Buying a Metal Halide Bulb: 4 Factors to Consider

Jul 18, 14 Buying a Metal Halide Bulb: 4 Factors to Consider

Metal halide (MH) bulbs are a popular type of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp. Metal halide bulbs emit very powerful, bright white light and generally have a higher color-rendering index (CRI) than other HIDs. They can be used either indoors or outdoors but are best used in applications that take advantage of their energy efficiency and high CRIs, such as parking lots, sports game lighting and automotive headlamps. There are many kinds of metal halide bulbs, along with many industry terms that may make it difficult to select the bulb you need. That’s why in this week’s entry, we define and discuss some important factors you should consider when purchasing a new HID metal halide light bulb.

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Advantages of LED Christmas Lights

Jul 11, 14 Advantages of LED Christmas Lights

With Christmas in July promotions in full swing, now is an opportune time to purchase LED Christmas lights. But why should you use LED Christmas lights as opposed to traditional lights? For starters, one of the best times to take advantage of LED savings is over the holidays. Leaving regular Christmas lights on for 10 hours a night over 2-3 months can cause your energy usage, and thus your electricity bill, to noticeably rise. However, LED Christmas lights demand far less electricity than incandescent lights—up to 33% less, according to Consumer Reports. But LED Christmas lights not only use less energy and cost less money; they also offer several other advantages over their incandescent predecessors. So let’s take a look at the reasons why you should upgrade your Christmas lights to LED this holiday season.

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How to Clean Your Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Jul 03, 14 How to Clean Your Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Have you ever found yourself turning on an extra lamp in a once adequately bright room? That’s a sure sign of dusty and neglected light bulbs. While cleaning your light bulbs might not exactly be at the top of your priority list, doing so is an easy way to enhance your lighting without purchasing new bulbs. Cleaning your bulbs can make your room up to 20% brighter – that’s 20% more illumination for the same amount of energy. Since cleaning your fixtures as well will only further freshen up your home, here are some effective ways to tidy up your light bulbs, light fixtures, and lampshades.

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The Best Lighting for your Home Gym

Jun 27, 14 The Best Lighting for your Home Gym

Whether you began exercising indoors to escape the summer heat or you have a dedicated home gym year-round, working out in the comfort of your house can be a great way to get in shape.  Unfortunately, many interior spaces are not as accommodating for exercise as the room to the left, which can make the idea of working out at home less appealing. However, one way you can easily improve your indoor fitness experience without spending a fortune is by making some changes to your lighting. Below, we’ve compiled a few pointers.

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Five Lighting Ideas for a Well-Lit Pool

Jun 20, 14 Five Lighting Ideas for a Well-Lit Pool

With the Fourth of July only two weeks away, we’re well into the middle of summer. And you know what that means: if you haven’t already, it’s time to cool down at the pool. However, continuing the fun after the sun goes down requires a well-lit swimming pool. Though most home pools only have simple lighting installed for safety, pool lighting can also be a great way to amp up the ambiance of your backyard. Below are five ideas that will help you make the most of your pool lighting!

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