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Trend: LED Vintage Edison Light Bulbs

LED Vintage Edison Light Bulb
LED Vintage Edison Light Bulb

The old-school Edison style light bulbs of the 20th century were evolutionary yet far from the different variations of light bulbs that have been developed today. The first models of light bulbs developed by Thomas Edison used carbon filaments and wasted a ton of energy and subsequently, a ton of money as well. Although it is rare that any of these initially developed models are used today, the perception of what some of the first light bulbs looked like has not been forgotten and has recently become the perfect way to give any space an antique finish.

Now, with new LED models of these old-school Edison bulbs, anyone can achieve a vintage look in their home or establishment while simultaneously saving energy. For example, an Edison style model from Bulbrite only uses 4 Watts of energy, which compares to a 40 Watt incandescent and has an average long life of 15,000 hours.

Homeowners everywhere are loving this trend and have found a number of different ways to display and use these light bulbs to an extra touch to their interior/exterior design. There are several different models of the Edison style bulbs, such as A19, Globe, Chandelier, and Torpedo, making them suitable for a variety of locations including outdoor lanterns, ceiling fixtures, pendants, and more. Vintage Edison light bulbs offer all-in-one satisfaction by combining style, energy conservation, and convenience.

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What is an LED Dusk to Dawn Light?

Dusk-to-Dawn Fixture
Dusk-to-Dawn Fixture

Dusk-to-dawn LED fixtures are triggered on and off by the amount of light reaching the fixture’s sensor, making them suitable for outdoor areas such as streets, roadways, parking lots, and pedestrian areas. The dusk-to-dawn feature of a light will cause your motion light to activate only when it is dark.  This feature uses a small photocell to detect the presence of available and/or existing light.  If light is detected, the motion light will not trigger.  If light is not detected, the light will turn on once motion is detected. Therefore, during the day when natural light is present, the light will not activate when motion is detected, which saves energy. Here is a breakdown of the features and advantages that come with the dusk-to-dawn feature:

Features:

  • Automatically triggered on and off by the amount of light reaching the fixture’s sensor
  • Great light output and efficiency
  • Inexpensive and widely available
  • Significantly longer life
  • Low maintenance

Advantages:

  • Security: Provides enough light to see an intruder and, therefore, deters an intruder from entering an area
  • Safety: Mishaps and accidents can be significantly reduced if you illuminate doorways, sidewalks, and driveways
  • Convenience: You don’t have to remember to switch the light on or off
  • Conservation: Offers low intensity to conserve electricity and to keep from disturbing neighbors

Dusk-to-dawn lighting can be a useful addition to your home or establishment. Remember, when choosing the type of dusk to dawn lighting source you may need it would be best to check the lumen output of your fixture based on how much light you would like the light to emit, as light intensity is measured in lumens.

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Internal Driver vs. Instant Start for LED T8 Tube

LED T8 Tubes
LED T8 Tubes

LED T8 tubes, which used to be exclusive to fluorescent technology, are the new standard for commercial and household lighting. These tubes are ideal for replacement, emitting the same amounts of light as fluorescent T8s yet using a fraction of the power and lasting up to three times longer. LED T8 tubes are also mercury-free, dimmable, more efficient, and have high-quality directional light. When replacing your fluorescent tubes with LEDs for your home or workspace, it is important to be aware of these two types of technologies:

Internal Driver
T8 lamps with internal drivers are 1 of 2 ideal energy saving choices when upgrading traditional linear T8 or T12 fluorescent lamps in fixtures. With internal drivers, the ballasts are removed from the fixture and the power is wired direct to the sockets. Since no power is wasted on the ballast, these type of tubes tend to be more efficient. Consumers also experience less long term maintenance costs since you have one less part to maintain in the future by eliminating the ballast. These LED T8 tubes are designed to provide appropriate light levels while utilizing a dedicated internal driver. However, some cons associated with internal drivers include: required electrical modifications, limited dimming, dangerous installation and higher installation costs.

Instant Start
T8 lamps that are instant start compatible require no rewiring of the fixture. Since this step is not necessary, instant start tubes offer a simple way to replace the fluorescent lamp with your new LED lamp. Instant start ballasts ignite lamps by applying a significant voltage across the lamp during starting. However, no cathode heating is applied before or after the lamp ignited. The high voltage applied across the lamps typically ignites them within 50 milliseconds. Emissive material is also released during this since the cathodes are not heated with instant start ballasts. It is the most energy efficient type, but yields the fewest lamp-start cycles, as material is blasted from the surface of the cold electrodes each time the lamp is turned on. Instant-start ballasts are best suited to applications with long duty cycles, where the lamps are not frequently turned on and off.

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What is a Vapor Tight / Vapor Proof LED Fixture?

