David Director, President, Connecticut Lighting Centers & Restoration Lighting Gallery, talks with Ray Dunaway from WTIC 1080 about outdoor LED lighting. From flood lights, path lights, lanterns to post lights and more, the Sales Professionals at Connecticut Lighting Centers can help you choose the right light for the right application. Visit our showrooms to learn more.
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Meet Todd Director the LED Guru!
At Connecticut Lighting Centers
“We Speak LED”
We’ll help you pick the right LED for the right application!
With the phase out of 100/75 and 60/40 watt incandescent bulbs, LEDs are here to stay and now is the time to make the switch. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, “We Speak LED.” We can help you select the right LED bulb for the right application. Plus, LEDs can save you hundreds of dollars in energy savings!
Why Buy LEDs From Connecticut Lighting Centers
Newest LED Bulbs: LEDs is one of the fastest growing technologies. We stay on top of the latest LED technology, so you don’t have to and we carry the newest LEDs.
Quality LEDs: We never sacrifice savings over quality. Our selection of LEDs include high quality LEDs from trusted manufacturers including Satco, Bulbrite, Green Creative, Switch & Cree.
Knowledgeable Sales Professionals: Our Sales Professionals are extremely knowledgeable and can help you select the right LED for the right application. We’ll guide you every step of the way.
How Much Will You Save With LEDs?
Connecticut Lighting Centers has new LED Flood Lights from American Lighting.
The LED Panorama 30 Flood Light provides a durable and adjustable light for driveways, walkway and architectural accents. The LEDs emit a high intensity and even illumination, which also adds safety and security for your home and yard. These flood lights can also be used for commercial applications.
- Five-Year Warranty from Connecticut Lighting Centers
- Save 80% in running costs when compared to a halogen flood light
- Aluminum housing, polyester powder coat and weatherproof gasket for ultimate durability
- Two finishes: White or Dark Bronze
- LEDs that last up to 50,000 hours –no more lamp replacements!
- LEDs deliver 1700 of lumens, but only use 30.6 watts for ultimate energy savings
- 4400 Kelvins: Emits a bright white light
- Convenient power connectors for easy installation
- 120-277 input volt range that is compatible for residential and commercial applications
- c/UL/us listed for wet locations
- Every Day Low Price: *$199.95
(*price current as of 1-21-14 and is subject to change)
Why Buy From Connecticut Lighting Centers:
We offer competitive pricing and have a wide variety of LED lighting and bulbs. Our showrooms are staffed with Sales Professionals who are knowledgable about LEDs. All our LEDs come with a five-year warranty. We are open 7 days and 5 nights a week and have two convenient locations in Hartford and Southington. Visit our showrooms for all your Lighting, Fan, Decorative Hardware and Home Accent needs for a seamless one stop shopping experience. Since 1972, we have remained a family owned and operated business.
There is a new light in town that is sleek, stylish, feather-light and LED. Koncept lighting is the newest line of lighting innovation that is now being offered at Connecticut Lighting Centers.
Koncept’s cutting edge designs have won numerous awards from International Design Magazine and Time Magazine. The Z-Bar desk lamp was selected as a permanent display in Germany’s Die Neue Sammlung museum as a best innovation of the 20th/21st centuries.
- Light-weight for easy portability
- LED for optimal light output and energy savings
- Stylish, modern designs
- Available in multiple colors including vibrant orange, green, blue and traditional black and silver
- Cutting edge technology
- High quality
- Most models include swivel heads and occupancy sensors to control lighting
- Connecticut Lighting Centers offers a five-year warranty on all LEDs
Want to see the light in person? Visit our showrooms in Hartford and Southington. At Connecticut Lighting Centers we speak LED. Our Sales Professionals can help you pick the perfect LED light and educate you on the newest LEDs.
Decorating for the holidays means different things to different people. Some revelers blanket their homes with twinkling lights and other decorations, both inside and out. While others take a more modest approach to the season by simply sprucing up for guests with a few well-placed accent lights to enhance their home’s curb appeal.
Whatever your holiday decorating scheme, you will make the biggest impact visually and financially by using LEDs. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), LED holiday lights have an estimated lifespan of 40 holiday seasons, are more resistant to breakage – thanks to epoxy lenses – than incandescent versions, and use less electricity. LEDs make sense for fixtures used year-round as well.
