LED Chandelier Light Bulb Makes Big Difference

08/08/10 0 COMMENTS

TCP LED CHANDELIER WALL SCONCE LIGHT BULBSSwitching to LED lighting is something most people are seemingly interested in.  However, when the typical cost of an LED light bulb is learned, that urgency begins to take a back seat to the urgency to hold tight on spending.   The initial cost of most LED light bulbs is very high compared to the cost of an incandescent bulb.   In the LED light bulb world, all things must be treated equally.   This means you spend a little, you save a little, spend a lot and save a lot.  Sometimes in switching to LED lighting, we recommend that customers start with spending a little and saving a little to get used to the benefits of LED’s in commercial and residential use.

One of the most common types of incandescent light bulb used in both residential and commercial lighting is chandelier (B-Type) lamps.   These type lamps are typically found in the 25 Watt and 40 Watt lamps and rarely found without multiple lamps per fixture such as a multi-point chandelier.    Although we individually don’t look at these lamps as using much electricity, when you add up all the bulbs on an 8 point chandelier, it can add up to 500 Watts which in itself is very significant.   Let’s look at a new product that can drastically reduce this consumption:

LDCT3WH30K LED Chandelier BulbThe new LDCT3WH30K is a 3 Watt LED Chandelier Torpedo style lamp made by TCP.  The lamp offers one of the smallest packages that most closely resembles the size and shape of an incandescent B-Type lamp while delivering maximum light output from a tower of SMD LED’scentered in the envelope.  The tower array allows for 360° illumination while a circle of SMD LED’s on the top of the tower array direct light upwards as well.  This arrangement of LED’s allow the lamp to perfectly illuminate chandelier lamp shades that can easily clip on to the lamps outer housing.  If used bare in a chandelier, the lamp closely replicates the light output of an incandescent, and would hardly be noticeable to anyone who wasn’t looking for it to be different.  Because of the very small Solid State electronics placed within the base of the LCDT3WH30K, dimming is no problem for this LED bulb.  Heat output is also drastically reduced by the LDCT3WH30K LED light bulb.

LED CHANDELIER LIGHT BULBSThe TCP LED lamp delivery a consistant 3000K which is the color that most correctly resembles a halogen bulb, so incandescent users may see a slightly whiter output from the lamp, but seems to not be so different as to pull a negative review from customers.   This difference in color creates a cleaner and just as bright feel for any chandelier, pendant or wall sconce.  Now the biggest benefit of the 3 Watt LED lamp is that it can replace up to a 40 Watt Incandescent without any noticeable light loss.   In an example of an 8 pt. chandelier, energy waste is reduced from 500 Watts per fixture to only 24 Watts,  for a total savings of 476 Watts.   Here is how that breaks down into savings:

Comparison 40 Watt Incandescent 3 Watt LED Chandelier
Average cost per bulb $.39 $18.39
Hours used per year 3850 3850
Hour life of bulb 1500 30,000
Energy cost per year (.13 pkw) $22.76 $1.70
Product life in years 4 months 7 Years
7 year Energy Cost $159.32 $11.90
Replacements required 21 n/a
Time to change bulb 10 minutes 10 minutes
Labor Cost ($12.00 per hour) $42.00 $2.00
Total Life Cycle Cost $209.51 $32.29
Calculations @ 12 hours use per day at $.13 p/kwh

Total Savings for switching 1 bulb to LED: $177.22

The TCP LED chandelier bulb is available in with both candelabra and medium base, as well as Clear and Frosted versions as well as a Crystal Cut Clear and Frosted for a more decorative design. For more information on LED Lighitng or LED Light Bulbs, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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What is Scotopically Rich Lighting?

28/07/10 2 COMMENTS

Often we talk to customers about Scotopically Rich Lighting, and for those who have never heard the term before it can be a little confusing.   Manufacturers have performed studies for year on the photopic lumens that are produced by a light source such as a light bulb.  The photopic lumens are a measurement of brightness by a lumen meter.   This measurement can be translated by how light is percieved the cones in the human eye.  These light meters completely ignore the effect of rod activated vision (scotopic).  As a result, lighting practice accepted this single sensitivity function because it was erroneously assumed that the more light sensitive rods only functioned at very dim light levels.

