Mr. Electric - LED bulbs http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/434 en Important Things to Consider If Your Business Needs Ballast or Bulb Replacement http://www.33pulse.com/blog/important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Important Things to Consider If Your Business Needs Ballast or Bulb Replacement</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement.jpg?itok=FgpibRYX" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="734" height="359" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/code-mre-important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement.jpg?itok=FgpibRYX" width="734" height="359" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Brad Roop</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:43am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>If the lights in your business are on their way out, making a change to your ballasts or bulbs may offer you tremendous opportunity. There’s a lot to consider when selecting the right ballast and bulb combination, however, and the decision you make today will affect your business for years to come.</p> <h2>There’s more to choosing lighting than replacing that faulty ballast.</h2> <p>The right lighting can result in substantial savings on your monthly energy costs, of which lighting accounts for nearly 35 percent. The right lighting can also reduce maintenance needs, improve productivity, and reduce your carbon footprint.</p> <h2>Watts up?</h2> <p>Watts measure the amount of energy required to light a bulb. Today, however, bulbs are measured in lumens, or the amount of visible light produced. Why? It all boils down to efficiency. Opting for ballast and bulb combinations that are more efficient than yesterday’s incandescents offer a superior return on investment.</p> <h3>Halogen</h3> <ul><li>Twice as efficient as incandescents. ?</li> <li>Commonly used for outdoor applications such as stadium and security lighting.</li> </ul><h3>Fluorescent</h3> <ul><li>Use 1/5 to 1/3 as much electricity as incandescents.</li> <li>Last 10 times longer.</li> <li>The most commonly used form of commercial lighting.</li> <li>Opting for a newer, electronic ballast provides more efficient, flicker-free operation than magnetic predecessors.</li> <li>Today’s T8 systems far surpass yesterday’s T12 systems in efficiency.</li> <li>T5 systems may offer a suitable replacement for HID/Metal halides.</li> </ul><h3>CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light)</h3> <ul><li>Miniature version of fluorescents.</li> <li>Quick and easy energy saving replacement for incandescents in standard light sockets.</li> </ul><h3>HID/Metal Halide</h3> <ul><li>3-5 times more efficient than incandescents.</li> <li>Lasts 20 times longer.</li> <li>Produce large quantities of very bright light for warehouse and industrial applications.</li> <li>Purchasing/installing specially designed reduced wattage metal halide lamps may provide sufficient lighting while reducing energy consumption.</li> </ul><h3>LED (Light Emitting Diodes)</h3> <ul><li>Use 75 percent less energy than incandescents.</li> <li>Lasts 35-50 times longer.</li> <li>Multi-functional.</li> </ul><h2>Going beyond the bulb…</h2> <p>There’s more to upgrading your lighting than simple bulb and ballast replacement, however. According to the SBA (Small Business Association), technology plus effective design equals performance and energy savings. Screwing in more efficient bulbs are a great start, but not enough if you want the whole package. Ballast selection and lighting design are essential to getting the most bang for your lighting buck. For this, you’ll need the help of a Mr. Electric? lighting professional to coordinate:</p> <h3>Ballast or fixture selection</h3> <p>Finding the most efficient technology to meet your application needs and/or style.</p> <h3>Ballast and fixture placement</h3> <p>Including taking into consideration ceiling height, spacing, glare, light distribution, and task plane height.</p> <h3>Overall appearance and brightness</h3> <p>Including taking into account room finishes - paint colors and types that will improve lighting quality.</p> <h3>And more…</h3> <p>From safety considerations to integration with other building systems</p> <h2><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/electrical-services">Looking for a little more control and savings? You may want…</a></h2> <ul><li>Dimmers</li> <li>Occupancy sensors</li> <li>Vacancy sensors</li> <li>Bi-level switches</li> <li>Daylight sensors</li> <li>Intelligent lighting control systems</li> </ul><p>No matter what type of lighting your business utilizes, from LED indoor lighting solutions to landscaping and security lights, <em>Mr. Electric</em> has your covered. <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/contact-us">Contact Mr. Electric</a> and discover the many ways new lighting can brighten up your business today.</p> <div class="row"> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Other Related Blog Topics</h3> <div class="col-md-3"><a href="http://www.33pulse.com/blog/all-about-led-bulbs"><picture data-picture-mapping="full-0" data-picture-align="" data-picture-group="full-0" class="img-responsive"><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source data-srcset="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/full-0-lg/public/mre-ledbulbs-blog.jpg?itok=sTckU3Wa 1x" 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href="/blog/important-things-to-consider-if-your-business-needs-ballast-or-bulb-replacement" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:43:58 +0000 Brad Roop 5688 at http://www.33pulse.com LED Bulb Myths You Should Ignore http://www.33pulse.com/blog/led-bulb-myths <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>LED Bulb Myths You Should Ignore</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre_-_common_myths_about_led_lighting.jpg?itok=-pxf7HK3" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3133" height="1571" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/mre_-_common_myths_about_led_lighting.jpg?itok=-pxf7HK3" width="3133" height="1571" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 3:13pm</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Low-energy LED lighting technology is the wave of the future.?Are you still in the dark? Let us help you separate the facts from the hype surrounding this increasingly popular lighting option.