LEDs are a simple invention with huge potential to change the lighting industry for the better. Don’t know much about them? Here are three big things you need to know to get your feet under you:
What Does LED Stand For?
LED stands for light-emitting diode.
A diode is an electrical device or component with two electrodes (an anode and a cathode) through which electricity flows - characteristically in only one direction (in through the anode and out through the cathode). Diodes are generally made from semiconductive materials such as silicon or selenium - substances that conduct electricity in some circumstances and not in others (e.g. at certain voltages, current levels, or light intensities).
What is wall pack lighting, and what applications benefit from it?
Wall Pack Lights (or “exterior building lights”) are terms to describe the outdoor lighting that is commonly mounted on the outside facing walls of buildings. This type of exterior lighting is generally used to provide illumination to ground areas frequented by vehicles and pedestrians. They also function well as an added layer of security for property owners. It is not uncommon to see multiple fixtures mounted on a single building or wall, with the fixture spacing designed to provide even lighting around the grounds. Below are a few image examples of conventional wall pack lighting mounted on an exterior wall.
Parking garage lighting is a term used to describe both outdoor lighting and indoor lighting that is commonly surface, pendant, or recessed mounted to a structure’s ceiling, soffit, or overhang. This type of lighting is generally used to provide illumination to areas for vehicle and pedestrian use. Traditional HID parking garage lights, while common, aren’t the most efficient solution for your facility. In today’s post we will look at three compelling reason to convert your lights from HID to LED.
Parking Garage lighting is a term used to describe lighting that is commonly surface, pendant, or recessed mounted to a parking structure’s ceiling, soffit, or overhang. This type of lighting is generally used to provide illumination for vehicles and pedestrian use. There is a wide range of fixture sizes, shapes, and mounting types that can be categorized as lighting for parking garages or canopies. In today’s blog post we will look at 3 common issues that surround your typical HID parking garage lamp.
Before we get into the benefits of using LED troffer lighting, I would first like to define what a troffer light is. A troffer is a rectangular or square light fixture that typically fits into a modular dropped ceiling grid, often described as “recessed”. Historically troffer fixtures have been designed to accommodate standard fluorescent lamps like T12 or T8 bulbs. However, now troffer lighting is available in LED. Below we will look at three primary benefits to using this technology in your facility.
Before we describe the issues with fluorescent troffer lighting, we should first define what it is. The term troffer refers to indoor lighting fixtures that are mounted within a ceiling or ceiling grid. Troffer lights are usually installed in the following types of locations: commercial lighting, industrial lighting, retail lighting, warehouse lighting, office lighting, and classroom lighting applications. Below we will look at the three common issues that surrounding these types light fixtures.
When we discuss parking lot lighting we are making reference to the pole mounted lights frequently seen in parking lots around the country. These outdoor light fixtures, if converted to light emitting diodes (LED) can provide excellent benefits to both building owners and facility managers alike.
Parking Lot Lighting is a term used to describe the outdoor lighting that is commonly mounted on poles and located in parking lots, pathways, and driveways. This type of exterior lighting is generally used to provide illumination for vehicles and pedestrian to use. Below we will be looking at three common issues that surround typical HID parking lot lights.
In the world of lighting, the high bay is a fixture that you would find in a warehouse, a factory, a gymnasium, or any large open area with relatively high ceilings. Many existing high bay lighting and low bay lighting applications utilize high intensity discharge (HID) lamps such as metal halide, or high pressure sodium lamps.
High Bay and Low Bay Lighting are terms used to describe the indoor lighting that is commonly mounted via a pendant, chain, or directly to a ceiling or ceiling girder. These types of lights are often mounted higher than recessed troffer or fluorescent lights. So common use cases for this type of lighting are: warehouses, industrial facilities, commercial lighting spaces, retail areas and gymnasiums.
Led fluorescent tube replacements provide a range of cost, maintenance, and performance benefits to facilities utilizing fluorescent light fixtures. For managers, the common questions surround how to integrate LED lighting into their existing fixtures. Meaning do they use LED Tubes in their current lighting configuration, or instead do they replace the entire fixture? We’ll look at the primary drivers to migrate your current lighting to T8 LED bulbs.
Fluorescent Lighting is a technology that is commonly used to provide illumination for settings such as commercial lighting, industrial lighting, classroom lighting, and retail lighting. The sizes, light colors, and wattage of fluorescent tubes vary significantly. An attribute of fluorescent lighting is that the lamps themselves are mounted within a fixture (for example; Recessed Troffer), often containing between 1-8 lamps, with the fixtures themselves mounted in, directly on, or hanging from a building’s ceiling. Below are (3) common issues of fluorescent lighting that are often overlooked.
