The New TCP Connect

In store now!
TCP Connected is a technology that allows the user to control the lighting in their home from their computer or smartphone. By installing the “Smart Bulbs”, the TCP Connected system uses the internet to communicate with the energy efficient LED light bulbs. Just by downloading the TCP Lighting app, you can control your lighting as easy as 1, 2, 3. You can personalize your lighting controls on your app as well.

Here is a diagram that shows how the app works with the lighting system:

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See more about the TCP Connected system with the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ6nI17d7ok

The TCP Connected Starter Kit is available here at Atlantic Lighting Studio, so be sure to stop by and take a look at this cool system!

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Hyperbolic LED Recessed Lighting

Are you tired of having the glow of a recessed light distracting your eyes away from the wonderful space you are trying to light? We found an interesting article from Juno Lighting that introduces a new technology that makes recessed lighting more approachable.

In 2014, Juno Lighting released a technology called a hyperbolic LED trim, also known as “Silent Ceiling” for 4, 5, and 6 inch Juno LED luminaries that was crafted to reduce the glare of a recessed light and also maximize luminaire efficiency in your home.

This detailed diagram shows the difference between the hyperbolic reflector and the standard cone reflector.

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“The hyperbolic shape takes advantage of the directional nature of LED light sources, spreading and directing light down toward the work plane.” (Juno Lighting, 2014).

Juno-Hyperbolic2

The visual difference between the hyperbolic LED trim versus the standard trims is outstanding. Your eyes are drawn to the beautiful space being lit – instead of the glare of the recessed lighting. By changing the shape of the reflector from a cone to a hyperbolic style, it provides better light distribution for LED sources.

Dispelling the Myths of Incandescent Bulb Phase-Out

To clear up the confusion of the phase-out of some incandescent bulbs, we would like to share an article from the latest issue of the American Lighting Association’s newsletter (January/February 2014 – Vol. 44, No. 1).  We have reprinted it here as it has accurate information to help you with your light bulb choices. We would love to answer your questions and offer guidance on exploring energy efficient options. In the mean time, we have a good supply of 100 W Incandescent light bulbs on hand as well as a wide variety of incandescent bulbs that are not being phased out.

Bulb Phase-Out in Canada To Be Complete in 2014

Standard incandescent bulbs will be phased out in Canada in a one-two action that starts Jan. 1, 2014 with the elimination of the 100 and 75 watt bulbs and ends on Dec. 31, 2014 with the elimination of the 60 and 40 watt bulbs.

The regulations involving the phase-out are written by National Resources Canada (NRCan), part of Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency, which is mandated to strengthen and expand Canada’s commitment to energy efficiency.  After the phase-out dates, stocks of the existing bulbs can be sold, but bulbs can no longer be manufactured or shipped across provincial borders.

In Oct. of this year, NRCan proposed amending their minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) to permit high-efficacy halogen incandescent bulbs so that consumers would have a greater choice of energy-efficient products including bulbs that perform similarly to existing incandescent bulbs.  The MEPS were also adjusted slightly so that the same halogen-incandescent bulbs now being sold in the U.S. to comply with the 2007 Energy Independence Act (EISA) could also be sold in Canada.

According to NRCan, the harmonization of requirements would not only provide more lighting options to Canadians, but would also reduce regulatory compliance burdens and support the Canadian government’s policy of aligning with U.S. standards where feasible.  If the proposal is adopted, bulbs sold in Canada would have to meet the requirements found in the chart at the end of this article.  All bulbs must be rated for a [minimum] “service life” of 1,095 hours.

In 2011, the Canadian government postponed the bulb phase-out for two years due to confusion about the program and to allow further advances in bulb technology.  Concern about health effects, performance and the problems of disposal for mercury-containing CFLs were also listed as important reasons for the delay.  The province of British Columbia, which phased out the 100 and 75 watt bulbs on Jan. 1, 2011, decided to also implement the federal schedule and phase out the 60 and 40 watt bulbs on Dec. 31, 2014.

