GU24 Bulbs for Hospitality Lighting Prevent Theft

How can people possibly steal light bulbs?! How stingy can you be, right? It may seem strange, but it does happen in hotels. According to, nine out of 10 said they stole from hotel rooms with light bulbs being second on the most common list of items.

To help stop this fiasco, GU24 bulbs came to market. LED GU24-1They have bi-pin, twist-lock connectors, which are very different than other screw-type light bulb bases. Therefore, anyone who steals one won’t be able to use it in their home. To install GU24 bulbs in a hotel, simply twist and click.

TCP’s recently released LED GU24 bulbs are available as a multi-directional bulb in A-lamp shapes. This ENERGY STAR® rated bulb provides excellent light output for the most demanding applications. The LED bulbs can replace an existing GU24 CFL base fixture, too.  These LED lamps are a better option because they’ll save you as much as 85 percent in energy as halogen alternatives. They have low heat generation and are perfect for hotel applications because fabrics won’t fade.

hospitality lightingThe most respectable of guests have been caught taking light bulbs and packing them in their suitcases. They steal towels, bathrobes, batteries, alarm clocks, hair dryers and you name it. Guests are known to take just about anything not nailed to the floor. By using light bulbs like GU24s, your hotel construction project will be equipped to prevent theft with light bulbs at least.

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What is Lighting Design?

The lighting designer is an architect, electrical engineer, facility manager and interior designer. If you’re looking to light a hotel, restaurant or hospital, you’ll need a lighting designer to create a vision of art with function. What is lighting design? It’s a beautiful piece of art and a carefully calculated, science project.hotel lighting design

Proper commercial lighting is important for companies looking to expand their business. No matter how big your lighting project is, you’ll need proper lighting to meet your needs and industry standards. For hotels and restaurants, it may be about creating proper mood lighting. For hospitals, it may be about creating visual quality. No matter what the purpose, you can achieve great lighting design by looking to those who have the following lighting certifications or are part of the following associations:

Additionally, it’s important to note that the U.S. Congress passed multiple legislative acts in an effort to conserve the nation’s energy resources.  So with more incentives to go green, it’s increasingly important to find a lighting design that includes energy efficiency. A good lighting designer should help you to reduce maintenance costs by choosing an energy efficient lighting system, which will reduce the amount of replacements and labor costs.

warehouse industrial lightingFor example, imagine how much it would cost to pay a crew to replace light bulbs in a warehouse. You’ll not only have to pay for the bulb replacement, but you’ll also have to pay for the use of a cherry picker and the time it took to do the actual replacement.

A lighting designer is concerned about the building’s aesthetics, or the art of lighting. He or she must utilize an enormous amount of technical knowledge into updating the facility’s technology, so you get art with function. Therefore, a lighting designer has to think of lighting in terms of layers – task lighting and ambient lighting.

What is task lighting?
Task lighting increases luminance for a particular function. This type of lighting takes both luminance and contrast into consideration. For example, a poorly positioned light source may cause contrast reduction and loss in visibility. Since task lighting provides focused light for a specific area, ambient lighting can be reduced.
What is ambient lighting?
Ambient lighting or general lighting is the available light in a facility. It’s basically any source of light that is not supplied by an unnatural source, such as a photographer.

Think of ambient lighting in regards to your flood light. TCP’s Elite BR lamps fill the entire room with ambient light, while the LED T8 Tubes are for task lighting.

A commercial lighting design also needs to take into account the psychological and behavioral issues of the users. There are elements in a space that affect impressions, so a strong statement needs to be said with your facility’s lighting

In fact, there is a correlation with lighting design and how it relates to expected costs. For example, customers in fast food restaurants expect to have low prices with crowed spaces; whereas in an expensive bistro, the experience is more private with higher costs.

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What Kind of Bugs Are Attracted to Light?

Don’t you hate it when that pesky bug ruins your nightlife fun on your porch or deck? Most people do. But let’s really think about this; what kind of bugs are attracted to light? Why do theporch light bulb attracting bugsy carry out this irritating behavior? There is a wide-range of bugs that fit into this category and have this strange light addiction – biting bugs, flying bugs, stinging bugs and crawling bugs.

Let’s first look at the most annoying bug, the biting bug. These types of bugs tend to be mosquitoes and biting flies. They don’t want to fly into the light. In fact, these guys like to fly onto you for a bite.

Then there are those harmless flying bugs – moths, fireflies and beetles. They won’t harm you, but they can be annoying. In fact, moths pollinate at night, so they can be helpful to our environment.

