Top 5 Best Rated Light Products To Kick Off 2018

2018 is finally here and with our New Years resolutions of “New Year, New Me” you should consider improving your lighting this new year. From energy efficient LED lights to antique replicas, here are the top five rated light products to have and use for a bright 2018!

LED Wall Pack – PLT10831

The PLT E1112 LED wall pack is a great option to light a parking garage or side of a building. This pack comes with an optional shade to cut down on light pollution with an optional shade to help cut down light pollution. The light distribution in this pack helps direct the light forward while the light emitted from these fixtures increase nighttime visibility.

F32T8 Tube Light: Philips – 281550

The Philips 281550 T8 bulbs are better than your average fluorescent T8 tube light. The difference with these tube lights is that they have 50 percent less mercury that does not sacrifice the Lumen output and lamp life. Another advantage of these bulbs is that they have a 4100 Kelvin color temperature that conducts a cool white in appearance which helps improve productivity. A great addition to add to your office lighting this new year.

LED Ready Strip Fixture: PLT – 20015

If you are looking to upgrade to LED lighting in your garage or warehouse then the PLT 20015 LED ready strip fixture will be your go-to choice. The fixture is designed for any four 4-foot direct wire LED tube lights positioned in two rows of two. With flexible mounting options, this makes for easy installation for both commercial and residential uses.

LED Tube Light: LEDT – 10024CS

Direct wire LED tube lights are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to convert your old lighting fixtures to LED efficiency. These lights emit 1750 Lumens of cool white, 4100 Kelvin light with just 12.5 Watts. Simply saying that these lights will produce quality light without using too much energy. So if you are looking to switch to LED, you should consider these bulbs.

ST58 Edison Bulb: PLT – 40003

If you are one that enjoys retro-looking pieces and loves going with the classics, then the PLT Edison light bulb is your classic lighting answer. This antique bulb is designed to resemble the first light bulb invented. It goes great for custom made lamps and is a great option if you are trying to add a vintage feel to your space. Make a statement while supplying quality lighting with the PLT Edison Bulb.

 

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Design Considerations for Holiday Lighting Decorating

When it comes to the holiday season, holiday lights and beautifully lit houses and neighborhoods comes to mind. When it comes to decorating the outside of your home there are different lighting designs to go with as some people opt for a more complex design. That way all of their ideas get out there and show the world their holiday spirit, and while all of this is nice your holiday light design can also be simple.  As a simple approach is best in accenting key features of your house and yard for maximum curb holiday appeal. Here are some design considerations for your holiday decorating this season.

4 Lighting Design Considerations For The Holidays

Architectural Highlights

The best approach to lighting the front exterior of your home is to start at the center and work your way out to the sides. This way you can showcase distinctive features in your home’s design such as gables, arches, chimneys, or other features. If you are a fan of simplicity, then creating an outline along the gutter line or across the peak of the roof is a great way to showcase your homes this holiday season. Not only are you showcasing your home but you can make your front door the focal point where you can add more decorations.

Landscape Features

If your home has a large yard it is good to showcase this part of the landscape during the holidays. Be sure to create focal points with your shrubs and trees by adding lights to them, especially if these features help guide the eye to the main entrance of the house. If you have walkways, garden beds or an outdoor sculpture, these are other great places to add holiday lights to really make your property pop with holiday spirit.

Color Considerations 

When it comes to holiday lighting, simple white lights are go-to when it comes to showcasing the outside of your home. They are bright and don’t take away from the homes overall look. However, color is coming back in style and you can showcase different areas of your home with colored lighting. With an array of colors at your disposal, you can create amazing combinations that bring holiday cheer to those passing by.

Decorative Enhancements

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the great thing to keep in mind is that you are not limited to just lighting. There are many different types of figurines and statuettes you can incorporate into your hard. You can populate an area of your yard with Yuletide-themed characters or create a light tunnel over your driveway to illuminate the cars underneath.

Save On Lights This Holiday Season!

The holiday season and spirit are both about coming together, caring and giving to one another. To truly show appreciation to friends, family and loved ones. Delande Lighting appreciates our loyal customers and we want to show our appreciation as well as helping out the community!

Bring in any new unwrapped toy for our toy drive and receive 20% off any full priced items. You can also receive 10% off any discounted items by bringing in a new unwrapped toy as well! We simply enjoy the holiday season and love to give back, come join us and give back to others this winter!

