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How to Choose the Right LED Street or Area Light

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LED Street and Area Lighting Fixtures are ideal for outdoor areas including streets, roadways, parking lots, and pedestrian areas. LED area-lightWell-designed LED outdoor fixtures can provide the required surface illuminance using less energy and with improved uniformity. These LED Area Lights also have significantly longer life and offer better lumen maintenance, energy efficiency, durability, color quality, light distribution, thermal management, and low costs.

When selecting an LED Area Light, you will want to consider the following options:

Mounts
LED Area Lights are available in different mounts such as pole mounted fixtures, slipfitter and trunnion mount models, knuckle pole and wall mounts.  LED Area Lights  also fit into commercial fixtures and shoebox fixtures which feature multiple mounting options, and a  heavy duty slim design.

Lumens
With new light bulbs, shopping by lumens is more important than shopping by watts when choosing which energy-efficient bulb to purchase. While wattage measures the amount of energy required to light products, lumens measure the amount of light produced. This means that the more lumens the product has, the brighter the light source is. Instead of buying products based on how much energy they consume (watts), consumers should consider how much light they give us (lumens).

Wattage
Wattage is the measure of the bulb’s energy consumption – not how much light it puts out. Energy-efficient bulbs use fewer watts to give off the same amount of brightness (lumens). Because of this, LEDs (which have typically low wattages when compared with lumens) not only help reduce energy usage but also lower electric bills.

Color Temperature
Color temperature refers to the color appearance of the light that comes from a light source. It’s an important performance characteristic to asses when evaluating bulbs because the color temperature creates the mood of the space you are lighting and can thus influence buying behavior or work performance. The apparent color of a light source is measured in Kelvin. The higher the Kelvin temperature, the whiter the light.

DLC Listed
When a fixture is DLC Listed (stands for Design Light Consortium) it may qualify for energy rebates by your local utility which can significantly reduce the cost of ownership. The qualified products list is a resource for program administrators, to help them decide which solid state lighting products to include in their energy efficiency promotions.

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LED Retrofits vs. LED Ready T8 Replacement Fixtures

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Advantages of LED lights include, energy savings, better quality light, and the ability to respond to intelligent controllers, for even more energy savings. Fluorescent light technology  does not work well with dimming controls. In comparison, LED lighting can be controlled by ambient light sensors, either built into the individual light unit  or by as part of a lighting zone,  which makes it easier to have a planned energy usage system. Now the question is whether to use a LED retrofit orLED ready T8 fixtures to make the switch from fluorescent to LED lighting.

If you don’t want to buy a new fixture, LED retrofits are a good option. LED retrofitting means switching inefficient lighting technologies, such as fluorescent lights, to a new energy-efficient lighting system using the fixtures that are currently in place.

If you are happy with the layout of your existing fixtures, you do not need to pay for new fixtures or a redesign. You just need to purchase an all-in-one retrofit kit which usually includes everything you need for a fast and easy installation, such as, brackets, sockets, wiring, screws and fasteners.

First you will need to remove the existing bulbs, ballast, sockets, and brackets, and then replace them with LED lamps and a wiring harness. You do not need many wiring alterations but you should use a licensed electrician to be sure that you are adhering to your local code and safety requirements.

If however, you are looking to replace your fixtures, LED ready T8 fixtures allow installers to avoid bypassing the ballast and adopt the energy-saving benefits of LED technology.  Our selection  includes  Vapor Tight, Linear Utility Strips ,  and High Bays.

Either way, the switch to LED lighting has some of the best financial returns on investment of energy efficient installations. For example, a lighting upgrade reduced the energy lighting costs in a manufacturing facility by 40 percent, resulting in a savings of over $50,000 in annual lighting costs.

 

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LED Troffers are Ideal in Office Drop Ceilings

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Found often in schools, hospitals, offices, retail settings, and for grid ceiling applications, LED troffers are rectangular light fixture that fits into a modular dropped ceiling grid, which are usually 2’x2′ or 2’x’4.  Troffer fixtures initially used fluorescent bulbs, such as the T5, T8, or T12. There are LED Troffer retrofits available or if you are putting in new fixtures, high-efficiency LED lay-in troffers and LED Flat Panels are available. These fixtures are available in multiple lumen light outputs, and warmer white (35K), cool white (41K), and bright white (50K) colors.

Many LED panels deliver a polished look with their sleek design and advanced light dispersement. This Maxlite  2’x4′ LED Volumetric Troffer model runs on 45 watts and generates 3985 lumens.

One of the best advantages of using LED 2×4 Troffers, is that the bulbs generally last 50,000 hours, versus only 30,000 hours for an average T8 LFL. This means less calls to the maintenance department to change bulbs in the facility.

To view Conservation Mart’s wide selection of LED Troffers and Panels, please visit our website.

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Stay Safe at Night with LED Night Lights

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Whether you have young kids who get up at night, a pet who needs to be let out, or frequent trips to the bathroom, there is a chance that at least someone in your household is walking the hallways at night. An LED night light can prevent waking up others in the household and more importantly, prevent a fall down the stairs.

