Category Archives: incandescent

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.

MVP LED Light Bulbs Under $20

We want to thank all the LED Waves customers who helped make our Earth Day sale a success. We’re cooking up more LED lighting deals for the month of May, but in the meantime, check out the year-round savings in our Clearance section!

Our Clearance LED lights include tons of energy-saving bulbs – both halogen and incandescent replacements – all reduced up to 75% from their original prices. It’s a pretty impressive selection, featuring quite a few big name LED bulbs under $20!

These MVP LED Light Bulbs under $20 include:

The Los Angeles 2.0 LED MR16
Originally $21.95 NOW $8.99
Made in the USA with Cree XB-D LEDs

The A11 Globe Dimmable LED Light Bulb
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.55
Great for modernizing chandeliers, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A15 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.00 NOW $12.95
6W replacement for 40W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A19 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.57
9W replacement for 60W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The Olympia PAR20 LED Light Bulb
Originally $39.95 NOW $15.95
An IES Progress Report Selection made with Cree XR-E LEDs

Shop today; all Clearance sales are final, so items will not be restocked once they sell out. For real-time availability, specification help, or bulk pricing for any of our LED lights, call our sales team at 1(800)986-0169.

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.

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.

PPL Joins the LED Revolution

Pennsylvania-based energy company PPL Corporation is offering customers a free LED light bulb for signing up for their paperless billing program by December 15th. This is a double win for sustainability; not only is PPL saving trees and fuel associated with mail delivery, but these LED bulbs (<14 Watt equivalent to a 60 Watt incandescent) will reduce energy consumption by 75% per fixture.

Along with the LED light bulb, PPL’s paperless customers will be rewarded with lower energy bills, AND they’ll save themselves a stamp each month by paying online.

PPL’s LED bulb is an E26/E27 base A-lamp incandescent replacement. While it represents only 10% of the lighting market, practically every home has at least one fixture for this omnidirectional type of lamp. This creates a valuable opportunity for some customers to familiarize themselves with the future of lighting technology. As the quality of light from LEDs has made leaps and bounds in the past decade, we foresee users being pleasantly surprised enough to replace the rest of their lights with energy-saving LED downlights, PARs and linear lighting.

For perspective: A smattering of lamp types other than the traditional incandescent A-lamp, to be replaced with LED lighting.

With over 2 million electricity customers in the  USA (and approximately 10 million worldwide), PPL is poised to make a significant impact through this program. LED Waves applauds their participation in the LED Revolution.


Waves of Savings: Clearance Sale + LED Wall Washers 20% Off

Waves of Savings.LED Lighting Clearance Meta SaleToday we’re announcing another double Waves of Savings: Get 20% off already reduced prices in our LED Clearance section! Now through Monday, August 19th 2013; apply coupon code WAVES to further slash prices on these sales items.

You might also notice a lot of exciting new lights added to our Clearance Section – like LED wall washers. Fully weatherproof and RGB controllable, these are capable of a wide range of eye-popping indoor and outdoor lighting effects.

Model F DMX (Round) RGB LED Wall Washer
Originally $363 Now $313.00
Waves of Savings Price: $250.40

Model E DMX RGB LED Wall Washer
Originally $396 Now $346.00
Waves of Savings Price: $276.80

Model A36HP DMX RGB LED Wall Washer
Originally $412.95 Now $362.95
Waves of Savings Price: $290.36

There are three different ways to adjust the light color and sequencing of these RGB LED wall washers: Use a separate DMX controller, control it with up to 39 other units in Master/Slave mode, or program your own show using the built-in presets.

Other exciting new items in our Clearance Sale include dimmable LED PARs and incandescent replacements with Cree and Nichia chips, and 12v bulbs in a range of brightness levels – including the first LED MR16 made in the USA by LED Waves.

Final sale items are 20% off this week only, so don’t miss out on this incredible Wave of Savings!

LED Recessed Light Dimming Made Easier

Guess what? We’ve gotten new dimmable drivers for our LED recessed lights. This means you can now dim the Midtown 2.1, the Midtown 2.0, and the PR15 Ultrathin LED down light fixtures without having to wire any additional hardware!

Our LED recessed lights come standard with a non-dimming LED driver which connects to line voltage in your ceiling. Previously, if you wanted to dim them, you’d have to connect each to an additional 12v BuckPuck driver, and run all of that off of a separate dimmable LED power supply.

LED Waves is pleased to have streamlined this process using this driver, which our production crew pre-wires to each dimmable LED recessed light unit for installation ease. The full assembly is compatible with standard halogen/incandescent dimmers. (Click here for recommended dimmers.) Up to 20 dimmable LED recessed lights may be controlled on a single switch.

Check out the updated dimmable wiring diagram online for the Midtown 2.0, Midtown 2.1 and PR15 Ultrathin LED recessed lights for more information. (The pricing and specs for standard, non-dimming downlight units remain unchanged.) We’re pretty into this elegant new LED lighting solution, and we think you will be, too!

