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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

McCoy Samuels wins RAB Design Award of Excellence for 2016

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

Considerations when Lighting an Indoor Swimming Pool

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Aug 4, 2016 9:01 AM

“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.

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Topics: Indoor Recreation Facilities, Swimming Pool

How-To: Apply for a SaveONEnergy Rebate in Ontario

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jul 29, 2016 3:57 PM

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:

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Topics: DLC approved fixtures, Commercial and Industrial Lighting

What to Know Before Installing Under Cabinet Lighting

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jul 13, 2016 4:29 PM

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.

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Topics: Under cabinet LED

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