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Options for Lighting Storage Spaces

Posted by Joe Lightman on Aug 22, 2017 1:00 PM

If you’re convinced you need or want to add light in your storage space, there are several options depending on your budget, whether the closet is already wired and how much light you need. Lighting for storage spaces generally falls into two categories: wired and wireless (battery powered).

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Topics: storage space lighting

Lighting Codes for Storage Spaces

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

Five Tips for Lighting Your Storage Space

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

Have you thought about lighting up your closets, storage spaces, utility rooms or garages?

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Topics: storage space lighting, closet lighting

Why Storage Space Lighting?

Posted by Joe Lightman on Aug 2, 2017 12:07 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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Should you Re-lamp, Retrofit or Replace your Wall Lights?

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

10 Factors in Selecting an Outdoor Wall Light

Posted by Joe Lightman on Jun 22, 2016 2:30 PM
Outdoor lighting is meant to create a safe and secure environment, lighting entries and exits and also adding aesthetic value. Some things to consider when selecting outdoor wall lights include illuminance, uniformity, light distribution and also light pollution and dark sky requirements. Below we provide a checklist to help select the right outdoor wall light.

1. Size

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.

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Topics: Wall Lights

Light Sources for Commercial Wall Lights

Posted by Joe Lightman on Jun 16, 2016 11:48 AM

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.

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Topics: Wall Lights

Types of Outdoor Wall Lights

Posted by Joe Lightman on Jun 10, 2016 1:40 PM


There are 5 main types of wall lights, each of which serve specific purposes: traditional, semi-cutoff, full cutoff, adjustable and architectural. Standard or traditional wall packs distribute light out and down. Semi cutoff and adjustable wall packs limit the light to mostly down. Full cutoff wall packs distribute light only down. Architectural fixtures use light in different ways to accent, highlight features or add nuance to a structure.

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Topics: Wall Lights