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Working Efficiently: Why A Lighting Assessment Might Be Necessary For Your Office Space


Jul 23, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Facility managers are realizing more often now that lighting can impact energy expenses and how it could contribute to savings as well. Analysis shows that thoughtful consideration to office lighting design can transform the workplace into an environment that increases productivity, enhances awareness and is more inviting overall.

How do you know what the appropriate lighting design is for your office? Since there isn’t necessarily a cookie-cutter solution for everyone, a lighting assessment can investigate your current system for opportunities to transition to more efficient lighting technology.

 

 

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Expertly Educated: 8 Lighting Industry Certifications


Jul 16, 2018 5:28:00 AM

Lighting is one of those things that modern, 21st-century residents and professionals simply take for granted. Just flip a switch, and you're able to see and complete whatever task you have in front of you, regardless of whether there are no windows in the room, or if it's 10 o'clock at night. But lighting, despite being an older, fairly stable technology, continues to evolve and so have people's needs for new solutions. The type of lighting a child needs to do his or her homework at night is very different from the kind of lighting a staged play needs to ensure an audience can see the action. That's why lighting experts, with varying certifications, exist.

While lighting doesn't require a degree or a license the way medical or electrical expertise does, certain kinds of lighting needs will require someone with a recognized level of knowledge, experience, and quality track record. For these needs, several lighting certifications have arisen to promote the knowledge and skill set of specific lighting requirements. Let’s go into eight of those certifications now, and see what they mean for you and your lighting needs.

 

 

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The Critical Role of a Lighting Designer


Jul 11, 2018 6:10:00 AM

Without light, we cannot see, and since so many of our daily activities are inherently tied to our ability to perceive shape, form, color and depth, the technology that creates light has become central to our lives.

Lighting has made much advancement over the decades, regarding the technology to create it, the science of understanding it, and the design sensibility to install and display it for maximum effectiveness. However, there can often be more to the creation and installation of light in a building than just installing wiring, switches and then turning on the lights. Lighting designers are playing an increasingly important role in lighting needs for both commercial and pedestrian areas, and there are several good reasons you should consult them for your space.

 

 

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How Does LEED Affect Lighting Design?


Jul 2, 2018 5:00:00 AM

There is an ongoing initiative in architecture and construction to make buildings better. Improved design and architecture isn't motivated purely by cost, or aesthetic appeal either. It is about the creation of structures that are not just better for us, but better for the world that we live in.

Part of this initiative is a certification known as "LEED" for buildings. But what does it mean to have a LEED certified building, and what role does lighting play in the creation of a LEED-certified building? Let's take a look at that now.

 

 

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6 Things About LED Parking Lot Lighting That You Should Know


Apr 16, 2018 11:22:41 AM

 

Keeping a parking lot lit all night can get expensive, especially during times of the year when daylight hours are at a minimum. Getting enough light spread throughout a parking lot is another dilemma many business owners face. Dark spots in parking areas can encourage a criminal element. Walking through a poorly lit parking lot makes employees, customers, and other visitors feel unsafe. It also potentially leaves you open to litigation for accidents that occur in areas without adequate lighting. Replacing or upgrading your existing parking lot lights may seem like an exorbitant expense, but can you really afford to not look at your options? Parking lot lighting systems installed more than a decade ago may utilize inefficient lights and cost more to run than new LED alternatives. Utility cost savings, lower maintenance costs, and longer life spans also give LED lighting options a good ROI that can quickly offset your replacement costs. While researching your options, here are the 6 things about LED parking lot lighting you should know:

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Top Concerns Architects Have When Integrating Lighting Products Into Their Designs


Mar 8, 2018 4:58:45 PM

Experienced architects understand the importance of a great LED lighting solution. For commercial projects, architectural lighting fixtures are not only a matter of taste and style but also a major safety concern and functional part of the building you are designing. Because of this, architects need to work with the best commercial LED lighting experts in the business and XtraLight is one of the most knowledgeable and helpful manufacturers and industry experts around.

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XtraLight Brings McCarthy Ford Into The Light


Jan 12, 2018 12:15:52 PM

McCarthy Ford switches to XtraLight™ LED lighting to help reduce their energy and maintenance costs and to help showcase their inventory in a better light.

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LED Solutions: Choosing Between LED Retrofit Kits and New LED Fixtures


Aug 30, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The rapid expansion of LED technology in troffers, high-bays and other lighting applications has caught not just manufacturers but facility managers off-guard. There are clear benefits to LED lighting, such as low energy costs and longer lifetime performance. However, most people are not working with new construction. 

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Infographic: LED Lighting and the Efficient Data Center


Aug 24, 2017 2:50:41 PM

Data centers utilize a significant amount of energy and more and more of them are popping up every day to handle all of our digital storage needs. While lighting doesn't account for the majority of a data center's energy usage, it is still a significant enough not to overlook. The latest recommendations from the TIA (Telecommunication Industry’s Association) recommend for LED lighting with "Follow Me" lighting controls and sensors that allow for light to only turn on in when workers are present. The bottom line? For anyone interested in maximizing Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE) in their data center, LED fixtures are a must.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of LED Lighting? Click here and we'll tell you all about it.

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What Does Made in America Really Mean?


Aug 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The words "Made in America" are more than a marketing slogan. When you see "Made in America" or "Made in USA," you are actually looking at a legal phrasing that is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As the entity that is tasked with preventing unfair market practices, the FTC closely monitors the use of "Made in America."

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