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Lighting

  • High Lumen LED Floodlights from RAB Lighting Replace up to 1000W Metal Halide

    RAB Lighting extends its line of popular FXLED floodlights with the addition of new high lumen output models. The 300-watt FXLED is equivalent to 1000-watt metal halide and uses 70 percent less energy. The 200-watt version has an ultra-high efficacy rating of 132 lumens per watt and offers an even more energy efficient option when a full 1000-watt equivalent is not necessary. Read more.

    05/20/2015

  • Avante LED by Acuity Brands

    The Avante LED 2x2, 2x4 and 1x4 from Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting is a general lighting luminaire for large spaces including open offices, circulation areas, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, airport ticketing and wait areas and numerous other commercial applications. Learn more.

    05/16/2015

  • Acuity Brands ELMLT Emergency Unit

    The ELMLT from Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting is designed to exceed expectations and set new performance standards for emergency lighting products. Harnessing the power of superior LED optics and advanced battery technology, the ELMLT is anything but traditional. Learn more.

    05/12/2015

  • Easy Install + High Payback: KAD-LED Luminaire & KADRD-LED Retrofit Door from Lithonia Lighting

    From new luminaires to retrofit opportunities, the demand for energy-efficient outdoor LED luminaires is on the rise. To simplify installation, electrical contractors need solutions that make the upgrade to LED luminaires easy. The KAD-LED Complete Luminaire from Lithonia Lighting® makes the installation process a piece of cake, and the KADRD-LED Retrofit Door makes it even easier. Learn more.

    05/12/2015

  • Floodlighting That’s 75 Percent More Efficient: The Night Falcon LED Floodlight From Eaton’s Cooper Lighting/Lumark Outdoor

    When it comes to lighting large areas in commercial and industrial applications, customers and end users need reliable, cost-effective, energy-efficient lighting that delivers. And contractors need solutions that are easy and intuitive to install. Because you and your customers should have it all, the Night Falcon LED Floodlight from Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business offers the best of both worlds. Read more.

    05/05/2015

  • Lutron PowPak Wireless Fixture Control

    Lutron’s new PowPak wireless fixture control takes the ease of retrofitting buildings with lighting controls to a whole new level. Read more.

    04/14/2015

  • GE LED T8 Integrated Tubes Refit Solution

    It’s easy to convert existing linear fluorescent fixtures to LED lighting without the need for a comprehensive reinstall. Introducing GE’s LED T8 Integrated Tubes, ideal for those seeking high energy savings with minimal cost and installation time. Read more.

    03/25/2015

  • Albeo™ LED High Bay Lighting (ABV Series) From GE Lighting: The Value-Driven, High-Performance Industrial Lighting

    Industrial tasks are no longer limited to daylight hours. (Thanks, Thomas Edison.) And today’s industrial customers demand optimal performance and total value. But not all lighting was created equal. With reduced costs and robust performance, GE Lighting’s Albeo™ ABV1 Series LED luminaire is the ideal choice for a wide variety of industrial spaces. Learn more.

    03/12/2015

  • Acuity Controls Blue Box LTD

    The new Blue Box LTD from Acuity Brands Controls adds cost-effective 0-10V dimming with the Field Configurable Relay for smart and simple switching and dimming. Read more.

    03/08/2015

  • Acuity Brands Controls

    Acuity Controls is advanced lighting controls technology, service and support from a single expert source. Acuity Controls offers one of the industry’s most extensive product portfolios for indoor and outdoor applications, single rooms to campuses to municipalities. Read more.

    03/02/2015

Solar

Welcome to the Graybar solar blog. We are looking forward to posting useful, timely information about solar energy; technologies, markets, policies, trends and any other interesting items that come to our attention. We hope you find the information here useful and enjoyable.

  • How Solar Works

    There are four basic components of a simple grid-tied solar array. The first component is the solar panel itself. Panels are usually wired through a combiner box and that wiring is then sent down to an inverter. The panels are held in place by racking. Read more.

    09/11/2014

  • Solar Energy and Storage

    While the prospect of selling excess back to the grid is attractive in theory, it basically limits the way an array is utilized since in a purely grid-tied situation, when the grid goes down, the solar array stops producing. Read more.

    07/17/2014

  • 10 Fun Facts about Solar Energy

    When we all talk about solar energy as a solid renewable energy solution, we quote a lot of figures, a lot of specifications and a ton of data. Here’s some non- technical interesting and fun facts about solar energy that aren’t necessarily common knowledge. Read more.

    07/15/2014

  • The Import Tariff and the U.S. Solar Industry

    For quite some time now, we’ve heard talk about the upcoming import tariff on Chinese-made solar panels being the “right thing” to do to support the U.S. job market. While in theory the ideal of limiting any product that floods the U.S. market taking away manufacturing jobs from U.S. companies is generally sound, this particular line of thinking doesn’t hold muster when applied to the U.S. solar industry. Read more.

    06/09/2014

  • A New Road for Solar

    There are those that think within the box, those that think outside the box and those that choose to throw the box away entirely. Such is the case with some recent conceptual thinking utilizing solar. Read more.

