Question: We are an architectural design and project management company developing a new residential construction project on a Caribbean island. The project calls for a tennis court to be constructed on the second floor over a garage space. As energy is very expensive and maintenance is difficult, the client is requiring the tennis court lighting be LED. Also, the property is on the oceanfront so the lighting equipment must be able to withstand...Read More
I have T8 luminaires in my retail store and want to reduce energy use. Should I replace them with T5 or T5HO?
A property manager contacted Access Fixtures with a goal to save energy in his retail store. He wanted to know if upgrading T8 linear fluorescent luminaires to T5 or T5HO luminaires would accomplish this. Although T5 is a newer technology, high-performance T8 lamps and ballasts remain slightly more efficient than T5. T8s can have the highest energy efficiency out of all linear fluorescent lamps. It this case it would depend on the efficiency of...Read More
A customer wanted to replace mercury vapor fixtures with LED. What LED light fixture would emit equivalent levels of light? Mercury vapor lamps ceased production after January 1, 2008, and for a good reason. As discussed in a previous blog post, Mercury vapor lamps continue to stay lit even if they don’t emit any light. They never actually burn out. Consequently, the Mercury vapor light fixture continues to remain on using 100% of the energy...Read More
A retail store owner contacted Access Fixtures. He has track lights that use 90w PAR38 lamps. Can he convert them to LED and save energy? Assuming you’re using PAR38 lamps with open style track heads which allows air to circulate around the LED lamps, you can change the lamps from halogen lamps to LED lamps. Access Fixtures recommends a lamp from this list of products. For optimal display and accurate color, use the 20.3 watt Toshiba PAR38 LED...Read More
If you want a light source to be a specific color temperature, you will need to be familiar with Kelvin temperatures. White light is different from warm or blue light, but how do they correspond to Kelvin temperatures? Follow the diagram below to find what Kelvin temperature you’re looking for. As the Kelvin temperature increases, it gradually transitions from a warmer color similar to candlelight (2000° K), to a blueish light comparable to an...Read More
A customer has a building with 14-foot exterior walls and wants to know if he can install wall packs on one side to light a baseball field. While this seems like a quick and cost-effective solution, Access Fixtures lighting specialists definitely do not recommend using wall packs for baseball or sports lighting. With all of the light coming from only one side, there will be large unwanted shadows on the field. When the players face away from...Read More