The advantage of using an LED night light as opposed to an incandescent  one is that the LED bulb consumes 90% less energy than incandescent night lights, and it could be years before you would have to replace the bulb.

This LED Night-Light with Photocell technology  will automatically turn the light on at dusk, and off at dawn. This is a fantastic feature because then you don’t have to remember to switch the night light on and off since it is automatic.

As you can see by the review below, it is a top rated product and at only $2.40 it is a tremendous value.

Your family and guests will appreciate the extra illumination of your hallways and bathrooms without disrupting their sleep.

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Choosing the Best Low Flow Showerhead for Your Needs

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Putting in a low flow shower head doesn’t mean you have to put up with a thin water stream, low pressure or reduced water temperature due to excessive aeration. Today’s low flow shower heads are engineered to provide you a satisfying shower experience while still:

  • Saving thousands of gallons of water per year (along with savings on your water bill).
  • Conserving the energy used to heat the water which means more savings for you and for the environment.
  • Allowing you to live responsibly without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Low flow shower heads are easy to install and very cost-effective, starting at around $10. When choosing the best low flow shower head for your needs, you’ll want to consider price, appearance and comfort features. Here are some things to consider:

  • Aerating vs. Non Aerating Shower head. Non-aerating means air is not mixed into the water stream, as it passes through the shower head; as a result, less temperature is lost between the shower head and you. The 1.5 gpm Niagara Low Flow Showerhead (N2917CH) does not aerate the water, so you won’t have to crank up the hot water for a comfortable shower temperature. Moreover, it installs without tools and is adjustable to deliver soft relaxing sprays to deep, therapeutic 9-jet massages. Aerating shower heads by contrast mix air into the water stream. So you can get a fuller shower with a steady pressure however it won’t be as warm since some of the heat is lost in the process of aerating the water.
  • Appearance. Shower heads have a come a long way.. you don’t have to stick to the standard white or chrome finish. There are a few brushed nickel low flow shower heads as well.
  • Technology. Shower heads have evolved to pack in state of the art technology for conserving water. For instance, the 1.5 gpm Evolve RoadRunner Low Flow Showerhead combines a low-flow head with Evolve’s patented ShowerStart, trickle-trigger technology for the ultimate in shower conservation. This unique showerhead senses when the cold water running through it changes to hot, and reduces flow to a trickle. It saves the hot water you would have left running while waiting for the water to warm up until you’re actually ready to use it. The Roadrunner also features Pressure Compensating Technology for use in low water pressure homes, and a 36-nozzle non-aerating spray for full-coverage comfort and warmth.

Installing a low flow shower head is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to help the environment and start saving money immediately. Deciding on the best low flow showerhead will depend upon your budget, aesthetics and any advanced technology options you require. The good news is, there are plenty of options.

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Expand Your Business with Touch ‘n Seal’s CPDS

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The Touch ‘N Seal CPDS Series 2 Machine combines convenience with efficiency by applying spray foam up to 2.5 times cpds spray foam kitfaster than the standard spray foam kit. It is a portable, constant pressure dispensing machine used to install Class I fire-retardant polyurethane foam. The foam is both insulating and sound attenuating. With a minimal investment, the CPDS Series 2 Machine provides a great opportunity for services looking to expand as well as start-up insulation businesses.

This machine offers high profit with little maintenance, and eliminates the need for use of a bulk system with a mid-sized project (rehabs & renovations, repairs, room additions and “call backs”). Its yield is 20% greater than with the standard disposable polyurethane foam kits. This machine is also a more economical choice, with the cost for each board foot is less than that of the standard spray foam kit. Replacement parts for this machine are available.

This spray foam equipment comes ready to use. All that is needed are the “A” and “B” polyurethane foam tanks. Included with the CPDS Series 2 are the tools necessary for application: a 30′ chemical delivery hose set, 50 disposable spray nozzles, 2 foam applicators, an operational DVD, and a set of manuals for operation and manuals. Chemical foam cylinders are available for both 1.75 pcf and 1.00 pcf Class 1, Fire Retardant polyurethane spray foam.

The CPDS Series 2 is easily handled and transported by a single individual. It is ideal for those situations where a rig or bulk system is too much or disposable kits are too little.

In this video, Joel Few with Carolina Aire and Mold Solutions discusses how he expanded his business with Touch ‘n Seal’s Constant Pressure Dispensing System (CPDS). The CPDS has made his business profitable and at the same time he is able to provide his customers with an air sealing solution that saves them money and increases home comfort level.

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Cost Effective and Easy to Install Weatherization Options

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To prevent cold air from entering your home during winter, and hot air from flowing in during summer, you need to close up the gaps in your windows to create a tight seal.

Not only will your home feel more comfortable, you will also lower your monthly energy costs with these inexpensive window weatherization tools.

Rope Caulk

Caulking is a method of weatherstripping that targets the crack, gap, hole, or opening that allows air to seep through. Basically it’s like sticking silly putty in the exposed area to seal it off. However, rope caulk provides a better stick, can weatherproof windows in any weather condition, and blends in with your decor. rope tape

Installation:

  • Clean, clean, clean the area where caulk will be used.
  • Peel of a lay of the rope caulk “beads” and divide it based on how much you need.
  • Press to seal.

