Lighten Up: Improving the Environment One Turtle Lamp at a Time

Sep 24, 14 Lighten Up: Improving the Environment One Turtle Lamp at a Time

Imagine sitting in front of a plate of your favorite seafood meal; let’s say sauteed shrimp and crab with cream sauce over pasta. Sound good? Now imagine devouring every single scrumptious bite. Next, imagine never partaking in this meal again because it no longer exists.
It sounds a little farfetched, but this may be our reality in the not so far future. Unless you are a marine biologist or turtle enthusiast the importance of lighting technologies may not register. Our latest innovative lamp is certified by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and aids in creating a less unsettling environment for nesting and hatching sea turtles. But why does this matter?

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LED Light Bulbs Get A 2014 Update & Go Filament

Sep 17, 14 LED Light Bulbs Get A 2014 Update & Go Filament

LED light bulbs have been on the market for years and despite their many benefits, many have resisted making the switch.  For some, price was the biggest thing them back and when you’re used to buying incandescent bulbs for around a dollar and then have to spend over $15 to get the latest and greatest technology there is a lot of room for pause.  Over time this issue has been addressed with many standard shaped LED bulbs on the market for well under $10.

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What is Light Pollution?

Jul 30, 14 What is Light Pollution?

For many people, it would be difficult to imagine living in a world where artificial light does not exist. Since the invention of light bulbs in 1879, the use of artificial light sources in everything from street lamps to table lamps has become a major part of the way we live our lives. While man-made light serves many important purposes, specifically in regards to public safety and technological advances, excessive and improper use of it has led to light pollution. The negative consequences of light pollution are many, but there are ways they can be prevented.

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Light Bulb Ban: The Late Great T8 700 Series

Jul 07, 14 Light Bulb Ban: The Late Great T8 700 Series

This past January, EISA brought us the final phase out of 60-watt incandescent bulbs. But two years ago, the phase out program removed some halogen PAR lamps, T12 linear fluorescent lamps, as well as some less popular 2-ft. and 4-ft. T8s. The T8 700 series fluorescent lamps were just shy of the chopping block on the previous phase out, but were given a two-year extension.  On July 14th, 2014, all T8 700 series fluorescent lamps will fail to meet the new minimum energy ratings and will no longer be produced.  The new ratings increased the minimum allowable values for lumen efficacy (lumens-per-watt), wattage, and minimum color rendering for each lamp.  The 700 series of fluorescent T8s has terrible color rendering (averaging in the low 70s) while the newer 800 and 900 series of lamps deliver more vibrant color saturation at CRI levels of 80-85.

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1000Bulbs.com Releases LED Driver Educational Material

Jun 12, 14 1000Bulbs.com Releases LED Driver Educational Material

In an effort to educate clients and customers about LED lighting as it continues to become a prominent force in the lighting industry, Internet retailer 1000Bulbs.com has released an educational document titled “Understanding LED Drivers.” Written in collaboration with and approved by experts in the field of lighting, this 1000Bulbs.com original document provides a detailed overview of LED driver technology.

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What Is Causing My House Lights To Dim?

Apr 25, 14 What Is Causing My House Lights To Dim?

It can be scary moving to a new house or apartment, particularly if the establishment is old to the neighborhood. Sometimes the doors creak a little more than you’re used to, or the cabinets don’t shut all the way, or the appliances fail to operate correctly. When I first moved to my new/old apartment, I faced all of these minor annoyances. However, none were as alarming as one peculiar phenomenon: every time I used my microwave, the lights would flicker and dim down until my food was done cooking. While my meal was always properly warmed and the lights always went back to normal, it was still a little unsettling. Was this indicative of some larger problem? Below, we’ll review the cause of my situation, as well as some other common reasons house lights go dim (other than your light dimmer switch, of course!).

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