Recent Blog Posts
    • 22 May 2018

    Philips Lighting is now Signify

    Just wanted to get the word out Yesterday, Philips Lighting’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders approved the company’s name change from Philips Lighting to Signify. Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) will continue to use the Philips brand for its products under the existing licensing agreement with Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology. Signify expects the name change...
    • 27 Mar 2018

    My very first CFL

    When I was in College- in Design School and I was constantly bent over a drafting table with a very "inexpensive" lamp such as this with a 100W Incandescent screwed in and sweating because of it. I knew then I needed something different. Well I'm not sure where I heard about them but I learned there was a new technology that had been brought to market that could provide similar light output at a...
    • 8 Feb 2018

    What Working In A Dark Office May Do To Your Brain

    Found this article today on how using lower level light options may be harming cognitive thinking ability. I have observed while auditing office spaces in my career that I am seeing a general trend that as Computer use has increased we are seeing much lower general illumination levels. Typically this is not how I see a space designed but how the users change the space as they use it. In the picture below I was asked to...
    • 7 Dec 2017

    Power over Ethernet (PoE) article

    With PoE always a topic of conversation I wanted to share this great article from my coworker Ujjaini Dasgupta on PoE topics and frequently asked questions. I wont do it justice to summarize so I just attached the link. Tom Forshee Key Account Manager Philips Lighting North America
    • 29 Nov 2017

    Industry standardization for digital LED drivers

    As I have said before , the lighting industry has created a problem with the lack of standards for LED drivers and LED Chips and Arrays looking at the future for replacements. Here is a post on our Website discussing a new proposed ANSI standard C137.4. Tom Forshee Key Account Manager Philips Lighting North America
    • 22 Sep 2017

    LED Lighting as an Investment

    In lighting upgrade projects, there is often a point where you must convince a key decision maker who has a professional background in business, and there is a higher chance of getting the project approved if you can speak their language. Although concepts such as luminous efficacy, color temperature and color rendering index are very important from the technical standpoint, upgrading to LED is a business decision at...
    • 13 Sep 2017

    What is the S/P Ratio of Lighting?

    You might have noticed that some lighting products have an S/P ratio among their specifications. To explain what this means, consider that human vision behaves differently depending on the amount of ambient light available. This applies for both natural and artificial lighting. Human eyes have two types of photoreceptor cells: cones and rods. The response of cones is dominant during daytime or in well-illuminated indoor...
    • 8 Aug 2017

    Overview of T12, T8 and T5 Lamps, and their LED Upgrades

    Linear fluorescent lamps are very common in commercial and industrial settings, offering the advantage of easy replacement - when a lamp fails, it is only necessary to remove it and plug in a new tube. However, it is important to note that not all fluorescent tubes are the same, requiring different lampholders and ballasts depending on their characteristics. This article will provide an overview of the three main types...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Commercial Lighting Rebates in Canada: ENERGY STAR and DLC Listed

    Most residential lighting rebates require products to have the ENERGY STAR label, and the same principle applies in commercial applications. However, in the commercial sector there is also a product certification program by the DesignLights Consortium, and the DLC Listed label is granted when a product meets their testing requirements. If you are planning a lighting upgrade in a commercial facility, the best recommendation...
    • 18 Jul 2017

    ENERGY STAR Rebates in Canada: Residential

    When you purchase LED products with the ENERGY STAR label, high performance is guaranteed. All lighting products bearing the label have approved rigorous testing, encompassing areas like energy efficiency, service life and color performance. However, another advantage of purchasing ENERGY STAR lighting products is that they get generous rebates from local utilities and incentive agencies. In Canada, there are six different...
    • 18 Jul 2017

    LED Lighting Efficacy Just Became Much Higher

    We could soon start seeing a much higher luminous efficacy from LED products, since Samsung has just launched its LM301B chip, offering a record-breaking efficacy of 220 lumens per watt. The chip has a Color Rendering Index of 80 and a Correlated Color Temperature of 5000K, and is designed for applications such as retrofit lamps and downlights. This efficacy level was achieved by combining two key innovations: The...
    • 15 Jun 2017

    LED Home Lighting Tips to Save Money

    Upgrading your home lighting to LED is guaranteed to reduce your power bills, provided that your lighting usage habits stay the same. However, simply replacing all your lamps with equivalent LED products may not be the most cost-effective way to proceed. This article will provide some tips to help you achieve the highest possible return on each dollar spent on LED lighting. 1) Start with the lamps that are used the...
    • 13 Jun 2017

    How to Choose the Best LED Lighting for Any Room in Your Home

    LED lighting is characterized by product variety: there are lamps and luminaires for any application. This is an advantage if you know what to look for, but can also be a source of confusion given the broad range of products. Older lighting technologies have more narrowly-defined roles. For example, most halogen and incandescent bulbs are intended for residential spaces, T8 fluorescent tubes are used mainly in commercial...
    • 7 Apr 2017

