LED Street Lights

LED street lightsIn an effort to become more energy efficient, many cities are converting their streetlights to LED lights. West Palm Beach is the latest city to have made these changes in South Florida. The city believes that this will, in time, pay for itself with an estimated savings of $220,000 a year in electricity costs. Each bulb is expected to last about 20 years and would allow city cameras to capture better images.

Other cities, like Baltimore and Dallas, have converted to LED street lights as well. It is estimated that the sales of LED street lights will increase from 3 million to 17 million by 2020. This is an effort made to not only save money but the environment as well.

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LED StreetlightEn un esfuerzo para mejorar la eficiencia energética, muchas ciudades están convirtiendo sus luces de carretera a luces LED. West Palm Beach es la ciudad más reciente que ha realizado estos cambios en el sur de Florida. La ciudad estima que a largo plazo, las luces se pagarán por sí solas, con un ahorro estimado de $220,000 al año en costos de electricidad. Se espera que cada foco dure unos 20 años. Las luces LED permitirían que las cámaras de la ciudad capturen mejores imágenes.

Otras ciudades, como Baltimore y Dallas, también han convertido a LED sus luces de carretera. Se estima que las ventas de estas luces se incrementarán de 3 millones a 17 millones en 2020. Este es un esfuerzo, no sólo para ahorrar dinero, sino también para ayudar al medio ambiente.

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Kitchen Lighting for the Holidays

Bright and warm kitchen light can set a great atmosphere

The lighting in your kitchen is as important as the holiday lights on your house.

The kitchen is an important place during the holidays. Family members gather together to cook favorite recipes that remind them of past celebrations and to enjoy their time with one another in the present. Grandmothers pass on time-honored recipes while new traditions are created. With moments this important on the horizon, you want to make sure you have the right lighting to see it all by.

Kitchen lighting can seem tricky. Bright lights are needed so that you can have clear sight while chopping food and cleaning spills, but light that is too harsh can ruin the friendly ambiance of a family kitchen. The modern kitchen needs a combination of bright, clean light that looks as friendly as it is on the consumer wallet.

It is for this reason that ADL Supply recommends lighting your kitchen with bulbs from Osram Sylvania’s Ultra LED family. With a variety of lamp styles retrofitted to existing socket specifications, these long-lasting and environmentally friendly bulbs will be a beautiful and practical update to your kitchen lighting setup.

One branch of the Ultra LED family with lots to offer is the BR30 and R20 lamps, which are meant to replace 30W R20 and 65W BR30 incandescent lamps. With a 2700K color temperature, these dimmable LED lights fill your kitchen with clean light that doesn’t feel clinical.

A stylish addition to the Ultra LED collection is the B12 Lamp, which is meant to replace 40W decorative incandescent lamps. With a tapered candle light shape and dimmable to 10%, this lamp is great for sconces, chandeliers, and setting a romantic atmosphere. The dimming feature isn’t hard on the pocketbook either.

Every kitchen has its own lighting needs, so if you have any questions about finding the right lamps for yours, be sure to call or send us an email. We’d be happy to answer your questions. If you would like to check out the LED lamps we have in stock, click here. For some quick kitchen lighting tips, be sure to check out this handy article from DIY Network. Happy holidays!

 

 

 

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Edificio Empire State

El 26 de noviembre 2012 marco historia en la ciudad de Nueva York. El edificio Empire State tuvo su primer espectáculo de luz LED al ritmo de las canciones de Alicia Keys. Este espectáculo fue posible gracias a Philips Color Kinetics. “Philips Color Kinetics transforma los ambientes a través de usos de luces dinámicos e innovadores”. Sus sistemas de iluminación LED, controladores de iluminación y soluciones personalizadas de iluminación son altamente eficientes, duraderos y ecológicos. Si no pudieron estar en la ciudad para disfrutar del evento, pueden ver el video y revivir la magia.

