Mar 152013
 

White Cove Lighting in a Conference Room 200x300 How To Make Your Office Lighting More Energy Efficient
This article is part of a series here on the blog about how to save the most energy with lighting in your home or business.

Lighting accounts for at least 28% of the energy used in the average office building. That translates to a pretty hefty chunk of the monthly budget. But, by making big and small energy-efficient updates, you can spend less and enjoy a more comfortable office environment.

Big Changes…

If you still use incandescent or outdated fluorescent overhead lights, it’s time for an upgrade.

LEDs use about 80% less energy to generate the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs. They also last about 25 times longer. So, if you use incandescent light bulbs in your recessed cans, you should replace them with LED lamps or retrofits. LEDs excel at downlighting, because they’re naturally a directional light source. Today’s models have light output and color quality very similar to incandescent lights, so you might not notice the change until you look at your energy bill.

If you have older fluorescent lighting in your office (like T12s), you’re also not saving as much energy as you could. T12 technology is over 70 years old, and incidentally was taken out of production last year. If you exchange your T12s for T8s, you’ll use 45% less energy. Not to mention, the color temperature and light quality of fluorescent lights have improved dramatically over the past few decades, so new lights could be a huge morale boost for all the office workers.

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Smaller Changes…

Office lighting isn’t just about what’s on the ceiling. To make sure you’re saving the most energy possible, you also need to take a critical look at the smaller light fixtures in the office.
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Mar 142013
 

Photoluminescent Exit Sign 300x208 Product Spotlight: The FreeLite Photoluminescent Exit Sign
I’m very excited to share one of our most innovative products here at Pegasus Lighting – the FreeLite Photoluminescent Exit Sign.

This special exit sign uses absolutely no electricity and generates light that can be seen up to 100 feet away!

How is that possible? Well, the sign’s innovative photoluminescent technology absorbs the ambient light around it and stores it to use when the lights go dark. It does this completely on its own; it doesn’t require any extra maintenance or upkeep. No attention at all, really.

You may have experience with other self-illuminating signs, but unlike those our photoluminescent sign isn’t radioactive (it contains no tritium). You don’t have to test it periodically, and it’s completely recyclable, so you don’t have to worry about extra disposal costs. Continue reading »

Feb 182013
 

This post is the second in a series on energy-efficient lighting. We’re reviewing all kinds of spaces in homes and businesses to help you save energy.

According to Pacific Gas & Electric’s Food Service Technology Center, restaurants are the biggest energy users in the retail world. Did you know that lighting accounts for about 13% of all energy used in the average restaurant? This sounds like an industry ready for some energy savings.

If you’re still using traditional filament lamps to illuminate your eatery, cafe, or diner, 75% of the energy your lights consume – of the energy you pay for to power those lights – is wasted, given off as heat.

By making easy upgrades to energy-efficient lights in your restaurant, you can save upwards of 75% of the energy used to operate your lights. Plus, newer, innovative light sources can give your customers an elegant and memorable dining experience.

Restaurant Lighting How To Make Your Restaurant Lighting More Energy Efficient

Here are a few simple suggestions to save energy and hard-earned cash with your restaurant lights:  Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Feb 052013
 

PAR LED LED Rebates For 2013
Considering switching your commercial lighting to LEDs this year? Learn how to get the most out of lighting rebates and incentives. 

Have you gone shopping for new light bulbs or fixtures lately? If the answer is yes, you’re probably aware that LED lighting options have saturated the market as energy efficient alternatives to incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent lights.

But, what you might not know is that there are tons of rebates and incentives out there for buying LEDs that can help you save money when making the switch.

Since January 2012 the number of rebate programs for LEDs has increased by 54%.

Here’s an overview of the kind of rebates your company can expect in 2013:

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If you’re already familiar with rebates from electric utilities and government organizations in your area, you may notice that the dollar amounts for most rebates have decreased over the past year. The average rebate for an LED replacement lamp has gone down by 7% since last January. Rebates amounts also decreased for LED fixtures: recessed down lights decreased by 66%, accent lighting by 12%, and high bay fixtures by 8%.

You needn’t be alarmed by these numbers, though. They’ve only been adjusted to match the lower prices of LEDs in 2013. Less money is necessary to make purchasing an LED financially attractive. Also, since there are over twice the programs this year, money is even more accessible. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 5, 2013 at 11:18 am
Oct 192012
 
One Taste Intro1 265x300 Reviving Your Commercial Lighting: Study of an Avant Garde Health Club

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I recently ran across an article on CONTEMPORIST.com, featuring the One Taste Holistic Health Club in Hangzhou, China designed by Crox International.
This space, created to cleanse and relax the mind and body uses commercial lighting strategies in new and unexpected ways. I think there’s a lot we can learn from the lighting design in this space – after all, wouldn’t you love it if your office, store, or hotel had this same inviting, rejuvenating atmosphere? I’ve picked out 5 key lighting concepts from this to share.

Let’s delve:

1. Always, always, always layer lights. In this lounge area, there are bold ceiling lights interspersed with recessed cans, shelf lighting, artistic floor lamps, and natural light from the right hand windows.

