Category Archives: February

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LEDs Can Light It All!

So What Do I Do With These Old Incandescent Lights?

LED lights have become more popular every year, but some holiday traditionalists have hesitated to convert to this “new” technology. We all love the classic look of those incandescent bulbs, especially the painted ones that shine so brightly through the snow. But by last year, new advances in LED technology and aesthetics brought many of the classic Christmas lovers around. LED lights shine brighter, the colors are truer, and now LED lights can even look just like those old glass bulbs! Continue reading LEDs Can Light It All!

Start the Madness: Basketball Team Spirit in Lights

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for all of you college basketball fans. Your eyes will be glued to your TV as you cheer on your favorite teams. Friendly discussions between your friends will turn into competitive banter as the games go by and the winners work their way through the brackets. Team colors will be represented and jerseys will be worn. Most of you die-hard fans will stop at nothing to show your team spirit. Continue reading Start the Madness: Basketball Team Spirit in Lights

Powering Christmas Lights with DC power

We have received a fairly steady set of inquires about powering LED Christmas lights with DC power, so I decided it was time to do some research, and provide some information to our users. As a starting point, most Christmas light sets are wired for standard household AC, or alternating current. This means that they cannot be powered with DC, or direct current, without some modification. However, there are some sets of LED Christmas lights that are battery operated and are already wired for DC. Continue reading Powering Christmas Lights with DC power

LED Lighting CRI and the Lighting Revolution

We have mentioned this many times in previous articles, but it’s worth pointing out again here: incandescent lighting is old technology. We live in an age of super-powerful computers that fit in the palms of our hands, but most of the world still lights its environment with archaic and inefficient incandescent lighting technology. Given the extraordinary benefits of compact fluorescent lighting, which is readily available to the consumer market, it is difficult to understand why CFL technology hasn’t completely replaced the incandescent light. Many have speculated that this is a result of the strength of the utility industries, who would stand to lose substantial revenue. Even if this is true to some extent, it certainly hasn’t kept CFL out of the supermarkets. In any case, it would be futile for the utility industry to try and suppress this technology, in light of recent legislation by the U.S. and other countries, that will effectively outlaw new sales of the inefficient incandescent lighting in the next 5 years or so. It turns out, that the real obstacle preventing new lighting technologies such as CFL and LED from gaining wide spread acceptance, has to do with light quality. Continue reading LED Lighting CRI and the Lighting Revolution

Making sense of LED Terminology

Lighting technology has be stagnant for over 100 years. Compact fluorescent lamps are now common place in most stores, but a few years ago you couldn’t buy anything but an incandescent light bulb. After just being introduced to the CFL, after 100 years of the same technology, consumers are now being introduced to a LED lighting technology. This Christmas, news about LED lights was published in most all major media markets, and most big box retail stores stocked some LED Christmas tree lights. Christmas was just the beginning of a huge push by manufacturers and lighting technology companies, to introduce consumers to a new and unfamiliar technology. Like many new technologies, LEDs are being improved all the time, and the technology is quickly moving forward. As a result, there is a lot of information out there that is somewhat contradictory, confusing, or difficult to understand. The two most commonly misunderstood aspects of LED lights used for holiday decorating are: 1) LED lamp life; and 2) “Full Wave” rectification. Continue reading Making sense of LED Terminology