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HID vs LED Lighting

Whether you work in the electrical field, or are an at home do-it-yourselfer, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with different types of lighting. If you are looking to light up a large area, your choices are pretty much limited to HID or LED lighting. So, what’s the differences between HID vs LED lighting? We’ll explore the differences between the two types of lighting and see which one might be the best choice for certain applications.

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NEMA’S Whitepaper Predicts Energy Savings from Lighting Systems

This year, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) released NEMA LSD 79-2018: “Predicted Energy Savings from Lighting Systems,” a new whitepaper that provides a systematic framework on how various lighting systems can help commercial properties estimate their electricity consumption based on different recommendations Based on the whitepaper, the author mentioned in the Purpose how a consumer can assess the efficacy of a lighting control system based on the savings that one can acquire from it. “While the potential to save energy short term is very clear, a method is necessary to estimate the long-term average savings that can be captured

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How To Improve Room Lighting: Tips and Ideas

The lighting in a room can be more than just a practical way to help you see when there is not enough natural light available. It also adds to the mood, atmosphere and overall look of the home. Here are some important room lighting tips for your home, and product recommendations that you can use to make these looks possible. Room Lighting Tips for the Various Rooms of the House Living Rooms/Family Rooms: In these rooms, it is a good idea to add ambient lighting which will give the sense of overall brightness from natural light. The idea is to

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How to Clean Light Switches and Electrical Outlet Covers

Have you been thinking of cleaning the house or repainting the walls? What about the switch plates? Clean light switches hardly become our concern unless they are in highly visible spots on the walls. But, you should scrub them at least once in a year. The cleaning frequency should be higher when they are in the kitchen or bathrooms because these places trap dirt like crazy. Why Should You Clean Light Switches and Electrical Outlet Covers? The switch plates and covers become an eyesore when layers of dust and soot gather on them for months. How embarrassing it would be

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How To Stay Safe With Christmas Lights: Safety Tips

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? There’s snow, Santa, gifts, candies, and more but Christmas lights are the one thing that wins the heart of everyone. When the icicle lights expand from the eaves and shroud the glitzy lawn and tree decorations, they create a beautiful sight to behold. But, what about the safety cautions? These lights can be hazardous if you don’t follow the proper installation steps. Follow our Christmas safety tip to enjoy the holidays without any worry! Christmas Safety Tip for Lights The lights are safer than candles but not following the proper steps can always create

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How To Know The Different Wiring Color Codes

If you are working with electricity, you should be familiar with wiring color codes. The wires in the branch circuits of electrical systems are classified based on their size, color and wiring type. The color of the insulation will help you determine the function of the wire. This is integral to staying safe while doing electrical work as using the wrong type of wiring can lead to dangerous circumstances. Read on to learn about the different wiring color codes so you can keep safe while doing electrical work in your home or office. Learning the Different Wiring Color Codes When

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How To Prepare Your Home Wiring Before Selling

When you are preparing to sell your house, home wiring can be an important issue. During the selling process, your house will be scrutinized and an inspection will be conducted in which the home wiring will be looked out. If it is out of date, upgrades will be necessary or it will be very difficult to sell your home. Here are some things you may want to think about in getting your home wiring up to date so that your home is ready to go on the market. Knob and Tube Home Wiring Even though your home’s electrical system seems

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How To Solve Common Electrical Challenges in Residential Installations

Electrical challenges and solutions are often part of residential, industrial and commercial installations. These vary depending on the amount of power involved, the location, the risk it poses to users, and other factors. Most of the electrical faults pose various risks which range from electric shocks, fires, and loss of property or lives. While the user may avoid using the sections of the installation or equipment that is faulty, it is always advisable to call a qualified electrician to sort out the problem as soon as possible. Why do electrical problems occur? Majority of electrical problems result from lack of

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How to Save Energy with Advanced Lighting Control Systems

Advanced lighting control systems (ALCS) utilize electronic circuits with a programmable logic controller to automatically adjust lighting levels.  Program a number of variables and light requirements to get the lighting just perfect. This helps in providing the right amount of light where and when it is needed, hence improving energy efficiency and savings. Advanced lighting control systems provide benefits like automatic scheduling and dimming. Turn lights off based on room occupancy and level of daylight. In so doing, the ALCS adjusts the light levels to match the requirements at any particular time. For example, when a room is empty, lights

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How To Solve Common Electrical Problems with Lamps and Lighting Fixtures

Everyone has had electrical problems with lamps and lighting fixtures. Your favorite lamp may be flickering off and on. You’ve changed the bulb and that doesn’t fix the problem. Now what do you do? The answer can be as simple as replacing worn out light fixture wiring or it may be more complex than that. Here are some common electrical problems with lamps and lighting fixtures: Flickering lights and frequent burning out Flickering lights occur due to loose connections or loose parts in the lighting fixtures as well as worn out contacts inside the fixture. Loose connections will affect a

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