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The Architect Cheat Sheet: Simplifying Recessed Troffer Lighting


May 14, 2019 6:06:00 AM

Illuminating subtly from the ceiling, recessed lighting is a popular form of architecture that is specified for a wide range of new construction applications. While predominantly used for office spaces or conference rooms, architects are finding new and unique opportunities to feature recessed lighting in their projects. However, selecting the right luminaire, with the right performance, is a critical component of design for architects to perfect. When done well, layering light correctly can create a beautiful environment or create a wreck of a setting when not. Ideally, architects can rely on lighting designers to make sure that they have the correct spacing, illumination output and color temperature for the climate. By doing so, you can create visual interest in a space and avoid dull areas.

 

 

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What is an IP Rating? 4 Things You Should Know


Apr 17, 2019 6:07:00 AM

When searching through product specification sheets, you’ll often come across an IP rating that’s been defined by the manufacturer. What do those numbers mean and what does an IP rating indicate? In this new blog post, we focus on what IP ratings are and what they can tell you about that particular product.

 

 

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Decoding Dilemma: Lighting Product Listings Explained


Oct 15, 2018 5:16:00 AM

When you look at a product's specification sheet or its packaging, you'll notice that there are specific listings or approvals designated for that particular product. As new lighting products are created or even when existing products are updated, manufacturers test and certify their products with Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) recognized by OSHA for safety standards. XtraLight is often asked what these listings indicate, which ones are most important, and what the differences are. Instead of endlessly searching the internet for answers, here are some facts about common lighting product listings and what they represent.

 

 

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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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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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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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