Keeping up with lighting standards and building codes can be exhausting. If you’re in California, you already have to worry about Title 24. Now, new appliance efficiency standards (also called Title 20) are in effect.
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There is no other way to put it – the lighting industry is becoming increasingly complicated.
New companies continue to come onto the scene with bright LED lighting innovations and sometimes unbelievably low prices.
The perfect hotel lighting needs to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient. It can be difficult to find lighting that achieves all of these things, but our team is here to cut through the complexity.
Whether your commercial office building is new, dated, large, or small, proper lighting is a vital component of a functional and efficient workplace. It’s no secret that dim lighting puts strain on the eyes and lowers productivity, and harsh lighting can trigger serious migraines. Aside from employee benefit, some light fixtures also serve as decoration or accent lighting to make your facility more attractive to tenants.
Finding the perfect replacement products for these fixtures can be a hassle – and determining how to retrofit these fixtures can be confusing.
There's a long and heated debate about the use of incandescent light bulbs. We have debunked the myth that incandescent bulbs were banned in the US, but the reality is that efficiency standards have changed the way consumers shop for lighting.
And with changing efficiency standards come changes in product availability.
Regardless of your stance on the political side of this issue, we still need light in our homes, offices, schools, gyms, airports – you get the idea. So, we get regular questions about where to buy incandescent light bulbs or what the best options are for converting to LED.
We're interested in making lighting easy for our customers, so we've put together a list of the most common places you might find an incandescent bulb along with links for where you can buy either the incandescent product or a compatible LED upgrade.
With the number of LED options available today, you may feel stuck by indecision when it comes to updating the lighting for your facility. With the advancement of technology, the decision making process has become much more complicated. Color temperature. Color Rendering Index. Lumen output. And the list goes on and on.
Here are three basic tips to follow when it comes to retrofitting your lighting.
Bo Klune is our Regional Lighting Specialist Manager who oversees the Dallas and Atlanta regions. Bo has many years of experience in the lighting industry – finding the most efficient energy savings for his customers. Every day we answer countless questions surrounding the topic of energy savings so he's here to help answer some of the most common. Here's Bo with more:
Topics: Savings, Payback, & ROI, Restaurant Lighting, Energy efficiency, Retail Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Hospital lighting, Hotel lighting, Warehouse lighting, Education facility, Multifamily lighting, Commercial office lighting
Around this time last year, Philips Lighting and the City of Dubai jointly announced the development of "the world's most efficient light bulb," touting a new LED filament bulb that can reportedly produce up to 200 lumens per watt.
Solid State Lighting Design explained more about the lamps:
The busiest international port of entry in the world is 14 miles south of downtown San Diego, in San Ysidro, California. Every day, more than 20,000 people cross the U.S.-Mexico border through this port, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.
When it came time to upgrade lighting, the U.S. General Services Administration – which manages the San Ysidro property – was looking to accomplish a few primary objectives:
- Raise light levels for border agents and customs officials as they process visa paperwork, inspect vehicles, etc.
- Increase fixture life rating to limit challenging, costly maintenance atop 125-foot mastheads
- Advance toward goal of net-zero energy consumption at San Ysidro by reducing energy required by fixtures
Energy rebates can be a big boost for building improvement projects, like a lighting retrofit. But is the reward even worth the hassle?