Since 1983, Lighting Supply has been a trusted source for all of your lighting needs. Traditionally, our core products have focused on lamps, ballasts, and fixtures. That has changed over the past year. We’ve been working diligently to expand our range of products to include electrical accessories, as well as many other product categories!
One of the newest brands added is Garvin – an electrical manufacturer that has been in business for 120 years. They are family-owned, and manufacture UL Listed electrical, low-voltage and lighting products. Garvin offers many exciting products that will make Lighting Supply more of a one-stop shop to our customer base – including junction boxes, brackets, mounts, fittings, work lights and much more!
The beginnings of this company have a pretty unique history. According to their website, in 1893, Thomas Edison unveiled his incandescent light bulb at the Columbian Exposition. That summer, Edison and a crew of several hundred men constructed a network of over 92,000 incandescent lamps that lit up the shores of Lake Michigan. Working with Thomas Edison that evening was a young Irish Immigrant named Samuel Suffrin Garvin! Shortly after, Sam Garvin & Company was founded and became known as Chicago’s premier electrical manufacturer.
Visit lightingsupply.com to see over 3,000 Garvin products we now offer! Using a mobile device? Type “Garvin” in the search box. For more information, give our Customer Service team a call at 877.231.2852 or email us here.
With the popularity of LED lighting on the rise, many building owners are looking for additional ways to save on energy costs. Adding lighting controls to a workplace increases energy efficiency and provides added peace of mind. According to the US Department of Energy, new codes require lighting controls as part of their new energy reduction programs. Let’s take a look at a few different sensors and how they work.
MOTION & OCCUPANCY
Motion sensors and occupancy sensors act in a comparable manner. They detect the presence of a person in the space and automatically turn the lights on using infrared waves, ultrasonic waves, microwaves or other technology. Motion and occupancy sensors also turn the lights off when no motion is detected – saving substantial amounts of energy. These sensors are great for common areas, hallways and offices.
Vacancy sensors operate similarly to motion and occupancy sensors. The only difference between the two types is with vacancy sensors the wall switch must be turned on manually when entering the room. After the switch has been turned on, the space is then monitored and turns off automatically when no motion has been detected for a set amount of time – making them ideal for storage rooms or single-occupant offices.
PIR, or Passive Infrared, sensors are best utilized for detecting major movement, such as an occupant walking through the space. The sensor detects movement of heat sources by measuring infrared radiation. Since this type of technology only detects motion in its direct view, it is not ideal for rooms with sectioned off areas like bathrooms with stalls or offices with cubicles. They are best placed in small, enclosed office spaces and conference rooms.
Ultrasonic sensors are excellent for detecting minor motion in a space – such as an employee typing on their desktop keyboard. These use a similar technology to radar, working on the Doppler Shift Principle. Ultrasonic sensors will send high frequency sound waves into an area and will check for their reflected patterns. If the reflected pattern is continuously changing, it’s assumed that there are occupants and the lights will turn on and stay on. With the help of this principle, these sensors can also “see” around corners! Use ultrasonic sensors in bathrooms with multiple stalls and stairwells.
Dual-Technology sensors combine the mechanics of both Ultrasonic and PIR sensors. They will not turn on until both technologies are triggered, allowing for less “false alarms”. Once the light is turned on, only one component needs to be engaged to keep the lights on. Dual technology options are preferred in office spaces with cubicles due to obstructions like partitions, furniture and filing cabinets.
Daylight Harvesting sensors are designed to maintain a minimum recommended light level, using natural daylight to compensate for the difference of light needed. Preferred light levels will differ based on the needs of the space depending on the amount of natural light in the area. These sensors use a photocell to detect light levels which are then interpreted by a lighting control module. The lights will be turned off or dimmed to meet the preferred lighting levels. If the lights are not dimmable, they will remain on until the natural daylight can meet the required light level for the space. Use these sensors in an area with multiple large windows or skylights that help to illuminate the room.
Choosing the right sensors for your application can be tricky. Contact our knowledgeable Customer Service team with any questions you may have. Our representatives will help you find the right sensor for your application. Contact us here or leave a comment below.
If you’re looking to add some style to your home décor with minimal effort and cost, start with updating your interior lighting. Lighting is a central aspect of your home’s look – setting the mood and tone. Choosing which style best suits each room can be a fun task to take on as what works for one room, may not necessarily work for another. Stay current with this list of 2018 home lighting trends.
One of the easiest updates you can make to your current lighting is to simply replace individual light bulbs with vintage-style Edison bulbs. These bulbs bring character to any environment and evoke a nostalgic, cozy vibe. Edison bulbs are not ideal for task lighting so use them in a room where you’ll want to relax or entertain guests. Try replacing your old incandescent or CFL bulbs with Edison bulbs in your family room, dining room or bedroom.
Mix & Match
Another great way to stay on trend is with the mix and match approach. Use different shape bulbs, complimentary light fixtures and a consistent color palette for an eclectic and stylish look. This trend is best utilized above a kitchen island or dining room table. You could also use a pendant-style cluster of bulbs hanging in a corner of a room to replace a table or floor lamp.
Clean, Modern Lines
This style piggybacks onto the minimalism movement that is holding steady. This trend is reflected by simple geometric shapes and clean lines – minimal, yet bold. And this includes orb lights. The smooth lines and openness of the fixture is very attractive and modern. It’s easy to overdo it so pay close attention to the size and number of fixtures in one area. You want to make a statement without overwhelming the space.
Industrial-style fixtures put an emphasis on metal, especially a black iron finish. There are two different takes on this trend – the traditional warehouse and rugged look and, more recently, a sleek alternative with fluid lines. Create a unique focal point above your kitchen work area or dining room table for an eye-catching topic of conversation. Many designers view this trend as a work of art, in addition to a light fixture.
Warm, Metal Fixtures
Copper and gold are the new silver when it comes to interior design. However, instead of outdated brassy and shiny golds, decorators are using more modern brushed and matte finishes. These fixtures bring warmth to a room and can be worked into almost any existing décor.
Pops of Color
Painting a room is not always feasible for many homeowners. The easiest way to give a room a fresh look is to add pops of color. Pick a color from a piece of artwork on your walls to compliment and go from there. Change the base of your table lamps, add a colorful floor lamp or hang bold colored light fixtures.
Lighting Supply now carries a wide array of residential and decorative fixtures from brands like Westinghouse and Nuvo. To stay on trend this year, contact our Customer Service team who will be happy to help with any questions you have. Give us a call at 877.231.2852 or leave a comment below.
Williamston High School was looking for ways to save money and energy. Lighting Supply proposed upgrading the metal halide bulbs in the gymnasium to LED and the results were pretty remarkable. By replacing forty-six 400W metal halide bulbs with 75W LED bulbs, Williamston will save 17,480 watts – which translates to $52,000 over the lifetime of the lamps.
“We’re saving 70-80% on energy costs to operate this gym,” says George Hix, the Maintenance, Custodial and Transportation Director at Williamston Community Schools.
Many utility companies offer rebates for upgrading to efficient lighting. For Williamston High School, the rebate covered ALL of the material costs!
When asked if he’d be recommend working with Lighting Supply, Mr. Hix replied, “Absolutely, and I already have! It’s been a real pleasure working with our rep and the company. It’s nice – what we need, they have.”
Check out the video below to hear more about this case study. For further information or to speak with a representative about upgrading your current lighting, give us a call at 877.231.2852.
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