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Lighting Companies in the US Expect Delayed Product Supply due to Coronavirus Epidemic

The outbreak of novel coronavirus continues to escalate and the production in China is postponing due to the epidemic, leading to expected production and supply chain delay. US-based lighting companies, Cooper Lighting Solutions and Satco, posted a notice respectively to inform their customers of the possible interruption of product supply.

Cooper Lighting Solution noted in its “Coronavirus Update” that due to travel and logistics suspensions enacted by Chinese authorities, its suppliers have not resume production yet. This delay in operations capabilities will drive an interruption in the supply chain for some products in the coming weeks.

The company said that it will try to minimize the delays and is working on prioritizing the production schedule to support its customers as best as it can. Meanwhile, Cooper Lighting also indicated that it will increase capabilities of its manufacturing facilities in North America with local components and materials.

Satco also sent a letter to its customers elaborating the on-going situation in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Since employees traveling back to work from other area will remain in quarantine for 14 days under the government’s supervision even when factories resume production, lack of work force is foreseen.

Satco indicated that it has significant stock levels in its domestic warehouses and is working with its supplier to ship high priority items first. However, the company still anticipated impacts on the supply chain and will take measure to ensure return to normal inventory levels.

Guidelines for Bathroom Lighting

When it comes to proper lighting, one of the most important rooms in your home is the bathroom. When you first wake up in the morning, the lighting in the bathroom can set the mood for your entire day!

The lighting in a bathroom is especially important when you’re washing and grooming. Optimized lighting and daylighting are also important for our circadian rhythms, which can play a big role in overall health.

Good lighting is important for everyone, and the best bathroom illumination opportunities can be broken down into these categories:

  • Light levels – How much light is needed in the bath? For someone just waking up, 10 foot candles (fc) might be plenty. After a shower when it’s time to shave, or if you’re trying to read the small print on a medication label, better visibility is needed. Lighting experts say fixtures that provide at least 75 to 100 watts of illumination are ideal for master or guest bathrooms.
  • Daylighting – Natural daylight is perfect for brightening your mood and helping to set the circadian rhythms that regulate our sleep cycles. Try to design your bathroom with as much natural light as possible. Consider a skylight if possible in addition to one or more windows.
    Overall bath lighting – If you like a more luxurious design in your bathroom, a chandelier or can bring elegance to any space. A warmer light temperature in a bathroom will give it a spa-like feeling.
  • Vanity lighting – In front of the bathroom mirror, lighting is very important! You want to see colors accurately, and have the option to dim or raise the light levels if needed. LEDs are preferred over fluorescent because they’re easier to dim.
  • Lighting at the Tub – Building codes are strict about lighting over tubs. Since there can’t be open or hanging fixtures over the tub, nd spotlights work.
  • Night Lighting – Some light is needed in the bathroom at night for safety, but not too much. When the eyes are adjusted to darkness, very few foot candles are needed. A 5-watt nightlight is just right for most homes, according to lighting experts.

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How To Hide Under Cabinet Lighting Wires

Do you have those rooms in your house that are decidedly dark and dingy looking around certain areas? We’re thinking of kitchens where corners and sections of the countertops have the main ceiling lighting blocked by the cabinets above.

This can be remedied with the use of practical, compact and versatile under cabinet lighting fixtures. However, one of the major downsides to using this style of lighting, is that it requires an extensive network of wiring that, if left uncovered, can make your kitchen look rather untidy and messy.

However, there are ways to avoid this happening. By using some forethought, planning, preparation and clever designs, you can hide the wiring for those under-cabinet lighting so that it will look like areas of your kitchen or other dark rooms light up as if by magic.

Placement of the Wiring
As you read further through this article, you will see a lot of suggestions that revolve around interesting and aesthetically pleasing ways to cover over the wiring. What, though, if that’s not an option, can you still hide them?

Yes, the idea is to keep the wires affixed to the wall or surface as close to the bottom edge at the front of the cabinet as they can, using a slight overhand on the cabinet to keep them hidden.

However, if you run the wiring around the bottom edge of the cabinets at the back, they will be more easily spotted whenever you or anyone else walks into the room.

Wooden Valances
You will find some lighting fixtures tend to hang down somewhat from the underside of cabinets, which is not ideal if you are trying to keep the fixture or just the wiring hidden.

This problem can be solved by installing a wooden valance to the underside using some wood adhesive to extend the front face of the cabinet.

