UV LED Lamp Installation Recommendations for AHUs in Industrial Facilities (Article)

Large air handling units (AHUs) inside industrial buildings are prone to around-the-clock maintenance to ensure clean air filtration and circulation. Over the past two decades, HVAC specialists have been using ultraviolet (UV) lamps to reduce such requirements.

Posted on: 7 December 2017 | 9:35 am

Comparing Phase Converter and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Applications (Article)

Facilitating voltage conversion, from single phase to three phase, is a common issue in locations where three phase power is unavailable, severely lacking or too costly to introduce from the supply line.

Posted on: 4 December 2017 | 10:28 am

Damp vs Wet Location Ratings for Lights (Article)

Wet locations are environments that directly expose lights (and other types of equipment) to water, which could include rain, massive amounts of moisture and snow. When UL ratings are applied to devices designed for wet locations, the units must be tested accordingly.

Posted on: 30 November 2017 | 11:17 am

Comparing Modern Light Dimming Methods for Industrial Fixtures (Article)

Light dimmers provide an assortment of benefits for consumers. Dimming lights is an effective option for reducing energy consumption. It also allows you to create and control the overall mood of the space. Interestingly, robust dimmers can help improve the lifespan of lighting systems; in some cases, up to four times or an extra three years.

Posted on: 27 November 2017 | 9:54 am

Explosion Proof Germicidal Lamp Applications for HVAC Disinfection in Industrial Facilities (Article)

Ultraviolet (UV) fixtures come with a plethora of uses and applications. From non-destructive testing (NDT) to non-invasive sterilization, UV light can be used to uncover harmful traces of foreign contaminants and abnormal conditions with minimal effort.

Posted on: 20 November 2017 | 8:57 am

Underground vs Aboveground (Overhead) Power Distribution (Article)

According to the Federal Energy Information Agency, less than 18 percent of power lines in the US are buried underground. When it comes to exposure to unpredictable weather, aboveground transmission lines are highly prone to damage from nearby trees, poles, homes and structures.

Posted on: 13 November 2017 | 9:09 am

LED Grow Lights for Tomatoes and Indoor Cultivation Techniques (Article)

There are several reasons why growers are taking their farming operations indoors. Erratic, devastating weather is on the rise, with flood insurance claims reaching $3.5 billion per year in the US (according to statistics from The Dec Page). Challenges with growing tomatoes during the winter season is another issue many growers hope to address with indoor cultivation techniques.

Posted on: 9 November 2017 | 11:00 am

UV Light Treatment for HVAC Systems (Article)

Ultraviolet (UV) light can be applied to support numerous applications in a broad range of industries. In commercial paint spray booths and label manufacturing plants, UV lamps are used to streamline paint jobs and the printing of logos. Outside of such practices, the light source may also be utilized to eradicate harmful, disease-causing bacteria.

Posted on: 8 November 2017 | 4:17 pm

How to Locate and Use HS Codes for Imported Goods into the US (Article)

US-based businesses that work with imported goods from other countries must adhere to proper record-keeping practices in order to streamline compliance with tariff or duty rates. To ease the complications of managing millions of imported goods entering the US, including industrial lights, the World Customs Organization (WCO) created a system for the classification of traded products.

Posted on: 6 November 2017 | 9:12 am

Using Green Flashing Strobe Lights and Lasers for Non-invasive Animal Control (Article)

Birds, such as pigeons and geese, as well as common wildlife pests that make their way into residential or commercial locations, including beaver, raccoons and foxes, can be difficult to ward off without the right equipment.

Posted on: 30 October 2017 | 10:17 am

LED Lighting Guide for Flag Poles (Article)

National flags are treated with care and respect, due to the patriotic attributes associated with the banners. In the US, the application of flags is governed by the Federal Flag Code. According to the Federal Flag Code (version 2008), national flags should be “preserved by lighting” in environments that could cause it to be “enveloped in darkness.”

Posted on: 26 October 2017 | 12:02 pm

Lighting Designs, Equipment and Requirements for Underwater ROVs (Article)

Offshore drilling sites, marine exploration projects and commercial fish farms all use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for underwater observation and operations. Such tasks are carried out in very dangerous and unpredictable environments, which limit the general movements of human operators.

Posted on: 23 October 2017 | 10:14 am

Comparing Grow Light Technologies for Legal and Commercial Cannabis Cultivation (Article)

According to Forbes, legal cannabis sales reached a whopping $6.7 billion in 2016. New Frontier Data, a US-based market research firm, predicts the nascent industry to reach $24 billion by 2025. The adoption of legal cannabis laws, by open-minded states, on medicinal and recreational levels, is currently driving this trend. To sustain growth in the industry, cannabis cultivators are turning to LED grow lights to optimize plant growth.

