How LED Tech News is Shaping Our New Industrial Lights

We’ve slowed down on updates recently, and that’s because all hands are on deck here at LED Waves HQ! We’ve got tons of American-made industrial LED lights coming down the pipeline – undergoing design tweaks, in situ testing, and even re-naming! (It’s hard nailing down impactful, relevant names for our unique products.)

While we can’t reveal too much about these new products, we did want to take a moment on this Social Media Day to let you know what’s going on in the greater LED world. Everything in this industry is related: All advancements, no matter where in the technology and in the supply chain, lead to better performance and lower prices on LED lighting everywhere.

Case in point: Taiwan is stepping up their bulb standards, with the Ministry of Economic Affairs requiring manufacturers to test all new bulbs coming to market starting July 1st. Taiwanese manufacturers will be fined a minimum of NT $0.2 million (US $6,669.33) if found in violation of this mandate. This measure protects consumers against the mislabeling and confusing labels that had gone unchecked in the LED industry.

This doesn’t relate to LED Waves directly, as we haven’t imported any new bulbs from the East since we launched our American-made LED bulbs in 2012, and our specialty lies in higher end, commercial and industrial lighting anyway. But if other manufacturers – particularly those with historic strongholds in the industry – are held to a higher standard, consumers will be better informed about lighting technology, have better user experiences, and are more likely to adopt earth-friendly LED lighting in other walks of life.

Pictured: the driver that comes with each dimmable Midtown LED Recessed Light

Pictured: the driver that comes with each dimmable Midtown LED Recessed Light

In related news, IHS Technologies reports that 25% of all driver revenues in 2013 went towards LED light sources.

A driver is an component that regulates the current from a power source to an electronic device. Since this can cover such a huge range of consumer products – especially those experiencing rapid growth (Do you know anyone who hasn’t bought a new phone, tablet, or computer in the past year?) – these LED driver sales paints a promising picture in the adoption of this advanced lighting technology.

This topic was on the minds of many at LIGHTFAIR International earlier this month.

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We can only imagine what was on the minds of THESE trade show crashers.

With record-breaking numbers of attendees seeking out LED lights and exhibitors selling them year after year, it’s become clear there’s no question if LEDs will achieve worldwide adoption, but when. This year, some were even wondering why: Is this technology really the go-to solution? With some industries – particularly agricultural settings – traditionally reliant on incandescent lighting for inherently incandescent qualities, are LEDs really capable of penetrating all lighting applications? With our upcoming line of rugged, industrial LED lights, LED Waves is setting out to answer these questions with a resounding YES.

Watch Our New Video LED Product Showcases

Big news for our social media followers: LED Waves has launched a Youtube channel! Thanks to our friends at Hiccup Media, we were able to hit the ground running with a whopping eight video showcases.

The LED Waves Youtube channel offers an exciting new way to engage with viewers who are interested in switching to LED lighting. Our videos can also be viewed throughout LEDWaves.com on their respective product pages:

These eight videos – the first of many to come – focus mainly on our line of LED lights made in the USA. Subscribe to see coming content, including step-by-step installation guides for our retrofit lights, a video tour of LED Waves’ OEM facility, and even more product showcases as we grow our line of American-made LED lights!

MVP LED Light Bulbs Under $20

We want to thank all the LED Waves customers who helped make our Earth Day sale a success. We’re cooking up more LED lighting deals for the month of May, but in the meantime, check out the year-round savings in our Clearance section!

Our Clearance LED lights include tons of energy-saving bulbs – both halogen and incandescent replacements – all reduced up to 75% from their original prices. It’s a pretty impressive selection, featuring quite a few big name LED bulbs under $20!

These MVP LED Light Bulbs under $20 include:

The Los Angeles 2.0 LED MR16
Originally $21.95 NOW $8.99
Made in the USA with Cree XB-D LEDs

The A11 Globe Dimmable LED Light Bulb
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.55
Great for modernizing chandeliers, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A15 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.00 NOW $12.95
6W replacement for 40W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A19 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.57
9W replacement for 60W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The Olympia PAR20 LED Light Bulb
Originally $39.95 NOW $15.95
An IES Progress Report Selection made with Cree XR-E LEDs

Shop today; all Clearance sales are final, so items will not be restocked once they sell out. For real-time availability, specification help, or bulk pricing for any of our LED lights, call our sales team at 1(800)986-0169.

