LED Waves is pleased to introduce the QIK RETRoFIT LED Light Bar kit – a new way to transform existing fluorescent troffer fixtures into beautiful, long-lasting, energy efficient LED lighting!
QIK RETRoFIT LED Light Bars are available in 2ft and 4ft lengths to accommodate both 2×2 and 2×4 fluorescent fixtures.
Installation is fast, easy, and tool-free: Simply snap the system into your fluorescent U-lamp or T8 fixture using the magnetic mounts on the back of the light bars, then supply power from the included driver through the Quick-Connect wiring. With just three minutes of work, you have ≥50,000 maintenance-free hours of high quality light, backed by our 5 year warranty.
The new QIK RETRoFIT LED Light Bar kit is eligible for the 15% off plus free shipping offer going on at LEDWaves.com. Enter coupon code HOLIDAY16 at checkout and see FREE FedEx Ground delivery applied to qualifying orders within the continental USA.
Shop our year end sale today, and have a brighter, greener 2017!
Throughout the summer of 2016, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has been developing revisions to the technical requirements for their Qualified Products List (QPL). This list is a directory of LED lighting products that qualify for rebates and other incentives.
Incentives for DLC QPL purchases are generally issued by utility companies and other energy authorities to commercial and industrial buyers. However, the list also serves as a resource for the consumer market as its technical requirements dynamically reflect the continually improving quality of energy saving and lighting performance that is technologically and commercially available.
The QPL’s new Technical Requirements Table version 4.0 (TRT v4.0) includes allowances for special-use luminaires, a new provision for evaluating the color rendering abilities of a light source according to the Illuminating Engineering Society’s TM-30-15 standards. Most notably, it also sets higher efficiency standards across all lighting categories.
The DesignLights Consortium’s TRT v4.0 has officially gone into effect as of September 1st 2016. LED Waves is pleased to report that their new 1×4, 2×2, and 2×4 foot LED panel lights meet the relevant v4.0 requirement of 100 lumens per Watt. At 107, 110, and 118 lumens per Watt (respectively), the company’s entire Skylight 2.0 Ultra Thin LED Panel collection qualifies for use as Luminaires for Ambient Lighting of Interior Commercial Spaces under the Indoor – Troffer category.
As indoor troffer replacements, the entire Skylight collection comes ready to simply drop into existing ceiling grids. Additional accessories are available for surface/flush mount, drywall/recessed, ceiling suspension, and gap mount installations.
Other products from LED Waves which continue to qualify for DLC QPL status under the new technical requirements include
the SMART Tube (fluorescent ballast-compatible 4-foot LED T8 replacement)
the Marquee series (outdoor floodlights in modular packs of 1 to 10 LED boards)
the EZ40 LED Wall Pack (complete luminaire replacement for outdoor E40 wall pack fixtures)
All new product submissions must now meet the new requirements in order to earn a spot on the Qualified Products List. LED lights that qualify only under the previous technical requirements (v.3.1 and earlier) will maintain DLC QPL status through February 2017.
You might have heard the terms “lumen maintenance” or “lumen depreciation” or (if you’re more advanced) “L70” in reference to lighting – particularly LED lighting. These terms have to do with lifespan, which is particularly important for lighting for commercial, municipal, educational, healthcare, or industrial applications, where short operating lives come at a higher premium.
Like the metal halide (MH), high pressure sodium (HPS), and fluorescent/compact fluorescent (CFL) technology typically used in these settings, LEDs decrease in brightness over time. L70 is a calculation of when the output of a light source dips down to 70% of the initial lumens – after which point, the bulb or luminaire is considered no longer useful, and should be replaced.
L70 values for LED lighting are determined by testing samples at different temperatures for thousands of hours, then multiplying the damage exponentially. LED drivers/power supplies generate heat, and if not managed properly, they can dramatically accelerate lumen depreciation. This is why we place such heavy emphasis on the heat sinks and other thermal management systems on all products designed and assembled by LED Waves.
The above chart maps the typical trajectory of lumen depreciation across many professional-grade lighting technologies compared to LEDs. L70 at 50,000 hours is the baseline for everything we carry; however, most of our newer industrial products such as LED high bays are rated to last two to ten times longer.
(Note that halogen/incandescent bulbs fail suddenly, or catastrophically, rather than slowly fade in brightness. This is because their light comes from filaments, which simply burn out, rather than from the gas-based chemical reactions of the ballasted lighting technologies, or from the electricity conducted through solid state Light Emitting Diodes.)
The slow lumen depreciation of LEDs is significant for several reasons. The most obvious one is that it supplements energy savings towards a return on investment. By saving on bulb replacements and on maintenance workers’ time – which is an especially important consideration for the workplace – LED lights pay for themselves. And the advertised lifespan of, say, a fluorescent T8 tube, is not as relevant if one third of it is spent transmitting dim, flickering light.
Secondly, lumen maintenance is worth noting when comparing the brightness of different lighting technologies. People are slowly disabusing themselves of the idea that Wattage measures brightness, and instead they are looking at lumen counts.
However, the advertised lumen output of a MH, HPS or fluorescent bulb is not an accurate indication of how bright it will be, since that value declines so drastically and so quickly. Occasionally, fluorescent lighting suppliers advertise a mean (average) value in addition to initial lumen output. When this is not available, one should determine their own value based on their needs and capabilities. For example, if you replace bulbs at the L70 mark, the lumen output at 85% initial lumens (or the halfway point between 100% and 70%) may provide a more accurate picture of how bright a fluorescent, MH or HPS light source will be.
Thus, exact matches in lumen output or advertised lifespans are somewhat irrelevant when comparing other light bulbs with LEDs.
