Although LED lighting is the most popular and one of the most efficient lighting options right now, our team still faces a lot of questions on fluorescent lighting. Aletheia Cyr, our training and development specialist, helps walk through some of the most common questions we receive on fluorescent lighting.
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About 18 months ago, we announced that we would be building an orphanage in Haiti, in order to help and care for as many as 100 orphaned children in the Caribbean country. Today, there are over 80 children who call the orphanage home, but there is more work to be done.
Part of our original vision for this project was to include a "vocational training center," where the children could learn vital, tangible skills that easily translate to in-demand jobs on the island. We have begun construction on this part of the property, and on several classrooms. And now, we're looking to accelerate construction efforts by raising funds through a special, limited time partnership with our recycling vendor.
Linear fluorescent lighting has for decades been the workhorse light source for so many applications, thanks to its long life ratings and relatively efficient use of energy. But the emergence of linear LED technology over the last decade or so has really changed the landscape, making buying decisions for linear applications more complex.
We get questions all the time about linear lighting. Is it risky to invest in LED lighting products? Are more fluorescent phaseouts ahead? What linear lighting products does Regency suggest?
Lighting manufacturers speak different dialects of the same language: part numbers. The point of our part number series is to help you to better understand what all of those characters on your light bulb mean, so you can accurately and easily order replacement products.
Understanding part numbers
We recently wrote about incandescent bulb part numbers, discussing the difficulties that come with translating a native language into a secondary language.
Some people say that there are certain languages that are easier to translate than others, because of how they are structured.
If you still have T12s in your building and they run on magnetic ballasts, you may soon face a conundrum: what do you do when your ballasts die?
Well, like T12s themselves, magnetic ballasts are becoming harder and harder to find these days. They're really no longer in production in the U.S., so most people today are running T12 fluorescents on electronic ballasts. What is a ballast? Read more >
Before we get into your options for troubleshooting this dilemma, let's briefly determine how to tell if your ballast is bad.
If you outfit your buildings with fluorescent, HID, or plug-and-play linear LED lighting, you depend on a device called a ballast.
When the right ballasts are used, the end result can mean a cost-effective lighting solution that is energy efficient and gives you advanced controls over the amount of light produced in your space. Let’s dig a little deeper.
T12 fluorescent tubes are hard to come by these days, but that's not to say they've disappeared entirely.
The tubes began to be phased out in mid-2012, which we wrote about at length in our post, "The phase out of T12s: Everything you need to know about discontinued tubes."
But if you still have T12s in your sockets and you're looking to save money on lighting in 2017, there are
I recently took a few of our new hires around some office spaces, hospitals, and hotels to observe lighting out in its natural habitat.
The majority of what we saw were fluorescent tubes. They're everywhere and their sheer ubiquity seemed to surprise a lot of the new hires who were with me, considering today's emphasis on LEDs. The fact is, fluorescents were so widely used for so long, and last so long, and remain one of the least expensive options on the market, that it's really not all that surprising that they're still everywhere.
Now, although the technology is the same, and they are all tubes, there are actually best practices around where you should and shouldn't use different tubes.
Have you ever heard a light bulb buzz?
If you answered yes, you’re actually wrong. The buzzing you hear is not coming from the bulb itself. It’s actually coming from the ballast.
Nerdy lighting technicalities, I know. . . Ballasts, light bulbs –– it's all the same, isn't it?
Well, not exactly. If you need to cover some basics