Guppies Love LEDs

Dr. Bulb here. Well, actually, today you can call me ‘Dr. Blub’ because I’m here to talk about fish.

LEDs are quickly gaining popularity and replacing other types of lighting. One of the most recent trends is LED lighting for fish tanks. LEDs are a beautiful and efficient solution to lighting many varieties of fish tanks.


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Lighting is a very important consideration when building a sustainable environment for your fish and other aquatic plants and animals. Before you purchase lights for your aquarium, make sure you do your research to find out the specific requirements for the type and size of tank that you have. LEDs are a great solution for supplementary and independent light sources for freshwater and saltwater marine reef aquariums. They emit a beautiful, bright light and also use very little energy, especially compared to other aquarium lighting options.

Interested in LEDs?

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Changing the world, one well-lit walkway at a time!

Dr. Bulb here, your friendly neighborhood lighting specialist/superhero! What qualifies me as a superhero you may ask? Well, according to a recent study by the Campbell Collaboration, a reputable research institution, properly placed lighting in common spaces can reduce incidents of crime.




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The Campbell Collaboration has confirmed that the amount of crimes decreased by a whole 21% in areas that underwent street lighting improvements, compared to comparable areas that did not. The decrease is thought to be caused by improved nighttime visibility and increased community pride. Improving the lighting in a common space is both beautiful and practical; it can help decrease criminal incidents in your area and add to aesthetic enjoyment.

There are many ways to improve the lighting in an area or walkway. Bollard lights are great for non-glare lighting that illuminates pathways without inhibiting eye-level sight. Looking to flood light over a side or back yard? Wall packs are the way to go. They are great for eliminating or reducing low-lit spaces in large areas.

While I hope you are excited about the opportunity to improve lighting and reduce crime, let me add in a note of caution. Choosing the wrong type of light fixture, or placing it improperly can do more harm than good. It is possible to increase glare and create blind spots, which would have an opposite effect on safety. Working with a lighting professional, like me and all of us here at Access Fixtures, is extremely important when considering any lighting project. While we do not guarantee that improving lights in your area will decrease crime, there are several studies that show that there is most likely a correlation between better lighting and lower criminal incidents. 

Learn more about your lighting options here!

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The Cost-Cutting Power of eHID Technology

Electronic HID (eHID) ballast technology is a cost-cutting innovation that is shaking up the lighting industry by providing significant energy savings compared to standard magnetic HID ballasts. Electronic HID ballasts allow precise control of light output while using less electricity, enabling a reduction in lumen depreciation and energy consumption, in addition to savings achieved through lowered maintenance costs. The design of the ballast combines all the best elements of traditional HID systems integrated into a single, compact unit with improved ignition technology that improves the lifespan of the lamp and ballast. While fixtures equipped with eHID ballasts and approved lamps may cost more initially, customers will save significantly with reduced energy and lower maintenance as well.


When paired in luminaires with Metrolight-approved lamps, the potential savings are significant. Replacing aging lighting with eHID technology will typically provide over a 50% reduction in energy consumption without sacrificing lumen output or color quality. These light fixtures can replace traditional metal halide fixtures between 100 and 1000 watts with remarkable results. For example, a 1000w metal halide fixture can be replaced with a 450w eHID light fixture and provide as much light and longer life, along with all of the additional savings associated with the conversion.


This fixture is a 450 watt eHID Pulse Start – Metal Halide Premium Tilt Large Flood Light with Type 5 Reflector. It will provide as much light as its 1000w magnetic ballast equivalent. This fixture can be purchased from Access Fixtures here.


By providing a substantial reduction in energy consumption, improved lumen maintenance, precise dimming capabilities, and improved efficiency over magnetic HID ballasts, Metrolight-powered eHID fixtures are ideal for virtually any HID application. The dimming capabilities of these ballasts extend lamp life and dramatically reduce the frequency of lamp replacement, lowering maintenance costs throughout the life cycle of the lamp and ballast. Electronic HID ballasts can be connected to a number of standard control devices including analog and digital dimmers, sensors, and timers. This allows for dimming that can be controlled to accommodate human activity, daylight harvesting, and interactive light systems, all of which provide significant additional energy savings. Additionally, eHID technology will likely qualify your facility for rebates from your local government or utilities provider, further offsetting initial replacement costs. Electronic ballasts exceed the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which regulates ballast efficiencies for metal halide lamps. Electronic HID ballasted fixtures may also qualify for rebates from local utility companies, further offsetting initial replacement costs.

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Lightfair 2012 is ON!