Navigating this information may be a little confusing at first, but satisfyingly powerful with just a little bit of research. And our experts here at LED Waves are happy to help you make the proper lighting evaluations and choices along the way.
Our COO Ayn recently unearthed some photos from her childhood – a large part of which was spent in the offices of Light Waves Concept (the mostly-halogen predecessor to our current LED track lighting and cable kits). We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share a couple of these throwback moments in New York City lighting history.
Here we see lighting specialist Charlie with specialist-in-training Ayn.
The LED Waves showroom looks very different now, as we’ve hopped over to Brooklyn and shifted focus away from the decorative lighting market. But we like that, despite being decorative, that red downlight fixture from the ’80s bears a resemblance to a modern, industrial downlight: the Andromeda LED high bay.
Another similarity can be found in this action shot of Teddy (RIP old boy) strolling through the Light Waves Concept office, alongside Willow, who now resides over LED Waves.
While our love of dogs remains the same, our passion for lighting has grown as LED technology emerged and continues to change the game, improving our quality of life – and quality of light – beyond baby Ayn’s wildest dreams.
Big news for our social media followers: LED Waves has launched a Youtube channel! Thanks to our friends at Hiccup Media, we were able to hit the ground running with a whopping eight video showcases.
The LED Waves Youtube channel offers an exciting new way to engage with viewers who are interested in switching to LED lighting. Our videos can also be viewed throughout LEDWaves.com on their respective product pages:
These eight videos – the first of many to come – focus mainly on our line of LED lights made in the USA. Subscribe to see coming content, including step-by-step installation guides for our retrofit lights, a video tour of LED Waves’ OEM facility, and even more product showcases as we grow our line of American-made LED lights!
This is a big week in environmental news, as we await today’s White House climate change report, and as we learn that LED lights will outnumber the fluorescent tubes to be installed this year. A survey of professional lighting installers shows that SSL technology will make up 49% of their planned projects in 2014 – edging out fluorescent at 46% and almost doubling the projections from 2013.
This is the first year LED tube installations will outnumber fluorescent linear lighting, and it means buildings will now be more efficiently illuminated, and fewer mercury-tainted tubes will enter the waste stream as fluorescent T8s reach the end of useful service – typically after only a few thousand hours.
We’re celebrating the good news with a sale on our own 4-foot LED tubes made in the USA. Today through Monday, May 12th 2014; save 20% on all Genesys 3.0 LED T8 tubes with coupon code WAVES.
To ensure years of superior quality lighting covered by our 5 year warranty, the Genesys 3.0 is built with Philips LUXEON LEDs and bundled with your choice of 20W or 38W driver – each powered under capacity to ensure upwards of 50,000 hours of service life.
In more LED T8 news, we’re adding a clear lens option alongside the traditional frosted covered Genesys. The clear lens transmits 10% more light and is currently only available by special order, so call us at 1(800)986-0169 to claim yours today!
LED Waves brings you an unprecedented special offer for this week only: Free FedEx Ground shipping on all LED lights within the continental US! No coupon code or order minimum required. This deal expires on Sunday, January 26th 2014.
This surprise special applies to every category sitewide:
Here’s a bit of trivia for those of you who plan to watch the Times Square ball drop tonight: The LEDs inside the iconic sphere are brought to us by Philips – which happens to be the same manufacturer of the 96 diodes inside the Genesys 3.0 LED T8 Tube.
The Genesys is a 4 foot fluorescent tube replacement, designed and assembled in the USA exclusively by LED Waves. We picked Philips based on the brand’s quality, and specified the Luxeon M line for its highly consistent flux and light color – traits which were sorely lacking in LED T8s we’ve seen from market competitors.
This consistency between LEDs to another is assured by the line’s Freedom from Binning program. And speaking of Freedom, we also offer two driver options for you to choose from (20W and 38W), depending on your lighting and power needs. Both versions of the Genesys provide more useful lumens than a fluorescent tube, due to the directionality of LED light.
Enjoy dropping that knowledge bomb on your fellow partygoers tonight, as the LED ball drops! Have a great New Year.
LED Waves is celebrating Thanksgiving with a sitewide sale – so you don’t have to sleep outside our lighting showroom or maul your fellow holiday shoppers to participate. And our offer starts today, giving you a head start on all your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday savings.
Now through December 2nd 2013; coupon code TURKEY gets you 15% off everything atLEDWaves.com. And we mean everything:
We’re really excited about the upcoming changes to our LED T8 tube, as mentioned in the previous post. We think the hyper efficient new LUXEON chips, as well as the two power levels, will make it easy for users replace their fluorescent lights with the Genesys 3.0 in their 4 foot troffer and low bay fixtures.
You might have wondered about the lumen output of the Genesys 3.0, and how the product functions as a one-for-two fluorescent tube replacement. This is another application in which the directionality of LED technology is key: Since T8 tubes are typically installed as downlights – in recessed troffers in the ceiling, or hanging down in 2×4 low bay fixtures – it doesn’t make sense for them to cast light in every direction outwards from the tube. This renders a direct lumen comparison between fluorescent and LED T8 tubes irrelevant. See the diagram below:
Only 120 degrees (out of 360) reaches the useful areas of the room – you know, where people and the things we use can be found. The other 240 degrees of light bounces around the ceiling, fixture, and elsewhere above our heads, and are therefore considered wasted.
Whether you get the 20 Watt or the 38 Watt version of the Genesys 3.0 LED T8, you’re cutting down lumen waste from fluorescent lighting by two thirds. Replacing multiple tubes in a low bay/troffer fixture? Even better. These savings, combined with the ten times longer lifespan (without the flicker and lumen depreciation from fluorescent tubes nearing end-of-life) make the Genesys 3.0 a valuable asset for your home or business.