</p> <h2><span style="color: rgb(0, 63, 162); font-size: 3.4rem; line-height: 1.1;">LEDs?Last Forever</span></h2> <p>How long do LED builbs really last? Like all light sources,?LEDs?will fade slowly over time.?Depending on operating conditions, well-designed fixtures can retain 70 percent of their initial light output for 6 years, or 50,000 hours or more. If you run them 24/7, they'll last you twice as long as?fluorescents?and many times longer than?incandescents.</p> <h2>LED Bulbs are Expensive</h2> <p>The total cost of LED lighting over time can be significantly lower than conventional systems. Though initial fixture costs may be higher, LED fixtures have a longer useful life, are more durable and reliable requiring less maintenance and material costs, and use far less energy than their fluorescent and incandescent cousins. Annual lighting costs can be reduced by up to 80 percent, and payback on your investment can often be achieved in less than three years.</p> <h2>I Should Wait for LED Pricing to Decline before Investing in This Lighting Technology</h2> <p>Waiting will cost you more in the long run.?Lighting is often one of the greatest energy expenses of a business. Incremental price declines in LED technology will be more than offset by paybacks in energy savings. It does not pay to wait.</p> <h2>LED Lighting Technology Is Too New</h2> <p>LED bulbs have been in widespread use for over a decade.?LEDs?have earned their place as a reliable lighting technology, having been used in critical safety applications and rapidly gaining popularity for industrial use thanks to their cost effective, efficient, sustainable, high quality light. Their impressive durability makes them a top choice for high intensity industrial applications such as manufacturing operations, warehousing, maintenance, and more.</p> <h2>LEDs Contain Mercury</h2> <p>LED lighting does not contain mercury. However, fluorescents and compact fluorescents (CFLs) contain hazardous mercury. ?Not only are the mercury-free, but LEB bulbs only generate about half the heat of their counterparts and produce a limited amount of UV radiation.</p> <h2>LED Bulbs Are Not Bright Enough for Industrial Applications</h2> <p>Thanks to advancements in technology, LEDs are ideal for these applications.?A wide range of fixtures – from low to high lumen outputs – are available today, allowing for the selection of lighting perfectly matched to suit your specific business needs. Placement is essential to proper optics, so be sure to consult a professional to plan effective light placement.</p> <h2>LED Light Is Too Blue</h2> <p>LED lighting is “cooler” than other lighting colors.The blue hue of LEDs does vary from the yellow tones of traditional lighting. However, customers frequently cite an improvement in lighting quality and effectiveness following upgrades. If you have concerns, consider another hue in the ever-expanding variety of LED colors now available.</p> <h2>LEDs Offer Poor Dimming Capabilities</h2> <p>Well-designed LEDs offer convenient, targeted dimming settings.?Quality matters. Well-designed LEDs can provide gradual dimming across many more increment than their competitors, offering targeted settings for the perfect combination of convenience, ambiance and energy savings. ?While LED bulbs do not require a special dimmer, you will need to purchase dimmable LED bulbs that are compatible with traditional dimmer, or upgrade your dimmer switches.</p> <h2>The Magnetic Ballasts in LEDs Require Service and Replacement</h2> <p>LED bulbs don’t use magnetic ballasts – they use electronic drivers. Well-designed drivers don’t require replacement.?Light bulbs, like incandescents, fluorescents, and halides, use magnetic ballasts that wear out over time, particularly with frequent on and off switching. LEDs do not share these characteristics because LEDs are semiconductors, not light bulbs. They require electronic drivers for managing power delivery. Look for electronic drivers with well-designed, integrated control features for the maximum in efficiency and functionalities - like dimming, sensing, and auto on and off capability.</p> <h2>LED Lighting Does Not Work Well in High Temperature Environments</h2> <p>Well-designed LEDs function beautifully in a wide range of temperatures.?LEDs performed at least as well as fluorescents and HIDs in temperature tests conducted by independent labs, particularly in cold environments where other lighting technology suffers. However, quality matters. Opt for lighting that is carefully designed to manage heat dissipation – regardless of the climate you will operate them in. ?</p> <h2>LEDs Are Too Bright for High-Intensity Applications</h2> <p>Well-designed LED bulbs manage glare and light placement with optics, which minimizes a direct sightline to LEDs, as well as glare, and color temperature for these applications is also excellent.</p> <p>Don’t let old lighting technology leave your business burned out. Upgrade to LED lighting with the help of Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> today.</p> <p>Need a home service expert? Visit <a href="https://goo.gl/ZWzjKu" target="_blank">GetNeighborly.com</a>.?</p> <div class="well well-sm"><em>This blog is made available by Mr. Electric for educational purposes only to give the reader general information and a general understanding on the specific subject above. The blog should not be used as a substitute for a licensed electrical professional in your state or region. Check with city and state laws before performing any household project.