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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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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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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.

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 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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