LED Highlights of 2014

Dec 03, 14 LED Highlights of 2014

Since LED technology was introduced there have been plenty of innovative designs and transformations within the lighting industry. In 2014 we saw amazing advancements in LED technology and recognition. From a Nobel Prize to printable lights, it has been a year of progress for LEDs.  In case you missed it, here are a few LED highlights from 2014.

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What are Full Wave LED Christmas Lights?

Dec 01, 14 What are Full Wave LED Christmas Lights?

LED Christmas lights become more popular every year.  They last longer and are less susceptible to vibrations or damage, but you may have noticed something odd (or had a friend who noticed) about the light given off by your new Christmas lights.  The bulbs may seem to flicker while you stare at them.  This is especially noticeable if the light string is moving in the breeze or on a display and can be very distracting or annoying.  The cause of this flicker is in how the LED string is designed:  Whether it uses full-wave or half-wave rectification.

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The Lights You Need to Navigate your Home at Night

Nov 28, 14 The Lights You Need to Navigate your Home at Night

The house is dark and everyone’s asleep except you. You want to head to the kitchen to grab a midnight snack, but you don’t want to turn on bright overhead lights that will hurt your eyes and leak under doors. You have a few night lights plugged in here and there, but unfortunately they aren’t too helpful for finding appliances or safely walking downstairs. It looks to us like you’re in need of proper night lighting. Using certain lights at night will serve vital safety and practical purposes without resulting in unnecessary illumination and wasted energy. We recommend the fixtures below to help you navigate the night without mishaps.

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Gallery and Museum Lighting

Nov 26, 14 Gallery and Museum Lighting

Art is in the eye of the beholder, but without accurate lighting the beholder may miss the brushstrokes. Whether it’s a small scale gallery or a full-size museum, appropriate lighting ensures artwork is seen at its fullest enchantment.  Just recently, Michelangelo’s painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was updated using 7,000 LEDs. The ceiling was fading from sunlight exposure, and standard halogen lighting. With the switch to LEDs, this classic work of art is being seen in a completely different light.  So, if you’ve been considering changing the lighting in your gallery or museum, here are a few reasons to move towards LEDs.

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Beat the Winter Blues with Lighting

Nov 24, 14 Beat the Winter Blues with Lighting

With the fall season in full swing, and winter just on the horizon, the daylight hours are shorter, reducing the amount of sunlight we get daily.  This lack of natural lighting has the unintended effect of triggering seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in certain every fall and winter.  This seasonal depression can remove the joy from what should otherwise be great seasons.  Fortunately, if you suffer from SAD, adding more light to your life can work as a remedy.  You’ve probably seen advertisements for SAD lamps with full spectrum lighting, however, what makes them different from any other light bulb or lamp?

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