Leapfrog Lighting Announces a Distribution Partnership with 1000Bulbs.com for its Line of Spec-Quality Light Bulbs

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Ottawa—As of December 3, 2013, Leapfrog Lighting’s product line will give 1000Bulbs.com customers a quality spec-quality lamp choice—bulbs traditionally specified by lighting designers, architects, retailers and galleries.

Leapfrog Lighting fills that special need, for customers who require the most consistent quality, such as lighting designers and architects,” explained Jeremy Foster, Director of Marketing at 1000Bulbs.com. “We’re pleased to be able to provide our customers with a premium spec-quality line of lamps. We were impressed with the level of testing and quality control at Leapfrog Lighting.”

“We are excited about our new relationship with 1000Bulbs.com,” said Stephen Naor, CEO at Leapfrog Lighting. “1000Bulbs.com is nationally recognized for customer service and product. Its client base covers nearly every application category in lighting.”

Many users—beyond the professional designers and architects—demand the total light quality of spec-quality lamps. At a time when the lighting industry is discussing adding color rendering standards to LED lamp certification, Leapfrog Lighting goes beyond this standard to include testing for optical performance, color consistency and glare factors.

“We recognized that Leapfrog Lighting lamps have a slightly higher price for LED bulbs, but we decided to work with Leapfrog when we considered the overall quality, particularly for spec applications.” said Mr. Foster of 1000Bulbs.com

Leapfrog Lighting’s Mr. Naor explained that lighting is a major factor in the enjoyment of life and productivity of environment. In retail and commercial environments, the value of low-glare, even light distribution and consistent color are all equally important to workplace productivity, morale and satisfaction. “Leapfrog Lighting’s mission—our entire focus as a company—is to provide the most uncompromising performing LED lamps for commercial, industrial and retail applications,” said Mr. Naor.

The current Leapfrog Lighting product line, carried by 1000Bulbs.com, includes PAR20, PAR30,  PAR38 and MR16 lamps that provide industry-leading output power through high-efficiency LED source and driver electronics. The innovative lens design creates a pleasing, glare-free light suitable for use in all indoor and unexposed outdoor down-lighting applications. The lamps also deliver the high CRI and ultra-consistent color temperature control critical to multi-lamp applications in hotels, restaurants, schools, office buildings, museums, galleries, retail operations and other public spaces. With a life expectancy of 40,000 operating hours, these UL-registered lamps will provide more than 27 years of service at 4 hours per day.

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About 1000Bulbs.com:

1000Bulbs.com is an award-winning Internet-based lighting retailer. The company offers everything from simple, household light bulbs to cutting-edge specialty lighting systems. Nationally recognized for growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction, 1000Bulbs.com is an influential force in the lighting industry. Follow @1000Bulbs on Twitter for the latest company announcements.

 

About Leapfrog Lighting:

Leapfrog Lighting, is best known for specialized commercial-application LED light bulbs, for applications where consistent quality is important, such as: retail and display, interior and architectural design applications, industry and commercial space, facility management, hospitals, galleries and museums. Follow @LeapfrogL on Twitter for the latest company announcements.

 

LED Market Background:

LED lamps are expected to achieve 25.8% market share in 2013 according to Digitimes research in “Trends in LED lighting market.” (http://www.digitimes.com/Reports/Report.asp?datepublish=2012/2/13&pages=RS&seq=400&read=toc) Many industry insiders, according to GreenTech Efficiency (http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/The-Path-to-an-80-Percent-Market-Share-for-LED-Lights), believe an 80% market share is feasible by 2020

 

 

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Light Post Lighting News: World’s Worst Light Pollution, Jet Lag Shower, and Edison LEDs

Mar 29, 13 Light Post Lighting News: World’s Worst Light Pollution, Jet Lag Shower, and Edison LEDs

In this week’s issue, we’ll discuss a new way to cure jet lag, the worst city in the world for star gazing, and an Edison LED bulb. So post up in your favorite spot and enjoy Light Post!

