Monday, March 22, 2010

Commercial Fluorescent Lights

Guidelines for Contractors Installing Fluorescent Floodlights-
If you want to use fluorescent floodlights to light your client’s building with a uniform beam spread, RLLD Commercial Lighting recommends that you go by the following guidelines in this blog. If you have to vary the lighting levels, you can do this by changing lamp wattage without changing out the fixtures.

Establish the Proper Aiming Points
To get a uniform distribution of light from top to bottom, aim fluorescent floodlights two thirds up the vertical surface. For instance, if the wall is 25 feet high, aim your fixtures 17 feet up from the ground.

What to do with limited setback.
Setback is often encountered. Work with what space you have. The minimum acceptable setback distance is one-quarter the height of the wall. If you have more space, install the fixtures at the same distance from the wall as your aiming point is from the ground. For example, going by our example above, that would be 17 feet back from the building.

Regardless of setback, the spacing between should be twice the setback.
To get optimum uniformity of luminance, space fluorescent floodlights at a distance two times the distance of setback. In our current example, fixtures setback 17 feet from the wall must be spaced 34 feet apart. This causes the light beams to overlap one another, resulting in a uniform spread. If a client is more concerned with cost than with uniformity, however, you may purchase fewer commercial lighting fixtures and vary spacing up to five times the setback distance.

Tell your client about the advantages that fluorescent floodlights offer over inground uplights.
There are times when facilities managers request uplights because they are so easy to conceal and do not intrude into the scene. Nevertheless, they are better used as sign lights, monument lights, or decorative landscape lights. When they are mounted close to a large surface like a building wall, they cast a near vertical beam upward. You cannot achieve uniformity with this type of beam spread.

Get a photometric design from RLLD Commercial Lighting.
The example we provided assumes there is a more or less symmetrical building to light and sufficient acreage to give your team the necessary amount of setback. This ideal scenario is not always found in the real world, however. Real world scenarios are much more complex and demanding, and they often call for more architectural lighting design and installation strategies that take too many billable hours to compute.

It is so much better to have our lighting design team calculate setback and spacing for you. This will also help us recommend the best fixtures to use. This saves time and money for both you and your client, and is sometimes the only way to avoid error if you are installing fluorescent floodlights at a multi-building location.

A 3D photometric lighting design will ensure you will create the appropriate foot candle measurements regardless of the symmetry of the individual buildings, their relationship to each another, and the amount of available setback.

This 3D model is also that you can show to our client that will show them the location and beam spreads of the fluorescent lighting fixtures we recommend. The cost of this photometric design will be deducted from your final invoice total if and when you buy the equipment from us.
If you buy your industrial outdoor products from us, we will refund the value of the photometric design by deducting it from your equipment purchase invoice. This will also save you money on service charges.

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of industrial lighting & commercial parking lot lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for contact us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 or read one of our many related lighting articles. You never know what you will find at RLLD.

Our lighting designers are located in Houston, Texas with stocking distribution centers located throughout the United States that enable us to service and ship to all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., New Orleans, La., Cleveland, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo., Mesa, Arizona, Virginia Beach, Va., Omaha, Nebraska, Oakland, California, Miami, Florida, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Arlington, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Denton, TX, McKinney, Texas, Midland, TX, Killeen, Texas, Dallas TX, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, ALBQ, NYC, LA, MPLS.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fluorescent Wall Pack Lighting

I’m a building manager. Why have I never even heard of wall packs until now?
Fluorescent wall packs are the most common types of exterior wall lights now. People see them so much they basically don’t even notice them. They also don’t draw much attention to themselves because they are so easy to install and require only infrequent replacement in most cases.

Is fluorescent light good enough for this type of lighting?
Yes. Any industrial lighting designer will testify to the fact that fluorescent can output all the light you need for building lighting at even lower energy saving costs than the best metal halides. Not only that, but if there is a power outage in your area, fluorescent wall packs will come right back on without the startup time required by halide outdoor commercial lights.

Will they cost me a lot of money to install?
No, because fluorescent wall pack fixtures are engineered for convenience. Most are single unit builds that only need to be wired to a power source. They cast an even distribution of light around their immediate area which combines the luminance of other wall packs. The fluorescent lamps are very energy efficient and can provide lighting of this type for both safety and security without costing a business an arm and a leg.

Is there a cheap, one-size fits all fluorescent wall pack fixture?
No. Not every single wall pack light is right for your particular building. That is why we recommend that you talk about the much different wattage, intensities, and physical sizes of these lights in order to determine which one will best meet your needs.

