What is DLC?

When choosing a lighting product for your commercial property, it is important to take into account the various environmental and industry certifications to ensure that you are installing a high quality, energy efficient fixture.

The Designlights Consortium, or DLC, is a regional non-profit organization hosted and managed by the Northeast Energy Efficient Partnership (NEEP)DLC QPL-logo-g-logo. Recognizing that many commercial lighting solutions were lacking in quality, DLC was organized by various partners consisting of utility companies and energy efficient program managers. Since 1996, DLC has been dedicated to the overall adoption of energy-efficient commercial lighting products and has assisted in adding additional quality standards to allow quality driven products to stand above the rest.

Benefits of DLC

Whether you are a lighting manufacturer, utility program administrator, end-user or even a governing body – all benefit from the set DLC standards. Manufacturers are able to showcase their fixtures as high quality and energy-efficient with LM-79, LM-80 and temperature measurements. In addition to the additional testing procedures, DLC also offers a Qualified Products List, allowing end-users, governing bodies and utility groups to have a resource of tested and approved quality products.

To learn more about how a lighting product becomes DLC listed and to see the current DLC Qualified Products List, visit www.designlights.org.

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2015 Year in Review

As 2015 comes to a close  it is exciting to look back on everything that TCP has accomplished in the past 12 months.

The highlights include:

  • LED Highbay Named product of the year by Plant and Engineering Magazine
  • Kaj den Daas joined TCP as CEO
  • We were named Supplier of the year by Walmart in the hardware category in addition to having item of the year for the Great Value LED Alamp
  • The launch of our Everyday Affordable LED line at The Home Depot with at $4.88 ENERGY STAR rated A-lamp and a $8.88 ENERGY STAR rated BR30
  • Continued innovation in our LED product line to deliver high quality, affordable LED product to all of our  customers including:
    • DirecT8 LED Lamps
    • GU24 based LED Alamps
    • High Performance LEDs with CRI >90 and High R9
  • Record attendance at LightFair International and the National Hardware show and attended two new shows for TCP – NECA and LightShow West, both with great attendance
  • TCP was recognized as a Healthiest 100 workplace in America and an Ohio Healthy Worksite award winner
  • We were able to donate to meaningful causes including The Arbor Day Foundation, Go Red for Women, the Malachi House, Project Blue Light and more

Although 2015 was not without challenges, we look forward to what the future has to hold. From all of us at TCP we wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!


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Bright Ideas to Make a Small Space Look Larger

Small Spaces

Feeling cramped with a small space? Here are five of our favorite tips to maximize your square footage and make your space lighter, brighter and easier to navigate.

  1. Lighter and Brighter – Keeping wall paint colors light will help to expand the space. Stick to off-whites or light neutrals as a pure white may give off a cold and dull vibe to your space. Try experimenting with colors in accent form – think colorful décor like a statement painting or colorful lampshade.
  2. Avoid Unnecessary Details – Keep décor simple in small spaces. Focus on simple window treatments and fabrics. Avoid busier fabrics with large prints that can take over a space, creating an overwhelming ambiance.
  3. Use Cross-Functional Furniture –A downsized home requires better storage – and less junk! Keep your space light and clean with an ottoman that has additional storage underneath or add built-in shelving units to take advantage of additional space without using limited square footage.
  4. Use Mirrors – Mirrors are a quick and simple way to visually expand a small room. Use mirrors to your advantage in spaces in your home that are naturally dark, as they will accelerate light and open up the space.
  5. Use the Right Light – Avoid shadows and dark corners in small spaces. Use light fixtures that allow you to have lighting at different levels – experiment with table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lamps to ensure you are getting the right light for your space.

Need more small space inspiration? Here are some more tips from Apartment Therapy. What are your favorite tips to make a small space appear bigger? Share your tips below!


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Lumen to Watt Comparison for Getting the Right Amount of Light

lumen to wattBrightness is measured in lumens and not watts, and this information is typically found right on the package of a light bulb. If you’re trying to save on energy, find light bulbs with lumen to watt comparison. Find a bulb with the right amount of needed lumens and then look for the lowest amount of wattage.

Balanced light distribution can really make your space a wonderful place to spend time, but you have to be smart about the light you choose. When you choose light levels too low, you could risk your project looking cheap; and when you choose levels too high, you could risk comfort.  Therefore, there’s more to consider than lumen to watt comparison when finding that perfect light bulb.

Light Bulb Picks and Tricks

How many lumens do I need?

LED light bulbs are the most efficient lighting option on the market. They provide visual quality by combining comfort with efficiency. However, if you’re changing your existing, non-efficient light bulbs to LEDs, you may find that the light doesn’t look the same.

One of the main reasons why LEDs are good for lighting quality is because of the intensity of illumination on the areas of interest and the uniformity of illumination. Therefore, you may find that you don’t need as many lamps in your room when lighting with LED light bulbs. LEDs are directional, so you’re going to get more light to the source.

When you measure how many lumens are in a room, you’re not determining the range of light intensity in a room and the difference in where the intensity occurs. For that reason, to see how bright something is, you must consider the source and the target you want lit. The number of lumens you’ll need may vary depending on the design and color scheme of your room. However, the IES Lighting Handbook provides some guidance, which includes the following:

  • 20 lumens per square foot for floors
  • 30 lumens per square foot for tables and raised surfaces
  • 50 lumens per square foot for desks and task lighting

How do I know what light bulbs are energy efficient by wattage?

Standard incandescent and halogen light bulbs are not as efficient to CFLs and LEDs. If you’re looking for lamps with high efficiency to save you money on that electric bill, see the below chart for lumen to watt comparison. You can also find energy efficient light bulbs by looking for ENERGY STAR® certified on the package. This means the light bulb meets strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

lumen to watt analysis

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Lighting Fact Labels 101

Shop Smart, Shop Right. Shop Energy Efficient lighting!

Shopping for light bulbs isn’t always an easy task. Between the variety of bulb types, color temperatures and wattage’s it can seem like an overwhelming task…unless you know what to look for on the package. Allow us to teach you what a Lighting Fact Label is and what to look for the next time you’re shopping for a new bulb.

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Shine a Light on America’s Veterans


19.6 million – The number of United States military veterans reported in 2013. With Veteran’s Day on November 11th we seek to honor all who have served our great country by changing one light to green as a visible representation of our appreciation and support. As our nation stands to recognize these brave and heroic men and women we ask that you join TCP in the Greenlight A Vet Campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans in partnership with Walmart. Symbolizing hope, renewal and well-being, the color green and ‘greenlight’ is commonly used to activate forward movement. By taking the small action of changing one light to green #greenlightavet campaign can help spark the recognition of our nation’s hero’s.

Join TCP in support of our veterans and watch for our ‘Greenlight’ giveaways on Facebook and Twitter. Have a green light already glowing? Take a picture and post it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #greenlightavet and don’t forget to tag #TCP too!


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Happy Halloween from TCP

Don’t get spooked by bad lighting this Halloween! There’s nothing scary about LED bulbs designed to last up to 22.8 years. From all of us here at TCP, we wish you a Happy Halloween!

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