Hong Kong is World’s Worst in Light Pollution

While living in a big city hampers your star gazing ability, it certainly fails in comparison to living in Hong Kong. In a study done by faculty of science at the University of Hong Kong, parts of the city are as much as 1,000 times brighter than international norms, giving Hong Kong’s light pollution the title of worst in the world. But why is Hong Kong so bright? Study leader Jason Pun Chun-shing gives us three main reasons: Hong Kong is an extremely densely populated place, the government is obsessed with providing public safety, and unregulated lighting on buildings. However, upward-facing lights and advertising aren’t the only culprits. For Chan Yuk Lung, who runs the astronomy club at Queen’s College, the light pollution issue is overstated: “We have very polluted air in Hong Kong and we have a lot of floating particles in the air and these floating particles reflect light back into our eyes – this is why we feel the sky is so bright at night.”

Delta’s Photon Shower Cleans Off Effect of Jet Lag

Any frequent flyers out there? How do you deal with the time zone changes? Extra coffee? Power naps? Well, caffeine jolts and cat naps may be a thing of the past as Delta Airlines unveiled a Photon Shower earlier this year at the 2013 TED conference in Long Beach, California. This isn’t your typical shower: while you’re rinsing in a light spray of water, you’ll also soak up powerful blue LED lights that create artificial sunlight, therefore rinsing away the effects of jet lag. Delta Airlines explains the importance of light in regards to the body: “The symptoms of jet lag occur because the body gets off schedule, not only because of the day/night pattern of its new location, but with itself. This is where light comes into play.” However, don’t get too excited at the thought of landing at the airport and combating your jet lag, as Delta released the Photon Shower as a concept-only display.

Lighting Science Group Launches Edison-Inspired LED Lamps

One of the reasons people haven’t switched to LEDs is the shape. Some people don’t like the odd shape of some LEDs and therefore won’t switch to them. However, thanks to Lighting Science Group, that is no longer a valid excuse. They have launched a new line of standard shaped (A19) LED bulbs, the Definity Professional, that more closely resemble the typical light bulb shape: “Consumers have been asking the LED industry for bulbs which more closely replicate the form and function of a traditional Edison bulb,” said Lighting Science Group CEO Jeremy Cage. But don’t worry, you won’t have to give up performance for the new shape: these new bulbs are capable of producing up to 71 lumens per watt and capable of dimming down to 5%.

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Lighting Law: Chrome Yellow Paint vs. LED Bulbs

Portrait of Gauguin

Portrait of Gauguin

The plaintiff, 125-year old chrome yellow paint, claims the defendant, 90-year old LED lighting, is darkening its bright, beautiful color. The discovery was first announced in November of 2012 when a team of scientists ran some tests using LED lighting against chrome yellow paint, specifically from Van Gogh’s work, Portrait of Gauguin. As Post-Impressionist works are featured in museums today, they need to be featured in a light that enhances their best attributes. Essentially, LEDs are best way to enhance the color and the focal points of the pieces; they do not contain infrared or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, could it be possible they are damaging works of art from some of the great masters?

The Plaintiff: Chrome Yellow Paint

To Post-Impressionist artists, like Vincent Van Gogh, color was an important feature in their art. They believed in contrast, making bright colors pop while enhancing the subtlety of dark colors. The chrome pigment, at that time, was popular as it created bold, bright colors. Discovered in 1797, chrome yellow pigment came from the mineral crocoite, lead chromate. It was used in the 1800s, but on a strict basis; the pigment would oxidize and darken over a period of time after being exposed to air. Naturally, the fact that the paint contained lead did not allow for a great reception either, leading to its early demise.

The Defendant: LED Bulbs

We praise LED bulbs; they are efficient, economical, and most of all, safe. They are frequently used in art museums, as the crisp, white light allows colors to pop. LEDs do not emit harmful UV rays, eliminating the risk of color degradation, nor do they emit heat from infrared radiation, removing the possibility of damage; nevertheless, it appears the bulbs seem to be slowly dulling the chrome yellow in these works.

