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Lighting Qustions and Answers

What is Energy Star? Energy Star is a voluntary partnership among the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, product manufacturers, local utilities and retailers. LIGHT PROCESS COMPANY is an EPA Energy Star Partner, look for the logo on our fixtures. It means that the product meets their guidelines for energy efficiency. Hardwire is a type of retrofit. Instead of "screwing in" an adapter, the incandescent socket is removed from the fixture & the fluorescent ballast & socket are wired in place. Retrofitting a fixture means converting it from one type of light source to another. Most commonly, this term is used when converting an incandescent fixture to a compact fluorescent fixture.

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What does retrofit mean?

Why won't my circline fixtures Circline fluorescent fixtures are an older technology than the new come on? compacts. They are much more sensitive to things such as grounding & cold weather. Be sure the fixture is grounded. What is High Power Factor? A ballast (or fixture) is considered High Power Factor if it is rated at greater than 90%. To be HPF, the ballast is accompanied by a capacitor, either internal or external to the ballast. It's purpose is to reduce the amperage during start up and regulate power quality to the lamp. Incidentally, electronic fluorescent are already HPF by nature. It depends on the application. For instance, in high pressure sodium, the reduction in start up amperage can be substantial. In many cases, HPF allows for a greater number of fixtures on one circuit. In compact fluorescent, HPF is often required in utility rebates. The reason for the requirement is not the energy savings and increased lamp life, as those are to small to justify the cost. The real purpose in compact fluorescent is that the capacitor acts as a surge protector & protects the ballast & lamp from irregular line spikes. Class P? Class P means "thermally protected". All indoor fluorescent fixtures must now be "class P". The thermal protector cuts off electrical supply to the ballast when it exceeds a safe operating temperature. In fluorescent, this is not a problem. However, in incandescent fixtures, heat build up can be dangerous especially if you are using a higher wattage lamp than the fixture is rated for. ALL Indoor fluorescents must use Class P

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When do I need a Zero Degree The 13 watt lamp is rated at a minimum start temperature of 25 degrees Ballast? by the lamp manufactures. However, the Robertson LA ballast can start a 13 watt lamp down to where the 7 & 9 watt lamps are rated at 0 degrees. I still prefer to operate the lamp with the standard ballast if possible and avoid the extra expense of the LA ballast. What do I do if I'm concerned The 13 watt lamp is rated at a minimum start temperature of 25 degrees about cold weather & I need 13 by the lamp manufactures. However, the Robertson LA ballast can start watt lamps? a 13 watt lamp down to where the 7 & 9 watt lamps are rated at 0 degrees. I still prefer to operate the lamp with the standard ballast if possible and avoid the extra expense of the LA ballast. What do I do if I'm concerned The key is that the "rated" start temperature refers to the temperature of about cold weather & I need 13 the lamp itself. So if you can safely affect that lamp temperature you watt lamps? won't have to worry about those cold nights. 1. Only install enclosed fixtures, as they act like a blanket.For instance, there are many wall lights that have open bottoms. On a cold night, these will not hold in the heat generated by the lamp & ballast. 2. Tape over your photocells if you are expecting a hard freeze on

makes a perfect insulator. Can I put fluorescents in a motion You can. Think of a regular 13 watt twin tube that watt quad? is folded in half. Use the right ballast -Be sure you are using a fixture that utilizes a ballast specifically designed for the 13 watt lamp. In fact. a particular night. Don't worry about the extra electricity. to allow the lamps to come on during the day. It is less expensive & can look Acrylic and Polycarbonate? like glass. a 13 watt quad is actually a little less bright because of light regular 13 watt? loss between the 4 tubes. A 13 watt lamp costs less than 2 cents to operate for 12 hours. Light Process Company also uses galvanized steel and marine grade aluminum in its fixtures to increase durability of the products. Most quality fixture companies utilize Powder Coating. 5. Thats it.it provides light ALL NIGHT. which would lead to early failure. The sensor? reasoning for a motion sensor was originally designed to reduce electrical consumption. creates a harder and stronger coating.3. A photocell does the same thing . What is the difference between Acrylic is breakable. It is safer for the environment than wet paints. As a last resort. more expensive & less light output. (Plus a photocell is less expensive than a motion sensor because the motion sensor still has to have a photocell in addition to the sensor). Is a 13 watt quad brighter than a No. the fluorescent is likely to start several times a night. but will not yellow. In addition. . This way they will start while it is warm enough. consider requesting an LA or "low ambient" ballast. The life expectancy of a fluorescent is based on the number of "starts" it experiences. Both are available in various colors including clear. A 13 watt fluorescent on a photocell will cost less than 50 cents per month to operate. By nightfall. A clear plastic sleeve cut from an F40 tube guard & split down one side. Disadvantages include. or is applied to a preheated metal surface. On a motion sensor. 4. they should be able to maintain sufficient heat to stay on. Polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable. Try putting a sleeve on the lamp if you live somewhere like Alaska. but will turn yellow under UV radiation (sunlight & fluorescent lamps). & lasts longer than wet paints. but it makes more sense to use a photocell instead. What is the advantage of a 13 A quad lamp is shorter. A motion sensor was used as a safety device to guarantee light if you arrived after dark or a security device. Any security company or police officer will tell you that a well lit property is by far more secure than one that relys on motion to turn on the lights. What is so special about Powder Powder coating is a paint process that uses a dry powder that is either Coating? applied electrostatically & then heated.