The Cree SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL is designed with the user in mind. It is very easy to use for easy through wiring. It also includes a leaf/debris guard.

The Exclusive Colorfast DeltaGuard finish features an E-Coat epoxy primer with an ultradurable powder topcoat. It provides an excellent resistance to corrosion, ultraviolet degradation and abrasion. The colors of black, bronze, silver and white are now available.

Cree SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL is also suitable for wet locations. This also means that the product is weather resistant and can stand even the heaviest rain or snow. It also meets FCC Part 15 standards that are for conducted and radiated emissions. The enclosure is rated IP66 per IEC 60529 when it is ordered without P, PML or ML options. This product also meets the Buy American requirements within ARRA. Interestingly, it is actually Dark Sky Friendly, IDA Approved. Additionally, it is DLC qualified. Exceptions apply when ordered with full backlight control.

If you have any questions or concerns about Cree SEC-EDG-4M-WM-04-E-UL, you can contact us at 844-692-3100 or you can fill out our contact form

 


Advance IOP2P59N35I (2) F96T8 120-277V

12/15/2016

Advance has created the Optanium T8 Instant Start and it is a reliable and energy efficient light. This product has the energy efficient Philips Advance Centium commercial grade specifications, plus the added benefits of lamp striation reduction technology.

The lamp type is F96T8 and the number of lamps is a ½ piece. The input voltage is 120-277 V. The line frequency is 50/60 Hz. The ballast type is an electronic fluorescent. The base model is IOP2P59N. The housing material is metal. This product is suitable for outdoor usage. The starting method is an instant start.

The Advance IOP2P59N35I has an automatic restart. The ignition time is 0.1 s. The input power gear is 113-111 W. The ballast factor is 0.87. The ballast efficacy factor is 0.81. The power factor is 0.98. The lamp current crest is 1.6- and the factor sound rating is A. The max THD is 10%.

The product dimensions for length A1 are 9.5 inches. The length for A2 is 8.9 inches. The width for B1 is 1.3 inches. The height for C1 is 1.0 inches.

Advance IOP2P59N35I has a CEC listing and has a Circle E logo. This product is DOE Rated and RoHS Compliant.

The wire type is solid. There is allowed wiring configuration that is remote. There is also allowed wiring configuration that is tandem. Allowed wiring configuration is through. The max distance ball to the lamp remote is 20’. The max distance ball to the lamp tandem is any = 20’. The max distance ball to the lamp through is any = 20’.

Advance IOP2P59N35I is UL listed and has a CSA certificate. The temperature characteristics are a T-case maximum 70 C. The rated lamp watts are 59W.

Light$avings carries Advance IOP2P59N351 and you can check it out here.

 


Advance 120/277V Electronic Ballast

11/22/2016

The Advance 120/277V Electronic Ballasts are low-profile Centium T8 ballast that is standard and energy saving lamps. They can be considered an optimal choice for a broad range of new construction and retrofit applications. They are generally used in a variety of areas that include the commercial sector. Some examples include general office lighting and boardroom applications. The Advance 120/277V are electronic fluorescent ballasts that operate (2) F32T8 lamps at 120/277 input volts.

The part number for this product is ICN-2P32-N. The UPC is 781087069127. The family is Centium. This product is UL listed. The wattage is 32 watt with the voltage at 277/120. The ballast factor is 0.89. There are (2) lamps that are operated in the Advance 120/277V. The NEMA type is premium. The start temperature minimum is 0 Deg. F. The power factor is 97% with the start method being an instant start.

The THD is 15%. This is an electronic fluorescent with it being CSA listed. The Advance 120/277V is ideal for general office lighting, conference, meeting, and boardroom applications, indirect and decorative lighting and new fixture design.

Some of the top features of the Advance 120/277V are that it reduces the lighting costs up by 20%. It must be installed with the modern, energy-efficient lamps in building retrofits. IntelliVolt multiple-voltage technology enables operation from 120 to 277 volts and is 50/60 Hz. The Advance 120/277V optimizes fit for applications where long lamp life or frequent switching is required. It also delivers a silent and flicker-free operation.

The Advance 120/277V is reliable and energy-efficient. Light$avings.com carries ICN-2P32-N. You can check out this product here.

 


Wiremold® Outdoor Charging Stations

10/04/2016

There is a need for outdoor charging stations as they are used for hubs for social activity and productivity. The Outdoor Charging Station from Legrand provides an ideal solution for employees, students, and guests to charge their mobile devices while they are spending time in outdoor spaces.

Each Outdoor Charging Station from Legrand includes a combination of standard GFCI power outlets and USB outlets. In addition, there are some stations that incorporate LED lighting to enable easy usage at night. These stations can also support A/V or communication connectivity.

Every station that Legrand produces is ADA compliant and NEMA 3R listed for use in outdoor locations. There are shelves available for device storage while charging. They are available in three standard finishes as well as custom colors upon your request. The Outdoor Charging Station by Legrand is designed to be elegant while enhancing your facility while blending into an existing landscape.

