Friday, January 28, 2011

Kendall Jackson Winery Going Green

Kendall Jackson wine is always a safe bet when dining out without breaking the bank. They make great house pours. Who drinks wine and not know this winery?

Today, I stumbled upon an article on their site. Guess what!? They care about the environment! After reading the Kendall Jackson's blog post from January 27, 2011, they won my support! Next time I buy a bottle of wine, I may choose Kendall Jackson over JLohr for my table wine.

Kendall Jackson has a energy conservation program.  Recently, they've installed over 4,000 fluorescent fixtures custom made by General Electric. Surely, this saves KJ 155,000kWh per year from standard gear and associated Green House Gases (GHG). However, these fixtures has a permenant shealth that protects people from below if the fluorescent bulbs ever breaks. What does that mean? The mercury from these fluorescent fixtures would end up in landfills. Thank goodness that Kendall Jackson is looking out for future generations and eventually was able to have GE custom manufacture KJ's bulbs to fit the environmental specs.

Even beyond the warehouses and indoor lighting, Kendall Jackson raises the bar on outdoor lighting. KJ followed the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) protocols for reducing light emissions. This surely is another energy saving (25,000 kWh) and Green House Gas reduction by using reflectors to reduce bulb wattage.

Wine enthusiasts may have their own wine cellars. How do you light them? In the same rectrospect, should we not retrofit to a greener specification? How about replacing those T5 microfluorescent fixtures with T5 LED fixtures? There's no UV and much less heat while saving energy with T5 LED light fixtures.

OK, maybe you're like me. I'm renting so I own a wine fridge. That darn wine fridge doesn't have a light though to showcase my wine collection. Here's a solution: Mini LED stick. Same idea as the LED T5 but much smaller. These mini LED sticks has a 3M adhesive on the backside so you can stick virtually anywhere that is nonporous. LED sticks comes in two sizes of 8 or 12 inches which is perfect for any size wine fridge. Both mini LED sticks and T5 LED fixtures are linkable so there is no need to worry about dark spaces.

Be sure to visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at when you're outfitting your wine showcase.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Savio Lighting News Reel Q1 2011

News Reel for Q1 2011

January 2011 - Thank you for all your support all these years! One of Savio Lighting's greatest success is Saunter T4 and T5 Slim Fluorescent fixtures ( With the same vision, Savio Lighting launched another product line, T5 LED light fixtures! T5 LED is linkable the same way as the T5 slim fluorescent fixtures.

We are also pleased to introduce another new product, cabLED puck light. These LED puck lights are offered in 3 puck light kit and various finishes - black, white, chrome, brushed nickel.

Savio Lighting continues to offer in 2011: Access Lighting, Aladdin Light Lift, American Fluorescent, American Lighting, Amertac/Westek, Artcraft Lighting, Best Quality, Bulbrite, Corbett Lighting, Corona Outdoor/Landscape Lighting, Cx Design, Dainolite, Dale Tiffany, East Enterprises Oriental Lighting, Elk Lighting, ET2, Eurofase, Fanimation, Forecast, George Kovacs, Hinkley Lighting, Holtkotter, Hudson Valley, James R Moder Crystal Lighting, JV Designs, Kenroy Home, Landmark, LBL, Lite Source, Mariana, Matthews Fan Co., Minka-Aire, Minka Lavery, Modern Fan Co., Monte Carlo Fan, Northeast Lantern, NSL, Nulco, Nuvo, Oggetti, PLC Lighting, Quorum, Satco, Sonneman, Trend Lighting, Triarch, Vaxcel, WAC, Zaneen.

Video presented by Product Manager, Will Ng. 508-875-8818.

Electrical Basics FAQ

1: What kind of wire is found in a typical residential wiring?

A typical house will have 14/2 with ground (Type UF – 600V – UL) for 15Amp circuits and 12/2 with ground (Type UF – 600V – UL) for 20Amp circuits.

Note: Houses built in the 1970’s may be wired with 12 & 14 gauge aluminum wire. Only devices listed as CO/ALR are suitable for use on aluminumwire.

2: What does 14/2 with ground (Type UF - 600V - UL) mean?

The 14 indicates the wire size or gauge. The 2 indicates the number of current carrying conductors. "With ground" means there is an included conductor, usually bare, which is included to function as an alternate path to earth if needed. Type UF indicates the wire insulation type and dampness rating. 600V is the maximum voltage of the wire. UL means the wire has been certified safe by Underwriters Laboratories.

3: How are the conductors in a 14/3 with ground identified?

The black wire is the "hot" wire bringing current to the appliance. The white wire is the neutral or return path for current. Green or bare wire is the ground. The red wire is the second "hot" used in connecting 3-way switches.