You can decorate this wood appropriately so that even if you don’t find the right color to match from the beginning, you can use a stain or paint to get it as close to the rest of the furniture as possible.

You then just need to use staples or tie wraps to keep the wiring securely hidden beneath the cabinet and behind the valance.

Inside the Cabinetry
If you are starting from scratch and have the benefit of foresight to plan out where the wiring is going to go, you could make necessary cuts into the cabinet where you can feed the wires so that they are hidden.

This is a great plan for recessed lighting, with the end of the light fixture penetrating the cabinet. That section will need a wooden plank placed across the top that’s exposed with a hole and channel made inside it to allow you to feed the wiring through the cabinet and into the outlet on the wall.

To create a neat and tidy hole and channel you can use a router. The wooden plank can then slide into place within the cabinet’s interior. To finish you need to use a wooden plank without any openings to cover the completed construction.

Cable Protectors
We’ve left one of the simplest and quickest ways to keep unattractive and unsightly wiring for under-cabinet lighting out of the way. That is with cable protector. One way to do this is by bundling the wiring carefully and compactly into a bundle and then using tie wraps to hold it in place.

You can then stick it the underside of the cabinet using staples (being careful of course not to pierce the wiring and ruining all your hard work). The length of the wiring should be long enough to run from the lighting fixture itself to the wall outlet.

A cable protector normally takes the form of a wooden rectangle with a length the same as the bundle of secured wiring.

You can then use a router tool to cut a special groove into the wood where the bundle of wires can lie safely and securely without there being the possibility it will be pinched.

Then you finish the work by installing the cable protector over the bundle of wires on the cabinet’s underside to completely hide the wiring as if it was never there in the first place.

If the wooden cable protector does not match the color of the cabinet, you can use a suitable stain or paint to make it all look seamless. Or as close to seamless as possible.

Obviously, if you can plan your under cabinet lighting solutions at the time when you are planning your kitchen, that would be the best and easiest way to keep the wiring hidden.

However, we know that’s not always possible. When it’s not the above tips are a great solution to ensure your kitchen looks as stunning as it should.

5 Resolutions you must make in 2020 for your lighting needs

The US LED Lighting market is projected to cross the $10 billion mark by this year. Given this trend, let’s look at some of the most important

This image shows before and after photos of a customized retail lighting project. When traditional lighting fails, it turns green (as seen in the photo) distorting clothing colors for months before finally shutting off.

resolutions that we should keep while making lighting decisions this year:

1. Make better choices: Shift to LEDs
There’s no doubt that LED Lighting has swept the traditional lighting markets. As LEDs get more affordable with improving technology, the days of high utility bills are almost over. Prices of LED

Lights have been falling for the past five years and with easy affordability, high efficiency, durability and low maintenance, they make it so obvious for operators to go for them, instead of choosing traditional lights.

Being a highly efficient lighting technology, LED lighting has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the US. Their widespread use has the greatest potential impact on energy savings across the country. According to Energy.gov, by 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.

2. To make better choices, look at all the options together
Making comparisons between choices is an ideal way to make better decisions. Judging the benefits of different lights by comparing several factors such as quality, features, cost, etc. to choose the one that best fits our requirements. When faced with such decisions, we can examine one option at a time or review all our options together.

In a study recently published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, people who viewed options together identified the best product more times than the ones who chose individually.
This has perhaps something to do with the possibility that with all the information in front of us, we compare the options more thoroughly and can identify the best option more easily. But, when faced with viewing options one at a time, we tend to form an overall judgment about each option and then have to go back and compare.

Here are some criteria to consider as you evaluate different lights:

  • Cost: One of the major criteria for projects is its budget. Hence it is important to decide on a price range and compare LED light price quotations of the same brand or similar brands.
  • Features: The features of a fixture outline its most important attributes that you might want to consider. It is imperative to decide on the features that best suit your requirements as you clearly would want to avoid paying extra for features that you don’t need at all.
  • Operating Hours: Rated life, often referred by the number of operating hours until the LED lamp is emitting 70 percent of its initial light output is one of the key factors to decide on a luminaire. Most LED lights come with a rated life of up to 50,000 hours and some even premium fixtures like IKIO’s Superia UFO High Bay and Prima UFO high Bay come with 100,000 hours.
  • Warranty: Every LED Light comes with its own warranty period and taking that into your considerations while choosing fixtures for your projects can have a significant impact.

