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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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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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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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5 Reasons Schools Should Adopt LED Lighting


Jul 21, 2017 10:47:13 AM

Students are often at the forefront of the latest trends. Schools, on the other hand, wait for all of the evidence to be in before jumping on board. The evidence is now concrete and LED lighting really is the clear winner for the educational environment. Here are five reasons why:

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LED Street Lighting and Blue Light


Apr 4, 2017 6:20:00 AM

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a publication in 2016 entitled Guidance to Reduce Harm from High Intensity Street Lights, which makes recommendations about outdoor lighting sources that emit light with short wavelengths. This publication specifically focuses on the replacement of traditional lighting methods with light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

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Energy Savings Forecast of Solid State Lighting: Part 9 Building Exterior Lighting


Mar 23, 2017 9:30:00 AM

You know that you’ve made it when floodlights illuminate a path to the door of your organization. When people can clearly see your organization’s logo and the colors you selected for branding, you are more easily distinguished from the competition.

All other things being equal, a building lit up by exterior lights will typically be more inviting and attractive to visitors than a dark building. Issues of aesthetics as well as safety come into play when you are considering the lights that illuminate your building.

Let’s say the architecture and design of your building are striking or even unique. There is no need to hide this from people at night when floodlights will easily showcase the beauty and power of the structure.

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Energy Savings Forecast of Solid State Lighting: Part 8 Parking Lot and Garage Lighting


Mar 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

How would you feel, walking into a dark parking lot or parking garage at night with insufficient lighting? It can be a scary experience that many people will strive to avoid entering even with a security guard escort by their side, let alone by themselves. That’s prudent, since light help keeps criminals away.

The natural inclination is to throw up as much lighting as possible. However, if your parking lot and garage lighting systems weren’t installed in the last decade, odds are you are using outdated and inefficient lights that cost more to run and replace than their LED alternatives.

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