</em></div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/led-bulb-myths" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:13:30 +0000 Super User 5508 at http://www.33pulse.com All About LED Bulbs http://www.33pulse.com/blog/all-about-led-bulbs <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>All About LED Bulbs</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicled_1.jpg?itok=o__zRRgE" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with title &quot;All About LED Bulbs&quot;" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicled_1.jpg?itok=o__zRRgE" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with title &quot;All About LED Bulbs&quot;" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:00am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>In recent years, LED performance has caused an abundance of hype in the lighting technology market. What’s all the fuss about LED bulbs? Turns out there’s quite a bit to rave about…</p> <p><strong>The history of LED light bulbs</strong>?<br /><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are among the most rapidly advancing lighting technologies available today. Highly efficient, long lasting, and environmentally friendly, LED bulbs, like other forms of lighting technology, have progressed thanks to the work of multiple inventors….</span></p> <ul><li><strong>1961</strong> In an attempt to create a laser diode, Robert Biard and Gary Pittman accidentally invented - and patented - an infrared LED for Texas Instruments. Since infrared light is beyond the visible light spectrum, however, it does not affect the consumer market.</li> <li><strong>1962</strong> Nick Holonyack, consulting engineer for GE, invents the first visible (red) LED using a gallium arsenide phosphide as a substrate for the diode.</li> <li><strong>1972</strong> Electrical engineer M George Craford invents the first yellow LED for the Monsanto Company using gallium arsenide phosphide in the diode, as well as a red LED 10 times brighter than Holonyack's. Monsanto Company is the first to mass-produce visible red LEDs as indicators. A few years later Fairchild Optoelectronics also begins to produce low-cost LED devices for manufacturers.</li> <li><strong>1976</strong> Thomas P. Pearsall invents a high efficiency, extremely bright LED for use in fiber optics and fiber telecommunications, including new semiconductor materials optimized for optical fiber transmission wavelengths.</li> <li><strong>1994</strong> Shuji Nakamura invents the first blue LED using gallium nitride. This quickly leads to the discovery of white LEDs – blue diodes coated with phosphor. Researchers then demonstrate white light using red, green, and blue LEDs, leading to breakthroughs in lighting technology such as LED traffic lights, flashlights, and TVs.</li> <li><strong>2000</strong> Since the first LEDs were no more efficient than incandescents, the Department of Energy (D.O.E.) partners with private industry to push white LED technology forward, creating a high efficiency device that packages LEDs together.</li> <li><strong>2009-2011</strong> Philips Lighting North America enters its LED bulb in the D.O.E.’s L Prize competition in the 60-watt replacement category, a commonly used bulb size. After rigorous testing, the D.O.E. awards Philips first prize in 2011. This drives others in the lighting industry to strive higher.</li> <li><strong>LEDs today </strong> Since their introduction, LEDs have come down tremendously in price, more than 85 percent, and are now available for $10 or less. Thanks to their efficiency, they are capable of covering their own costs after the first year of use, paying for themselves many times over in their 10-year lifespan.</li> </ul><p><strong>LEDs – the future of lighting technology.</strong> Compared to the older lighting technology of incandescents and fluorescents, LEDs offer an array of advantages. Highly efficient, today’s LED bulbs are 100 percent efficient at turning energy into light, up to 50 percent more efficient than compact fluorescents (CFLs), and up to 85 percent more efficient than traditional incandescents. They also last 2-5 times longer than CFLs and 25 times longer than incandescents, reducing the need for frequent bulb replacement and excess landfill waste. Highly versatile, LED bulbs don’t flicker, are not affected by extreme temperatures, are dimmable, produce a high quality of light, and don’t emit UV light or contain hazardous materials such as mercury. <strong>What are LED bulbs made of? How do they work?</strong> Today’s LED bulbs feature solid-state lighting technology (SSL), emitting light from solid matter (a semiconductor), versus the vacuum in an incandescent or the gas in a CFL. Using a semiconductor made of a positively and negatively charged component, an LED produces light by moving electrons around its structure – a positive layer with holes for electrons and negative layer where free electrons can float. When electricity is used to move the electrons, they emit light as they flow into the positively charged holes. <strong>How common are LED bulbs?</strong></p> <ul><li>In 2012 alone, more than 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S., saving about $675 million in annual energy costs.</li> <li>The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that widespread adoption of LED bulbs by 2025 will reduce lighting electricity demands by 62 percent, eliminating 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions.</li> <li>Global sales of all types of LEDs are expected to grow from about $3.6 billion in 2013 to slightly more than $7 billion in 2016.</li> </ul><p>Don’t throw away your hard earned money to the lighting costs associated with outdated incandescents. Contact Mr. Electric? for all of your LED bulb replacement needs. Start saving today with the help of <em>Mr. Electric </em><em>and the latest in lighting technology</em><em>.?</em></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/all-about-led-bulbs" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:45 +0000 Super User 4257 at http://www.33pulse.com

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