LED Drivers: 5 Factors for Selecting the Right Driver

May 16, 14 LED Drivers: 5 Factors for Selecting the Right Driver

LED drivers (also known as LED power supplies) are similar to ballasts for fluorescent lamps or transformers for low-voltage bulbs: they provide LEDs with the correct power supply to function and perform at their best. If you read our previous article on whether or not your LED requires a driver, you’ll already know that all LEDs require a driver and that the question you should really be asking is whether or not your LED requires an external driver. You’ll also know that there are two main kinds of external LED drivers, constant-current and constant-voltage, and that the driver you need depends on whether or not your LED light source already includes a constant-current driver within the light (if so, you would need a constant-voltage driver; if not, you need a separate constant-current driver). Now that you’re certain your LED light requires an external driver as well as what type, it’s time to narrow down to the specs you need to consider when making a purchasing decision. Here are five factors that will help you make the right selection.

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How to Choose the Best Trim for Recessed Lighting

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This is the second part of our write-up on recessed lighting fixtures.  Be sure to read about selecting the right housing for your installation in Part One.

Housings and electronics are important, but they disappear from view after everything is said and done.  What stays in sight are the trims and baffles or reflectors.  These are the items you need to consider from a more aesthetic viewpoint.

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Do I Need an LED Driver?

May 09, 14 Do I Need an LED Driver?

Due to increasing energy regulations, most people are familiar by now with the long life spans and energy savings associated with LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. However, many are not aware that these innovative light sources use specialized devices called LED drivers to operate. LED drivers (also known as LED power supplies) are similar to ballasts for fluorescent lamps or transformers for low-voltage bulbs: they provide LEDs with the correct power supply to function and perform at their best. Below, we discuss when you need an LED driver,  why you need an LED driver, and what type of driver you may need.

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How to Pick Recessed Lighting Housings

May 07, 14 How to Pick Recessed Lighting Housings

Initially designed in the 1930’s, recessed lighting continues to lead as stylish and contemporary out-of-sight lighting.  Recessed lights sit flush with the ceiling and usually appear as little more than a round hole or square to permit light; the perfect design for keeping a smooth and neat ceiling.  Over the past 80 years we’ve seen many revisions and advancements to the design and application of recessed lighting.  Home lighting itself focuses on the smaller form factor of can lights (typically two to six inches in diameter) while commercial offices use larger fluorescent troffers for uniform lighting.  It can be hard to decide on a proper installation, or retrofit as the case may be, with so many variables in play.  Here are the important factors to consider the next time you’re looking at installing or improving recessed fixtures.

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Five Places to Use Pendant Lighting

May 05, 14 Five Places to Use Pendant Lighting

If I could choose only one word to describe pendant lighting, it would have to be “versatile.” Not only do pendant lights come in all shapes, colors, and styles to fit your particular design aesthetic, but they can be used to serve the three main lighting functions that you’ll find in well-lit homes: general, accent, and task lighting. You can use them just about anywhere, but below are five places where pendant lights will really shine in your home.

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Choosing Recessed Shower Lights

May 02, 14 Choosing Recessed Shower Lights

More than a purely hygienic routine, showering is also a luxurious ritual in which you can refresh, reflect, and devote a few moments to yourself out of a busy day. Unfortunately, many showers are dark, drab places instead of refreshing oases, no doubt from the lack of proper shower lighting. Recessed downlights are the perfect solution to your shower lighting woes, due to their low-profile appearance, lenses, and trims that can act as a sealant from moisture. So how do you choose what recessed downlights you need for your shower?

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