Feb 212013
 

This week, we’re spotlighting a light fixture that can really help you put the “spotlight” on your favorite indoor and outdoor architectural features.

Meet the LED In-Ground Accent Light:

LED Accent Lights

Each of these LEDs uses only 1.4 watts of power to create a generous flood beam. The lights have a durable stainless steel body, and a rated life of 50,000 hours, so the beauty they provide will stand the test of time.

Uses

When you’re traipsing up and down flights of stairs, these LEDs can light your way.

When you’re strolling on walkways (inside and outside), these LEDs can speckle your path with their beauty.

When you’re enjoying your landscape after dark, these LEDs can show it off in the best light.

When you’re enamored with the architecture of your home or building, these LEDs can help you enhance it. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 21, 2013 at 10:30 am
Feb 112013
 

Computer Keyboard  and Monitor
At the University of Strathclyde, researchers are developing tiny LEDs that can deliver Wi-Fi-like internet access. Called Li-Fi (short for Light Fidelity), this system has the potential to transmit data several times faster than what we’re used to.

Professor Martin Dawson and his team created tiny LEDs, each about the size of an end of human hair, which flicker on and off thousands of times every second. By altering the length of these flickers, the lights can send digital information to computers and other electronic devices. Picture it as a sort of digital Morse code.

The micron-sized LEDs are made so small to allow for more data transmission at a faster rate. The university’s LEDs can flicker at a rate 1,000 times faster than larger LEDs. Why? Well, if you have 1,000 micron-sized LEDs, they can fit into the same space as a single 1mm LED. Each tiny LED acts as an individual communication channel, which allows the transmission of about a million times more data.

Suddenly, a large LED display, with each tiny LED acting as a pixel, can also allow internet communications. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 11, 2013 at 11:01 am
Feb 052013
 

PAR LED
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:

Rebate Snapshot LED 1-13

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
Jan 182013
 

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This is the fourth post in a series on explaining common misunderstandings about LEDs. The previous installments include, Myth: LEDs Don’t Save Power, Myth: LEDs Don’t Work, and Myth: LEDs Are Light Bulbs

$50 for a light bulb? Eesh. Who would want to pay that when you could buy an incandescent light bulb for $2.50, and use the extra cash on a new outfit or a tank of gas? Why pay more when you can pay less?

Is The Price Right?

It’s no secret that LED light bulbs cost more than other light sources – incandescent, halogen, and even fluorescent – but those price tags don’t tell you the whole truth. They leave out the fact that you’re saving money by spending a little more for a quality light bulb.

Let me break it down for you:

LEDs last much longer than older kinds of light bulbs. If you pay $29.90 for this LED A lamp, and it lasts 23 years (give or take), that price evens out to cost you just over one dollar per year!

If you buy a cheaper light bulb, like a halogen A19 for $3.25, and it burns out after a year or so, over those same 23 years you’ll have spent about $75 on  replacements. Ouch! Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Jan 162013
 

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This post is the third installment in a series on disproving common misconceptions about LED lights. The first myth we addressed was whether or not LEDs save energy – read that here. Then, we covered whether or not LEDs actually work – read that here

Okay, okay. Yes, LED light bulbs do exist. LED light bulbs are everywhere these days, actually. No prevaricating on this blog! But, I’m not lying when I tell you LED light bulbs aren’t light bulbs. They emit light, and yes, they come in indisputably bulbous shapes, but they’re so much more than simple light bulbs.

What Your Light Bulb And Your Laptop Have In Common

It may be more accurate to describe the LED light bulb as a type of computer.

Where old fashioned incandescent light bulbs create light with rudimentary filaments, LEDs create light with the same kind of technology that makes your computer do its thing: the microchip.

Like computers, many LEDs can be easily programmed, and can even connect to WiFi. With this kind of simple-to-manipulate technology, LEDs might just surprise you with their many capabilities.

What LEDs Can Do

Here are just a few of the possibilities… Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 16, 2013 at 11:35 am
Jan 152013
 

Sticky lighting situation? Solve it with LED tape lights!

Here at Pegasus Lighting, we’re very excited to offer you innovative light fixtures to fit your every need. One product that’s really got it going on in the versatility department is LED tape lighting. If you’ve never seen tape lights before, they’re pretty much what they sound like, strips of LED lights with strong adhesive backing. They come in trimmable reels, are rated for use indoors and outdoors, and are available in white, colored, and color-changing varieties.

Need decor inspiration? Check out this saucy little video to discover all the different ways you can use tape lights for your home, office, interior, and exterior:

When will they catch you?

