How Many Lumens Do I Need?

If you’ve been to a home improvement store within the past 6 months, you’ve noticed householdincandescent bulbs have given way to new, sometimes unfamiliar technologies. You may find a couple“full spectrum” incandescents or Halogen floodlights, but other than those, compact fluorescent and LED bulbs line the shelves. Long gone are…

HELP! My Lights Don’t Work

We do our best to answer your lighting conundrums and queries, while preventing foreseeable catastrophes. Many requests for help begin with “my lights won’t turn off”, “don’t dim”, “they buzz”, or “flicker”. While we have addressed some of these topics individually in the past, this article is intended to be…

Five Ways to Add Lighting Magic to Your Halloween Gathering

You’re almost set for your Halloween celebration. You’ve prepared plenty of treats for the festivities, and most of your decorations are already up. But, why not take your frightening décor to the edge this year. Using string lights, glow sticks and a few other simple accessories, here are some ideas…

Running Lights: Calculating Maximum Runs and Wattages

With three major decorating holidays just around the corner, we can cheerfully say it’s time to deck the halls! Festive exterior lighting can highlight your home or business for a flawless nighttime showcase. The time-honored tradition of hauling ropes of lights up a precariously placed ladder is inevitable and you’ll…

How Long Will Your Light Bulbs Last?

The life hours of a light bulb can be a major factor when deciding whether or not you want to purchase a particular type of lighting. Life hours or life expectancy can be verified in different ways, depending on the bulb in question. Let’s take a closer look at how…

What Is IP Rating?

Many products are advertised with statements like “dust resistant” or “waterproof”. With electrical products, dust and water can cause huge problems, resulting in higher costs and lost time. The International Electrotechnical Commission created a code that signifies the degree of protection offered by enclosures for electrical products. This code is…