Over the past twenty years, there have been major leaps in lighting technology. Companies began developing new and more efficient ways to light your world. The compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) that came out of factories around the country seemed as though they would last forever, but it wasn’t long before a better, brighter technology knocked CFLs off of their pedestal. Enter: the light emitting diode, or LED. Is this new technology going to dethrone the CFL? Check out these pros and cons of LED lighting to see if the switch is right for you.
Whether or not the pros outweigh the cons, LEDs are obviously the future. If you can remember, CFLs had many of these same problems when they first appeared on the market, and some still do. Given some time, LED technology will begin to produce the brighter, longer lasting, safer bulb that we all want and need.
Whatever your decision on lighting may be, chances are you’ve got a cover for your bulb. Whether it’s a globe or a plastic cover, Brisk Lighting can help you with replacements, new parts, or even making a specialty cover for that fixture that broke years ago. Be sure to visit our product page to view our lighting options, and we’ll do everything we can to get your room back to that healthy glow.
Brisk Lighting knows that the quandary of every business owner is to increase profits while decreasing expenses. Although this process can seem so simple on paper, finding new ways to lessen the expenses of your business often becomes very challenging. Our goal is to lead you to new and innovative ways which will positively impact the bottom line of your business. One method that has been proven to help our customers decrease at least one of their expenses is by ordering wholesale LED lights.
How will LED lights save you money?
Thanks to recent advances in modern technology, the light-emitting diode (LED) is quickly becoming one of the most energy-efficient lighting options available in the United States. The proof is in the pudding, according to energy.gov, LEDs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Further, LEDs last up to 25 times longer too. Here are some additional benefits of installing LEDs:
Granted, LEDs might have a higher replacement cost initially; however, it’s important to remember that your business will reap the benefits of lower energy costs over time, and you will save additional money.
Where can you install LEDs?
Whether you are looking to update the incandescent bulbs around your business, or need some new outdoor lighting, there are a variety of LED products on the market recommended for both home and industrial uses. For instance, LEDs are an ideal option for recessed down-lights in both office and commercial spaces. They are also optimal for lighting kitchen cabinets, refrigerated cases, outdoor areas and walkways.
So, if you are looking for a quick way to cutdown on energy costs in your business and you haven’t done so already, you should consider switching to energy-efficient lighting. In the event that you’ve already made the switch to LEDs to save money, then Brisk Lighting also offers a variety of Ready-To-Go Wrap Lenses which will enable you to restore the efficiency, appearance and performance of your lighting fixtures. With lengths up to 8 feet, our wrap lenses are designed for 1, 2 and 4 light fixtures.
Ordering is simple…just go to our website and go to the contact us page and a sales specialist will be in touch.
The outlook for the LED lighting market remains very bright. Despite fluctuations in the economy and the general lighting industry, LED lighting continues to occupy a significant portion of the overall lighting market. In fact, a November 2014 article in LEDinside, a research division of TrendForce, has projected that LED lighting market penetration will reach 31 percent of the $82.1 billion global lighting market in 2015. LEDinside also reported that Europe is the largest geographic market segment—accounting for 23 percent of the global lighting market share, followed by China at 21 percent and the US at 19 percent. Industry analysts predict significant growth over the next decade. Product development managers and electronics engineers in the LED lighting market strive to continue growing right along with the industry trends. To succeed in developing LED designs that flourish in the current market, however, they must incorporate reliable circuit protection technologies that deliver a strong return on investment (ROI).
This LED market report reveals the present state of the market, trends for several LED segments and projections for global growth. It highlights the need for industry-leading circuit protection solutions from a reliable manufacturer and specifies the ideal protection devices for several LED applications.
Present State: LED Market is Shining Bright
Recent statistical data supports the pivotal position of LED technology in the global lighting market. Global LED lighting market penetration is expected to reach 31 percent in 2015, according to a recent article from LEDinside. In addition, LEDinside has reported that the global commercial LED lighting sector will reach $26.7 billion in 2015.
Some of the most common applications for LED lighting are outdoor, residential and architectural. Outdoor LED lighting is quickly gaining popularity for tunnels, roadways, traffic lights, parking lots and garages. According to Strategies Unlimited, 2013 revenues for outdoor LED lighting were $0.7 billion. The firm also reported that nearly two million LED luminaires were installed in tunnels and roadways in 2012. IHS Technology stated that out of the 140 million streetlights installed worldwide in 2013, 19 million of them were LEDs (Source: Forbes).
