Apr 142011

lighting facts label 211x300 Lighting Facts Label UpdateLast July, the Federal Trade Commission made an important announcement that changed the meaning of the words “Lighting Facts” forever.

They created new consumer packaging requirements for all medium screw base light bulbs.  The new labels, called “Lighting Facts,” would educate consumers on brightness, energy cost, life expectancy, light appearance, wattage and mercury content, making it easier to buy energy efficient light bulbs.  The labels emphasize lumens rather than watts as a way to measure light output.

Originally, the label requirements were set to take effect in July 2011.  However, the FTC just extended the deadline by six months to provide manufacturers more time to incorporate the label on packaging.  Apparently, this deadline extension was in response to a petition submitted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

It’ll be a little while longer before you see these labels in stores.  The new deadline is January 1, 2012, coinciding with the start date for the incandescent light bulb phase out.

Mar 302011
jim broderick When to Avoid LEDs

Jim Brodrick, head of the Department of Energy’s Solid State Lighting Program

Awhile back, we published a blog post called Why LEDs Aren’t Always the Answer.  It explained a Department of Energy report that announced LED T8 replacement lamps were very poor alternatives for fluorescents.

There is a good deal of hype about LEDs and for good reason but it’s important to remember this is still a new technology that has its own unique limitations.  While there are many good LED applications within high quality products (i.e., barbecue lights, cabinet lights, exit signs, night lights, step lights, recessed lights, under cabinet lights), there are also some poorly-manufactured LEDs fixtures with flawed designs.

The Department of Energy released another report recently about LED replacements for four-foot linear fluorescent lamps (used often in commercial spaces like schools, hospitals and offices).  In their words:

Vendors of LED linear replacement lamps claim energy savings and long lifetimes, but testing of currently available products to date does not support these claims.

Unfortunately, LED linear replacement lamps fall far short of fluorescents in light output, color quality, distribution, cost-effectiveness, and lumen maintenance.  The DOE recommends avoiding all LED linear replacement lamps for the time being.

Feb 282011
cree blog1 3 Myths About LED Lighting

Photo via Cree’s Lighting the LED Revolution blog

With any new technology, there are bound to be a few public misconceptions.   It may surprise you that the statements below are completely false:

“LEDs do not give off heat.”

All light sources generate heat, so don’t let anyone tell you that LEDs are an exception to the rule.

It is true that LEDs do not emit as much heat as other sources of light: that’s because they are so energy efficient.  However, LED fixtures still need to be designed to dissipate heat; otherwise, they will fail prematurely.

Where did this common misconception stem from?  LED fixtures feel cool to the touch as long as they’re designed properly.  As you can see in the photo, it’s even safe for a baby to hold a lit LED! Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 28, 2011 at 10:33 am
Feb 092011
turning torso Brought To You By LED Lighting
TurningTorso2 Brought To You By LED Lighting

This “Turning Torso” building in Sweden is the European Union’s tallest residential apartment building.  Its unique architecture features curving corridors inside the building and an equally distinctive exterior design.

What’s really impressive about this building is its lighting plan.  Architects designed a custom LED system that was integrated into the building’s round interior, which was quite a challenge.  Narrow, flexible LED modules were fitted into pre-made custom fixtures and then recessed into the ceiling.

The Turning Torso is included in the New York Museum of Art’s 25 Most Exciting Skyscrapers in the World exhibit.  Check out this article in LEDs Magazine for more details on the innovative lighting design.

 Posted by on February 9, 2011 at 10:06 am
Dec 312010

Times Square Ball This Years Times Square BallPhilips is lighting the famous Times Square Ball for the 11th year in a row.  Each year, Philips showcases its commitment to sustainability on New Year’s Eve.  In 2007-2008, Philips converted the Ball itself to all-LEDs.  Last year, Philips replaced the 2010 numerals with LEDs.  Here are some fun facts about this year’s Ball:

  • It is made up of 32,256 light emitting diodes, each of which are digitally controlled to create visual effects.
  • Per hour, it will consume the same amount of energy as two traditional home ovens would.
  • It requires only 22 watts of power to operate.
  • The lighting in the Ball has an expected life of 30,000 hours.  (Balls of years past that were lit with incandescent and halogen bulbs had expected life spans of about 1,000 hours.)

