New energy efficient lighting options

I ran across a company last week called MaxLite. They had some extremely cool new lighting products that could be very applicable to the industrial and commercial electrical supplies market. I want to say upfront that I have not seen any of these products in a working environment, but I have seen the products work in a demo situation.

First, Maxlite has a high lumen CFL (compact fluorescent) for use as a field replacement for metal halide lamps all the way up to 400w (yes, 400w!). How it works is you replace the 175, 250, or 400w HID lamp with the high lumen CFL. The CFL typically seems to run about half the watts as the HID lamp. You bypass the HID ballast inside the ballast housing and, BAM, you have cut your watts in half without replacing the fixture.

Seems to good to be true huh? It seems very intriguing but there are a few things to consider. First, the lamp life is rated around 10,000 hrs. This is pretty low compared to HID or the other option of replacing the entire fixture with 46,000hr T8’s. Also the temperature rating is around 100 or 120 deg F which will be an issue in some areas and applications.

They did a very nice design with an integral heatsink and cooling fan, but be sure to consider the worst case temperature when looking at this. I think this could be a viable option for some circumstances, just be sure to look at all the application angles. T8 and T5 linear high bays or even 320w metal halide with pulse start will probably be a better choice for most applications, but this could be a fit for some.

They also have some other neat products, LED PAR replacements, LED light bars and my favorite…… a 2×4 LED lay-in fixture. This is the first LED 2×4 I have personally seen that works. It is not a bunch of LED’s formed to fit in T8 lamp sockets like some others have tried, it is an actual flat array of LED’s. Also, the profile is very, very slim, which is great for retrofit applications. The light output seemed adequate and the color seemed fine too.

The price is up there for the 2×4 and also the 2×2 (yes, they have a 2×2). They are probably selling in the field for around $600 for a 2×4. I’m not sure how many will be sold at that price, but it is an interesting option for those that are hooked on LED’s. Be sure to check them out or call your local lighting distributor for info. Maxlite.com

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The Definite Recessed Lighting Trim Guide

One of the most important aspects of home design and decoration is lighting. Lighting can accentuate architectural faces, artwork or other objects providing the home owner has the right plan in place for lighting. Different colors and types of lighting can easily create different ambiances and modes in the home and property. Recessed Lighting offers a great way of doing that.

Architects and builders have been using recessed lighting for years for their remodeling and home design projects. Since the beginning recessed lighting solutions have evolved from a few basic formats to an array of styles, sizes and colors.

There are virtually no limitations as to what recessed lighting trim can be used for. It can create custom look and feels matching whatever decor the home owner has in mind.

Recessed lighting trim can therefor match the decorating scheme of the house and property while providing the functionality needed in the home or particular room that it is installed in. Different types of recessed lighting trim are available for purchase, like:

Open trims – This is the basic style of recessed lighting that consists of a simple trim around the opening of your lighting assembly. This trim can come in a variety of colors and finishes.

Reflector trims – Exactly as it sounds, this type of trim uses reflective surfaces to mirror light. This creates a brighter light in your home space and best used for areas where you work such as the kitchen, garage workspace or home office.

Then there are architectural trims that can provide a custom look for specific design elements of an area or room. They can be purchased from various vendors offering them or custom made in case none of the pre made solutions can be applied to the room or solution the home owner is looking for.

Baffle trims on the other hand are used in situations where a beam of light should be pointed in a specific direction. This is being achieved by reflectors that are located inside the lighting fixture that bundle and direct the light. They also reduce the glare of light that is normally emitting from the fixtures.

Adjustable or directional trim – What you need to know about this recessed lighting trim is that it is quite versatile. You can adjust the direction of the light beaming from it so that you can illuminate specific areas such as a reading nook or special art objects.

Additional recessed lighting trims are available including glass trims, pinhole trims, wall wash trims, shower trims or diffuser trims each designed for a specific purpose. Many options are available when selecting recessed lighting trims.

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Tuscany Lighting – Enlighten the Beauty of Your Home

Tuscany lighting has soft qualities and it grants a gorgeous appearance to your home at dawn or dusk. You can use it in the morning muted. You can have Tuscany candle holders at night to enhance the joyous moments in the outdoor dinner parties. Tuscany decoration with light can help to set the romantic mood and you can plan for an enthusiastic garden party. It offers an inviting ambience and warm feeling to the guests.

You can add some other themes to enhance the Tuscany home decor. You can use the details of grapes, olives, scrolled ironwork, earthy tones like olive green and terracotta and Italian garden scenes. You can add textures like maple, tapestry or ceramic tile, which can increase the Tuscany feel.

You can put a Tuscany Motif to your rooms by including wrought iron lighting. The wrought iron chandelier hanging in the dining room or bedroom can provide a beautiful backdrop for all your parties and get together.

You can add Tuscany Outdoor lighting to your garden. Tuscany inspired candelabra is the most fascinating way to enhance the feel. You can include candles and can plan a fabulous outdoor meal. Black wrought iron can offer that elegant appearance.

While planning Tuscan home decor, you need to pay attention to every single detail. You can get inspirations from ornate tapestries or designs in the Tuscan lighting. You can even pick up designs from natural details like clusters of grapes or branches of olive tree. The iron scroll work chandeliers can be accented with fascinating details like tear drop crystals. The most interesting feature of Tuscan-inspired lighting is its versatility. You can decorate it any way that you wish. You can select formal or informal appearance. Everything suits your Tuscan home decor.

You can add more colors to enhance the Tuscan decoration. You can go for wall sconces. Wall sconces having floral details painted on them offer a royal look to your living room. A rustic style table lamp or hurricane lamp can increase the charm of the room. If you want to give more details, you can select large pendant lamps. You can hang them off a wrought iron chandelier base. Beige or off-white color can augment the entire appearance of the room.

It is advisable to select Tuscan table lamps with plain paper shades. Choosing some inspiring earthy colors like olive green, apricot or gold can add an artistic look to the room. Planning Tuscan home decor is not appealing but also very simple. A little effort can help you to bring life to your home.

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LED area site lighting

I wanted to post a brief article on LED area site lighting to give an idea of where the concept is at and where it seems to be going. Currently, parking areas and outdoor site lighting is performed mostly with HID lighting. Both Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lamps are used. With trying to get average and minimum foot candles for projects, you get a variation in foot candles that can cause areas of too much light, areas with shadowing and even light spillage/trespass. Lighting designer engineers and manufacturer’s have done a good job with HID lighting but have pretty much hit the point where there is not more room for improvement due to the fixture and reflectors can’t get much more efficient with the light distribution.

This is where the power of LED’s comes into play. Sure it’s more energy efficient, but it’s in the ability to control the angle and direction of each LED in the array of an LED fixture that gives the major benefit. Why so? By controlling the angle, the variation of foot candles can be much lower overall than traditional methods and you can then base the lighting levels based on minimums instead the average. With LED site lighting you will get less shadowing, trespass, conserve light, and probably use less fixtures. The color rendering is better as well which is great for security.

The major players that seem to be emerging are Beta, GE, and Kim. Be on the lookout over the next 3 to 4 years in the industrial electrical products market to see more breakthroughs in LED site lighting!

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