Category Archives: LED Lights Made in the USA

New Jingle + 20% Off the Chicago LED PAR30!

LED Waves is pleased to introduce our theme song, penned by award-winning internet superstar Jonathan Mann! Jonathan is a friend of ours who has written and posted a new song a day since January 2009. Watch the LED Waves video on the Song a Day Mann channel and check out his site to read his blog, hire him, and learn how he pulls off writing a song a day.

Catchy, huh?

We’re also excited about the new sale on Chicago PAR30 LED Light Bulbs! Built with Cree XP-G LEDs, the Chicago is a highly efficient Lighting Facts Product that brings us great pride. That’s because it was conceived, designed and built here in our Brooklyn office! Since that saves us on international freight, the Chicago is already the best value in our line of LED PAR30s.
To help spread the word, we are offering the non-dimmable Chicago at 20% off! An LED flood of such quality and performance is unheard of at this price point so make sure to order yours before the sale ends on January 31st, 2012.

Pricing by quantity is available across the entire LED Waves product line. Give us a call at 1(800)986-0169 if you have a large project coming up, if you have any technical questions, or if you know of a good way to get a catchy tune out of your head.

LED Waves’ Most Valuable PAR38 on Sale Now!

Hel-low! We’ve been lowering prices in our LED PAR38 section. It was easy with the New York because it’s one of many products we make in our own facility in Brooklyn. This saves us on international freight, enabling us to offer these high quality LED bulbs at crazy low prices. That makes the New York an LED Waves MVP: Most Valuable PAR38!

New York LED PAR38 light bulb with Lighting Facts Label, Made in the USAOur customers also highly value this PAR38. Maybe it’s because of the DOE’s Lighting Facts label, which backs up our performance claims. [In fact, it boasts the highest lumens per Watt in the LED PAR38 category!] Maybe it’s the latest Cree XP-G chips inside – the industry’s gold standard of quality and reliability. Or perhaps it’s the 5 year warranty, which we stamp on everything made in the USA under our watchful eyes.

The New York LED PAR38 is available in Warm, Neutral and Cool white; with beam angles ranging from Narrow-spot (8°), Spot (15°), Flood (30°) to Wide-flood (60°). And if you want to put this on a dimmer, you can get the Dimmable New York PAR38 for just a few bucks more.

And now all Non-dimming Warm White New York LED PAR38 LED Light Bulbs are on sale at 20% off! Supplies are limited, so order yours quickly.

Not looking for a PAR38 replacement right now? Our LED Specialists can help you with any commercial or residential lighting venture. Call us at 1(800)986-0169 and we’ll help find the Most Valuable Product for you.

Longer Lasting LEDs Let You Repurpose Your Ladder!

The outstanding lifespan of LED lights allow adopters to go longer and longer without replacements. Take, for example, our Midtown LED recessed light fixture. We build it ourselves here in Brooklyn using only Cree’s XLamp XP-G chips.
the Midtown LED recessed light fixture in black
The XP-G was chosen specifically for our down light because it’s the brightest + most efficient chip for directional lighting applications. It’s also the first LED that’s racked up 10,000 hours of LM-80 test data, which really speaks to its long lasting performance.

Once the Midtown LED recessed light is installed in the ceiling it’s kind of a set-it-and-forget-it type of deal; you can take that ladder out of commission, enjoy the energy efficiency and quality of light and not even think of replacements for years – maybe even a lifetime.

What to do with that ladder in the meantime? If you have no other high-altitude home improvements on the horizon, why not make some cool shelves out of it? After all, we could all use some more storage space.

You can add a couple of boards to make a full-sized bookcase:

Add length and drama with multiple ladders and longer boards:

Or go the easy route and just prop the ladder against the wall for a quick-and-dirty tchotchke display:

Happy DIY! More ladder-upcycling ideas here.

Top 5 LED Lighting Stories of 2011

2011 was an eventful year for LED Waves – we launched an exclusive new line of LED lights made in the USA, raised over $1,400 for disaster relief in Japan, and started work on a new logo and improved browsing experience for our website.

