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Eureka! A Road Map For Retrofitted Fixtures

Eureka! A Road Map for Retrofitted Fixtures

In the light bulb section of home improvement stores across the globe, there is a critical choice to be made: to retrofit or not to retrofit with LEDs? Retrofitting means to add new technology or features to older systems. In lighting, it refers to an upgrade from less efficient lighting to more efficient lighting, from incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, or metal halide lamps to the most efficient lamp: LED. The answer to this question depends on the lighting application and the owner’s skills. Maintenance costs, long term efficiency goals, the age of your fixtures and their supporting systems all affect the choice you will make. Before you jump in and buy the first LED that looks nice, consider the following tips on LED retrofitting for commercial or residential spaces.

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Will TM-30-15 Replace CRI?

Tm-30-15-CRI

Breaking news for the lighting world—last week, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) published a technical memorandum outlining a new method for evaluating a light source’s ability to render color. The memorandum is meant to replace the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and is currently known as TM-30-15. Continue Reading

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Patio and Deck Lighting Ideas

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Summer will be making its official exit soon. With that in mind, you may find yourself wanting to enjoy a last hurrah or two outside. What better way to relish in the great outdoors than by spending time on your patio or deck? Keep your outdoor living space beautifully illuminated for the summer all year long using a variety of stylish and functional lighting options.

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Plants for Black Thumb Gardeners

Plants For Black Thumb Gardeners

Do plants tremble in fear when you walk by? Is your aspiring garden less like the perfection of Martha Stewart and more like selling point of a weed killer commercial? You are not alone in sending plants to their untimely demise. “Black thumb” gardeners love Mother Nature yet manage to kill everything from Uncle Bob’s funeral ivy to the dandelion patch by the sidewalk. However, there are several types of houseplants, besides cacti, which can survive your overwatering, forgetfulness, and bad karma.

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