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A Sea Change for LED Lighting Manufacturers

When we first shifted LED Waves manufacturing operations stateside to debut a set of American-made LED PAR lamps back in 2012, we did so with three primary goals:

  1. Lower costs by eliminating middlemen and consolidating operations in-house – accelerating wide-scale adoption of energy-saving LED lights.
  2. Create jobs – especially in the green tech field, particularly for the United States (which was falling behind in this field at the time) and most importantly – for us personally – on a local level here in NYC.
  3. Exercise closer quality control of our in-house exclusives – helping diffuse the discontent some early adopters experienced from poorly made LED products.
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Chicago, Illinois:
The evolution of our LED PAR30 involved adding dimmability and upgrading from 7 LEDs to latest Philips single CoB.

While we figured we were oddities at the time – supplying and manufacturing LED lights in-house in the USA, despite our small company size – we didn’t realize we were on the ground floor of a global sea change in the SSL industry.

China has long dominated our field, handling the intensive process behind the manufacture of all energy efficient lighting – from the glass-blown curvature of CFL bulbs to the board population and highly nuanced assembly of LED replacements – with a seemingly endless supply of cheap labor. Government subsidies made it even harder for American businesses to resist the allure of Chinese manufacturing.

Slowly yet surely, though, China is losing its foothold and manufacturing has shifted back to the United States. Forbes has noted six commonalities among manufacturers affecting this change:

forbes chinese mfgThis does not portend the end of Chinese manufacturing – far from it. Rather, we’re seeing a leveling of the playing field – and on a higher level at that. Healthy competition between LED Waves among other American manufacturers (not to mention other global contenders) breeds higher quality, lower cost LED lights, with more jobs and better employee satisfaction. And remember, that’s what drove our decision to manufacture LED lights in the USA.

Earth Day 2014 LED Lighting Sale

Our Earth Day sale is now underway, with Free Shipping sitewide, PLUS 15% off our exclusive LED lights made in the USA!

Earth Day 2014 LED Lighting SaleThere is no minimum order value to be eligible for these Earth Day offers; any order shipping within the continental USA automatically qualifies for free FedEx Ground shipping. Enter coupon code EARTH at checkout online to activate the 15% discount on all applicable sale items. These offers expire on Sunday, April 27th 2014.

We’ve discounted our American-made products because, in addition to the energy-efficiency they share with all our LED lights, they also represent our most cost-efficient options. Each one is designed, assembled, quality control tested, and shipped from our one office in Brooklyn, New York. This eliminates steps in the supply chain that result in higher priced products one would expect from a company as small as LED Waves.

Image by Stern via CFO.com. Click to read more on why close involvement with our supply chain is a win-win.

At the end of the day, the more affordable, high quality LED lighting that is commercially available, the faster and farther this green revolution will grow.

Stay tuned for spotlights on applicable sale items – plus other sustainability tips and trends – throughout this sale. Our offers last through the 27th but the sooner you order, the more likely you’ll have your new LED lighting setup in your home or business in time for Earth Day on April 22nd. Here’s to a greener future!

PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light Sale + Call for Submissions

Some loyal fans of the PR15 Ultrathin JUST missed the boat on our last LED recessed light sale. We hate to disappoint our customers – especially as spring building season gets underway – so we’re bringing it back for a limited time!

Now through Weds 4/9/2014 save $10 on the PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light with coupon code WAVES. This is a flat $10 discount, applicable to both the dimmable and non-dimming downlight options; in warm, neutral, and cool white.

The PR15 has a loyal fan following due to its low profile, high efficiency, and its bright yet diffuse glow. We’re sure newcomers to LED lighting will love it, too – but we also know seeing is believing. Therefore, we are asking our customers to help us spread the gospel of the PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light.

If you have the PR15 installed in your home or business, we want to hear from you! Send high-res photos and a brief description of your project to expos@ledwaves.com. If we use your pictures, we’ll give you a $50 credit to apply to any future order from LED Waves. We will not release any of your personally identifying information. So get those cameras out!

Help us save the planet, one (flash)bulb at a time!

Lincoln Tunnel Gets LED Lighting Upgrade

LED Waves wants to know: Have you driven through the Lincoln Tunnel lately? Did you notice the new LED lighting in there? The tunnel now features 2,300 new LED lights studded along its 8,216 ft length.