Visit our showrooms to speak with a Sales Professional who can help you make the switch to LEDs.
-Article courtesy of American Lighting Association-
Everyone experiences changes in their eyesight as they age. For many, it means buying reading glasses to read a menu, newspaper or other small print. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), changing the lighting in your surroundings can go a long way to enhance reading ability and increase comfort.
“Often, the first thing people notice as they get older is their loss of ability to see distance,” notes Terry McGowan, director of engineering & technology for ALA and owner of Lighting Ideas in Cleveland. “That happens around age 45, and is called presbyopia. By 60, most people have a ‘fixed focus’ optical system and need glasses. After age 60, eye and visual system changes accelerate, so that less light reaches the eye. Therefore,” McGowan says, “people need more light to see details as they age.”
Basically, the follow changes are occurring:
- reduced visual acuity (ability to see small details);
- reduced contrast sensitivity (harder to see differences between light and dark objects and surfaces);
- reduced color discrimination;
- longer time required to adapt to large and sudden differences in brightness; and
- increased sensitivity to glare.
Paul Eusterbrock, president of Holkötter International, a lighting manufacturer that has championed lighting developments and products to help aging eyes, agrees. “The main issue is the quality of light,” he says. “Research shows that a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as a 30-year-old. Most of the commonly found lighting guidelines are written with the 30-year-old user in mind,” Eusterbrock explains.
Eye fatigue during the day is another side effect. “Because the eye loses the ability to accommodate, the muscles of the eye have to work harder,” McGowan says. “Eyes get tired faster, especially when doing difficult seeing tasks such as driving at night or reading fine print. The solution is to make seeing easier. This means not only reading large-print books, but also reducing glare, setting up special lighting for task areas, and having regular eye exams (including retinal) to catch problems promptly.”
According to McGowan, having a few table lamps turned on while watching TV can help reduce the contrast that occurs between the bright screen and the surrounding darkness of the room. He recommends a torchiere that provides an uplight as well downward illumination for versatility. This could be accomplished with a style that has a separate task light attached or by a torchiere with a glass bowl at the top that will bring some light downward. “It is one of the cheapest and best ways to light a room for someone with aging eyes,” McGowan adds.
Is there a magic light bulb that will work for everyone? McGowan and Eusterbrock say no. “This may sound strange, but the perfect bulb is whichever one the user finds works best for them,” McGowan says. “Individual vision varies so much – especially as people age – that it’s difficult to develop lighting recipes that are one-size-fits-all,” he says.
It is indeed a matter of preference, agrees Eusterbrock. “There are fluorescents, halogens and even light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs bright enough for reading tasks,” he says. “What’s most important is to have light that you can direct, such as a pivoting or adjustable head on a task lamp. Designs with a reflector (inside the head) are even more effective for focusing the light where you need it,” Eusterbrock says.
“As a lighting designer, my advice to older homeowners is to provide for light level adjustments (via dimmers) so they can match the lighting levels to the tasks at hand,” McGowan says. Look for general lighting fixtures (such as downlights) that are well-shielded to minimize glare.
Dimmers are ideal in the bathroom to add a bit of illumination to navigate during the night, and to make it easier to get up on dark mornings without blinding glare. “A dimmed incandescent bulb does not emit blue wavelengths of light that can upset circadian rhythms, which is another ‘healthy lighting’ consideration,” McGowan says.
McGowan and Eusterbrock advise layering the lighting in a room so that functional illumination and decorative lighting can be mixed to achieve balance. To find a professional who can tailor a lighting selection to meet your specific needs, visit any ALA-member lighting showroom. You will not find such expertise at a home center, where you are on your own to determine the right fixture or lamp for your room.
“I think the most important element is to have a lot of flexibility with your lighting,” McGowan says. Each room should have lighting choices with controls to vary the light. “The objective is to give the user – no matter what their age – the optimum amount of lighting when and where they want it,” McGowan says.
Whether you are old or young, the basic rules of good lighting apply: have sufficient illumination with little or no glare and use diffused lighting to minimize shadows. If energy savings is a concern, McGowan recommends selecting compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LED bulbs with warm tones (look for 2700-3000K on the box) and a high color-rendering index of 90 or more.
-Article courtesy of American Lighting Association-