How the eye perceives light

Human Eye Rods and ConesLight arrives at our eye from all portions of an illuminated space. At the back of the eye there is a light sensitive membrane called the retina which contains millions of very tiny light receptors. These receptors convert light into electrified signals that are sent to the vision centers of the brain. The retina contains two major categories of light receptors (photoreceptors) called the cones and rodsbecause of their geometric shapes.  The central part of the retina, the fovea, contains only cones. In the rest of the retina there are both rods and cones, with the number of rods dominating the cones by about 10 to 1.

Scientists have recently discovered that the rods in the human eye can perform in dim light levels as well as interior lighting levels of those commonly found in office environments and stores.  These rods are sensitive to light sources that emit bluish-white color tones like those found in higher kelvin temperature fluorescent light bulbs.   Vision specialists put both functions of the rods and the cones together to measure a complete value of light sensitivity know as a Scotopic/Photopic (S/P) Ratio.    The S/P Ratio of most fluorescent and incandescent lamps is very low.  For example, a Warm White Bulb has an S/P Ratio of 1:14 while a full spectrum 5000K lamp lamp such as an Ultra 50 or Skybrite has a ration of 2:47.  These number can be hard to understand, so lets look at it in a more simple light.

Human Eye Scotopic LightingLamps that are in the yellow kelvin temperature range 2700-4200 use primarily the cones in the eye.  The pupil becomes enlarged to allow more light to enter the eye, and therefore causing more muscles in the eye to work harder to provide visual clarity.   Lamps in the 5000 Kelvin range allow the rods to work better, which in turn constricts the pupil and allows for easier visual clarity which is a scotopic response.  In otherwords, thwo light sources can have the same photopic lumens, but the lamps with higher scotopic values will apear to the eye  as being percieved brighter.  This scotopic response reduces visual fatigue, increase reading ability and reduces “disability glare”, especially in the electronic office.

Scotopically Rich Lighting Redues Fatigue and Glare

Disability glare is defined by the Illuminating Engineering Society as “glare resulting in reduced visual performance and visibility”. It is often accompanied by discomfort.  Disability glare occurs as a result of “light scatter” in the eye. Light scatter is caused by imperfections in the optical media of the eye (the cornea & lens). These imperfections are common to some degree in everyone, and become more severe with age. The imperfections in the optical media cause a scattering of light rays coming from the non task area, causing undesirable light to fall on the central part of the retina (the fovea) where the task is focused. This causes a background haze of useless light on the central retina (the fovea) and reduces retinal contrast. Because the fovea contains only cones, just the photopic content of the ambient or general light is responsible for disability glare. Because people of age suffer from other conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts, one must understand that the visible spectrum of light becomes diminished.  In the case of a retail store or office, a customer may only see 60% of the visible light produced, therefore the increase of both photopic and scotopic light levels can be increasingly important to reduce glare and visual fatigue thus increasing productivity and sales. 

Benfits of Scotopically Rich Lighting

For more information on Scotopically Rich Lighting, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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The Importance Of Well Balanced Lighting In Restuarants

25/07/10 20 COMMENTS

Restaurant Lighting And Good ServiceThere is no feeling like that of sitting down to eat at a good restaurant with good service.   From the time we walk in the door capturing a sweet aroma of fresh grilled entrees, to the time we are seated by a pleasant and smiling hostess, we are in store for a treat.  One would only assume that the decor has been well designed, the menu carefully selected and the service well performed.  This is what we all expect of a restaurant. 

The Importance Of Lighting

With the high risk associated with restaurants, it is absolutely vital to provide not only good food and service to clientele, but it is crucial that the clients leave feeling good about the decision to eat in a particular establishment.   This goes to every last detail from plate garnishment to easy to understand menus.   However the most often overlooked item is lighting.   Restaurants often have multiple types of lighting fixtures to help create the overall atmosphere and design image.   According to the American Lighting Association restaurants should have no less than (2) levels of light consisting of task and accent lighting, with a high recommendation of dimmable light bulbs and systems.  By using multiple lighting fixture types a design image can create brilliant displays of decor, and architecture while providing a primary focus on the dining table.   The dining table is where light balance becomes crucial for a restaurant.  If a table is poorly lit, food can appear dull and unappealing despite flavor and presentation.  Meanwhile over illuminated tables can be too bright and distract from a pleasant dining experience. 

