Category Archives: Lighting

16Nov/17
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Green Lighting: Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting

As more and more consumers experience the joy of adding a great outdoor living space to their home, outdoor lighting is becoming a hot topic. From tiki torches to rope lighting, we want our patio or terrace to feel like a relaxing sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life, and one way to accomplish it is with effective mood lighting. However, lighting needs to be more than just beautiful, it also should be energy efficient. Here are some green lighting tips on how to keep your outdoor lighting as energy efficient as possible.
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11Aug/17
lighting

How to Improve Your Office Working Space with the Right Kind of Lighting: Your Important Guide

There are two things that greatly influence the efficiency and comfort of the office worker whilst he or she is at the job – temperature and lighting. Temperature is easily fixed; however, lighting is often a complicated topic and needs a little more study. There are different kinds of lighting, after all, and different kinds of jobs need different kinds of lighting as well.
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25Nov/15
External Lighting

6 Things to Consider When You Are Installing External Lighting

Installing outdoor lighting is one way to create a safer, more welcoming, and more attractive home environment. External lighting helps provide security for people in the garden and makes the property less likely to be a target for criminals. And external lighting can simply make a big decorative difference to the look of the home – perfect for entertaining. Here’s what you need to know when you are deciding on outdoor lighting.

  1. Understand What You Are Trying to Achieve

Different types of lighting will help you achieve different goals in the garden or yard. For example, when you are deciding on the type of lighting to install, consider what you are hoping to achieve and where you want the light. Think about whether you are looking to create an area outside for entertaining, or if you want to ramp up your home security. You may simply want to light a path better so that elderly relatives are safer in the evenings.

  1. Consider the Practical Matters

Before you start the lighting project, figure out the answers to key practical questions like: how are you going to power the lights? Where will the switch be located – is it in a safe and dry place? Will neighbours be adversely affected by the lighting?

  1. Choose Fixed Lighting Solutions

A permanent light fitting is often the best solution for outdoor lighting as it is sturdy, efficient, and can be wired up to the existing power supply. In this way, you can fit an outdoor security light or a set of decorative lamps around the patio, and have them wired to the electricity supply in the house and operated with the regular type of light switch. You can even install lights into decking, or around pathways. For supplies for this type of lighting project go to a specialist wholesaler or retailer like www.reconelectrical.co.uk.

  1. Consider Portable Lighting

If the situation calls for temporary or cheaper lighting solutions then you can find a range of affordable battery-powered lights for decorating the garden. These range from battery-powered lights to hang from trees, to spike lights that are driven into the ground to light a path. These lighting options are good for irregular use but are not suitable for enhancing security or lighting a patio on a regular basis.

  1. Think About Positioning

You need to consider the glare from a light and how that affects people in the garden as well as people in other next-door properties, or on the street. When you install security lights or spotlights you need to make sure that they do not create a nuisance when they come on at night. Floodlights should also be positioned high above the ground to give the best effect. It is best if you experiment with light positioning using a temporary structure before you fit them permanently.

  1. Remember Safety

Installing outdoor lighting is not a difficult task but with every electrical project you need to consider safety by using steel armoured wire which is buried deep, plus a low voltage system for the whole circuit.

 

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01Nov/15

The Halogen Bulb

A good alternative to conventional incandescent bulb, soon disappeared.

Benefits of halogen bulb:

  • Life of 2000-3000 hours, two to three times more than a conventional incandescent lamp;
  • A “warm” light but whiter than the conventional incandescent bulb. This is the closest to the light fixture;
  • Twice as high as conventional incandescent light efficiency;
  • A stable brightness over the entire life cycle of the lamp;
  • A smaller light to project a more targeted way;
  • No toxic material from entering its composition.
  • A surface temperature of the very high light (200 ° C to over 1000 ° C) which requires special measures for fire prevention;
  • The internal temperature is significantly higher than the standard incandescent bulb (2 500-3 100 ° C) for generating the UV emission. However, the risk is eliminated if a protective screen of glass or plastic covers the bulb, which is usually the case;
  • A greater than the ordinary bulb cost, due to the complexity of its manufacture;
  • If it is associated with a frequently used dimmer, his life will be much shorter, unless you take some steps (see below).
  • Disadvantages of halogen bulb:

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23Oct/15

Compact Fluorescent Bulb

Benefits of Compact Fluorescent Bulb:

Its life! 10 to 20,000 hours (5 years when used three hours a day). This is the great replacement for the incandescent bulb, the main reason;

Contrary to popular belief, it can have very different shapes (not just the spiral shape).

Its diffuse brightness avoid glare.

It emits up to 75% less heat than incandescent bulbs, to the same degree of brightness.

An analysis of the life cycle (overall environmental impact of a product) conducted by the Inter university Research Centre for Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) for Hydro Distribution is in favor of compact fluorescent lamp versus the lamp Incandescent.
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27Aug/14

The Conventional Incandescent Bulb

The Conventional Incandescent Bulb

It will soon disappear from stores, if not energy efficient. However, it has some advantages!

Advantages of conventional incandescent bulb:

  • A warm light for relaxation;
  • A continuous spectrum, so comfort for the visual system;
  • Instant start;
  • The ability to be used with a dimmer without damage;
  • It is silent, without oscillation or growl;
  • It contains no toxic or hazardous material;
  • It is found in a wide range of sizes, shapes and powers;
  • It heats! This is an advantage and a disadvantage winter summer.

Disadvantages of conventional incandescent bulb:

  • Its short life last from 1000 to 1200 hours. This partly explains its imminent demise. Its price is low (about $ 2 for a bulb base), but we must buy regularly.
  • Its fragility: it resents vibrations, surges, and high ignition / extinction regime.
  • 90% of the power is dissipated as heat (see above): it is therefore objectively ineffective, which is another reason for its demise.
15Aug/14

Tips for getting exciting LED lighting option

Tips for getting exciting LED lighting option

LED lights have become increasingly popular for hydroponic growing in recent years. They are available from numerous online retailers, such as Dorm Grow. LED lights offer a number of distinct, compelling advantages over incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) bulbs when it comes to indoor plant cultivation.

These advantages include dramatically lower energy consumption and a much lower heat signature. Like any methodology, though, knowing how to grow successfully with LED lights takes knowledge and a bit of trial and error. The following tips will help you get up to speed with this exciting lighting option.

Distance is Important

It is essential that your LED grow lights are mounted at the correct distance from your plants. Either too close or too far away will make successful growth all but impossible. As one would expect, the more intense a given light, the further you should keep it from the top of your plants. For instance, a relatively small, low-power 240 watt light should typically be positioned about 16 to 30 inches above the plants.

A 450 watt light should be kept at a distance of 20 to 30 inches. A 600 watt light should be elevated about 24 to 34 inches. Finally, a very large and intense 900 watt light needs at least 26 to 42 inches of clearance to avoid over-saturating your plants with radiation. Various LED hydroponic lights review resources can be accessed for further information.

Don’t Over Water

LED indoor grow lights produce dramatically less heat then conventional lights. This means that they won’t dry out the soil nearly as quickly. Consequently, the volume and frequency of watering should be scaled back considerably. This can take some getting used to for experienced growers, as it will probably feel like you’re not giving your plants sufficient water at first. Just be sure to remember that too much water is as bad as too little.

With a bit of time and practice, you’ll begin to develop a feel for how much water is required. Until your intuition adjusts, though, err on the side of caution. Wait until your soil feels mostly dry before adding more water.

Use a Power Stabilizer

Your LED grow lights are an investment. While they can easily last a very long time, it is important that you take care of them. Fluctuations in the amount of power delivered by your building’s electrical system can potentially damage your lights. A power stabilizer — also known as a surge protector — will prevent this from happening.