    06/05/2014

  • The United States and the Solar Industry

    2013 was another record year for the U.S. Solar Industry. There were 4,751 MW of new photovoltaic capacity installed ins 2013, representing a 41 percent increase in deployments over installation levels in 2012. Read more.

    05/20/2014

  • Solar Power and the Workforce

    When you talk to most people about the Solar Industry and the impact it has on America, you’ll probably get answers spanning the gamut from end user offsets of grid power to White House initiatives for Solar Energy. What you probably won’t hear is the effect that the solar industry has on the workforce in America. Read more.

    05/15/2014

  • Public Energy Policy Sets the Stage

    The three necessary components for renewable energy success, innovative technology, reliable financial tools and sound public policy, have been written about quite a bit by me and others. Technological innovation continues, adhering nicely to Moore’s Law, and better financial tools are providing new ways to pay for projects and capitalize companies. Today, let’s look at a public policy success, or at least what appears to be a success. Read more.

    03/07/2014

  • Energy Storage: The Next Big Deal Part 2

    We recently looked at advances in energy storage technology which are approaching commercialization, moving from the lab to the marketplace. These developments are accelerating the adoption of storage for electricity produced using variable renewable sources, a long-sought-after grail in renewable energy. Now let’s look at some policy and market trends that are also helping catalyze that commercialization. Read more.

    03/04/2014

  • Energy Storage: The Next Big Deal

    The most exciting segment of the renewable energy industry in early 2014 is energy storage. Technological advances, driven by market demand and catalyzed by public policy, are poised to bring an array of better, cheaper energy storage solutions very soon. There are indicators all around that we are at a tipping point in energy storage. Read more.

    02/28/2014

What's New

  • Advanced MaTrix Categroy 6A UTP Copper Cabling Systems by Panduit

    Panduit’s space-saving Category 6A 28 AWG patch cords allow more cables to be routed in the same space, maximizing valuable real estate in the telecom room. Learn more.

    05/22/2015

  • High Lumen LED Floodlights from RAB Lighting Replace up to 1000W Metal Halide

    RAB Lighting extends its line of popular FXLED floodlights with the addition of new high lumen output models. The 300-watt FXLED is equivalent to 1000-watt metal halide and uses 70 percent less energy. The 200-watt version has an ultra-high efficacy rating of 132 lumens per watt and offers an even more energy efficient option when a full 1000-watt equivalent is not necessary. Read more.

    05/20/2015

  • Leviton QuickPort In-Wall and In-Ceiling Brackets Go Where Traditional Wallplates Can't

    Leviton QuickPort In-Wall and In-Ceiling Brackets provide a location for a standards-based, testable permanent link for in-wall and in-ceiling connections to wireless access points, IP clocks, security cameras and other IP devices. Learn more.

    05/18/2015

  • Avante LED by Acuity Brands

    The Avante LED 2x2, 2x4 and 1x4 from Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting is a general lighting luminaire for large spaces including open offices, circulation areas, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, airport ticketing and wait areas and numerous other commercial applications. Learn more.

    05/16/2015

  • Belden CAT6+ HD Patch Panel

    Thanks to in-line termination and a design for efficiency, Belden CAT6+ HD Patch Panels reduce installation time up to 30 percent. Learn more.

    05/14/2015

  • Acuity Brands ELMLT Emergency Unit

    The ELMLT from Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting is designed to exceed expectations and set new performance standards for emergency lighting products. Harnessing the power of superior LED optics and advanced battery technology, the ELMLT is anything but traditional. Learn more.

    05/12/2015

  • Easy Install + High Payback: KAD-LED Luminaire & KADRD-LED Retrofit Door from Lithonia Lighting

    From new luminaires to retrofit opportunities, the demand for energy-efficient outdoor LED luminaires is on the rise. To simplify installation, electrical contractors need solutions that make the upgrade to LED luminaires easy. The KAD-LED Complete Luminaire from Lithonia Lighting® makes the installation process a piece of cake, and the KADRD-LED Retrofit Door makes it even easier. Learn more.

    05/12/2015

  • What You Need to Know about LED Tubes and Plug-ins

    Fluorescent lighting is everywhere – and LED lighting is ready to take its place! LED Tubes and now LED plug-ins can replace some of the most common linear and compact fluorescent lamps used today, and are emerging as the leading retrofit solutions for warehouses, retail and other large commercial spaces. This webinar will review key product options, their performance and application guidelines. Sign up for the webinar.

    05/07/2015

  • Finding a Cure for Your Network Capacity Pain

    Between managing your hospital data, wifi and cellular coverage are you finding your network at capacity? You might be surprised to learn a single cabling infrastructure can solve these three pain points. Join us for a webinar to learn what you should do before your next cabling project and the benefits of a converged network.

    05/05/2015

  • Floodlighting That’s 75 Percent More Efficient: The Night Falcon LED Floodlight From Eaton’s Cooper Lighting/Lumark Outdoor

    When it comes to lighting large areas in commercial and industrial applications, customers and end users need reliable, cost-effective, energy-efficient lighting that delivers. And contractors need solutions that are easy and intuitive to install. Because you and your customers should have it all, the Night Falcon LED Floodlight from Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business offers the best of both worlds. Read more.

    05/05/2015