Does Color and Whiteness Rendering Really Matter? Research Supports Soraa’s LED Claims

Oct 08, 14 Does Color and Whiteness Rendering Really Matter? Research Supports Soraa’s LED Claims

Soraa, the LED lighting company who is best known for its line of high quality MR16 LED light bulbs, has concluded a research venture with Pennsylvania State University measuring the importance of color-rendering. As it turns out, efficacy isn’t the only spec worth looking at when choosing a new light source—the quality of the light should be considered as equally important. Test subjects in the study widely preferred the performance of Soraa LEDs over standard LEDs when illuminating colors and white objects.

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Poultry Persuasion: The Best Lighting Sources for Chicken

Oct 01, 14 Poultry Persuasion: The Best Lighting Sources for Chicken

Whether you have a teeny coop in the city or a larger barn for your birds of beauty, lighting is vital to the health and vigor of your poultry. Small amounts of lighting during brooding or excessive lighting during growth season may result in financial or production loss for owners. Controlling lumens, temperature and color temperature are essential for chickens.  This means that without the proper lighting, chickens may produce fewer eggs or fail to gain weight in a timely manner. Poultry perceive light differently than we do.  For instance, where we see a yellowish or white glow from a bulb, poultry perceive the light as red because of their intense sensitivity to UV rays. Incidentally, this red light has a longer wavelength which enters the skull and skin of the chickens, prompting them to lay eggs.  In the past, incandescent lamps were often used for poultry lighting, but these traditional lights are now fading due to their short lifespans, increased heat, and higher energy costs.  To ensure the health and productivity of your poultry, let’s break down a few alternative lighting options you may want to consider for your broiler house.

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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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