There are three different options to consider when purchasing this product. The first is a charging station with an accent light. The LED accent light ensures that devices are able to charge during the day and after dark. The second option is a charging station with an area light. You can combine an outdoor device charging with an LED light to eliminate the need for a stand-alone bollard. The third option is the power pedestal. The power pedestal is ideal for areas that are already illuminated such as outdoor dining areas.

Outdoor charging stations have many features and benefits. One of the top benefits is the charging and illumination. You can combine charging with accent or area lighting in one pedestal to maximize functionality of outdoor spaces. There is also the option to choose between 2- or 3- gang options. The outdoor-rated construction is composed of a rugged aluminum form that is designed for durability in outdoor locations.

The Outdoor Charging Station by Legrand is offered in three outdoor-rated finishes that complement your space design. You can choose from black, bronze and silver.

Light$avings.com sells the Outdoor Charging Station by Legrand. If you have any questions about the Outdoor Charging Station by Legrand, you can contact us at 1-844-692-3100. 

 


RAB LED PORTO™ Garage Light

09/23/2016

RAB has created the LED PORTO™, which is a garage light that is suitable for wet locations. The LEDs have long-life and are high-efficiency surface mount LEDs. The lifespan is 100,000-hours and is based on IES LM-80 results and TM-21 calculations. The IP rating is IP66 and is protected against dust and water ingress.

There is an integrated photo/motion sensor control. The high/low modes are 10V/1V. Time delay dims light 5 minutes after detecting motion. The cutoff turns the fixture off after 1 hour of vacancy. The detection pattern is 360° and 48’ wide. It is IP66 rated.

You can adjust the settings using the handheld wireless configuration tool. There are high/low modes that are fully adjustable from 0 to 10V. The time delay dims light 30 seconds to 20 minutes after detecting motion. There is also an optional cutoff delay that turns the fixture off after a preset period of vacancy. You can configure control settings to react to ambient light levels. Ramp up and fade down times can be customized.

The hinged tether frees hands for easy wiring and quick installation. One model accommodates ½” or ¾” NPS pendant, or surface mount (pendant by others). It delivers 20% up light that eliminates the ‘cave effect’ that results when ceilings remain darkened.

The ambient temperature is suitable for use in 40°C ambient temperatures. The cold weather minimum starting temperature is -40°C. There is superior thermal management with external Air Flow fins. The housing is made of die-cast aluminum and sheet metal housing. The mounting is a die-cast aluminum back box with (4) ½” conduit openings with plugs. There is hinged tether for easy installation and wiring. It also accommodates ½” or ¾” NPS pendants (provided by others).

Light$avings.com sells the RAB LED PORTO™ Garage Light. You can contact us at 844-692-3100 or you can fill out our contact form here.

 


Light Savings Wall Packs

09/02/2016

Light$avings.com offers light savings wall packs. There are 5 different models offered: LUMARK XTOR1A CROSSTOUR, LUMARK XTOR2A CROSSTOUR, LUMARK XTOR3A CROSSTOUR, LUMARK XTOR5A CROSSTOUR, and LUMARK XTOR9A CROSSTOUR.

LUMARK XTOR1A CROSSTOUR is a 10-watt LED wall pack. This product can be used to replace the 70-watt Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium wall packs based on lumen output. The LUMARK XTOR1A CROSSTOUR features a color temperature of 5000K. This product is rated for 50,000 hours of life and it has a 5-year warranty. LUMARK XTOR1A is UL and ULc Wet location rated. It is also in accordance with IESNA LM-79 and LM-80.

LUMARK XTOR2A CROSSTOUR is a 20-watt LED wall pack. The LUMARK XTOR2A CROSSTOUR can be used to replace a 150-watt Metal Halide wall pack. It features a color temperature of 5000k. It is rated for 72,000 hours of life and it comes with a 5-year warranty. This fixture is DLC rated.

LUMARK XTOR3A CROSSTOUR is a 30-watt LED wall pack. It can be used to replace a 175-watt Metal Halide wall pack. LUMARK XTOR3A CROSSTOUR features a color temperature of a 5000k. It is rated for 50,000 hours of life and it comes with a five- year warranty. This fixture is DLC rated.  

LUMARK XTORA CROSSTOUR is a 50-watt LED wall pack. This product can be used to replace 250-watt Metal Halide/High Density wall pack. This fixture features a color temperature of 5000K. It is rated for 72,000 hours of life. It comes with a 5-year warranty. This fixture is UL/cUL Wet Location Listed and LM79/LM80 Compliant.

LUMARK XTOR9A CROSSTOUR is an 85-watt LED wall pack. They can be used to replace a 400-watt High Density wall pack. This product features a color temperature of 5000K. It is rated for 72,000 hours of life and it comes with a 5-year warranty. This fixture is UL/cUL Wet Location Listed and LM79/LM80 Compliant.

If interested in the Light Savings Wall packs, you can see all the varieties here. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 844-692-3100. 

 


Steeler LED High Bay

08/18/2016

The Steeler LED High Bay is an energy efficient solution that is for both low and high bay applications. It has been designed with precision optics. The Steeler delivers industry leading performance utilizing the latest LED technology has to offer. The Steeler has a durable and compact design that provides a quick and easy installation for retrofitting outdated HID and linear fluorescent high bays.