The first Ball that was lowered in Times Square on New Year’s Eve was made of iron and wood.  It weighed 700 pounds and was covered with 100 light bulbs.  That was in 1907.  The Ball is now composed of 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles, and it weighs 11,875 pounds!  You can view a live feed of the preparations under way in Times Square at EarthCam.com.

Happy New Year from all of us at Pegasus Lighting!

 Posted by on December 31, 2010 at 11:00 am
Dec 212010

1. The Chandelier Made from Pens:

biro chandelier 5 Lights That Will Wow You At first glance, this may look like a standard chandelier.  Look closer.  It’s actually constructed from 347 recycled Bic Cristal pens and 347 paper clips.  Talk about what you wouldn’t expect a light to be made of!  This one has got to be in the same category as the chandelier made from 3000 ping pong balls.

2. Better Defined as “Sculpture”:

lighting ceiling sculpture 5 Lights That Will Wow You This piece of light art was designed by Marcus Tremonto.  Its super-thin structure cascades from the ceiling to create a truly stunning effect.  Check out more of Tremonto’s work, you won’t be disappointed.  He blends style and function in a captivating way that makes you think twice about convention.

Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 21, 2010 at 10:13 am
Nov 092010

grandcentral Grand Central Terminal Shines, LED StyleFifty-nine stars make up one of the most famous constellations in the galaxy, and it can only be seen from New York City.

That constellation is on the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal.  It was originally installed in 1913 and has been renovated several times since.

The 10-watt incandescent bulbs that made the stars shine in 1913 were replaced by fiber optic lights in 1997.  Most recently, the lights have been replaced by LEDs.  According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the new LED constellations will use 60 percent less electricity and save $8,000 a year!

 Posted by on November 9, 2010 at 11:58 am
Nov 012010

holidaylighting2 The Perfect Holiday WreathWhen November rolls around each year, I think about front doors.

Maybe it’s strange, but I have so many memories from childhood of helping my mom with the holiday wreaths for the front door each year.  As soon as the weather turned cold, she would pull out an old twig wreath from the attic and we would add an assortment of leaves, gourds, flowers, and berries.  For days, we’d tweak the design until it was perfect.  And on the day after Thanksgiving, that fall wreath was transformed again with a red bow, pine cones, and a few sprigs from a fir tree.  At night, a spotlight shone on the front door to illuminate our perfect wreath, and the effect was spectacular.

I may be biased, but I think no front door is complete without a seasonal holiday wreath, especially one illuminated in all its brilliance at night.

I’ll leave the tips on how to craft the perfect holiday wreath to the experts.  But I do want to provide a tip for anyone out there hanging a wreath on their front door: Light it up!

The spotlight is really the easiest part of the wreath-hanging process.  You can use a yard stake to mount it in seconds.  You can even find one with a remote control so your toes don’t get cold from running outside to plug it in on a chilly November night.  Our LED remote controlled spotlight is on sale right now – have it shipped today so you’re ready for the season!

 Posted by on November 1, 2010 at 10:00 am
Oct 282010
holiday lights How To Lower Your Energy Bill This Winter

Think twice before using the same old strand of incandescent lights.

Between the extra costs of heating your home in the cold weather, turning the lights on earlier as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end, and higher fuel costs in general this year, energy bills tend to skyrocket during winter months.

If you use the standard incandescent light strings during the holidays, this is the year to think twice.

LED string lighting uses 90% less energy than its incandescent counterpart.  It lasts about ten times longer and is highly durable, meaning you will no longer be heading out to the store each year when yet another string is spent.

Also, LED lighting is cool to the touch.  The holiday lighting fire hazard you hear about is caused by the fact that incandescent lights emit a lot of heat (never a good combination when you’re talking about stringing it across millions of dry Christmas trees). Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 28, 2010 at 9:02 am
Oct 202010

NewYork OLEDs Are Coming to the USThe Department of Energy announced last week that the first American OLED manufacturing plant will be built in Canandaigua, New York.  Upon completion, the facility is expected to produce more than 1,000 OLED panels a day.

OLEDs, or organic light emitting diodes, are LEDs that contain carbon.  They are unique because they can be manufactured in flexible thin sheets, making them ideal for creating extremely innovative lighting designs.  TIME Magazine recently published an article about how OLEDs have the potential to revolutionize the world’s $100 billion lighting industry.  OLEDs are expected to be available on the market for applications such as light-emitting wallpaper as early as 2012.

For more information about the new OLED plant, check out the article in Light Directory.

 Posted by on October 20, 2010 at 9:00 am