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Breakdown of a UL Listed marking that would be on an explosion proof light

Explosion Proof Lighting Certification

Certification for explosion proof lighting is a complex process, requiring compliance with specific standards, formal certification and testing to ensure lighting fixtures are safe for environments prone to accidental fires and explosions. There are several industry standards and certifying bodies involved in this process, including the National Electrical Code (NEC), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and …

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LED Technology

The lighting industry has gone through tremendous change over the past decade thanks to new innovations in LED technology. Short for Light-Emitting Diodes, LEDs have been widely used since their initial instruction into the commercial marketplace over six decades ago as simple indicator lights for electronic equipment. Today, LEDs have advanced to previously unimaginable levels …

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LED Fluorescent Tube Replacement

For nearly 100 years, fluorescent tube lights have been the standard form of lighting for commercial, industrial and retail users. Compared to incandescent and other older technologies, fluorescent tube lights were a welcome upgrade when introduced due to their huge improvement in energy efficiency as well as their ease of installation and maintenance. Practically every …

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Color Temperature

Defining Color Temperature The lighting industry today offers lights featuring an exceptionally wide variety of color choices in order to suit as many different applications as possible. In order to quantify the specific color of a light, a color temperature scale was developed using Kelvin (K) as its unit of measurement. This has now become …

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A diagram showing the installation difference between type A and type B LED tube lights

LED Tube Light Guide

For decades, tube lights have provided excellent illumination capabilities for a variety of commercial and industrial environments, from office spaces to warehouses and workshops. Their versatility is one of their biggest selling points, as the fixtures they are mounted in can be hung, suspended in a drop ceiling or even mounted directly to a flat …

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Commercial LED Lighting

LED Lighting for Commercial Buildings Lighting performance is of the utmost importance in today’s highly competitive commercial environment. There are many factors that play into this, however the most important factors are energy efficiency, reduced maintenance, improved safety and higher lighting accuracy. All of these factors are related to improving the profitability and sustainability of …

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Color Rendering Index (CRI)

The accuracy of lighting is of particular importance in today’s residential, commercial and industrial markets. This is measured and quantified using the Color Rendering Index (CRI), which is the industry standard for measuring a particular light’s accuracy. CRI runs on a scale going up to 100, which is the CRI of a black body radiator …

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What You Need To Know About LED Retrofitting

In today’s energy conscious environment, LED retrofitting has become an increasingly popular option for commercial and industrial businesses throughout the world. While the energy savings benefits of LEDs are obvious, there are several other benefits that business owners and building managers should consider when making the decision to retrofit their facilities to LED lighting. These …

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Crane emitting a blue safety warning light in a large warehouse setting

Overhead Crane Safety – A Modern Solution For Major Hazards

Many companies operating within the construction and manufacturing industry utilize overhead cranes to transport heavy loads from point A to point B. These cranes are extremely useful for heavy materials handling; however, there are several potential hazards for pedestrians around the crane loading areas. This article discusses the primary hazards involving overhead cranes and provides …

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LED Rebates – Make the Numbers Work For You

Straits® Lighting distributors are in a great position to help their customers make the switch to efficient, cost-effective LED lighting. With DLC-qualified lighting, extensive knowledge of industry standards and access to qualified rebates, Straits® Lighting empowers you to make sure your customers understand the immediate and long-term cost savings our products offer. Together, we can …

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