The Steeler LED High Bay has a compact and lightweight design for ease of installation. It is available in 4 lumen packages. The 4-lumen packages are 12,000, 18,000, 24,000 and 28,000). It has high-performance efficacy that is up to 127 Im/W. The occupancy and daylight sensor add extra savings.

The Lumen Maintenance is L83 at 60,000 hours and is based on 55° C ambient. The precision optics is in narrow, medium and wide distribution. There is a 0-10V dimming driver standard.

The construction is made of a diecast aluminum lower housing and it provides added protection for LED components and optimal performance. There is upper driver housing that consists of heavy gauge CRS for durability and thermal control.

The finish is made of a standard white polyester powder coat finish painted after fabrication for increased durability and rust inhibition. The SSLED series is ideally suited for suspension mounting with various mounting options.

The Steeler LED High Bay enhances safety and productivity in your warehouse and distribution facility, while reducing your energy expenses. They can be used in manufacturing facilities to support a safe and productive environment. They can also be used in gymnasiums to properly light the space with the fewest number of fixtures required. The Steeler LED High Bay can additionally be used in big box retail. It helps to maximize the customer experience while providing optimal visual comfort. 

 


RAB Lighting’s GLED78

08/05/2016

The GLED78 has a low-profile design that is ideal for parking garages. Parking garages are usually small spaces and this light adds a contemporary look to the area. The 78W replaces 250W MH Luminaires. With this product, there is a guaranteed 100,000-hour LED lifespan. This is based on IES LM-80 results and TM-21 calculations. There is up to 25% reduction in the fixture count. A lock screw is provided for the pendant mount. The color of the GLED78 is bronze.

Some LED info includes 78W watts. The color temperature is 5100K (Cool) with the color accuracy at 68 CRI. The L70 lifespan is 100,000 and the lumens are 7,053. The efficacy is 80 LPW.  The long-life LEDs are 6x13W high-output. The color stability is LED color temperature is warrantied to shift no more than 200k in CCT over a 5 year period. RAB’s range of CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) follows the guidelines of the American National Standard for Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Products, ANSI C78.377-2011.

Some driver info includes that the type is a constant current. 120V: 0.74A. 208V: 0.47A. 240V: 0.41A. 277V: 0.35A. The input watts are 88W. The weight of GLED78 is 18.2 lbs. There is a 3x26W Driver, Constant Current, Class 2, 100V-277V, 50/60 Hz, 6kv Surge Protection, 720mA, 100-277VAC 0.4 Amps. The power factor is 99.4% at 120V, 90.8% 277V. The THD is 8.0% at 120V, 10.7% at 277V.

GLED78 can stand the frigid cold and the blazing heat. For cold weather, the minimum starting temperature is -40 degrees Celsius, which is -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Some additional features include an environmentally friendly polyester powder coating that is formulated for high-durability and long-lasting color that contains no VOC or toxic heavy metals.

Please check out our lighting selections at light$avings.com. If you are interested in the GLED78, please check out this link here

 


Product Highlight: ZR24™ 2’x4’ LED Troffer and ZR22™ 2’x2’ LED Troffer

07/12/2016

The ZR24™ LED troffer delivers up to 4000 lumens of superior 90 CRI light quality and is perfect for both new construction or renovation. The ZR24™ is powered by Cree TrueWhite® Technology. The slim and lightweight ZR24 LED troffer boasts an efficacious 90 LPW performance along with 0-10V dimming to meet energy codes. The ZR24 LED troffer embodies a breakthrough in balancing energy savings, visual comfort and initial cost.

The ZR24™ utilizes Cree TrueWhite® Technology. This product is assembled in the US and Mexico. The efficacy is 90 LPW. The delivered light output is 4000 lumens. The input power is 44 watts. The CRI is 90. The CCT is 3500K and 4000k. The input voltage is 120-277 VAC. The warranty is 10 years on this product. The ZR24™ is designed to last to up to 75,000 hours. The controls are 0-10V (Standard). The mounting is recessed.

The ZR22™ 2’x2’ LED Troffer delivers 3200 lumens of superior 90 CRI light quality and is perfect for both new construction and renovation. It is powered by Cree TrueWhite® Technology. The slim and lightweigh ZR22™ LED troffer boasts and efficacy of up to 150 LPW along with 0-10V dimming to meet energy codes. The ZR22™ embodies a breakthrough in balancing energy savings, visual comfort and initial cost.

ZR22™ utilizes Cree TrueWhite® Technology and has an efficacy of 90-150 LPW. The initial delivered lumens is 3,200. The input power is 21-35 watts. The CRI is 90 and the CCT is 3500k and 4000k. The input voltage is 120-277 VAC or 347 VAC. The warranty is for up to 10 years. The controls are 0-10V dimming to 5%. The mounting is recessed. 

 


Concord Intending to Install Glare-Free LED Streetlights

06/28/2016

Concord is a city that is located in New Hampshire in the U.S. They are planning to install LED streetlights that are friendlier on the eyes of pedestrians.