Why should I spend money on a lighting designer when the fixtures are already going to cost me money?
Because it will cost you much more if you purchase the wrong fixtures or if you buy too many fixtures. There is never any obligation to buy professional lighting supplies from us. You have the choice to simply buy the design and give it to your local electrical contractor.

Another reason to invest in a photometric plan is to make sure you comply with lighting ordinances in your area. Some of these requirements may look impossible to meet at face value. For example, some cities mandate that fluorescent wall packs around a building be mounted in such a way that their light is never seen above the roof line. This seems impossible to the lay person, but it is not to lighting designers.

All an expert has to do is find fixtures that will point downward and still produce the desired foot candle distribution patter.

How can I get a photometric plan?
Just to call our office and speak to our fluorescent lighting design team. We will normally request schematics, CAD drawings, photographs, measurements, or other documents determined to be relevant to our design process. We will then input this data into advanced photometric software that will allow us to design a 3D model of your proposed lighting system.

Can I get the design for free?
If you buy the equipment from us, you will get your money invested in the plan deducted off the total amount of the final invoice. Costs for photometric "point by point" layouts are reasonable priced and well worth the investment. What other website can provide this type of scientific information prior to investing in commercial lighting equipment? Only RLLD offers photometric lighting designs directly to engineers, builders, developers, owners or other decision makers responsible for spending money wisely.

Related Topics:
Commercial & Industrial Lighting
Commercial Outdoor Lighting
Commercial Security Lighting Fixtures
Area Lighting & Parking Area Lights
Commercial Lighting Design
Commercial Interior Lighting

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of architectural lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for contact us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 and we will find it for you. RLLD.com is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., New Orleans, La., Cleveland, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo., Mesa, Arizona, Virginia Beach, Va., Omaha, Nebraska, Oakland, California, Miami, Florida, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Arlington, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Denton, TX, McKinney, Texas, Midland, TX, Killeen, Texas, Dallas TX, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, ALBQ, NYC, LA, MPLS.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Runway Lights & Airport Lighting

Runway lights outline the runway so the pilot can see it at night and safely land the plane. In large airports, runway lighting is controlled by are controlled by the Air Traffic Tower. Lights are low, medium, or high intensity in order to work in both day and night and varying degrees of weather-related visibility.

There are several kinds of runway lights. Every one of them is extremely important to the ultimate success of locating the runway and landing the aircraft safely.

Approach Lights
These runway lights are actually a system of strobe lights and light bars that signal to the pilot where the beginning of the runway is located and where final approach should begin. ALS, or approach lighting systems, are used mostly in airports with instrument approach procedures. They help pilots line up aircraft with the runway.

These lights are vital to the safe landing of planes because distance and perspective are commonly distorted by the angle and speed of the plane. The ALS, using its white bars and flashing strobe lights, creates a field of clearly differentiated signals that work like visual cues for the pilot to use in lining up the plane for landing.

Centerline Lights
Centerline lights are recessed runway lights embedded in the surface of the tarmac itself. They are spaced 50 ft apart and run the entire length of the runway. They are white in color up until the last 3,000 feet, where they begin alternating between white and red. Then, for the last 1,000 ft, they are solid red.

Runway Edge lights
In airports that rely upon instrument approach procedures, the length of the runway is bordered by white elevated lights on both sides, while the last 2,000 feet of the runway is bordered by amber edge lights.

Touchdown Zone Lights
These runway lights show where the wheels of the plane need to touch down.

Runway End Identification Lights
These commercial lights assist the pilot in picking out the runway when it is surrounded by all other sorts of airport lighting and city lights. They also help distinguish the runway from surrounding terrain and increase its visibility in bad weather.

Lights at the end of the runway look red to a departing aircraft and green at the threshold the runway to approaching aircraft.

Taxiway Lights
These runway lights distinguish adjoining taxiways from the runway itself. Light types include taxiway centerline lead-off lights, taxiway centerline lead-on lights, and land and hold short lights.

RLLD Commercial Lighting provides an increasing number of LED and Solar Powered models of these Airport runway lights that are that are self-maintaining, energy efficient, and more reliable than traditional transformer-based lighting fixtures.

Many types of airport lights are becoming increasingly and more readily available in solar powered and LED form. Talk to an RLLD Commercial Lighting Designer about the availability and viability of these particular models for your particular application needs.