The Surprise Confession: Xenon Bulbs

Breaking news in the courtroom! Upon further investigation, it has come to light that xenon bulbs were the culprit of this heinous crime; xenon bulbs do create heat as well as emit UV rays. While they make for bright, white light, these characteristics of xenon bulbs are not a pleasant companion for the chrome yellow paint featured in Post-Impressionist paintings. These traits do, in fact, speed up the oxidation process of the paint, thus causing the discoloration of the paintings. While some xenon bulbs have UV protection, a small amount of UV rays will still pass through.

Case Dismissed

While LED bulbs caught a bad rap for a short time, they escaped the guillotine of the lighting world. These green, energy efficient bulbs will continue to light the way for our world and our museums. Unfortunately, chrome yellow paint is destined to continue to oxidize, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the beauty of in these masterpieces. Imagine how beautiful and bright it was when it was first used.

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New Product Enlightenment: Antique Bulbs, USB Receptacle, and More

Dec 17, 12 New Product Enlightenment: Antique Bulbs, USB Receptacle, and More

In volume 2 of Enlightenment, we will discuss a variety of new, and diverse, items added to our site, from contemporary antique light bulbs to hydroponic horticulture nutrients. With an assortment of products such as these, you won’t be disappointed with this article, so sit back, relax, and be enlightened.

Antique Lamps

Light your home Edison style! These unique, tubular antique light bulbs are the perfect way to give your home a vintage look. Beautiful for interior and exterior lighting, the spiral tungsten filament of the bulbs creates a warm amber glow that sets a welcoming and peaceful ambiance in any room. With a candelabra base, they are perfect for chandeliers, pendant lighting, and more. Give your home an antique feel; shop our selection of antique light bulbs!

Leviton Combination USB/Receptacle Charger

Leviton’s new combination USB and receptacle chargers can charge two electronic mobile devices synchronously via the USB ports, while leaving the receptacle free for any other power needs. The USB receptacle is perfect for use in residential spaces such as kitchens and home offices, as well as light commercial spaces such as airport cafes and office cubicles. Pair it with the USB receptacle with the Leviton Mobile Device Station for added convenience. Visit our site to see if the Leviton combination USB and receptacle charger is right for you!

LEDnovation GEN2 EnhanceLite A19

The LEDnovation GEN2 EnhanceLite A19 omnidirectional bulb is perfect for any multi-purpose lighting needs. Considered as one of the world’s most efficient LED light bulbs, this dimmable, warm white bulb uses only 13.7 watts and is the perfect replacement for a 75 watt incandescent. It has a color rendering index of 90 and does not contain mercury or lead. This LED bulb has a life expectancy of 50,000 hours and comes with a five-year warranty. Check out the EnhanceLite A19 and see if it suits your lighting needs!

RAB Slim Wall Packs

The new RAB LED slim wall packs are sleek and elegant, perfect for any indoor or outdoor lighting decor. Functional as a downlight or uplight, the wall packs come in a variety of wattages, with either a bronze or white finish; you choose the one best suited to your needs. They are UL listed for wet locations, IDA Dark Sky approved, and include a five-year warranty. Give any location that crisp, clean fixture it needs; browse our assortment of RAB LED slim wall packs!

Horticulture Nutrients & Supplements

In Enlightenment: Vol. 1, we mentioned that grow lights were new to our site. Now, we have added horticulture nutrients and supplements. The Bloom Blaster by Grotek is a hydroponic plant nutrient powder that helps plants mature properly. Effective in all growing media, it helps your plants to develop beautifully. Mighty Wash by NPK Industries aids to rid your plants of insects and spider mites and can be used in all stages of the flowering cycle. FloraBloom by General Hydroponics functions as a bloom development stimulator to improve the quality of plants during the flowering stage. See your plants grow to new heights with our new horticulture nutrients and supplements!

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