See the Savings for Yourself!

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And in the case of your lighting, it may be worth a thousand bucks!

Hearing about the energy savings from the manufacturers requires sorting through the propaganda, and listening to the dense scientific reasons behind it can make your head spin. But we’ve found a tool for you from National Geographic that’s easy to use and cuts right to the chase—exactly how much will you save switching to an all-LED home?

With the website’s user friendly tool, select how many light bulbs you have installed in your home (the average household uses 40 light bulbs, which we’ll use in our example).

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Next, select the number of incandescent, CFLs or LEDs you have in your home. Let’s say you’re totally new to the LED game and have an all-incandescent house. Slide your cursors to the right and click “Calculate,” and you’ll get a sample energy report for your home.

You’ll see how much more or less you’re spending that the average household and how many more or fewer light bulbs you have installed. You’ll also get a glimpse at the larger effects of your energy consumption, including its impact on harmful emission and national energy costs.

According to the tool, a person illuminating 40 incandescent bulbs in his or her home spends $22.49 more a year on lighting energy than the average household. Compare that against an all-LED household!

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When you take the all-LED path, this tool shows you can see savings of more than $120 a year. Imagine all the Starbucks and Netflix subscriptions you can afford with that extra cash!

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And even if your apprehensive about making the complete transition to LED lighting, even installing just one more LED in your house can save you $3.75.

Treat yourself with those extra bucks to a Caramel Macchiato, and remember how sweet it is to save with LED lighting!

Click here to try National Geographic’s Light Bulb Savings Calculator for yourself.

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LED Lighting in Schools

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As LED lighting grows in popularity, more and more institutions are switching over to the energy-efficient light source from traditional lighting. Among the many businesses and warehouses making the switch, schools are also able to find many benefits from switching to LEDs.

Back at the beginning of the LED lighting revolution, an elementary school in Minnesota switched to all-LED lighting in their gymnasium. As one of the largest rooms in any school, the gym required over 100 new LED bulbs.

The result—the lighting within the school’s gymnasium improved drastically in both color quality and light output. The lights were noticeably whiter and brighter, providing a more aesthetically pleasing light quality that faculty and administrators alike appreciated.

On top of that, switching the gym alone over to LEDs saved the school $9,000 a year on energy costs. And with a five-year warranty on the bulbs, little maintenance was required.

Not only do reduced costs benefit those in charge of running a school, but they also benefit the students attending the school and their families. The more money a school can save on things like energy consumption, the more money that can be invested into programs and tools that will benefit the students’ education.

LED lighting has also proved beneficial in special education classrooms within schools. An elementary school in Arizona recently replaced lighting in special education classrooms with LED lighting.

Faculty in the special education classrooms noticed an increase in their students’ attention spans after the installation of the LED lamps. The fluorescent lighting would often flicker and produce a buzzing noise that made it difficult for the students to concentrate. Once the LED lights were in place, the flickering and buzzing stopped, and the students were able to focus more on their daily tasks .  

While the energy savings the school inherited was a major bonus in the switch to LED as well, the removal of the distracting elements in the special education classrooms were very well-received. Not only are LEDs a proven component of an energy-efficient, money-saving lifestyle, but they can also have major benefits on people’s quality of life.

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LED Lighting in the Grocery Store

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Among the many locations where LED lighting is a superior lighting option, recent reports have revealed that LED lighting can have unprecedented benefits for produce, meat, and other food products found at your local grocery store.

According to a study by Kansas State University, LED lighting offers significant benefits to raw meat on display at the supermarket. Customers often look to a meat’s color as a sign of how fresh it is. Due to the energy-efficient benefits of LED, including the lack of heat produced by lamps, LEDs are actually beneficial for fresh meat color stability.

The results of this study, which compared the effects of LED and incandescent lighting on meat, concluded that LED prolongs the color life of meat. Not only will LEDs save store owners operational costs on energy, but it will also keep their product looking its best and their customers happy.

LED lighting also offers benefits for fruit shelf life. A group of researchers from Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi) conducted a study on how light quality and intensity affected the rate at which fruit decomposed.

The study showed that fruit exposed to lighting with lower temperatures and less UV radiation, such as LED lighting, decomposed more slowly. By keeping fruit under LED lighting, store owners can expect a longer shelf life for fruit as well as lower energy costs and less money spent replacing spoiled fruit.