Interestingly, the city is choosing warmer color LED streetlights that fall in the 3,000 Kelvin range rather than the cool colored 4,000 Kelvin.

LEDs were looked at because of their obvious energy-saving opportunities. One of things that was important to use was its dark-sky compliance.

The city wants to reduce the impact from light pollution. Stargazers can still observe celestial bodies in the night sky, such as stars and planets in the Milky Way.

Groups are alarmed about LED outdoor lighting because it is more energy efficient and has a longer lifetime, but the LEDs color temperature is about 4,000 Kelvin, which largely impacts our night vision.

Brighter lights illuminate roads better and also create greater disturbance of the night sky. Warmer LED temperatures are less intrusive to sky-watching.

3000K LED bulbs have a softer light that blends in with the historic downtown and they have been used in streetlight upgrades in Panacook a few years ago.

This is an exciting new discovery in the world of LED lighting!

 


Can Lighting Actually Make Us Healthy?

06/14/2016

It is fascinating to see the correlation between lighting and the effects that it has on your health.

Ongoing research is starting to prove that lighting is everything! Lighting has a huge impact on our circadian rhythms. It is important that you are exposed to the right color of light at the right time of day. This helps to impact your life.

It can be difficult to know what is the right light. It brings up the question of what is the right light that will impact our health in the best way possible. Nature has been proven to have the perfect light. The sun, moon, stars and the nighttime darkness have just the right amount of light. The sun’s light is variable and it does change throughout the day.

An interesting aspect to lighting is the trend of cool color temperatures. It has been proven that exposures to those cool daytime color temperatures increase alertness and morning exposure. This can be good and bad for our health. If we are exposed to cool color temperatures in schools and offices, it can impact our health negatively.

LEDs have given us the chance to have a light source that is able to mimic the ideal colors that are needed. The also provide the variability that historical sources lack.

LED is the current answer to lighting issues, however we are still having issues with the glow of TVs, computers and phones that many of us just can’t put down at night. There are some programs that will adjust your TV, computer screen or phone to a warmer color at night.

Lighting and your health is an up and coming topic that is still developing. In the meantime, practice good lighting habits! Contact Light$avings.com here,  if you have any questions on how lighting can influence your health in the long run!

 


The Metalux 2GR8-2U6T8A-UNV-EB81-U

05/11/2016

Cooper Lighting has created a product called the METALUX 2GR8-2U6T8A-UNV-EB81-U that is often short referenced as the GR8. The GR8 is a T8-dedicated lensed troffer. It was designed to offer premium performance in low profile housing. Some benefits of T8 are the dedication and optimized lamp to lens spacing. It provides the best energy efficiency solution and optical control.

Even with the most restrictive plenums, the GR8’s shallow and low profile housing is compatible. It’s stated that luminaires are compatible with today’s popular ceiling systems. The two greatest benefits of the GR8 are that it offers both great performance and quality. Many customers choose the GR8 series because it makes for an excellent choice when it comes to commercial offices, schools, hospitals, retail merchandising and many other various applications.

When it comes to the electrical dynamic of this product, it is strongly built and equipped to handle different weather situations. This product is suitable for damp locations. The ballasts are CBM/ETL Class “P” and are positively secured by the mounting bolts. This product includes rotor-lock T8 lamp holders. The biaxial models use 2G11 base lamp holders. They have double-edge wiping action with pressure-lock contacts. The GR8 has horizontally oriented lamp support clips. It is UL/CUL listed.

The product has a strong lighting grade baked white enamel finish that provides premium reflectance for high efficiency. The heavy gauge flat steel door is die-formed. It is reinforced with mitered corners. Housing and doorframe assemblies are strongly put together as they incorporate full width mechanical light traps.

If you have any questions about the Metalux 2GR8-2U6T8A-UNV-EB81-U, you can contact us at Light$avings.com here.  or at 844-692-3100. If you are interested in purchasing the product, you can look at it here on our website.

 


The Benefits of Halo 498W

05/02/2016

The official name for Halo 498W is Halo 498W, 6” Trim Baffle – Slope Ceiling Trim White Trim with White Coilex Baffle. Our official Light$avings.com title for this product is Halo 498W 6 Inch White Sloped Ceiling Baffle/Trim Recessed Down Light (7-7/8 IN OD) 90 Watt PAR38.

The Halo 498W has six-inch trim and a baffle for sloped ceilings. It fits the variety of Halo H-model fixtures that includes 47T, 47ICT, and 471CAT. The featured color of the Halo 498W is white. It comes with white trim and white baffle. The Halo 498W is to be used by a 90-watt PAR38 lamp. The Halo 498W is backed by a one-year warranty, so you don’t have to be worried about your purchase.

The baffle ridges on the 498W are parallel to the floor plane. The baffle for this trim has many benefits. It helps to effectively control and focus the light. This helps to control the glare levels in the room.

This product has been designed for sloped ceiling installations. The ceilings can range from 2/12 to 6/12 pitch. These lights can be used in housing. The telescoping housing for ceiling construction is for the dimensions 2” x 8”.

