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

Sight Glass Designs and Applications in Industrial Sectors (Article)

Monitoring operations in real-time comes with several benefits for industrial processing facilities. By having the ability to check on critical parts of operations, such as pipes, storage tanks, nuclear reactors, and mixing containers, it would be possible to catch issues before they escalate or spread to other sections of the site.

Posted on: 17 July 2017 | 10:06 am

How Do Day/Night Photocell Sensors Work? (Article)

While engineers and manufacturers work on solutions to close this gap in performance and demand, early adopters of solar lighting have several options available to help make their units more reliable. One of these methods include the use of a day/night photocell sensor.

Posted on: 10 July 2017 | 8:38 am

Addressing Flicker Issues with LEDs and Photography (Article)

The widespread adoption of LEDs can be seen in professional film-making and photography. Both industries benefit from the modern luminaries’ sturdy, compact and energy efficient features. With focus on photography, the demanding requirements of shooting under artificial lighting systems have caused some issues to surface.

Posted on: 3 July 2017 | 1:28 pm

LED Lighting and Compatibility Issues with Legacy Dimming Systems (Article)

LED technology is being adopted by numerous businesses around the world. Its energy saving benefits, long lifespan and modern features have won over individuals who are looking for reliable lighting solutions. But in order for the transition to gain full acceptance by consumers and commercial sectors, LEDs have to be able to support legacy dimming systems and controls.

Posted on: 26 June 2017 | 9:35 am

How Do Relays Function in Industrial Power Distribution Systems? (Article)

Relays, or simple switches that are set off or activated via an electrical current, can decrease risks associated with overheating and trips – ensuring the system remains operational with minimal disruption.

Posted on: 19 June 2017 | 10:08 am

Comparing LED Outdoor Flood Lighting Solutions (Article)

Today’s markets are saturated with numerous LED flood lights, which can be confusing to sift through if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. This article dives into different types of LED flood lighting solutions for outdoor spaces and environments.

Posted on: 12 June 2017 | 9:50 am

Types of UV Light for Different Applications (Article)

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation was discovered in 1801 when the German physicist Johann Wilhelm Ritter observed that invisible rays just beyond the violet end of the visible spectrum darkened silver chloride-soaked paper more quickly than violet light itself.

Posted on: 7 June 2017 | 9:26 pm

NFPA 820 Compliance in Wastewater Treatment Plants (Article)

Wastewater treatment plants are essential structures in cities and small communities. Such facilities are closely monitored by several professional institutions, such as OSHA and the NFPA. When it comes to the latter group, guidelines set forth in NFPA 820 are regulations that dictate fire hazards in such facilities.

Posted on: 29 May 2017 | 9:43 am

The State of Thermal Dissipation Plastics for LEDs (Article)

Too much heat can cause lights to malfunction or fail prematurely. For LEDs, high levels of heat are mitigated through thermal-managing components. During operation, the fixture’s heat sink dissipates heat, moving it away from the unit. This movement is done in a continuous manner to ensure functionality.

Posted on: 25 May 2017 | 9:36 am

Understanding Laser Classifications and Output Levels (Article)

Mainstream, low-powered lasers that emit continuous wave beams are harmless to humans. However, there are some lasers that can cause serious damage to one’s skin and eyes. To educate and protect people from using such lasers incorrectly – in a way that could cause injury – regulatory institutions have created a classification system that establishes the level of damage that the units can inflict on humans and animals.

Posted on: 22 May 2017 | 9:48 am

Will Staring at Guidance and Crane Lasers Cause Permanent Blindness? (Article)

Most people assume that mainstream, low intensity lasers are capable of severely disrupting vision and causing permanent blindness. Reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of pilots being affected by culprits shining laser pointers in cockpits (along with imaginary thoughts of planes crashing due to pilots going blind from lasers) have amplified such assumptions.

Posted on: 18 May 2017 | 11:02 am

High Intensity Infrared Illuminators in ANPRs, Transportation Security and Biometric Facial Recognition (Article)

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) has evolved greatly in the past decade. This technology is being used by numerous businesses and government organizations. Law enforcement groups rely on such systems to capture individuals speeding at intersections, via traffic light cameras. Electronic tollway systems also use ANPRs to improve the success rate of real-time detection during collections.

Posted on: 15 May 2017 | 9:22 am

Modified Sine Wave Inverters vs Pure Sine Wave Inverters (Article)

Most everyday appliances and commercial tools run on AC power. This is fine if you’re connecting the device to a wall outlet that provides AC power. But what if you want to use power from a DC source, like a solar-powered generator or a car battery?

Posted on: 11 May 2017 | 9:39 am

IR 1550 for Covert Military Applications (Article)

Infrared (IR) 1550 is a unique, non-visible light beam that has numerous applications in covert military excursions, aerial land surveying (through LIDAR systems) and pharmaceutical manufacturing. This wavelength range is classified in a spectral region that is typically used for long-distance communication.

Posted on: 8 May 2017 | 9:14 am

Metal Halide Remote Ballast Configurations for High Temperature Environments (Article)

Although modern metal halide ballasts are designed with active heat dissipating features, exposure to excessively high temperatures could easily decrease the lifespan of the lighting component. An increase in 10°C beyond the temperature threshold of the ballast could decrease its lifespan by roughly 50 percent.

Posted on: 4 May 2017 | 9:13 am

Protective Eye Gear for Laser Viewing and Applications (Article)

Some high-grade lasers can damage the eye and burn the skin. Most lasers that are capable of inflicting such injuries are categorized under Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4. For example, UV lasers that emit wavelengths between 180-400nm can cause corneal damage; while some near-IR lasers, ranging between 780-1,800nm, may burn one’s retina.

Posted on: 1 May 2017 | 10:00 am

Light Color Recommendations for Commercial and Industrial Spaces (Article)

Light color is a salient aspect of lighting systems, due to its passive contributions to productivity and clarity. Such components are measured using a Kelvin color temperature scale, with 1,500K-2,700K ratings resembling warm, yellowish light, 5,000K-6,500K resembling cool, day white light, and 10,000K resembling a blue sky.

Posted on: 28 April 2017 | 9:40 am

Options for Controlling RGB Lighting Systems (Article)

There are several ways to control RGB lights, depending on the needs and specifications of the applicable environment. Trends in wireless connectivity and remote technology have allowed businesses to explore hands-off lighting approaches that are robust, inexpensive and easy to setup.

Posted on: 26 April 2017 | 10:24 am

What Does It Take to Run Large Wattage Lights on Solar? (Article)

Sometimes, people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to capabilities of solar panel systems. The reality is, if you want to run large, industrial lights using natural sunlight, you need massive panels and batteries that can support such equipment.

Posted on: 24 April 2017 | 10:05 am

The Importance of Explosion Proof Lights in Cleanrooms (Article)

Cleanrooms are pushing the limits of industrial manufacturing and scientific research programs. For professionals, the rooms provide a predictable environment with low levels of stray pollutants, germs, dust and chemical vapors. Activities conducted in cleanrooms are carried out with greater precision and safety.

Posted on: 21 April 2017 | 9:59 am

Lumen Recommendations for Common and Industrial Work Spaces (Article)

Light brightness requirements for common and industrial spaces differ greatly. To achieve consistent, bright environments, the fixture’s luminous flux (or lumen [lm], which is the SI unit of luminous flux) must be taken into consideration. By definition, the term “luminous flux” (lx) refers to the total amount of light energy emitted from a fixture in all directions.

Posted on: 19 April 2017 | 9:59 am