Category Archives: Outdoor LED Lights

LED Lights Compliant with New DLC QPL Requirements

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 Owl Pack series (outdoor security lights in 10 to 100W Watt models)
  • 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.

Owl Pack Outdoor LED Flood Outshines in Product Teardown

The Owl Pack Outdoor LED Flood Light collection‘s high quality construction and best in class components are a source of pride for us at LED Waves, so it is gratifying to know that these features do not go unnoticed by tech-savvy consumers.

This was the case in an in-depth product teardown performed by Bowfishing Country community member tjones96761. The Oklahoma-based reviewer purchased the 50 Watt Owl Pack along with several other LED lights for boats – and found that our flood performed head and shoulders above the rest.

With each step of the investigation, the reviewer was as impressed by the Owl Pack as we were by his evident passion and deep understanding of LED lighting. He details our assembly in words (edited for clarity) and pictures:

On Construction
Made of “…HDPE plastic to save weight. Weighing in at a scant 5.4lbs, it’s about 35% lighter than (the competitor) at 8.5lbs. 5.4lbs is considerably lighter than any of the Chinese lights I’ve come across… All the fasteners are secondary backup holders. All the pieces snap/hook together. The glass snaps into the plastic holder(s) in the housing, then the outside frame snaps to the housing… Everything is a very close fit and very tight. VERY nice setup.”

image by tjones96761 via Photobucket
image by tjones96761 via Photobucket

On the LED
“The emitter is a real live Bridgelux chip, not a B-Lux, or Bridgelux-like from China, but the real deal. Bridgelux has a quick connect terminals that doesn’t require solder, very cool. Also extremely small, US quarter… for size reference. FYI, all the Vero series chips have the square scan code thingy for ID on them. Don’t know if this was done on previous older chips or not, but anyone claiming to be using Vero chips will have this scan tag if they’re real.”

image by tjones96761 via Photobucket
image by tjones96761 via Photobucket

On Thermal Management
“You can see the copper heat transfer tubes… This is meant to pull heat to the far edges and utilize the whole heat sink. I think it’s working. The unit is running at 115°F after 1hr, the lowest of any light I’ve seen… (T)he heat sink is sealed to the plastic housing around the chip. In addition to the sink being snap/locked in place, it is also epoxy glued in place and sealed.”

image by tjones96761 via Photobucket
image by tjones96761 via Photobucket

On Value
“(T)he price is spot on. It’s smaller, lighter, and brighter, with the Bridgelux Vero chip – the chip that all others on the market strive to be… If you’re gonna go big, then BY GOD GO BIG. Don’t go shopping for a Porsche and come home with a Camaro. If you want a Camaro, that’s cool; just don’t pretend it’s a Porsche. This is a Porsche, gents, no doubt.”

We’ll take that.

Read the full post for more pictures and details on other components, plus a glimpse of the reviewer’s cheeky green pedicure – the result of a prank gone a bit too far.

While the Owl Pack’s 5 year warranty advises against disassembly, we are proud that it stood up to such scrutiny. And, of course, we are delighted that another LED Waves customer is pleased with his purchase!

Owl Packs on Sale Two Ways

LED Waves is pleased to announce some new special offers for our best-selling Owl Pack Outdoor LED Flood Light collection! Choose from two ways to save:

OwlPack LED Flood Sale 15% Off Buy Two Get One FreeThis month only, buy any two regular priced Owl Packs and get one additional unit for free – saving you up to 33% on these best-selling items!

No coupon code is required; simply select the money-saving “Three Unit Bundle” option on any Owl Pack. The free offer applies to Owl Packs of equal or lesser value only, and may not be combined with any other offer. (Call us to mix-and-match your three-unit bundle.) This offer is valid through May 31st, 2016.

OR, if you’re shopping for a single LED flood, individual Owl Pack units are also on sale – with prices slashed 15% across the entire collection.

Each Owl Pack offers winning features including:

  • A bright, crisp beam of light from a single high-power COB LED
  • Energy savings over HID technology (avg. 98 lumens/Watt)
  • L70 lifespan up to 120,000 hours; backed by our 5 year warranty
  • High performance recognized by the DesignLights Consortium
  • Sturdy construction, thanks to in-house assembly in the USA

Shop today OR call 1(800)986-0169 for special orders, technical assistance, or a free lighting schematic from our friendly experts.