A Sea Change for LED Lighting Manufacturers

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When we first shifted LED Waves manufacturing operations stateside to debut a set of American-made LED PAR lamps back in 2012, we did so with three primary goals:

  1. Lower costs by eliminating middlemen and consolidating operations in-house – accelerating wide-scale adoption of energy-saving LED lights.
  2. Create jobs – especially in the green tech field, particularly for the United States (which was falling behind in this field at the time) and most importantly – for us personally – on a local level here in NYC.
  3. Exercise closer quality control of our in-house exclusives – helping diffuse the discontent some early adopters experienced from poorly made LED products.
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The evolution of our LED PAR30 involved adding dimmability and upgrading from 7 LEDs to latest Philips single CoB.

While we figured we were oddities at the time – supplying and manufacturing LED lights in-house in the USA, despite our small company size – we didn’t realize we were on the ground floor of a global sea change in the SSL industry.

China has long dominated our field, handling the intensive process behind the manufacture of all energy efficient lighting – from the glass-blown curvature of CFL bulbs to the board population and highly nuanced assembly of LED replacements – with a seemingly endless supply of cheap labor. Government subsidies made it even harder for American businesses to resist the allure of Chinese manufacturing.

Slowly yet surely, though, China is losing its foothold and manufacturing has shifted back to the United States. Forbes has noted six commonalities among manufacturers affecting this change:

forbes chinese mfgThis does not portend the end of Chinese manufacturing – far from it. Rather, we’re seeing a leveling of the playing field – and on a higher level at that. Healthy competition between LED Waves among other American manufacturers (not to mention other global contenders) breeds higher quality, lower cost LED lights, with more jobs and better employee satisfaction. And remember, that’s what drove our decision to manufacture LED lights in the USA.

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.

Introducing the Illinois™ Dimmable PAR30 LED Light Bulb

New Illinois LED PAR30On this St. Patrick’s Day LED Waves is pleased to introduce you to our newest green product: the Illinois™ Dimmable PAR30 LED Light Bulb. A 16W replacement for a 150W halogen spotlight, the Illinois is even brighter and more efficient than our previous American-made LED PAR30.

Like the recently re-launched New York 3.0 PAR38, the Illinois uses a single high-powered Philips LUXEON CoB LED for higher efficacy, center beam candle power, and luminaire to luminaire consistency. Each one also features a uniquely textured reflector to multiply light output without added glare.

Like all LED lights made in the USA only by LED Waves, the Illinois comes with a 5 year warranty – thanks in part to the extra attention paid to heat dissipation. In addition to our signature lightweight aluminum heat sink that promotes air flow, the Illinois features a metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB) to lower thermal resistance from the LED. These high quality components work together to prolong the service life of the entire bulb.

We’re sure you’ll love the bright, feel-good light from the new Illinois™ Dimmable LED PAR30. Order today to be among the first to try it out!

Introducing the New York 3.0 Dimmable PAR38 LED Light Bulb

Today we are pleased to announce the latest addition to our exclusive line of American-made LED light bulbs. The New York 3.0 PAR38 Dimmable LED light bulb is a 1,700 lumen, <20 Watt replacement for a 175W halogen spotlight – and the improvements don’t end at the energy savings!

NY3.DIMMABLE LED PAR38

After the success of our Owl™ Outdoor LED Wall Pack – the first floodlight we made using a single Chip-on-Board (CoB) light source – we gave the same treatment to our new LED PAR38. CoB LED architecture is solder-free, streamlining and fortifying the lamp design by reducing stress points. And using a single LED as a light source gives the NY 3.0 a more concentrated beam with crisp, unpixilated edges, while also providing more bulb-to-bulb consistency in brightness and color.

LED Waves’ engineers chose the Philips LUXEON 1203 CoB LED for our redesigned PAR38 based on its efficacy (up to 135 lumens per Watt) and uniform optical performance – all packaged into the smallest Light Emitting Surface in the industry. This small footprint enabled us to use a smaller, more lightweight heat sink on this bulb.

