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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

Irwin Beron, President of RAB Design Lighting, Wins CEMRA Person of the Year Award

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jun 3, 2016 1:48 PM

Halifax, NS June 1st, 2016 – Irwin Beron, serving his 15th year as President of RAB Design Lighting, was honoured with the Canadian Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (CEMRA) Person of the Year Award last night at the 2016 EFC Conference. This accolade was a commemoration of almost 30 years of contribution by Mr. Beron to the Canadian Electrical Industry.

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Topics: Company news

Useful Lighting Related Online Resources

Posted by Joe Lightman on Apr 27, 2016 3:35 PM

There are a wide range of free, useful sources of information available online. These include governmental organizations, industry associations and certification bodies. North America and Europe each tend to have their own industry bodies covering information relevant to their members. In some cases there is cooperation and crossover. For this post, we thought we would cover some of these resources with a brief summary and link below.

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Topics: Lighting Essentials

Eight Lighting Energy and Cost Saving Strategies for Facility Managers

Posted by Joe Lightman on Apr 20, 2016 3:34 PM

Did you know that lighting absorbs at least 20% of a facility’s energy costs? It is also considered the low hanging fruit of energy savings in a facility. Conserving lighting and using more efficient lighting technology can yield substantial energy and cost savings. Today, aside from basic strategies, there are a number of advanced methods to achieve cost and energy savings through lighting.

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Topics: Lighting Cost Savings

Frequently Asked Under Cabinet LED Lighting Questions

Posted by Geoff Walling on Apr 12, 2016 4:40 PM

LED Under Cabinet Lighting (UCA) is one of the most popular RAB Design products since it has a wide range of applications in residential, commercial and Industrial settings.  Our UCA product is typically used in kitchens, but also under shelves in industrial panels and even on boats. We get a lot of inquiries about how to install and customize our Under Cabinet Lighting; this post will focus on some of the most frequently asked questions.  

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Topics: Under cabinet LED

Essential types and forms of lighting

Posted by Joe Lightman on Mar 28, 2016 1:10 PM

Layers of light

The lighting plan of a facility can greatly impact the interest, enthusiasm, and psychological comfort of its occupants. The right combination and balance of layers of light can help to create a welcoming and attractive environment in a restaurant, office, theatre, hall, factory floor or other space. At a high level, lighting is organized based on its intended use into three broad categories or layers of light: general (ambient), accent and task lighting. We have added a category for decorative lighting.

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Topics: Commercial and Industrial Lighting

Lighting Measures and Terminology Decoded

Posted by Joe Lightman on Mar 18, 2016 4:04 PM

Whether you are a lighting systems designer or a facility owner, it is important to ensure that every part of your facility has optimum illumination, both to enhance the ambience and avoid energy wastage. Figuring out the right number and mix of LED lamps, fixtures and lumens for a facility is both an art and a science. It helps if you understand the terminology used to talk about lighting, especially in terms of rating, measuring and quantifying the effectiveness, efficiency, intensity and quality of light output. In this post we cover some of the common language used to measure lighting.

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Topics: Lighting Essentials

Lighting Controls Part 2: Planning, Selection & Trends

Posted by Joe Lightman on Mar 8, 2016 9:50 AM

With almost 40% of a typical business’s energy bill related to lighting, controls are ever more important. Smart lighting controls are increasingly replacing traditional lighting controls in residential, commercial, and industrial environments because of the higher efficiency and enhanced energy saving capabilities. Some of the new smart technologies that have found applications in lighting controls include: motion detection (microwave), sound sensing, heating-sensing (infrared), door contact sensors, and optical cameras. In part two of the Essentials of Lighting Controls, we discuss how to plan and select the right lighting control, future trends in lighting controls and some commonly asked questions.

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Topics: Lighting Essentials

Lighting Controls Part 1: Systems and Types

Posted by Joe Lightman on Mar 3, 2016 12:41 PM

Lighting controls come in different designs and utilize different technologies, but generally they help people to regulate the quality of lighting in residential, commercial, and industrial environments. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics and experience of a space, lighting controls are also critical in minimizing energy usage. This post, part one of a two part series, will cover common systems and types of lighting controls.

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Topics: Lighting Essentials, Lighting Controls