Graybar Blogs

Lighting

  • 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

  • OLWX1 Low Profile LED Wall Pack from Lithonia Lighting

    As versatile as it is efficient, the OLWX1 from Lithonia Lighting® is designed to replace up to 250-watt metal halide while saving up to 87 percent in energy costs. Read more.

    01/31/2015

  • E Series LED Recessed Module from Lithonia Lighting

    Available in 4" and a flexible 5" & 6" size, the E Series LED Recessed Module from Lithonia Lighting® combines dependable performance and low cost with the virtually maintenance-free, energy-saving benefits of 35,000 hour-life LED. Read more.

    01/29/2015

  • 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.

    01/28/2015

  • 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).

    01/15/2015

  • 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.

    01/13/2015

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

  • Panduit Metal Detectable Cable Ties and Mounts

    Panduit’s Pan-Ty® Metal Detectable Cable Ties and Mounts are designed to help the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries meet product manufacturing safety standards. Read more.

    03/03/2015

  • How a Security Network Upgrade Can Improve Your Business

    Join us to learn how to develop high-performance video systems that efficiently deliver the data necessary to make informed business decisions, while protecting people, property and assets. We’ll also introduce you to the latest technology in panoramic cameras, the fastest growing segment of the IP camera market. Sign up for the webinar.

    03/02/2015

  • 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

  • B-Line KwikSplice Cable Tray System

    The B-Line KwikSplice™ cable tray system redefines speed and ease of installation for NEMA 12A and 12B cable management applications by minimizing installation time and hardware by up to 50 percent. Read more.

    02/27/2015

  • 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

  • Belden Enterprise Connectivity New Products Web Page

    Check out the Belden Enterprise New Products webpage! This is the quick and easy way to get access to all the latest Belden Enterprise product information.

    02/25/2015

  • 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

  • Spend over $250 and get Fluke Best in Test Tools Free!

    Spend over $250 on any qualifying Fluke products between January 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015 to start building your Best In Test toolkit.

    02/23/2015

  • General Cable Low Friction and Lead-Free Cables

    General Cable’s High Speed XLF technology provides a significant reduction in installation pulling force, upwards to 80% versus standard cable, which makes it easier and safer to install into conduit, duct or cable tray and results in time, labor and money savings for the electrical contractor. Read more.

    02/23/2015

  • 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