Posted on: 16 October 2017 | 10:18 am

Industrial Forklift Classifications and Explosion Proof Lighting Systems (Article)

Explosive work sites require the use of special equipment in order to prevent accidental combustion of flammable compounds. As a result, specific types of forklifts must be deployed to promote safety in the workplace.

Posted on: 9 October 2017 | 10:25 am

An Overview of Airfield Lighting Systems for Commercial Airports and Runways (Article)

Commercial airfields are major consumers of industrial lighting systems. Such locations use luminaries to guide aircrafts around the site during takeoff, landing, repair, testing and when performing basic land-based maneuvers.

Posted on: 2 October 2017 | 11:28 am

Understanding the True Impact of Turnarounds in Industrial Sectors (Article)

Maintenance is a one of the most important aspects of industrial operations. However, due to the busy nature of such sites, it’s not possible to perform repairs and inspections while sustaining daily operations. To effectively complete such tasks, parts of the facility must be shut down temporarily to streamline upkeep.

Posted on: 25 September 2017 | 9:25 am

Avoiding Transformer Fires and Explosions – Best Practices and Safety Guidelines (Article)

In 2013, a coal-fired power plant in Georgia was rocked by a crippling explosion that injured three workers. During routine maintenance, a transformer caught on fire, resulting in damages to critical control rooms and other sections of the facility.

Posted on: 18 September 2017 | 9:33 am

Roadside Lighting Systems and DOT Recommendations for Work Zone Illumination (Article)

To prevent delays and traffic during peak periods, projects that are facilitated in work zones are typically conducted at night. As a result, rugged luminaries are needed to keep the area lit up, allowing operators to perform their jobs properly and providing drivers plenty of time to detect, react to and avoid the busy work site.

Posted on: 12 September 2017 | 11:51 am

Importance of Solid-state Lighting in Indoor Commercial Horticulture (Article)

The success of commercial horticulture, or the practice of growing crops and optimizing plant growth for profit, is highly dependent on the latest lighting technologies available in the market today, such as solid-state luminaries (LEDs).

Posted on: 5 September 2017 | 9:05 am

PoE Technology to Revolutionize the Next Iteration of LED Lighting Systems (Article)

In the past decade, LED adoption has increased rapidly, along with the rise of the Internet-of-Things (IoT). For individuals who aren’t familiar with IoT trends, the most important thing to understand is that the two (IoT and LEDs) are closely related to each other.

Posted on: 28 August 2017 | 8:43 am

Challenges and Solutions during Washdown in Industrial Processing Facilities (Article)

In order to maintain high sanitation standards, industrial processing facilities must conduct washdown sessions on a regular basis. This includes food processing plants, pharmaceutical facilities, meat storage buildings, dairy processing operations, commercial bakeries, institutional kitchens and industrial freezers.

Posted on: 21 August 2017 | 9:10 am

What You Need to Know About Using USCG Approved Lights in Local Lakes and Ponds (Article)

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) oversees and manages navigable and territorial waters in the country, based on 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - Navigation and Navigable Waters. This includes internal waters in the United states that are both subject and not subject to tidal influence, as well as bodies of water used for commerce.

Posted on: 14 August 2017 | 9:11 am

SOS Signal Lighting Could Save Your Life, Here’s How to Do It (Article)

Learning how to execute a proper SOS notification can help turn just about any type of light, from a portable flashlight or shiny mirror to a smartphone or even blinking eyes (yes, it’s possible – more on this later), into a rescue device.

Posted on: 7 August 2017 | 8:43 am

Dry Air Cooling Fans vs Evaporative Cooling Systems (Article)

Processing plants, refineries, warehouses and other industrial facilities rely on large machines and numerous workers for to maintain consistent operations. These two elements (machines and workers) contribute to the buildup of heat in the building: heavy-duty equipment produces massive amounts of heat, while human bodies are naturally warm to maintain or regulate their core temperature.

Posted on: 31 July 2017 | 8:44 am

Color Selections and Applications for Road Side Beacons (Article)

When using beacons for emergency services or notifications on public roads, operators have several color choices. The selection of colors is not just for aesthetics; they determine the type of activity being conducted, as well as reference specific emergency situations.

Posted on: 24 July 2017 | 9:45 am