Not only can store owners benefit from these discoveries, but everyday consumers can learn from these examples as well. When leaving fruit out in their home, homeowners now know how beneficial it is to keep it under a light source like an LED. By replacing their traditional incandescent in their homes to LEDs, they can see the energy-saving benefits at home and keep their fruit fresher longer, saving money of energy costs and food.

When it comes to keep food fresher longer, choosing LED lighting is a no brainer!

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The Benefits of the DOE’s New LED Lighting Facts Program

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In response to the ever-growing market for LED lighting, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established a new LED Lighting Facts Program as a resource for consumers of LED lighting. The program is designed to help make sense out of the wide variety of LED products offered on the market today. This program can help you distinguish between the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of LEDs. Read on to find out how this new program will help you sift through LED products.

What You See Is What You Get—Guaranteed

The DOE launched this program as a way to confirm all the information lighting companies publish about their LED products is accurate. Manufacturers who sign up with the program put their products through a series of tests and report their findings in the DOE-approved LED Lighting Facts box. The box is designed to make the lamp’s lighting facts easy to read and understand and includes information about lumen output, watts and color accuracy.

Before any data is published, it is approved by the DOE for accuracy. That way, you can be sure that companies who have partnered with the DOE on this project (like TCP) are advertising verified facts about their product.

Research Your LED from Anywhere

The program also has a corresponding website, www.lightingfacts.com , which contains a database of all the partnering companies within the program and information about their products. Data provided includes general lighting facts box information as well as metrics from LM-79 testing (such as power factor, beam angle and CBCP) and any special verifications the product may have, like if its Energy Star® certified.

The website also offers convenient tools that allow you to conduct more detailed research of your LEDs. The Commercial and Residential Product Performance Scales allow you to compare an LED between a more traditional light source to see the disparity between LED and other forms of lighting technology.

There’s also a comprehensive breakdown of federal lighting documents, like the Energy Independence and Security Act and the Federal Trade Commission consumer lighting label. This provides you with enough knowledge on the LED lighting industry to allow you to make an educated decision when going out to purchase an LED.

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3 Beautiful LED Installations

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When you hear news about LED lighting, more often than not you’re hearing about its economical benefits and technological advancements. With all this technical news swarming around it, it’s easy to forget the aesthetic benefits of LED lighting. Here are just a few examples that show how LED lighting can be beautiful, too.

Santa Monica Pier

Nothing says “summer” like an amusement park on the beach. One of the most well-known seaside attractions in America is the Santa Monica Pier. Recently, engineers for the pier were noting that the old lighting systems were outdated and not showing the pier in its best light. The solution—convert the old light fixtures into LED fixtures. The result—the Santa Monica Pier has the potential to save over 80% on its energy costs, and now it shines brighter than ever.

Leo Villareal’s Cylinder II

Walking through an art gallery, you expect to see outstanding paintings and intricate, hand-crafted sculptures. But a light sculpture? That’s something you don’t see every day.

Lighting designer Leo Villareal recently contributed work to the “Light Show” exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery. Among his works was a piece entitled “Cylinder II,” a massive column composed of hundreds of lighting rods made up of tens of thousands of LED lights. The piece is daunting, to say the least, and in the darkened gallery it truly stands out.

 Hector Serrano’s Dome

For this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Serrano was inspired to create an homage to the ancient Roman pantheon domes. To bring the design into the 21st century, Serrano constructed the dome out of spheres lit by LED lights.

With a circular ceiling supported by columns, festival goers were able to experience the historic architecture in an unexpected way. The dome stood tall for the festival’s two-weekend run, allowing the thousands of attendees to experience LED lighting in a way they’ve never experienced it before.

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Understanding Key Terms: Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)

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As a consumer curious about energy-efficient lighting, one of the most intimidating aspects of researching LED lighting is learning and understanding all the unfamiliar terminology. However, in order to understand and get the most out of the product, these terms should make sense. By breaking down this new vocabulary a­nd explaining how it applies to LED lighting, you’ll be better equipped to make an educated decision about joining the LED team.

CCT- Definition

According to the Lighting Research Center, the Illuminating Engineering Society defines correlated color temperature as “the absolute temperature of a blackbody whose chromaticity most nearly resembles that of the light source.” Put simply, the correlated color temperature is the temperature at which a blackbody object (like a light filament) needs to be heated in order to display colors. A blackbody absorbs electromagnetic radiation, and as its temperature changes, colors are produced. You will see this advertised on an LED’s packaging in units called Kelvin (K).

