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LED Troffer vs Fluorescent Troffer

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Fluorescent troffers are practically synonymous with commercial lighting in the U.S. Think of all the doctors’ offices, classrooms, buildings and workplaces in which you’ve seen these lensed fixtures emitting bright, fluorescent rays above your head.  In recent years, however, fluorescent troffers have been either retrofitted or replaced with LED troffers in many commercial spaces.  But is a change in light source the right solution for your business? Read More

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What Kind of Ceiling Fan Do I Need?

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Fan Specifications: Buyers Guide Part 2

If you’ve read part 1 of our ceiling fan guide, you’ve already seen how many choices there are to consider just in mounting and sizing ceiling fans.  But ceiling fans are also broken down by ratings for energy efficiency, speed, location, and light sources.  Acronyms like HP, RPM, and CFM can be confusing without previous exposure, and the addition of energy efficient options like DC motors or LED light kits can add to that confusion.  Even if your fans are already installed, it’s never a bad idea to review new options for upgrades. Read More

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The Visible Light Spectrum

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Did you know that light is actually a form of electromagnetic radiation? While we tend to think of light as only the radiant energy that we can see, the light we detect with our eyes is just a small fraction of the types of light that exist. In fact, the electromagnetic spectrum includes a wide range of light waves, from radio waves at its lowest frequency to gamma rays in its highest frequency. Somewhere in the middle is visible light, which itself is sandwiched between lower frequency infrared rays and higher frequency ultraviolet rays. Other types of invisible light include radio waves, microwaves and X-rays, but today, we’ll be focusing on the visible light spectrum.

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1000Bulbs.com Increases Assortment of LED Light Bulbs and Fixtures

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Always seeking to provide the latest innovations in lighting technology, 1000Bulbs.com is increasing its assortment of LED light bulbs and fixtures. The company will soon carry high-quality 2 x 4 LED troffers, U-bend LED tubes, 8-foot LED tubes, 2-pin and 4-pin LED lamps, and additional styles of LED Edison bulbs. As LED bulbs and fixtures continue to be developed in new shapes, sizes and designs, 1000Bulbs.com strives to make them available to its customers at great prices.

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Understanding the Use of In Wall Timers

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You’ve just arrived home from a long day at work.  Pulling into your dark driveway, you realize that not only did you forget to leave that light on, but your porch light is off as well. Annoyed and feeling slightly nervous, you fumble around with your keys in the dim moonlight and finally find the door key. Rushing inside, you vow to remember to always leave your entryway lights on. But wouldn’t all of this have been so much simpler if the lights were programmed to turn off and on when you needed them?   That’s just one of the reasons for using timers in your home.

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2-Pin & 4-Pin Plug In Lamps Go LED

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There’s a good chance you may not have noticed the plug-in (PL) lamps being used in the businesses you visit each day.  If you look up the next time you walk into a fast food restaurant, movie theater or hotel they’ll be hard to miss.  These bulbs have been available as compact fluorescent lights (CFL) for years but LED versions are now available. Read More

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How to Revive Your Valentine’s Day Roses

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Valentine’s Day has just come to a close, as did one of my favorite holidays: National “Discounted Chocolate” Day.  Unfortunately, you’ll find that many of your cut roses have already started to droop or wilt, even after being placed in water immediately.  You might even wonder if there’s a way you can revive those flowers to save them for a few extra days of beauty.  The good news is that yes you can, and it’s a fairly simple process, too.  As an alternative, you could grow your own roses, giving you fresh flowers every day! Read More