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!

Free Shipping Offer Starts Today for LED Waves Subscribers

We’re launching a Free Shipping offer through the rest of the summer, and LED Waves subscribers are the first to know!

summer2015 free shipping offerNow through August 31, 2015; enter coupon code WAVES at checkout to apply this special offer.

Free shipping via FedEx Ground, continental US only. Free shipping cannot be applied to past orders, or combined with other offers.

There is no minimum, and this offer applies to all items sitewide – both to fan favorites including the commercial quality Midtown and PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Lights, and brand new industrial luminaires like the Marquee Outdoor LED Flood Light collection.

As always, professional specifiers can get steep, factory-direct discounts by quantity by calling us year-round at 1(800)986-0169. So whether you’re replacing OR retrofitting, for the home OR on the job, there’s something for everyone!

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.

LFI 2014 Pre-Show Excitement

LIGHTFAIR 2014 kicked off on Sunday, but today LED Waves‘ own Ayn and Taimur are focused on the exhibition opening! We’ve got some BIG luminaires on view at our little booth, so if you’re attending, make sure to stop by 2237 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A look at our booth at LFI 2013, which shattered attendance records.
Our booth at last year’s LFI 2013, which shattered attendance records.

We’re offering an exclusive preview of an upcoming outdoor LED light, which was featured in Lighting News. If you’re not attending the show you can still click here for a sneak peak. And we can certainly relate; a few of us here in New York are experiencing major FOMO about some of the workshops and events.

There’s a particularly interesting impact speech scheduled for tonight. Martin Klaasen – Owner, Founder, and Principal of Klaasen Lighting Design – will expand on his paper “Have LEDs High-Jacked the Lighting Design Industry?”

From LFI:

The fast evolution of LED lighting technology has taken our lighting design world by storm with new LED products launched nearly every other day! The development has integrated into our profession so much that we now find a new generation of lighting designers who have never designed anything else then with LED lighting! Likewise we find that some of the new generation clients only know the magical word of LED. But with that the commercial stakes have become very high and as a result manufacturers and sales people work overtime to profit from the LED boom. This paper takes a closer look at the impact on our profession of lighting design.

This particularly illustrates LED Waves’ collective experience, which you can actually interact with the show: Ayn grew up with LightWaves Concept, immersed in pre-LED lighting sales; and Taimur hit the ground running straight out of college specializing in SSL – representing both sides of this LED revolution.

We look forward to the rest of LIGHTFAIR, and hope our fellow lighting professionals have a valuable time!

Meet the World’s First Single Molecule LED

This month, researchers from the Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg made the outstanding announcement that they created a single-molecule LED. To grasp the significance of this development, perhaps we have to revisit the actual meaning of LED.

The Bridgelux Vero, used in the Owl Outdoor LED Wall Pack, more closely resembles lighting class LEDs on the market today. It features outstanding efficacy an a unique vertically integrated LED package.

LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. A diode is an electronic cell. LEDs are actually semiconductor diodes – meaning they create light when an electric current passes through them.

So the resulting component need not resemble the LEDs you’d find on a typical replacement bulb or any other lighting-class LED fixture. But the term still applies even on a molecular scale – as long as it’s a Diode that Emits Light, you’ve got yourself an LED.

Artist rendering of electroluminescence from single molecule LED. Image credit: G. Reecht et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) via PhysOrg.

The researchers used a single polythiophene wire, composed of hydrogen, carbon and sulfur atoms. (These elements make great conductors, and are commonly used in lighting class LEDs.) One end of the polythiophene wire was attached to a gold surface, and the other to a scanning tunneling microscope. The researchers found that the negative charge of the electron, met with the positive charge in the wire, combined and turned that energy into a photon of light as it traveled towards the gold. (Read PhysOrg for more details.)

The single-molecule LED is unlikely to reach the general lighting market anytime soon, as it has more immediate applications in the development of nano-computers. However, this research illuminates the conductivity of materials which can create more powerful lighting class LEDs, and also grows our understanding of quantum physics – all ways that a little LED can make a BIG splash.

 

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.

Free Shipping on ALL LED Lights & Supplies This Week!

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.

freeshippingThis surprise special applies to every category sitewide:

…and much, much more! So don’t get left in the dark. Order your LED lights with free shipping today at LEDWaves.com!