The part number and item number is 498W. The item weight is 1.6 ounces. Dimensions for this product are 10.8 x 8 x 6.5 inches. The style is modern. There is a white finish on the 498W and the material used is plastic. The baffle trims that are used on this product have a “V” shape tension springs that have eyehooks at the end that hold the trim to the fixture. The trim and the insert are all in one piece.

If you have any questions about the Halo 498W 6 Inch White Sloped Ceiling Baffle/Trim Recessed Down Light (7-7/8 IN OD) 90 Watt PAR38, you can contact us at 844-692-3100. If you are interested in purchasing the 498W, you can check out the link here.

 


Residential Lighting Like a Pro

04/07/2016

Residential lighting should facilitate daily tasks and routines. Designed lighting can provide accent, shadow, contrast and sparkle to a visual environment. Design is usually selected to meet a designer’s goals. Lighting should be worked around these design goals and help the user accomplish these goals. Lighting enhances design goals.

When controlling the lighting in a room, it’s important to note the amount of light and how much light that you want on the surfaces, the quality of light (warm or cool) and the distribution (focused or diffuse).

The decorative layer is the layer that most designers will focus on. Usually a fixture will be a focal point. This reinforces color or the architectural theme. The decorative layer can also provide an ambient layer.

Layers are independently dimmed or switched. They can be solo or combined. This increases the usefulness of the space. If 4+ dimmers are used, they should be replaced with a programmable scene control.

Contrast allows for the differences in the brightness and color in the objects in the space. Eyes are attracted to the brightest object in the room. It is important to note what should be highlighted in the space and focus the lighting around that object.

It is important to note the materials that are being used in the room. Incorporating the light into the design and architecture will highlight the room’s best features. The darker the color, the more contrast you can expect.

To decide light levels, it’s important to note how much time is spent in each room, cooking and what the light levels will need to be for each task. Pictures of what types of styles that they like can help to understand what type of lighting will work for each specific room. Hobbies, expenses and special interests are important to note. 

 


Can Hackers Infiltrate Data Through Web-Enabled Lighting Systems?

03/30/2016

Lighting systems could potentially give hackers what they need to steal your personal information and possibly even more. It depends upon the design of the specific system that is involved and the type of quality that the installation has.

It is a scary thought that hackers have gained control of door locks of homes and hotel rooms, even though they are located hundreds of miles away. A woman went to Google and looked up a home security system. She was able to get the information online to hack into the system. She then contacted the owners and asked if she could try to control it. She found that she was able to control the home from across the country. The Nest Smart Thermostat is another device that can be hacked and controlled remotely by others with ill intent.

WiFi-enabled light-emitting diode (LED) lamps also have the possibility to be hacked. Hackers can use this to identify a home’s router password and are able to gain access to anything else that is on the home’s network. These lamps go outside a users home. People will try to hack the easiest code. The goal of lighting is to not be the weakest link when it comes to hacking.

Some new products have been developed for ill intent. Conversnitch is a light bulb that picks up a private conversation and turns it into text. It then turns the text into a live tweet. This product only costs $100 and has found a way to capture and invade privacy.

Meeting the cyber security challenges will require even more reliance on teamwork than ever before. Those that are responsible for a building’s lighting system need to communicate directly with their counterparts that are involved with HVAC design. This is because of the shared responsibility for the IT systems involved.

 


Dimming Pitfalls to Avoid

03/21/2016

Did you recently upgrade your lighting to LED? The controls can cause an ongoing headache if you aren’t careful. There are some dimming pitfalls to avoid when replacing your lighting. Light$avings.com has some tips on what you can do to make sure that your lighting is perfect.

Dimming can be complex. Some of the common dimming problems include:

Audible Hum. When lights are dimmed to very low levels, you can sometimes hear a slight humming noise. LED lights can hum on dimmers as well. When putting an LED light on a dimmer, it’s important to make sure that you check the dimmer compatibility with the LED driver or any transformers that are present in your light fixtures.

Flicker. Flickering dimming challenges can include slow strobe effects, popping on, or dropping out before the lights are dimmed to zero. Sometimes lights can get popped on when lights are dimmed to a low level and then switched off. If a light is switched off at that level, it most likely won’t turn on.

Dimming Range. Lights can be dimmed to about 10%, but can be dimmed down to about 1%. It is not possible for the lights to be dimmed down to 0%. Even if a fixture is dimmed down to 10%, the human eye adapts so that the light appears to be dimmed to about 35%.

Color Shift. Incandescent lights have always shifted to a warmer color when they are dimmed. The same problem exists for LED lights. Color shift can present a problem with LED lights.

Number of Fixtures. Dimmers are rated for specific wattages and this can’t be calculated the same way with LED. Inrush current from the LEDs can stress the dimmer. It’s important to note that sometimes dimmers require minimum wattages too.

If you have questions about LED dimming, please contact us at 844-692-3100. You can also contact us through our contact form here: http://www.lightsavings.com/contactus.

