A lighting upgrade typically involves one of three options: re-lamping, retrofitting or replacing existing fixtures. Deciding on the best of these three options is a decision that a lot of older facilities have to go through. The criteria involved in the decision includes budget, energy savings, environmental criteria, existing technology and project goals. While as a general rule, it is better to try and retrofit an existing fixture, each project has to be evaluated on a case by case basis, ideally utilizing some form of payback/ROI analysis as a guiding factor. In this post, we cover some of the key issues to consider when deciding to re-lamp, retrofit or replace an existing fixture. While we had wall lights in mind when putting this post together, the thinking here obviously applies to a range of other fixtures types.
Commercial building exteriors typically rely on a variation of wall light or wall pack fixtures for illumination. These wall mounted fixtures are primarily tasked with providing a safe, secure exterior environment. Before LED lighting was available for general usage, commercial wall light fixtures relied on light source technology such as high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), incandescent and fluorescent. Today most types of wall lights are available in LED which has resolved the common wall light issues of the past.
Topics: Wall Lights
Effectively warehouse lighting is generally not considered a top priority given the perception that warehouses are a cost centre, a way point before a product can make a profit - a logic which applies especially to the exterior. Most guides to warehouse lighting only cover the inside of the space, where the focus is on order picking, storage and other logistics tasks. Given that wall lights, typically used on warehouse exteriors, are in fact the most common type of exterior lights used on commercial and industrial buildings, it’s a wonder that not more attention is given to this category of lighting.
Topics: Warehouse Wall Lights
[Toronto, ON] – The Electro-Federation Canada has announced McCoy Samuels as the 2016 Recipient of the RAB Design Lighting Award of Excellence.
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|Meet Peter Lyng. Peter is the Facilities Manager at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Center in the City of Belleville. The facility houses an Aquatic Centre, which conducts recreational and competitive programs for children, adults, and seniors, so it has to be able to serve a wide range of swimmers. The Centre has three swimming pools, and Peter has a problem.||
Quinte Aquatics Centre, after a lighting remodel by RAB Design Lighting
“What fantastic lighting!” isn’t always the first comment someone makes upon entering an indoor pool, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not a hugely important factor. Even though lights may play only a supporting role in the overall functionality of a pool, they impact the functionality, safety, and aesthetic appeal of the facility.
Note: Other provinces and states have their own rebate programs which may have different requirements from those listed below. Contact your electric utility or visit their website for more information.
Many of our LED fixtures are DLC certified, qualifying you for a SaveONEnergy rebate when you install them because they yield a certain level of energy savings. It is an incentive program to assist you with your transition to energy-saving LED lights. Here are some tips on how to apply for the rebate:
There’s nothing like an elegant set of under cabinet lights to finish off the look of a new kitchen. Whether it’s a new build or a kitchen renovation, it pays to take some time to plan out your lighting before you start. Here are some important preliminary steps to make sure you don’t find yourself in a bind after you’ve installed (and paid) for everything.
Topics: Under cabinet LED
Wall packs increase in size either for design purposes or to house higher lumen output systems. From a design perspective, luminaire size will depend on factors such as placement and other aesthetic concerns. Achieving higher wattage and lumen output is another reason to increase size to allow for larger lamps and ballasts and heat management systems. Also, more space inside the luminaire helps to reduce the effect of heat on the ballast or driver. Increased size may be achieved by making the overall fixture bigger or by adding a deeper box to the back of the luminaire. In cases where you are replacing older wall packs, the fixture may have left discoloration on the wall or may be smaller than the old one, so it’s important to get the same size or use an option such as a goof tray to hide the discolored surface.
Topics: Wall Lights
Wall packs have traditionally come in metal halide (MH), high pressure sodium (HPS), compact fluorescent (CFL), induction and incandescent. All these and other variants are still in use depending on the need, but as in most lighting categories, wherever possible, LEDs are replacing the older technology. Below we cover the pros and cons of the dominant light sources used in wall packs.
Topics: Wall Lights