Upgrading to LED Lighting in Your Office

Let’s face it.  LED Technology is the future of lighting.  But there is still a lot of confusion as to which LED Technology is best for indoor applications in particular.  I’m here to shed light on that question.

The Best way to take advantage of LED lighting is to be able to control it.  Fluorescent Lighting is a proven technology, but it doesn’t offer much by means of control.  Sure, you’re able to dim fluorescent ligthing.  But it’s an expensive endeavor that rarely is used.  New Codes are requiring that each space in your typical office building use at least 3 levels of lighting.  On, Off, and somewhere in between.  That can mean, dimming capability, or separate switching so that only 1 of the 2 lamps turn on in a given fixture. (more…)


Outdoor LED Display – See it in Action!

UPDATED!! New fixtures added!

One of the fastest growing LED markets is in the Outdoor area.  We’ve discussed in earlier posts how the indoor LED products are starting to come around, but for the most part, numbers don’t add up.  Well in outdoor situations the numbers are a no-brainer!  The hardest part about understanding LED is actually seeing it live and in person.  We can tell you how a 20w LED fixture will replace a 100 watt High pressure Sodium fixture, but wouldn’t it be nice to actually see it person???  We thought so.  So we built a board of LED fixtures to do just that.

Listed from Top Left being #1, to bottom right being #12.  Here’s what we have:

1) RAB Lighting’s – 91 Watt Area Light.  This fixture is perfect for parking lot lighting and walkway lighting throughout a facility’s property.

2)  RAB Lighting’s – 13 Watt Flood/Spot Light.  This fixture is perfect for lighting up a flag pole or any outdoor sign.

3) Lithonia Lighting’s – 35 Watt Wall Pack.  This general purpose wall pack has an excellent beam pattern and is able to replace up to 175w Metal Halide Wall Pack fixtures.

4) Juno Lighting’s – 50 Watt Decorative Wall Pack – Polaris wall pack designed for higher end architectural look.  Ultra efficient LED Fixture with a nice look to match.
5) RAB Lighting’s – 52 Watt Wall Pack – Designed to replace up to a 250w HPS / Metal Halide Wall Pack
6) RAB Lighting’s –  78 Watt Flood Light – Designed to Replace 250w to 320w Metal Halide Flood Lights.  Perfect for lighting up the side of building.
7) Lithonia Lighting’s – OLW14 – 26w LED Wall Pack – Ideal above man doors on your building!
8) Lithonia Lighting’s – OLAW – 35w LED Wall/Area Light.  Perfect Dusk to Dawn Fixture Replacement
9) Lithonia Lightins’s – OLW – 35w LED Wall Pack – For larger HID Replacement applications
10) RAB Lighting’s – 13w Wall Pack – Designed to replace 50w-70w HID Wall pack, above man doors.
11) RAB Lighting’s – 20w Wall Pack – Designed to replace 70w-100w HID Wall Pack
12) RAB Lighting’s – 26w Wall Pack – Designed to replace 150w HID Wall Pack

Adventure Lighting LED Display Board - Lights On!

One of great features of our display is the nLight Touchpad Control.  Thanks to our friends from SensorSwitch, we are able to individually control each light on the board to easily compare like fixtures.  The wiring is all done over Cat5 cable, making it easy and cheap to install.  This switch will individually control 16 different channels.  And it looks cool to boot!

nLight Touch Control Pad - Programmed Channels - Adventure Lighting LED Display Board
Here’s what the inner workings look like from the back. 
Adventure Lighting - LED Display - Back of Display

We’re excited to show our display to anyone who would like to see the latest and greatest in LED Fixtures on display.  Stop by if you’re in town.

Adventure Lighting - LED Display - Full Shot

Questions? Comments?

Brian Huff
Adventure Lighting
515.288.0444


Rare Earth Phosphors Send Prices Skyrocketing!

If you’ve noticed the increasing prices of fluorescent lamps jumping lately, there’s a reason.  And it’s not just manufacturers making more money!  You may have heard about a “Rare Earth Phosphor” crisis in the global market.  The lack of phosphors has sent prices skyrocketing across many industries, including fluorescent lamps.  Here’s what’s going on…

Rare Earth Phosphors Raw Material

Our friends in China have clamped down on production of Rare Earth Phosphors.  Supply and Demand = prices have gone up.  This problem first presented itself last summer, and prices have steadily increased ever since.  Prices that are normally guaranteed for a year or two are now being quoted for a few months at a time.

