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"What Is Lumen Count" Was posted on June 28, 2019

Lumen Count The Most Important LED Specification

  • Brightness
  • Estimated yearly energy costs
  • Life
  • Light appearance
  • Energy used

What is Lumen Count? This is the most important piece of information you can read if you are looking to replace and existing metal halide lamp, high pressure lamp, incandescent lamp or halogen lamp. While all of these factors play a role in the abilities of the light bulbs, the brightness factor is by far the most important factor. When we say brightness, it is referring to lumens. What do we mean by lumens? Here are some facts to know.

  • Lumens refer to how much light the bulb puts out.
  • Since a lumen is a unit of measurement, it makes sense that the higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.
  • When considering lumens, you should consider the amount of light needed for your space. It depends on the space you need to light. Brighter is not always better and can create a blinding effect in a space too small for the lumens.
  • A light bulb for a workstation is recommended to be around 50 lumens per square feet while a living room setting of approximately 250 feet will need around 5000 lumens. It is important to note that this doesn’t mean you need only one light source to meet this lumen output. You could have a primary light source with 3000 lumens and a secondary with 2000 lumens lighting the room for a total lumen count of 5000.

It’s All About Lumen Not Wattage

When it comes to and kind of LED light bulbs, shop for lumen and not wattage. While the old way of shopping was based on wattage as the deciding factor, it is smarter to shop for lumens because you are buying the amount of brightness you need for your space. Here are a few general rules for this aspect of choosing lighting provided by the US Department of Energy. When you are looking to replace higher wattage metal halide lamps or high pressure lamps you will need to up the lumen count accordingly.

  • To replace a 100 watt (W) incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for fewer lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens.
  • Replace a 75W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens
  • Replace a 60W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 800 lumens
  • Replace a 40W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 450 lumens
  • To replace a 400W metal halide lamp you will need a minimum of 100W depending upon the lumen count of the LED lamp. One lamp may be rated at 100 lumen per watt while another may be rated at 150 lumen per watt.

When it comes to light bulbs, shop for lumen and not wattage. While the old way of shopping was based on wattage as the deciding factor, it is smarter to shop for lumens because you are buying the amount of brightness you need for your space. Aside from brightness or lumen output, the other factors play their part in achieving a great lighting solution.

You Can Save Up To 80% In Energy

  • The estimated yearly cost will help you determine the effects of your utility bill based on a set of varying factors and suggested daily usage.
  • The lifespan will take the calculated usage suggested and multiply it to tell consumers how many years the light bulb can be expected to last.
  • Light appearance is the color temperature in terms of warm or cool.
  • Finally, the energy used is how much energy is used to create the lighting. This is measured in watts.

With a basic understanding of the importance of lumens and how to choose the right bulb for your space, you can make a confident, informed decision. The Lighting Facts should be a handy guide as to the capabilities of a bulb, but lumens is where you should focus when shopping.

Something Else To Check Out

What Does Kelvin Mean

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Sources

  • https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/lumens-and-lighting-facts-label

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"What Does Kelvin Rating Mean?" Was posted on January 22, 2019

What Does Kelvin Rating Mean. CRI, 5000K….what do these LED terms mean. LED lighting is here. Go to the local big box chain and try to buy an Incandescent light bulb. They are hard to find. Once you find them now you have to figure out how they rate them. It used to be if you needed a 60W bulb you went to the store and bought a 60W bulb. Not many choices. Today is a different story. Now you have a choice in Color ratings or Kelvin ratings. Do you want a 2800K a 4000K or 5000K?

LED Color Lighting Scale

Can you believe that these are all shades of white that are available. As a standard in your kitchen you probably have a can light that is a 2700K. This is a very soft color light that most people like in their kitchen. I personally like a little brighter because I like to see what I am doing but my wife rules in the kitchen so we have soft light. You can see above that 2800K looks pretty yellow but it is a soft shade of white.