Stinging bugs, however, aren’t so harmless. While these bees and wasps sting, they aren’t really looking to you as their target. They’d much rather target bugs like caterpillars that are eating your plants.

Believe it or not, crawling bugs can make it to your light bulb, too. These types of bugs, such as ants, tend to stay close to the ground; but sometimes, crawling bugs will make their way to your light source.

The key is making sure you keep these pesky bugs’ attention off of your house. Bugs tend to be attracted to UV light. We know this because many flowers reflect UV light. They’ll often mistake a UV light bulb as their food source, like a flower. That’s why TCP created the yellow bug light bulbs, because they have longer wavelengths and won’t attract bugs.

Another reason why these bugs have this light addiction is because they simply can’t help it. Phototaxis is an organism’s response to light. These bugs that have phototaxis will automatically move toward the light bulb, and those without it won’t. Another reason why yellow is a good light bulb color. It shifts the color temperature to be almost invisible.

Also, bugs with phototaxis use the moon to navigate. When we turn on our light bulb (or their artificial moon), it confuses them; moon light attracts bugsbecause they are merely looking for food. So while it’s no fun when your porch party moves to the indoors on a beautiful night, feel bad for these party crashers. They just can’t help it.

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How to Buy Light Bulbs

There are many lighting options to choose from that appear to be the same on the outside; but in all actuality, these light bulbs (or lamps) vary in quality and technology. Standards are changing and energy efficiency is increasingly important; not only from an environmental standpoint, but also for the sake of our pockets. When deciding on how to buy light bulbs, you need to ask yourself several questions if your lighting goal is longevity and great illumination. You need to understand what a light bulb is and what goes into making a quality bulb.

What is a light bulb?
A light bulb can be inserted into a socket or fixture, and it produces light from electricity. It’s able to do this by passing an electric current through a filament of inert gas. Thomas Edison created the first light bulb, which was an incandescent. Today, a light bulb can be used for lighting up spaces, directing traffic and producing heat. With light bulbs having so many uses for many applications, an efficient lighting design couldn’t be more important.
What are incandescent bulbs?
Incandescentincandescent light bulb light bulbs produce light with a wire filament. The wire is heated by an electric current at a high temperature until the bulb lights up. They are manufactured in various sizes and light output. While these light bulbs may require little manufacturing cost, they will cost you more in energy usage. They convert less than 5 percent of energy to visible light, while the rest of it is used to produce heat. That’s why many homeowners are converting to LED A lamp types.
What light bulbs to buy?
Typically, light bulbs can be found in two categories – residential lighting and commercial lighting. While they look the same, the difference can be found with the components that go into making the bulb. Commercial products tend to cost more, but they are higher in quality. However, residential light bulbs are held to strict standards for electromagnetic interference.
There are warranty differences between residential and commercial lighting, as well. Commercial bulbs have better drivers, heat sinks, LED chips and lenses. As a result, those light bulbs will last longer.
Sometimes, specific lighting products may only be available for certain applications. Before deciding on how to buy light bulbs, carefully analyze the application and your budget. If you’re looking to buy light bulbs for your home and don’t want to spend the extra money for high performance commercial bulbs, go with residential light bulbs.
What LED bulbs to buy?
The components that go into making the light bulb make the biggest difference, especially for a LED bulb. The significant parts that make a difference are the chips and drivers. The image of TCP Lighting’s PAR38 shows the key components to look for in a quality light bulb.
Quality drivers are important, because they run the LEDs; and sometimes, they have electronics that can interpret control signals to dim.light bulb components for how to buy light bulbs
The chip is the light engine, so it’s important, too. To find a quality chip, you have to look at the materials used to make the chip. Larger chips provide more light and stability, but they do cost more. 
What is the best brand of LED light bulbs?
Often times, you’ll see a brand lighting manufacturer at a big box retailer who a commercial lighting distributor offers. What separates lighting manufacturers from each other is the technology they have to offer and their lighting know-how. For instance the ENERGY STAR® label on the package shows quality assurance. You’ll be able to get facility and home performance with ENERGY STAR.
If you’re trying to decide on the best LED bulbs, look at what best fits your application and look at the manufacturer’s technology and certifications, such a UL approved listing and ENERGY STAR rated.  TCP controls all the components in the bulb, so we have control over the durability and light quality.
We have more than 20 years of experience in energy efficient lighting, and provide our expertise in our lighting technology, specifically with our drivers and chips. We have experience in designing and producing driver technology, and we are the leader in LED chip manufacturing.
Therefore, be careful in picking up that cheaper LED light bulb at your local hardware store. Just because it’s cost effective, doesn’t mean it’s the best quality. Look at the lighting supplier’s technology, and you’ll be able to decide on the best LED bulbs for superior illumination and durability.