 


Color Stability in Lighting

03/02/2016

Color shifts can be noticeable over time. You may have noticed a white light that has turned pink, blue or green over a length of time.  You may have also noticed a difference in color between an old and new lamp. The interesting factor in all of this is that all sources do this. Some do it worse than others.

Color shifts can be problematic in some cases, but in other cases it may not be as important. An example would be an art gallery when there are multiple lights that are aimed at the same wall in a row. These lights need to all be the same color so an evenly washed wall wouldn’t become a pastel rainbow of stripes. This can also apply to retail applications. Street light applications have more leeway.

We will examine why some lights fade away from their bright white.

Metal halide sources change colors often. The chemistry within the lamp changes as the gas migrates through the arc-tube wall over a period of time. You can solve this problem by installing the same brand in the same alignment, all at the same time.

It is common for fluorescent lamps to shift in color over time too. You won’t notice the fluorescent shift as much and it is less critical. In cove lighting or wall grazing, you should group re-lamp.

The consistency of color is a huge factor in LED fixtures. Work with a manufacturer to get a color warranty if color stability is important.

If you have questions about how you can make your color more stable in your lighting, you can contact us at 1-844-692-3100 or through our contact form here: http://www.lightsavings.com/contactus.

 


How to Adjust to Color Temperature with LED

02/17/2016

Incandescent lamps have been around for over 100 years and now we have become used to lights becoming a warm orange-red in color when they are dimmed. We now expect to see this color whenever we dim lights to this level. We have now come to expect that LED manufacturers create their bulbs with this same incandescent lighting property.

Many LED manufacturers are now offering “warm-dim” or “warm glow” or “sunset dimming” options. LED lights are different in that they do not become warmer-colored when they are dimmed. They actually stay the same color no matter how bright or dim the illumination is.

It is possible to adjust color temperature. This is actually possible without having to dim. LEDs do have the possibility to allow the user to have control over the lighted environment.

Color tunable modules cover a full range of colors and shades of white. There are also tunable replacement lamps available on the market that can be programmed to almost any color of white. They are used to match daylight, halogen light or even to match the light of fluorescent lamp.

There is a big challenge for LED lighting in today’s environment in that it needs to have an interface that is simple and easy to use. When users are able to control the color of the light along with the intensity of the light, it does sometimes make it too complex. Many people do enjoy the benefit of being able to change the color of their lighting. There is also a possibility of having a programmer set the color temperature adjustments and this leaves the simplest controls left for the end user.

If you have any questions about LEDs and how to adjust the color temperature, you can contact us at 844-692-3100. You can also contact us through our online form here: http://www.lightsavings.com/contactus.

 


The Benefits of Occupancy Sensors

01/26/2016

Occupancy sensors are often referred to as “motion sensors” or “motion light sensors.” They are frequently found in many different lighting systems. These types of sensors can be used for both commercial and residential applications. Occupancy sensors are state-of-the-art devices. These devices use passive infrared, ultrasonic or a combined multi-sensing technology.  Occupancy sensors can be used from the wall and ceiling mounts to wall switches and wireless. These motion sensors provide a smart energy saving solution for both indoor and outdoor use.

Occupancy sensors have many benefits that can help you to save money and energy. When using an occupancy sensor, the lights will automatically turn on whenever motion is detected. Not only is the lighting adjusted, the heating, cooling and other appliances are adjusted accordingly as well. The lights will also automatically turn off whenever motion is not detected in a room. This helps to save energy, as the light will only be turned on when there is motion in the room. Not only do occupancy sensors help to save energy, but also convenience is enhanced along with security features.

When creating environmentally responsible control systems, occupancy sensors have played a big part. They are often installed in homes, public buildings and offices to create an environmentally responsible control system.  Occupancy sensors can be used to lower utility costs and as a security measure. The usage of electricity is minimized when no one is occupying the space. The lights and the temperature will adjust when someone enters the room. The occupancy sensor can be used to trigger surveillance cameras to see where movement is taking place.

It depends on what you want to do with your occupancy sensors, but they do have other beneficial features.  They can be used to open and close doors, power up equipment and even power down that same equipment.

Occupancy sensors are an inexpensive way to become more energy efficient and are easy to use. If you would like to check out our selection of occupancy sensors, you can click on this link here: http://www.lightsavings.com/search?text=occupancy+sensors.

 


3 Key Things to Know Before Buying Your Next Light Bulb

01/20/2016

Everyone will eventually be in the market to buy a new light bulb. Consider these key factors when picking light bulbs out.

1. Know the options that are available to you.

The choices consist of Halogen, CFL and LED. Halogen bulbs are the cheapest alternative and have traditional color temperature of incandescents. The cons of Halogen bulbs are that they put out more heat than older incandescents. CFLS offer more than 75% energy savings, they last 10 times longer than incandescents and they only cost a few more dollars than halogens. However, CFLs can flicker, take longer to heat up and some are not dimmable. LEDs save more energy than CFLs, last up to 25 times longer than halogens, and could possibly last up to 20 years. The downside of LEDs is the price and some are not dimmable.