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of industrial & commercial lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for contact us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 and we will find it for you. Our GSA Advantage lighting home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including Sault Ste Marie, MI (CIU), Cleveland, OH, (CLE), College Station, TX (CLL), Port Angeles, WA (CLM), Charlotte, NC (CLT), Columbus, OH (CMH), Champaign, IL (CMI), Hancock, MI (CMX), Cody, WY (COD) and Colorado Springs, CO (COS).

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Airport Lights & Aviation Lighting

Every airport stands a rotating beacon that guides planes to the airports at night. As the pilot nears the airport, many different types of specialty airport lights then guide and direct the landing of the plane. These lights include runway lights, taxiway lights, obstruction lights, and lighted signs.

Most airport lights are intended to shine at different levels of intensity and are available in many different colors. The colors are significant and are very crucial to airport safety and operations. Some colors signify what type of airport a pilot is flying toward. For instance, green and white lights are used at civilian airports, whereas green and white flashing beacons are used for military bases. Yellow lights that then flash light are used to guide seaplanes.

Airport lights are most commonly are used between twilight and dawn. If daytime weather conditions become adverse, however, beacons will also be used to signal pilots that they need to use their instruments for landing and takeoff.

Here are a few of the many airport and aviation lights we offer:

  • LED Elevated Lights
  • Point Surface Floodlights & Perimeter Lights
  • LED Heliport Lights
  • LED Obstruction Lights
  • LED Helideck Semiflush
  • LED Flashing Beacons
  • LED Rollover Lights
Runway lights are the most important type of airport lights. Blue lights mark the outline of the runway from the air. Green marks the approach end of the runway. Red lights show where the end of the runway is. In most airports, the lights that run along the sides of the end of the runway are white, but they gradually change to amber as you near the departure end. Recessed, or inset lights, are installed down the center line of the runway to show pilots where the middle of the runway is.

Just before you reach the runway, there is an area known as the threshold of approach that marks the location where the pilot must begin the final descent of the plane. Flashing strobe lights are used here to mark this critical junction. Air traffic controllers are in charge of controlling the strobe lights intensity. The highest luminance is set for times where the weather makes visibility very poor. In clear weather, the strobe light is much lower in brightness to avoid distracting the pilot during landing.

Airport signs are also vital to airport operations and safety. There are different types of unlighted and lighted signs. Direction, destination, and boundary signs feature a black legend on a yellow background. Mandatory instruction signs have of a white legend on a red background.

Again, we can see how color coding is used to mark vital areas of transit and boundary. The majority of taxiway and runway location signs, for instance, have yellow legend and a black background that makes them prominently visible. Taxiway ending marker lighted signs are yellow and black as well. One-half distance signs have a black background and a white legend.

Increasing numbers of airport lights are now being manufactured in solar powered and LED form. Talk to an RLLD Commercial Lighting Designer about the availability and workability of solar and LED models for your airport.

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of industrial & commercial lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 and we will find it for you.

Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including Sault Ste Marie, MI (CIU), Cleveland, OH, (CLE), College Station, TX (CLL), Port Angeles, WA (CLM), Charlotte, NC (CLT), Columbus, OH (CMH), Champaign, IL (CMI), Hancock, MI (CMX), Cody, WY (COD) and Colorado Springs, CO (COS).

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Interior Lighting Design & Designers

How does this term apply to the industrial world?
There are three types of facilities arenas in which interior lighting design is necessary: factories, warehouses, and offices. All three arenas require systems to be planned prior to the purchase of any equipment to save on energy costs, contribute to worker efficiency, and to maintain a safe work environment.

Why would an industrial firm need to think about office lighting?
Virtually every facility, no matter how devoted to manufacturing or distribution it may be, has office space of some type. Management and administration requires this separate space to oversee production and to make mission critical decisions about the company.

If we don’t have that many offices, do we need the same type of lighting that non-manufacturing corporations use?
Yes, but you probably don’t need as much because you have less square footage and fewer physical places to light. This can be good news to your pocketbook, and should also motivate you to invest in the photometric plan that will help you save in the long run. In principle, interior lighting design in your office space will follows the same principles as it does in service-oriented companies in the general corporate world at large. Your employees will have comfortable task lighting over their desks and cubes.

How can we save the most money on lighting a few executive and administrative offices?
Let an commercial interior lighting design expert help you determine the areas that really NEED special, high-quality lighting, and which areas really do not.

Foyers should have just enough ambient lighting to look professional to visitors and clients. Meeting rooms and executive office suites ought to have lighting controls that will save electricity by dimming the lights and also be able to create unique emotional states if there is a Power Point presentation or special speaker present.

