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Lights Don’t Last Forever; What Are You Doing About it?

Lights Don’t Last Forever; What Are You Doing About it?

The typical electrical service firm waits for a customer to seek bids on a lighting project. But the typical customer who needs a lighting replacement or upgrade doesn’t know that. You can find equipment life expectancy numbers in various industry standards, such as the IEEE Gold Book. Do a search until you can cover every […]

Be Careful with LED Recommendations

Be Careful with LED Recommendations

A small manufacturing facility had an old pendant light in its front lobby. The light contained five 25W pendant lamps, all pointed up even though the area below is what needed to be lighted. The plant manager wanted this replaced with something that looked elegant but that also provided good lighting. The electrical contractor recommended […]

Don’t Forget About Controls

Don’t Forget About Controls

The two-position wall switch may be the most common form of lighting control. It’s inexpensive and simple to install, but it’s not always the best option. How many times have you attended a seminar or meeting where the speaker says, “Can someone get the lights please” and everyone waits while someone plays with a bank […]

Truly Serving Your Customer with a Lighting Upgrade

Truly Serving Your Customer with a Lighting Upgrade

Reducing energy waste is a common reason for lighting upgrades. The typical such upgrade is technology focused, for example replacing an older type of fluorescent lamp/ ballast with a newer type. While this kind of upgrade certainly will save energy and certainly can provide profitable work for you, it leaves much on the table. Both […]

When the Budget Isn’t Too Tight

When the Budget Isn’t Too Tight

A lot of lighting projects go like this. The plant engineer has a “dream” lighting system in mind. It includes features such as automatic daylight dimming, occupancy sensing, and automatic operation based on the schedule programmed into it. This system costs X, but the project budget goes up to only 70% of that. He’s got […]