Well Balanced Lighting Affects Return Visits

Restaurant Lighting - Well balanced Light Is ImportantAll to often in restaurants we find that there is a difference in lighting over tables versus booth seating areas.  This may consist of recessed cans or track over table tops and pendant lighting over booths and bar areas.   When serving customers in a restaurant, you must ensure that every customer has the ability to receive the same levels of service, and pleasant experience no matter the seating area.  Because different seating areas have different styles of fixtures, a restaurateur must ensure that the light delivered to the table is well balanced and equal from either fixture type.  Recently while dining in an Applebees restaurant I was seated at a table top which sat under track lighting.  Installed in the track was a 50 Watt Halogen Spot Light.  The light was so focused on the table that it created glare and a hot spot on the table, while across the isle were booths that had pendant lights with bottom globes.  The booths had only a fraction of the light provided to our table, and no relative hot spots.  In this scenario, my dining experience was in the hot seat while diners seated in booths could barely see the food on their plates.

Balancing light levels to ensure a consistent and pleasing dining experience is crucial to the subconscious emotions that a customer will experience.   In the case of Applebees, a lower wattage narrow flood should have been installed over tables, while a higher wattage lamp should have been installed over booths.  In the photo above you will notice a hot spot in the bar area to the lower right of the image.  This is a hot spot created by poor lamp selection.   The result of this “seat yourself” restaurant was that the table with the hot spot remained empty throughout the course of our meal, where other tables with well balanced lighting sat to capacity.

For more information on Light Balance, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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Turtle Friendly Lighting | New Products Available From Synergy Lighting

20/07/10 2 COMMENTS

Turtle Friendly Lighting | save hatchlingsSynergy Lighting, a Florida Corporation specializes in coastal lighting design and modification to accommodate Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting requirements.   Through our work with Mote Marine Labratories, and the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife, Synergy has distinguished itself as offering the most cost affective alternatives to preserving the life of these species.  Turtle Friendly lighting to many customers such as condominiums and hotels, resorts and homes can seem like a difficult and expensive task to meet the requirements by the State and Local Governments.   Synergy Lighting uses a combination of innovative lighting fixtures, LED light bulbs and specialty lamps to create the perfect balance between human and turtle needs.

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

“Sea Turtle populations have suffered worldwide declines, and their recovery largely depends upon our managing the effects of expanding human populations. One of these effects is light pollution – the presence of detrimental artificial light in the environment. Of the many ecological disturbances caused by human beings, light pollution may be among the most manageable. Light pollution on nesting beaches is detrimental to sea turtles because it alters critical nocturnal behaviors, namely how each turtle chooses nesting sites, how they return to the sea after nesting and how hatchlings find the sea after emerging from their nests.”

FMRI Technical Report TR-2

Do I have to go without lights?

It may seem if faced with a warning letter from a government agency that your home or facility is facing a potential fine for light pollution along coastal beaches and that they want you to have no lighting at all.  We assure you that is not the case.   What these agencies are requiring you to do is very simple and usually affordable.   This in most cases is a simple redirection of light, and selecting a product with a wavelength of light not in the visible spectrum of turtles.  Usually @ 450 nanometers.   Lighting products that produce that wavelength of light are orange, yellow and red.  By redirecting light and using these types of products, all requirements and conservation methods should be easily and affordably achieved.   Each facility or location may vary in the application of products required, but consulting an expert from Synergy Lighting is always free of charge.

A New Turtle Friendly Lighting Product is born!

Turtle Friendly Lighting - Fluorescent Lamps - InterelectricOn July 16, 2010  Interelectric Corporation, received a Wildlife Lighting Certificate for final approval of its line of Orange colored 45o nm light bulbs which are available in F32T8/ORANGE  AND F40T12/ORANGE as well as their existing full line of Red Fluorescent Lamps.   These fluorescent light bulbs can be used along walkways, in parking garages and for exterior lighting for retail stores, while maintaining compliance with Turtle Friendly Lighting requirements.   This is a phenomenal breakthrough with the 450 nm lamp.  Previously, customer had to remove fluorescent fixtures and purchase new expensive fixtures for these applications.  Now with the Interelectric Orange fluorescent Lamps available from Synergy Lighting, compliance can be just a twist of a lamp away! 

For more information on Turtle Friendly Lighting, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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LED Light Bulbs | How Much Do They Save? Sarasota | Bradenton |Tampa | Miami

01/07/10 0 COMMENTS

With significant changes in our country’s global economic and environmental climate, every day customers ask us about going green with LED Light bulbs.  Synergy Lighting offers over 300 of these newly popular, environmentally friendly, Solid State Lighting Products which achieve phenomenal energy savings and feature CREE Brand LED’s.  Of particular interest is the myriad of associated questions commonly asked of us by consumers.

