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  • Five Dimming Pitfalls to Avoid

    We recently replaced two incandescent can lights in our bathroom with some LED retrofit cans. While the upgraded lighting looks beautiful, the controls are causing an ongoing headache. Read more.


  • 2015 – The International Year of Light

    Have you heard? The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).


  • Adjusting Color Temperature with LED

    Don’t you just love that soft, warm glow of firelight? Or how about the dim, warm ambiance of a nice restaurant when you’re celebrating a special anniversary? It’s so important to us that now we’ve convinced our solid-state lighting manufacturers to mimicking this incandescent lighting property in the LED lighting that they make. Read more.


  • Utility Rebates: Lighting and Controls

    Remember when you were a cute little kid and if you were just a bit short of money for your purchase at the store, your mom or your grandpa or your big sister came through and bailed you out so that you could get that thing that you wanted? Yeah, wouldn’t it be nice if Grandpa would help pay for your lighting projects today?


  • Eaton: Encounter and SkyRidge Product Expansion

    Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business has announced the release of an optical integrated sensor system for the Metalux Encounter and SkyRidge luminaires with Wavestream LED technology. The luminaire-integrated sensor control system from Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business reduces the design time and complexity of meeting energy codes for both lighting and controls. Read more.


  • OLED

    What is OLED technology? It has been used in phones since as far back as 2001, and now it is becoming a popular TV flat screen option. What does it have to do with lighting? It very well could become the next great diffuse ambient light source. Read more.


  • Daylight Harvesting

    While my grandparents might not recognize the work I do in lighting as anything remotely close to the farming that they did, I like to think I’m returning to my practical, sensible roots when I employ daylight harvesting on my lighting projects. Read more.


  • LED Lamps are "Easily Dimmable"

    Everyone is crazy excited about LED lamps these days, and one of the reasons is because they are “easily dimmed.” I have two questions about that phrase: What does dimmed mean, and what does easily mean? Read more.


  • Data Logger Monitoring System by Sensor Switch

    The Data Logger Monitoring System is a tool developed by Sensor Switch® to enable performance contractors, lighting retrofitters and facility managers to calculate the potential return on investment (ROI) and payback from an occupancy sensor project. Read more.


  • Acuity Brands Wireless Lighting Controls

    Acuity Controls introduces the new wireless occupancy sensor and switch that are simple to install for significant energy savings! Using RDT™ Wireless technology, these Sensor Switch® sensors communicate with compatible electronic switches to turn lighting loads off once a space becomes vacant. Read more.



Graybar Teams Up With Local Community College for Auditorium Lighting Retrofit

Graybar recently helped the Haywood Community College in Clyde, N.C. save an estimated $6,000 annually by retrofitting the lighting system of its auditorium with a combination of Metalux Encounter™ and SkyRidge™ LEDs from Eaton's Cooper Lighting Business.


Graybar PowerSmart Helps Leading Robotics Manufacturer Upgrade Warehouse Lighting

Graybar addressed Yaskawa Motoman’s warehouse lighting needs with a seamless, start-to-finish solution that now allows for taller robotics equipment, which is projected to help reduce energy usage with a two-year positive return on investment.


Lighting Retrofit is Easy on the Eyes

When Graybar Manager, Kristian Reyes visited his optometrist, he didn’t need glasses to see that lighting improvements needed to be made. His proposed retrofit offered a 93% wattage reduction for the office.