Canadian Incandescent Bulb Phaseout

Traditional Incandescent Bulb

Lumen Range

Standards

Effective Date

100W

1490-2600

73W

January 1, 2014

75W

1050-1489

53W

January 1, 2014

60W

750-1049

43W

December 31, 2014

40W

310-749

29W

December 31, 2014

DOE Report Compares Environmental Impacts of LEDs, Incandescent and CFL

Sometimes, making good choices that reflect positively on our environment can be a struggle.  When there are so many factors to consider, how do we know which choices have the least negative impact?  There are positives and negatives to each of the most common light bulbs in the marketplace.  So how can we know if the best bulb choice is incandescent, compact fluorescent or LED? This report from the Illuminating Engineering Society can certainly shed some light on these questions:

DOE Report Compares Environmental Impacts of LEDs, Incandescent and CFL

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a report that looks at the direct and indirect material and process inputs to fabricate, ship operate and dispose of LED lamps, compared with incandescent lamps and CFLs.

Among the key findings of the report, entitled LED Manufacturing and Performance are:

  • Electricity consumption over an equivalent period of lighting service is far greater for the incandescent lamp and is the dominant contributor to environmental impacts.
  • Because of its low efficacy, the incandescent lamp is the most environmentally harmful of the three lamp types considered, across all 15 impact measures.
  • The CFL is slightly more harmful than the 2012 LED lamp (today’s LED technology) on all impact measures except hazardous waste landfill, where the LED lamp’s large aluminum heat sink causes greater impact because of the energy and resources consumed in manufacturing it (which produces significant waste disposed of in landfills).
  • The best-performing light source is the LED lamp projected for 2017, whose prospective impacts are expected to be about 50 percent lower than the 2012 LED lamp and 70 percent lower than the CFL.

The report is the second part of a larger DOE project to assess the life-cycle environmental impacts and resource costs of LED lighting products in relation to comparable traditional lighting technologies. It uses the conclusions of Part 1, Review of the Life-Cycle Energy Consumption of Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Lamps, as a point of departure to produce a more detailed and conservative assessment of the manufacturing process and use it to compare the three lighting technologies, taking into consideration a wider range of environmental impacts. This report is the most comprehensive study of its kind for LED products, addressing both energy and environmental impacts, and is the first public report to consider the LED manufacturing process in depth. To download a PDF, go to www.ssl.energy.gov/tech_reports.html.

With three Lighting Specialists and a Certified Lighting Consultant on our team, we’ve got a wealth of information and experience to ensure that you make the best choices for your lighting project.  We invite you to call 866-542-3431 or email info@atlanticlightingstudio.com for guidance.

Until next time,
Chris, Mike, Mary and Deborah

Understanding Lighting Efficiency

By now, most people have heard about regulation changes in Canada and the United States regarding what will be available in the future world of light bulbs. In a nutshell,  these changes will protect consumers by giving them clear, consistent labelling on all light bulbs.  This will allow for apples to apples comparisions of lighting options.  Another important reason for these changes is to remove inefficient, energy-sucking light bulbs from the market place.  The lighting industry has responded by pouring millions into new technologies that will be good for our environment in the short and long term.

Here’s a handy chart from the LUMEN Coalition, comparing the incandescent watt labelling most of us are familiar with to their equivalents in lumens.  Talking lumens, allows us to compare Incandescents to LEDs to CFLs.  It’ll take us all some time to get used to lumens instead of watts and if you have questions, we’re more than happy to answer them for you.  

Chart comparing watts and lumens

From now until June 17th, 2012, Efficiency Nova Scotia  is offering rebates on  Efficiency Approved  CFLs, LEDs, and Dimmers . These rebates are redeemable in our store.  These products will help you save electricity and save money!
As an added incentive for you to delve into the world of energy efficient lighting, we are offering 10% off  our LED and CFL bulbs! Including special orders! (This offer is valid with our Efficiency Nova Scotia rebate, but not with any other offers.)

On first glance, LEDs are quite expensive, but when you do your math and consider the longer term actual cost, they really are a good deal.  When selecting LEDs, look for quality brands that have large heat sinks (the metal fins around the perimeter of each bulb).  Inexpensive LED bulbs will disappoint with the poor coloured light and their short life span.

Come in and see how beautiful, functional and cost effective LEDs and CFLs can be!

Until next time…