Break rooms and bathrooms are the places where an architectural lighting designer can show you how to save a lot of money by using less expensive fixtures and using only enough light as is absolutely necessary in non-essential areas.

If we are running a factory, why should we spend extra money on interior lighting design when all we do is manufacture products?
You need it because the success of your manufacturing is contingent on precision, time-to-market, and safe working conditions. The quality of light in the building directly affects all of these things. Without sufficient task lighting, assembly line workers cannot see and consequently work at a noticeably slower pace. Morale tends to be rather negative too when people spend long hours at a time in dark areas.

And just how is interior lighting design so important to safety protocols?

People need certain amounts of light to do certain things. If the things they are doing may hurt them and they cannot see to do them, one major accident can shut your factory down. We are not trying to scare you with information you already know. We have all heard stories about accidents that happened around machines. Go back and look at some of these accidents and you’ll realize that some of them were directly related to poor visibility caused by bad lighting.

Save your company the liabilities and heartache with a photometric plan will show exactly how many fixtures your factory needs, where they ought to be mounted, and how they need to be positioned in order to minimize reflective glare and dispel shadows in hazardous work areas.

What will an industrial interior lighting plan do for my warehouse that general high bay lighting doesn’t already do?
General high bay and low bay lights are standard in almost every warehouse, so by no means do we mean to say here that you should stop using them. However, it may serve your interest better to look at the quality and the age of your current lights. Consider, however, how much you spend on maintaining them and operating them. You may discover that newer, more energy efficient lights engineered with longer lamp life could save money on both power and maintenance cycles.

Is there a way to get new lights and save money on more than just electricity and maintenance?
Yes. In principle, you need more light in areas where forklifts traffic cannot afford to have reflective glare from lights that are too bright or improperly mounted. You need precise levels of task light in packaging areas that cannot afford to be dark because inventory loss is likely to occur in darker areas.

In much of your storage space, break areas, bathrooms, hallways, and less traveled parts of the building, (ie: anything non-essential and non-labor intensive), we may could even reduce your lighting and save you additional money here.

Again, we have to an interior photometric lighting design analysis to see exactly what we can do for you. If you do buy equipment from us after buying the analysis, we refund the cost of the analysis and you end up with better, more efficient equipment and a more productive and safe operation at the end of the day.
What types of savings can RLLD offer its clients?
By investing a reasonable fee in an architectural lighting design plan, you gain significant savings by knowing up front exactly what you need before you mistakenly buy the wrong fixtures or buy too many fixtures. You never need to worry about over lighting an area or under lighting an area. An industrial outdoor lighting design plan is also very flexible—offering you variation in light levels based upon the actual need for light in that area. In certain areas such as warehouse loading docks, you will need brighter lighting for safety. In areas where work is not occurring, you only need general lighting for adequate visibility.

If you buy your industrial outdoor products from us, we will refund the value of the photometric design by deducting it from your equipment purchase invoice. This will also save you money on service charges.

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of industrial & commercial lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for contact us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 and we will find it for you.

Our lighting design studio is located in Houston, Texas with stocking warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service and ship to all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., New Orleans, La., Cleveland, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo., Mesa, Arizona, Virginia Beach, Va., Omaha, Nebraska, Oakland, California, Miami, Florida, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Arlington, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Denton, TX, McKinney, Texas, Midland, TX, Killeen, Texas, Dallas TX, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, ALBQ, NYC, LA, MPLS.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lighting Design & Lighting Designers

What is a lighting designer?
A lighting designer is a technical expert with a high degree of lighting equipment product knowledge and advanced training in photometric calculations and software design. Your commercial lighting designer takes the raw data that pertains to your facility and industry type and uses advanced software platforms to calculate necessary lighting levels and render three-dimensional models of your proposed lighting system.

This allows you to actually experience what a new industrial lighting system would offer you before actually buying the equipment. You can either purchase the design or have a local contractor source your equipment; or you can buy the equipment from us and pay your contractor for the installation labor.

We reimburse the cost of the photometric layout if you buy your industrial or parking lot lighting fixtures from us.

What experience should you look for in a lighting designer?
Look instead at history for your best frame of reference. Previous projects and case studies on our website will give you a very clear picture of level of precision and skill when it comes to building turnkey commercial lighting systems for our clients.

