How Does Color Temperature Affect Mood, Motivation and Productivity? (Article)

Advancements in commercial lighting research have led to ground-breaking conclusions about the way certain characteristics of light beams affect mood and productivity in the workplace. Such findings can help businesses improve output and ensure employees are provided a conducive environment to complete demanding tasks.

Posted on: 12 February 2018 | 9:05 am

Recommendations for Industrial Product Certification (NRTLs) (Article)

For industrial manufacturers, product testing and certification are essential to releasing a product that is reliable, high quality and in demand by businesses or consumers with stringent requirements. Products that require certification from a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) include consumer appliances for safety, industrial equipment and components (usually for durability, safety and code compliance) and electrical equipment.

Posted on: 5 February 2018 | 12:29 pm

Intrinsically Safe vs Explosion Proof- What’s the Difference? (Article)

Hazardous locations call for specially-engineered lighting systems that can reduce the risks of ignition. For lighting systems and other industrial equipment, the most common types of protection include explosion proof and intrinsically safe.

Posted on: 29 January 2018 | 8:17 am

How to Select a Portable Generator for Post-storm Cleanup (Article)

Purchasing a portable generator is one of the best ways to prepare for power outage caused by crippling weather. Having one on standby can help you and your family bounce back quickly after a storm.

Posted on: 22 January 2018 | 8:26 am

Benefits of Switching from HID Lighting to LED High Mast Lighting (Article)

High mast lighting systems can be equipped with different types of lamps, depending on the preferences and requirements of the project or work site. Previously, high-intensity discharge (HID) luminaries were the standard used by companies that needed elevated illumination over a wide target area.

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | 9:36 am

Wind Load Calculation for Industrial Light Towers and Portable Masts (Article)

Industrial light towers and portable masts are often deployed in rugged, outdoor work sites. Such locations experience a range of unpredictable and destructive elements, including corrosive or acidic rain, rough contact during setup or tear down and strong, crippling winds.

Posted on: 8 January 2018 | 9:45 am

Momentary Switch Applications for Spotlights in Ambulances and Emergency Services (Article)

First responders, including paramedics, police officers and firefighters, often make split-second decisions during emergencies. Because of this, the functionality of equipment used at the scene must be reliable, straightforward and sturdy.

Posted on: 2 January 2018 | 9:33 am

How to Buy an Explosion Proof Heater for Industrial Facilities (Article)

Powerful heaters are essential to maintaining a comfortable and safe work environment in cold-climate regions. Moreover, the units can help reduce human-related errors and accidents, by eliminating distracting elements associated with bone-chilling temperatures. In hazardous locations, explosion proof heaters are needed to mitigate flammable risks in the facility.

Posted on: 26 December 2017 | 8:16 am

Rechargeable LED Spotlight- Superior Illumination for Rugged, Outdoor Applications (HL.RL-85-LED-CPR) (Article)

Multi-tasking is an integral part of industrial operations and busy lifestyles. These days, it’s common for an individual to wear different hats at work and at home.

Posted on: 18 December 2017 | 10:04 am

Sizing Transformers for VFD Loads and Harmonic Currents (Article)

Variable frequency drives (VFD) are cutting-edge devices used in a drive system consisting of three main sub-systems: AC motor, main drive controller assembly and drive-operator interface. The units can also be used to control motor speeds, resulting in reduced energy consumption and preserved lifespans for connected machines.

Posted on: 11 December 2017 | 9:49 am

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