COLOR TEMPERATURE or Kelvin… This indicates the “color” of a technology’s white light. Incandescent lighting’s white light is rather yellow and has a color temperature of around 3200K; daylight is around 5200K. Here is a glossary of terms you will come across when buying LED lights.

Shades Of White

A good point of reference is that the sun at mid-day measure 5780 Kelvin. If you look at that on the scale of color temperatures, that is already getting into the bluish range. So, what you perceive to be white light actually has a bit of a blue tint. Typical household lamps use bulbs in the 2000-3000 Kelvin range, and you probably consider them to be white as well. A candle registers at 1900K, so you can see how the glow of fire emits a warm white light. Keep in mind, these are all shades of white light.

Here are some LED Terms you should be familiar with…

COLOR RENDERING INDEX (CRI) The CRI of a fixture as an imperfect rating of how well a fixture can generate light in such a way that the illuminated object’s color appears correct. The closer to a CRI of 100, the more accurate the colors of an object should appear when lit by it.

INCANDESCENT LIGHTING This lighting technology represents the original form of creating light via electricity. A wire inside the bulb is heated up until to glows, emitting light. Most of the electricity is turned into heat, not light, making it a very inefficient form of lighting.

LED (LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE) This is an electronic device that generates light very efficiently as electricity passes through it.

Bottom Line: Today you have choices you did not have 15 years ago. Make sure you buy the right color when purchasing a new LED light.

Here is a Summary Of LED Lighting Today

Today all light has an overall color that is described as its color temperature and is also measured in Kelvins. Color temperatures above 5000K are described as cool (bluish), and colors below 3000 are considered warm (yellow/orange). Many people today are opting for 5000K in classrooms, offices and more because that color is like daylight and its very easy to read with a 5000K light. If you’ve ever looked out the window in the late evening and noticed that everything is totally blue outside while everything inside looks orange, then you’ve seen a perfect example of differences in color temperature. Natural daylight is on the cooler end of the scale and most traditional incandescents fall on the warmer end. As such, everything outdoors will tend to look blue while everything inside has a nice warm glow.

Taking Video Get The Right LED Color

Color temperature is a very important factor when considering LED fixtures for a performance space. If video cameras are involved this factor is critical because the camera is much more sensitive to color temperature than the human eye. A few hundred degrees too warm, and the world appears to be on fire. Too cool and everyone looks like a blue Smurf. Unfortunately, many of the LED fixtures currently on the market have color temperatures that are abnormally low or high for normal presentation uses. It’s important to verify that the color temperature is in the appropriate range as early as possible into a construction project.


Additionally, LEDs produce light in a very different way than conventional incandescent lamps. This difference can lead to a substantially lower ability for the light to render all of the colors in the spectrum in an accurate way, which is described as it’s color rendering index (CRI). CRI is rated on a scale from 1-100. The lower the CRI rating, the less accurately colors will be reproduced.

If the CRI is too low, strange things can happen! In some cases people with light colored skin turn dark and splotchy and certain colors have seemed to glow eerily under low-CRI light. While great strides are being made in this area, it’s another important factor to consider during the decision-making process.


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"Architectural LED Lighting" Was posted on December 11, 2018

Do You Have A Building To Light Up Outside?

We have a new line of LED Architectural lighting available. Light up your building, facade, sign, wall washing.

4 Different types of beam angles available. NEMA Distribution

Architectural Optics

Architectural Beam Angles

We have wattages available from 80W to 150W. Enough to light up your existing building and make it look great.

architectural LED lighting

Architectural lighting

We have several different kinds of options available

 

Architectural Light Options

Architectural Light Options

If you need any kind of LED lights to light up your building give us a call. This is one we just finished up in Alaska. This church wanted more lights on the front of the church since it is so dark in the winter.

Alaska Church Up lighting

Alaska church lighting

 

Call one our LED lighting consultants to give you a hand on which one of these lights will work to uplight your facility. We have the expertise to make sure you get the right architectural light with the right optics to light it up the way you want.