Vapor Tight LED Fixtures
Vapor Tight LED Fixtures

vaportightBusinesses and individuals can face many challenges when choosing ideal lighting for wet atmospheres. Vapor tight and vapor proof lighting fixtures are specially designed to not only to provide protection and reliability for any space, but to save energy as well. These fixtures are suitable to keep moisture and vapors from entering inside the fixture at any time.

Energy-efficient vapor tight LED fixtures are built for powerful lighting in harsh environments, protecting the light source from dust, dirt, and moisture. The durable construction of the fixture features a full metal fixture liner, which is placed inside of a reinforced fiberglass housing with a high impact diffuser. With new generation LEDs (available in 35-50K) and drivers (0-10V), these fixtures are designed to replace less-efficient fluorescent strip lights in interior and exterior locations such as car washes, airports, tunnels, parking garages, and other maintenance areas. They can be surface or chain mounted, are offered in 2 ft. and 4 ft. sizes with 30 and 50 wattages, and wet location rated.

Vapor tight fixtures are not to be confused with vapor proof fixtures. Vapor proof LED fixtures are designed to replace incandescent and CFL fixtures with high-quality, long-lasting illumination over doorways, scaffolding, construction sites, fire hydrants and emergency call stations. They protect the lighting source from hazards such as corrosive fumes, non-combustible dusts, moisture, non-explosive vapors and gases as well.

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HID Lamps vs. LED Lamps

High Lumen LEDs
High Lumen LEDs

When it comes to energy efficient lighting, it can be hard to know which option is best. Advances in technology are making LED lamps comparable to similar energy efficient bulbs, but how do they really match up? Can the technological advances in High Lumen LEDs compare to the tried and true High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs?

Let’s Compare: HIDs

HID bulbs replace the filament in a traditional bulb with a capsule of gas, which works to facilitate the initial strike of the arc within the bulb. Because of this process, HIDs only produce about 5 percent of their output when first ignited. You’ll have to wait another 15 or 20 seconds before it’s able to reach its full output. This little bit of wait time may sound like a hassle but the payoff comes in the level of brightness these bulbs can deliver. While advances in LED technology are making higher lumen output possible, there is still no matching the output delivered by HID lamps. On the flipside, these bulbs, though energy efficient in their own right, don’t match the standard set by the LED.

How High Lumen LEDs Stack Up

High Lumen LEDs, in comparison to the HIDs, require no wait time for startup, making them ideal for applications that are subject to frequent on-off cycling. Unlike HIDs, high lumen LEDs are illuminated solely by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material. In short, they’re more energy efficient and have a lifespan of many thousands of hours. As much as we all want to make the most energy efficient choice, there’s no denying the financial factor. It’s true; the ticket price for LEDs exceeds that of for the HIDs. And while initial investment for HIDs is much lower, the energy savings and long lifespan of LEDs pays off for the slightly higher cost upfront. HID bulbs often suffer from an issue of trapped light, causing losses in lumens. Because of the advances in design of LEDs, there are no losses from trapped light, allowing the bulbs to shine at their greatest potential.

 

When shopping for energy efficient light bulbs, it’s important to know the facts. While HIDs offer a lower cost but higher level of brightness, high lumen LEDs deliver a longer lifespan and a more energy efficient design. So if saving money and energy are at the top of your wish list, high lumen LEDs may just be the fit for you.

 

 

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High-Power LEDs: The Battle of the Bulb

High Power LEDs
High Power LEDs
With so much variety in energy efficient lighting, it can be difficult to choose which option is best. But with recent advances in LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, the lighting industry has been revolutionized. The development and production of “power chips” or “high current chips” enabled LEDs to be more widely used, allowing them to better compete with other light sources. High-power LEDs are energy efficient, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly causing many to rethink the tried-and-true HIDs and CFLs. But with new technology come new questions – which will win the battle of the bulb?

CFLs (Compact Florescent Lamps) have become popular alternatives to incandescent bulbs because of their low power consumption. The typical CFL bulb consumes around 15W of energy, a close second to the slightly more efficient high-power LED at 10W of energy. But CFLs contain small traces of mercury, making them potentially hazardous and therefore difficult and often expensive to dispose of. With that in mind, LEDs sound like the obvious best option. But the high-power LEDs tend to be quite a bit pricier than their contender. However, because they last longer and use significantly less power, LEDs makeup for the high ticket price in the long run. Additionally, high-power LEDs mercury-free composition makes them more environmentally friendly and easier to dispose of.

At first glance HIDs (High-Intensity Discharge) and LEDs seem comparable in their energy consumption, but because of the structure of the bulb, many lumens are trapped within the protective coverings of HID bulbs. However if strong multidirectional light fits your need, HID bulbs are the best option as LEDs offer more concentrated, directional light. Unlike HIDs, High-power LEDs don’t require a warm-up, meaning there’s no wasted time waiting for lights to reach their maximum brightness. In the price category, HIDs definitely have a lower upfront cost but with a lifespan of up to four times longer and virtually no maintenance expenses, LEDs again make up for the initial sticker shock. Unlike high-power LEDs, many HID bulbs have been known to emit harmful UV radiation and contain toxic chemicals.