  • Do the LED Light Bulbs really last a long time?
  • How much do they cost?
  • Do LED Light Bulbs put off as much light as a standard light bulb?
  • How long before the price comes down?

LED Light Bulbs Save Money
At one point in time, though we highly encourage the use of LED Light Bulbs, the resulting answers were all positive until that moment in time when you have to disclose to a customer how much the LED bulbs would really cost.    Many LED distributors will do anything but answer that all consuming bottom line question, “How much do they cost?”.   One can only imagine the words we hear from a customer when the price comes out.   Customers must come to understand that the Price of the Bulb and the cost of operation are two different things.  The price of the lamp, or the purchase price rather is usually insignificant compared to the operating cost of electricity, replacement and labor.   In the following comparison, we will compare a 60 Watt Incandescent to an 8 Watt LED to show the true “Life Cycle Cost”.

  

  

Comparison 8 Watt LED Bulb  60 Watt Incandescent
Average cost per bulb $70.00 $0.39
Hours used per year 3850 3850
Hour life of bulb 50000 1500
Energy cost per year (.13 pkw) $4.00 $30.33
Product life in years 13 Years 5 Months
13 year Energy Cost $52.00 $394.29
Replacements required N/A 33.3
Time to change bulb 10 minutes 10 minutes
Labor Cost ($12.00 per hour) 2.00 66.00
Total Life Cycle Cost $124.00 $473.27

Total Energy Savings Achieved: $349.27

As clearly demonstrated with the above chart, an energy savings of $349.27 per bulb can result in thousands of dollars saved by reducing energy waste for a business with multiple lamps.  When one looks at the initial price of an LED light bulb, this must be considered the investment value, and the energy and labor, replacement cost savings is the return on investment (ROI).   The ROI is 498% and a 87% total reduction of energy waste. 

For more information on LED Lighitng or LED Light Bulbs, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation

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Parking Lot Lighting | Why Good Lighting Is So Important | Sarasota | Tampa | Miami

01/07/10 0 COMMENTS

Parking Lot LightingThe customers experience at night begins in the parking lot, making Parking Lot Lighting the most valuable tool for a business at night.   If a parking lot is poorly lit, customers will not stop, park, or shop.  When a potential customer or client is considering visiting a store, shopping center or dealership, light can create a great sense of curb appeal attracting potential buyers or shoppers.  A Well illuminated facility sends a clear message to customers that your business is open, ready to conduct business, and represents a more inviting, safer place to shop. 

Making a good first impression!

Making this first impression a good one is vital to the success of any business.    It is human nature to subconsciously be attracted to well illuminated areas, and thus increases traffic flow.   Recently we received a call from a National Store Chain that the parking lot lighting was poor and needed to be improved.   The concern was that most shoppers at night were female, and the lack of good, bright lighting made the store look unattractive to these potential shoppers.  This is not just an assumption.   As stores and shopping centers become larger in today’s real estate world, the walking distance from store to car becomes larger.    Men have a tendency to not think about safety as much as women, so business owners must cater their lighting to the concerns of most women.

Poorly illuminated areas provide drastically increased potential risks, ranging from theft or purse-snatching to assault, rape, an even kidnapping.  Women feel especially at risk walking to their car alone after dark.  Few people realize the dangers inherent in this commonplace activity, but the fear alone may prevent potential customers from shopping at stores or centers with lower light levels.  The criminal element is more likely to strike in these areas because the lack of Parking Lot Lighting allows the element of surprise and reduced visual acuity and increasing premise liability.

If a person is injured on a commercial property, regardless of the severity of the injury the business and property owner can be held liable financially if proven that there was insufficient light levels that could have prevented such an assault or injury from occurring.


Target Corporation prides itself in offering more for less. Target Corporation operates Target stores, a chain of large, general merchandise discount stores, The company currently operates 1,272 Target stores in 47 states, all of which are required to maintain a pristine, warm atmosphere for shoppers. Target established a corporate policy to maintain standards for light levels for its stores’ main parking, peripheral parking and front drive areas. As part of their store maintenance program, Target periodically evaluates the light levels of each of its store location’s parking lots. That’s why when Target believed its parking lot light levels at a popular location were not meeting its corporate standards, they called in the lighting experts to measure light levels, and take corrective action.