Call 513-702-3533  or 513-325-1623 or 407-230-9096

 

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"Eliminate High Maintenance Fluorescent Tubes With LED Tubes Or Strips" Was posted on October 30, 2018

Eliminate High Maintenance Fluorescent Tube Lighting With LED Tubes or Strips

 

As an LED Tube supplier for over 7 years now…we have received much feedback regarding florescent tubes being one of the highest maintenance items at plants across the country.  Not to mention they still consume a large amount of energy to light the facility.

 

We have developed a NEW HIGH OUTPUT LED SUPER STRIP (165LM/watt) TO REPLACE THE FLUORESCENT TUBES USING YOUR EXISTING FIXTURE. So what does this mean?

Fluorescent Tube

T8 Fluorescent Tube

 

  • We have established industry leading technology with 165 lumens per watt, more light less energy
  • The Super strips are 22” in length, this give us options to retrofit different size fixtures, from 2’,4’ & 8’
  • Led Super strips have a project life expediency of 117,000 hours and typically reduce energy consumption up to 60%.
  • The Super strips are either screwed to the fixture or installed with special 2 sided adhesive tape
  • Kits are available in
    • (2) 40 watt strips used to replace (6) florescent tubes in a fixture, up to 18’ high.
    • (3) 32 watt strips used to replace 8’ long HO florescent tubes up to 22’ high.
    • (4) 32 watt strips used to replace (6) florescent tubes in one fixture up to 30’ high.

LED Strip Lights

LED Strip Lighting

For more information on our new LED Super Strip Lights please feel free to contact any one of our LED Super Strip experts at info@retrofitled.net  513-702-2533

 

Tags: High Bay Lighting, High Bay Lights, Warehouse Lighting, Low Bay Lights, High Bay LED, Strip Lighting, LED High Bay, LED Low Bay

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"Advanced LED Lighting Technology" Was posted on September 6, 2018

What Is Advanced LED Lighting Technology

Red And Blue Light Therapy Is Here To Stay Because It Works

Neu-Tech Energy Solutions has been in the LED lighting business now for over 10 years. For the past 2 years we have been putting a lot of our attention on low power LED red and blue light wavelengths used in Red Blue light therapy. In a nut shell the blue light in the right wavelengths kills a wide variety of mold, fungus and bacteria including MRSA, Staph, Strep and many more. Our Red lights speeds up healing, relieves pain, and promotes anti-aging on skin and much more. We have been testing both of these lights for two years now and have had some amazing results.

 

Wound Care

Wound Gash With Mandoline

wound care

wound care after 27 days using blue and red light therapy

Red Light Therapy: What is it? 

Our western traditional medicine likes to deal with what we can measure in a lab and prove it to the FDA. But  NASA did some testing for the astronauts and came down with undeniable wound healing results using red light therapy. Now that NASA was involved conventional medicine started paying attention. A lot of this happened in the late 90’s. Over 10 years later, red light therapy has now been thoroughly researched and FDA approved for anti-aging, pain relief, wound care and many more applications soon to follow.

Red light therapy involves having low-power red light wavelengths emitted directly through the skin. This process cannot be felt and is not painful because it does not produce any heat. Red light can be absorbed into the skin to a depth of about 10 millimeters. Once there it can have positive effects on your cellular energy and multiple nervous systems and metabolic processes.

We have had great results using our lights for treating joint pain or osteoarthritis, arthritis associated with aging, speeding up the healing process, skin rejuvenation, acne, sprains, tears and pulls and more. There are no known side effects of red light therapy treatments but only a growing list of anti-aging benefits.

Animal Wound Care

Works Great On Animals

Blue Light Therapy

Knee Operation Blue Light Therapy

We are working on several different products that we will be offering our customers. As you review red light therapy products on the market today you will find that the power most put out is very low. Since we have been in the LED market place so long and deal with higher power lights we have the wherewithal to be able to offer more powerful Red and Blue light products that get the job done a lot faster than the lower wattage units.