Interpreting CCT

An LED’s correlated color temperature falls on a scale between 0K and about 12,000K. For the most part, you won’t see an LED with a CCT much higher than 7500K. This temperature represents the temperature the blackbody needs to heat up to in order to display colors. Lamps with a lower CCT (ex. 2700K) have a “warm” light, while lamps that have a higher CCT (ex. 5000K) produce a “cool” light. That is because lamps with a warmer light require a lower temperature in order to heat up enough to produce colors, while lamps with a cooler light need a hotter temperature to display colors.   

The Importance of Color Temperature

Different temperatures of light serve different purposes, both aesthetically and in terms of light output. It’s important to be sure you’re selecting the proper color temperature for each environment. For areas that don’t require a high light output, like bedrooms and restaurants, a light with a low CCT (around 2700K) works best. Areas like office buildings and laundry rooms are appropriate for a more natural light, so look for CCTs around 4000K. Retail stores typically require a brighter light in the 5000k-6000K range, and special locations like art galleries or display rooms need bright lights in the 7000K range. Selecting the right lamp with the proper CCT will make all the difference in the appearance of your room.

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3 of the Most Useful Features of TCP’s Website

 

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At TCP, we strive to provide customers with all the tools they need to make the right choice when shopping for energy-efficient lighting. Our website is one of our most accessible resources, and with the release of our newly revised site, here are some of its many features designed to assist you!

Applications

Located within the Business and Consumer tabs, the Applications Selector organizes our products into the venues they’d be most suited for based on factors like lighting output and color temperature. Simply select the setting you’re looking to outfit with LED lighting, and the Applications Selector will lead you to the right bulbs.

Determining the type of bulb needed in a room can be tricky, and you want to be sure you’re getting the most out of your lighting. This tool is designed by lighting professionals—it’s our job to help you select the right lighting for your specific space. The Applications tool can give you confidence that you’re purchasing the right bulb or light fixture to fit your lighting needs.

Energy Savings Calculator

You’ve heard over and over again about how LED lighting can save you money, but maybe you want to know just how much these bulbs can save you. You can use the Energy Savings Calculator, under the Consumer tab, to see for yourself.

If you’re a math whiz, the Energy Savings Calculator provides you with all the formulas needed to determine the energy savings of LEDs over incandescent bulbs. However, the Energy Savings Calculator also provides an automated option if you want your answer right away. Simply choose the incandescent bulb you want to compare and enter a quantity, and the calculator returns your savings in seconds. Now, instead of just hearing how these bulbs can save you money, you’ll have a tangible number to see the difference for yourself.

Distributor Search

So you’ve determined which TCP products you’d like purchase, but where can you find our merchandise? That’s where the Distributor Search comes in.

Found under the Business tab, the Distributor Search allows you to search by zip code or city and state for TCP distributors up to 100 miles from your area. The search tool includes the distributor’s distance from you as well as its address and phone number.   No matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to find TCP bulbs in a snap thanks to this tool!

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Crazy, True Stories about LED Lighting

 

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The major selling point of LED lighting is that it can save you money. As a consumer, that’s probably the feature that grabs your attention the most. But, recently people have discovered perks of LED lighting that go beyond its energy-saving benefits. Read on to find out about the incredible true stories about LED lighting.

LED Lighting Lowers Suicide Rates

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates of any country. The numbers have only been getting worse, as the World Health Organization reports the number of suicides has doubled within the last 10 years.

Recently, the Mapo Bridge in the country’s largest city, Seoul, has been transformed into the “Bridge of Life” with the installation on over 2,200 LED lights. Sensors within the light fixtures illuminate comforting messages and images of families and children whenever a person gets close.

Since the exhibit’s installation, suicude rates on the bridge have dropped nearly 77 percent. Just as the messgaes need to shine a light on these people, the lighting needs to reinfornce and strengthen that message. The fact that LED lighting is used in this exhibit is monumental. LEDs do more than take a load off your economic woes—they can take a load off your heart.

LED Lighting Produces More Milk

A study by Oklahoma State University found that cows housed in buildings with LED lighting produce more milk than cows kept under traditional lighting.

While the study aimed to see the how the bulbs’ energy savings affected farm life, researchers also found that the cows produced 6 precent more milk, or an extra half gallon of milk a day, on average.

While there are no definite answers as to why LEDs lead to more milk, theories among the researchers included more intense light on food encourages the cows to eat more and less light in the cows’ free space allows them to relax more easily. 

