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How Should LED Lumen Maintenance Be Noted and Compared?

How Should LED Lumen Maintenance Be Noted and Compared?

Lumen maintenance is a measure of the amount of light produced from a light source or luminaire when it is brand new as compared to the light output at a specific time in the future. Until now, lumen maintenance was often specified as L50, L70, L80, L90; or LM50, LM70, LM80 or LM90; with L or LM both standing for lumen maintenance and the number specifying the percentage of light output remaining. For instance, LM70 or L70 at 50,000 hours means...

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Lighting Question: Is LED track lighting too harsh for artwork?

Lighting Question: Is LED track lighting too harsh for artwork?

A prospective customer was interested in LED track lighting, but was concerned about the harshness of the light he had seen from LED lamps. The lighting was to be used for a nice office with artwork, so the quality of light was an important consideration. Access Fixtures’ lighting specialists explained about Kelvin temperatures, where 2700k is warm light similar to incandescent lamps in households and 4100k is cooler white light. In Access...

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Vandal Resistant LED Wall Packs

Vandal Resistant LED Wall Packs

Recently, Access Fixtures returned from a trade show where they discussed lighting concerns with property managers. Many customers were particularly interested in vandal-resistant LED wall packs. They mentioned that their fixtures have the tendency to break and they have to deal with either fixing or replacing the fixtures. To avoid this problem, Access Fixtures recommends the ecoWedge LED wall packs. Unlike similar wall packs, the luminaire is...

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Lighting Question: What fixture is safe from perching monkeys?

Lighting Question: What fixture is safe from perching monkeys?

A customer contacted Access Fixtures with a unique lighting question. He needed a solution to light a roadway in Sri Lanka, but had a specific request. The challenge to this project was that he couldn’t use fixtures on top of poles as monkeys live in the area and would perch on the fixtures, resulting in damage. In order to save energy, he also wanted to use LED lighting. Access Fixtures’ lighting specialists suggested a round dome top bollard...

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Lighting Question: What type of tennis court lighting do I need?

Lighting Question: What type of tennis court lighting do I need?

A potential client contacted Access Fixtures inquiring about providing tennis court lighting for their community. The facility has 6 courts and the client is willing to provide the tennis court lighting, but did not want to be responsible for the ongoing cost of electricity. To offset the cost of electricity, they want to turn the lights on and off on each court with a switch activated by swiping a credit card. This is possible. Access Fixtures...

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Lighting Question: Will LED tennis court lighting save energy?

Lighting Question: Will LED tennis court lighting save energy?

A customer from California contacted Access Fixtures asking if LED tennis court lighting would save energy relative to pulse start metal halide (PSMH) lighting systems. The answer is yes and no. LED lighting will save energy, but there probably won’t be payback. The lights are not on long enough each day to cover the initial premium LED lighting costs. The wild card is how much the LED luminaire will reduce the maximum usage as compared to the...

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