Hand Held Blue Light Therapy

Hand Held Blue Red therapy Unit

How Red Light Therapy Works

Visible red light in the proper nanometer range is capable of penetrating the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm. Once the light is absorbed the energy is converted to cellular energy, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level that result in the following;

Adding all of these together produces many different types of benefits for you in the area of Anti-Aging.

Wrinkle Remover

Hand Held On Face Wrinkle Remover

Red Light Therapy For Your Skin- Anti-Aging

The single most beneficial result of Red Light Therapy that most people are interested in is the effects of Red Light Therapy on the skin or Anti-Aging. Will this make me look younger?  Red Light can be used for the following to help make you look younger.

Stop The Pain See What Ailment Works Well

Here is a list of ailments that we have used our Red and Blue light products on;

Pain Relief: for knees, shoulders, back, legs, neck, feet, elbows, hands etc. Red light has been cleared for use in specific nanometers on joint pain, shoulder, knee, tennis elbow, arthritis, golfers elbow, bursitis, tendonitis, rotator cuff, patellar tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Red and Blue Light Therapy

Blue and Red Light Therapy for Knee Pain

Healing: Our LED wand and red light have been used by many people who have had terrible wounds, cuts, abrasions, cold sores, gout and pain very successfully.

The Ultimate Home Health Care Tool

Red Light Therapy has come a long way. The younger generation is spending more time in the gym and on the road running and staying in shape hence more aches and sprains and the need for our Ultimate Recovery products. The older generation has the most use for our Ultimate Speed Healing products for use on arthritis, bursitis, open wounds, total body pain relief, anti-aging and more.

Many people with complaints of pain associated with the following issues have reported positive results using LED light therapy:

The Benefits of Red Light Therapy Overall

The Benefits for Your Skin

Other Benefits;

Acne, Bites, Bruises, Collagen, Cuts Scrapes, dry skin, psoriasis, stretch marks, rosacea, scars, wrinkles, flushing and more.

The Benefits for Wounds, Injuries & Pain

 

Blue Light Therapy

Our first efforts using LED lighting at a certain color was using blue light to kill mold. We found that a certain color of blue light in a certain wavelengths was killing mold on plants. Because of this we found a local mold and remediation specialist to work with on killing mold in houses and businesses that had water damage. The results were amazing. By hitting the walls with enough blue light the mold was being killed in a matter of minutes not hours and allowed the mold specialist to work in the area because these are only blue LED lights not UV lights which are dangerous to be around.

LED Mold Killer

Blue LED Tubes Mold Killer

Blue Light Kill Mold and Bacteria

We are now using blue light to put in the positive sides of an air handler system to kill mold and bacteria just like a UV light does but without the issues of UV light such as short life span (9000 UV versus 50,000 LED), harmful to your eyes, harmful to material in the AC System like plastics and filters. The blue LED light will do the same job as the UV but last a whole lot longer.

Mold and Air Cleaner

Mold and Air Cleaner system

Mold and Remediation

We are now using LED blue light to kill mold in wet and damp areas. You can hang them in our basement if you have moisture there that is causing mold. They are great for mold and remediation experts for killing mold in wet area from a water leak. You can use our hand held unit to kill the excess mold on your clothes and tools in your vans. There are thousands of applications for our blue light products.

 

How to Put Blue Light Therapy to Work for You

Use it For Acne Treatment and Prevention

The most popular use of blue light therapy today is for the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Blue light kills acne bacteria quickly, naturally, and without side effects.

Use it For Staph and MRSA Treatment and Prevention

Blue light also kills the bacteria that causes those nasty hospital staph infections, including the antibiotic resistant ones.

MRSA Blue Light

MRSA before

MRSA after treatment

MRSA treatment after

Use it For Everyday First Aid

Blue light kills bad bacteria, even the antibiotic resistant kind. It would be a good idea to have a blue light therapy product around the house to disinfect everyday cuts, scrapes, bites and burns for your whole family. About two minutes of exposure to blue light should be enough for prevention. The great thing is, it’s totally painless.