Although this revelation came from a small study almost accidentally, it has encouraged more research and testing by other curious minds. That’s good news for LEDs—another venue where they can be of service.

LED Lighting Takes You Back In Time

For years, the Burlington Arcade has been the premiere shopping destination for England’s rich and famous (and royal!) However, the years have been wearing on the famed structure. When a remodel was deemed necessary, LEDs were the go-to lighting source to rejuvenate the Arcade.

Lighting designers Spiers + Major reconfigured the entire lighting of the building, contracting LED maufacturers and creating lighting fixtures to bring the shopping complex back to its former glory. The lighting and fixtures they created bring out the historic architecture of the building. The lighting bathes it in a warm glow that changes throughout the day to best illuminate the building and its features.

In this case, LED lighting wasn’t the econminc choice. It was the sentimental choice, and it’s helped restore this little piece of history.

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LED Lighting: The Safe Alternative Lighting Solution

 

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Street lights and LED lighting make sense together. Street lights are a necessity in any town. They need to be on all through the night to light the road for people and help keep them safe. However, bulbs in street lights burn much longer than a bulb in any ordinary lighting fixture. This can lead to high energy costs for cities over time.

Which is why installing LED bulbs in street lights makes so much sense. With their proven energy-saving benefits, LED bulbs can help cut energy costs for cities while producing the same amount of light as the traditional bulbs that were in use before.  It’s no wonder major cities like Seattle and Los Angeles have already made the transition to having LED street lights.

But it’s not just the environmental and cost-saving benefits that have people crossing over to LED lighting. City officials who support the transition say LED lights have safety benefits beyond traditional light bulbs.

Reports from representatives in Oakland, CA, which began switching over to LED street lights in June, said LED bulbs will provide a brighter light output than traditional bulbs with less glare and fewer dark spots. These were some of the primary reasons why the city made the switch, as they hoped the added benefits from these bulbs would help cut down on crime in the city.

While it’s not news that LEDs can save you money on energy and reduce the size of your carbon footprint, it is news that LEDs can keep your streets safer, and especially help cut back on crime.  As Oakland Councilman Larry Reid said, LED lights “will make an incredible amount of difference because the bad guys will have second thoughts about committing crimes here because it’s more likely that they will be seen.”

So now it seems LED lights have another service to provide you and your community: protection.

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What It Means to Be ENERGY STAR® Certified

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As time has gone on, energy-efficient lighting technology has become more and more mainstream, seeping its way into our everyday lives. There are more LED bulbs on the market now than ever, and it can be tough to sort through the mass and decide which bulb will work best in your life.  For over 20 years, ENERGY STAR® has been certifying products, including LEDs, that meet its list of energy-efficient standards. What that means isn’t always clear, so here’s what ENERGY STAR® tests for and what you can expect from its certified LEDs.

Color Quality

As you may know from buying light bulbs throughout the years, different colors of light are beneficial for different purposes. Warmer light is good for general purposes, while cool light is useful in kitchens and workspaces, and a more natural light is good to read under. 

When you buy an ENERGY STAR® bulb, you can expect your lights to have a better color quality versus alternative LED bulbs. The color output of these lights will remain consistent throughout the life of the bulb and won’t fade over time. That means you can anticipate the same color quality from your bulbs from the day you turn them on until the day they burn out.

Light Output & Brightness

Not only is the color of the light you buy important, but the overall quality of light is a major feature in separating the good light bulbs from the bad. You want a bulb that you know is going to effectively illuminate your house for the length of time stated on the label.

ENERGY STAR® LEDs are certified to be just as bright as traditional incandescent bulbs, so the only difference you’ll notice between the bulbs is the energy savings LEDs will give you. You can also expect ENERGY STAR® bulbs to produce a consistent light output throughout its advertised life, similarly to the bulb’s color output.  

Savings

While you’ve no doubt heard of all the energy-saving benefits that come from LED lights, seeing an LED with an ENERGY STAR® seal means that bulb has been tested to use at least 75% less energy than an incandescent. This major cut to your energy consumption means a major cut to the costs you accumulate from your energy use in your daily life.

The cuts don’t stop there. ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs are also certified to last up to 50 times longer than a traditional light bulb and up to 5 times longer than a fluorescent. What that means for you is fewer light bulbs purchased and less time spent worrying about changing and disposing of your dead bulbs.

Find out about TCP’s ENERGY STAR® certified products and more here.

For more on ENERGY STAR®, visit their website.

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