What training should a lighting design expert bring to the table?
Universities do not offer a degree in lighting design per se, so there are no formal credentials to gauge performance by. However, a good lighting designer should have some type of hands-on or academic training in interior architectural design. Knowledge of building interiors is crucial to knowing how light will disperse within a structure of a given type. They must also be able to produce photometric lighting designs.

It is also necessary that the lighting design specialist be a problem solver by nature. Clients confer with specialists because they have problems that need to be solved. The designer should think in terms of solutions that are generated by in-depth consultation with the client and analysis of facility data.

Software training is the last key component of the industrial lighting designer’s skill set. Design software is very complex and requires a high level of expertise to master.

What tools should that designer use on your behalf?
The skilled lighting designer should be able to take an overhead plan of your building and AutoCAD representation of your current lighting system and generate photometric layouts and models using AGI32 photometric design software.

Do you have some photometric examples where I can view your work?

What options should you expect in terms of design, equipment, and installation?
You can expect a turnkey design and system solution if you work with RLLD Commercial Lighting as a single source vendor. We can provide you with the layout of your system and all the necessary equipment. If you need an installer, we can find you one in your area and act as a remote consultant to your contractor if necessary.

How can a lighting designer at RLLD Commercial Lighting offer you savings?
You can expect to get exactly the number of fixtures that you need—never more than what you need. All of our products are American that are designed for maximum energy efficiency and longer lamp life.

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of industrial & commercial lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for contact us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 and we will find it for you. We welcome will work hard to educate you, provide a design, establish a budget and provide the lighting goods to do the job!

Our photometric lighting design office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including San Juan, PR (SJU), Isla De Vieques, PR (VQS), Fajardo, PR (X95), Erie, PA (ERI), Killeen, TX (ILE), Sheridan, WY (SHR), Casper, WY (CPR), Parkersburg, WV (PKB), and Escanaba, MI (ESC). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America. ALBQ, NYC, LA, MPLS.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Industrial Lighting Design & Designers

How do we define industrial lighting design?
Industrial lighting design is defined as the systematic planning of fixture selection and installation. This planning involves the creation of a lighting fixture, photometric layout that includes fixture placement locations, luminance specifications, and diagrams indicating the presence and nature lighting controls.

Upon request, industrial lighting designs can be rendered into 3D images of the facility that show what the location will look like under new light.

What businesses need a professional industrial lighting design?
As a GSA Advantage lighting vendor, any military or government entity can certainly benefits from one of these plans. Manufacturers that rely upon specified levels of glare free light for safety can also greatly benefit from investing in a design before purchasing. Another industry that seems to come to us quite frequently are those with outdoor parking lot lighting needs.

How can RLLD fulfill this role?
By designing a commercial lighting system first, we can offer you significant savings by showing you exact amounts of light needed by different parts of your facility. There is no point in over lighting a parking lot or anything on your property, nor will you need to worry about doing so ever again, because the design plans out your new system using sophisticated software that does these calculations at the speed of light.

What do you need from us to create an industrial lighting design for our building? Please tell us as much as possible about each type of task that is performed in your building and around your building exterior. This is the most important part of the process—the creation of appropriate, reliable, and affordable task lighting design. Send us elevation plans and a plan view in AutoCAD format.

Using your description of your process flow requirements and the data you send us in file form, we can then calculate your lighting levels and determine your equipment requirements.

What options in design and beyond design do we offer clients?
Every client has the option of simply buying an industrial lighting design from RLLD Commercial Lighting and having their local electrician attempt source the equipment and install it from them. Clients interested in getting the very best American-made light fixtures and accessories from us will have the cost of the photometric deducted from their final invoice.

Clients also have the option of seeing the proposed outdoor parking lot lighting plan in three-dimensional form if so needed for decision making or showing to vested partners and procurement supervisors.

RLLD will help you select the very best fixtures for every detail of the plan, and we will also work with your local contractor as a consultant on retainer if they need specific technical information on the installation and configuration of our equipment.

RLLD Commercial Lighting carries a wide variety of industrial & commercial lighting fixtures. If you can not find what you are looking for contact us toll free at 1-866-654-3961 and we will find it for you.

Our design studio is located in Houston, Texas with distribution centers located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including San Juan, PR (SJU), Isla De Vieques, PR (VQS), Fajardo, PR (X95), Erie, PA (ERI), Killeen, TX (ILE), Sheridan, WY (SHR), Casper, WY (CPR), Parkersburg, WV (PKB), and Escanaba, MI (ESC). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America. ALBQ, NYC, LA, MPLS.

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