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Empire State Building

November 26, 2012 marked history in New York City. The Empire State Building had its first LED light show to the sounds of Alicia Keys. The light show was made possible thanks to Philips Color Kinetics. “Philips Color Kinetics transforms environments through dynamic and innovative uses of light.” Their LED lighting systems, lighting controllers and custom lighting solutions are highly efficient, long lasting and environmentally friendly. If you weren’t in the City to enjoy the event, you can take a look at the video and relive the magic.

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Ahorre energía en este invierno!

Si usted tiene la suerte de tener un invierno verdadero, también tiene la carga de la factura de la calefacción a fin de mes. Pero, no se preocupe, usted puede hacer un par de simples cambios en la casa para  ahorrar dinero.

Los ventiladores de techo durante el verano giran a la izquierda para empujar el aire frío hacia abajo. Durante el invierno se debe cambiar para que gire hacia la derecha a una velocidad baja. Ese cambio  empujará el aire caliente hacia abajo y evitará puntos fríos en su casa.

 

 

Cortinas insoladas ayudan a reducir la pérdida de calor. Los modelos más eficientes incluyen insolación de espuma acrílica o de alta densidad y una cinta reflectiva que ayuda a dirigir el calor hacia la habitación. Asegúrese de tomar ventaja de la luz del día y mantener las cortinas abiertas para que entre el calor. Por la noche, cierre las cortinas para mantener el calor dentro de la habitación.

 

 

Baje el termostato! No queremos que se congele, pero mientras usted no esté en casa configure su termostato 10-15°F bajo lo normal y verá un ahorro de 10% en sus facturas de calefacción. También debe ajustar el termostato de agua a 120°F, no notará la diferencia. Si usted también está iluminando su casa para las navidades, haga uso de las luces LED para ahorrar dinero en su factura.

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ProLED Dimmable B11 Chandelier Lamps

Designed for accent, display and retail applications, our dimmable ProLED B11 chandelier lamps feature cream, chrome & brass housing options to match existing chandelier finishes. A true 25W replacement, the ProLED B11 lamps provide 13 times the life of traditional Incandescent sources. They produce high 82 CRI and 180 lumens with omnidirectional distribution. With a savings of 21W, these 3.5W lamps have a candelabra base in 2700K and are backed by a 5-year warranty.

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ProLED Dimmable PAR Lamps

ProLED PAR Series dimmable lamps feature high power LED with superior optics and thermal construction for long life and energy efficient illumination. Within the series, several lamps feature a single light source for improved color uniformity and optical control. ProLED PAR30 lamps’ long life lasts up-to 14 times longer than traditional sources. The 13W ProLED PAR Series saves 62W, making them up-to 83% more efficient than their equivalent 75W Halogen lamp counterpart over the life of the ProLED lamp.

Energy savings based on $0.11 kWh over the life of the ProLED lamp.

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Incandescent Bulbs Vs Fluorescent Bulbs: What’s The Deal?

In the US, much of the legislation that was written in 2007 which would make the incandescent obsolete because they do not meet the energy efficiency standards was recently overturned in December 2011. What’s left is efficiency standards for 40-100Watt bulbs will require implementation by October 2012. All other bulbs will be exempt from adhering to efficiency standards.

International governments have begun banning incandescents and promoting the use of more energy-efficient lighting alternatives such as CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and LEDs. Countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, the EU, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Russia, China, India and the US have started or have plans to phase out the incandescent light bulb. Many consumers have reacted negatively to the decision to ban the bulbs as the CFL or LED light quality can be much harsher than traditional bulbs, but alternative bulb makers have begun to create a variety of color choices in lighting temperatures.

By 2020, a second tier of restrictions would become effective, which requires all general-purpose bulbs to produce at least 45 lumens per watt (similar to current CFLs). Exemptions from the Act include reflector flood, 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs. In the US it looks like we will still be able to get our incandescent bulbs for the near future, but the way forward for lighting may be in CFLs and eventually LEDs. As the new alternative bulbs improve in lighting quality, they offer consumers power savings.

In a way, the overturning of the 2007 legislation is good news for customers that like the look and feel of the current incandescent bulbs. Perhaps by the time the 2020 legislation is in place, the CFL bulbs may offer even higher quality light.

Are there new bulb alternatives?

