Top 10 Lighting Blog Posts of 2019

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We launched our weekly lighting blog in 2019 and wanted to gather the most viewed and helpful blog posts in one article in case you missed out on any of our useful articles.  



Top 10 Advantages of LED Lighting

Why settle for preexisting lighting or keep paying high utility bills? You can switch to LED light bulbs and light fixtures to save money and time, choose the color you prefer, increase the lifetime of your bulbs compared to traditional light bulbs, and select a wattage equivalent bulb with a high CRI or brighter lumen count than what you had before. If your friends or family are not convinced, share the link to this top 10 list blog with them so they can see why switching to LED lighting makes sense.



Color Temperature Applications and Kelvin Levels Explained

Having trouble choosing which light temperature suits your needs? With the wide variety of color selections possible, you need the charts in this blog to determine which light color temperature is best suited to your specific lighting applications. Also includes a list of Sunco color temperatures and the moods you can create with them.



Upgrade Your Lighting with Smart Bulbs

When you make the switch to LED smart bulbs you can control color temperature, color selection, music sync, create a schedule to turn a bulb on/off when needed, and set the scene you want with a specific ambiance in mind. This blog post also reviews how you can control your lights with your voice or with an application and your compatible smartphone or tablet.




Choosing LED Damp vs. Wet Rated Lights

What do wet rated and damp rated mean? This blog defines those terms and also shows you which Sunco products are suitable for wet environments or rated for damp locations. Understanding a product’s certification and moisture ratings provides you with the knowledge needed to find a light fixture suited to your needs.



What Type of Socket Do I Need (Shunted vs. Non-Shunted)?

Sunco requires non-shunted tombstones (sockets) for our direct wire LED T8 tubes that are Single End Powered (SEP). How electric current flows through the tombstones is important to know when you are upgrading existing fixtures and want to switch to LED tubes. You’ll also want to understand a few other things that are covered, including what ballasts do, and how to determine if you need to replace existing tombstones as you retrofit existing fluorescent tube fixtures.




Choosing Downlights, Slims, and Recessed Cans

Do the variety of choices in recessed lighting and downlights overwhelm you? We got you covered. Included is a helpful chart that breaks down the types of recessed cans and downlight styles in Sunco’s product offerings. Includes a list of FAQs to answer your questions about downlights. The chart features each style of recessed lighting and whether it has attributes like connection type, mounting style, whether the lighting fixture is all inclusive or if it includes a J-Box.



Understanding Bulb Shapes

With so many bulb styles and shapes to choose from, it is helpful to understand the shape of each one so you can identify your existing bulbs and locate the equivalent LED replacement bulb. This blog features a review of A-series bulbs (A15, A19, A21), B-series blunt tip bulbs (B11), the BR bulged reflector family (BR20, BR30, BR40), the globular G-series bulbs (G14, G25), and the PAR series (PAR20, PAR30, PAR38).


What are the Differences Between PAR and BR Bulbs?

Despite the fact that PAR and BR bulb types use a reflector to direct the light beam, there are some key differences between BR and PAR bulbs that affect whether you want to buy one bulb or another. Discover their major differences, what the numbers on PAR or BR bulbs mean, the color temperatures available, applications for BR and PAR bulbs, and how to identify your existing reflector bulb so you can replace it with an LED bulb.



Understanding the Visible Light Spectrum and Color

Examine the various forms of light with this blog that provides a solid base to better understand the science of light. Review how we measure light, the properties of light, color wavelengths and frequencies, and the Visible Light Spectrum. An excellent overview for those starting to plan a lighting project before you dive into color temperatures.


The Color of Light & CCT

A tech deep dive into understanding the differences between warm vs. cool light, an overview and explanation of Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), along with the moods you can evoke and the ambiance you can create in your unique lighting applications. It also provides a peek at recognizing color temperatures in the world around you.



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  • Posted on by Enrique
    You’ve created such a serene and inviting space with your lighting choices. It’s magical!

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