Sign of the Times: Keeping Your Signs Illuminated Throughout the Year

Oct 09, 14 Sign of the Times: Keeping Your Signs Illuminated Throughout the Year

We’ve all seen them lurking during nightfall, on the side of the road. It’s the embarrassing display of a poorly lit sign. Sure, there are some building and pylon signs that do not require illumination to advertise, but often times properly lit signs are essential for attracting potential customers, especially when it’s dark outside. Dim or dark signs can result in questionable advertising, loss in business revenue and overall costly energy inefficiency. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your sign.

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How to Minimize Glare and Eye Strain

Oct 03, 14 How to Minimize Glare and Eye Strain

When light is too direct or reflected too strongly off a surface, it can produce a brighter, more dazzling light called glare. In the home, glare most frequently occurs in task lighting fixtures such as desk and table lamps, but it can occur in general lighting as well. Glare is a primary cause of eye strain, which can be uncomfortable for your eyes and result in headaches, nausea, and other unpleasant symptoms. This is why it is important to reduce the amount you experience in your home. Below are some effective strategies for eliminating glare as a cause for eye strain.

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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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Prevent Ice Dams by Switching Out Your Lights

Sep 29, 14 Prevent Ice Dams by Switching Out Your Lights

As we race through summer and into fall, it’s not a bad idea to prepare for the coming winter.  Last winter, many cities across the US saw substantial snowfall and freezing temperatures.  Doubtless, many of you also noticed the formation of ice dams on your roofs and in your rain gutters.  On their own, an ice dam isn’t damaging, but any degradation in your roof can lead to leaks and water damage inside your home.  It’s a shame since one way to prevent this is a simple replacement of your downlights.  Surprised?  Let’s take a look at ice dams and how your current lights might be the cause.

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Upgrade Your Car Lights for Maximum Safety

Sep 15, 14 Upgrade Your Car Lights for Maximum Safety

Every consumer car, truck, or van comes with lights pre-installed.  Without lights, night driving would be practically impossible and bad-weather traffic would be extremely dangerous.  The stock lighting kit that comes with your car is often incomplete, arriving with just enough lights to meet government specifications.  Yet lighting almost always takes a back seat to other things, your sound system for instance, when it comes time for upgrades.  But why upgrade lights if they haven’t burned out yet?  Well it’s more than just upgrading headlights.  A car with a full light kit includes additional lights such as fog lamps, driver lights, and parking lights.

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How to Take Advantage of Colored Lighting

Sep 12, 14 How to Take Advantage of Colored Lighting

Fall is upon us, and with the recent start of the NFL football season and the holidays right around the corner, there’s no shortage of events to decorate for in the upcoming months. What better way to set the mood for these occasions than with colored light bulbs? Even if you’re not a sports fanatic or you consider yourself a holiday grinch, colored lighting can be a great way to add some flair to everyday scenarios. Here are four ways anyone can take advantage of colored lighting.

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