Wall Pack Lights and Building Lights are terms to describe the outdoor lighting that is commonly mounted on the exterior walls of buildings. This type of exterior lighting is generally used to provide illumination to areas for vehicles and pedestrians use, as well as for security purposes. There are three main issues surrounding conventional wall pack lighting, these issues are: high energy costs, frequent maintenance, and lighting performance concerns.
LED Lighting technology provides some excellent benefits for Parking Lot and Area Lighting applications because of how they GENERATE light and how they DISTRIBUTE light. Light Emitting Diodes generate light via a semi-conductor, as opposed to the consumption of a “fuel source” like in HID lamps. In regards to “distributing” light, LED fixtures commonly utilize “Multi-Point” sources, meaning the fixtures have multiple diodes with individual optics. When you compare this to the way most HID fixtures distribute light (with a single bulb and reflectors within the fixture), the result is light that is more evenly “distributed’ across a surface.
Parking lot and area lighting is something we all encounter on a daily and weekly basis. This type of lighting is used in every shopping center, office complex, warehouse or distribution center, and school district around the country. What I’m referring to is the pole mounted outdoor lighting used to illuminate parking lots for vehicles and pedestrians. This post will address the common issues experienced by those managing Parking Lot and Area Lighting fixtures that utilize HID lamps such as metal halide and high pressure sodium.
Real estate organizations in the area beginning to realize the benefits of transitioning buildings, parking lots, and area lighting to LED technology. Below we will share a few pictures and results from various applications that have benefitted real estate organizations and businesses by improving lighting quality, increasing energy efficiency, decreasing maintenance, and improving the overall aesthetic of a place. Did you even know that LED wall pack lights and LED pole lights could accomplish all that for your organization? Read below and learn more!
What is high bay lighting, and what applications benefit from it?
Whenever a large indoor space needs to be illuminated, high bay lighting is usually appropriate. Consider spaces like manufacturing facilities, gymnasiums, warehouses, large department stores, factories, and more; these facilities are typically vast and cover a lot of vertical as well as horizontal space. This requires powerful lighting to provide the appropriate foot-candle levels to adequately illuminate. High bay lighting fixtures typically hang from the ceiling via hooks, chains or pendants, or they may be fixed to the ceiling directly (similar to troffer lights).
LED lighting technology is fast replacing conventional lighting solutions, and for good reason, too. LEDs produce higher quality light, are more cost- and energy-efficient, and require far less maintenance than their conventional lighting counterparts (but more on all these benefits later). Like many things in life, the first step to solving a lighting problem is to acknowledge that there IS one. With that in mind, do any of these lighting problems sound familiar to you?
If you own or manage a building, warehouse, or other large facility, you really need to understand the benefits that indoor LED lighting can bring. We’ve previously discussed the benefits of LED parking lot lighting and outdoor LED lighting, but here we’ll focus on interior lighting for large facilities. Let’s get started!
LED lighting technology isn’t exactly a new thing, but there are still many industries and organizations that would benefit from learning a little more about these energy efficient lighting solutions. In this blog, we’ll discuss how indoor and outdoor LED lights can positively impact the aesthetic, efficiency, and financial bottom line for real estate organizations. We’ll also provide some helpful comparisons between conventional lighting solutions and LED lighting for real estate organizations.
Lighting is an often underestimated facet of buildings, outdoor spaces, and interiors. It can serve to enhance, detract, annoy, highlight, or even hide certain features. Even more important, lighting can play a crucial part in the energy consumption and environmental footprint of a building or space. Let’s examine different ways that LED lighting solutions can be used for both interior and exterior applications, and how LED lighting technology can decrease a building’s consumption and footprint.
When facility managers or owners are looking at how to save costs or cut down on overhead, lighting is a solution that is often overlooked. But this is an unfortunate circumstance; energy efficient lighting solutions can help an organization decrease energy consumption and maintenance costs and provide better lighting. This becomes especially true in commercial, industrial, real estate, and other applications where literally thousands of bulbs are in use every single day. Let’s discuss some of the tools currently on the market that can help facility managers and owners enhance their current lighting solution and meet their consumption, maintenance, and quality goals.
