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
Lighting Question: I installed bollard lights and thought it was a 120v line, but it is 208v. Do I need to rip them out?
An electrical contractor called Access Fixtures in a panic. He purchased and installed 120v bollard lights, but there was a major issue: The voltage that ran to the bollards was actually 208v. Instead of removing the bollard lights, Access Fixtures lighting specialist, Dan Rodriguez found an alternative solution. He provided 120v-277v A19 style LED lamps that would work in the existing bollard lights on the 208 line voltage. The lamps screwed...Read More
A customer recently asked if Access Fixtures sold bollard lights that can operate on 347 volts. While this is not a standard option for Access Fixtures light bollards, we can make 347v light bollards. Landscape lighting running on 347v such as 347v light bollards are rarely requested. Few want to run that kind of high voltage underground to outdoor light sources. Of course if you manage a large commercial or municipal facility that uses 347v,...Read More