How much light should a parking lot have?

First we must understand that there is no such thing as too much light in a parking lot.   Most often we find that retailers do not put a focus on parking lot lighting fixtures due to high costs of repair and energy consumption.  There are many alternatives such as LED and Induction lighting that can reduce these costs while providing high levels of light.  The Illumination Engineering Society in Partnership with Nema, the Nations leading authorities on parking lot lighting standards, has determined that the most appropriate light level for a business at night is 4.0 foot candles or greater.  Local ordinances controlling light pollution may require lower levels, however meeting a maximum light level is most beneficial.  This foot candle recommendation is both vertically and horizontally across the plane.   Some businesses or centers that just measure light levels directly beneath a light pole may have inadequate lighting across the parking lot. 

How can parking lot lighting be improved affordable?

Synergy Lighting offers a wide variety of HID, LED and Induction based lighting products that can improve parking lot lighting design scotopically, without requiring additional expenses of poles and wiring to be added.   The human eye responds to brighter whiter light on a scotopic level with increased see-ability or visual acuity.   Any of the following tips can improve a lighting system on an affordable basis:

  • Convert High Pressure Sodium HID, to Metal Halide
  • Use Natural White Lamps whenever possible
  • Convert HID to LED or Induction which provides improved see-ability and scotopically rich lighting
  • Change older fixture heads to newer heads with type III polished reflectors
  • Replace hard mounted fixtures with adjustable angle fixtures
In cases where light direction is inadequate, replacing fixtures with lower wattage more efficient fixtures, can allow for more directional heads to be installed without requiring upgrades to the electrical system.

 

Why use LED or Induction for Parking Lot Lighting

With vast improvements in efficiency and affordability, the LED Parking Lot Lighting and Induction Parking Lot Lighting alternatives are an excellent choice.  Both of these options offer over a 50% savings on energy waste while providing some of the brightest white light in today’s market.   The ratio of light measured photopically (standard light meter), and scotopically (human eye), this is known as the S/P Ratio.  The S/P Ratio for a 5000K natural white light source is 2.1.  Standard metal halide light bulbs are 4000K cool white and have a S/P ratio of 1.65.  where as a High Pressure Sodium system has an S/P ratio of 0.64 with the same photopic luminance as metal halide.   This means that Metal Halide is twice as effective as HPS, while LED and Induction which are standard at 5000K are three times more effective while reducing electricity costs by 50% or greater.LED Parking Lot Lighting Converted HPS

For more information on Parking Lot Lighting Systems, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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Light Bulbs Banned | Bradenton, FL

30/06/10 1 COMMENTS

Light Bulbs Banned Synergy Lighting is Florida’s #1 Provider of wholesale lighting, and the largest selection of Light Bulbs.   However we find that most businesses are not aware of the recent ban of incandescent, halogen and many popular fluorescent tubes.

On July 1, 2009 Congress passed an amendment to the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007.   This amendment called specifically for the ban of manufacturing any incandescent or halogen floods, all 13oV commercial grade light bulbs as well as most 2′, 4′ and 8′ models.    This comes just after the July 1, 2010 ban of magnetic ballasts.

What does this mean for you business?

This means that 90% of all businesses will have to make significant changes to their lighting by 2012.    The push is to achieve greater energy savings and efficiency.   Synergy Lighting carries all the new lighting including CFL and LED Light Bulbs as well as High Lumen T8 and Natural White light bulbs.  A business owner should be cognisant of these changes before purchasing any lighting or light bulbs that are discontinued under this new rule.  Some companies may attempt to liquidate old stock or surplus inventories of these discontinued lamps, which we do not recommend anyone to purchase as it will increase the replacement costs in the future.

Synergy Lighitng Provides free delivery and great pricing on over 5000 of the most popular light bulbs to customer in Sarasota, bradenton, Clearwater, Tampa, Naples, and all surrounding areas.  To learn more about the new DOE Law 2012 , visit us online at www.synergylightingusa.com or call us toll free at 1-877-220-5483.

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How To Tell If A Metal Halide Light Bulb Or Ballast Need Replaced

27/06/10 3 COMMENTS

Metal Halide lighting systems are very popular in commercial buildings and retail stores as area lighting, and shopping centers, commonly as the most common form of parking lot lighting in today’s market.    Yet anyone who has the responsibility of maintaining these lighting systems, knows that sometimes metal halide can be very expensive.  Not only from electrical consumption, but the cost of light bulbs, ballasts, labor and often times lift fees can be very tolling to a businesses bottom line.

