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.
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'll focus on what IP ratings are, and what they can tell you about that particular product.
The newest movement for successful gyms across the country involves more than just adding extra equipment and classes. What they are embracing is something that sets them apart in the competitive fitness industry that others have been slow to adopt. What is it? It’s none other than red light therapy treatment. This total body enhancement is becoming very popular among gym enthusiasts and has been a smart fit for fitness businesses with good reason.
By learning more about the advantages that LED lighting can bring to both your school and the students attending, you can make an informed decision for future generations. After hundreds of installations in school districts across the country, our team of experts understand the benefits that come as a result of switching to LED technology. In this new post, we explore four of those top benefits derived from the use of LED lighting in schools.
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.
Designing a retail space involves a lot more than choosing product placement, but not everybody realizes all the components that go into a well-designed space. Lighting, for instance, is one of the most important details in a retail space and can have a huge impact on the business. In fact, with the right lighting, you can drive revenue by boosting sales and reducing costs. There are four key elements to implement lighting: setting the right mood for your space, guiding customers through your store, highlighting your product selection, and cutting costs associated with lighting maintenance and energy bills.
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.
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.
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.