4: Why are the rectangular blade openings in a typical three wire 15A receptacle two different sizes?

The blade configurations are determined by NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturing Association).

On a 15A receptacle, the longer of the two rectangular blade openings is the neutral contact. The shorter blade opening is the "hot" contact.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How to Set Circuit on Double Circuit HT Track Lighting System

To pick up circuit #1 on the HT track lighting system:
Follow the picture on the left which the "HOT" tap is at the down position.

To pick up circuit #2 on the HT track lighting system:
Follow the picture on the right which the "HOT" tap is at the up position.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at for your track lighting needs. Savio Lighting carries WAC track lighting systems.

WAC Lighting's extensive track collection includes hundreds of different models. Whether you are looking for a fixture that has a certain style or fixture that is suited for a specific task, Savio Lighting are sure to have the ideal choice in the WAC collection. Savio Lighting's extensive collection of track fixtures is available in a wide range of designer finishes and lamping options:

  • Hundreds of different models to choose from
  • Available in H,L, and J single circuit and J2 two circuit track systems for easy retrofitting on existing track systems
  • Light source options include energy efficient LED, Compact Fluorescent, Metal Halide and Halogen
  • QUICK CONNECT pendants and fixtures can be used with WAC's 120v track system when used in conjunction with a QC adapter
  • Many track heads can be customized to fit on a surface mount canopy


Jan 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Types of Lighting Track Systems

There are 3 track lighting systems on the market, namely Halo Track System(HT), Juno Track System (JT), and Lightolier Track System (LT). They are basically all functional equivalent system, excepts for the availability and cost. HT is more common and cost less, while JT and LT are less common and cost more due to less competition from manufacturers.

Halo Track System (HT)

The HT system is known as 3-wire single circuit systems and is the most popular track system on the market today. HT compatible system is available at most home improvement centers. If you look at the track, then there should be 2 strip of wire on one side and 1 strip of wire on the other side. If you look at the back of the fixture junction plate, then there should be 2 clip terminals on one side and 1 clip terminal on the other side. HT is the most affordable system due to many vendors selling HT compatible system, thus the price is favorable for consumer. We recommend using the HT system for new installation.

Juno Track System (JT)

The JT system is known as 2 wire-wide single circuit system. If you look at the track, then there should be 1 strip of wire on one side and 1 strip of wire on the other side. If you look at the back of the fixture junction plate, then there should be 1 clip terminals on one side and 1 clip terminal on the other side. If you measure the outside tip of the clip from one end to the other outside tip (maximum distance between the clips, ). It should be just shy of 1", it should be around 15/16". then you have a JT 2-wire-wide system.

Lightolier Track System (LT)

The LT system is known as 2-wire-narrow single circuit system. Our LT system is compatible with Lightolier Radius series and may not be compatible with any other series. If you look at the track, then there should be 1 strip of wire on one side and 1 strip of wire on the other side. If you look at the back of the fixture junction plate, then there should be 1 clip terminals on one side and 1 clip terminal on the other side. If you measure the outside tip of the clip from one end to the other outside tip (maximum distance between the clips, ). It should be just more of 12/16", it should be around 13/16". If so, then you have a LT 2-wire-narrow system.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Going Green with WAC InvisiLED LED Tape Lights

WAC Lighting introduces a Revolution in Lighting INVISILED® Tape Lights feature the latest energy efficient LED technology in an extremely low profile that will make you wonder where the light is coming from. Flexible and available in a variety of colors, it can be installed in a wide range of applications. Whether you have a new construction or remodeling project, INVISILED® can update your design with a "green" solution.

The indoor and outdoor classic systems features constant color LED tape light.

The Palette™ offers a wide range color changing capability including any color in the spectrum. Aura™ features Daylight to sunset hues in a color changing system.
Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or onlines at for the latest LED products available!

That Darn Blue Energy Star Label

So you see this blue Energy Star label here and there. Then you're told that this label will save you energy. Later on, you found out that there's tax credit for some appliances that has that label and there's rebate for certain Energy Star rated light fixtures and  light accessories.

Over the course of a year or two, you go change out products here and there for Energy Star rated ones around the home. Add a LED strip tape here and there in the kitchen. Screw in a CFL bulb here and there to go Green. Well, Blue for this matter! Do you actually know what's behind the blue label? What is Energy Star? Why do you trust it so much? Or is it just the sound of saving $$ rings into your ears and lights up that bulb in your brain?

Now I tell you that this Energy Star label was created by the EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by inefficient use of energy and to make it easier for us consumers to seek out and purchse energy efficient products that offer savings on electic bills without sacrificing performance, features and comfort. Obviously, the idea worked! Who doesn't want to save some Benjiman's?

