Behind the Scenes: Engineering Interview

Have you ever seen the show How It’s Made on the Science Channel? Well, we are going to take you behind the scenes to show you the mechanical side of engineering TCP LED bulbs and fixtures. I spoke with George, an engineering specialist, to find out about his role in the making of LED bulbs.

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How did you get started in this field?

“That goes way back to vocational school, where they had a mechanical drafting program. I learned on real equipment the basics of being a draft person.”

How long have you been with TCP?

“Four years at TCP and I worked my way up with my education and experience.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“Five o’clock (we laughed). No seriously, it would be the beginning of a project, because there are no rules or the rules haven’t been determined yet.”

Please explain your role in the making of LED bulbs.

“I am on the mechanical side of engineering and therefore work on the mechanical parts of the bulb (the design, but nothing electrical). I am given parameters; that is what makes it fun. My job is a little artsy and a little industrial. I have to make sure all of the electronics fit in the component. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) comes out with standards of the sizes parts need to be so the product can fit in already existing light fixtures. This helps prevent compatibility problems. ANSI’s standards give minimums and maximums to work within. I use the standards to start constructing how the product will work and how it will look. Some of the projects we just wing it because there are no  standards for that type of product. We will then go out and buy a similar product take it apart, reverse engineer it, to get measurements to use on the new product we are designing.”

Do you have a favorite project?

“They are all favorites. I do have one that I really enjoyed working on, it was a six inch ceiling can replacement.”

Keep checking back to our blog page to meet more of the TCP team and learn what they do behind the scenes to contribute to our products.

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Trick-out your lighting for Halloween

Taking your little trick-or-treater(s) to the neighborhood on the other side of town because well, we all know they give out full size candy bars? Don’t leave your house in the dark! Purchase Connected by TCP® to give you peace of mind when you’re away from your home, if only for a few hours.

The Connected by TCP Smart Lighting System allows you to personalize your lighting with automated controls such as smooth dimming, schedules, and timers that are all controlled through the TCP App. Compatible with iOS and Android operating systems, the quick controls make it as simple as swap, plug in, download and go!  Connected by TCP is not only easy to add up to 250 Connected bulbs, but it also utilizes energy efficient LED bulbs that are designed to last up to 22 years.

Having the unique capability to control your lighting remotely leaves you feeling safe and secure knowing that you can turn the lights on the front porch right in time for those little goblins coming to snag some candy…or maybe you want to give them a scare by remotely turning them on and off!

To learn about the ease of use, click here and for more information on TCP and LED products, follow TCP Lighting on Facebook and Twitter.

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Frightful costumes for every member for your family

So you’ve got the invite, RSVP’d to the party and you don’t have a costume. We’ve all been there. Allow me to help you decide…and end up being the talk of the night.

Cat lover?

Doggy fan?

30 minutes until you’ve got to leave…easy costumes from your closet!

Tell us which of these fun costumes are your favorite on Facebook or Twitter #favcostumes

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Connected by TCP: Ease of Use

When I think of “automated home lighting” the last words that come to mind are “easy to use”, but with the Connected by TCP® system – it really is that easy! The Connected by TCP Starter Kit comes with everything you need to control your lighting with your smartphone or tablet. Set-up is made simple because there are no wires to hook up, just replace your existing bulbs with the smart bulbs from the starter kit and plug in your gateway.

The Connected by TCP Smart Lighting System allows you to personalize your lighting with smooth dimming, schedules and timers that are all controlled through the TCP App. Connected by TCP is not only easy to add up to 250 Connected bulbs, but it also utilizes energy efficient LED bulbs that are designed to last up to 22 years. Connected by TCP also has a great support team and website to help with any issues that may arise while you are setting up your lighting system. You can visit the Connected by TCP support page here.

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My Experience Getting Connected:

As a Connected by TCP customer myself, I admit I was a bit intimidated with setting up and using the system. Surprisingly, the most difficult task about setting up my Connected kit was deciding what room in my house I wanted to install the bulbs in! The entire install process literally took less than 10 minutes. I would definitely suggest using the walk through set-up instructions included in the Connected packaging, which can also be found here. I was even able to set my bulbs to custom timers so I no longer have to shuffle around in the dark when I get out of bed in the morning – I have my lights turn on at the exact time my alarm clock goes off in the morning for an extra push to wake up.

The true test for me was last week when I switched Internet providers, I had my entire home re-wired and was given a completely new wireless router to use. After spending at least an hour struggling through re-connecting my wireless printer, iPad, laptop and everything else in my home, it was time to re-connect my Connected bulbs. To my surprise it required no effort whatsoever! I re-connected the Connected Gateway to my router and all of my existing settings were saved and the system worked exactly like it did the day I installed it.