4 Tips for a Green Holiday Season

We’re super behind on decorating here at LED Waves HQ (again), so as we scramble to surround ourselves with seasonal flair, enjoy this recap of green holiday tips!

Pictured: an LED OEM collaboration between LED Waves and one happy holiday visionary.

1. LED Lights, Obviously.
Energy-sipping LED string lights use substantially less electricity than standard incandescents. Pacific Gas & Electric estimates an operating cost of 43 cents per holiday season – a waaaay better value than $69.93 with bulky incandescent bulbs. LED lights also last longer, so they can be reused year after year without replacements. That’s less waste, and more money in your pocket. This nifty calculator will tell you how many lights you need based on your tree size.

2. Fir is Murder?
Commercial Christmas trees are grown in forests allocated for this specific purpose. Buy a tree to support a local business, enjoy its natural pine scent inside your home, and at season’s end you can turn it into mulch. Faux firs are usually imported and made from materials that do not break down. But if you were well-intentioned but misguided enough to have purchased a reusable plastic tree, you might as well get attached to it: One study indicates that it takes 20 years of use for a fake tree to offset its environmental impact.

3. Move Over, Scissors: Fabric Beats Paper.
Nothing beats ripping open presents with reckless abandon. But does the waste of paper and tape on Christmas morning makes your inner environmentalist cringe? Gather your gifts in colorful, inexpensive scarves and top ’em off with real fabric ribbons. They can function as secondary gifts, or the recipient can pay it forward and reuse them. Brown paper packaging tied up in string is also a classic look that goes into the recycling with ease.

4. Shop Green, Save Green.
Do holiday shopping throngs give you anxiety? Does shipping packaging give you a headache? Non-tangible gift options improve every year: iTunes and Amazon credits for consumers, or charitable donations in the name of your more altruistic loved ones. Get help picking a charity here. Bonus: No re-gifting, returns, last minute shopping grief, or offending someone with incorrect-sized garments. But if you MUST get someone a tangible stocking stuffer, we are (of course) partial to LED light bulbs. With their low contribution to electricity bills, they truly are the gift that keeps on giving! (Use our energy savings calculator to see just how much.) Order today & get ’em in time for the holidays!

The Future of Lighting, with Roots in the Past

Before there were lighting class LEDs, there was this:

That’s LED Waves CEO Joel Slavis there in the middle, hanging with buddies at his pop’s chandelier store in 19-mumble-mumble. Joel follows four generations in the lighting business. Evolving with the industry that had treated his family well, he made the shift to sustainable LED technology in 2001.

We like to think of this pre-Instagram photo as proof-positive that:

  1. We’ve been in the industry long enough to build the valuable relationships that give us an edge in pricing, especially for our USA-made LED light bulbs.
  2. We know our lighting.
  3. Joel had some epic hair.

LEDs Revolutionize Lighting From the Ground Up

We’re currently offering Free Shipping if you order $150+ worth of LED lights! See our online store for details and the promo code. Happy Earth Month.

The NYT Green Blog recently cited a RAND Corporation report on how digital subscriptions curb carbon emissions for newspaper readers. The report, commissioned by the DOE, sought out to address the way people create solutions to our energy problems.

What stands in the way of the most effective energy improvements is the backwards approach that some innovators take: They focus too narrowly on improving existing technologies, rather than rethinking technologies and habits from the ground up. Much as digital subscriptions are transforming newspaper reading habits while reducing about 150lbs of greenhouse gases a year as a side benefit (and, as pointed out in the comment section, vice versa), LED lights are changing the way we illuminate spaces, while saving energy and employing a completely different technology from the traditional incandescent bulb.
A simple analog lies in the halogen bulb. Like Edison’s original design, halogen bulbs are filament-based. A tungsten filament is encapsulated in a small amount of halogen gas (usually iodine or bromine), which cycles around and redeposits tungsten onto the filament (rather than onto the outer glass bulb). This increases the clarity of the light, and prolongs the lifespan. The result is a slightly more efficient, longer-lasting incandescent bulb.

While the halogen was a great improvement on the incandescent bulb, it doesn’t offer the most lumens per Watt because it’s still using electricity to heat up a coil. Light Emitting Diodes are solid-state, which means they do not operate on filaments and gas. A current running through an LED causes the material to naturally emit light; therefore an LED bulb gives us the most direct, efficient use of energy transmitted as illumination.

Solid state technology also flips lighting standards with 30,000+ hour lifespans which were previously unimaginable, and with more visual effects capable through digital LED controllers. So during this Earth Month we tip our hats to Nick Holonyak, the “father” of the first LED for practical lighting applications, and to all energy innovators who make waves by thinking not backwards, but from the ground up.