Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Effects Commercial Lighting Has on Mood, Productivity and Sales

A good commercial lighting system can make a big difference in any business. Studies have found that a properly installed commercial or industrial lighting system can enhance the moods of employees and customers, improve employee productivity, and even increase sales in a retail business or restaurant. Because of this, it's vital that the people responsible for purchasing commercial lighting systems know just what products to buy for their specific business.

The Effect Industrial Lighting Has On Customers' and Employees' Moods

It's been proven that bright lights affect a person's mood. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) commonly occurs in the winter or in grey, rainy climates and leads to depression. SAD is counter-acted using light therapy, using a special, bright light. Although not everyone suffers from SAD, the theory of light therapy is the same. Brighter industrial lighting subconsciously helps to improve the moods of both customers and employees.

How Commercial Lighting Effects Productivity

Dim lighting encourages the body to create melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps people sleep. Because of this, it's important for industrial settings like factories and plants to keep employee work stations well-lit, especially if workers are performing repetitive tasks.

A study published in the May/June 1995 issue of Solar Today found that one company, Lockheed, saved $500,000 a year in energy costs by upgrading its industrial lighting system. What the company didn't expect was a 15% increase in employees' productivity and a 15% reduction in absenteeism. Yet another company, West Bend Mutual, increased productivity by 16%, which reducing its energy bill by 40%. In both cases, simply updating the industrial lighting saved the companies thousands of dollars in energy costs and increased productivity.

Individual employees may appreciate different brightness levels at their own work stations. When possible, employers should allow workers to customize the brightness level using individual work station dimmers or lamps.

Properly Placed Commercial Lighting Increases Sales

Savvy store and restaurant managers know that the right lighting can create sales - it's a simple fact of the retail and restaurant business. Properly placed lighting at the correct wattage can make products pop and improve the appearance. From cosmetics to clothing to food, lighting sets the ambiance and can encourage people to spend more.

Products like cosmetics and fine jewelry need to have commercial lighting that's specially tailored. Customers expect to be able to see the unique shade variations in these products in order to make an informed purchase. Clothing displays can be lighted many different ways to enhance the look of the clothing.
Restaurants need to specialize commercial lighting systems based on the type of restaurant. For instance, a family-friendly chain or fast food eatery should be better lit than a fancy restaurant that caters to couples seeking a romantic meal. Many restaurants have the interior lighting on a dimmer switch that allows the manager to dim the lights as the evening goes on. This encourages customers to spend more in cocktails, which greatly increases the restaurant's sales figures.

Commercial or industrial lighting is vitally important to all companies so it's something that should be researched for an entire lighting system is purchased. The right type of lighting system can help improve customers' and employees' moods, increase productivity and increase sales all with a simple industrial lighting upgrade. The cost of installing the commercial lighting will likely quickly pay for itself.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Outdoor Lighting Adds Beauty and Security

Outdoor lighting is a very attractive way to add security to a home, business, rental property, or public area such as parks and waterways. Outdoor lighting can provide a very attractive arrangement that not only allows you to see, but can be an excellent criminal deterrent. Outdoor lighting is effective at deterring criminal activity such as vandalism, theft, and robbery. If a criminal has a choice, he or she will opt for a darkened property over one that may expose him or her via outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting can add significant attractive nighttime enjoyment to a patio, garden, or landscaping for both homes and businesses. A summertime get together can be so much more enjoyable when the area is well identified with outdoor lighting that not only accentuates a property's assets, but also allow for outdoor play.
The key to outdoor lighting is accentuating the property's assets while restricting direct views into the property's faults. Of course while playing up the outdoor lighting with the assets, you want to create a logical pattern of outdoor lighting. If the cars are parked around back and the back door entrance is used but the front of the house is more attractive, there are features that will make outdoor lighting logical and reasonable while portraying the home's better features to the passing public.

Manual outdoor lighting can be combined with automatic and sensor outdoor lighting. Sensor outdoor lighting is a good criminal deterrent while saving on energy costs. If the light can be seen from a common room in the house, such as a living room or a family room, the sensor will alert the occupants that there is movement on the property. Of course sensor outdoor lighting can be sensitive enough to light up every time a neighborhood cay walks by, but there is added security in being able to remotely view out a window when there is an unexpected knock at the door. Sensor outdoor lighting can make a person feel much safer when that unexpected knock comes in the darkness and they are home alone.

Just as beautiful and creative Christmas lighting is very attractive and fun to admire during the holiday season, attractive and creative outdoor lighting can add that same warm and admirable quality all year long. Outdoor lighting can provide many accentuating qualities to a home or business. Small accent outdoor lighting can be used to light pathways and walkways which are not only visually pleasing but resist against trips and falls. Archway outdoor lighting can add a beautiful Victorian quality to a home or business. Of course, outdoor lighting that truly accentuates a home or business can be crafted from any angle to accomplish many things, but typically creative outdoor lighting should be created by a professional.

