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Designer Lighting Can Be Energy Efficient and Attractive

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, June 30, 2010

Learn what you can do this year to save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home. For those of you in states like California, these things are becoming the law starting in 2010. For those of you in other states, this will be coming down the pipeline. Learn how you can start doing your part now.

What is a Kelvin Anyway?
The color of light is often described using a term called color temperature which is measured in degrees Kelvin or kelvin (K). Lower Kelvin numbers mean that the light has a warmer color, while higher Kelvin numbers mean the light has a cooler color.

Minka Lavery Energy Star

What Is A Lumen Anyway?
A lumen is actually the measurement of light output. Unlike watts, which measure the power consumed by the bulb, lumens indicate the amount of light you are getting.

How Much Light?
To choose the ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb with the right amount of light, find a bulb that is labeled as equivalent to the incandescent bulb you are replacing. Light bulb manufacturers inlcude this information right on the product packaging to make it easy for consumers to choose the equivalent bulb. Common terms include "Soft White 60" or "60 Watt Replacement."

You can also check the lumen rating to find the right bulb. The higher the lumen rating, the greater the light output.

To determine which Energy Star qualified light bulbs will provide the same amount of light as your current incandescent bulbs, consult the following chart:

Energy Star Lighting

Did you know?
ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs run cool and will last longest when used in fixtures that have plenty of air flow.

Energy Star Lighting

Which Rooms?

  • Family and Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Porch

Which Fixtures?

Open fixtures that allow air flow.

  • Table Lamps
  • Floor Lamps
  • Wall Sconces
  • Pendants
  • Open Ceiling Fixtures

Need a little more convincing on Energy Star lighting fixtures and their benefits? Read this short list of trivia facts (Energy Star Lighting Facts You Must Know) and you will be surprised at what impact you can have on the reduction of energy waste and the greenhouse gase effects. 

Minka-Lavery has developed a program in conjunction with ENERGY STAR to provide decorative indoor and outdoor product that is functional, attractive, and efficient. You can save money, greenhouse gases and not have to compromise on quality and style. For outdoor lighting Minka manufacturers the premier outdoor lighting line for discerning customers known as The Great Outdoors. Energy efficiency legislation has targeted outdoor lighting to reduce energy consumption and Minka makes some beautiful energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.

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Tags: Energy Savings, Energy Star, Minka Lavery, The Great Outdoors

Energy Star Lighting Facts You Must Know

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, June 29, 2010

Energy Star LightingDID YOU KNOW

  • The average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for light bulbs. 20% of your electric bills are directly attributed to lighting your home.
  • Only 10% of the electricity consumed in an incandescent bulb is converted into visible light. The other 90% is actually released as heat.
  • If you replaced 5 regular light bulbs with Minka-Lavery compact fluorescents you will save enough energy over the life of the 5 bulbs to light your whole house for nearly 11 months. 5 Minka Lavery compact fluorescents will save you about $190 over its lifetime, or enough money to purchase more ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures.
  • If every home in America replaced one fixture with a compact fluorescent fixture it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for one year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 cars.

ENERGY STAR Indoor Lighting Fixtures          

  • Minka Lavery 1429 84Have a 2 year warranty… twice the industry standard.
  • Will save you up to 75% in energy cost over incandescent fixtures, which save on replacement costs and maintenance time.
  • Ballast’s are electronic; they are required to operate quieter, faster and more efficiently than the old magnetic ballast. This means less radio interference, instant start and a much faster warm up time.
  • The lamps have a much better color rendering today. 2700K lamps are very comparable to a typical incandescent lamp.

Minka-Lavery has developed a program in conjunction with ENERGY STAR to provide decorative indoor and outdoor product that is functional, attractive, and efficient. You can save money, greenhouse gases and not have to compromise on quality and style. For outdoor lighting Minka manufacturers the premier outdoor lighting line for discerning customers known as The Great Outdoors. Energy efficiency legislation has targeted outdoor lighting to reduce energy consumption and Minka makes some beautiful energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.

Minka Lavery

Tags: Energy Savings, Energy Star, Minka Lavery

Energy Saving Indoor Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, May 13, 2010

Making improvements to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%. Use energy efficient compact flourescent lights (CFLs) in fixtures throughout your home to provide high-efficiency lighting. Fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent (standard) bulbs and last about 4 to 10 times longer. Today's CFLs offer brightness and color rendition that is comparable to incandescent lights. Although compact fluorescent bulbs cost a bit more than incandescent bulbs, they pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing products.
  • Turn off the lights in any room you're not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
  • Use task lighting, instead of brightly lighting an entire room.
  • Consider three-way lamps; the make it easier to keep lighting levels low.
  • Use CFLs in all the portable lamps and torchiere fixtures in your home.
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Tags: Energy Savings, Energy Star

Helping the Environment with Hinkley Outdoor Lanterns

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

HINKLEY'S ENERGY STAR (EST) PROGRAM

Hinkley LightingENERGY STAR qualified lighting provides bright, warm light but uses about 75 percent less energy than standard lighting, produce 75 percent less heat, and bulbs lasts up to 10 times longer.

