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Understanding Voltage Drop

Voltage Drop

You’ve finally decided to suck it up and make a go at it: you’ve spent the last few weeks retrofitting the lighting in your garage. It’s not the easiest task in the world, but you’re confident you can follow instructions from DIY videos. After installing new wiring, sockets, ballasts and light bulbs, the job is finally done. With a large grin and sweat dripping down your face, you go over to flip the switch and, to your dismay, some of the lights are significantly dimmer than others. Throwing up your hands, you decide that lights are evil. But, before condemning them all, let’s go over a common problem with voltage drop and how it may be the guilty party here.

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Ideas for St Patrick’s Day Lights


With St. Patrick’s Day a week away, many are thinking of different ways to get into the spirit of cheer associated with this day.  Some will dress up as leprechauns while some will spend some time at their local pub sipping a pint with friends.  For those with a much more subdued idea of celebrating, lights can be an interesting way to change things up at home or around the office.  There are lots of different types you can use as your St. Patrick’s Day lights but here are a few ideas to consider. Continue Reading


Ceiling Fan Buyers Guide

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Welcome to Part 3 of our Guide to ceiling fans.  While Part 1 and Part 2 covered the technical aspects of ceiling fans, here we’ll cover the reason you buy a ceiling fan in the first place: function and style!  How do you effectively use a ceiling fan, and what’s available to make sure you don’t wind up with an eyesore hanging from your beautiful ceiling?  Manufacturers have given a wealth of ratings and specifications to help guide your choices, but they also offer many features and styles.

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Why Buy Fluorescent High-Bay Fixtures?

Flourescent High Bay Fixtures Art

Creating a cost-effective and well-lit atmosphere in large, high-ceilinged environments such as factories, warehouses, gymnasiums, and big-box retail stores can be challenging for many business owners and operators. In the past, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps were the light source of choice for this task; however, pressures to improve savings and efficiency in these settings have led businesses to consider alternative lighting solutions. Fortunately, advances in high-intensity fluorescent technology have resulted in the creation of powerful fluorescent high-bays.

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LED Troffers Now Available at


In an effort to simplify energy-efficient commercial lighting, now carries high-quality LED troffers from Cree and Cooper Lighting. Each troffer contains the driver and LED light source all in one fixture for easy installation. With rated life spans from 50,000 hours up to 100,000 hours, these recessed lighting solutions effectively eliminate maintenance and replacement costs.

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