The number one reason Metal Halide or HID lighting can be costly is the lack of preventative maintenance.

Metal Halide Light BulbsLike any light bulb, Metal Halide lamps offer significant signs that it is time to replace a light bulb.  Unfortunately, most people do not take the time to notice the warning signs.   First we must understand, that the only light bulbs that can be run to their hard fail point is incandescent and halogen light bulbs.   These lamps have only a filament that breaks, thus breaking the circuit upon failure.   But all other commercial lamps such as CFL, Fluorescent, and HID require ballasts.   Any light bulbs or lighting system requiring ballasts, is NOT designed to run until a lamp burns out completely.   Failure to replace a commercial light bulb before complete lamp failure will damage the ballast and cause a drastic increase in maintenance costs.

In the case of Metal Halide, most manufacturers rate these HID light bulbs with a life of approximately 20,000 hours.  This rating traditionally means the point in which 50% of the lamps will fail, but in the case of maintenance, this is the DO NOT EXCEED time of all lamps.  At this point, all lamps should be replaced.

Replacing lamps before they burn out, saves money!

Signs that a Metal Halide light bulb or ballast needs replaced:

  • The lamp appears to be a different color, or are turning pink

METAL HALIDE COLOR SHIFT TURN GREEN AND PINKThis is known as color shift, a natural effect of Metal Halide over long periods of operation.  Usually the lamps will gain a pinkish hue when compared to other lamps in the same system.   This is caused when metal vapors in the lamp are expired from heat or burning, and the lack of a particular mixture in the arc tube renders a different color.  By this point, most lamps have lost at least 40% of their original light output.  The lamp needs to be replaced as continued operation will damage the ballast.

  • The lamp is cycling on an off, or takes a long time to come on

This is often misdiagnosed by electricians who do not have expert knowledge of HID lighting systems.  The most common correction most find for this is to replace the light bulb.  Once a new lamp is installed, the metal halide bulb will light and come up to full brightness.  However, this is not the correct repair.   The ballast in an HID lighting system requires a capacitor, this is a current limiting device that prevents too much amperage to be delivered to the HID bulb.   As a metal halide lamp ages, it will require a greater load to maintain illumination.   Because of the extreme heat produced by the HID system, the liquid gel that fills the capacitor will crystallize and change the electrical characteristics of the capacitor.  At this point the capacitor is providing a low power factor and delivering a higher current than designed.   The metal halide lamp will receive an unrestricted current (amp draw) and become brighter until it cuts out again.  Then the thermal switch will cool, reset and the cycle repeats.  This will prematurely fail the new replacement lamp and result in heavy blackening of the arc tube.  The ballast, capacitor and lamp need to be changed.

  • The fixture makes a humming noise

When a metal halide lamp receives a higher amp load than it was designed for due to the capacitor characteristics changing, the operating temperature of the ballast will rise tremendously.   When the ballast overheats, the varnish coating of the coil will begin to melt away from the copper winding of the coil.   This coating is what prevents the windings from vibrating against each other.   At the point in which the ballast is buzzing, the windings are now beginning to touch, and vibrate resulting in sound.  Eventually the varnish will melt enough to allow winding to short across each other, thus resulting in complete failure of the ballasts, and usually will trip a circuit breaker, downing the entire circuit.

  • The light bulbs appears to turn green or blue

Mostly we find that the lamps turn a greenish color, either light to heavy green.   This is caused by a capacitor becoming weak with age.  It is delivering a high power factor, enough to maintain illumination of the lamp, but a low current, not enough to illuminate the lamp completely.   The gases in the arc tube are not reaching their peak operating temperature, and the lamp glows green.   Sometimes the capacitor itself can be replaced and the system will recover.   However if the fixture is part of a parking lot lighting system, this is a good sign that the components are very old, and the ballast itself may not last long, as it will be the weak link of the system.  It is a good idea to change the ballast and capacitor at this point.  A return trip with labor and lift in as short as a month would cost more than the ballast at the time.

