Throwing a Cool Outdoor Summer Party

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in lighting

Summer is the time for outdoor events. From backyard barbecues to outdoor concerts, enjoying the weather outside is one of the best parts of summer. Though summer afternoons can be crushingly hot, there is something special about summer evenings and these are the best times to throw an outdoor party. Unlike parties that are thrown in the confines of a building, outdoor parties have the benefit of space to spread out and open air to enliven the mood. With a little planning,...

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Landscape Lighting Design

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in lighting

Now that it’s hot outside, you’re probably starting to enjoy your patio and back yard more and more. And perhaps that has you thinking you could really use some outdoor lighting. Before you run off to Lowe’s for those “stick-in-the-ground” battery operated or solar powered lights, here’s a couple things to think about when planning your landscape lighting. You want a theme. Don’t just measure out three feet, light, three feet, light and create a dotted line from the...

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LED Lighting Retrofit: Out with the old and in with the new!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in lighting

LED Lighting Retrofit: Out with the old and in with the new!

We’ve seen LED’s (light emitting diode) and CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamp) becoming more and more popular/affordable over the last few years…. Utility companies are now offering rebates to commercial property owners and even residential home owners to convert to LED or CFL, though we prefer LED’s. LED lights come in many different styles, from a standard screw in bulb or recessed can light ‘retrofit’ to a large industrial...

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Lighting Retrofit

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in lighting

Today we worked on a Guitar Center where we were asked to install a retrofit kit that replaces an old T-12 fixture with the more energy efficient T-8 lamps and ballasts. In this particular instance we were converting the 8′ long T-12’s from a two lamp configuration to a T-8 4-lamp configuration. It’s a little difficult to see in the picture below but the fixture closest to the camera has been retrofitted to a T-8 where as the fixture in the distance is...

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