Residential applications for LEDs include lighting in kitchens, hallways, dining rooms and bathrooms. When compared with other lighting technologies, only LED lighting can be used as a comprehensive replacement for fluorescent lighting (Source: LEDinside). LEDs can be used in multiple rooms throughout the home, are available in several varieties and offer a technology that is relatively easy for consumers to learn. McKinsey’s 2012 lighting market report revealed that residential is the largest general application segment for LED lighting. In 2011, it represented almost 40 percent of the general lighting market.
According to MarketWatch, the architectural segment is the second-largest end-user segment for LED lighting. For architectural applications, LEDs are used in both decorative and functional lighting. Decorative LEDs are used to illuminate fountains, pools, gardens and statues. For functional applications, including building facades and landscaping, LEDs provide visibility and enhance safety on residential and commercial properties.
In response to the current LED market trends, manufacturers are making significant changes in their operations. IHS reported that manufacturers are placing a greater emphasis on vertical integration, focusing on chip-on-board modules and light engines in 2015. Moving down the supply value chain to products that form the intermediate steps between LED components and lamps/luminaires may be an attractive strategy due to the low-profit margins for LED components. Both Phillips and Siemens, top players in the LED lighting market, have separated their lighting work from their core business to enable faster response-to-market dynamics and to achieve higher profitability. In addition, GE has taken steps to start producing its own LED circuit boards and may spin off its lighting business in the future.
Future Promise: LEDs Light the Way to Outstanding Growth
Forbes has predicted that the LED market will continue to grow throughout the next decade, with the global LED market share reaching about 70 percent by 2020. According to McKinsey, Asia will occupy about 45 percent of the global general lighting market by 2020. The report indicated that rapid penetration in Japan and China is driving Asia’s market-leading position for transitioning to LEDs in general lighting. In Europe, the current LED value-based market share is approximately 9 percent, McKinsey reported. By 2020, the share is expected to rise to over 70 percent.
Outstanding growth is projected across various LED market segments, including residential and architectural. Forecasts for LED growth in the residential segment are almost 50 percent for 2016 and over 70 percent for 2020, according to McKinsey. For architectural lighting, MarketWatch revealed that Japan and Europe are the fastest-growing regions. McKinsey has predicted that architectural lighting will remain the early adopter for LED lighting, with its market share reaching almost 90 percent by 2020.
The outdoor lighting industry is also expected to grow at a rapid rate. Strategies Unlimited has forecast that the global outdoor LED lighting market will reach $1.9 billion by 2017. The organization has also predicted that LED street light installations will grow by 400 percent over the next five years. According to Semiconductor Today, the market share of LEDs in street lighting worldwide will grow from 53.3 percent in 2014 to 93.8 percent in 2023.
Safeguard ROI: Circuit Protection for LED Lighting Innovation
Electronics engineers and product development managers are continually innovating LED designs to keep pace with the latest market trends. Creating designs for LED lighting applications presents several challenges, including the need to protect the LEDs’ electronics and circuits from lightning, transient surges and electrostatic discharge (ESD). These electrical threats may jeopardize the safety of personnel and endanger the consumer’s ROI. Failure to use proper safeguards could also lead to compliance issues with regulatory and safety standards related to overvoltage transients.
Circuit protection technologies are vital for safeguarding the vulnerable electronics and circuits within LEDs. To prevent LED lighting from experiencing failures within an investment payback period of about five years, high durability and reliability are essential. Before selecting a compatible circuit protection device, it is important to find a manufacturer who understands LED lighting industry standards and the safety issues associated with designing LED retrofit lamps and outdoor luminaires.
As the global leader in circuit protection, Littelfuse recommends protection devices for LED driver and power converter circuits used in a variety of lighting applications. Littelfuse manufactures a variety of fuses, varistors, surge protection modules (combination of varistors) and TVS diodes for LED lighting applications. To ensure compliance with industry standards and reliability, the company performs extensive product testing.
The following table indicates the ideal circuit protection device for several applications:
Table 1. Circuit protection solutions for LED lighting applications.
According to industry experts, the global LED market is experiencing rapid growth across several applications and will continue to grow throughout the next decade. In response to this growth, the demand for high-reliability circuit protection technologies will continue to increase. Circuit protection is needed to safeguard sensitive LED electronics and circuits from electrical threats and meet industry standards for safety and reliability. This technology also prevents LED lighting from experiencing failures within an investment payback period of five years. Fuses, varistors, surge protection modules and TVS diodes are designed to protect LED applications and maximize the lighting investment.