Philips' LED lit New Years Ball in Times SquareAnd 2012 promises to be another big year – we’re planning to unveil exclusive new LED MR16 and PAR20 light bulbs, which will be manufactured here in the United States!

2011 was also a big year for the LED lighting industry at large. Here were the top 5 stories on our radar.

The BULB Act hysteria.
When President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 it had bipartisan support; Congress agreed that efficiency standards were a good thing. Under a different administration, now the far right thinks this crazy lefty law is banning incandescent bulbs (not true), forcing citizens to use ugly poison-filled CFLs and LEDs (only somewhat true of CFLs), and killing American jobs (never mind that the green tech industry is expanding faster than US-based incandescent bulb factories are shrinking). Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced the BULB Act to repeal the upcoming lighting efficiency standards. The rightwing media jumped in, dragging the good name of LED technology through the mud and spinning the story to the point that enraged anyone who was actually familiar with this issue. The BULB Act failed to pass the House vote on July 12. However, the DOE was stripped of their funds to enforce the efficiency standards. Americans are fortunate enough to still have plenty of lighting options from law-abiding manufacturers of LED light bulbs, CFLs, and incandescents who had the forward thinking to adopt higher efficiency models before this whole BULB Act nonsense.

The nation of Japan embraces LED lighting. The tsunamis last March took out two nuclear reactors, rendering the Tokyo Electric Power Company with a 20% capacity shortfall. Japan introduced a policy of energy conservation which the citizens embraced with the enthusiasm that, frankly, one can only wish of our fellow Americans. (“My compostable bag of SunChips is too noisy, wah! Back to nonrenewables.”) They scaled back on public lighting where it wasn’t necessary – like unused portions of train stations – and it goes without saying that LED bulbs started popping up in every prefecture. They even edged out the likes of Lady Gaga in Dentsu’s 2011 Hit Products in Japan!

Everybody’s talking about intelligent LED lighting controls. If you’re involved in the lighting industry, you’ve probably been to LightFair or LEDucation or a number of other similarly-themed trade shows. And you’d know that the topic on everyone’s lips this year was lighting controls: whether it’s connected to occupancy sensors or to a wireless communication system, solid state lighting is emerging as the do-it-all technology since they’re inherently programmed – not based on chemical reactions between gases and filaments. When LED Waves launched in 2000, we figured that buying LED lights was smart; who knew that the lights themselves would turn out to be so intelligent?

The First L Prize awarded. The Department of Energy sponsored this contest among manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the common (60 Watt incandescent) light bulb. At stake? A cash award and federal purchasing agreements worth about $10 million. Unfortunately, the submission requirements made it difficult for LED startups and small businesses to enter (not that we’re bitter about it or anything). After the contest ran for 3 years with only one submission, Netherlands-based lighting giant Philips scooped up the award on August 3 this year for their 2009 EnduraLED bulb. (Still not bitter!) That same week, our partners at Cree unveiled a bulb that blew the EnduraLED out of the water with over 150 lumens per Watt which was sadly ineligible since it was a prototype. Next on the table is an prize for the best PAR38 replacement bulb – but only after the DOE “modif[ies] the L Prize competition requirements for the PAR38 category, to incorporate lessons learned from the 60-Watt competition process.” <- What? I dunno. Not bitter!

Lighting Facts – not to be confused with Lighting Facts – confusion. In 2010 we reported the FTC ruled that all light bulb manufacturers had to put a Nutrition Facts-style label on their products starting in 2011. This was to make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about their lighting options, beyond just Wattage. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association successfully petitioned the FTC for an extension this summer. So, keep an eye out for the new labels hitting store shelves after January 1, 2012. Meanwhile, the DOE recently slapped “LED” onto their Lighting Facts program website to help clarify the difference between the two labels. Basically, the FTC label is mandatory for all screw-base bulbs, although those manufacturer claims aren’t necessarily tested. The DOE’s Lighting Facts label is voluntary, only applies to solid state lighting of all types, and reflects performance numbers from actual independent product testing. You can read more about the difference in this handy FAQ. Look for the DOE’s Lighting Facts Label on the American-made LED lights launched by LED Waves this year: the New York LED PAR38, the Chicago LED PAR30, the Genesys LED T8 tube, and the Midtown LED down light fixture.