It’s been a great year for LED lighting technology thus far. As 2016 winds down, it is a good opportunity to look back and see which of our articles our readers deemed most valuable. We noticed an important trend: you are interested in learning how LED lighting technology compares to conventional types of lighting. Without further ado, here are Stouch Lighting’s best performing blogs this year - look for more of these in 2017!
It’s almost 2017, and with the change in year comes a good opportunity to identify areas to improve. Most people are concerned with personal goals around this time of year, like exercising more, eating healthier food, living more in the present, and so on. But what about other types of goal setting? If you work at all with infrastructure or own or manage facilities, you may want to consider an LED retrofit this coming year. Here are three worthwhile goals that an LED conversion can achieve for you:
LED lighting has been quickly replacing conventional lighting technology in a variety of applications. It makes sense to use LED lighting in commercial, industrial, exterior, and interior applications, but have you ever considered that LEDs could be a great fit for works of art, or impressive works of nature? Read below to learn about three different instances in which LED lighting technology has been utilized to amplify and enhance the best of nature and man’s creation.
Industrial LED lighting is changing the game for business and facility owners across the board. In the past few decades, LED lighting has outperformed other technologies in energy consumption, maintenance costs, and lighting quality (except in very particular situations). Industrial LED lighting is appropriate for a multitude of applications, but it’s a particularly good investment for parking lots, warehouses, and parking garages. Let’s examine the benefits of LED lighting, and how they can result in great improvements for industrial and outdoor spaces, especially parking areas and warehouses.
For decades, fluorescent tubes have been a longstanding fixture in many offices, classrooms, warehouses, and other facilities. While they do a fine job providing light (generally, the stereotypical harsh cubicle office glare), lighting technology has rapidly advanced in the intervening decades to provide energy efficient lighting solutions that virtually all facilities should consider. LED lighting is a viable, common sense replacement for fluorescent lamps, so let’s examine the differences between fluorescent and LED lighting solutions.
LED lighting technology is fast replacing other types of legacy bulbs, and it’s time for commercial and other types of organizations to notice. LEDs last longer, provide better light, cost less to maintain, and consume much less energy than legacy lighting fixtures. Imagine a shopping center that replaced its parking lot or exterior lighting, without even touching the interior lights...the energy and financial savings alone would be enough to finance a LED retrofit for the interior! Let’s take a look at some different applications in which commercial LED lighting has made a world of difference.
Stouch Lighting is happy to share a recent project in which we were able to meet multiple objectives for a client. M&T Bank in Wilmington, Delaware has an associated parking garage that is used 24 hours a day, and it was sorely in need of a lighting update. Stouch Lighting devised energy efficient lighting solutions that reduced M&T's consumption, as well as provided higher quality lighting for users. Let's learn a little more about how to improve parking garage lighting!
If you own or manage a parking lot, you need to consider an LED retrofit if you have legacy lighting. Whether you represent a school or university, municipality, real estate organization, or if you’re a facility manager or building owner, converting to LED lighting can have tangible benefits for your organization. Updating your parking lot lighting has great potential to improve the overall look of your space, save you money, and provide higher quality lighting. LED lighting for your parking lots are basically a one-stop shop for your organization to achieve all these benchmarks.
A cursory search on the internet will quickly reveal that LED lighting technology is fast becoming more popular - and for good reason, too. Whether you’re looking to change bulbs in your home, or completely retrofit the exterior and interior lighting of a large office building, exterior LED lighting is likely the most appropriate lighting solution. An LED retrofit is particularly suited to three types of organization as well: educational facilities, municipalities, and real estate organizations. Let’s examine why each vertical is a good candidate for exterior LED lighting, and then discuss the universal benefits of LED lighting.
Industrial facilities consume a tremendous amount of energy. Accordingly, and as you might expect, these buildings are expensive to operate. Keeping the lights on is a significant part of your facility’s cost of operations, and you may be consuming and paying for much more than you need to if you’re using conventional lighting fixtures. Fortunately, there has never been a better time to look for new energy efficient lighting solutions. LEDs are changing the landscape and are available in all of the most commonly used fixtures in commercial buildings.
One of the little things you might not be thinking about (but your certified lighting professional should be) is the concept of Effective Projected Area (EPA). EPA is an important consideration when you retrofit your outdoor lighting fixtures but it doesn’t represent what you might think when you first hear it. Effective Projected Area sounds like the amount of light projected onto the ground (or target area) but this is actually NOT the case. Nor is it the Environmental Protection Agency (perhaps more obvious). The Effective Projected Area is a two-dimensional projection of a three-dimensional object. Think of it like the object’s shadow. Since it is a two-dimensional area, the Effective Projected Area is measured in square feet (ft2).