Hinkley Energy Star® qualified lighting fixtures are equipped with GU24 sockets and include self-ballasted, compact fluorescent bulbs. CFL bulbs use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Each fixture also features a daylight sensing photocell, which prevents the fixture from being illuminated during daylight hours, maximizing the fixture's energy-saving potential.

By choosing Energy Star qualified lighting fixtures from Hinkley Lighting, you will save money on energy bills and bulb replacements. With these fixtures, bulbs last 10,000 hours (about seven years of regular use). Hinkley's EST fixtures carry a 2-year warranty.

HINKLEY'S ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS

Upon specification, Hinkley outdoor lanterns can be engineered with the following eco-friendly options. To identify a fixture's potential to be engineered with one of the following environmentally friendly configurations, look for the corresponding icons on the product description page.

ENERGY SAVING (ES)

Hinkley's Energy Saving (ES) fixtures are equipped with GU24 sockets and include self-ballasted, compact fluorescent bulbs. ES fixtures support California's "Title-24", a government-backed program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

DARK SKY (DS)

Fixtures come equipped with a captive reflector or other design feature that minimizes or eliminates light glare upward into the night sky.

ENERGY SAVING AND DARK SKY (ESDS)

Hinkley's Energy Saving, Dark Sky fixtures combine Hinkley's energy saving advantages of fluorescent technology together with minimizing the amount of light glare produced in an upward direction towards the night sky. ESDS fixtures adhere to California's "Title-24" requirements.

ENERGY STAR (EST)

Hinkley's Energy Star qualified lighting fixtures meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Each fixture combines a GU24 socket together with a self-ballasted CFL bulb and a photocell that prevents the fixture from staying illuminated during daylight hours, maximizing its energy-saving potential.

PHOTOCELL

Many Hinkley outdoor lanterns can be equipped with a photocell that will prevent the fixture from staying illuminated during daylight hours, maximizing its energy-saving potential.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Energy Savings, Outdoor Lantern, Outdoor Lanterns, Green, eco-friendly, Energy Star

Outdoor Lighting That Helps the Environment

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

choose to be ECO-FRIENDLY 

Hinkley LightingPeople are paying more attention to the planet than they used to; many of us now understand the importance of decreasing our carbon footprints. With this shift in mindset, a natural extension has been the demand for more energy-efficient lighting options. Hinkley offers a variety of options that allow you to design an outdoor lighting plan with the environment in mind. Fixture shown: Plantation 2124 PZ-ES from the Hinkley Lighting Collection.

ENERGY SAVING (ES)
Energy saving lighting fixtures come equipped with GU24 sockets and include self-ballasted, CFL bulbs. Fixtures meet California's Title 24 requirements.

DARK SKY (DS)
Dark Sky light fixtures come equipped with a captive reflector or other design feature that minimizes or eliminates light glare upward into the night sky.

ENERGY SAVING DARK SKY (ESDS)
Fixtures come equipped with the combined technology of Energy Saving (ES) and Dark Sky (DS) configurations. Fixtures meet California's Title 24 requirements.

ENERGY STAR (EST)
Energy Star light fixtures meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the DOE. Fixtures combine a GU24 socket together with a self-ballasted CFL bulb and a photocell.

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Energy Savings, Outdoor Lantern, Green, eco-friendly, Energy Star

5 Energy Saving Outdoor Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, October 21, 2009

Elk Lighting1) Several outdoor fixtures from ELK Lighting in the Barrington Gate collection have been certified Energy Star products.

2) Lights powered by small Photovoltaic (PV) modules that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Consider PV-powered lights for areas that are not near an existing power supply line.

3) Outdoor lights with a photocell unit and motion sensor will turn on only at night or when someone is present.

4) Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use CFLs because of their long life. If you live in a cold climate buy a lamp with a cold weather ballast since standard CFLs may not work well below 40*F.

5) Consider high-intensity discharge (also called HID) or low pressure sodium lights.

Tags: Energy Savings, ELK Lighting, Energy Star

Energy Saving Hotel Key Card System

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, September 02, 2009

Energy Saving Key CardI thought this is one clever energy saving key card system now being implemented. I checked into the Timber Ridge Lodge at the Grand Geneva Resort this weekend in Lake Geneva, WI and was told my room key card was required to be in the light switch in order for me to control lights and air conditioning. The goal is to help push energy conservation and reduce the environmental footprint. Basically you have to remove the keycard when you leave your room so the air conditioning and certain lights turn off when the card is removed and you leave the room.

I thought this was a great way to help go green and it is a movement that the hospitality industry is pushing to its guests. Guests may see it in the hotel which triggers them to understand energy conservation and possibly get them to implement similar practices when they are back at home. Imagine if we could all have this option in our homes.

With the Green Movement and Energy Savings being key topics these days we are going to see more and more innovative energy saving features being manufactured or being mandated by government agencies.  In the lighting industry we are going to a big change in technology over the next few years. The energy saving sections of our websites like LightingCatalog.com are going to rapidly increase in selection with innovations in lighting fixtures like LED lighting.

Read our article on the Incandescent Thomas Edison Light Bulb Banned which discusses some of the laws being enacted to push green and energy saving lighting nationwide within the next few short years.

Tags: Energy Savings, Green

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