WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (June 25, 2015) – Designed to create a complete UL-listed fixture by the most economical means, MaxLite introduces the Lamp Ready Fixture Series as a companion to its line of LED Linear T8 replacement lamps.
Lamp Ready fixtures enable installers to avoid bypassing the ballast and adopt the energy-saving benefits of LED technology while keeping the UL-listing of the product intact. The Lamp Ready series was developed in response to a strong market demand for a new construction housing that is UL-listed specifically for LED replacement lamps that do not need a ballast. The UL certification mark indicates the product has been tested to meet globally accepted standards of product safety set forth by Underwriters Laboratories, in pairing an internally driven LED lamp with a dedicated new construction housing. In addition to simplifying the upgrade process for the contractor, the fixtures offer ease of maintenance and peace of mind for the end-user, who is able to continue to re-lamp the housings with MaxLite brand LED T8 lamps with the certainty that the combined lamp and housing are still UL-listed.
MaxLite launches the Lamp Ready series with Vapor Tight, Utility Strip and Linear Highbay fixtures. Additional models will join the line-up later this year. The fixtures are compatible with MaxLite’s internal driver LED T8 replacement lamps, and come pre-wired for contractor-ready installation as new or remodel fixtures.
“Contractors are often faced with fluorescent fixtures of varying ages and conditions on a job that must be either modified, or replaced, to comply to UL and building code standards,” said MaxLite Indoor Product Marketing Director Pat Treadway. “We found that many MROs were avoiding the adoption of LED T8 lamps because they were uncertain whether bypassing a ballast keeps the original UL product listing intact. Our new Lamp Ready Series was designed to remove that barrier by introducing a low-cost, complete fixture solution that is an easy choice over a modified fluorescent fixture that may not be UL-listed for LED use.”
Engineered to stand up to the harshest environments, the IP-65-rated Vapor Tight Lamp Ready fixture is constructed with a vapor tight housing that protects the light source against water and dirt, making it the perfect replacement for less efficient fluorescent strip lights in car wash operations, airports, tunnels, maintenance areas, parking garages and stairwells. Available in two- and three-lamp models, the fixture is designed with a transparent diffuser that supports maximum lumen output. The Lamp Ready Vapor Tight can be mounted to walls or ceilings with the provided hardware, or suspended from ceilings using a cable kit.
When combined with MaxLite brand LED T8 lamps, the Linear Highbay offers superior light output for commercial and industrial highbay and lowbay installations, assembly, warehouse, and general lighting applications. Available in four-, six- and eight-lamp versions, the fixture is constructed of the same durable steel as MaxLite’s commercial- and industrial-grade BayMAX LED Linear Highbays and works with the optional doors, wire guards and lenses from that product line.
The Lamp Ready Utility Strip features a compact, low profile design perfect for task and general lighting in residential, commercial or industrial projects. Available in one- and two-lamp housings, the strips can be mounted flush or suspended. Multiple end, side and rear knockouts enable the fixtures to be wired through and mounted in rows. They also accommodate an occupancy sensor for additional energy savings.
At LightFair 2015 in New York on May 5-7, the exhibition floor was flooded with ballast-compatible tubes from domestic and overseas manufacturers, all riding on the "plug-and-play" promise of replacing existing fluorescent T8 without any rewiring of the existing fixtures. Such promise quickly turned to a more fitting term, plug-and-pray, since once a user plugs the ballast-compatible tube into the linear fixture, he/she should pray that the existing ballast is compatible. This is because while the current off-the-shelf ballasts are likely to be compatible with this new breed of LED tube, the incompatibility percentage is very high for the ballasts that are more than five years old. Not to mention, the ballast-compatible LED tube won't work with T12 ballast.
