Dec 292011
 

A Look Back on 2011 Top Light Reading News of 2011Ah, the end of the year. Time for reflection, resolutions, and recaps. 2011 was a busy year for lighting  news…

EISA 2007 took center stage this year, as the phaseout of traditional incandescent light bulbs approached and the political scene got heated. We published a week-long series explaining the legislation and how it will affect you:

However, that series was not the last you heard about the legislation. The BULB Act attempted (and failed) to repeal the portion of EISA 2007 that referred to incandescent lighting. Texas challenged the federal mandate with a bill declaring incandescent light bulbs produced and sold in Texas were exempt. The Department of Energy created an ad campaign to jump start support for efficient light bulbs.  And most recently, Congress passed a bill that denied funding to implement the efficiency standards, which will start January 1, 2012. Continue reading »
Nov 232011
 

thanks Giving Thanks   For You.

I wanted to take the opportunity this week to send out a sincere “thanks” to all of our readers. Light Reading is our effort to provide useful information about lighting, and every time we see a comment on a post or a share on Facebook/Twitter, we know we’ve done something right.

Thank you for being a reader here. Remember that you can always suggest a blog topic if you’d like. I absolutely love hearing feedback from readers.

From all of us at Pegasus Lighting – Have a very happy & safe Thanksgiving!

 

 Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 9:40 am
Nov 222011
 

ccfl main 300x198 Challenge: See the World in A Greener LightHave you ever purchased a CFL? Recycled an aluminum can? Turned off the water while you brush your teeth?

We’re all familiar with basic sustainability guidelines, but when it comes to just how much of a difference one person can make, things get murky.

We’d like to start a dialogue about seeing the world in a greener light. We want to hear your ideas – even if they’re not related to lighting at all. Do you set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter? Are you a designer that recommends eco-friendly products to clients? Tweet your answers and ideas to #agreenerlight. Here’s one of ours:

We launched a new section of our website dedicated to the A Greener Light cause. If you’re not on Twitter, you can leave a comment there!

Here’s a thought for the day:

In the lighting industry, adoption of fluorescent and LED technologies is rapidly growing in the United States. That’s good news, considering that the U.S. is responsible for 20% of electricity used for lighting in the world – even though we only make up about 4.5% of the global population. Fluorescent and LED light sources are both great solutions for lowering energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

 Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 8:00 am
Oct 272011
 

stellaservice excellent The Secret Shoppers Have SpokenAt Pegasus Lighting, we strive for a level of excellence that our president has coined “Outstanding Customer Service That You Won’t Soon Forget.” In an age where online review sites and social media networks hold customer service departments to very high standards, it’s a tall order to be unforgettable!

However, we were recently contacted by STELLAService, an independent company that rates online stores’ customer service performances.

STELLAService’s secret shoppers engaged in over a dozen interactions with our customer service representatives through phone, email, and live chat. They essentially stress-tested our customer service department. Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Oct 202011
 

We are hard at work adding more Product Spotlight videos to our YouTube channel. If you are in the market for new under cabinet lights, check out these videos to help you get an idea of the different features available in LED, xenon, and fluorescent under cabinet lights.

LED Very Thin Light Bars have a cool operating temperature, an energy efficient design, a warm white color temperature, and a long rated life. Watch the video to see them in action:

Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Sep 262011
 

Have you ever shopped for a (lighting) product online and thought, “I wish I could see it a little more closely,” or “Why doesn’t this picture show the mounting equipment/light bulbs/power switch/fill in the blank…

So have we.

Light Reading is more than just a cool place to read about lighting news, trends, and tips (or at least, we like to think so).

It’s an extension of Pegasus Lighting’s corporate mission to provide a positive learning experience in lighting – and part of that includes creating an easy and informative shopping experience on our main website.

About a month ago, we asked our Facebook fans if it would be helpful to start shooting videos of our products for the website. That way, even if a product has ten photos, you can watch a video accompaniment to see every single angle and feature of the light fixture. After hearing positive feedback, we have launched our first three “Product Spotlight” videos. Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 26, 2011 at 10:36 am
Aug 292011
 

comparing bulbs Looking for DIY Lighting Project Help?We are all about answering your lighting questions. It’s the reason why we have knowledgeable customer service reps answering every phone call, why we make sure our website is packed with helpful information, and why we write this blog.

It’s also why we just launched a brand-new section of our website for DIY lighting help.  ”Project Know-How” will now be your one-stop-shop for blog posts, photos, videos, and FAQs to guide you through any lighting installation.

Before, all that information was scattered across various sections of the website and blog. We’re hoping this more organized page will enable you to plan, complete, and show off all your lighting projects.

Check it out, and be sure to tell us what you think!

 Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 11:05 am
Aug 162011
 

5 inch led retrofit module New Lighting Technology to Retrofit Recessed LightsThe term “lighting retrofit” may sound daunting, but for contractors and builders familiar with the technology, it’s just another project that makes saving energy possible (and very easy).

In fact, a relatively new product to the lighting marketplace is allowing homeowners to retrofit their own recessed lights with LEDs.

It’s called an LED retrofit module for recessed lighting, and it’s truly revolutionary. Homeowners with existing recessed lights can simply unscrew the light bulbs currently installed in their recessed fixtures, remove their trims, and screw the LED retrofit modules right into the existing sockets.

The LED retrofit modules come complete with a trim and a heat sink to maintain a cool operating temperature.

The opportunity to save energy is not the only benefit. The LEDs deliver incredible light output, high color rendering, full dimmability, and long lifetimes of up to 17 years. The products are even available in a variety of color temperatures – warm white, cool white, or neutral white.

See this new product line on our website!

Jul 062011
 

Visit www.pegasuslighting.com from any Smartphone and you will automatically be directed to the mobile version of our website!  Here are a few snapshots of what you can expect to see:

mobile home Introducing... Our Mobile Site!

Home page: Search for any product you're looking for or shop by category.

mobile category Introducing... Our Mobile Site!

Category Page: Product images alongside customer ratings and prices, designed for quick shopping.

mobile product Introducing... Our Mobile Site!

Product Page: Detailed features. “Call to Buy” automatically connects you with a customer service representative.

Continue reading »

Jun 032011
 

unveiling ccfl Unveiling the CCFLWe are in the process of adding over 20 different cold cathode fluorescent light bulbs (CCFLs) to pegasuslighting.com, so we thought it was prime time for a blog feature on CCFLs.

The market for energy-efficient light bulbs is ever-growing.  Just in the past couple of months, Vu1 Corporation has developed a light bulb based on technology from a picture tube TV, Google and Lighting Science Group have partnered to create an Android-controlled LED light bulb, and GE has designed a “hybrid” halogen-compact fluorescent light bulb.

The cold cathode fluorescent light bulb is by no means a new technology, but it is a product that has improved significantly in the past few years.  In fact, Gizmodo wrote a feature on them back in 2007 explaining their potential:

These other-worldly cold cathode fluorescent light bulbs are in some ways even better than CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, because they’re easily dimmable and operate at room temperature. They have extremely long life, are wet-rated for outdoor use and can be used as blinking lights in tacky store displays, too. Plus, they save lots of energy because of their lower wattage and nonexistent heat output. Continue reading »