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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is CRI important?

When designing any space, color, texture, and finishes play a critical role in the process. Lighting is equally important. With high-CRI lighting, colors pop, textures stand out, and finishes have depth and luster. Think of lighting as the fourth element of good design, which turns colors and textures into a vibrant palette of finishes and Learn More

Q: Voltage Drop Charts

How can voltage drop affect an LED lighting system? Voltage drop is defined the amount of voltage loss that occurs through all or part of a circuit due to impedance. Wires, electrical components, and virtually anything carrying current will always have inherent resistance, or impedance, to current flow. The importance of voltage drop for LED Learn More

Q: What is Title 24?
| March 19th, 2014
Category: Frequently Asked Questions, Terminology

Title 24 is an energy code that is part of the California Electrical Standards. The code was created to insure building safety, reduce energy consumption, and to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings. Adhering to Title 24 codes is mandatory for every building in California. Title 24 Requirements for Solid State Lighting requires LED lighting Learn More

Q: What is Tri Color LED?

Tri Color LED is another name for RGB LED. RGB, which stands for Red Green Blue, is a type of light emitting diode that contains these three colors within one chip. The tri color chips are mounted to a circuit board and then enclosed within a fixture or other type of housing. The result is Learn More

Q: What is SMD LED?

SMD LED is a type of LED chip that creates a high level of brightness and a wide light beam angle, and consumes a very small amount of power. Also, SMD LED chips typically last at least 50,000 hours and up to 100,000 hours. SMD LED stands for Surface Mount Device Light Emitting Diode. Their Learn More

Q: What type of solder should be used for soldering LED strip light?
| June 17th, 2013
Category: Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend using 0.8 MM (20 AWG / 0.031 in.) Lead-Free Rosin Core solder.

Q: What is “solid state” lighting?

The term “solid state” lighting can be used to refer to the way LED lighting produces light. The process is fundamentally different than incandescent and florescent lighting. This term applies to the fact that inside LED strip lights, for example, every light emitting diode includes a semiconductor block that does the actual work of producing Learn More

Q: When do LED lights die?
| August 29th, 2011
Category: 12V LED Technology, Frequently Asked Questions

Used normally, LED fixtures and lights are rated to last 50,000 hours. That’s slightly less than four years of continual, 24-hours a day use, over 17 years at eight hours a day, and over 45 years at three hours a day. The brightness will begin to fade over time, but not by a noticeable amount Learn More

Q: How long does it take for energy-bill savings to cover the purchase cost of LEDs?
| August 26th, 2011
Category: Frequently Asked Questions, LED vs Other Lighting

The amount of time it takes for LEDs’ reduced energy consumption to save you enough to cover their cost depends on how many hours a day your lights are on, the current cost of electricity in your area and the wattage of the lights in your home. As an example, consider a two-bedroom home with Learn More

Q: Does disposing of LEDs require special precautions?

LED light fixtures and lights contain no hazardous chemicals and fully comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive, which limits the use of lead, mercury, and four other hazardous materials in electronics. In contrast with CFLs and incandescents, which can release dangerous chemical gasses when broken, broken LEDs pose no particular risk to the Learn More

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