Use it to Treat or Prevent Periodontal Disease

Blue light also kills the bacteria that causes periodontal disease. You can find toothbrushes with blue LEDs embedded right in them exactly for this purpose. Teeth whitening devices that use blue light for activation should also work

 

Medical studies:

 

The Benefits of Blue Light Therapy

Blue light benefits you in at least three major ways:

  1. It kills bad bacteria.
  2. It helps regulate mood and circadian rhythms.
  3. It supports your liver.

Blue light therapy is also:

For More Information and pricing please check out our New Website

                                                                    www.ledwellnesslighting.com 

He will be able to help you with one of our blue or red light therapy products.

For information on Distribution Please Call 

Gary 407-230-9096

 

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"Electric Company Thought Electric Meter Was Broke" Was posted on August 17, 2018

Local Utility Company Came Out Unannounced And Replaced This Church’s Meter Because They Thought It Was Broke…

One of our Church Customers in Colorado had their utility company come out and replace their electric meter without telling the Church. After watching it for some time they found that there was nothing wrong with the meter so they decided to ask the Church what was going on.

Very simple the Church said we replaced our existing (43) 400W parking lot lights as shown above with a 120W LED and inside our buildings we replaced all of our fluorescent tubes with Neu-Techs LED Super Tubes. The end result was a $12,000 energy savings over the first year which the Utility Company just could not believe.

For more information on any of our applications please give us a call. One of our Professional LED lighting specialist will help you with your application.

513-702-3533 /  513-325-1623 / 407-230-9096 / 262-707-7288 / 303-710-3331

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"Churches Love LED Parking Lot Lighting" Was posted on

Get Payback In Less Than 2 Years.

Churches across the country are retrofitting their old Metal Halide Lights to LED and saving up to 80% in energy and the PAYBACK IS UNDER Two Years

Using electric cost of $.12 Cents per KW which is pretty standard around the country unless you are on the East Coast or West Coast where energy cost can be as high as $.20 Cents per KW the yearly cost of electric for a single 400W LED Parking Lot light is about $193.00. If you figure a yearly maintenance cost of $60.00 per fixture you can see where you would have a Under Two Year Payback. Plus not only that your congregation will feel a lot SAFER with the brighter lights in the parking lot for after hour services.

LED parking lot lights

For additional savings you may be in an area where your utility company may offer significant rebates up to $120 for retrofitting your older high energy lamps for an LED which will even drop the payback down to under 1/2 a year. Finance committees love to hear this kind of payback.

It only takes about 20-30 minutes to install an LED Retrofit into your existing light fixture. These lights carry a full 6 year warranty and last close to 100,000 hours. Plus NO MORE MAINTENANCE for decades not every few years.

Neu-Tech Energy Solutions has provided tens of thousands of these retrofits for parking lots, wall packs, flood lights and more across the country since 2008. To see a list of Churches who have worked with us click here and check them out. CHURCHES LIST

For more information
Call Jerry….our Church Lighting Specialist anytime.
513-702-3533.
He will be happy to answer any of your questions.
You can also email him at jerry@retrofitled.net

 

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"How Can LED Lights Last 100,000 Hours?" Was posted on

My LED Parking Lot Lights Last 50,000 or 100,000 Hours….What!… How Can That Be? They Haven’t  Been Around That Long.

Here is a great article by Andres Mcaleavey that will try to explain that concept.Elemental LED’s ANDREW MCALEAVEY says that the SSL industry needs to look beyond a single endurance metric to full design considerations.

Anyone who’s been in the solid-state lighting (SSL) industry for any length of time knows this number: 50,000 hours. When asked about the expected lifetime of an LED, it’s probably the most common answer. It’s also a number that needs a lot of context.

50,000 is such a large number that it’s helpful to translate it into more familiar terms; 50,000 hours is about five years and nine months. Has someone actually lit the LEDs in question continuously for five years and nine months? Maybe. Probably not. Think about it: The LED industry is changing so quickly that by the time someone tested an LED for almost six years, that type of LED would be obsolete.