  • A new Metal Halide bulb isn’t as bright or white as the old bulbs

This is a common compliant for businesses replacing a small portion of metal halide lamps, and mostly is the complaint we receive when the customer or electrician replaced a burnt out lamp.   Manufacturers make most metal halide lamps in two color temperatures, 3000K which appears slightly yellowish, and 4000k which appears brighter white.   Sometimes this can be caused by using different color lamps, or one brand to another may have varying degrees of color.   Acceptable limits of color are 300 degrees of variance.  However, if the lamps have been burning for a long period of time, you may never match the existing lamp.

As the metal halide lamp becomes older, it will require a higher load (amp load), and when burning on the same capacitor, the system in whole is becoming out of spec by the bulb and capacitor both requiring and delivering this higher amp load simultaniously.   When the metal halide lamp requires and is delivered the higher amp load, the color of the lamp will become whiter and seemingly brighter.  

 We can replicate this by removing a capacitor form the system.  The HID system will work without a capacitor as its only job is to limit current.  When we completely remove the capacitor, a metal halide lamp will rapidly draw more amps, gain extreme brightness, and become drastically whiter until the ballast overheats and fails.


When installing the new lamp with the right color temperature on a system with this age, the new lamp does not require as high of a current as the old lamps, and it will never appear to have the same level of  “whiteness” as the old lamps.  The only cure is to replace all the lamps in the system.   This is a good idea, because again running the old lamps until they fail will damage the ballast.  The ballast itself continues to operate even with a bad lamp and will over work itself continually trying to ignite a bad lamp.

The most affordable way to maintain an HID Lighting System is to divide your operating hours per year into the lamp life and determine the length of time before completely relamping the system will be required.   At that time, relamp the system which will prolong ballast and capacitor life, and you will see a significant savings in both ballast costs, and labor repairs.  

For more information on HID Lighting Systems,  view our website  or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.  

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LED Light Bulbs – Largest Selection Available Sarasota | Tampa | Naples | Clearwater

26/06/10 0 COMMENTS

LED Light Bulbs by Top Brand ManufacturersSynergy Lighting has expanded its line of innovative LED Light Bulbsto over 12 brands from top manufacturers.    With a growing movement towards energy savings are reducing our overall carbon emissions, LED Light Bulbs are fast becoming the wave of the future.   LED lighting is accredited for achieving energy savings of up to 90% while extending useful life to that of 20 times traditional lighting sources.  LED Light Bulbs not only save the consumer by drastically reducing the electrical consumption, but create tremendous savings through labor reduction.   An average commercial building can reduce labor costs by up to $113.00 per bulb over the life of the LED lamp.  

All of LED Light bulbs from Synergy Lighting are available at wholesale prices with Free Delivery to Sarasota, Tampa, Naples, Clearwater, Orlando and Miami, Florida and surrounding areas.   For more information or to see if your business can switch to LED lighting, from Top Brands such as TCP, Sylvania, Eco Story, ProLED or many more,  view our website  or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.  

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Dimmable CFL Light Bulbs For Restaurants | Energy Saving | Cold Cathode

21/06/10 0 COMMENTS

Restaurants have always seemed to get the raw end of the stick when it comes to energy saving light bulbs.   Nearly 97% of all Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs are not dimmable, leaving restaurants to either be overly illuminated with CFL’s, or sticking with incandescent and halogen bulbs.  Most restaurants need to dim their lighting in order to create a subtle and enjoyable accent level for dinning.

Dimmable CFL Cold Cathode Light BulbsDimmable Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs in the past would flicker when dimmed, or cut out at low levels.   Because of this poor dimming, the practical applications were extremely limited.   With time comes technology, and a new wave of dimmable CFL light bulbs.   The new dimmable CFL light bulbs from Halco Lighting  and TCP have a greater dimming range and when paired with the Leviton CFL Dimmer, these lamps perform extremely well with no flickering or cutting out prematurely.

For restraunts that require greater dimming levels than standard Pro series CFL Dimmable are capable of, a special line of Cold Cathode Dimmable CFL’s are available.   Cold Cathode lamps in simple terms is a NEON light bulb, resembling the shape of a CFL.   These bulbs are fully dimmable and result in an extremely long life averaging 25,000 hours.  Due to the cold cathode technology, these lamps can be dimmed as low as 1 watt, and are not subject to premature failure from rapid switching on and off.    Cold Cathode lamps are also available in a Soft Pink version commonly used in higher end restaurants to create rose hues to enhance the color of meats and pastas.

For more information on Cold Cathode Lamps, view our website  or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation. Some CFL Cold Cathode Lamps qualify for Incentives

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