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How to Choose the Best LED Lights to Save Energy

You will be amazed at how much money you can save when you make the switch to LED light bulbs. The innovative design of LED light bulbs integrates features that lower the amount of energy consumed.

In addition to the energy saving features of LED light bulbs, you will also get excellent illumination for homes or commercial places, just like your existing lightbulbs.

In homes, regular LED light bulbs are perfect. However, you will need to install larger high bay lights in other commercial areas or larger spaces such as shopping malls, indoor sports areas, and other similar places with high ceilings.

There are so many LED light bulb brands in the market. For you to enjoy the significant cost savings with these light bulbs, you should follow these tips when making a purchase…

Find and Read Testimonials From Current Users

LED light bulb brands encourage their customers to write about their experiences with their products. The information published by customers is invaluable. You can read the reviews for different LED light bulb brands to know if users are happy with the bulbs. LED light bulb brands that have many positive testimonials are usually an indication that the brand is good.

Check the Illumination Rating of the LED Light Bulb

You shouldn’t just buy any LED light bulb brand off the shelf. It is best if you confirm that the light bulb can generate the illumination intensity you need in your home or office. You can determine the illumination capacity of an LED light bulb by checking its lumens rating. The rating is indicated on the packaging of the LED light bulb you want to buy. The lumens rating determines the brightness of the bulb when it is connected to power, and is usually within the range of 45-2600.

What LED Color Would You Like?

The LED light bulbs you can find in the market have different colour shades available. You can find white, yellow or blue, aswell as many other shades. What you should look for on the packaging is the Kelvin number, which indicates the warmth of the LED light bulb color. The Kelvin rating for a Yellow LED light bulb is 2800K, White light falls within 3500K – 4100K, and the blue shade is generated by light bulbs with a Kelvin rating between 5000K and 6500K.

Buy LED Bulbs with Longer Burn Hours

The best LED lights for home have extremely long burn hours. This means that you will get more value for your money. The LED light bulb brand you buy should have a burn hour capacity of 25,000 hours.

Finally, if you find different LED light bulb brands that meet all the criteria above, you should make a choice by comparing price.

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All About Lumens

Understanding lumens allows you to select the right bulb or fixture for any room in your home. With our help, you’ll learn the meaning of lumens, the difference between lumens and watts, how to navigate light bulb labels, the difference between total and delivered lumens, and the meaning of color temperature.

What are Lumens?
Lumens are a true measure of light output, or the total visible light produced by a light source. The higher a bulb’s lumen rating, the more light it provides. Don’t confuse lumens with candela or footcandles; these values measure light at a single point where lumens measures light output over an area.

Lumens vs Watts
With the rising popularity of LED bulbs and fixtures, lumens have replaced watts as the standard measurement of light output. Almost all light bulbs include a wattage rating, which indicates the amount of electricity they consume when they’re on. While watts were a reasonable way to estimate light output with incandescent bulbs, that’s not the case with LED bulbs. The many types of bulbs available such as LED, incandescent, compact fluorescent, and others all have very different performance characteristics. For example, LED light bulbs will use far less energy (watts) than incandescent bulbs with the same lumen rating.

The Language of Labels
Rapid changes in light bulb technology prompted the United States Federal Trade Commission to require standardized labels on most consumer light bulbs. These labels include the following information:

~Brightness – the amount of light a bulb produces, measured in lumens.
~Estimated Yearly Energy Cost – how much it costs to keep the bulb on for three hours per day when paying $0.11 per kWh.
~Life – the average service life of the bulb, based on three hours of use per day.
~Light Appearance – the color temperature of the bulb, a measure of how warm or cool the light it produces appears.
~Energy Used – how much power the bulb uses while it’s on, measured in watts.

Total Lumens vs Delivered Lumens
Total Lumens account for the absolute light output of a fixture or bulb. While this measurement will give you a general idea of brightness, it can be misleading. With almost any fixture, there will be light lost within the fixture’s shade or area that the fixture will be lighting. This loss of brightness is due to reflection off of the inside of the fixture or even off of surrounding walls and objects. With each reflection, the light output will be reduced before it reaches your workspace or desired surface.

Delivered Lumens, or delivered light, measures the useful light that is produced by a fixture. This is the most accurate measure of the brightness you can expect from your light fixture. To find the amount of delivered lumens, the amount of lost light is subtracted from the total lumens, this calculation will vary from fixture to fixture.

Color Temperature
While most of the values listed on the label are straightforward, color temperature needs a little explanation. Visible light includes many different colors. Color temperature represents the overall hue of the light produced by a light bulb. Low temperatures of 3,000 Kelvin and below, have a warm yellowish or reddish hue, while cool colors with temperatures of 4,100 Kelvin and higher have a bluish tint.

Choosing the Right Light Bulb
When selecting light bulbs, start by checking your light fixture. You’ll need to know its maximum wattage rating and types of bulbs it can use. Next, consider the surrounding space and how you use it. Choose bright, high-temperature bulbs for work areas such as kitchen counters or offices, and warmer bulbs that create a relaxed mood in living rooms or bedrooms. If the area has multiple uses, a dimmer switch that lets you adjust brightness to match current needs may be a good option. Be sure to use a dimmable light bulb in any fixture connected to a dimmer (not all LED bulbs and fixtures are dimmable).

Modern LED light bulbs come in a broad range of types and sizes. Use your new understanding of lumens, watts and color temperature to choose the right replacement light bulb for your light fixture.

