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How Can I Update My Decorative Street Lighting?

How Can I Update My Decorative Street Lighting?

Our customers often have questions for our lighting specialists that can be answered in multiple ways depending on several considerations, including budget and time constraints. Recently, a customer sent an Access Fixtures lighting specialist a photo of decorative street lighting, asking for suggestions to replace the heads with compatible LED heads. In other words the new LED luminaires had to fit the pole, be an appropriate design; illuminate...

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How Do You Safely Light an Indoor Pool Area?

How Do You Safely Light an Indoor Pool Area?

A customer contacted Access Fixtures concerning the electrical junction box above a community indoor pool that contained wires and a ballast for the light fixtures in the room. The ballast and the wires were in a different electrical gearbox as the lighting was a 1000w metal halide (MH) with a remote ballast. The gearboxes were rusting and the wires inside the box were corroded, rusted, and oxidized. Obviously this was not a good sign, and a...

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LED Wall Pack vs. Metal Halide Wall Pack – Performance and Energy Savings Comparison

LED Wall Pack vs. Metal Halide Wall Pack – Performance and Energy Savings Comparison

Are you still unsure about updating to LED? LED technology continues to advance, expanding the reasons to use LED instead of traditional lighting technologies like metal halide or high pressure sodium. In a previous blog, Access Fixtures compared the performance and energy savings between an LED bollard light and a metal halide bollard light. Now, we’ll take a look at the difference between a 150w Metal Halide Wall Pack and a 32w LED Full Cut...

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Can a Case be Made for T8 LED Tube Lights That Require a T8 Ballast?

Can a Case be Made for T8 LED Tube Lights That Require a T8 Ballast?

T8 LED tube lights (TLEDs) are used to retrofit T12 and T8 luminaires. Conversion to TLED from T12 has rapid return on investment as the chart in an earlier blog demonstrates. TLEDs are available in two very different operating formats. There is the type like Access Fixtures T8 LED Tube Lights that have an internal driver and work on 120v to 277v line voltage. There is also the type that requires a T8 ballast like Philips InstaFit LED T8 lamps....

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LED Bollards vs. Metal Halide Bollards – Performance & Operating Cost Comparison

LED Bollards vs. Metal Halide Bollards – Performance & Operating Cost Comparison

As performance increases, the reasons to use LED instead of traditional lighting technologies keep multiplying. Energy savings, minimal maintenance, superior color rendering–the list goes on. The following comparison between a 70w metal halide bollard light and a 12w LED bollard light demonstrates why LED will be the dominant lighting technology going forward. First, let’s look at the price of the two bollard lights. The LED bollard...

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LED Lighting Increases Car Wash Industry Profitability

LED Lighting Increases Car Wash Industry Profitability

The old adage is, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Today, with energy costs typically above $0.15/kWh, and in many areas increasing to $.25 per kWh, the obvious way to save (or not to spend) is by converting outdated T12 and T8 linear fluorescent lighting and HID lighting to LED lighting.  Reasons to change to LED lighting are well understood by the carwash industry. Owners and operators recognize the significantly better light...

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