Foam Tape

Foam tape is used to seal windows that slide or swing. It sticks to the edges or bottoms of windows to prevent air leakage when windows are closed.

Installation: Foam tape is easy to install and at less than $3 it is an inexpensive weatherization solution.foam tape

  • First, clean and dry the area  where the tape will be applied. If the area is dirty, wet, and/or cold, the tape won’t stick properly or it will easily loose its stickiness factor. It must be more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the amount of foam tape needed based on the length of window sides/bottom.
  • Remove the adhesive backing then press the tape into place to cover the area in need of sealing.

Shrink and Seal Window Kit

If you have scissors, a blow dryer, and $4 you can easily weatherproof windows with a Shrink and Seal Window kit. This kit will seal the whole window from the inside and increase the R-value, or insulating power, of the window by as much as 90%.

Installation: window kit

  • Again, you need to clean and dry the area before applying any sealing. You should also clean the insides of windows because you won’t be able to clean that area again until you remove the shrink film.
  • Cut the amount of shrink film needed. Cut enough film to cover the entire window (including some of the frame area).
  • Remove the backing from one side of the two-sided tape and stick it to the top, bottom, and sides of the window. After installing the tape, remove the adhesive backing from the other side.
  • Apply the shrink film around the window, gently stretching it as you work your way from one corner of the window to the other.
  • With the blow dryer on the highest setting, slowly move the dryer across the film to tighten it over the window. Don’t stand too close to the window while doing this, otherwise you’ll melt the shrink film.
  • Trim any film that’s left over.

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Advantages of LED High Bay Fixtures

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LED Highbay Lighting  will help you meet the challenging maintenance, safety, and performance requirements of industrial environments.

Ryan Bailey, Director of Sustainability for The Bailey Company, one of the nation’s largest forklift dealers servicing the Southeast, says, “We’ve been thrilled with our switch to LED high bays. TCP LED High Bay Lighting has been popular in the shop, and the price is great too. We had been looking for an affordable high bay for a long time.”

LED high bay lights use smaller watts of power than other lights and save up to 80% of energy, which can be seen in electric bills when used in conjunction with sensors and a lighting management system. These fixtures are more durable, withstand the test of time, and do not heat up when they are on which can result in a decreased need for air conditioning by as much as 20%.

Tim Dawe from Par 4 Plastics, Tyler Manufacturing & Par 4 Tooling has seen the energy savings fist hand. Dawe confirms, “Switching to TCP LED Sky Bay has helped us improve light output and quality and at the same time have reduced our utility bills.”

LED High Bay fixtures are DLC Listed, so they may qualify for energy rebates by your local utility which can significantly reduce the cost of ownership.

 

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5 Reasons to Buy Energy Saving Kits from Conservation Mart

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Conservation Mart is a minority, certified woman-owned business and thanks to our extensive product line and unsurpassed service, we’ve had the honor of supplying an impressive lineup of well-respected organizations. eckt5Through serving thousands of customers, we have built a substantial knowledge base of how to realize energy and water savings. We truly enjoy working with organizations to help them find just the right products for their customers. Here are five reasons why Conservation Mart is your best choice for energy saving kits:

1. Experience – Conservation Mart have been assembling Energy, Water, and Weatherization Kits since 2009 and have had the honor to serve hundreds of customers such as Utilities, Water Departments, Weatherization Agencies, and Corporations.

2. Customization – We have both energy and water kit assortments based on items that customers have ordered as well the ability  to do custom kits.

3. Packaging – We offer a variety of packaging options such as Ziploc bags, boxes, or canvas bags.

4. Inserts – We can include any inserts that a customer wishes to provide. Most customers opt to provide their logo and contact info which we include in our kit insert. We have also printed bilingual inserts, with English on one side and Spanish on the other side.

5. Include your Logo – We offer a selection of personalized, eco-friendly promotional products. You can have company’s logo printed on many items, such as a shower timer, temperature gauge, water ruler, or LED nightlight.

Our customer service team, located just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, makes your satisfaction our first priority. Call our toll-free number: 1-800-789-8598, and you will be greeted by a live person who will be able to give you a quote and help you build your kits.

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LED Emergency Lights and Exit Signs are a Win-Win!

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greenelDuring an emergency, the power often goes out and standard exit signs do not give off enough light to enable people to see down hallways or stairwells. LED emergency lights and exit sign combinations are a cost effective way to comply with building codes and help people safely exit a building.

Emergency signs are illuminated 24 hours a day. Incandescent emergency lights use about 40 watts of power compared to 5 watts used by LED signs. Multiply this amount by the number of exit signs in your facility, and you can calculate a considerable amount of savings which you will see on your monthly bill.

Another advantage of LED bulbs is that they usually last for at least 10 years. Incandescent and fluorescent lights on the other hand, only last for an average five months or one year respectively. This means that your maintenance costs will also decrease, as you won’t need to replace bulbs very often.

Easy to install, LED emergency exit signs are a fast and inexpensive way to make your building more safe and energy efficient.

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