Check out the New York 3.0 online for more details on the upgrades made to our LED PAR38 – and what these upgrades mean for your home or business. Pre-order today at LEDWaves.com or call 1(800)986-0169.

Double Waves of Savings: LED PAR20 and PAR30 Light Bulbs on Sale

Our first Waves of Savings promotion of February brings you a two-week sale on two LED lights made in the USA exclusively by LED Waves. Today through Tuesday, February 18 2014; coupon code WAVES saves you 15% on the Dallas™ Dimmable LED PAR20 and the Chicago™ Dimmable LED PAR30.

Waves of Savings.LED PAR20 PAR30 saleThe Dallas LED PAR20 and the Chicago LED PAR30 are 9 Watt replacements for 75 Watt halogen lamps. The quality of light from both bulbs is virtually identical, due to the same high end components and craftsmanship that go into each one. Both offer:

  • American-made quality – assured by our 5 year warranty
  • 7-array of Cree XLamp  XT-E LEDs
  • Heat sink finely machined with aircraft-quality aluminum
  • Plug & Play; Compatible with standard incandescent/halogen sockets & dimmers

What separates these PAR lamps is their size. The number after PAR, multiplied by 1/8 of an inch, equals the diameter of the light head. So LED PAR20s are 2.5 inches in diameter, while LED PAR30s are 3.75 inches in diameter.

Our in-house R&D and production team makes LED light bulbs for almost every track light system, ceiling recessed can, and other flood or spotlight applications. For help finding what you need, give us a call at 1(800)986-0169.

Waves of Savings: $5 Off the California LED MR16

While we’re getting pounded by this polar vortex, we’ve got plenty of California™ MR16 LED light bulbs to keep us warm at LED Waves headquarters in NYC! The sunny California™ is the latest 12v halogen replacement bulb from our exclusive in-house production team. And with this week’s Wave of Savings, it’s more affordable than ever!

CA LED MR16 bulb imageNow through Tuesday, February 4th 2014 take $5 off the California LED MR16 using coupon code WAVES. Nowhere else will you find an LED bulb of this value:

  • A Lighting Facts® Product
  • 7W equivalent to a 40W halogen
  • Uses 3 high-powered Cree XT-E LEDs
  • Lasts +30,000 hours
  • Made in the USA
  • 5 year warranty

With its remarkable Color Rendering Index (CRI 86), the CA is the go-to bulb for retailers, galleries, and countless other high end spot lighting applications. The California is made in 25 or 40 degree beam spreads, and 3000K (warm), 4000K (neutral) or 5000K (cool) white color temperatures – all lovely and impressively bright!

LED Wall Packs Ahead of Lighting Standards

Some individuals interested in the Owl Outdoor LED Wall Pack family have asked us if any of the units are qualified by Energy Star or the DesignLights Consortium. (Energy Star applies to green products typically for the home and for retail and hospitality settings, while the DLC covers the remaining larger, more industrial lighting projects.) It is with heavy hearts that we answer no, simply because these programs currently do not offer a category for outdoor bracket-mounted wall packs.

Why is this the case? Traditional wall packs using metal halide, HID or sodium vapor were associated with lots of uplight – which is wasteful, creates light pollution, and can contribute to unsafe nighttime lighting conditions.

The directionality of solid state technology makes our own LED wall packs emit NO uplight. Check out all the zeroes across the board in the “U” (for Uplight) section of the B.U.G. reports for the 10, 30, 50, 70, 100 and 200 Watt Owl Packs. Each also meets the DLC’s high end specifications for related outdoor LED lighting categories – measuring brightness, efficiency, color rendering and more:

Owl Outdoor LED Wall Pack vs. DLCUntil Energy Star or the DLC recognize LED wall packs as viable nighttime floodlighting, it’s up to local utilities and building contracts with Buy American provisions to offer incentives for the high performance and energy savings of the USA-made Owl Pack. The technology is there already; we’re just waiting for the “green light” from the rest of the green lighting community.