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    The problem with this stuff, and it's not just a...

    The problem with this stuff, and it's not just a single manufacturer like Light Efficient Design, is that these products largely do not have any third party testing. These things are lots of wattage...
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    The Green ends or writing don't mean much. The...

    The Green ends or writing don't mean much. The end caps are simply a Philips thing, any lamp that is designated "Alto" (A Philips marketing term meaning "Low Mercury") has a green end cap. GE does...
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    Nice LED Option:...

    Nice LED Option: http://www.rayonlighting.com/sites/default/files/products/docs/VersaTrim-LED-Recessed.pdf

    And if you want to stay incandescent you can order short or long neck lamps.
  4. Thread: T8 Retrofits

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    In all fairness, T8 is more energy efficient,...

    In all fairness, T8 is more energy efficient, less expensive, and more reliable.

    I've used a lot of reflector kits. Some of them from, say, US Energy Sciences, will send bits and pieces fairly...
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    Oh, I don't think the old NiCads would last 10...

    Oh, I don't think the old NiCads would last 10 years. Maybe if not cycled...maybe. But cycling is the death of them and a quick death it is. They also have to lose their whole charge before a...
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    Oh, and while I hate to advocate for my own...

    Oh, and while I hate to advocate for my own stuff, Dual Light's new EV units use what are essentially rechargeable AA batteries. The replacement cost is should be under $10 per unit.

    They are...
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    Inverters seem more and more popular these days....

    Inverters seem more and more popular these days. A lot of times replacing the whole unit proves to be cheaper than replacing the battery.
  8. Thread: LED Experience?

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    I stand semi-corrected. Yes, there are a few...

    I stand semi-corrected. Yes, there are a few companies with UL listed stuff, Philips and Maxlite both being companies that make UL listed LED T8 lamps. These have an external ballast (driver) that...
  9. Thread: LED Experience?

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    UL doesn't approve LED tubes. Both Columbia and...

    UL doesn't approve LED tubes. Both Columbia and Lithonia have commodity LED troffers fairly in expensively.

    The problem with LED highbays is solely cost. I've done some nice projects but the cost...
  10. Thread: 400w MH to LED

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    If you're doing aisles you can run with...

    If you're doing aisles you can run with Columbia's LLHP fixture which offers aisle optics. It's not overly expensive. If you want someone to run photometrics for you let me know.
  11. Thread: 400w MH to LED

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    It all comes down to beam spread. There's a lot...

    It all comes down to beam spread. There's a lot of LED highbays I like. For instance, the Gigatera Luna 130 will often smoke 400s (and the Luna 160 certainly will.) Columbia's LLHP will do the trick...
  12. So, as I rep I'll tell you I see nearly every...

    So, as I rep I'll tell you I see nearly every project in my territory. Here's what I see:

    A) A lot of LED specification for general lighting (troffers, wraps) that almost always gets value...
  13. Thread: LED corn lamps

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    I don't have any problem with their product....

    I don't have any problem with their product. Their LEDs are far from the industry leader at this point in the game. I'm seeing a lot of the Philips Rebel and Nichia chips, the former being very...
  14. Thread: LED corn lamps

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    I don't dislike LEDs. Given, there's a lot of bad...

    I don't dislike LEDs. Given, there's a lot of bad product out there. A LOT. Much of it isn't even better than IR Halogen and little of it is better than linear fluorescent. But in outdoor lighting it...
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    I used the EcoSmart branded lights from Home...

    I used the EcoSmart branded lights from Home Depot on many occasions. Install was simple and they don't have torsion springs. Piece of cake!
    ...
  16. Thread: LED corn lamps

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    Not a real great solution but to each his own, I...

    Not a real great solution but to each his own, I s'pose.

    Sensity probably makes the best one on the market: http://www.sensity.com/product-portfolio/led-post-top-retrofit-600-series

    Vivid will...
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    So there's a couple things you could do. You...

    So there's a couple things you could do.

    You have three driveways. Do you want to turn on ALL the lights to every driveway no matter which one they enter or leave from? Or, just one driveway where...
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    Lots of folks to be wary of these days.

    Lots of folks to be wary of these days.
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    I used to do this a lot. You're going to be...

    I used to do this a lot. You're going to be running the 2 lamps at a higher current and ballast factor, essentially making them brighter. This is probably fine with most ballasts, I have never seen...
  20. Oh, come now, usually I just get some old bits of...

    Oh, come now, usually I just get some old bits of shoelace and use however much I have until it looks like it won't fall. :p
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    These are advertising low 40s for lumens per...

    These are advertising low 40s for lumens per watt, which isn't really good at all. Halogen IR lamps will come close to that and push 100 CRI. Compared to what, say, WAC or Prescolite are doing and...
  22. Thread: LED retrofits

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    Sure, Sensity makes these:...

    Sure, Sensity makes these: http://www.sensity.com/sites/default/files/pdf/20130403_X-PGPostTop_Cutsheet_Sensity.pdf
    And Beacon does as well:...
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    Have you replaced the magnetic ballast with an...

    Have you replaced the magnetic ballast with an electronic ballast?
  24. Thread: LED retrofits

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    Using lamps is probably a bad way to go. You need...

    Using lamps is probably a bad way to go. You need to manage the heat, if you don't do that they will fail early.

    Check this:...
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    Could be an issue with thermal management as...

    Could be an issue with thermal management as well. A lot of these suckers will shut off if they get too hot, cool, then turn back on, heat up and turn off, cool, then turn back on rinse and repeat.
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