Category Archives: Green Buildings

LED Wall Pack Costs Less Than Traditional HID

For as long as we’ve been in the business, we’ve seen LED lighting and components fall in price as the technology advances and as competitors get edged out of the industry. As a luminaire manufacturer, it’s been our honor to transfer these savings directly through to our customers in the form of affordable LED lighting.

The launch of LED Waves’ EZ40® line represents a significant development in the cost trajectory of LED technology: Retailing at $125 a unit, the EZ40 LED Wall Pack is more affordable than most wall packs using traditional HID bulb technology!

With its energy efficiency (97 lumens per Watt at 44 Watts) AND its 5-year warranty, the EZ40 LED Wall Pack is a total no-brainer of an LED upgrade for small projects. And for larger projects that are eligible for discounts by quantity, rebates, or other incentives; you might be looking at an instant ROI, right out of the box!

ez40 led wall pack
Retails at $125 per unit (or $128 with cutoff hood, pictured)

Check out the product page to learn more about the EZ40 LED Wall Pack, including the patented retrofit connector that assures a dramatically longer operating life compared to any other wall pack technology – even other LED E40 bulbs!

How LED Tech News is Shaping Our New Industrial Lights

We’ve slowed down on updates recently, and that’s because all hands are on deck here at LED Waves HQ! We’ve got tons of American-made industrial LED lights coming down the pipeline – undergoing design tweaks, in situ testing, and even re-naming! (It’s hard nailing down impactful, relevant names for our unique products.)

While we can’t reveal too much about these new products, we did want to take a moment on this Social Media Day to let you know what’s going on in the greater LED world. Everything in this industry is related: All advancements, no matter where in the technology and in the supply chain, lead to better performance and lower prices on LED lighting everywhere.

Case in point: Taiwan is stepping up their bulb standards, with the Ministry of Economic Affairs requiring manufacturers to test all new bulbs coming to market starting July 1st. Taiwanese manufacturers will be fined a minimum of NT $0.2 million (US $6,669.33) if found in violation of this mandate. This measure protects consumers against the mislabeling and confusing labels that had gone unchecked in the LED industry.

This doesn’t relate to LED Waves directly, as we haven’t imported any new bulbs from the East since we launched our American-made LED bulbs in 2012, and our specialty lies in higher end, commercial and industrial lighting anyway. But if other manufacturers – particularly those with historic strongholds in the industry – are held to a higher standard, consumers will be better informed about lighting technology, have better user experiences, and are more likely to adopt earth-friendly LED lighting in other walks of life.

Pictured: the driver that comes with each dimmable Midtown LED Recessed Light
Pictured: the driver that comes with each dimmable Midtown LED Recessed Light

In related news, IHS Technologies reports that 25% of all driver revenues in 2013 went towards LED light sources.

A driver is an component that regulates the current from a power source to an electronic device. Since this can cover such a huge range of consumer products – especially those experiencing rapid growth (Do you know anyone who hasn’t bought a new phone, tablet, or computer in the past year?) – these LED driver sales paints a promising picture in the adoption of this advanced lighting technology.

This topic was on the minds of many at LIGHTFAIR International earlier this month.

LFI2014 Bigshots
We can only imagine what was on the minds of THESE trade show crashers.

With record-breaking numbers of attendees seeking out LED lights and exhibitors selling them year after year, it’s become clear there’s no question if LEDs will achieve worldwide adoption, but when. This year, some were even wondering why: Is this technology really the go-to solution? With some industries – particularly agricultural settings – traditionally reliant on incandescent lighting for inherently incandescent qualities, are LEDs really capable of penetrating all lighting applications? With our upcoming line of rugged, industrial LED lights, LED Waves is setting out to answer these questions with a resounding YES.

Owl Pack™ Outdoor LED Flood Series Now DLC Qualified

You asked and we delivered: the Owl™ Outdoor LED Wall Pack series has made it to the DesignLights Consortium Qualified Products List! A resource for the commercial, industrial and public building sectors, the DLC QPL is comprised of retrofit and replacement lights eligible for rebates through energy incentive programs.

Owl Pack LED flood DLC listed LFI14Make sure to check out the entire series for your next building project, as every Owl Pack model – from 10 to 200 Watts – has made the cut for the DLC QPL in the Outdoor Wall-Mounted Area Luminaires category. (Note that some LED floods qualify driven at 120 VAC only, and the others qualify at both 120 and 277 V AC. Speak to a representative at 1-800-986-0169 for voltage compatibility for your specific DLC project.)