These LED lights are part of a $2.1 million project upgrading the lights at all Port Authority properties, which also includes the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Journal Square PATH station, the George Washington Bridge and the Holland Tunnel. The Lincoln Tunnel retrofit alone will save $283,000 a year in energy and maintenance, contributing to a total of $1.3 million in expected savings for the Port Authority.

The new industrial LED lights also improve visibility with higher CRI white light, transmitted in more focused beams. What do you think?

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Inside Lincoln Tunnel
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imabe via New Jersey Journal http://connect.nj.com/user/njojjournal/photos.html

Now, if only they can do something about the traffic.

via The Jersey Journal

Introducing the Illinois™ Dimmable PAR30 LED Light Bulb

New Illinois LED PAR30On this St. Patrick’s Day LED Waves is pleased to introduce you to our newest green product: the Illinois™ Dimmable PAR30 LED Light Bulb. A 16W replacement for a 150W halogen spotlight, the Illinois is even brighter and more efficient than our previous American-made LED PAR30.

Like the recently re-launched New York 3.0 PAR38, the Illinois uses a single high-powered Philips LUXEON CoB LED for higher efficacy, center beam candle power, and luminaire to luminaire consistency. Each one also features a uniquely textured reflector to multiply light output without added glare.

Like all LED lights made in the USA only by LED Waves, the Illinois comes with a 5 year warranty – thanks in part to the extra attention paid to heat dissipation. In addition to our signature lightweight aluminum heat sink that promotes air flow, the Illinois features a metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB) to lower thermal resistance from the LED. These high quality components work together to prolong the service life of the entire bulb.

We’re sure you’ll love the bright, feel-good light from the new Illinois™ Dimmable LED PAR30. Order today to be among the first to try it out!

Waves of Savings: ALL LED Recessed Lights on Sale

Waves of Savings.ALL LED recessed lights on saleWe’re running our biggest LED recessed lighting sale ever! Now through Tuesday, March 18th; coupon code WAVES will get you 15% off this entire category – including the PR15 UltraThin, making its Waves of Savings debut!

The PR15 is about half an inch tall – allowing it to rest snugly in almost any ceiling cavity.

Liked by builders and electricians for its versatility & its easy-to-install low profile, and LOVED by businesses and homeowners for its soft & diffuse glow, the PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light is one highly sought-after product. This limited time sale is an exciting opportunity for many specifiers of high-end residential and commercial lighting projects.

Joining the PR15 in this week’s Wave of Savings are the Midtown 2.0 and the Midtown 2.1 LED Recessed Lights. The Midtown is a highly advanced, highly efficient 9W unit comparable to a 50W halogen downlight.

The Midtown 2.0 lasts approximately 50,000 hours and the 2.1 version lasts about 5,000 hours longer due to its extended heat sink. (Pro tip: Get the 2.1 if you have a bit more clearance in your ceiling – you’ll save a dollar per unit!) Both versions are made in the USA with Cree XT-E LEDs and covered by our 5 year warranty.

Midtown LED recessed light profile comparisonThe PR15, Midtown 2.0 and Midtown 2.1 each come with your choice of dimmable or non-dimming LED driver that connects to your building’s line voltage. Our dimmable LED recessed lights are compatible with standard incandescent dimmers; check out our installation guides online or call 1-800-986-0169 for help from our friendly, knowledgeable team of LED specialists.

Strategies in Light 2014 Recap + NFMT Baltimore Updates

LED Waves owner and head of R&D Joel is currently headed back from the west coast following last week’s Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara. Awaiting him on the east coast is the NFMT conference and trade show, where he and Taimur will be showcasing our newest LED lights specially designed for greener facilities management.

If you were planning to join us at the show in Baltimore, make sure to check in for schedule changes due to Winter Storm Titan. Weather permitting – or notwithstanding – we’ll be exhibiting at NFMT booth 2301.

SILIn the mean time, here’s a quick overview of this year’s Strategies in Light. Despite ongoing discussion of LED market penetration and widespread adoption, the forecast is looking healthy for the industry, with over 7% growth in the past few years and an estimated global value of 13.3 BILLION dollars. Visitors representing all corners of the lighting world attributed this to many different reasons including:

  1. Growing Concern for the Environment. Not to mention growing energy bills. One keynote speaker emphasized this issue for working class citizens, brought up the significant savings potential for chicken farmers as we covered a few months ago.
  2. Increased Awareness of Lighting Technology and Terminology. We can thank the Department of Energy’s Lighting Facts label, other energy-saving programs, and, heck, even our own in-house LED experts for this. Knowledge is power!
  3. Market Response & Quick Reaction from LED Lighting Manufacturers. We listen to your needs and follow the industry closely, applying the latest advancements in technology to improve our products. In her Luminaire Design & Manufacturing session Novella Smith asserted that we’re in, “the second level of the LED light bulb. We had our first round of light bulbs that came out and they were all pretty… terrifying. And then the guys making light bulbs decided, ‘Let’s make ’em better.'” So we thank you for your feedback!