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If you’ve been searching for a perfect lighting source that will save you money, and will reduce glare, then perhaps it’s time to consider installing some LED high bay lighting fixtures from Brisk Lighting. One major advantage of having LED lights is they are instant on and provide light output that is second to none in lumens per watt.
High bay vs. low bay lights…
Unless you already consider yourself a lighting expert, it’s possible that you’ve never even heard of high or low bay lighting. So, much like they sound, high bays are designed to be utilized in elevated areas and ceilings typically above twenty feet. Installing high bays will ensure that lighting is optimally distributed across all of your open areas, including the floors and vertical surfaces. Here are some of the other common applications where Brisk Lighting recommends LED high bay lighting fixtures:
Although they operate very similar to high bays, low bays are recommended for lower mounting heights under twenty feet.
To determine how many lights you need you will need to answer some basic questions:
A reminder of how LEDs will only help your budget in the long-run…
Despite the fact that we’ve dedicated previous blog posts to the many benefits of LEDs, we just can’t stress enough how cost effective they will be to you and your business. They not only reduce your overall energy usage but they have 10x the average life of fluorescent and require less maintenance.
Indeed, we offer a wide range of lighting fixtures—shipped directly from our fully stocked warehouse—that are ideal for your indoor, outdoor, and commercial lighting needs. Ask about our wholesale program designated for national and international companies.
Whether it’s for your home or business, our extensive lighting selection is compete with designs that includes LED, fluorescent, and even exit sign lighting. In addition to our vast lighting options, you’ll also discover a plethora of other beneficial lighting accessories such as Vapor Tights and Retrofits that will work to help save your operational costs.
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Last month the new Star Wars trailer was released to much fanatical fan fervor. Once people composed themselves enough and were able to wipe away those last few blurry tears they went at it on the internet breaking the trailer down and discussing its high and low points. Just what all the new characters, signs, sights and sounds mean will all be conjecture until the film is released this December, but what’s certain is that Star Wars, this galaxy far, far way still has our hearts and minds completely captured in its magic world. Of course it goes without saying that most of us at Brisk Lighting are Star Wars fans, and so we’ve decided to find a DIY Star Wars project that would delight anyone. Watch the video below learn how you can make your very own fluorescent bulb lightsaber.
What You’ll Need
Need help you with your Next Light Project? Now that you’ve used the time you should have spent fixing up the house to make a fantasy laser sword, you can finally get down to business with replacing all of those old fluorescent light lenses. Check out our Brisk Lighting and contact us today to find the perfect lighting solution.
Federal legislation for replacing old incandescent bulbs has come and gone. As of today, you’ll be hard pressed to find the familiar orange glow of these first lightbulbs at hardware stores or Wal-mart. Now, they may still be alive and well in your own home, but sooner or later you have to come to terms with the fact that they will eventually burn out and need to be replaced. Luckily, this forced transition comes with some monetary benefits for you. Many households can totally recoup their upfront costs of transitioning fully to LEDs within 2 years. In addition, you can forget about having to buy new bulbs for at least 10 years.
Some additional benefits of switching to LEDs
Just like the natural progression and improvement of light bulbs we’re seeing happen before our eyes, new standards are being set for the lighting lenses and fixtures that cover them. Some of the new covers being produced block UV rays, increase color contrast, and improve productivity. When you’re out upgrading to LEDs, don’t forget that you could be upgrading your fixtures as well. At Brisk Lighting we carry a wide variety of LED light covers and LED channel mounts for your convenience – and, if we don’t have it, we’ll make it!
Cree has announced the XHP35 family of packaged LEDs that will include products in both High Density (HD) versions with a domed primary optic and High Intensity (HI) versions with a flat primary optic. The new products mark the introduction of what Cree calls the SC5 (silicon carbide 5) technology platform being fully utilized in an LED in the 3.45×3.45-mm form factor, or what Cree calls the XP footprint based on prior packaged LEDs such as the XP-G/G2, XP-L and XP-E/E2.
The new packaged LEDs output a maximum 1833 lm from a single emitting surface, putting the LEDs in a class with multi-die LEDs in discrete packages but without the optical inefficiency of multi-die LEDs. Cree will supply the LEDs across the range of 2700K to 8300K in CCT; in 70-, 80-, and 90-CRI flavors; and in 2- or 3-step MacAdam ellipse bins.