Bottom line- Time to start stocking up on lights!

Update: The 700 series T8 lamps that were slated to be discontinued this summer have been ok’d to be produced for another 2 years.  The Rare Earth problem has pushed prices too high to force everyone to move to the 800 series lamp.  With that being said, if you’re a fan of better quality light, and more lumens per watt, you may want to move to the 800 series anyways.

Thanks for reading!

Brian Huff
515.288.0444
Adventure Lighting


NEW LED Lamps hitting the Market!

Good Morning Everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and a lot has changed in the past few months.  Based on the comments of this blog, everyone wants to know about LED!  I will try to satisfy the audience in this post…

We just received our first samples of the 4′ linear LED T8 Tube from Philips a few weeks ago.  We have them installed and they are performing surprisingly well.  They’re running without a ballast at 87-88 watts for the 4 lamp fixture with Foot Candle measurements close to that of the T8 fixture next to it.

LED 4' Philips T8 Fixture

The wiring was difficult.  I recieved a call from a gentleman in California a few months ago asking about these LED 4′ tubes.  His main concern as we talked was how easy they are to install.  I can speak from experience that it’s not as easy as replacing a ballast.  I spent approximately 30 minutes re-wiring the entire fixture.  With that being said, it looks really nice. 

4' LED T8 Philips Tubes

I was surprised to see that you can’t actually see the individual LED’s in the lamp.  You probably wouldn’t notice that the fixture is LED unless we told you.  (which is a good thing)

LED T8 Tube

As far as how much it costs… All I will say is that you’d better be sitting down.  Give me a call/email/comment on the post to inquire more about this emerging technology.  This is where lighting is going, we’re getting closer, but we’re not there yet.[polldaddy poll=5638289]

Jack Huff, along with his son Brian and wife Sue, owns and manages Adventure Lighting in Des Moines, Iowa.


Cheap CFL’s Are Hurting Our Industry, And The Green Movement

 At least once a week someone comes in to our store, complaining about a CFL they purchased.

Not one they bought from Adventure Lighting. No, these troublemakers are purchased elsewhere.

“What’s wrong with it,” I ask.

The most common responses:

“It burnt out already.”

“It overheated and melted.”

“It flickers.”

“It’s not as bright as it should be.”  

“Where’d you buy it?” I innocently inquire, knowing the answer before they give it.

“(Insert name of big box store here)”

I always feel bad for the person who got snookered into buying a “discount CFL.” They’ve probably read about the great benefits of compact flourescent bulbs, and are trying to save money on their electric bill while also doing their part for the environment.

Then they get burnt, literally – and that hurts all of us: consumers, reputable CFL distributors and the entire “green” movement.

No one knows who originally said, “You get what you pay for.” But the person should have their face enshrined on currency.

Some of these cheaply-made CFL’s claim to last 5, 6, even 10 years in some cases. But you’ll be lucky to get 6 months out of most of them.

But don’t be fooled.  There’s a reason that many of these big box stores only charge a buck or two for an 13w CFL, that we know costs double that to make properly – and it’s not out of the goodness of their hearts.

The truth is that these knock-offs are poorly designed, cheaply made and in many cases, dangerous. They can melt, catch fire, short out circuits and cause damage.

I’m not trying to specifically promote what we sell at Adventure Lighting – I think our products speak for themselves, plus there are a lot of reputable light companies in Des Moines who sell quality CFL’s, just like us.

What I am trying to do is save you money, time and headaches, while helping keep you and your family safe.  And the whole point of the CFL is to save energy and money, but when a consumer has a bad experience with one CFL, they’ll never go back.  And that doesn’t help anyone save energy.

Some things, you can buy at a big box store, or grocery chain. CFL’s should not be one of them. Period.

Those of us in the lighting industry, live, eat, breathe and talk about lights, every day – that’s our job. We read the trade journals, talk to the manufacturers, stay up to date on the latest news and, most important, stock the best brands – for us, that’s Philips, Technical Consumer Produts and Greenlite.  

So when it comes to your CFL’s, leave them to the lighting professionals.

And in the meantime,  I promise never to sell lumber, plants or milk. Although I would love to sell cookies and pastries – my wife would probably veto it. :)


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