ANDREW MCALEAVEY

If LEDs are not usually tested for 50,000 continuous hours, how do we get to that number? The answer is a mix of testing and mathematical modeling. The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has published standard methods for “endurance testing” of LEDs and for interpreting the data from those tests — most important, standard methods LM-80 and TM-21. In an LM-80 test, LEDs are lit continuously, usually for either 6000 or 10,000 hours, while being “cooked” at high temperature — usually 55°C and 85°C (130°F and 185°F), although hotter temperatures may also be used. Every 1000 hours, the light output and color of the LEDs are recorded.

The result is a few data points, and the rest is math — exponential least-squares curve fitting, to be exact. The light output data is fit to a curve that can be used to predict, for example, when the LEDs will have only 70% of their initial light output (L70). The problem is that these methods generate only 6 data points for a 6000-hour test, and 10 data points for a 10,000-hour test. That’s not a lot of data, and there’s only so far one can take a mathematical projection before it becomes a falsehood. In fact, we say that LEDs have lifetimes of 50,000 or 60,000 hours because that’s about as far out as one can validly project using these methods.

While this kind of endurance testing isn’t useless, it isn’t that useful, either — at least not for most users. The real world is a cacophony of complexities that no laboratory test can fully predict. Obviously, most people don’t install plain LEDs in an oven, as in the laboratory test. Most people install luminaires, finished fixtures that include LEDs along with lots of other parts: printed circuit board (PCB), power conversion circuits or drivers, optical elements, outer casings, diffusers, etc. Strangely, though, even with all those parts that could possibly break, we still fixate on the performance of the LEDs themselves.

We need to alter our thinking. We need to look at the entire luminaire and how we use it. Instead of fixating on 50,000, instead of tossing around terms like LM-80 and TM-21, we should be asking simpler, more holistic questions: How long will this entire luminaire last? What will break first? How can I make the luminaire last as long as possible?

The answers to those questions are both complex and simple. LED lighting can go places and do things that traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting can’t. It’s trampled weary notions of the possible and been a beacon for the creative. However, LEDs do have limits, and the more that we understand and address those limits, the longer a luminaire will last.

Temperature limits are critical as we squeeze LED luminaires into ever-smaller spaces. Heat melts plastic, overloads drivers, cooks phosphors, and kills LEDs. Unmanaged, it can cause safety problems, both for the unwitting who touch hot surfaces and for the space itself. Yet we sometimes don’t make allowances for the heat that electronic components generate. A little ventilation goes a long way.

Power limits also play a role. A driver loaded to its maximum power output is more likely to fail. Drivers should never be loaded to the cusp of failure, and in extreme environments, they should be de-rated, loaded only to a fraction of their rated maximum load. Good documentation and newer generations of small drivers specifically engineered for LEDs may help.

Using a single number to describe the lifetime of a complex product is simply too reductive. I try every day to provide context, to make others think about the whole fixture. Yet old habits die hard, and old numbers still have their use. Sometimes, when pressed, when nothing else will satisfy, I say it too: 50,000 hours.

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"Adjustable Wall Packs" Was posted on August 24, 2014

New Adjustable Wall Packs Point The Light Exactly Where You Want It

Great For General Purpose or Security Lighting. Replaces 100W to 320W Existing Energy Draining Wall Pack Lights. High Lumen Count Low Wattage, Fast Payback

Anyone who’s been in the solid-state lighting (SSL) industry for any length of time knows this number: 50,000 hours. When asked about the expected lifetime of an LED, it’s probably the most common answer. It’s also a number that needs a lot of context.

50,000 is such a large number that it’s helpful to translate it into more familiar terms; 50,000 hours is about five years and nine months. Has someone actually lit the LEDs in question continuously for five years and nine months? Maybe. Probably not. Think about it: The LED industry is changing so quickly that by the time someone tested an LED for almost six years, that type of LED would be obsolete.

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