Cree announced the SC5 platform back in late 2014 and began shipping the first XHP50 and XHP70 packaged LEDs at the beginning of 2015. The XHP prefix stands for extreme high power, and at the SC5 introduction Cree said the new platform delivered double the performance of prior LEDs relative to the same package sizes. Now that performance comes to what has been traditionally the most popular footprint for high-power LEDs.
As has been its custom, Cree will use the new LEDs and footprint legacy to allow customers to upgrade existing solid-state lighting (SSL) products with the simple change of an LED. "We’re excited that the XHP35 LED brings the performance of Cree’s Extreme High Power LEDs to the XP footprint," said Jorge Fraile, CEO of Hispaled. "In addition to delivering an impressive amount of light, the XHP35 LED allows us to leverage existing drivers to achieve the full performance of Cree’s high-power LEDs at lower drive currents."
Cree also has launched the new family in both of the aforementioned HI and HD flavors. Cree first began using the term HD to describe new discretely-packaged and chip-on-board (COB) LEDs with SC5 performance and what the company noted as better optical control factor (OCF), essentially touting the better beam control achievable with more flux from a smaller source. More recently, Cree launched the HI LEDs in the XP-L family, saying the flat optic makes the source appear smaller through a secondary optic and enabling higher center-beam candle power (CBCP).
The XHP35 packaged LEDs are immediately available in both flavors. The XHP35 HD LEDs target applications such as outdoor and high-bay lighting that requires maximum total flux. The XHP35 HI LEDs target applications such as stadium and indoor directional lighting with maximum cd on target.
"Cree continues to redefine the performance of high-power LEDs," said Dave Emerson, vice president and general manager for Cree LEDs. "The XHP35 LED represents a breakthrough that goes well beyond the incremental advances of other LED suppliers. Now, more than ever, manufacturers will be able to tap the full power of extreme high-power LEDs to forge lighting designs that were previously thought to be impossible."
Over the last five years, there has been a push to introduce smart technology into the home. Refrigerators are smart, T.Vs are smart, and now, so is lighting. While the push towards smart lighting has been slow, the possibilities now seem endless for this new lighting fad. But could the push for smart technology in the home end up costing you more money and stress? Some see it as the wave of the future, while others just want a light that turns on and off.
Your Lighting Just Got Smarter It’s amazing what you can do with a smartphone and Wi-Fi these days. Some refrigerator models can tell you when you’re running low on milk, for example, and you can make sure you locked your doors at home from your office. But really, one of the most impressive of the new ‘smart’ technologies is the smart light. Products like Philips’s new Hue are paving the way towards a brighter, and more colorful future.
If you are away from home on vacation, you can set certain lights to turn onto a certain brightness to give the illusion that the space is occupied. Also, when you’re walking home from a day at work, your phone can send signals to your lights that you are approaching your home. With certain settings on the app, you can make it to where, as you approach your door, the porch light comes on. Once you get to the door, your kitchen and living room light will come on. Also, these lights change color, so depending on the time of the day or on the lighting that you’d like to have for a party, you can pick up your phone and change from red to blue or pink to purple. These new technologies will prove to be the future of lighting, but there are still quite a few kinks to be worked out.
The Problems with Smart Lighting As with most new ‘smart’ technologies, the makers of the products are still working out the kinks. First of all, these new lights are LED. LED technology has advanced greatly since it was invented, but there are still some problems. LED lights are extremely sensitive to humidity and heat, for example, so these lights cannot be placed outdoors. Although Philips states that the electricity usage of these lights is 80% less than other lights, you will end up charging your phone and using a bit more Wi-Fi than you normally would since these lights are dependent on Internet technologies. Also, these lights take a tremendous amount of time to set up. To install, program, and use these lights takes around 3 hours, as opposed to the old school ‘twist-and-go’ light bulbs of days past.
It’s not doubt that these lights are the wave of the future, but, as with all new technologies, there will be a grace period where these lights aren’t living up to their potential. There may be a few problems, but time will surely fix them, and your home lighting is about to get a lot more intelligent.
It doesn’t really matter where the future of lighting is going, because chances are you’ll still need a light cover. Here at Brisk Lighting, we carry a wide variety of lighting products for you and any of your lighting needs. From globe covers to tube guards, egg crates to flat sheets, we’ve got something for you. Click on the button below to view our selection, and remember, if we don’t have it, we’ll find it for you.
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