 Posted by on January 15, 2013 at 10:22 am
Jan 102013
 

light bulb
This post is the second in a series about disproving popular myths surrounding LED lights. We’ve already covered the myth that LEDs don’t save energy, and you can read it right here

LED light bulbs are still new and mysterious to many of us, and many of us are fearful of putting these strange new devices into our own familiar light sockets. It’s a big change. Maybe some of you have even tried them out, tried them out and hated them. You didn’t like the light’s color, it made your paint look funny, or it just stopped working.

“LEDs just don’t work,” you hear. “They’re a passing fad.” “Don’t waste your money.”

At the time those concerns were probably valid, and to tell you the truth, for many LEDs they still might be.

LEDs Do More Than You Think….

So why do we call this qualm a myth? First, let’s look at all the industries that have made LEDs work for them: car manufacturers use them, TV makers swear by them, streetlight manufacturers have gone for them, and industrial developers can’t get enough. LEDs have helped all these industries, among others, create revolutionary products.

Looking at these industries, LEDs have helped them change for the better in a very rapid, very short time. So, even if you tried an LED light bulb in your home a year ago, 6 months ago, they’ve come a long way since then.

Working It

LED lights, in fact, have a number of features that allow them to work better than other, more familiar light sources. Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Jan 092013
 

light bulb
This post is the first in a series on popular myths about LEDs. As with any new technology, it can be almost impossible to discern what’s actually true over all the hype. We’re here to help you see the light. 

LEDs Are Not Efficient.

Perhaps you’ve heard through the grapevine somehow that LEDs don’t actually save energy. They’re no better than CFLs or regular old incandescent light bulbs. I’m addressing this myth first, because it’s one of the easiest to disprove.

It’s a simple fact, LEDs consume less energy and emit more light than older light sources. A 12 watt LED A19 light bulb shines just as brightly as a 60 watt incandescent, but uses 48 fewer watts of electricity. This has to do with the construction of the light emitting diodes, which don’t give off nearly as much energy in the form of heat. Traditional filament lamps lose most of their energy this way.

An LED light bulb generally consumes less than half as much energy as a CFL, and only 10-20% of the energy used to power an incandescent light bulb.

LEDs Are Amazing.

As you’re probably gathering, this myth that LEDs aren’t any more efficient than other light sources, couldn’t be further from the truth. Experts even predict LEDs will become more efficient in the next few years. Like computers, TVs, and mp3 players, LEDs are made with chips. These chips have historically gone down in price and improved in performance steadily over time. Just like CRT TVs have been replaced with HD Flat Screens, and iPods continue to shrink, we have good things to look forward to with LEDs. Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Dec 262012
 

Diverse and impressive changes have been taking place in the lighting world this month. Read on to discover the fun and innovation!

In Lighting News…

Across the web, there was a consensus that LED holiday lights were the thing to have for the holidays. Not only are they energy-efficient, long lasting, and durable, they can also be interactive. We’ve seen families across the country creating holiday feats – dancing light shows to hundreds of different songs, and even games for visitors to play. For a balanced review of new LED string lights, check out this article from Apartment Therapy.

Holiday Lights

Speaking of switching to LEDs, NASA is swapping out all of the light bulbs on the International Space Station to help alleviate astronauts’ insomnia. They’re planning to use specially diffused LEDs, which can filter light into different hues. They’d provide blue light to help astronauts wake up in the morning, white light during work hours, and reddish light to soothe them to sleep. To read more on the science of the switch, check out this article from Gizmodo.

A recent article on Forbes.com declared that LEDs have finally “arrived.” In other words, they’re a mature, viable product, widely available, good-looking, and economically attractive. Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Dec 172012
 

Fluorescent Lamp T8
Looking back at 2012, LED lights have made huge leaps. They’ve leaped from small-scale applications to adorn the tops of our most iconic skyscrapers. They’ve hopped into the light sockets of our homes and buildings, and LED lighting control apps have sprung up on our smartphones. Even the prices of LEDs have started “jumping” down.

But, not every LED application is perfect, or even advisable. Many of us still have questions.

For instance – what’s the deal with LED replacements for T8 lamps?

That’s a topic even we haven’t heard much about, so we leaped at the chance to ask Dr. Jack Curran of LED Transformations about it, after a few of us attended a webinar he hosted about LEDs:

Q: Have you found any LED T8 lamps that are good replacements for fluorescent T8 lamps? If not, do you see them ever becoming a viable substitute for the fluorescent version?

A: According to Dr. Curran, the quality of LED T8 replacements isn’t the problem. There are good quality lamps out there, and there’s also junk (like just about every other light and light fixture around). The issue of LED T8s is more complicated. Dr. Curran explained it in 3 parts: Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

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