Category Archive: Lighting Design

LED Lighting is Making Niagara Falls More Impressive at Night

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board recently completed an LED lighting project for the site, with the goal of improving energy efficiency while enhancing the visual appeal of the landmark during nighttime. The Niagara Falls were previously lit with xenon lamps, which offer a potent output but are unable to match the energy efficiency, color flexibility […]

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12/09/2016   /   , , , ,

Deploying Smart LED Lighting for Inventory Control

Deploying Smart LED Lighting for Inventory Control

The big-box store industry is simple in principle but fiercely competitive: these stores deal mostly with basic products that show few differences across brands, and whoever has the lowest price wins. Distribution centers represent a considerable source of expenses for large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour, and these companies are seeking innovative technologies that […]

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Choosing Between Integral LED Troffers and Replacement Tubes

LED lighting is now a viable upgrade for fluorescent lighting in commercial settings, offering savings of over 30 percent and a service life that is two to five times longer, depending on the specific product chosen. There are two main approaches a company can follow when deploying commercial LED lighting: Using LED tubes designed for […]

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01/08/2016   /   , , ,

How Do Different Types of LED Tubes Compare in Terms of Efficacy?

How Do Different Types of LED Tubes Compare in Terms of Efficacy?

Ever since 2010, the US Department of Energy has been running the LED Lighting Facts program, which has the goal of providing information on LED products from manufacturers who are committed to industry standards when testing their products and reporting performance. The LED Lighting Facts label provides key pieces of information on lighting performance, including: […]

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Rated Life and Lumen Maintenance Life: Know the Difference

When dealing with LED lighting sources, the definition failure can be very broad. There are scenarios where it is obvious, for example if a fixture is damaged beyond repair by an electric fault. However, light sources also suffer a deterioration of their luminous output over time, and a fixture that can no longer provide enough […]

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Maintenance Savings with LED Lighting

LED products are often advertised based on their direct energy savings, but that is only one of many benefits they offer. Other than being energy efficient, LED lighting is characterized by being robust and having a long service life, which translates into significant maintenance savings over the service life of an installation. LED Lighting Lasts […]

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13/06/2016   /   , , ,

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading to LED Lighting

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading to LED Lighting

LED lighting offers significant energy savings while also reducing maintenance expenses, and when used in air-conditioned spaces it also reduces the cooling load. In addition, there are applications where LED lighting offers safety and automation advantages over traditional types of lighting. However, proceeding with an LED retrofit while disregarding the technical aspects of lighting design […]

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Saving on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with Efficient Lighting

LED products are typically advertised based on their direct energy savings, but they also offer significant maintenance savings due to their long service life. Also, in applications where lamps operate inside air-conditioned or refrigerated spaces, there are considerable savings to achieve by reducing the heat emission of the lighting system, and by extension the load […]

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19/04/2016   /   , ,

A Guide to Financial Analysis for LED Retrofits

A Guide to Financial Analysis for LED Retrofits

Why Retrofit to LED Lighting? When the lighting in a facility is upgraded to LED, the main benefit achieved is a direct reduction of the watts consumed by each lighting fixture, while keeping the same luminous output. These benefits are evident just from looking at luminaire specifications; for example, if you replace a 460-watt metal […]

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TM-30 Standard: Enhanced Lighting Characterization Over CRI

Currently, the Color Rendering Index (CRI) is the standard metric used by the lighting industry to characterize how faithfully a light source renders the true colors of an object. A disadvantage of the CRI is that it condensates color rendering performance into single value, which limits the information that is provided. The CRI also penalizes […]

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Laser Lighting: The Potential Successor of LED Technology

One thing that characterizes technology is constant evolution, and lighting fixtures are no exception. New technologies constantly emerge, offering superior performance than the products they replace, eventually displacing them from the market. At the moment, LED lighting represents the state of the art in the lighting industry. However, according to Dr. Shuji Nakamura, laser diodes […]

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How to Level the Playing Field with Lumen Output Claims

Key decisions in the lighting design process depend on access to reliable data about the proposed light source. Before specifying luminaires and their locations, lighting designers must consider aspects such as power consumption, lumen output, color temperature and the way in which light is distributed in 3-dimensional space. For instance, a luminaire that will be […]

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