High Energy Costs have Communities Reconsidering their Lighting Technology

June 25, 2008

The engineer for the City of Fairbanks, Alaska recently conducted an energy audit and found that the cities’ 2646 street lights cost $535,000 to operate each year. The number was staggering, considering that the communities total electric bill was $880,000. Now the city engineer and other city officials are studying the situation, and trying to […]

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How to calculate the energy savings of LED Christmas lights

June 16, 2008

We frequently help our customers analyze the cost savings that can be achieved by switching to LED lights, but we’ve never written about how to calculate the exact savings one can expect, by replacing their old incandescent Christmas lights with LED lights. The calculations to determine the cost savings are not very complicated, but just […]

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Powering Christmas Lights with DC power

June 4, 2008

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 […]

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LED Full Wave Christmas Lights

May 1, 2008

Unlike traditional incandescent lighting technology, LED lights are not constantly on. That is, all LEDs flicker or turn on and off at a very high rate of speed. This is one of the reasons that they are so much more efficient, but it also can cause some undesirable effects in the appearance of the lights. […]

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Help Green Blog Plant Trees

March 13, 2008

Green-blog.org is a multi-author blog site and forum that provides useful information and interesting discussion about environmental issues. The site is developing a strong and dedicated user base who provide lots of great content and has just announced a tree planting and membership drive. This is not the first tree planting drive you may have […]

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A Tree that means many things to many people

March 4, 2008

The concept, or perception, that a symbol must only have one meaning to all people is nonsensical. However, this phenomenon is very common. Take the modern Christmas tree for example. A Christmas tree is simply any variety of evergreen tree, that is cut and placed in the home during the winter holidays. Or is it? […]

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LED Lighting CRI and the Lighting Revolution

February 29, 2008

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 […]

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Making sense of LED Terminology

February 6, 2008

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 […]

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Advantages of LED Rope Light

January 24, 2008

Advantages of LED Rope Light We should probably first start out by explaining what Rope Light is – Rope light is a string of lamps, connected in series, which emit various colors of light. These lamps are covered in a round, transparent, flexible plastic housing, which protects the lamps and wiring, and allows for easy […]

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