As in most fields, the lighting industry has professional development programs and several tiers of certification tiers/designations to identify expertise in its community of members. These certifications are not a prerequisite to working in the industry and certainly not for purchasing lights but they’re useful because they highlight and help one to achieve a certain level of professional competence. We recommend working with Certified Lighting Experts because you will typically benefit from their knowledge and maximize the likelihood of having a well-installed and efficient lighting system.
Ever wonder if you should purchase lighting from a general contractor, a distributor, or manufacturer-direct? There are a lot of options to source lighting product for your facility. But which one is the best? Generally the answer varies depending on the particulars of your situation. Here’s a quick look at the three most common approaches:
1. Purchase Commercial Lighting Through Your General Contractor
You can delegate the responsibility for energy efficient lighting solutions to your general contractor. Perhaps they have a particular distributor that they work with (whether it be national, regional, or local). Or they might put the lighting portion of the contract out to bid with a number of different distributors. In either case, the management responsibility falls to your single point of contact (the GC). The GC will manage change orders, inventory, and invoicing. You’re likely to pay more for the service but you’ll have less to worry about if pricing isn’t the most critical factor under consideration.
LED lighting has a number of advantages in general when compared to conventional lighting. While LEDs provide improved energy and maintenance efficienciesas well as a better quality light, there are a few things they do for warehouses and large, open facilities in particular that most people don’t necessarily realize. Much of this has to do with the technological differences between LED lights and conventional lighting. Read the links below for a specific, issue-by-issue comparison of LEDs versus typical warehouse lights like fluorescents and metal halides (a type of HID bulb). Otherwise, focus on the big three items below where some key LED features help them to achieve large advantages when it comes to large warehouse lighting and lighting for sports complexes.
LED lighting has long been a favorite for indoor lighting applications that require small lights in hard to reach spaces not necessarily suited to larger, more conventional lighting solutions like compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. What they have not been used for in the past is larger applications like ceiling or wall mounted area lighting. For a while LEDs were not quite powerful enough, or not cost effective, in comparison to conventional solutions when it came to illuminating the entire room as desired. This is all changing. LEDs are fast becoming the go-to solution for both indoor and outdoor lighting requirements in residential and commercial properties alike. They provide an equal or better comprehensive solution in just about every lighting application you can think of. Here’s how they’re making an impact on the inside of your facility:
Here are the top-15 advantages of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting technology. They are listed sequentially based on their importance and starting with the most important item:
1. LED Light Lifespan:
Easily the most significant advantage of LEDs when compared to traditional lighting solutions is the long lifespan. The average LED lasts 50,000 operating hours to 100,000 operating hours or more. That is 2-4 times as long as most fluorescent, metal halide, and even sodium vapor lights. It is more than 40 times as long as the average incandescent bulb.
LED lighting has been on the rise for some time now but it wasn’t until 2014 when the Auger effect was identified as the principal cause of LED “efficiency droop” that the real potential revealed itself.
Have you been thinking about an LED retrofit for your facility or property? Not sure how to go about it? You came to the right place. Here’s a primer on getting your facility up to date with modern lighting.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce the completion of an LED retrofit for the West Chester Area School District. The project entailed improving the exterior lighting quality and decreasing the energy consumption associated with two different Middle Schools (E.N. Pierce and G.A. Stetson Middle School). They also wanted a solution that would reduce the time that their existing maintenance employees would have to spend maintaining and repairing the exterior lighting system. The solution involved the replacement of legacy metal halide parking lot fixtures with new, higher efficiency LEDs. The new lights are expected to reduce the school district’s energy costs by 66% (74,390 kWh per annum) which equates to $8,926 of annual savings. They were also able to save approximately $6,893 on annual maintenance costs and qualified for an energy efficiency rebate of $5,095. The combined savings were estimated to be $20,915 ($15,820 of which is expected to be an annually recurring savings amount). Stouch lighting was also able to drastically improve light levels by specifying the appropriate light distribution patterns throughout the parking facilities and installing two different types of high efficiency LED lights. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the higher quality white light provided by LEDs.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce the completion of an LED retrofit for Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute is a science museum and related education and research center based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stouch Lighting was recently enlisted to reduce the energy consumption associated with the Institute’s existing parking garage lighting as well as to implement technology designed to adapt lighting levels to the variable occupancy rates within the different levels of the garage. The solution involved the replacement of legacy High Intensity Discharge (HID) canopy lights and HID recessed fixtures with more energy efficient, higher performing LED lights. The new lights are expected to reduce the company’s energy costs by 66% (264,902 kWh per annum) which equates to $31,788 of annual savings. They were also able to save approximately $7,674 on annual maintenance costs and reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a million pounds annually. The combined annual savings were estimated to be $39,462. Stouch lighting was also able to drastically improve light levels by specifying appropriate light distribution patterns throughout the garage and installing three different types of high efficiency LED lights. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the increased light levels and the absence of blind spots (areas not receiving light) in the garage.