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Savant Systems Buys GE Lighting

The luxury home-automation company has its sights set on mass-market home networking, which giants like Amazon and Google have been trying to crack for years
By Susan Hassler

If you were trying to identify the handful of companies that created a business out of the emergence of electrical engineering in the Victorian era, certainly the list would have to include General Electric. GE’s lighting business was established by Thomas Edison in 1892, and it was just sold to engineering wunderkind Robert Madonna and his team at Savant Systems, in Hyannis, Mass. Savant builds high-end home-networking systems for the well-heeled.

By buying GE Lighting—and licensing the use of the GE Lighting and GE Smart Home names—Savant hopes to become a force in the emerging market for home networking devices, a business that has been a battleground for some of the biggest names in technology: Amazon, Apple, and Google.

I spoke to Savant president J.C. Murphy about the acquisition and Savant’s plans for the future.

Can you tell me a little about where Savant came from?

Bob [Madonna] tells a funny story about buying a place in [New York City’s] SoHo and getting his first automation system.

And so he bought this system and nothing really worked and it took weeks and weeks of programming to get simple functions up and working and when he would switch out a cable box or he’d switch out a TV, the whole system would come down and it was back to the drawing board.

That was really the beginning. He said, “I can definitely build a company and do this better.” And he took a lot of the thinking that we used previously in the telecommunications space in terms of reliability and redundancy, and fault tolerance, and we’ve imported that into what we build at Savant.

Basically, it’s a combination of hardware and software that ties the way you live in the home together through an elegant user experience. A simple app that’s on a touch pad or on your Android or iOS device, it basically allows the different things in your home to communicate seamlessly together. So your heating, and your lighting systems, and your audio and your video systems, and your security systems are all tied together in this unique app.

Our vision is to be able to expand that same quality look and feel to a broader marketplace. And obviously, we want to maintain the integrity of the Savant brand in this high-end custom home-automation area, but we want to import our technology into the iconic GE Lighting, and soon, the GE Smart Home brand, to bring it to more and more people at a better price point.

So why are lightbulbs central to this vision?

When you look at what you have in GE Lighting, it’s this unbelievable ability to build and manufacture and engineer quality products at scale.

There are some great individual point solutions out there, but there’s no company that has really introduced this at scale across the entire system. Our vision is to take the Savant DNA and technology and really build out an ecosystem of products and solutions that can be deployed very broadly.

This article appears in the July 2020 print issue as “Google Has Nest. Amazon Has Echo and Alexa. Savant Systems Has—GE Lighting!”

REF: IEEE Spctrum

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Memorial Day 2020

Honoring all that have served and currently serve.

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How To Stay Green While Living In Quarantine

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REF: Forbes

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California Will Enforce The Energy-Efficient Lightbulb Rule Trump Wants To Reverse

Updated on Jan. 2 at 4:55 p.m. ET

California can now begin enforcing new minimum standards for light bulb efficiency, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. It’s the latest split between the state and the Trump administration, which has moved to reverse the same standards on a national level.

The judge rejected a petition for a temporary block by two industry groups, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Lighting Association. The ALA says it’s “conferring with counsel on next steps.”

The standards were adopted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) after the Trump administration recently moved to roll them back.

The light bulb efficiency standards originally passed under President George W. Bush, then were expanded during the Obama administration. That expanded version includes specialty light bulbs like those used in bathroom vanities and recessed lighting, as well as candle-shaped lights.

The Obama-era rule aimed to phase out all incandescent and halogen bulbs and replace them with LED bulbs that meet a minimum energy efficiency of 45 lumens per watt. (Still not up on your lumens-watt conversion? Here’s some help!)

According to the Energy Department, LED bulbs are among the most energy efficient in the market today, using 75-80% less energy than regular ones.

In November, 16 states, including California and New York, sued the federal government over its reversal of the latest standards, and the California Energy Commission decided to adopt the original federal legislation. That’s when the two industry groups petitioned for a temporary restraining order.

The judge denied that petition Tuesday, saying the efficiency standards have “garnered significant support from consumer groups.”

REF: NPR

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Happy Holidays!

Commercial Lighting Tampa would like to wish everyone a great holiday! Merry Christmas!

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LED Christmas Lights Give You The Power To Save

DUNMORE, Pa. — Heading into the holiday season means your electric bill is about to spike, especially if you’re trying to pull a Clark Griswold. We spoke with a couple of experts at Jerry’s For All Seasons in Dunmore to help save you a couple of bucks on your electric bill this year.

“The best thing that you can do, the most cost-effective and energy-efficient thing is to purchase and use LED lights,” said Alana Roberts, PPL regional affairs director.

“Lawn ornaments all come in LED. The tree toppers, stars, they’re all LED. Virtually anything that comes incandescent now comes in LED,” said jerry Longo, owner of Jerry’s For All Seasons.

Those LED bulbs aren’t just cost-effective. They’re built to last, too.

“They last for years and years and years. The screw-in C7, C9, they have a 20-year life,” Longo said.

If you’re still using incandescent bulbs you can still find ways to save.

“If you’re using a timer on your lights, that’s a good way to save, too. If you’re going to run your lights 24/7 even when it’s light out and you can’t see them, you’re definitely using more electricity,” Roberts.

Roberts also has some advice if you have one of those giant blow-up Santas.

“Those inflatables are awesome. When I go around looking at lights, I like to see them, but they’re probably the least energy-efficient item in your holiday display, so consider that your splurge item,” Roberts said.

PPL officials remind you to stay safe while putting up your lights by being mindful of electrical lines if you’re working outside, and not overloading outlets inside.

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