CFL: These bulbs use 1/5 to 1/3 the amount of energy as regular bulbs and have a much longer life span (5-18 times!). CFL’s last 6,000-15,000 hours vs 750-1,000 hours by incandescents. CFLs do have a higher purchase price than incandescents, but the lower energy costs can save over five times its purchase price over the bulb’s life. The light spectrum of CFLs is different than that of incandescents, but recent imprevements in phosphor formulations have improved the perceived color of light emitted by them. “Soft white” CFLs are supposed to have a light color that is similar to standard incandescents.

LEDs: First introduced in 1962, LEDs have increasingly become used as lighting. They are commonly used in displays, televisions, and automotive lighting. Recently they have begun being used as room lighting for higher end or specialty lighting. LEDs can produce light over the entire spectrum. Benefits of LED lighting including lower energy use and longer lifetime. LED lifetimes can be 35,000-50,000 hours. They can also emit varying colors of light without the need for any color filters. However, LEDs for room lighting tend to be quite expensive. While they have the advantage over CFLs of not containing mercury, LEDs could also contain other harmful materials such as arsenic or lead. This is more common in colored LEDs, particularly red or yellow.

Disposal of bulbs – Most CFLs have 3-5mg of mercury, and states such as California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin have bans of disposing CFL bulbs as universal waste. In the US, The Home Depot is the first retailer to make CFL recycling available. The EPA website has advice on avoiding breakage and also how to deal with breakage of a CFL bulb including airing out a room and putting broken peices in a jar.

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MaxLite Introduces Energy Efficient LED Linear T8 Lamp

Lighting Innovator Unveils LED Replacement for 4-Foot Fluorescent Tubes

West Caldwell, New Jersey—Consuming just 20 watts while powered by a one- or two- lamp per driver configuration, MaxLite® introduces the LED Linear F32T8 Replacement Lamp for retrofit applications currently using 4-foot fluorescent tubes. MaxLite, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of the award-winning MaxLED® line of innovative LED luminaires and lamps using state-of-the-art LED technology, has designed the LED Linear T8 Lamp to allow for a single remote driver to operate pairs or a single T8 lamp.

“While fluorescents can buzz and flicker and contribute to headaches and eye fatigue, our new LED Linear T8 lamp is constructed with high quality LEDs and a translucent diffuser that enable a silent, smooth operation,” explained MaxLite’s Director of Product Marketing Pat Treadway. “The LED lamp provides significant ongoing operational savings due to decreased maintenance and lower energy consumption compared to the linear fluorescents on the market today.”

This universal LED T8 Lamp has an L70 life of 50,000 hours, or more than 17 years operating 8 hours a day. When the LEDs reach 30 percent lumen depreciation, end-of-life is reached and this life cycle far exceeds halogen and compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps, and is almost double the life of linear fluorescents.

The non-dimmable LED T8 Lamp is offered in a correlated color temperature (CCT) of 4100K with an output of 1550 lumens. The back of the housing is an aluminum heat sink that promotes the transfer of heat from the LED chips, which ensures cool operating temperatures and extended lumen maintenance.
Ensuring a simple retrofitting process, the LED T8 Lamp features standard G13 pins that fit into most common fluorescent fixtures easily and conveniently without removing an existing starter. The lamp features instant start technology and a simple ballast bypass without radio frequency (RF) interference.While many other LED T8 lamps are constructed with an internal driver that generates heat in a concentrated area near the driver, which causes the LED chips in the lamp to decay at an uneven rate (leading to dark spots along the tube), MaxLite’s LED T8 Lamps are constructed with a remote driver that ensures the LED chips in the tube are exposed to a consistent amount of heat. This also helps prolong the life of the LED driver, as its body is not exposed to high operating temperatures.

With a power factor of more than 98 percent, the lamp operates on electrical systems ranging from 120- to 277-volts. Further demonstrating MaxLite’s commitment to quality, the LED T8 lamp driver is FCC- and cUL-listed, RoHS-compliant, and constructed without hazardous materials. An acrylic diffuser provides an even distribution of light while minimizing breakage compared to fluorescent glass tubes.

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