LED Lighting For The Outdoors and Building Exteriors
LED lighting is fast becoming the best solution for a wide variety of outdoor lighting applications. The reasons are simple: LEDs are the most energy efficient light on the market by far, they have the longest lifespan (and associated product warranties) by 2-10 times over the nearest competing technology, and they produce a very high quality light with a wide range of characteristics. They are small, steady-state lights which means they don’t present the breaking or recycling issues common with legacy lighting technology. Perhaps the only downside is that they’re not the cheapest light on the market. That said, the price continues to come down and a smart investor will recognize right away that a lifespan that could be an order of magnitude (10 times) longer than a traditional bulb is easily worth the investment. You get what you pay for after all.
Most of the focus on LED lights is on energy efficiency. Unfortunately that leaves two of the most relevant improvements (lighting quality and reduced maintenance liability) severely underappreciated. The focus of this discussion is on lighting quality. For a full discussion of the maintenance efficiencies achieved with LED lighting read here.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce the completion of an LED retrofit for the McKee Group’s outdoor storage facility in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. The McKee Group manages a self-storage facility with relatively fixed costs and was looking for a lighting solution to both reduce energy costs and improve light levels for the exterior lighting throughout the entire facility. The organization took advantage of new LED lighting to increase the light levels on the property while at the same time achieving their primary goal: reducing energy costs. Although the new energy efficient lights will save the McKee Group significant money on their annual energy bills (est. $3,753), the largest reduction in costs actually comes from improved maintenance efficiencies. Reducing maintenance costs is perhaps the most overlooked advantage of an LED retrofit and it was a big win for the McKee Group whose estimated annual savings on maintenance expenditures comes to $7,486. LEDs are such a boon in terms of maintenance savings because they last at least 2-4 times as long as virtually all conventional lighting solutions (100,000 operating hours or more for LEDs as compared to roughly 18,000 for HPS lights). This means the organization saves by not needing to repeatedly purchase replacement bulbs but also, and perhaps more significantly, on the cost of the recurring labor required to replace bulbs and maintain the facility in good working order. Total savings on energy and maintenance were estimated to be approximately $11,239.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce completion of an LED retrofit for Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. Neumann University was looking for a comprehensive turnkey lighting solution to reduce energy costs and improve light levels for the exterior lighting throughout the entire campus. Major updates include street lighting on campus, exterior lighting surrounding buildings and illuminating high traffic common areas, and parking lot lighting.
Ever wonder what’s better: High Pressure Sodium lights (and the related Low Pressure Sodium lights) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)? Well here’s a head-to-head comparison of the two followed by an in-depth discussion of each technology in turn.
High Pressure Sodium (HPS) vs Light Emitting Diode (LED) Comparison:
Retrofitting your current lighting with an energy efficient LED solution can save you up to 80% in annual (recurring) energy costs. The savings are so significant that you can finance the replacement of your legacy lighting with the cost savings you will realize from retrofitting your facilities with modern LED technology. When evaluating energy savings from advanced LED lights it’s important to understand energy terminology, financing options to ensure cash flow positive LED conversions, and to see the results from past projects where LED lighting has been successfully implemented in place of legacy solutions like fluorescent, incandescent, high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, or metal halide lighting. We’ll cover all three instances in sequence to give a comprehensive discussion of the energy efficiency advantages available with LED lighting.
