Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fanimation Fan Showcase



Fanimation ceiling fans ranges from tropical, tradition, transitional to contemporary. Savio Lighting carries both indoor ceiling fans as well as outdoor ceiling fans with various finishes, blades and lengths. Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at saviolighting.com for Fanimiation ceiling fans.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to Choose Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting provides task lighting on the countertops that is complementary to the general lighting of the room. The benefit of this is that the light source is near the task and can be easily concealed to prevent glare. Some even use dimmers to double the under-cabinet lighting as night light. These fixtures are available in various types of bulbs which dictate the style and design of the fixture.


Incandescent lamps (bi-pin, wedge, festoon) are the most common giving off a warm white light. Halogen and xenon gives off a cool white light. Under-cabinet lighting may also come with linear fluorescent lamps (T8, T5, T4) or CFLs. White LEDs have become popular for under-cabinet lighting because of the low energy consumption. With this in mind, the performance of under-cabinet lighting varies on the type of bulb and design. Another performance factor is the brand - specific grade products offers better quality.

Under-cabinet lighting should be smooth, uniform illumination for a variety of tasks and purposes ranging from reading a faded old recipe to slicing and dicing vegetables. Adjustable light levels allow for an ambiance change relative to the activity at the moment. 500 lux (unit of measure for illuminance) is recommended for critical tasks (slicing, dicing). 300 lux is recommended for general tasks (reading).

Uniform illumination is easier to work under since the surface has a balanced illumination and not dark spots. In general, one puck light (incandescent and LED) is needed for every 8”-12” of cabinet length for best uniformity. As for light strips, cut the strip so that it runs the length of the counter. Linear incandescent light bars should be sized according to the length of the cabinet and mounting should be at the front edge of the cabinet. For Linear fluorescent light bars, a slim profile not greater than 1”hx4”w is recommended to conceal the fixture behind the cabinet trim molding running the length of the counter. CFL puck lights can be spaced 16” on center and towards the front of the cabinet. LED linear light bars should be spaced 1”-4” apart with mounting brackets to allow heat to escape.

The type of countertop is a factor of in choosing under-cabinet lighting. Matte finish reflects light much less than glossy countertops so a lensed fixture is recommended for glossy finish. Lenses diffuse light, reduce multiple shadows and produce a more uniform appearance on the counter. Also, Light colored surfaces reflect more light than dark colored surfaces so fixtures with more lumens is recommended for darker counters and backsplashes. Another consideration, under-cabinet lighting should not be glaring to anyone in a seated position anywhere in the room.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at http://www.zlamps.com/ for your under-cabinet lighting project.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

OSRAM MAY START LIGHTING M&A’S AFTER SIEMENS SPIN-OFF


Lighting group Osram will pursue takeovers and alliances once it is spun out of German conglomerate Siemens in an initial public offering (IPO) late this year.

Osram, the world’s No. 2 player in the 40-45 billion euros ($56-64 billion) lighting market after Philips, will be listed as part of a revamp of Siemens, Europe’s biggest engineering company.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for collaboration with other companies,” Siemens Chief Executive Peter Loescher told Reuters Insider television. Spinning off Osram – the only unit within the conglomerate which does not carry the Siemens brand – will free up capital and allow Siemens to tap into a growing green energy market, Loescher said.
The fixture market in Europe is extremely fragmented. An analyst said he expects Osram to target more lighting and fixtures companies in Europe, where many players are only active in parts of the market or a limited number of countries.
Osram, estimated to be worth 5-7 billion euros, ranks above General Electric and competes with Panasonic and CREE.
Siemens plans to sell off just over 50 percent of Osram, chief financial officer Joe Kaeser said. It is looking to complete the flotation in the latter part of 2011 and will remain a major long-term shareholder.
Osram will have a solid supply of capital and is looking at a credit rating of A minus or BBB plus, Siemens said.
The Osram flotation is part of a larger overhaul of Siemens under which it will create a fourth division, “infrastructure and cities”, alongside existing energy, industry, and healthcare units.
3/29 Reuters

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mitt Romney Goes for Presidential Bid

Today, former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, announces that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee. At this moment, it is unclear if Romney's campaign headquarters will be in Boston. How will he help small businesses? The next president will be involved with the phase out of incandescent light bulbs. Will there be any changes to the current energy conservation laws and bills?

For energy saving light fixtures and lighting products, visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at saviolighting.com.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

What To Do If A CFL Breaks?

To minimize any exposure to mercury from the broken light bulb, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends:
  • Airing out the room for five to ten minutes by opening a window and/or door.
  • Shut off the central forced heat or air-conditioning system.
  • Be thorough in collecting the broken glass and visible powder from the broken CFL. Put them in a sealable container.
  • Promptly place all debris and clean-up materials outdoors in a trash container until they can be disposed of properly.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the CFL bulb was broken and leave the heating/air-conditioning system off for several hours
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has proposed a bill that would reverse a ban on incandescent light bulbs scheduled to take effect next year unless it can be shown that the CFLs don't offer a risk to consumers. H.R. 91 was introduced to repeal parts of the Energy Independence and security Act of 2007, which has been described as a "de facto ban" on the incandescent light bulb. Certainly, there is opposition to this bill for the government's micromanagement of light bulb choices and the dangers of CFL.

There are alternatives besides CFL bulbs for energy conservation. One common alternative is the halogen light bulb. This is energy efficient comparing to a traditional incandescent light bulb. A more costly alternative is LED bulbs. LED last for average from 30,000 - 50,000 hours; but the price for a lamp is still high.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at saviolighting.com for lighting accessories.