2. Know the difference between a Watt and Lumens.

Watt is actually a unit of energy, not brightness. A 10-watt CFL could give you the same light as a 60-watt incandescent. A bulb’s lumen rating is the measure of brightness. When buying a new bulb, it is most important to look at the lumens. Brightness will always be accurate and this can help you find the perfect bulb for your room.

3. Know color temperature.

Color temperature is important and it sets the feeling in the room. Bulbs are set for specific color temperatures. If the number is lower, the light will be warmer. LEDs and CFLs are now available in full color temperature range. Warm light is good for bedrooms and night lighting. 2700K to 3300K will give a warmer light. 3500K to 5000K will give off a bright white that is great for a living room. If you are looking for a white sunlight effect, 5500K will be perfect for reading or work as they help to pick out text and detail.

Light$avings.com offers Halogens, CFLs and LEDs, all at affordable prices. You can check out our selection here: http://www.lightsavings.com/search?text=light+bulbs

 


Part 3 of Series: An Overview of L70, LM89, LM80, and TM21

01/05/2016

The LED lighting industry is full of terms and abbreviations. At times, this can get confusing and become hard to keep track of. Some of the top abbreviations are L70, LM89, LM80, and TM21.

Each of these terms has a different meaning.

L70 is measured in hours and refers to the degradation of total light output, which is called lumens. L70 is defined as the time taken for the light source to degrade to 70%.

LM79 is the approved method for Electrical and Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting. The full name for LM79 is LM-79-08. According to LM79, ALL GREEN CREATIVE testing is provided in an EPA recognized laboratory. Reports are available upon request. LM79 provides Total Luminous Flux, Luminous Intensity Distribution, Electrical Power Characteristics, Luminous Efficacy (calculated), and Color Characteristics (CRI, CCT...).

LM80 can also be referred to as “LM-80-08” if wanting to define it properly. It’s a test method that is authored by IESNA. The title is defined as “Approved Method: Measuring Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources.” The LM80 is different from the LM79 because it is a test method that is used for long-term life testing of component-level LED devices. The LM80 is not used on its own.  It is not defined on how to extrapolate lab-measured LED lifetime test data to enable future lifetime prediction.

TM21 is titled in full name “TM-21-11.” The full title is “Projecting Long Term Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources.” TM21 details how to extrapolate short-term LED component test data to predict future performance. The TM21 provides a projected lifetime for the LED source. The TM21 also considers the total LM-80 data period between 6,000 and 10,000 hours. Projections are limited to 6 times the available LM-80 data period.

 


Part 2 of Series: What does the LM-79 report mean to you?

12/29/2015

LM-79 is one of a few reports designed to help understand and compare lighting products that may be installed on your next job.  It can be tough keeping up with the ever-evolving trends in lighting. The reports generated help you understand the process. 

However, do not be discouraged by the overload of information offered by the various reports (LM-80, & LM-79).  LM-80 measures for the lumen depreciation of solid state lighting sources.  While this can be especially beneficial to a lighting expert to know at what points the lights will start to depreciate, it will not show you how the system will perform. 

This is where the LM-79 report comes in and helps you choose the right lighting.  LM-79 focuses on capturing the specifics of performance of solid state LED luminaries.  Basically, the products that utilize this test are verifying that their lights will withstand different operating conditions. 

A few of the electrical elements of the test include input voltage, input current, LED luminaries, and power factor. The LM-79 report supports the manufacturer claims and has been verified by an outside source. This knowledge will allow you to make the most educated decision based on the job and your own customer’s needs.  

The reports are useful in choosing which type of lighting is best suited for the job.  However, as LED continues to evolve there is a need for verifying exactly who you are buying from in terms of manufacturers.  Not all products are created equal.  Beyond this report, there are a few other resources that can be taken into account.  Hopefully, this information will aide in making an informed decision in the future. 

Items to be looking for when making lighting purchases:    

UL Listed

  • DLC Listed-(Design Lights Consortium)
  • Energy Star Listed
  • IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) File-From this file, you can create a photometric layout.  This helps determine how many foot candles are needed in the space as you are converting the lighting.
  • The LM-79 is a good reference from a substantiated outside source
 


Part 1 of Series: What is a LM79 and a LM80?

12/21/2015

The Benefits of LM79 and how it can help your decision-making with LEDs

There are many new lighting options on the market because of new laws created by the Energy Independence and Security Act (E.I.S.A). LEDs are one of the most popular options on the market right now. However, even though they are popular, the testing that goes with them is still a little rocky. LM79 and LM80 are terms that are frequently talked about when referring to LEDs.

So what exactly does LM79 offer?

LM79 has been designed to help consumers test and figure out if LED is the right choice for them. Switching over to LED can be a big decision and making sure you have made the right choice is a big concern when it comes to customer options. The LM79 provides a tool to let customers know exactly what they will be getting when making the choice to pick an LED over any of the other energy efficient options.

The LM79 has many benefits that make it worthwhile. You can actually measure total luminous flux, luminous intensity distribution, electrical power, efficacy (lumens per watt delivered), and even the color characteristics, which include chromaticity, CCT, and CRI.