One Taste Light Layers Reviving Your Commercial Lighting: Study of an Avant Garde Health Club

Image via CONTEMPORIST.com

Everyone probably knows light layering is the #1 rule in residential lighting design, but we can often neglect it in professional settings. Light layers can transform that standard gloomy, fluorescent malaise into something calm and energizing. Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm
May 092012
 

Jewelry doesn’t sparkle and shine on its own – the reason a gem looks radiant is because of the way it reflects light! That being said, lighting is integral to retail design in a jewelry store. You want your displays to entice customers and show off your products in all their brilliance! Hopefully, we can help. This post will lay out options for various jewelry lighting displays.

Jewelry Lighting 3 A Guide To Retail Jewelry LightingThe Illuminated Wall Display:

Planning on featuring jewelry within shelving units alongside a wall of your store? It’s a great way to display a large amount of inventory, but it’s important to make sure items don’t get lost in the shadows.

For the most dramatic effect, use puck lights to call attention to individual pieces, as seen in the photo to the right. Puck lighting above jewelry creates beautiful silhouettes and puts a spotlight on each piece.

If you love the look of evenly illuminated in-wall shelving displays, there is a way to avoid the spotlight effect. For a more subtle glow, install light fixtures on the inside edges of your shelves. See these photos for an example of this type of display case installation. You can accomplish this using our Xenon Low Voltage Light Strip or any of our microfluorescent fixtures. Continue reading »

Apr 042012
 

It can be difficult to visualize exactly how a display lighting fixture is going to look after installation. Unlike decorative pendants or elegant chandeliers, the focus is not the light fixture. In fact, you usually know a display light is doing its job if you hardly notice the light fixture at all! We have a wide variety of display lights – halogen, LED, flexible, battery-operated, and more. Admittedly, the product images we have are not too exciting. The shining moment for a display light, if you will, is after installation. Once they’re illuminating that exhibit or painting, you can see the point.

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This is our PAR Halogen Telescoping Display Light. We’ve heard back from customers who have used this for museum exhibits, trade show booths, retail displays, signs, wall hangings … the list goes on. One of our favorite applications for this light is depicted in the photo below. Held each year in South Dakota, the  Motorcycles As Art exhibit “captures the personal expression, creativity and spirit that permeate the history and culture of motorcycling.” Photographer Michael Lichter used this display light as gallery lighting for the exhibit.

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Dec 192011
 

Believe it or not, these swanky photos show the interior of a (luxury) motor coach. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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It was designed for the cosmetics brand Artistry as a salon showcase on wheels. Inside, there’s space for lounging, refreshments, product displays, and demonstrations. Outside, there’s purple under-glow lighting, a massive awning,  a full graphics wrap, and a TV. This project is one of many unique masterpieces designed by Creative Mobile Interiors (CMI).

CMI builds custom motor coaches for a wide variety of customers – as their designer Aaron Lane says – “from radical tailgating RVs to off-the-grid camping Sprinters to executive luxury motor homes to mobile doctor’s offices… our goal is custom.”

We are proud that some of our light fixtures have made their way into CMI-designed coaches! You can see our T5 Microfluorescent Low-Profile Light Fixtures in action below in the left photo, illuminating the glass display case.
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 Posted by on December 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Oct 112011
 

energyefficientlighting Energy Efficient Lighting Guide For Business People Who Arent Lighting TechiesRealEnergyWriters.com and The Daily Energy Report recently came together to publish a comprehensive, no-nonsense report on energy efficient lighting.

I read how-to articles and news reports every day about energy efficient lighting. This guide is top-tier. It’s easy to understand (written “for business people who aren’t lighting techies”), it includes valuable information (i.e., details on available government rebates and links to apply), and it’s based on cost-benefit analyses (you can even calculate exactly how much money your business will save using the included charts).

If you are a business person looking for one document that will explain everything you need to know about energy efficient lighting, look no further. If you’re considering installing energy efficient lighting, ‘greening’ your facility, or simply looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, this guide will be incredibly helpful.

The 44-page report is normally available for $189, but our friends at The Daily Energy Report are offering Light Reading readers a 10% discount if you use the promo code “PEGASUS.” Follow the link for the deal.

We normally don’t advertise deals here, but we are all about lighting education – especially when it comes to energy efficiency! Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.

 

 Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Aug 092011
 

battle of buildings EPAs Battle of the Buildings Contenders Head to HeadThe Environmental Protection Agency launched its first National Building Competition in April 2010.  Fourteen buildings across the country competed to see who could reduce their energy use the most in a year.  The winner was Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a reduction in energy use of 35.7 percent.  Among a number of strategies, the residence hall retrofitted their lighting, replacing 54-watt CFLs with 13-watt CFLs.

In this year’s “Battle of the Buildings, ” 245 buildings across the nation are competing for the energy-saving challenge.  So far, the 245 buildings have already saved a cumulative $3.7 million in energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to what 2,300 homes would generate in a year.

It’s at the midway point (the winners will be announced November 2), and the EPA has announced the top contenders in each building category and their percentage of energy reduction to date.  Another residence hall from UNC-Chapel Hill is in the mix, but there are quite a few buildings ahead of them! Continue reading »