3. Make informed choices: Read Warranty Terms carefully
A warranty is a manufacturer’s written agreement to repair a product or refund your money should the product not function properly. Manufacturers whose products are sold at retail by authorized dealers typically authorize them to deliver documents that contain the manufacturers’ undertaking with the products. Manufacturers’ warranties are often framed in terms of assurance that the goods are free from defects in materials and workmanship and sometimes manufacturers undertake to repair or replace their products when a defect arises, for a certain period of time.

Some manufacturers cover only certain aspects of the fixture or its use while some cover the entire fixture with its components and add a disclaimer for its unspecified use. Take, for example, IKIO’s warranty conditions, which warrants the entire fixture including the LED, driver and fixture housing and clearly outlines its disclaimer for product damages caused by failure to follow installation, operating, maintenance or environmental instructions prescribed by IKIO or applicable electrical codes.

Hence, it is ideal and imperative to always read a warranty in its entirety, including the fine print, and ensure to understand its terms clearly.

4. Look for Safety Ratings that meet the desired application
Most of the LED lights sold in the United States have been tested and rated by an independent product safety certification organization. Underwriters Laboratories gives these products a UL Listing, and Intertek gives an ETL Listed mark. A RoHS certification would suggest a product’s compliance with the Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS).

Every lamp would also come with IP (Ingress Protection) ratings to define levels of sealing effectiveness of the fixture against intrusion from foreign bodies and moisture.

In the case of explosion-proof LED lights intended for use in hazardous locations, it must contain IECEx and ATEX certifications, which describe general requirements for the construction, testing and marking of light fixtures for explosive atmospheres.

Since the food processing facilities are cleaned with high-pressure washdowns using corrosive chemicals. The lighting in these spaces is required to be NSF Certified to endure these tough conditions so that they contribute to the maintaining of a clean environment while safely lighting it up.

Every safety certification is unique and depends on the product and its intended application. Carefully accounting for these safety ratings vis-a-vis the light’s intended environment is an absolute necessity before considering any LED light.

5. Capitalize on Energy Savings and Rebates
Rebates are an effective way to see the return on investment for your new LED lighting system in a few years. Of the 2,500 utility companies in the United States, 800 of them offer some form of a rebate for LED lighting projects and it is important to make use of these rebate programs managed on the state and municipal levels to get a leg up in savings.

In the States, energy-efficient products including LED Lights are eligible for rebates from utility companies and state governments. In many cases, users are also offered tax exemptions and tax credits. Although requirements vary by state and utility companies, there is one common requirement:

The Qualified Products List by DesignLights Consortium (DLC) includes high-quality and high-performing LED products. A project by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), the major mission of DLC is to ensure the implementation of improved design practices in all areas of the commercial lighting market.

Residential LED products with this label are eligible for rebates. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the US EPA helping you save energy and money while protecting the environment. Look up rebates and special offers near you on ENERGY STAR certified products here.

Lighting products are required to be subjected to rigorous laboratory tests and both the ENERGY STAR and DLC Listed labels guarantee high performance and qualification of those tests. Rebates make LED products much more affordable and at times even reduce their costs below that of the traditional lighting systems that don’t qualify for these rebates. A major thing to also remember is that many incentive programs are limited by a budget or expiration date and you risk missing out on them if you wait too long before upgrading to LED lighting systems.

This article is courtesy oc Ikio Led Lighting (ikioledlighting.com)

LED Lighting Ideas for Your Living Room

People love to feel at home, even if they are, in fact, visiting.

Out of all the rooms in your home, the living room might be the hardest to decorate. It’s the room where you’ll spend most of your time in and the room to which your guests will come. Ideally, the living room should evoke the feeling of warmth and cheerfulness, while also being relaxing yet vibrant at the same time.

People will easily forget how the furniture in your home looks but will remember how the room atmosphere made them feel. Did they feel welcome and chatty? Or did they perhaps feel somewhat gloomy and uncomfortable?

Now, of course, you’re not decorating the living room four your guests specifically. This is a place where you should feel most comfortable to spend time with your family, play with your kids, read, watch TV, snack, study or just rest.

In order to make an accommodating atmosphere that will allow you to fully enjoy your living space, you need to consider the lighting in your living room. You can have the most beautiful paintings, spaciousness and elegant furniture – it will all be in vain if you don’t compliment your living room with adequate lighting.

The Right Type of Lights
When choosing the lights that will best suit your living room, keep in mind that they are the ones that will be turned on the most, so opting to buy LED living room lights would be very prudent, if you’re interested in cutting your electricity bills and you’re not a fan of changing light bulbs every few months.