LM80 is an additional helpful tool when purchasing an LED. The LM80 helps to make sure that the customer is going to get the most out of their bulb. The good thing about LEDs is the simple fact that they don’t burn out. The cause of this is because they don’t have the filament to burn out. The bulb becomes unusable because of the light quality over time. A simple way to explain the LM80 would be that it helps the customer validate the bulb and make sure that it will have a long “light” life.

Both the LM79 and LM80 can benefit your lighting purchase when it comes to LEDs. Make sure to research before your LED purchase to make sure you are getting the right fit for you. 

 


Lutron’s New Line of Dimmers

11/16/2015

CFLs and LEDs can now be controlled with Lutron’s dimmers. Lutron’s new line of dimmers is equipped with HED Technology that helps get through the challenges with CFL and LED lighting, by setting the right light level for any room. It’s so easy to use the discreet slide to put the light at your desired brightness. The switch can be used to turn the lights to the preset level or all the way off.

AYCL-153-PH works with up to 150 Watts of most dimmable CFL/LED bulbs. The toggle switch easily turns light on and off. It is also very easy to return light to the preset level. AYCL-153-PH can be used in various ways. The product can be used with mixed loads, different bulb types, in single pole installations, or 3-way installations.

MSOPS6M2-DV-WH allows for multi-location, single pole, or 3-way. MSOPS6M2-DV-WH works with a variety of lighting sources including halogen, magnetic, electronic low-voltage, incandescent, both non-dim LED and non-dim fluorescent bulbs as well as with general-purpose fans. One of the biggest features of this product is the ability to turn lights on and off based on room occupancy.

If you have small spaces or rooms, the MS-A102 sensor switch could be the perfect option. Dual technology is used to ensure reliability and enhance the overall performance in small rooms. This type of sensor switch is best for storage closets, private offices, and small conference rooms. Streamlined installation and easy setting adjustments allow ease of use.

Interested in a discreet slider that adjusts to light level? DVCL-153PH works with CFL/LED dimmable bulbs and all incandescent/halogen bulbs. The paddle switch is a convenient feature as it returns lighting to your preset level. DVCL-153PH works in both single-pole and 3-way applications.

MS-Z101-WH is a maestro occupancy and vacancy sensor switch dimmer. Some additional features include multi-location/single-pole, fluorescent/LED, adjustable timeout, manual-on/auto-off and a 180-degree sensor field-of-view.

If you have any questions regarding Lutron's new dimmers, please contact us at 844-692-3100!

 


Occupancy sensors and dimmers help turn the lights out and savings on!

08/19/2015

Are you looking to upgrade your space for occupancy sensors and dimmers? Whether it is the light in the kitchen or in your bathroom odds are you have left it on all day while you were not even home. Everybody does it. Lutron has the solution. The Maestro® Occupancy sensing switch designed to be compatible with all lights and fans.  This device will turn off the lights even when you forget! It uses infrared technology to determine if the room is occupied and needs to be lit or when it does not.  Set you own adjustable time using either 1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes.  You will save money and the frustration of leaving the lights on unnecessarily.  

 Most dimming and sensing systems come with multiple components and are hard to set up.  But the Maestro occupancy sensing switch works with the Maestro® dimmer sensor to control the amount of light needed in your space.  This system is one simple component that requires less than 20 min of installation time due to miss-wire alerts and because no neutral is required.  No programming necessary.

 However, there are plenty of customizable settings that will meet your individual needs. You can set each light’s high and low end trim for your convenience allowing you to determine how bright or dim you want each room to be. Each light can also be set to fade on and/or off with adjustable fade time from .75 – 15 seconds. There is also a Smart Ambient Light Detection mode that senses daylight and adjusts the amount of light it should provide while adapting to your preferences over time once again saving you money.

 All Lutron sensors/dimmers are known for their durable design and you can have a little fun an add color to the mix.

 If you have any questions regarding Maestro® Dimmer Sensors or Maestro® Occupancy Sensors, please call us at 844-692-3100!

 

 


Save money with LED Downlights

06/12/2015

Looking to update your current lighting?  Switching to LEDs is the obvious choice based on savings, but what exactly are the options?  When it comes to retrofitting downlights the Halo SLD series with its ultralow profile (which is less than ¾” in height) is hard to beat.  The look remains similar to what you may already have will upgrade the performance of the light.  In fact, both the four and six inch products can be retrofit in 4”, 5”, and 6” openings.  Whether you are doing a residential or commercial upgrade, this product will be your best option.  It is suited for closets, storage areas, and basements to name a few.  It is also wet listed for installation in showers and a damp rating for walls.  Want to utilize a dimmer for those closets that are not always used?    This product has a plug in LED connector for easy installation as well as a wire adaptor for junction box wiring to meet code requirements for downlight housings.  Eaton’s patented Wavestream technology creates a highly efficient LED light that is distributed evenly for varying products.          

 Product Specs:

 HALO SLD405830

  • 4”
  • 80 CRI
  • 650 Lumens

 

HALO SLD606830

  • 6”
  • 675 Lumens
  • 90 CRI

 

Both:

  • 3000K

 Looking for more information regarding your retrofit?  Please contact us with your questions.