Have a happy and safe New Year, folks! Please don’t drink and drive. We love you!

When Buying LED Lights, It’s Okay to Be a Brand Snob

We’re sure that when you’re shopping for LED lights or any other significant building/home improvement, you do so with a discerning eye. The biggest criticism of LED lighting is the upfront cost, so of course you don’t want to invest in something that will fail before you enjoy a return on that investment.

This is why some research is important before you pull out that credit card. Fortunately, it’s relatively painless. Look for the name of the chip inside any LED light bulb or fixture that you consider. At this point in the industry, there is only a handful of key players with which you should be familiar. Cree, Nichia, and Bridgelux are the foremost chip-makers. Those are the brand names you should try to find on that LED light that you’re eying.

This no-name brand, however, probably won't affect your performance too much. Image via via

Normally we try not to care too much about labels. But the truth is, the more established an LED company is, the more R&D that goes into their product, and the more dependable the results are. This is why LED Waves backs every Cree or Nichia-powered product in our selection with a 3 year warranty.

And for the handful of Cree LED lamps manufactured here in our Brooklyn facility under our watchful eyes – the Chicago LED PAR30, the New York LED PAR38, the Genesys LED T8 tubes, and the Midtown LED downlight – make that a 5 year warranty! Because, like the old adage about everything from chains, bridges, and even PR, an LED light is only as strong as its weakest link.

America’s Got LED Tube Lights

Shortly after LED Waves launched the Genesys LED fluorescent T8 tube light we introduced a new incarnation: the Genesys 2.0. Both are LED Waves exclusives, engineered by our in-house team.

Some of you may be wondering what sets them apart from each other. In terms of Wattage, Color Rendering Index, and Correlated Color Temperature, the Genesys 1.0 and 2.0 are almost identical, with ±5% difference.

Side by side Lighting Facts Labels for the Genesys 1.0 and 2.0 LED T8 Tube Lights
Side by side Lighting Facts® Labels for the Genesys 1.0 and 2.0 LED T8 Tube Lights

But while the Genesys 1.0 is built with a board made out of FR-4 (a glass-enforced epoxy), the Genesys 2.0 has an aluminum board. This gives it a boost of ~50 extra lumens! Both models were quality tested by the US Department of Energy and certified as Lighting Facts® Products.

As for what sets our LED T8 tube lights apart from the other Lighting Facts® Products, you might say it’s the care that goes into them. We use CREE MX-6 LEDs and assemble each Genesys tube ourselves in our Brooklyn facility. Look for the Made in USA symbol on a growing number of LED Waves products.

Since we’re in production mode, we can easily help you customize any of our LED lights! Call LED Waves at 1(800) 986-0169 for more details or discounts by quantity. All customizations are done here in the USA to ensure the quality you deserve.

American-Made LED Recessed Lights

Orders for our newly designed Mid-Town LED Recessed Light keep pouring in, and we couldn’t be happier. Why? Because we build them right here in our Brooklyn office. LED lights made in the USA are pretty hard to find, so LED Waves is a proud pioneer in bringing green tech back to our great country.

The Mid-Town LED Recessed Light is a people-pleaser off of the production line as well. Most are drawn to it because it’s stylish and low-profile enough to be installed virtually anywhere. Electricians like that it comes with its own driver and can be dimmed easily with a dimmable LED power supply and buck puck. LED aficionados appreciate the fact that the Mid-Town is built with advanced CREE XPG LEDs.

And the US Department of Energy likes that it’s a high-quality LED light that lives up to its product claims – that’s why the Mid-Town earned status as a Lighting Facts Product®.

Each Mid-Town LED Recessed Light reflects the superb engineering, handiwork and integrity you can expect from American-made products. And since we build them locally, we save money on shipping and pass those savings onto you! Call us at 1(800) 986-0169 if you need discounts on large quantity orders. After all, what are neighbors for?