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True American Manufacturing: LED Lighting Products Made in Texas


Sep 4, 2018 5:00:00 AM

How often do you go to the store and get frustrated because everything you see is made from China, Mexico, or somewhere else? More consumers today want to support American businesses, but it’s hard to do so when much of what's available is imported from other countries and American-made product alternatives are non-existent. XtraLight is proud to manufacture LED lighting solutions in Houston, Texas and there are tremendous benefits to buying American-made LED products domestically versus offshore.

 

 

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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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Enhancing Efficiency: Where to Find Funding for LED Projects


Jun 8, 2017 10:03:53 AM

Reducing energy use is essential for both the environment and the success of your business, and one of the most effective ways to do this is by switching to LED lighting. LED, or light emitting diode, lighting uses only a fraction of the energy traditional bulbs do to produce the same amount of illumination. While converting to LED lighting will save money in the long run, finding the initial budget allocation can sometimes stop a project before it even starts. If you’re looking to upgrade your building’s efficiency but aren’t sure where to get the money, consider the following resources.

Maximize Data Center Efficiency with LED Lighting


May 24, 2017 10:30:56 AM

To say that energy efficiency is important in the context of a data center is something of an understatement. The Federal Energy Management Program that was created under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, for example, outlines recommendations for ways that data centers can reduce energy consumption by between 20% and 40% just by applying best management energy-efficiency measures and strategies.

6 Reasons to Schedule a Professional Lighting Assessment


May 17, 2017 3:39:30 PM

Taking advantage of the latest upgrades in lighting technology may not only provide you a better aesthetic experience, but you can also benefit from cost savings across the board. Here are just a few of the top reasons to schedule a professional lighting assessment in order to help you decide if an LED lighting upgrade makes sense for your building or property.

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Energy Savings Forecast of Solid State Lighting: Part 6 - Low Bay & High Bay Lighting


Mar 2, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Low bay and high bay lighting are ubiquitous in many commercial and industrial facilities. They are almost part of the background, so it is relatively easy to become accustomed to using them without realizing improved lighting technology is available that will save energy and money.

 

With so much energy being expended on lighting our enterprises, it makes sense that lawmakers would want to encourage the development of lamps that use as little power as possible while providing maximum illumination.

Energy Savings Forecast of Solid State Lighting: Part 5 - Linear Light Fixtures


Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Changes are coming to the way we provide linear light in industrial and commercial facilities. Prompted by a mandate to conserve energy and generate less pollution, the United States government is encouraging the nation’s businesses to take a close look at how they illuminate their spaces.

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