The DLC-qualified Owl™ Outdoor LED Wall Pack series is on view this week at the LIGHTFAIR International 2014 trade show & conference – along with yet another upcoming outdoor light we’ve been developing. If you’re at the show, stop by booth 2237 at the Las Vegas Convention Center for a sneak peak! If not, stay posted here for more details on this exclusive new product coming soon.

Only Three Days left on our Earth Day Sale!

Our Earth Day promotions are the best value yet! Shop today for free shipping (FedEx Ground, continental US only) plus 15% off select American-made LED lights.

There 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 2014earth-day

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.

Give a specialist a call at 1-800-986-0169 to get in on the this limited time sale. We wish you a happy Earth Day, and we thank you for helping us save the planet, one bulb at a time.

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!

An Ounce of Prevention for Facility Managers

FM inspectionsRecently, LinkedIn’s Facility Managers Group swapped workplace horror stories in an illuminating  discussion titled, “Stories of Neglect: What have you seen as a Facilities Manager that has been a result of poor maintenance or complete lack(there)of?” We noticed that a recurring theme in the responses was mass shortages of lighting due to failing fixtures that went unreported. These shortages can pose a huge danger for litigation and human life in general.

In these cases, those responsible for facility-wide inspections were often contractors who were unfamiliar with lighting terminology and standards – cleaning professionals, for example. Since many of the LED lights supplied by LED Waves are designed specifically for commercial and industrial buildings, this was of particular interest to us. How can lighting be effectively monitored by untrained personnel?

With filament-based lighting technology – halogen/incandescent – failure is pretty straightforward; the bulb suddenly burns out after a few thousand hours and stays dark until a maintenance worker gets around to replacing it. With gas-based, ballasted lighting technologies, however, failure can be trickier to diagnose.

LED vs MH vs HPS L70By industry standards, a luminaire is considered failed once it produces less than 70% of its initial output (thus the “L70” references you may see on lighting literature). The ballasted lighting technologies most commonly seen in large buildings – fluorescent, HID, sodium, metal halide – decrease in lumen output exponentially shortly after being installed. (Fluorescent lights are especially bad, strobing and changing color noticeably as they near the end of their useful lives.)

Like the above lighting technologies, LED lights decrease their lumen output over time. Unlike the above, however, they don’t hit the dreaded 70% mark for 30,000 to 50,000 hours of operation – so inspections by qualified personnel, using proper equipment, can be scheduled fewer and farther between.

As LED lighting and controls get smarter, these inspections may fall out of human jurisdiction altogether in our lifetime – freeing up time for facility managers to prevent other stories of neglect.

Waves of Savings: LED Track Light Kits on Sale Now!

All LED track lighting kits are on sale at LEDWaves.com! Today through Wednesday, March 26th 2014, use coupon code WAVES for 15% off all Flex II 12v LED track lighting kits.

The Flex II kit ships with a 10 ft. track you can cut and bend to your specifications, matching 12v spotlight fixtures & mounting hardware, and your choice of dimmable or non-dimming 12v power supply & LED light bulbs. They’re a great way to modernize your space  with overhead lights – without bashing holes in the ceiling.

Hilfman Music recently added a couple of Flex II kits to their new 800 sq. ft. studio in Southern California. We love how the track weaves around the sound proofing near the ceiling. The light fixtures can be adjusted manually to spotlight anything in the 800 sq. ft studio – from the latest droolworthy recording gear to the next rising pop star!

If smart, energy-and-cost-effective solutions are your jam, then don’t miss this week’s Flex II LED Track Lighting sale!

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!

 

Happy Lunar New Year from LED Waves

Today marks the start of the Year of the Horse in the lunar calendar. For the next 15 days, much of the Eastern world will uphold this holiday’s special traditions – including birthday parties for everyone, observing specific days to see (and to avoid) your relatives, and not taking out the trash.

What this means for the lighting industry is that all manufacturing and exporting operations of LED luminaires and components are grinding to a halt in China. For LED Waves here in Brooklyn, it’s a different story. We can still do things like take your orders, customize your LED light strips with onsite cutting and soldering services, and ship you anything from our warehouse.

Andromeda LED High Bay Lamp image made in USA 5 yr warranty 4x4And if you want any of our exclusive LED lights made in the USA, even better. As long as we have the parts in stock, we can build it for you right away – Like the Andromeda LED High Bay.

In honor of this Lunar New Year, we present this installation photo from one of our horse-loving customers in Massachusetts.

This ceiling of the stable is studded with Andromeda fixtures.

LED high bay in stable.Year of the horse
dramatization

Thanks to the bright, daylight-like qualities of this LED high bay, this year – and many more to follow – will indeed be the year of the horse. From all of us at LED Waves, we wish you a happy Lunar New Year.