Graybar Blogs

Lighting

  • 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

  • Lumark Night Falcon by Eaton's Cooper Lighting

    The Night Falcon LED floodlight combines superior illumination and versatile mounting in an advanced engineering design that delivers significant energy savings at a fraction of the cost of traditional HID products. Read more.

    04/07/2015

  • 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

  • PGX LED Parking Garage Luminaire by Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting

    The PGX LED luminaire by Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting is designed to provide visual comfort, energy savings and long life. Its prismatic borosilicate glass lens delivers optimal visual comfort, superior photometric control and no discoloration over the life of the luminaire. Read more.

    02/26/2015

  • KAD-LED Area Light by Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting

    Cast in a traditional dayform, the KAD-LED area luminaire from Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting® provides classic styling with the latest LED and controls technology. This stylish, high-performance luminaire is ideal for replacing 100-400-watt metal halide with typical energy savings of 65 percent and expected service life of over 100,000 hours. Learn more.

    02/24/2015

  • Free Lighting Controls eBook from Graybar and Acuity Brands

    Learn how to be a lighting control freak with this eBook from Graybar and Acuity Brands. The eBook is based off our recent G2 Talk Webinar: Be a Control Freak to Reduce Campus Lighting Costs.

    02/20/2015

  • TDD LED 2 from Lithonia Lighting

    The powerful TDD LED 2 luminaire from Lithonia Lighting® is a direct replacement for a 175-watt Mercury Vapor barn light, with energy savings of up to 82 percent. Read more.

    02/02/2015

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

  • Princeton Tec - Headlamps and Flashlights Made in America

    Princeton Tec Headlamps and Handheld Flashlights are now available through Graybar. All of the products offered are made in America. Read more.

    04/20/2015

  • Graybar Helps Shed New Light on the World's Best Collection of Motorcycles

    High energy costs and maintenance concerns led Barber Museum to begin looking for a new lighting solution to replace the thousands of halogen lamps throughout the museum. After lamp replacement, the museum expects to save more than $62,000 in annual energy costs.

    04/15/2015

  • 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

  • Panduit PanMPO Fiber Connector

    Change doesn’t have to be hard. With Panduit’s PanMPO™ Connector, you can change the polarity and gender of the fiber optic connector in the field, making your 10G to 40G Ethernet migration quick, easy and cost-effective. Read more.

    04/13/2015

  • Minuteman Instant Rebate Flier

    Minuteman is pleased to announce an Instant Rebate Promotion for Q2 with up to $400 on selected models. This exciting new program features the Endeavor Series of on-line UPSs ranging from 1kVA up to 10kVA. In addition, there are also some PDUs and surge protection products. Offer ends June 30, 2015.

  • Leviton Debuts Lumina Gateway Wireless Energy Management Eco-System

    Leviton’s cloud-enabled system is ideal for quickly automating and providing remote access from single to multiple small commercial properties. Designed to help electricians/contractors break into the growing light commercial automation market, this system leverages the cloud but does not rely on it for operation. Learn more.

    04/10/2015

  • Graybar Helps Differentiate North Carolina Auto Dealership with Lighting Upgrades

    With the lighting updates, McKenney Chevrolet expects an energy reduction of 80 percent and combined annual energy and maintenance savings in excess of $50,000.

    04/08/2015

  • Lumark Night Falcon by Eaton's Cooper Lighting

    The Night Falcon LED floodlight combines superior illumination and versatile mounting in an advanced engineering design that delivers significant energy savings at a fraction of the cost of traditional HID products. Read more.

    04/07/2015

  • AFL Fujikura 12S Fusion Splicer

    AFL's Fujikura 12S is the world’s smallest, lightest and most portable fusion splicer available today. Despite its incredibly small size, this ruggedized, full-featured unit offers unmatched versatility for splicing in the most challenging environments. Read more.

    04/03/2015

  • New Thomas & Betts Quick-Connect Liquidtight Fittings

    Traditionally, there are six steps to successfully installing a Liquidtight Fitting onto a section of Liquidtight Flexible Metallic Conduit. The T&B Quick-Connect™ Liquidtight Fitting, however, is more efficient and increases output by reducing installation to just two easy steps, while maintaining a high level of performance. Learn more.

    04/02/2015