An Ounce of Prevention for Facility Managers

FM inspectionsRecently, LinkedIn’s Facility Managers Group swapped workplace horror stories in an illuminating  discussion titled, “Stories of Neglect: What have you seen as a Facilities Manager that has been a result of poor maintenance or complete lack(there)of?” We noticed that a recurring theme in the responses was mass shortages of lighting due to failing fixtures that went unreported. These shortages can pose a huge danger for litigation and human life in general.

In these cases, those responsible for facility-wide inspections were often contractors who were unfamiliar with lighting terminology and standards – cleaning professionals, for example. Since many of the LED lights supplied by LED Waves are designed specifically for commercial and industrial buildings, this was of particular interest to us. How can lighting be effectively monitored by untrained personnel?

With filament-based lighting technology – halogen/incandescent – failure is pretty straightforward; the bulb suddenly burns out after a few thousand hours and stays dark until a maintenance worker gets around to replacing it. With gas-based, ballasted lighting technologies, however, failure can be trickier to diagnose.

LED vs MH vs HPS L70By industry standards, a luminaire is considered failed once it produces less than 70% of its initial output (thus the “L70″ references you may see on lighting literature). The ballasted lighting technologies most commonly seen in large buildings – fluorescent, HID, sodium, metal halide – decrease in lumen output exponentially shortly after being installed. (Fluorescent lights are especially bad, strobing and changing color noticeably as they near the end of their useful lives.)

Like the above lighting technologies, LED lights decrease their lumen output over time. Unlike the above, however, they don’t hit the dreaded 70% mark for 30,000 to 50,000 hours of operation – so inspections by qualified personnel, using proper equipment, can be scheduled fewer and farther between.

As LED lighting and controls get smarter, these inspections may fall out of human jurisdiction altogether in our lifetime – freeing up time for facility managers to prevent other stories of neglect.

The Genesys LED T8 Tube and New Years Eve

Photo Credit: Countdown Entertainment via Times Square Alliance

Here’s a bit of trivia for those of you who plan to watch the Times Square ball drop tonight: The LEDs inside the iconic sphere are brought to us by Philips – which happens to be the same manufacturer of the 96 diodes inside the Genesys 3.0 LED T8 Tube.

The Genesys is a 4 foot fluorescent tube replacement, designed and assembled in the USA exclusively by LED Waves. We picked Philips based on the brand’s quality, and specified the Luxeon M line for its highly consistent flux and light color – traits which were sorely lacking in LED T8s we’ve seen from market competitors.

This consistency between LEDs to another is assured by the line’s Freedom from Binning program. And speaking of Freedom, we also offer two driver options for you to choose from (20W and 38W), depending on your lighting and power needs. Both versions of the Genesys provide more useful lumens than a fluorescent tube, due to the directionality of LED light.

Enjoy dropping that knowledge bomb on your fellow partygoers tonight, as the LED ball drops! Have a great New Year.

Thanksgiving 2013 LED Lighting Sale Starts TODAY

LED Waves is celebrating Thanksgiving with a sitewide sale – so you don’t have to sleep outside our lighting showroom or maul your fellow holiday shoppers to participate. And our offer starts today, giving you a head start on all your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday savings.

Now through December 2nd 2013; coupon code TURKEY gets you 15% off everything at And we mean everything:

Shop our LED sale online today! After all, you’ve got a lot of eating to do later this week.


How One LED T8 Outperforms Two or More Fluorescent Tubes

We’re really excited about the upcoming changes to our LED T8 tube, as mentioned in the previous post. We think the hyper efficient new LUXEON chips, as well as the two power levels, will make it easy for users replace their fluorescent lights with the Genesys 3.0 in their 4 foot troffer and low bay fixtures.

Genesys One LED T8 replaces two fluorescent tubesYou might have wondered about the lumen output of the Genesys 3.0, and how the product functions as a one-for-two fluorescent tube replacement. This is another application in which the directionality of LED technology is key: Since T8 tubes are typically installed as downlights – in recessed troffers in the ceiling, or hanging down in 2×4 low bay fixtures – it doesn’t make sense for them to cast light in every direction outwards from the tube. This renders a direct lumen comparison between fluorescent and LED T8 tubes irrelevant. See the diagram below:

Genesys LED T8 more useful lumens than fluorescent tubeOnly 120 degrees (out of 360) reaches the useful areas of the room – you know, where people and the things we use can be found. The other 240 degrees of light bounces around the ceiling, fixture, and elsewhere above our heads, and are therefore considered wasted.

Whether you get the 20 Watt or the 38 Watt version of the Genesys 3.0 LED T8, you’re cutting down lumen waste from fluorescent lighting by two thirds. Replacing multiple tubes in a low bay/troffer fixture? Even better. These savings, combined with the ten times longer lifespan (without the flicker and lumen depreciation from fluorescent tubes nearing end-of-life) make the Genesys 3.0 a valuable asset for your home or business.


