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A Quick Guide to Bollards

Bollard Lighting Guide

The term “bollard” probably comes from the word “bole,” meaning “post.”  A very apt term since a bollard is just that, a post.  Originally, bollards were simply mooring posts used to tie up ships in harbors.  A simple wooden post was buried in the ground to create a tie-off point.  As time wore on, cannon were used instead.  Old or unusable cannon were buried into the shore-line or bolted onto the docks, with the muzzle facing down, to create new moorings.  The trunnion (the small spokes on either side which are used as a fulcrum) and bell shape of the cannon make for a mooring that ropes won’t easily slide from.  The shapes of these cannon led the way to current bollards with their bell-shapes.  Modern bollards are used for path lighting, traffic guides, and to block access to certain areas. Continue Reading

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Bathroom Lighting Tips

Bathroom Lighting Tips

The master bathroom should be more than a lackluster place where you practice your personal hygiene. Instead, it should be a luxurious sanctuary where you can prepare for (or retire from) a busy day to focus on yourself. Unfortunately, many bathrooms are less than enticing spaces—possibly because they are equipped with inadequate lighting that lacks the quality and layers it needs to provide a comfortable ambience. So what can you do to create the perfect bathroom lighting?

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When Will 60W Equal A19 LED Bulbs Hit $2

2 dollar LED light bulbs

The most commonly sold LED light bulb in the US is a 60 Watt equivalent with an A19 base.  It’s the most popular because it replaces the 60W incandescent light bulb that was used for decades in homes and businesses all over the US in everything from desk lamps to porch lights.  Prices have been falling rapidly, as manufacturers angle to increase market shares and advance the technology.  With all of the recent price drops, it seems fitting to ask when a $2 option will hit store shelves and internet sites.

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When to Call an Electrician Part 3

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Well guys, it’s officially time to end the series. We’ve gone through quite a bit during our discussion on When to Call an Electrician. Having talked about so much, it’s amazing that there is still more to say. For the final installment, we’ll focus on understanding whether or not you even need to call an electrician and electrical home systems as it relates to lighting. Get ready to delve into our electric finale.

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Stopping EMI from Fluorescent Lights and Ballasts

Fluorescent Electromagnetic Interference

Any time you deal with electronics, specifically anything with long wires or a transformer, you’re going to run into electromagnetic interference (EMI).  But what is EMI exactly?  In short, EMI is any electrical signal (a voltage or radio frequency (RF) signal) that interferes with other electrical devices; especially those relating to communications equipment (think cell phones or handheld radios).  This has become more of a problem since electronic ballasts have replaced more and more of the traditional magnetic ballasts.  Electronic ballasts are more efficient, quieter, and promote longer lamp lives, but they emit much stronger EMI fields than traditional magnetic ballasts. Continue Reading

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Lighting in the News

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In case you missed it, there have been some pretty interesting things happening in the world of lights lately. From Stickbulb lighting created with reclaimed wood to Cree’s big change, we’ve seen quite a few things going on.  Whether it’s LEDs that help you shop, lightbulbs that ward off bugs, or the implementation of energy efficient lighting in commercial buildings that piques your interest, here’s your dose of enlightenment. Continue Reading