Aleddra introduced its SureFit® DBA+ tube officially at LightFair and drew an overwhelming interest. DBA is the acronym of its key features:
Double-end safety switches
Aleddra's DBA tube works with Instant Start ballast and AC line voltage. The end user has the option of bypassing the ballast to save more energy immediately, or wait for the ballast to "fail" and then bypassing it. It avoids the "plug-and-pray" dilemma with the ballast compatible LED tube. For T12 fluorescent tube, the retrofit is straightforward by removing/bypassing the ballast.
The Aleddra DBA tube will work with and without an Instant Start ballast. It achieves 2 to 4 watts more energy saving per lamp when operating without the ballast. By removing the ballast the end user will reduce the energy consumption from 32 Watts to 17 Watts. With the ballast removed/bypassed, there is no more maintenance and replacement of the ballast going forward, thus reducing the overall lighting maintenance cost by 70%.
The DBA+ (plus) tube comes with a field replaceable driver. Rather than buying the replaceable driver when needed, the end user can purchase 10-year extended driver warranty from Aleddra. Coupled this with the standard 5-year warranty on the lamp, the DBA+ tube offers the best 10-year ROI for T8/T12 retrofits and gives the facilities manager "peace of mind."
(Aurora, Ohio – May 14, 2015) — Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy-efficient lighting innovations, expands its LED offering with the announcement of its new GU24 base LED products. TCP’s GU24 base LED Lamps are available in an A-lamp shape and provide brilliant light output for the most demanding applications.
“We are excited to provide even more LED options to the market,” said Paul Philips, Director of Product Management for TCP. “Our GU24 base LEDs are the ideal choice to retrofit existing fixtures that have this base type. The GU24 base has two receiving holes instead of traditional threading of an E26 base and is only utilized in energy efficient lighting technologies like CFL and LED. Customers that have traditionally purchased GU24 base CFLs from TCP now have the ability to seamlessly transition to TCP LED without changing out their existing GU24 base fixture.”
TCP LED bulbs boast an energy savings of as much as 85 percent over halogen alternatives and an estimated life of 25,000 hours. TCP LED bulbs with a GU24 base have low heat generation, excellent color consistency, are fully dimmable and no annoying warm-up time.
Crain’s annual roundup of the fastest-growing Chicago companies could be one of the best indicators of the marketplace.
We present 50 companies that achieved impressive gains over a five-year period, highlighting companies that are new to the list. Crain’s reporters and researchers studied each company and asked probing questions of CEOs to figure out how they grew. What did each company do to achieve impressive gains? And how do they plan to sustain them?
Crain’s and Plante Moran vetted 125 applications.
#9 LIGHT EFFICIENT DESIGN
What it does: Designs and manufactures LED lighting products
How it grew: Getting the word out to distributors through trade shows and the press
"I knew LED lighting was going to be the future of light," says Tim Taylor, CEO of Light Efficient Design, which manufactures and sells a range of light-emitting diode bulbs for commercial customers. That's because clients save money by swapping out older bulbs for his company's options, lowering their electricity bills and reducing maintenance costs. The LED Savings Calculator on its website drives home the point. The firm's bulbs, made in Asia, are in Fenway Park in Boston and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., as well as in schools and warehouses across the country and in lampposts that line streets and parks.
Over the past five years, Taylor's team has boosted inventory, adding about 50 designs, allowing customers to choose bulbs that cast different shades — a brighter white, for example, or a more yellow tint. It has worked hard to communicate with distributors and promote its offerings at trade shows and in industry publications, raising its profile and helping it grow, he adds.
Opportunities abound for the company. There's a $500 million market installing LED lights into existing fixtures, but just 3 or 4 percent of it has been tapped to date, Taylor says. Overseas there are unique chances for growth. Light Efficient Design is working with a marketing partner to ramp up operations in the United Kingdom, where about 3 million light fixtures have a historic element. Customers won't want to alter such fixtures, but Taylor says his firm can show them how to use new bulb technology in them. Overall, the LED market offers a "huge upside," he says.
— Micah Maidenberg
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