In general, different types of lights create a different atmosphere. Think about what type of light you need? For what purposes? For instance, if you have a favorite armchair that you enjoy reading it, you should look for a floor or a wall-mounted lamp. This way you’ll have a light source that will help you focus on your usual activities. Ceiling lights will light the whole living room and can make it feel more spacious and inviting. Accent lights are an amazing way to subtly show off your art pieces and furniture, and combined with ceiling lights, they give a subtle hint of intimacy in the living room, making it an ideal space for both relaxation and conversation.

It’s Hard to Choose One
There are so many LED lighting ideas for a living room that we could go on about them forever! Each lighting variation seems so charming that it really can be difficult to choose the perfect light to shine on your living room.

When choosing LED ceiling lights for living room, consider the style of your furniture and the rest of your home and see which ones would fit your taste best. If you’re going for the modern, artsy vibe, an excellent choice would be to have LED bulbs that hang from the ceiling and create that industrial-funky-warm atmosphere. If you enjoy inviting friends over for dinner and a glass (or two) of wine, we can’t imagine more adequate lighting than this.

For those who are a bit more conservative and not too keen on experimenting, opting for lighting that’s closer to the ceiling itself might be just the thing you need. This low-key modern style would fit into any space imaginable, and when dimmed, these lights are able to create an equally artsy atmosphere as the hanging LED bulbs.

If daring is your middle name, you could consider getting a pendant-like LED ceiling lights. As the name suggests, they look like necklace pendants and come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from subtle to over-the-top extravagant.

Even more versatile than these amazing ceiling lights are lamps. Depending on your specific needs, you can choose between the wall-mounted, table, floor, and chair lamps. Here are a few living room lamp ideas that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Just promise you won’t blame us if you get inspired and spend a few bucks on an unplanned lamp shopping spree!

Floor Lamps
When buying a floor lamp, it’s best to choose one that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Needless to say, there are numerous styles to choose from, but a floor lamp in your living room is already a style-statement, to begin with. Contrary to popular belief, floor lamps don’t have to be bulky and take up a lot of space. There are loads of beautiful, minimalistic options that rely on the practicality of LED strips and take full advantage of a sleek, metal lamp frame. Additionally, you can make use of the lamp shape to create infatuating effects and a cozy atmosphere!

Table Lamps
Aside from the living room staple – His Majesty the Couch, a table is often a centerpiece of a modern living room. While it wouldn’t be the most convenient thing to put a lamp on that kind of a table, there are all sorts of flat surfaces in your living room that would benefit from the beauty of a stylish LED lamp. Try experimenting with round-shaped lamps. They look like they’ve just come out of a contemporary style lover’s dream!

And if you’re a fan of subtle, yet imaginative living room decorations, you’ll probably find brass lamps to tick off all the right boxes.

Of course, if you don’t like the modern style at all and you’re not into experimenting with light, we’ve got good news for you – LED lighting does not necessarily equate to ‘modern’. You can always choose a traditional looking LED lamp and still enjoy the perks of its longevity and lower electricity bills.

Wall Lamps
For those that are short on space in their living room, getting some wall lamps might be the best thing to do. Not only are they practical, but they can also decorate your walls in the most surprising ways!

The symmetrical patterns these lamps create when their lights intertwine are nothing short of genius. Even if you don’t have any artwork in your living room, your guests will have the feeling you hired an interior designer to decorate your home! However, if you can’t stand symmetry, there are still plenty of options for you to consider. You don’t have to create any specific shadow patterns; you can just get a wall lamp for the sake of saving floor space.

If you’re planning on throwing a lot of parties in your living room, multicolored LED wall lights might just be a perfect option for a house-warming party… and all the subsequent parties as well.

Living Room Lighting Tips
While decorating your living room with different lights is exciting, there are a few things you should pay attention to.

The light shouldn’t be too close to any piece of furniture of a person. For instance, if you want to invest in a floor lamp too keep next to the couch, pay attention that the bulb doesn’t get in the way of people sitting on the couch

  • Consider the shape of the lamp and the direction of the light it emanates
  • Consider the fact that some lamps are meant to serve more as a true decoration that to perform their basic function
  • The color of the bulb cover will influence the color of the light. So if you’re not a big fan of green walls, maybe skip the green lamp, no matter how beautiful you think it is
  • Invest in light dimmers. They can change the vibe of your living room within seconds

What type of lighting do you prefer for your living room?

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