The Basics: Energy In Terms Of Electricity
The first thing you need to understand is what exactly energy is in terms of lighting. There are four basic measures you need to be aware of:
As you might have noticed when you go to an evening baseball game, metal halide (MH) lamps do not achieve their full light output immediately after starting. This is why stadiums typically turn them on in advance of nightfall when it’s not quite dark enough to actually require their light. According to the Lighting Research Institute at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:
The advent of reliable, energy efficient lighting in the home and in our places of business has and continues to play a major part in the modern way of life. Along with running water’s impact on general health, and perhaps the internet’s impact on interpersonal communication, it’s hard to imagine a more impactful technology than lighting. As you might imagine, lighting has come a long way to get to where it is today. Take a quick look at this diagram by 20th Century French Illustrator Maurice Dessertenne:
LED lights are changing the landscape for real estate organizations, municipalities, large corporations, educational facilities, and small businesses looking to improve their light quality while simultaneously trying to minimize their energy and maintenance expenses. Here are five common applications where a thorough LED retrofit or conversion will pay you back sooner than you think:
LED Lighting For Parking Lots
Parking lots are a relevant lighting concern for real estate organizations, commercial property managers, government and municipalities, as well as large corporations like hospitals and universities. Major concerns include providing enough light to prevent safety incidences at night, minimizing the relatively fixed costs of operating light fixtures during the evening hours, and, to the extent that it is possible, preventing emerging maintenance costs associated with replacement lights and the labor required to change out failed components. Here is a look at the vastly improved lighting quality at the Kevon One Office Center in Pennsauken, NJ.
The EU recently corrected a minor deficiency in the rating system they use for lighting on the European continent by introducing “useful lumens.” The United States and previously Europe evaluate lighting solely in terms of lumens (vice useful lumens). As you might imagine from the new terminology, there is in fact, such a thing as a useless lumen. Does that mean that ratings speaking solely in terms of lumens are potentially suspect? Somewhat yes and somewhat no. We’ll explain.
Ever wonder what’s better: Fluorescent lights (including Compact Fluorescent Lights or CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)? Well here’s a head-to-head comparison of the two followed by an in-depth discussion of each technology in turn.
Student and faculty safety is a priority at virtually every educational facility in the country and LED lighting can be a big part of a school’s plan to help students and faculty feel more safe. How so? Take a look at the photos below and note the difference. They are “before” and “after” shots from Neumann College, located on the outskirts of Philadelphia.
Ever wonder what’s better: High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights or Light Emitting Diodes (led lighting)? Well here’s a head-to-head comparison of the two followed by an in-depth discussion of each technology in turn.
If you’ve spent any time on our blog lately, you know that we’re excited about LED lighting and how it can positively impact different organizations. Three improvements that LEDs can offer to virtually any business or building are the following:
Retrofitting your current lighting with an energy efficient LED solution can save you up to 80% in your annual lighting energy costs. The savings are so significant that you can finance the replacement with the energy cost savings you will realize as a result.
Exterior lighting in the United States has come a long way. It has evolved from its roots as an oil candle to highly efficient LED technology that is currently being introduced all around the country. Here is a quick timeline of street lighting in the United States:
Oregon recently became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. It joins Colorado and Washington, and precedes a growing list of states promoting similar legislation. In addition to recreational marijuana, 23 states and the District of Columbia have voted to allow marijuana in some degree or another for medical purposes. With the trend firmly in the legalization camp, have you ever wondered “What’s the best way to grow the stuff?” Now, we at Stouch don’t claim to be experts about this particular plant, but we are LED lighting experts. So let’s take a look at the intersection of lighting and lighting up!
Are you interested in an energy efficient lighting solution for your organization, business, or facility? Picking the most efficient lighting starts with a thorough understanding of energy terminology as it relates to electricity. The four big measures you need to be aware of are Joules, Watts, Watt-Hours, and Lumens/Watt. Let’s break them down one at a time:
If you’re new to the lighting industry, or if you're a business owner looking for energy efficient lighting solutions, you may have come across some terms that might not be entirely familiar. In a previous blog, we discussed color rendering index, color temperature, and foot-candle.
It’s all about high quality lighting! Or is it? Well one thing’s for sure...if it is, then there are three things you need to understand: CRI, CCT, and foot-candle. These are the three most relevant measures of a high or low quality light. CRI stands for Color Rendering Index (CRI) while CCT stands for Correlated Color Temperature (known simply as Color Temperature for many lights). A Foot-Candle is a measurement that describes the total amount of light hitting your target area. Let’s talk about all three measures one at a time so you can better understand how they describe the quality of the lights you’re choosing between, and how they can help you with energy efficient lighting solutions.
Have you ever wondered “When was LED lighting Invented?”Well the answer may surprise you...LEDs have been around for more than half a century! In fact, a viable working version of LED technology first came out in 1962. It was invented by 33 year old General Electric scientist Nick Holonyak Jr. Back then, GE called it “the magic one.” Really! On the back of Holonyak’s original device is inscribed: “The magic one, GaAsP."