This is a great way to decorate your home and get the perfect light fixtures for your home to get into the holiday spirit!

Why You Can’t Use Certain LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures

LED lights are a great upgrade from your regular fluorescent light bulbs but they have one disadvantage. Heat is the mortal enemy of LED light bulbs. They may look similar to other light bulbs on the outside, but the chip inside and LED is similar to computer chips. Meaning that LED bulbs should not be placed in areas with a lot of heat or they will overheat and shorten the lifespan of the LED. This is why some bulbs will label whether or not you can use them in enclosed light fixtures.

What is an Enclosed Light Fixture

An enclosed lighting fixture is where the light bulb is encased in a way that does not allow for proper ventilation. Some examples of lighting fixtures include porch lights where the bottom is glass or plastic instead of it being open, as well as a lensed recessed light fixture. If you use an ED ulb in an enclosed fixture when it isn’t designed for that may cause the bulb to overheat, potentially causing damage to not only the bulb but the fixture.  Before purchasing, make sure the bulbs you are looking at can be placed in an enclosed fixture so you can enjoy the full value of the light.

 

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading To LED Lights

LED lighting is a more energy efficient and longer lasting light bulb option than any other lighting technology. The only downside is that when you make the switch to LED there are some issues that could arise.  Here are five common mistakes to avoid when upgrading to LED bulbs.

Light Distribution is Different

Depending on your application, the difference in light distribution with LED bulbs can be a blessing or a curse. LEDs are very directional due to the arrangement of the diodes, so you’ll need to pay attention to the beam angle and distribution type. For example, if you are replacing an A-shape incandescent bulb in a lamp with an LED, you may lose some downward light.  Since LEDs are designed to emit light to where you most need it, your best option is to look for omnidirectional bulbs. In addition, take into account of where you want the light to go and purchases or angle your fixtures accordingly.

Lights Are Too Bright or Too Dark

When looking to upgrade your bulbs to LED, you need to compare the Lumens of your current bulb with he replacement. Most people will compare wattage to get a feel for how bright their new lights will be, but Lumens will give you a better understanding of how bright the light will be. The only exception where the wattage equivalent rating will help more is the fact that LED lights are directional while HID are omnidirectional.

Light Is Too Blue or Too Yellow

The color appearance of the light emitted from a fixture or bulb is measured in Kelvin and if you want to match the color light of the lighting you’re upgrading, take note of the LED’s Kelvin color temperature. While most fluorescent tubes will have the color temperature stamped on the side of the tube, incandescent and halogen bulbs do not. Incandescent bulbs are around 2400-2700K and halogen bulbs are around 3000-3200K. So purchasing LED bulbs within these ranges is a safe bet.

Using LEDs With An Incompatible Dimmer

Not all dimmers will work with LED lights as they are not all created equal.  You will know if you have an incompatible dimmer if you noticed flickering, buzzing, humming, or flashing after installing your LED bulb. If you plan to use dimmable LED lights then you need a compatible LED dimmer switch.

Lights Make Colors Look Dull

Lights have a color rendering index, or CRI, that indicates how accurately it displays colors compared to the sun. Most halogen and fluorescent bulbs have a CRI of 100. LEDs can’t quite match that number but there are some bulbs that have a CRI rating in the 90s which is still considered excellent. After switching to LED you may notice colors appear to be a little lackluster. The difference should not be too significant that the average person would notice right away.

Intro To Office Lighting

Not many people may think this, but lighting in the office can have an impact on the productivity and comfortability of your employees. While offices generally use about 30 percent of all energy consumed on lights its important to have a layout that will be worth the money. The right lighting can make your employees feel more comfortable in the office, as good lighting will reduce fatigue and eye strain. Below are some tips to help better light your office of maximum comfortability as well as productivity.

Fluorescent vs LED Lighting

Before you get any lighting accessory or different fixtures to spice up your office, you will need to decide what type of lighting you will want to be displayed in your office. Fluorescent lighting may offer good energy efficiency but they cannot beat the savings that LED lights have to offer. LED lighting last longer that other sources, they consume less power and do not emit a lot of heat. With less heat means you won’t be turning on the air conditioning which will save you money in the long run.

