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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.
First impressions are important, and safety is everything! Many building owners focus on creating an inviting environment once inside the building, however the parking lot is often neglected. If the light fixtures in your parking lot are buzzing, flickering or dimly lit, visitors to your establishment may feel less welcome and even unsafe.
It’s time to give your parking lot a facelift from outdated and inefficient exterior lighting. The most effective way to accomplish this is by upgrading to LED. There is a long list of benefits in choosing LED parking lot lighting including minimal maintenance, lower energy costs, and higher light quality.
Many parking lots use High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs in their fixtures, including Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulbs. These bulbs have an average life of 15,000 hours. Their LED counterparts have an average life of 50,000 hours, with some LED fixtures lasting upwards of 100,000 hours! By the time you replace your LED light, you’ll have changed your HID bulbs at least 3-6 times, not including the pricey ballast replacements. You are not only going to save in labor costs, but also in product costs and overlooked fees such as renting a lift to reach the fixtures.
Lower Energy Costs:
Parking lots consume a huge amount of energy; especially if older technology is being utilized. Typically, these bulbs will consume between 250-400 watts per bulb. LED equivalents use a fraction of this energy – about 60-150 watts per bulb or fixture. As the upfront costs of converting to LED have continued to decrease, most will see a return on investment within two years.
Higher Light Quality:
Most Metal Halide and HPS bulbs give off an orange glow and tend to have a lower CRI, or color rendering index. The higher the CRI, the more accurate the color and clarity is perceived. LED lights provide a higher CRI rating than HIDs and have a brighter color temperature (typically 5000K or daylight). Not only will this lighting improvement make your building look more appealing, but it will also help your visitors see more clearly, making them feel safer and more welcome.
Lighting Supply offers many different solutions to upgrading your existing parking lot lighting to LED. Options range from converting to LED wall packs, shoeboxes and floodlight fixtures, or simply changing just the bulb to LED and eliminating the ballast. We are happy to help find the perfect solution for your upgrade! Give us a call at 877.231.2852 or leave us a comment below.
America’s schools spend more than $8 billion each year on energy – more than the amount spent on textbooks and computers combined! According to Home Room, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, about twenty-six percent of electricity consumed by a typical school is for lighting alone. Lighting is a simple way to improve your school in many aspects. By upgrading your lighting to LED technologies, your school could save on energy, maintenance and material costs.
While saving on energy costs, you could be improving student performance and well-being at the same time. Most people believe that the older technology with “warm” yellow light will simulate the sun the best. However, LED bulbs on the other end of the spectrum with a bluer light have proven to help children stay more alert and productive throughout the day. As reported by Make Great Light, research has shown that students who are not exposed to full spectrum lighting early in the morning test poorer than students who have been exposed.
Check out our newest flyer for affordable ways to upgrade your school’s lighting today! The flyer features a case study from Williamston High School who recently upgraded their lighting with us and is anticipating a savings of $52,000 in energy costs over the life of the bulbs! For more information on which LED technology is right for you, give us a call at 877.231.2852 or leave a comment below.
It’s that time of year again – time to restore your outdoor space to its summertime beauty! You work hard to revive your yard and want your guests to enjoy themselves but once it starts to get dark, everyone makes their way inside. Don’t let the setting sun determine when your backyard bash must end by overlooking the importance of lighting! Keep the party outside by adding some creative lighting to your patio and yard with landscape, stringer and rope lighting.
Deck & Patio
Backyard & Garden Area
Around the House
In the market for for a landscape lighting system that’s simple and economical? Check out our Lite the Nite collection here!
As always, Lighting Supply is here to help with any questions you may have. Give us a call at 877.231.2852 or leave a comment below.
Circline bulbs can be especially challenging for consumers looking to replace one that has burnt out. When it’s time to switch out that old, circular bulb with a new one, there are three important details to keep in mind:
Let us explain a bit further…
First, determine the wattage of the bulb you are trying to replace. This information should be marked on your existing bulb. If by chance it is rubbed off or not shown, always check your fixture for the maximum wattage it can handle. This information is usually located within the fixture, often near the socket. If you’re looking to convert from older fluorescent technology to newer LED technology, we can help you determine the new lower wattage which will generate similar light output.
Next, figure out the bulb size. In the case of circlines, you will need the diameter of the bulb. Diameter is a unit of measurement found by measuring from side to side through the center of the object. The most common sizes include T5, T9, and T6 – where the T stands for “tubular” and the number is a measurement in eighths of an inch. For example, a T5 is a tubular bulb that is 5/8” in diameter. A T6 will typically be a double circline bulb which will make this step much easier.
Lastly, it is especially important to take note of the pin configuration. The pins must be the same as the replacement bulb in order to fit back into the existing fixture. Not only will you need to know how many pins the bulb has, but where exactly on the lamp they are positioned. Let’s take a look at a few different examples:
GOING IN FULL CIRCLE
Next time you’re in the market to replace your circline bulb, remember these three, easy pieces of information.
And while you’re at it, consider replacing your entire fixture with a new, energy efficient LED fixture.
Whatever your lighting needs, reach out to the pros at Lighting Supply. As one of the most widely known and respected lighting distributors, we have all the products and answers you need – and we’re always happy to help!
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So, you’re ready to tackle the lighting installation in your home? The good news; you know you’re going to use recessed canisters as your fixture of choice. The bad news; you’re not exactly sure how to choose the right one. Don’t worry, here’s everything you need to know to get the best recessed cans for your project!
First, What Are Recessed Canisters?
Perhaps you’re still learning about lighting fixtures for your project. If the term “recessed canister” is a bit fuzzy, here’s a quick overview:
Recessed canisters, or cans, are light fixtures that are installed flush with the ceiling – where the housing goes unseen. These lights are made of three parts: the housing, trim and bulb. The trim is the external part of the fixture that we see, and the housing is installed inside the hollow opening in the ceiling. Finally, there are a wide variety of bulb types that can be inserted into recessed lighting fixtures.
So, how do you choose the right recessed canister?
Is Your Project New Construction?
New Construction cans are used in a space where you’ll have access and plenty of room to accommodate the bulkier fixture, such as an attic, crawl space, or drop ceiling.
Ideally, these fixtures are used in a new build project or a major remodeling where there is no drywall blocking access to the ceiling beams – as the housing is installed between the joists using T-bar mounting brackets.
Or, Is Your Project a Remodel?
Remodel cans are less bulky and are meant to be used in a space where there is limited overhead room or little access to the area.
Remodel canisters are commonly used in apartments or houses with no attic or crawlspace. Although remodel housing is more compact, it still may not fit in the space desired and would require removal of the drywall above the fixture.
BONUS! Lighting Supply carries an LED downlight from Lotus LED Lights that requires no housing at all! At just a half of an inch thick, it’s ultra-thin and can be used in almost any space. When even the remodel housing is too bulky, these fixtures can do the trick; they are quick and easy to install and will save you on energy costs.
We also offer a wide selection of LED downlight retrofit fixtures if you are looking to update your current recessed can lighting with energy efficient technology without removing the existing housing.
What About the Insulation in Your Space?
Another important factor to consider is whether you need an IC or Non-IC rated fixture. IC, or insulation contact, rated means the fixture can come into direct contact with insulation. On the flipside, Non-IC rated fixtures cannot come into contact with insulation. It is recommended these fixtures remain a minimum of 3” away from all insulation in the space to prevent a fire.
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