The Facts of Light: Understanding Lighting Facts Labels

You take the good, you take the bad,you take them both and there you have, the Facts of Light? No? It’s a little more complicated that that. Today we’re talking about Lighting Facts, that label you see one some lightbulbs, manufacturer collateral or in store displays. It looks more like something you’re going to eat rather than something that’s going to screw into a socket. Believe it or not, not all LED Bulbs are created equal, and you should pay attention to thelighting facts label on a product when making informed purchasing decisions and to be sure you are choosing the right bulb. The U.S. Department of Energy created the Lighting Facts program so that manufacturers of LEDs could substantiate claims of light output and quality, and consumers could make sure the LED’s they purchase meet their expectations. Much like comparing calories on a nutritional facts label, the most important facts of the LED are measured.

Lighting Fact Labels Measure;

  • Lumensindicate light output. The higher the number, the more light is emitted.
  • Lumens per watt indicates efficiency. The higher the number, the more efficient.
  • Wattsindicate the energy required to light the product. The lower the wattage, the less energy is used.
  • Correlated Color Temperature indicateslight color. “Cool” colors have higher Kelvin temperatures (3600–5500 K); “warm” colors have lower color temperatures (2700–3000 K). Cool white light is usually better for visual tasks. Warm white light is usually better for living spaces because it casts a warmer light on skin and clothing. Color temperatures of 2700 to 3600 K are recommended for most general indoor and task lighting.
  • Color Rendering Index(CRI) indicates the effect of the lamp’s light spectrum on the color appearance of objects. The higher the number, the truer the appearance of the light on objects. Incandescent lighting is 100 on the CRI.
  • LED Lumen Maintenance(optional) Listed as a percentage, this metric estimates the amount of light the LED light source is projected to emit at 25,000 hours at a given ambient test temperature, compared to its initial light output. This percentage is based on LM-80, in-situ temperature performance, and TM-21 projections.
  • Warranty(optional) Partners provide a link to detailed warranty information.

Now you’re ready to use the Lighting Facts guide to assure you’re buying the right bulb for your application. When it comes to quality LEDs, you’re going to get what you pay for. It’s best to go with known brands, those that participate in the Lighting Facts program, and are Energy Star partners. Consulting with lighting professionals to be sure you’re using the correct LED solutions for the right applications will also help to be sure you’re making the right choices to illuminate your business. Our Verde staff are experts in the field of energy efficiency and would love to get your business going on huge savings! Reach out to us today to see what we can do for you.

Stop Procrastinating on Weatherstripping

Is there anything worse than getting a table by the front door of a restaurant only to feel the Chicago cold continually interrupting your meal? You know who wouldn’t stand for that?Daenerys Targaryen, that’s who. She’s send her dragons down there and well, you know what would happen next.

Over time, older buildings will develop cracks and spaces between doors, windows and floors that can attribute sometimes up to 30-40% of wasted cool or warmed air. Weatherstripping is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to reduce your energy consumption and make sure that inside temperatures maintain themselves.

A small piece of me dies when I see a shop or cafe with a Brienne of Tarth sizedgap under their door. I harken back to my father yelling at me to close the refrigertor door instead of standing there, slack jawwed trying to figure out what I want to eat.. “Close the refrigerator door!” Ok Dad! You wouldn’t get rid of the seals on your fridge would you? Same goes for your front door and windows.

Weatherstripping is the process of sealing these cracks up with materials like foam, rubber, vinyl, and metal to protect from outside elements. These solutions tend to be weather resistant and prevent things like dirt and bugs from also sneaking in as well. Weatherstripping is also helpful in reducing outside noise which can be distracting to the work enviroment or customers. Most weatherstripping products are easy to install and can be done so in minutes without tools, and some require basic tool installation.

Not sure where to start?

Start with your door

Door weatherstripping is a priority when it comes to reducing your businesses energy consumption. With a door sweep solution in place, you can start saving money now and preventing air leakage. Many times, a door sweep might even be covered by energy rebate programs. Installing weatherstripping in your business today is an easy decision to make. With a few easy steps, you can be on the road to saving money, making your patrons more comfortable, keeping pests and debris out and might be able to even get money back for your efforts! You might qualify for a free door sweep for you business under Comed’s

Don’t forget Windows

With a small investment of $5-$30 in caulk from your local hardware store, you can see savings up to 20% on your energy bill. Seal up those drafty windows quickly and easily and make sure your customers are comfortable in those chilly months and that you’re cool air stays inside during those sweltering summer months.

Verde can find where your business might be leaking energy. Whether it’s out the door, through an old HVAC system, or the need for lighting upgrades. We’ve worked with other Chicagoland business to do just that and we’re unstoppable when it comes to utility rebate expertise. Are you ready to start saving on operating costs?