If you outfit your buildings with fluorescent, HID, or plug-and-play linear LED lighting, you depend on a device called a ballast.
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Fluorescent lighting. You probably already have an idea of what it is. Maybe you even understand a little about how it works.
Healthcare facilities are created to focus on one thing: providing quality care for patients. Unlike other commercial buildings, hospitals and medical centers require lights on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means a constant schedule of replacing burnt out light bulbs.
When it comes time to get your building permits and pass inspection, a tiny little sticker on your lighting fixture could end up being the difference between opening on-time or weeks of delays.
Knowing ahead of time about the standards and certifications that inspectors may be looking for will help you to stay sane through getting a space permitted, passing inspection, and opening.
When you're catering to the needs of an entire facility, it can be challenging to save on energy costs. Commercial office buildings might contain several different companies, which means you're trying to serve all of their lighting and energy preferences the best you can.
The headline of this article might make you scratch your head a little. Schools are essential – and so are the major systems that help create and promote learning environments. How can they become more energy efficient?
Creating a healthy learning environment for students is a top priority, but there may be costs that are out of your control. We understand that's tough to balance.
If you had asked us a couple of months ago, we thought we would be writing about new light bulb restrictions that could potentially phase out incandescent light bulbs. New energy efficiency standards for light bulbs were set to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
Multifamily properties are an increasingly popular housing option. Around one in six households in the United States live in an apartment or condo.
It's no wonder why energy costs are so high. You're supplying multiple families who choose their own air conditioning set points and light levels.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that if every multifamily property made energy-efficient upgrades, utility costs would decrease by $3.4 billion across the U.S.
Does reading a light bulb part number make your eyes want to cross or glaze over?
Just like languages, some light part numbers can be extremely hard to translate and understand. It doesn’t help that each manufacturer speaks a different dialect.
Lighting products are full of specifications. Some of them impact the overall performance of the lighting system, and some of them make a significant impact on light levels, color, or energy consumption.
When it comes to ballasts, do you know what to look for? Ballast factor is one of those often overlooked or misunderstood specs that can make a big difference in your linear fluorescent lighting system.
In this article, we’re answering three key questions related to ballast factor. You can click on the questions to jump ahead to the section.