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Introducing New and Improved [P2] Product Sheets
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:06
New P2 Specification Sheets

Earlier this year, we introduced a new version of our product specification sheets. We felt it was time for a new and more comprehensive way of sharing information about our products.

We started with the new products we launched in early 2014, and we’ve been working our way back through our offerings. As of now, our entire product line has been updated to the new format.

More than just a visual update, the new specification sheet format contains the information our customers need to make an informed decision about the right product for their application.

The most significant addition is the inclusion of photometric data. Photometric data is used by lighting professionals to show a fixture’s light distribution. Measurements like lumen output are helpful in understanding how much light a fixture is creating, but photometric data tells you exactly what that light does once it leaves the fixture, and it can be used by lighting professionals to predict how a specific fixture will light up an environment.

That’s of course not the only change. We’ve added data to every product specification sheet that will help you better understand their performance and attributes.

If you want to take a look at the new specification sheets, our LED product section is a great place to start. Take a look and let us know what you think. We invested in this update to make our customers’ lives easier, and we’d love to get your feedback.

Playing it Safe in the Lighting Industry
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:29
The TKD Retrofit Kit Installation Process

The other day, one of our employees was watching a video for a fluorescent-to-LED retrofit kit, similar to the TKD. Like our TKD Fluorescent to LED Troffer Retrofit Kit, this kit was designed to install quickly, and this manufacturer had even put together a video showing the installation process, much like we did for the TKD.

Partway through the video, our employee noticed that something was missing. The fluorescent fixture’s ballast was never removed.

If you watch our TKD installation video, at about 1:00 into the video you’ll see the technician removing the fluorescent fixture’s original ballast. It’s the proper way to do things, and the entire process of disconnecting the wires and removing the ballast adds maybe a minute or two to the kit’s 5-minute install time.

In the instructional video for the other product, the ballast is never removed. Instead, it’s disconnected and left inside of the fixture, sitting next to the new LED engine assembly.

This demonstrates a disregard for both environmental regulations and safety standards. As explained on this page from the EPA, older fluorescent ballasts may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These ballasts can rupture, causing a health hazard. Even intact, non-leaking ballasts can release PCB into the air. Additionally, any PCB-containing ballasts are now far past their normal life expectancy, which would increase their risk of smoking, or even starting fires.

Even with newer, safer fluorescent ballasts, it’s a good idea to remove the ballast as part of the upgrade. Once the ballast is bypassed and no longer in use, it’s electronic waste and should be properly disposed of.

This also affects the UL certification of the retrofitted fixture. Replacing electrical components in a fixture requires a new UL sticker certifying the replacement electronics. Leaving an old ballast in the fixture after the retrofit means that there are electrical components in the fixture that are no longer UL certified.

We’re not going to link to the specific video here. Whether it was a simple oversight, or a deliberate attempt to make the installation process look faster, our point isn’t to call out a specific manufacturer.

Our point is to draw attention to the importance of safety in lighting retrofits. It may be tempting to cut corners to save a few minutes, but it’s our belief that doing it right pays off in the long run. That’s our philosophy as a manufacturer, and it’s a philosophy that’s shared by many of the energy-efficient lighting professionals we work with every day.

Let’s work together to make sure that our industry continues to hold itself to the highest safety standards.

Meeting the Better Buildings Challenge with Energy-Efficient Lighting
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:48
Better Buildings Challenge

If you’re not familiar with the Better Buildings Challenge, it’s a program worth looking into. Originally part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge has a goal of reducing the energy consumption in businesses across the country by 20% or more over 10 years.

The program’s spring progress report has some encouraging numbers. Since the program started, building owners and managers representing more than 3.3 billion square feet of real estate have joined the Better Buildings Challenge. Combined, they’ve so far implemented enough energy-savings measures to generate more than $100 million in annual energy savings.

Whether you’re doing it as part of the Better Buildings Challenge or on your own, a lighting retrofit is a great way to achieve cost-effective energy savings. Lighting accounts for a majority of commercial energy usage in the United States. Many of the energy-efficient lighting retrofits that use our products reduce lighting energy consumption by more than 40%, and some can even achieve savings of close to 90%.

That means a lighting retrofit alone could help many businesses reach about half of the Better Buildings Challenge’s energy reduction goals. And it certainly won’t take 10 years to implement.

That’s particularly good news since lighting retrofits often have one of the highest ROIs of any energy-efficiency upgrade. The specific payback will vary depending on the rebates available in your area and the specifics of your building, but it’s not uncommon to see paybacks of under two years in lighting upgrades that use [P2] products.

If you’re interested, our lighting retrofit calculator is a great place to start. If you’d like to get a more accurate estimate of the potential for an energy-efficient lighting retrofit in your facility, just get in touch with a lighting professional near you.

The New SNL LED Sanitube
Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:07
SNL LED Snaitube

We're happy to introduce a brand-new fixture. The SNL LED Sanitube Food Service Strip takes everything our customers and end-users love about the SAN Fluorescent Sanitube Food Service Strip, and adds an ultra-efficient LED light source.

With that new light source, the SNL can produce up to 100 lumens per watt and is rated to 80% lumen maintenance at 60,000 hours. The fixture is tested to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for use in splash zones, and meets IP65, IP66 and IP67 standards for high-pressure washdown and temporary immersion.

We designed the SNL primarily with food service applications in mind. But it's such a versatile fixture that we expect many of our customers will find it fills many other wet-location applications, like outdoor awnings, cold storage rooms, clean rooms, car washes and even breweries.

Speaking of versatility, the SNL is available in a wide range of configurations, delivering light outputs from around 3,000 lumens to over 17,000 lumens per fixture. When you order an SNL, you can also choose options like surge protectors and a range of watertight cords.

If you're interested in learning more, or ordering the SNL today, give us a call at (714) 386-5550 or get in touch with a lighting professional near you.

Download the SNL Specification Sheet

It Was Great To See You At LightFair, Unless We Didn’t
LightFair Las Vegas 2014

We wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at LightFair, or took a moment to say “Hi” sometime during the convention. Connecting with people like you is one of the biggest reasons we go to LightFair every year.

Of course, with over 500 exhibitors and more than 20,000 attendees, there’s some small chance you may not have had a chance to connect with someone from [P2] during the show. So here’s a second chance.

If you meant to connect with us at LightFair and didn’t get to, it’s not too late. We’d still love to hear from you.

Whether you wanted to say hi, ask a question, learn about [P2] products or give us some feedback, we want to hear what you have to say. Just fill out the contact form below, and we’ll count it as our very own virtual LightFair connection. And if you have questions that need answering, we’ll get them answered right away.

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