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LED Lights Part II

With the need for environmentally friendly lighting solutions, the technology and versatility of this energy-efficient light source has expanded. In the 1990’s innovation made color possibilities beyond red, yellow and green available in the market. Today LEDs are commonly used for indoor and outdoor holiday light displays, traffic signals, brake lights, bicycles, emergency and law enforcement vehicles, displays and signs. The extended life of these bulbs make them great for hard-to-reach fixtures. Clustered together, LED ‘bulbs” have the potential to replace standard incandescent, linear fluorescent and halogen lamps typical in residential and commercial spaces.

As a reliable, long life light source with very low energy consumption, LEDs are perfect for emergency exit signs. The bother and expense of recurring maintenance are eliminated and the cost to operate is dramatically reduced, when compared with incandescent exit signs. To convert an incandescent exit fixture to LED, Lighting Supply offers retrofit kits with either red or green lamps. Taking only the energy savings into consideration, this simple screw-in lamp system offers a 6-month* payback in most applications. Avoiding the time and hassle to replace dead bulbs or talk with the Fire Marshall about burned-out exits adds even more value.

LED Dock Lights

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CFL vs incandescent video

I found this on youtube today. It think it does a great job of breaking down the differences between incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs.


Green LED Light bulbs Shine in a Variety of Places

LEDs, light emitting diodes, have been around since 1962. While you may not have realized it, these bulbs have produced the red and green lights on your remote controls and electrical devices for years.

LED lights are solid-state electric components that emit visible light when electricity is applied. Unlike a standard light bulb, the heating of a filament is not required to create light. LEDs require less energy to operate, generate little or no heat and are resistant to vibration and shock. Considered a directional source of light, they convert almost all of the energy used into light. This reduces the amount of wasted light common with other types of bulbs. LEDs can have a life up to 100,000 hours, with a replacement cycle of up to 10 years.

Many EXIT signs and Exit Sign Retrofit replacement sets utilize LED technology for their brightness and energy savings.

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T9 (1-1/8″ Tube Diameter)


Why would anyone pay $5.00 for a light bulb?

As consumers, we are often faced with the decision to spend a little more up front, to realize a savings benefit, over time. A high efficiency furnace or air conditioning system can be more expensive to purchase initially, than a standard heating or cooling system. However, the cost to operate the less expensive unit takes its toll in electrical bills that give you anxiety during the winter or summer months. We dial down in winter and up in summer, because we do not want to pay for the electricity it takes to run the units. Is there something wrong with this picture?

The same hold true for light bulbs. How often have you heard “Turn off the lights, you’re wasting electricity.” There is however, an energy efficient light bulb known as the Compact Fluorescent. Commonly called CFL’s,

Compact fluorescents use 70-75% less electricity, last 10 times longer, produce fewer greenhouse gases and save you about $30 over the life of the bulb. So why have only 6% of households decided to break the “incandescent habit?” When compact fluorescents were first introduced the technology was not yet perfected. With today’s technology, CFL’s light instantly, are dimmable, produce a soft, indoor light, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. CFL’s are self-ballasted and operate in any standard incandescent table lamp or household fixture. For optimum energy efficiency, CFL ceiling and wall fixtures are now available at Lighting Supply.

Because the initial cost of high efficiency bulb plus the electricity to operate it, are much less over the life of the bulb, than the cost of a traditional light bulb and the high amount of electricity it consumes, by hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars saved plus an environmentally responsible decision. What decision could be easier? The perfect choice for business and home, we offer hundreds of different CFL options to fit your lighting needs. Invest that $5.00 and start saving money and our environment, today.


Halogen Irc

Today, a lot of attention is on CFL lamps and their energy saving features. CFL’s are a great choice for residential, hospitality and some commercial environments. However, in retail, showroom and display applications, the excellent light quality of halogen lamps can increase interest and ultimately, revenues. Halogen lamps produce a bright, white light, that when used as a focal or ambient light source, enhance the color and appeal of both product and atmosphere.

Over the years, leading manufacturers have improved halogen technology to increase lamp efficiency without sacrificing the quality of light produced. The most recent technology involves the use of a new infrared (IRC) coating. The infrared coating is applied on the inside of the lamp which helps manage the heat, making the lamp much more efficient. This reduces the amount of energy (watts) needed to operate the lamp. Optimal lumen output is achieved while saving energy. Philips Energy Advantage IR lamps offer significant energy savings and get up to 67% longer average rated life over standard halogens. These lower wattage lamps also emit less heat, providing a possible reduction in HVAC costs.

Ideal for retail, display and high-end commercial applications, Philips Energy Advantage IR Halogens are available in MR16 and PAR shaped lamps. Philips Energy Advantage IR lamps make it easy to optimize the look and feel of your merchandise and the shopper’s experience, with lower operating costs.

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