Welcome to Lightfair International my fellow lighting enthusiasts. I look forward to this momentous and vibrant occasion every year. This year’s Lightfair convention is located in Las Vegas Nevada, a place that is already so overwhelmed with bright and exciting lights, that I already feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Over the next few days I will be breaking a major rule. A Vegas faux pas if you will. They say that ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’; but I simply can’t resist. I will be updating everyone with some of the brightest and best new lighting products that will be coming out this year! Recent trends in LED and solid-state lighting have pushed lighting innovation harder than ever, hopefully resulting in some new and beautiful fixtures!

First up we have emergency lighting and exit signs!


For the first time ever, exit signs with emergency lighting has gone 100% LED! In the past, a few LED’s illuminated the lit area behind the EXIT letters while the emergency floodlights were halogen. This implementation of LEDs is further reducing energy costs, and eliminates the need for replacing lamps and checking the battery backup.  This new series of high performance full LED exit signs will be available soon. See a feel line of EXIT lighting here!


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My Favorite Light Bulb – The Sun


George Harrison and the Beatles had it right when they wrote the song “Here Comes the Sun” back in the late 60’s. As much as I love light bulbs, nothing beats our big bright sun. Now that winter is winding down, we can all look forward to having longer and warmer days with a lot more sun! 

The sun is arguably Earth’s light bulb. On top of the sun’s impressive lifetime, beautiful CRI, and zero lumen depreciation, it has benefits that no light bulb can come close to. For instance the sun provides us all with the Vitamin D. 

Get out your shoes/sandals and head outside for exercise and plenty of Vitamin D! Vitamin D is a nutrient that supports the absorption of calcium and it also supports breast, colon and prostate health, while contributing to the maintenance of a healthy mood. So while you are outside, you will be happier and healthier.

So what happens when the sun goes down? This question was answered best by my man Thomas Edison back in the 1870’s with the invention of the first electric light bulb. It’s been over 140 years since the dawn of light after dark – and A LOT has changed. We have gone from inefficient incandescent bulbs, to highly efficient solid state LED fixtures capable of lighting our sports fields and major roadways. Humans have truly become reliant on these miniature artificial suns that allow us to live comfortably even when dusk has come and gone.  

Although our lighting technology can’t give us the vitamin D our bodies need, our new lighting technology has made it possible to enrich our selves in different ways. For instance, without artificial lighting, colleges could not have the ability to teach students in night classes. Cars would not be able to safely drive after sunset. The list goes on!

After the sun has set, anything is possible with the right lighting. If you want to light your tennis court to continue lessons and match play into the evening… No Problem. If you want to keep your buildings parking garage safe for employees leaving after dark… No Problem… If you want to grow fruits and veggies year round in your basement… NO PROBLEM. Lighting for commercial and residential applications has never been so efficient and visually effective.


Why Don’t You Have LEDs Yet?

Its 2012 and in another two years you wont be able to find incandescent lamps anymore. That’s right folks; the traditional soft white lamps you have in your kitchen or hanging in your restaurant will no longer be easily available. So what will we do and what is the future of lighting?

If you haven’t heard it from someone else you are hearing it now from Dr. Bulb: LED and solid state lighting is the future. They are durable and small enough to fit on a key chain, they last for close to a decade, and they are extremely energy efficient. The movement away from incandescent to LED is occurring, but it is happening slower and more painfully than VCs or entrepreneurs expected.


With LED technology, you change lamps less, experience less lumen depreciation, and save massive amounts on your energy bill. So what is keeping people from this new technology?    

Unfortunately, LEDs have not yet made it into the home on a large scale. However, they have started to make it into the enterprise. Groom Energy and Greentech Media Research predict that the LED enterprise lighting market will grow by 30 percent in 2011 and surpass $1 billion in annual revenue by 2014. The 2010 U.S. market for commercial and industrial LED lighting is sized at $330 million in annual revenue. 

The initial cost of LED lighting doesn’t help the cause, either: light bulbs show tremendous price elasticity. This means that small changes in the price will have a much larger effect on the demand.

Fred Maxik, the founder and CTO of the 900-employee Lighting Science Group, doesn’t feel that cost is holding the industry back. He said recently that in commercial and retail applications, LEDs can today be justified on an energy efficiency basis. What’s needed, according to Maxik, is consumer education. More consumers and business owners need to understand the benefits of this technology and spread the good word.

Where are the LED evangelists? Why are there not people shouting from the rooftops that they reduced their home energy costs by hundreds of dollars. Here at my Dr. Bulb headquarters, I just installed a bunch of new >Kumho LED lamps in various fixtures as well as my track lighting system. These are currently available on Amazon.  Adopting a new lighting technology shouldn’t be that hard. Not only am I saving big on my monthly energy costs, but I have some of the most high tech and lamps available in the lighting industry. Jealous? Get your own today and let the saving begin!