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
Sep 302011
 

lightsout1 How to Prevent a Power Outage BlackoutEver experienced that plunge into darkness characteristic of a power outage?

Whether it’s after dark or you are in a windowless room, it leaves you scrambling for the matches, candles, and flashlights.

What if you could eliminate that worry and ensure your home or business would always remain lit in the event of a power outage?

We are now selling a revolutionary lighting system that makes it possible. The base product is a Power Outage Detector. It plugs in to a normal outlet, senses when power is lost, and immediately activates a bright, battery-powered light. You may even detach it from the wall to use as a flashlight. Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 11:27 am
Sep 292011
 

Standing Ovation Our 5 Most Popular How To Lighting PostsI was taking a look at our five most popular blog posts of 2011, and I was surprised to find that every single one of them was some type of “how-to”:

1. How to Layout Recessed Lighting in 4 Steps: This one was inspired by a question we received on Twitter.  It will guide you through finding a focal point, dividing up your room, and mapping out exactly where your recessed lights should go.

2. How to Choose Under Cabinet Lighting: Under cabinet lighting fixtures are some of our top-selling products.  This post discusses the different features available and helps you select the perfect light fixture for your space.

3. Planning Your Kitchen Lighting – 8 Easy Steps: Written for those involved in either a new construction project or a remodeling project that will start from scratch, this post builds your kitchen lighting from top to bottom, walking you through each step. Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 11:34 am
Sep 232011
 

Electrical Contractor Smartphone Apps Top 3 Android and iPhone Apps for Electrical ContractorsIf you’re an electrical contractor, any tool that makes your job easier/more efficient is a good tool. Derek Singleton of Software Advice shares this guest post with us reviewing Smartphone apps designed specifically for electrical contractors.

Derek researches the best mobile apps for various industries and is considered an expert in the mobile app world. Enjoy, and be sure to leave a comment if you have any favorite apps not mentioned here!

At Software Advice, we spend a considerable amount of time reporting on construction technology and trends such as electrical estimating programs. Every now and then, however, we like to take a look at the lighter side of the construction industry. This time, we decided to report on apps. In today’s mobile world, an app can save an electrician, engineer or student precious time and is a helpful tool in the field or the classroom.

I recently scoured the iTunes and Android markets in search of the best apps for the electrical industry. I came up with 20 apps – 10 for each operating system (OS). Here are the top three apps that I came across for each OS. Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Aug 222011
 

Savings Are A Retrofit Away 5 Reasons Why You Should Retrofit Your Recessed Lighting with LEDsTake a quick mental inventory of the recessed lighting that’s currently in your home or business.

Is it efficient? Is it helping you save money on your power bill, or on your bottom line? Is the light quality impressive? Are the light bulbs incredibly long-lasting?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, this article is for you. There’s a good reason why “retrofit” is the hottest buzz word in energy efficient right now, and why individuals and businesses across the world are revamping their recessed lighting systems to save millions of dollars by switching to LEDs.

1. You can kiss the hassle (and cost) of replacing light bulbs goodbye.

Average lifetimes range between 35,000 and 50,000 hours for LED recessed lighting retrofits. That means these lights are going to last anywhere from twelve to seventeen years, even if they are left on for eight hours every day. Imagine: If you install an LED recessed light in your newborn’s nursery, you won’t be replacing the light until that baby is leaving for college. Continue reading »

Jun 222011
 

Lumen Output Chart1 How To Shop for Light BulbsStill shopping for light bulbs based on watts?  If you’re not confused by the packaging yet, you soon will be.

You see, purchasing a light bulb based on how many watts it uses (i.e., assuming a 60 watt light bulb is brighter than a 40 watt light bulb) is quickly becoming outdated.

With high-efficiency light bulbs like CFLs and LEDs, watts (which measure the amount of power consumed) are not necessarily equivalent to light ouput.  Some 11 watt LEDs can produce just as much light output as a 40 or 60 watt incandescent.

For an easy way to put lumens into perspective, use the chart on the right provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

As you can see, if you are replacing a 60 watt incandescent light bulb, you should look for a light bulb rated at 800 lumens.

Jun 102011
 

movie theater lighting Why Movie Theaters & Restaurants Should Choose CCFLs for LightingEarlier this week, I wrote a couple of posts describing the features of cold cathode fluorescent light bulbs.  CCFLs are not new to the lighting world, but their technology has improved significantly over the past few years, and they are an excellent option for energy-efficient lighting.  We have been adding over 20 different models of CCFLs to pegasuslighting.com, so this week has been a “CCFL debut” on the blog.

To read about the basic technology that differentiates CCFLs from standard CFLs and other light bulbs, catch up with this post.

In short, CCFLs are extremely durable in design, which gives them very unique dimming capabilities.  Fluorescent lighting typically does not perform well with dimming.  However, CCFLs can be dimmed down to 5% of their light output without diminishing lifetime. Continue reading »

May 242011
 

Bridge of Sighs 150x150 How to Capitalize on SunlightSunlight is the most natural way to light a space, and every lighting designer knows that it’s an important component to consider before planning a project.  Knowing where the afternoon rays come in, or which window dawn streams in first, can help a designer understand where to fill in the gaps.  It’s still important to create “layers of light” throughout an entire space, but capitalizing on sunlight as much as possible is a core rule in lighting design.

With Paint …

If you paint in lighter colors (think white, soft yellow, and beige), the sun will reflect off the walls more easily and bounce light further into your home.  Also, choose a glossy paint finish to enhance those light reflections.  Eggshell is an excellent option.  It has a low sheen that looks great on walls, and it will also hold up better than a flat finish. Continue reading »

May 182011
 

lighting retrofits Lighting Retrofits Are More Affordable Than You ThinkDo you know about all of the tax deductions and utility rebates available for businesses undergoing lighting retrofits?

“Retrofit” is not a new concept in the world of energy-efficient lighting but it sure seems to be the hottest buzz word in energy efficiency, and for good reason.  Businesses across the world are revamping their lighting systems and saving millions of dollars as a result.  Just in the restaurant industry; McDonald’s, Burger King, Red Robin, IHOP, Chili’s, Starbucks, and Applebee’s have all initiated or completed LED retrofit projects.

The opportunity to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, save on power bills, and cut replacement & maintenance costs is up for grabs for anyone that can afford to front the initial investment.

However, that initial investment is not such a staggering figure, thanks to government incentives.  Read on for an overview of some of the available options. Continue reading »

Apr 272011
 

vision declining Before “Aging in Place” Ever HappensThere’s a lot of talk about “aging in place” in the remodeling industry.  Homeowners are increasingly asking designers to help them envision home modifications that will serve future needs.

While the term “aging in place” fosters some negative connotations, it essentially means creating a more accessible and low-maintenance space (i.e., eliminating unnecessary steps, adding slip-resistant bathroom floors, etc.)  See the National Association of Home Builder’s checklist for more information.

Lighting adjustments do hold a prominent place on the “aging in place” checklist, but they would be better off on another list altogether.

People begin experiencing major changes in eyesight at the young age of 45.  As you get older, the changes accelerate: You are less able to discriminate between colors, more sensitive to glare, and less able to see small details.  Also, it begins to take increasingly longer to adapt to sudden changes in brightness.

Research shows that a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as a 30-year-old.  Most of the commonly found lighting guidelines are written with the 30-year-old user in mind.  -American Lighting Association

Continue reading »

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