Whether you are looking to just lower your energy costs by having better control of your lighting, or want to secure your home with timed lighting, Connected by TCP is here to meet your needs. The options for personalizing and beautifying your entire home with Connected by TCP are endless. To learn more about Connected by TCP, visit http://go.tcpi.com/GetConnected.

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New Products Released!

Two new product lines have been released!

New MR16 & High CRI

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Outdoor LED Lighting

Our LED luminaries are the energy efficient alternatives to metal halide and fluorescent fixtures.  They are designed to last longer while increasing the amount of light output and reducing the amount of energy used to power them.  TCP offers reliable performance with a wide range of uses – delivering the lighting needed for: exteriors of retail buildings, businesses, walkways, underpasses or entrance doors.

Applications:

  •  Parking Lots
  • Warehouses
  • Big Box Retailers
  • Stairwells
  • Building Facades
  • Walk-in Coolers
  • City Streets
  • Parking Garages
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • General Lighting

Features & Benefits:

  • Long life: 50,000 hours
  • LM80 certified LEDS
  • UL/cUL listed
  • Low maintenance
  • Excellent color consistency and
  • superior lumen maintenance
  • Energy Efficient

 

Be sure to head over to TCP LED Outdoor Luminaries to find the right outdoor luminary for you.

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Hang Out and Learn About Smart Lighting

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Learn more about smart home lighting from our lighting experts here at TCP. Hear about the latest products being added to the Connected by TCP® product line and have your questions answered live on air by our Connected team. Mark your calendars to hang out with Connected by TCP® Product Manager Dave Geraci and Lesley Matt on October 24th at 3:00 PM ET. All participants will be entered to win one of ten Connected Starter Kits.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus by using #TCPConnected.

Register for this event and join us live here. 

About Connected by TCP®:

Connected by TCP® smart home lighting utilizes LED technology that operates on a Wi-Fi network and is controlled by any iOS or Android- enabled device, allowing for instant wireless control of your lighting from anywhere. Connected by TCP® offers custom timer settings and features the smoothest dimming LEDs on the market today. To learn more about Connected by TCP®, visit: http://go.tcpi.com/GetConnected 

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Halloween…bet you didn’t know

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Halloween? Modern Halloween surely didn’t start this way, so how then?

Thought to derive from Samhain, a Celtic festival some 2,000 years ago to ward off ghosts in the night soon became a time to honor saints and martyrs in the eighth century on November 1st. As the name of this holiday, known as All Saints’ Day or All Hallows, the evening before, October 31st quickly became All Hallows Eve which transformed into Halloween. In the nineteenth century the rituals and customs evolved once again but, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that we began to experience Halloween as a trick-or-treating, family friendly, big business holiday.

Check out the video below from History.com to learn more!

 

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Spooktacular Displays

I have a love of Halloween…okay, maybe slight obsession. If I’m being completely honest I start planning for the following year’s Halloween party after Christmas. Yes, I’m one of those people with the giant Halloween party where we keep the neighbors up, eat tons of food and have Hocus Pocus playing in the background.

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I’m pretty sure my husband secretly enjoys it but puts on a grumpy face when I start asking him to hang lights, put tombstones in the yard and scatter bones in the flower beds.  But, even if you aren’t like me going crazy with your decorations you can still make a pretty festive display using TCP’s color LEDs for both indoor and outdoor locations.

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With using colored lights, the possibilities are endless. Check out a few of our favorite images of how to utilize them for your seasonal display

I cannot wait to try out some of these amazing ideas in a few short weeks. They will go perfectly with my scary décor and even carry themselves into the next holiday…if the neighbors don’t tell me otherwise.

Have you used colored lights for your seasonal displays? Share some of your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter #BOOlights

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Find the Right Color Temperature Bulb

Are you confused or clueless about color temperatures? How many times have you gone to the store and not been sure which color temperature bulb you should purchase? Or worst, bought a bulb, got home and went to use it and it did not match the rest of the bulb colors in that area? Watch the video below to help you discover what color temperatures are and what color temperatures are best for certain areas of your home or office.

LED Color Temperature

Here are the basics:

2700K – 3000K is called Warm White or Soft White. This is the same color as incandescent bulbs and is great for living rooms and bed rooms.

3500K – 4100K is called Cool White, Neutral, or Bright White. This color range is right in the middle, and is good for kitchens and work spaces.

5000K – 6500K is called Natural or Daylight. These bulbs are that white/bluish color, which are great for reading and bathroom vanities.

Color Temp Chart

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