Overall, it was a great event, and we were pleased to have our American-made LED lights on view alongside fellow manufacturers of high end luminaires and SSL components. Join us for Strategies in Light next year – in Vegas!

 

Double Waves of Savings: LED PAR20 and PAR30 Light Bulbs on Sale

Our first Waves of Savings promotion of February brings you a two-week sale on two LED lights made in the USA exclusively by LED Waves. Today through Tuesday, February 18 2014; coupon code WAVES saves you 15% on the Dallas™ Dimmable LED PAR20 and the Chicago™ Dimmable LED PAR30.

Waves of Savings.LED PAR20 PAR30 saleThe Dallas LED PAR20 and the Chicago LED PAR30 are 9 Watt replacements for 75 Watt halogen lamps. The quality of light from both bulbs is virtually identical, due to the same high end components and craftsmanship that go into each one. Both offer:

  • American-made quality – assured by our 5 year warranty
  • 7-array of Cree XLamp  XT-E LEDs
  • Heat sink finely machined with aircraft-quality aluminum
  • Plug & Play; Compatible with standard incandescent/halogen sockets & dimmers

What separates these PAR lamps is their size. The number after PAR, multiplied by 1/8 of an inch, equals the diameter of the light head. So LED PAR20s are 2.5 inches in diameter, while LED PAR30s are 3.75 inches in diameter.

Our in-house R&D and production team makes LED light bulbs for almost every track light system, ceiling recessed can, and other flood or spotlight applications. For help finding what you need, give us a call at 1(800)986-0169.

Waves of Savings: $5 Off the California LED MR16

While we’re getting pounded by this polar vortex, we’ve got plenty of California™ MR16 LED light bulbs to keep us warm at LED Waves headquarters in NYC! The sunny California™ is the latest 12v halogen replacement bulb from our exclusive in-house production team. And with this week’s Wave of Savings, it’s more affordable than ever!

CA LED MR16 bulb imageNow through Tuesday, February 4th 2014 take $5 off the California LED MR16 using coupon code WAVES. Nowhere else will you find an LED bulb of this value:

  • A Lighting Facts® Product
  • 7W equivalent to a 40W halogen
  • Uses 3 high-powered Cree XT-E LEDs
  • Lasts +30,000 hours
  • Made in the USA
  • 5 year warranty

With its remarkable Color Rendering Index (CRI 86), the CA is the go-to bulb for retailers, galleries, and countless other high end spot lighting applications. The California is made in 25 or 40 degree beam spreads, and 3000K (warm), 4000K (neutral) or 5000K (cool) white color temperatures – all lovely and impressively bright!

LED Wall Packs Ahead of Lighting Standards

Some individuals interested in the Owl Outdoor LED Wall Pack family have asked us if any of the units are qualified by Energy Star or the DesignLights Consortium. (Energy Star applies to green products typically for the home and for retail and hospitality settings, while the DLC covers the remaining larger, more industrial lighting projects.) It is with heavy hearts that we answer no, simply because these programs currently do not offer a category for outdoor bracket-mounted wall packs.

Why is this the case? Traditional wall packs using metal halide, HID or sodium vapor were associated with lots of uplight – which is wasteful, creates light pollution, and can contribute to unsafe nighttime lighting conditions.

The directionality of solid state technology makes our own LED wall packs emit NO uplight. Check out all the zeroes across the board in the “U” (for Uplight) section of the B.U.G. reports for the 10, 30, 50, 70, 100 and 200 Watt Owl Packs. Each also meets the DLC’s high end specifications for related outdoor LED lighting categories – measuring brightness, efficiency, color rendering and more:

Owl Outdoor LED Wall Pack vs. DLCUntil Energy Star or the DLC recognize LED wall packs as viable nighttime floodlighting, it’s up to local utilities and building contracts with Buy American provisions to offer incentives for the high performance and energy savings of the USA-made Owl Pack. The technology is there already; we’re just waiting for the “green light” from the rest of the green lighting community.