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Energy Efficiency News and Lighting Retrofit Success Stories
Since 2009, we have been providing top quality lighting products for the commercial and industrial markets. Our focus on customer service and prompt delivery has led contractors of all sizes to trust us with more and more of their lighting fixture needs. We realized that while we were very good at value engineering the majority of commercial lighting fixtures, our catalog of decorative products for residential, office, and multi-family projects was rather thin. This led us to create ReziLighting.com. Continue reading
For the billions of square feet of commercial real estate that have not undergone a lighting upgrade within the last several years, LED tube lights are the quickest and easiest way to reduce energy consumption and lower monthly utility bills. LED tubes have come a long way since they were first released, with improvements in light output, color rendering, and lifespan coming at each iteration. Through each generation, manufacturers have been able to reduce the cost and improve their process. For you, the consumer, this means that high quality LED tube lights are quickly approaching the low cost of premium standard fluorescent T8 tubes. In this article, we'll cover what you need to know to pick the right LED tube light for your application. Continue reading
We're often asked for help in identifying the types of power plugs used on lighting fixtures in commercial and industrial facilities. It may seem like there's no rhyme or reason behind these strange power plugs, but they were created to reduce the risk of accidents and to ensure proper power connections for electrical equipment. In this article, we'll discuss the most common NEMA power plugs that are used to connect lighting fixtures to plug-in receptacles. Continue reading
BriteSwitch, a utility rebate management company, just published this interesting infographic on the value of the average outdoor lighting rebate by fixture type and light source. The infographic, embedded below, lists the average dollar value for rebates on pole lighting, wall packs, canopy lighting and bollard lighting fixtures based on BriteSwitch's North American Rebate and Incentive Database. It's interesting to see that LED lighting is the clear winner in terms of rebate dollars offered. If you would like to find out what rebates might be available in your state, we maintain a directory of lighting rebates. Click on your state to see if your utility company is listed or contact us if you need any help.
Illuminating Outdoor Rebates - An infographic by BriteSwitch
We've just added the full line of LED Flood Lights from Industrial Lighting Products. These robust flood light fixtures are perfect for a variety of outdoor lighting applications from sign and facade lighting to parking lot and area lighting. The die cast aluminum housing has a hinged front frame on the smaller units and a removable back cover on the larger units to allow easy access to the wiring compartment and internal driver. Continue reading
Choosing the right office lighting fixtures for your lighting project doesn't have to be a chore. With a little planning and basic research, you can improve the lighting in your office and reduce your operating costs in one fell swoop. The type of fixtures that you can choose from will mainly depend on the type of ceiling in your office space. We’ll discuss the different options for the most popular commercial ceiling types and provide links to recommended fixtures. As always, if you need any help, please feel free to contact one of our lighting experts at (888) 548-6387 or send us an email.
There are certain lighting professionals within the lighting industry with a level of knowledge, experience and drive that put them in rarefied air. Even longtime lighting industry veterans would do well to take a page out of the books of these illumination experts who have their finger on the pulse of what’s relevant in today’s marketplace.
The people listed here are bloggers and publishers with a passion for lighting. They write about a variety of topics such as lighting design, energy-efficient lighting, news for contractors and the construction industry, as well as the interior design industry for both commercial and residential. Together, these people are shining a light on what is happening within our industry and identifying the trends. If you’re in the lighting industry, we highly recommend following these influencers on Twitter, subscribing to their blogs and otherwise taking note of what they’re saying. Continue reading
The whole world has gone mobile. It’s estimated that two-thirds of the more than six billion people on planet earth own a mobile communication device. In America, the proportion is ever higher, and those in the lighting industry can benefit greatly from having lighting audit software at their fingertips. There’s nothing like having a lighting audit worksheet along with a calculator in the palm of your hand.
Mobile devices armed with a lighting audit app or energy audit app will have many benefits over the traditional laptop computer with similar software. They’re lightweight, have long battery life and possess instant data transfer capability. Continue reading
Sometimes, the answer to this question is obvious. If the lighting in your warehouse looks like it might have been right at home in the 1950s, it’s definitely time to replace those old lighting fixtures. But what if the signs aren’t as clear?
The truth is, today’s warehouses, distribution centers and other large indoor facilities are often lit by highly inefficient systems with outdated technology. If a facility is lit by high-intensity discharge (HID) or magnetically ballasted T12 fluorescent light fixtures, then money is basically being thrown down a black hole. Many warehouse and facility managers allocate huge chunks of their fiscal pie to utility bills without realizing just how much a new lighting system can help reduce costs.
After the initial investment, switching to energy-efficient lighting systems can pay for themselves in as little as one year in many cases. When a commercial property manager finally decides that turning off the lights isn’t a viable money-saving strategy anymore, it’s time to look at retrofit lighting fixtures to solve the problem. Maybe T8 fixtures and T5HO High Bays are the solution, or perhaps the lighting retrofit project calls for a combination of solutions that only an experienced lighting specialist can provide.