Each energy efficient lighting option offers its own pros and cons. The low ticket price of HIDs and CFLs means less money out of your pocket up front, while the lifespan of LEDs means a longer lasting bulb and less maintenance. However if green is your goal, then the environmentally friendly high-power LED may just be your bulb.

 

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Introducing Jarvis Corporation – Manufacturer of Made in America LED Fixtures

Jarvis Corporation
Jarvis Corporation LED Lighting

We at Conservation Mart are committed to our continually expanding our product line for energy efficient lighting. We are proud to announce that we have added Jarvis Corporation this month of our lineup of LED fixtures. Jarvis Corporation was founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, IL. Their focus is the production of high quality, cost-effective commercial lighting. We decided to add their products to our online offering because of the quality and competitive pricing of their products.

From LED Canopy Lights to LED Wall Packs, Jarvis Corporation has been delivering quality fixtures that illuminate parking garages, gas station, warehouses and other industrial environments. Their products are assembled right here in the US in Chicago, IL. Their high quality standards are backed by a 5 year warranty on all their products. A long life, coupled with low power consumption, allow their fixtures to deliver a quick return on investment. Moreover, their fixtures are DLC approved, which means they qualify for utility rebates further bringing down the costs of ownership.

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Introducing ATG: Maker of DLC Approved LED Fixtures

LED Canopy Light
LED Canopy Light

We at Conservation Mart are continually expanding our product line to add new manufacturers of energy efficient lighting. We are proud to announce that we have added ATG Electronics earlier this year. ATG Electronics is a leader in retrofitting conventional lights (halogen, metal halide, fluorescent, incandescent) with LED lighting. We selected ATG because of their breath of LED Fixtures and their competitive pricing.

From LED Canopy Lights to LED Wall Packs, ATG Electronics has been delivering quality fixtures that illuminate hotels, restaurants, buses, trains, warehouses, etc. With their long life span (warrantied for 5 years) and low power consumption, the fixtures deliver quick savings. Moreover their fixtures are DLC approved, which means that qualify for utility rebates further bringing down the costs of ownership.

In addition to DLC approval, these fixtures have received certification from ETL, UL, cUL, CE, RoHS, Energy Star, PSE, GS and KEMA. ATG also has maintained partnerships with Samsung LED enterprises, Philips, and the Cree University LED program.

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LED Wall Packs: An Excellent Return on Investment

LED Wall Pack
LED Wall Pack

Wall Packs are fixtures that provide lighting in outdoor areas such as parking garages, entrances to public areas, schools, hospitals, hotels and outdoor walkways. They typically come with all the hardware to mount to the side of a wall of the building.

The lamps powering the Wall Packs used to be available only as pulse start metal halide , high pressure sodium and recently as compact fluorescent varieties. Wall Packs need to generate ample amounts of light so these metal halide lamps could consume anywhere between 70w to 400w. Fluorescent Wall Packs were a major technological innovation for delivering energy savings. For instance, a 42w Fluorescent Wall Pack can deliver around 3500 lumens.

But the advent of LED Lighting was the real game changer for Wall Pack market. LED Wall Packs deliver a light output at a fraction of the wattage consumed by their pulse start metal halide and high pressure sodium counterparts.

Listed below is the typical savings that can be realize by switching to an equivalent LED Wall Pack.

The other significant different between LED Wall Packs and Metal Halide/High Pressure Sodium varieties is the rated life. Metal Halide lamps are rated typically between 10-12,000 hours. High pressure sodium wall packs are rated for twice as long. But at 50,000 rated hours, LED Wall Packs are a sure fire investment when considering not only energy, but also maintenance costs. And if the LED Wall Pack Fixture you are purchasing is DLC listed, you could qualify for a utility rebate, further lowering the procurement costs. All told, LED Wall packs deliver a fantastic Return on Investment in a short amount time.

 

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What is DLC Approval and is it Important?

LED Light Fixture
LED Light Fixture

If you have ever shopped for energy efficient light bulbs, you have heard a term called ‘Energy Star Approved’. You probably know this is important for two reasons: first because it’s certified as being energy efficient by the EPA. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly for your wallet, it qualifies for utility rebates. There is similar approval that is given for energy efficient fixtures that allows them to qualify for utility rebates and incentives: it’s called DLC Approval. Design Light Consortium (DLC) is the non- profit institution that approves the fixtures for its stamp provided it meets certain energy efficiency requirements.

If you’re shopping for an LED light fixture, say an LED Wall Pack, pay attention to whether it is DLC qualified because depending on your utility, it may help fund a significant portion of your energy efficient lighting fixture purchase. And of course, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are purchasing a fixture that met the strict guidelines for being classified as Energy Efficient.