New Chips & Light Options Coming to Our LED T8 Tube

LED Waves is pleased to unveil some exciting changes coming to our exclusive 4 foot LED T8 tube light. Coming soon: The Genesys 3.0 with Philips LUXEON M Series LEDs.

These chips come to us from the same makers of the LEDs in the Times Square New Years Eve ball. The LED Waves R&D team choose the M Series 3535L for its high lumens-per-Watt and CRI.

It’s also subject to the brand’s “Freedom from Binning” program to provide noticeably consistent flux and Kelvin color temperature from every LED, regardless of bin number.

We’re still using 96 diodes per 48″ LED tube to deliver bright, smooth, unpixellated light. That’s what sets the Genesys, along with our other American-made exclusive products, apart from the competition: It’s LED lighting that is as easy on the eyes as it is on your bank account.

Genesys LED T8 Tube with Philips Luxeon LEDs

The Genesys 3.0 is available with one of two LED drivers of your choice, which is used in place of your fluorescent ballast and comes bundled to the tube for easy installation. Choose your power level depending on your lighting and electricity needs:

  • 20 Watt (for more energy savings over fluorescent lighting)
  • 38 Watt (for higher brightness – over 2,500 useful lumens)

Our new 3535L-studded LED T8 tubes will be ready to ship next month. In the meantime, stay posted for more updates – including a pre-order discount – on the Genesys 3.0!

Labor Day Sale – Last Day!

Labor Day 2013 LED lighting sale Last DayLED Waves is happy to be back in the office with time to spare on our blowout Labor Day Sale! Don’t miss your last chance to take advantage of free shipping on orders over $150 and 20% off select LED lights made in the USA.

Check out our Labor Day Sale section for free shipping terms and applicable discounted items. For special orders or technical questions, you can always call us at 1(800)986-0169. Or use our new & improved live chat feature! Click on the bottom right corner of any page at to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable LED specialist.

On behalf of everyone here at LED Waves, we hope you had a wonderful Labor Day. We thank you for supporting our hardworking team, and for helping us save the planet, one (American-made) bulb at a time!

Labor Day Weekend: Holiday Sale, Hours

Please be advised that the staff of LED Waves will be out of the office on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 in observance of Labor Day. Our free shipping offer and 20% sale on LED lights made in the USA will run online through the holiday weekend.

Our LED specialists are available until 4pm EST today. Call 1(800)986-0169 for quantity pricing, special orders, or to schedule a visit to our lighting showroom.

We will be back at 9am EST on Tuesday, September 3rd, to close out our Labor Day sale and resume serving our valued customers. Thanks for shopping with LED Waves – your purchases support not only our LED lamp manufacturing operations in the USA, but also our country’s workforce, and its standing in the global green tech industry.

We hope you have a safe, wonderful Labor Day weekend!

15% thru the 15th: USA-Made LED Lighting Sale Extended

We are extending our 15% off sale on America-made LED lights! Now through July 15th, 2013; use coupon code 15JULY to activate savings on already low-priced items from our exclusive LED OEM line. This is great news, not just people looking to save energy in their businesses and homes, but also for our country’s economy!

All of our current sale items are designed, assembled, QC-tested and shipped from our headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. LED Waves is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business dedicated to giving back to the community – starting with American jobs!

Check out these American-made 120v LED PAR lamps & 12v LED light bulbs, LED down light fixtures, fluorescent replacement tubes, and our new industrial lighting section which features the Andromeda LED high bay and the latest outdoor wall pack flood lights – all accompanied by a Made in America stamp, as well as our 5 year warranty. We’re sure you’ll find the highest quality, lowest priced LED lighting solution to make your home or business more economically and environmentally sustainable.

What a great way to continue celebrating our country’s independence! On behalf of everyone here at LED Waves, we hope you had a happy, safe, and restful 4th of July weekend!

Independence Weekend Sale on American-Made LED Lights

We’re celebrating the 4th of July with a patriotic sale on our best LED lights! Today through Sunday, July 7th 2013; take 15% off our entire line of LED lights made in the USA. These exclusive products are all designed and assembled in-house in Brooklyn, using the most dependable components in the industry (like Cree LEDs) to ensure the highest quality. That’s why we back each one up with a 5 year warranty!

Enter coupon code 15JULY at checkout for your 15% discount on the following selections:

…Or simply look for these logos accompanying every American-made LED lighting product at

For special orders or answers to your technical questions, call us at 1(800)986-0169.
LED Waves be out of the office on Thursday, July 4th in observance of the holiday. We’ll return the following Friday, July 5th, before taking off for the rest of the weekend.

We wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day!

Green Friday Sale: 15-20% Off LED Lights and Supplies

We’re not in the office to take your calls today, but you can still take advantage of Black Friday deals with 15% off sitewide at And with promotional code THANKS12 – available only to our online followers ;) – get an additional 5% off the following Cree LED lights made in the USA:

This is how we feel on Green Friday.

There is no order minimum to qualify for these savings. All discounts will be automatically applied at checkout, and cannot be combined with any other offer.

This sale is effective NOW and will last all weekend, in celebration of Small Business Saturday.