So how does the EPA decide which products deserves that special blue label? Can I raise my hand and then my products get that label just cuz? If that was the case, I would not entrust my life with the government! There are a set of key guiding principles:
  • Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
  • Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
  • If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.
In theory, energy savings is not necessarily Energy Star rated. T5 LED light fixture, for example, is energy saving compared to T5 slim fluorescent. I suppose LED light bulb is still a relatively new technology that it hasn't reached to the desk of EPA for review. Well, first thing first, a standard specification needs to be set by the ALA for LED.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at for Energy Star rated lighting fixtures.


Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 Lighting Trends

Is it surprising or not that natural light is gaining popularity in all home interiors? It's part of the eco-friendly, green trend that is sweeping the world. With cleverly placed , more or larger windows, an abundance of natural light comes glowing in with a nice warm glow. Skylights of all varieties are becoming more and more common.

The light layering effect has also gained popularity. By layering lighting, you can adjust from ambient, to task, focal and decorative lighting you get more options in each room and the room is more functional attractive. To go along with the natural and layering effect, use lamps that are reflective of nature and construction material that is clearly natural. Metal has become a hot decorating item for the past couple years and will continue on. Metallic accents are a wonderful was to embrace this trend without going overboard. As for the natural elements, lamp shades that are shaped like flowers, leaves, petals and other whimsical elements are the fad.

What's history is standard lamps, recessed lighting and track lighting. These days, people are looking for light fixtures that brings out design character. Light fixtures have taken on unusual shapes and hues while light bulbs have become part of the decorative touch. To successfully use light in home interior designing in 2011 is to focus on the light that's emitted as well as the design shape and structure. Go beyond functional and look for light that gets noticed or that places the attention where it should be.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at to check out the latest lighting trends for 2011.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

T5 LED Fixtures and Lamps

Upgraded from current Slim T5 fluorescent fixtures available at, our new Slim T5 LED fixtures offer you a next generation of energy saving LED lighting solution. Simply unplug the existing T5 fluorescent fixtures & plug-in the new T5 LED fixtures and your upgrade is completed. For new installation, all of the following components accessories are included with our T5 LED fixtures:

(1) T5 LED fixture with a T5 LED light tube
(1) 6 ft. 3 prong power cord,
(1) 6 inch flexible connector,
(1) End-to-end connector,
(2) Stainless steel mounting clips

Our T5 LED lighting fixtures are excellent replacements for the traditional T5 fluorescent lights that you can find in most offices, stores and homes. The T5 LED light fixtures have a much longer life time than the traditional T5 fluorescent fixtures - rated up to 50,000 hours, equivalent to 8,000 to 10,000 working days.

Besides energy saving, in comparison to the traditional T5 fluorescent light fixtures, T5 LED fixtures are also cost saving in terms of replacement and maintenance. Our T5 LED lights do not contain mercury. Therefore no special disposing protocol is needed as that of disposing fluorescent lamps. Above all, the biggest advantage of the T5 LED light tubes is its shatter-Proof design - it will not break even if it was dropped accidentally because there is no glass component in our T5 LED fixtures.

The new slim T5 LED light fixtures are engineered with precision. The light output is evenly distributed - eliminate eye strain and headaches associated with flickering fluorescent lamp operation. At the same light effect (same luminous flux) our T5 LED light tubes use much less LED’s than those on the market, thus less heat generated, longer life, and less light fading.

The T5 LED light tubes can be widely used in homes, offices, hotels, shopping malls, super markets, restaurant and many other residential and commercial spaces.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at to place an order.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hall and Foyer Lighting Tips

Hall and foyer fixtures can create a welcoming atmosphere, while providing you with the general lighting you need to greet guests and assure safe passage into other areas of your home. Use flushmount and semi-flushmount fixtures, large chandeliers or pendants and sconces in hallways, stairways, and foyers.

Hinkley Valley Collection
  • To determine the overall height of a hall or foyer fixture, always keep in mind the bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor. This will determine whether you use a flush, semi-flush, or if you have a tall ceiling, a multi-tiered chandelier.
  • When sizing a chandelier or pendant for your foyer, add the length and width dimensions of the foyer area together and convert the total into inches. Example: The area is 18 feet by 14 feet. Added together this equals 32 feet. Then convert your sum to inches: the chandelier's diameter should be approximately 32" in width.
  • In a two-story foyer, if there is a window above the front door, center the chandelier so it can be seen from outside. If the foyer is extra-large, you may also want to install sconces in the foyer. Sconces should be installed 60" from the floor and 6 - 8 feet apart.
  • Since a standard ceiling outlet box will only hold a maximum of 50lbs., some large chandeliers and foyer pendants require special mounting hardware.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston Lighting Showroom or online at for hallway or foyer light fixtures. There are many quality brands to choose from, such as Hinkley, Holtkotter and Minka Lavery.