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Top Lighting Picks for Summer

by Elizabeth Karpinski 10 July, 2015 06:23

With July 4th behind us, it’s officially summer and time to think about your outdoor lighting needs. Here are some of our favorite products to light the night!

Bug Lights

Anytime you’re outside in the summer, there’s one thing that’s sure to ruin it: bugs. The problem tends to be worse at night because traditional lights attract them.

Most people are so used to seeing bugs on their outdoor lights they’ve never wondered why, or how to stop them. Insects see light differently than people do, and they’re most attracted to shorter wavelengths—light at the far end of the spectrum, close to ultraviolet light. So all too often, the most attractive light in the area will be the manmade outdoor light around your deck, porch or patio.

Bug lights use filtered yellow glass to minimize the short spectrum light—so they don’t attract insects. If you haven’t yet, this summer is the time to switch.

String Lights

Trying to figure out the perfect outdoor lighting for your deck or restaurant? String lights are an impeccable mixture of nostalgia and whimsy for any kind of outdoor venue: whether it’s a patio, a porch, or a party.

You’ve probably seen them around a Christmas tree, but you’ve never seen them like this. These Bulbrite brand string lights are available in 25’ and 48’ lengths and you can connect up to four of them. Instead of small, tiny bulbs, these string lights are made for light bulbs in various shapes and sizes: so you can really make a statement.

LED Rope Lights

String lights are great for overhead lighting, but what about trim and accents? You can hardly light up every square inch, but it’s helpful for you and your guests to mark paths and brighten trims for just the right amount of accent lighting. Rope lighting is slender and flexible, which makes it perfect for clearly illuminating paths and borders.

LED rope lighting offers the same flexibility as an incandescent rope—while staying cool to the touch, and using a fraction of the energy. You can even connect them together, just like string lights. They are also dimmable, so you can make them as bright or subtle you want: it’s entirely up to you.

Dusk-to-Dawn Sensors

Dusk-to-dawn sensors come with a photocell that detects how much light is in the area, and will only allow the lights to turn on if there’s not much light outside. Sensors are an excellent choice for places like driveways and decks while providing an added sense of security.

Projector Lamps

Did you think projector lamps were just for school presentations? Recreate the experience of a drive-in in your very own backyard with a projector. With an OEM projector lamp and a creative spirit, you can even make your own portable screen set up!

There’s no need to choose between movie night and a summer night—if you’ve got a projector lamp, you can have it all.

 If you have any questions about the products mentioned here, please contact one of our certified Lighting Specialists at 888-455-2800.

Holiday Safety Tips: Before, During and After

by Christina Crow-Dufault 6 December, 2011 09:57

It's that time of year again. Yes, time for many of us to begin decorating for the holidays (if you haven't started already).  If your last name is Griswold, please pay attention.  If not, still pay attention, as it is very important to take your lighting seriously this holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, thirty per cent of all home fires occur during December, January and February.  In addition, nearly 6,000 people a year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations. More than half of these injuries involve falls from ladders or roofs while decorating outdoors. We could tell you about all the injuries, but instead, here are some of the most common holiday decoration and lighting tips to keep you safe!



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LED: The Accidental Bug Light

by Bryan Trainor 20 May, 2011 05:19

As the weather gets nicer, people flock to their porches and yards. Unfortunately, so do bugs. If you’re looking to reduce the bugs around your outdoor lights but don’t like the look of yellow bug lights, LED might just be the perfect solution.

Traditional bug lights tend to be identifiable by their yellow color. The reason for this is that traditional bulbs emit light across a wide spectrum, including ultraviolet (UV) light. This light is invisible to humans but is highly attractive to insects. The yellow coating of a bug light is designed to filter out most of this ultraviolet light; they’re not designed to repel insects but to simply be less attractive to them.

In addition to the other benefits LED bulbs offer, most LEDs emit light in a very narrow spectrum and do not emit UV light, and are therefore not attractive to bugs. Many bulbs in our LED lineup are also damp location rated, so they’re ideal for outdoor use as long as they’re not directly exposed to the weather or completely enclosed.

If you want to save energy, increase life, and reduce bugs in your outdoor spaces, LED might just be the right light for you.

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