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Lighting Terms: Some Fun to Say, Yet Hard to Explain Words

Lighting Terms: Fun to Say, Hard to Explain

Lighting is easy to use. A flick of the switch and your dimly-lit cave becomes a glowing island of light for your latest activity. Yet sometimes lighting can be frustrating , especially when your supposedly brilliant illumination refuses to do the one thing required of it: light up. This perplexing problem will send you head-first into manuals, guidelines, and specifications filled with jargon you didn’t even know existed. Rest assured that the staff of 1000Bulbs.com understands your confusion and wants to shed some light on lighting terms that mean more than what meets the eye.

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Linear and Low/High Bay Fixtures Predicted To Make Major Gains in 2016

Linear Fixtures Predicted to Make Major Gains in 2016

1000Bulbs.com is on the forefront of indoor commercial and industrial lighting as linear and low/high bay fixtures are forecasted to have the largest energy-saving probability in 2016. LED linear fixtures include all troffer, panel, suspended, and pendant light fixtures in either total replacement or retrofitted lighting systems. High and low bay fixtures specifically show promising statistics in extensive indoor areas such as big-box retail stores, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. According to a 2015 report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, linear and low/high bay fixtures account for more than 60 percent of the potential or “overnight” reductions in energy consumption should all lighting be immediately converted to LED.

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Red or Green? Don’t Buy the Wrong Exit Sign

Guide to selecting the right exit sign for your building

If you live in Illinois or South Carolina, you may not know that other states are changing the color of emergency exit signs from red to green. Federal regulations require exit routes to be adequately lighted with exits marked by a sign reading, “Exit.” If an exit is not in direct line of sight, additional signs must be posted indicating the direction to the nearest exit. The letters must be at least six inches high with a .75 inch stroke width (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.37). As long as the color of the sign is distinct, OSHA leaves color restrictions up to the governing State and municipalities. In the majority of US cities, you’ll see red or green, but Helena, Montana allows orange exit signs as well. When constructing or remodeling, check with your local fire marshal to ensure you’re following the correct color guidelines for your municipality.

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Is Your Office Lighting Working Against You?

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You wouldn’t expect an employee to dig a tunnel from Brooklyn to Manhattan using only a plastic spoon, but you may be overlooking smaller equipment deficiencies that are hurting your bottom line. In a Gallup survey, less than one-third of employees strongly agreed their companies provided adequate resources for them to do their job well. The sharpest decline in employee engagement happens after the first six months as a result of employees feeling they are not given the tools and supplies they need to succeed. Why does employee engagement matter? It has been shown to affect not only company profitability, but also have a positive impact on customer retention, employee turnover, and shrinkage due to theft.

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What is a Capacitor? The Background Superhero

What is a Capacitor? The Background Superhero

The idea of a capacitor and what it does, although intimidating to comprehend, isn’t at all that far-fetched. A capacitor is used to temporarily store an electrical charge and inevitably release that built up charge, quite rapidly (often within seconds or less). Why is this beneficial you may ask? Capacitors are an essential part to the operation of the electrical devices and machines which we rely on.  Whether it be Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown’s fictional DeLorean flux-capacitor or even a storm cloud above our very own heads, chances are it is quite possible that you’ve seen the concept of a capacitor in one form or another.

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