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Lighting Codes for Storage Spaces

Posted by Joe Lightman on Aug 16, 2017 10:27:35 AM

Both Canada and the U.S. have requirements in their respective electrical codes for lighting in storage and clothing closets. For clothing closets, the guidelines specify light placement and warn against the use of pendant lights and incandescent lights that are not lensed (covered) for safety against fire breaking bulbs. Both Canadian and U.S. electrical codes also specify the types of fixtures that may be used in commercial storage and utility spaces. More specifics on the electrical codes governing clothing closets and utility storage spaces are covered below. (image of professional master electrician)

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Topics: storage space lighting, electrical code for closets

Tips for Lighting a Storage Space

Posted by Joe Lightman on Aug 8, 2017 2:47:23 PM

This post is part two in our series offering tips and strategies for lighting small storage spaces such as home closets or utility storage spaces.

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Topics: storage space lighting, closet lighting

Why Storage Space Lighting?

Posted by Joe Lightman on Aug 2, 2017 12:07:18 PM

Effective lighting for a small storage room or closet whether at home or work provides easy access and visibility, allowing you to be more efficient and organized. Unlike a kitchen or an office space where the need for light is constant, storage spaces are used infrequently or for short periods of time, making them a great fit for the innovative and energy friendly lighting options available today, including motion sensor activated LED fixtures.

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A Short Guide to RAB Design Lighting's Ratings and Approvals

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Mar 31, 2017 3:21:39 PM

The lighting world is full of ceritifications and ratings and symbols that can get very confusing if you don't know what they all mean. This is a quick guide to the symbols and certifications you'll find on our website.

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Topics: Lighting Essentials

Vapour Proof Versatility – Lighting Examples

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Mar 14, 2017 3:16:39 PM

Understanding the differences between each type of vapour proof lighting can be a little difficult. To help you pick which one works best for you, we’ve outlined some of the specific functional uses for each of our fixtures – the FW4, LFW, and LFX ranges of LED vapour proofs.


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Topics: Commercial and Industrial Lighting, Lighting Essentials

Should you Re-lamp, Retrofit or Replace your Wall Lights?

Posted by Joe Lightman on Jan 20, 2017 4:19:14 PM

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.

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Topics: Wall Lights, lighting replacement, lighting upgrade, lighting retrofit, lighting re-lamp

Advantages of LED's for Wall Lights

Posted by Joe Lightman on Oct 17, 2016 1:46:13 PM

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.

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Topics: Wall Lights

10 Step Guide to Wall Lights for Warehouses

Posted by Joe Lightman on Oct 4, 2016 2:01:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Warehouse Wall Lights

McCoy Samuels wins RAB Design Award of Excellence for 2016

Posted by Kamna Mirchandani on Sep 19, 2016 2:25:58 PM

[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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Topics: Company news

Swimming Pool Lighting: A Short Story

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Aug 16, 2016 5:01:12 PM
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

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Topics: Indoor Recreation Facilities, Swimming Pool