Parabolic vs Indirect

Traditionally, officers use a parabolic fixture to light their entire office. While popular, the downside of this lighting arrangement is that the fixture shines all of its light downward. By doing this, it causes a cave effect that could cause eye strain, headaches and fatigue from glare. Indirect lighting shines their light upward rather than downward. When on, the light goes up to the ceiling or back of the fixture then reflects downward to light the room. When this happens, the light is more evenly distributed which reduces the strains that parabolic fixtures cause as mentioned before. Indirect fixtures also give off the illusion of bigger and brighter rooms by eliminating shadows that are usually created if you have a parabolic fixture setup.

Energy Efficient Motion Sensors

Offices looking to save on money and energy should invest in motion sensors. They reduce wasted energy by up to 30 percent as it turns off the lights when the space is not being used. Motion sensors are best for rooms such as restrooms, closets and breaks rooms. What makes these sensors great in addition to the money and energy it saves but they are available as either occupancy sensors and vacancy sensors.

Task Lighting

Another way to incorporate different lights in your office to heighten comfort and productivity is the use of task lighting. Task lights, such as a desk lamp, are great way to eliminate the need for overly bright lights that are provided by the ceiling light fixtures. If you need to focus on a task, then a dim lit desk lamp is the perfect solution as it focuses the worker on their task while eliminating strains that come from ceiling fixtures.

Recommend Office Color Temperatures

When it comes to lighting an office for productivity, the recommended lighting should be between 4,000 Kelvin and 5,000 Kelvin. While there are other office color temperatures out there, these two temperatures have been proven to increase productivity. The two colors these temperatures create are cool white and stark white respectively.

 

5 Ways In-Ground Lights Can Go Wrong

In-ground lights are a great and modern way you can add dramatic up-lighting along walkways and garden beds.  Whether your lighting fixture is a new addition or have been up-lighting your foliage for years there are a couple of issues that you can experience. Below are the top five issues you could come across with your outdoor in-ground lighting fixtures.

Water From Below

The biggest issue with in-ground lighting is damage from water getting into the light bulb. As this light heats up, it expands and the air inside the fixture will escape either at the top of or bottom of the fixture. As the light cools down it contracts back down which creates a vacuum like motion. If the wiring at the bottom of the fixture is not properly sealed then moisture from the ground could get in the lighting and cause corrosion and shortages.

To prevent this from happening you will need to make sure that during installation, the fixture is place in the right material. Gravel does not absorb rainwater so it is the perfect material to install this fixture into. If your exterior has no gravel you can put sealant to block any potential access points for moisture.

Water From Above

If you have an old lighting fixture of if your lights run on the cheaper side then you may come across this issue with in-ground lights.  In either of these cases the seam where the lens cover and trim meet may not be properly sealed or the seam is starting to disintegrate. This broken seal will allow water to enter your lights when it rains or snows outside.

To prevent this from happening, you need to purchase fixtures that have a flush seam as this type of seam will prevent any type of fluid from getting inside. Some fixtures will come with a curved lens cover which are perfect  to prevent water damage. This is because the curved edges allow for the water to roll off the lens.

Flooded

In-ground light fixtures tend to flood if they have poor sealant and if they are exposed to heavy rain. This is true for any type of light fixture exposed to excessive amounts of rain.  To fix this issue, wait until the rain has stopped and everything has dried up. You can then cut off the power and check for any damages before you turn the lights back on to see if the bulbs need to be replaced.

Glass Cover Breaks

As with all types of glass, they have breaking points and can only withstand a certain amount of weight. This goes for in-ground lights as well as their glass lenses are not made to be walked or driven on. However, accidents do happen and you may come across a broken glass lens. To prevent the glass from breaking, you may want to install these lights at a slightly elevated position to prevent people from walking on them. You could also create a barrier around the light to protect the glass lens.

Overheating

Overheating could cause damage to the wiring of the fixture or the bulb and result in a decreased lifespan of your in-ground lighting fixture. While lights are made to withstand high temperatures while being on, they are not equipped to handle excessive heat as well. For fixtures placed in an area that gets very hot during the summer you may experience some overheating issues.

While there is no real solution to overheating you can prevent it from happening with the right equipment. When you are shopping for fixtures and bulbs to go in them, be sure to read the packaging. This will tell you if the bulb will be able to handle high temperatures in and around the fixture. You can also prevent overheating by avoiding installing these lights in areas in direct sunlight for long periods of time.