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Utility Rebates for Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrial Programs

To help offset costs of new power plants, utility companies are improving savings for businesses and consumers by offering utility rebates for energy efficiency projects. Every type of utility rebate has its own incentives, goals and procedures.

Basically, there are three categories of commercial and industrial utility rebates for energy efficiency – prescriptive, midstream and custom. However, it’s important to note that not one utility program is the same. For instance, two prescriptive programs can run differently and have different criteria to participate.

Prescriptive utility rebates are typically straightforward. The utility company offering the rebate has energy guidelines that must be met to obtain the rebate amount available. As long as you meet the requirements and submit the rebate application, you’ll receive a check.

Midstream utility rebates offer incentives for select energy-efficient lighting. Product incentives are delivered to the commercial and industrial contact as a reduction in the purchase price of qualifying products at the time of the sale.

Custom rebates are based on the actual amount of energy saved. These types of rebates will require an on-site inspection and require installation of monitoring and verification equipment to record energy savings.

TCP Lighting will help you decide what type of utility rebate program is right for you. It all depends on your specific situation and the specific incentives being offered. Finding the right program can be overwhelming, because utility rebates are in-depth and overloaded with information. That’s why we’re here to help you get the best utility program for obtaining the best savings.

The natural environment is important to us, and that’s why TCP is with the end user through every step of their energy efficiency project. We examine the existing lighting system and learn about your business priorities at the beginning; and once you’re ready to make a lighting purchase, that’s when we connect you with the distributor and discuss the types of utility rebate programs for energy efficiency.

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How Much Life is in your Light?

Retailers are often faced with the constant complaints on light bulbs due to the quick burn out. The life span of a bulb is known as the life hours. Why do light bulbs burn out so fast? What are some of the determining factors for the life of a light bulb? To answer those questions we must look into a few key components for bulbs.

Let’s start with technology which has a direct relation to how long the bulb will last. Depending on whether the bulb is a halogen bulb, compact fluorescent or CFL, or a LED will assist consumers in providing insight on how long the bulb may be advertised to last. Let’s dig a little deeper into these aspects.

Halogen bulbs are a boost in energy efficiency by 28% over the incandescent bulb. This is a great feature, because it allows the bulb to have a slightly longer life than an incandescent. Halogens average about 1,000 life hours.

CFL bulbs are next in category with an energy efficiency of 75% over the standard incandescent. Due to this fact, CFLs have a typical lifespan of 8,000-10,000 hours or ~ 9.1 years.

LED light bulbs top the category with an energy efficiency rate of 85% over the standard incandescent. They typically generate a lifespan of 15,000-20,000 hours or 22 years.

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Now that we have the rundown on the different lighting options and their estimated lifespan, how can you determine if these bulbs actually last the life hours advertised? The simple answer is these bulbs are tested based on 3 hours a day of usage. Consumer usage directly determines the amount of years your bulbs will last. Bulbs will last the life hours advertised but the years advertised will be determined on a individual consumer  basis.

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Lessons in Lighting Base Types

Exploring the world of energy efficient lighting can be a very daunting task. Although it may be easy to choose the light bulb shape that you may want for your lamp or fixture, identifying the proper base type may not be. Fear not, TCP is here to help you become a lighting base expert!

Lets start with the most recognizable base type – Edison. The Edison base type is classified with the letter “E” and a size number, which is measured in millimeters. The most common Edison bases are the medium “E26”, which are the average household bulbs used in a majority of lamp fixtures. Think table lamps, vanities and pendant lamps. The second most commonly used base type is an “E12” base. This base is commonly referred to as a candelabra base. This smaller base is often used in specialty lighting, such as chandeliers and decorative fixtures.

edison base

Another popular base type is called Bi-pin. Bi-pin bases are often classified with the letter “G” and are similar to the Edison base; the space measured between the prongs is measured in millimeters. “G” bases are commonly used in fluorescent or LED tubes and particularly speciality spot and flood light fixtures.

The last base we will discuss is the Bayonet base. There are two types of Bayonet base types – single contact and dual contact, which are used to identify the number of contacts the bulb base has to the socket. Bayonet bulbs have two pins on the side of the base, which requires the bulb to be pushed in and twisted into the socket. Bayonet based bulbs are often only used in specialty fixtures.


Stay tuned for our next blog post where we will discuss light bulb rated hours.

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