    How has LED changed the way traditional optics in a fixture work

    I found this lighting scenario yesterday in a newly built restroom at a High School Track Stadium in Texas. I couldn't get a close up picture of the lens since the LEDs were overpowering the image sensor so here is a representative sample fixture What you will see in this image is the optics built into the lens when using Fluorescent lamps really helped distribute the light evenly- however when you convert the...
    • 6 Apr 2017

    LED's sometimes fail to live up to their claims, become LED SMART

    1. Make sure you are using a reliable LED manufacturer, purchased through a reputable Electrical Wholesaler 2. What is the warranty, and exactly what is included? 3. Has the product been tested according to recognized standards? Make sure your product has the following credentials: IESNA LM79-08; this is electrical and photometric measurements of SSlighing. IESNA LM80-08; testing lumen maintenance of the LED source...
    • 30 Mar 2017

    Choosing the right Color of lighting

    Many of us involved in lighting are constantly looking for the best product to solve a customers needs- but usually we are selling this product with an Energy Savings Slant. That is always a great story to the customer and it really helps sell the product, but what if we didnt take into account all the 'end user' needs? In this example the City of Rome (customer) looked at the best product to save energy, but...
    • 10 Mar 2017

    Philips’ Manuel Oomen on Luminaire-Integrated Lighting Controls

    Interesting article on integrated into Luminaire controls. Topics on the controls themselves, how to control them, wired or wireless. Tom Forshee Key Account Manager Philips Lighting North America
    • 23 Feb 2017

    Lighting is considerably less expensive today then in times past

    If you follow the logic of this article as much as 500,000x less expensive. I hadnt thought of the difficulty of lighting a home/ cave when all you had was wood and that you wouldnt waste that wood on seeing at night when its primary purpose was to cook and stay warm. We usually just consider the cost of a kWh and switching to more efficient technologies. Nice thought - " The amount of labor that once bought...
    • 10 Jan 2017

    LED Bulbs are Cheaper than CFL and Incandescent: Mathematical Proof

    When someone says that LED bulbs are too expensive, that is only partially true. It would be more correct to say: "With LED lighting you pay off most of the ownership cost at once, which makes it seem expensive, but in the long run it's the cheapest." In this blog post, we will prove it with numbers. Consider the following three products, which have a similar lumen output: Incandescent - $0.56/bulb...
    • 6 Jan 2017

    When I recommended to not change to LED

    The picture below is from my old Home I used to own, the new owner contacted me to see "how" I changed the lights last time they went out. Not easy to tell from the picture he sent me but its in a cased in skylight ceiling and the lamp is ~13' AFF. What I had to tell him was I had never changed one of those lights- in the 9 years I owned the house and the 4 years he's owned it not one of those BR30 Incandescent...
    • 28 Nov 2016

    LED Lamps continue to fall in pricing

    While looking through the local Black Friday pricing tabulars in the paper I came across these advertisements and thought they were worth a comment. LED A Lamp- US $0.89 LED 6" Retrofit- US $4.98 What the ad doesn't describe any of the products attributes- Is it Dimmable? what is the CRI? how many Lumens? how many Hours? Even what is the Color of the product (CCT)? Easy enough for those of us who live...
    • 22 Nov 2016

    LED fixtures and the future

    I have noticed the greater use of LED lighting has created what most people don't see today as a very long/ middle term upcoming problem. I was reminded of this problem today when trying to help my friend out with a very real lighting problem in her recently remodeled kitchen. Great looking kitchen right? Initially that vent hood was installed with 5K lights that she hated, see below and you might agree. It doesn't...
    • 21 Nov 2016

    Lighting Controls for Today’s Classroom

    The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) oftens posts great tools for learning techniques to properly use lighting controls in various settings. This particular posting about lighting in a classroom is very worthy of a read. Key Strategies, High-Performance Classrooms, Energy Codes, Sample Classroom Examples, Occupancy Sensing, Daylight Responsive Control (Harvesting) and Manual Control
    • 9 Nov 2016

    NEMA Occupancy Motion Sensors Standard

    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA WD 7-2011 (R2016) Occupancy Motion Sensors Standard , which promotes uniformity in the use and application of occupancy motion sensors used in lighting control systems, HVAC, and other devices. This standard explains field of view and coverage characteristics relevant to vacancy and occupancy sensors using passive infrared, ultrasonic, or microwave...
    • 19 Oct 2016

    Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)

    When this groundbreaking law was passed in 2007 and was set to cover automobile CAFE standards, Renewable Fuel Standards, Appliance and Lighting Efficiency, and general building efficiency many called it the " Light Bulb Law ." However ...