Hiring a professional to install outdoor lighting allows for a more critical approach to establishing a pleasing visual effect while addressing a few unrecognized issues that are common place and often overlooked without a professional eye. Outdoor lighting that may be very attractive to you while sitting on your back porch may very well be blinding drivers as they pass your home or business. Misappropriated outdoor lighting may be accidentally shining into your neighbor's window. What may be attractive to you as you install your outdoor lighting may only be attractive to you. You just really never know, which is why the installation of outdoor lighting is best left in the hands of the professionals.

With so many outdoor lighting options on the market right now it may be difficult to discern which lighting styles will compliment each other and which lighting styles will prove too aggressive with each other without the help of a profession installation. When considering outdoor lighting, it is best to ask a professional to offer his or her opinion in regards to which outdoor lighting styles will work best around your home or office and why.

Outdoor lighting offers so many advantages and for a reasonable cost, you can transform your home or office to become much more user friendly after dark. Outdoor lighting can provide adequate lighting during those dark winter months to assist in simply walking to and from the car safely while warming up the look of a home or office. Outdoor lighting can add to summertime fun by creating a safe place for family and friends to gather. With the advancements in outdoor lighting which is currently available, it is a wonder why anyone wouldn't contact an outdoor lighting professional to discuss their outdoor lighting options.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Sunburns and Dehydration ...But my guys got her done!...Pond/ BBQ / Lighting

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Choosing the Right Light Bulb For Your Home

We all grew up using those 4% efficient yellow filament light bulbs, and then one day we shifted to the glistening tube lights, finally ending up putting energy savers into our homes. Now we look in awe at the new concept cars boasting with cost efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps, and we have seen new torches fitted with brilliant blinding halogen bulbs. Drowning in a variety of alternatives that new technology offers us, simple decisions in lighting have now become tougher than ever. There are a dozen options for light bulbs out there nowadays, but the main ones used for domestic purposes are filament bulbs, halogen lamps, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), and LED's. Let's explore a few things to think about so that you can pick the right one for you.

A few primary factors instantly come into the person's mind when choosing the light bulbs to use are the cost, durability, and aesthetics. Before you buy a new set of lights, it's advisable to check its illumination power, its cost, and its color/shade. The cheapest bulbs available in the market are usually the filament lamps, and you can get a lot of them for very little money. The problem is that they are low in durability, produce too much heat, and have high running costs.

Halogen light bulbs radiate a white brilliance, but they are way too hot (over 300 degrees Celsius) and expensive for most people to use. CFL's are economic in the long run, very durable and bright, and they are typically the best choice for modern households. Fluorescent tubes are popular as well, but they may ruin the aesthetics of a domestic house. LED's are uncommon so far, but they promise a great insightful future soon, challenging the CFL's into the market.

Different light bulbs create different effects, have different efficiencies and are better suited to specific situations. In the end though, it's up to you as to what you like. You don't have to stick to just one type of light bulb. In fact, a better plan may be to mix them up and use different types in different areas of your home to respond to different needs. You could use energy saving CFL's for general home lighting, use high beam directed flashlights where visual clarity is needed, and use soft lights or UV tubes outside to create an ambience suitable to your mood. Get a little creative and you will have a beautifully lit home in no time.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Electricity Basics

Simplest model of an atom 
To ward the end of the 19th  century, scien ce  was barreling along at an impressive pace. Automobiles andaircraft were on the verge of changing the way the world mov ed, and electric power was st eadily making its way into more and more homes. Yet even scientists of the day still viewed electricity as something vaguely mystical. It wasn't until 1897 that scientists discovered the existence ofelectrons -- and this is where electricity starts.
Matter, as you probably know, is composed of atoms. Break something down to small enough pieces and you wind up with a nucleus orbited by one or more electrons, each with a negative charge. In many materials, the electrons are tightly bound to the atoms. Wood, glass, plastic, ceramic, air, cotton -- these are all examples of materials in which electrons stick with their atoms. Because the electrons don't move, these materials can't conduct electricity very well, if at all. These materials areelectrical insulators.
Holy Electricity
In the late 19th century, electricity truly had a noble or even divine reputation -- to the extent that members of the scientific community protested the idea of the electric chair as a degradation of both electricity and the scientific breakthroughs that made electrocuting a criminal possible. What might these critics have thought of such modern marvels as the battery-powered blackhead remover or the dance-floor horror known as the electric slide?
Most metals, however, have electrons that can detach from their atoms and zip around. These are called free electrons. The loose electrons make it easy for electricity to flow through these materials, so they're known as electrical conductors. They conduct electricity. The moving electrons transmit electrical energy from one point to another.
Think of electrons as pet dogs and a negative charge as a case of fleas. Homes where the dogs lived inside or within a fenced-in area would be the equivalent of an electrical insulator. Homes where the pets roamed free, however, would be electrical conductors. If you had one neighborhood of indoor, pampered pugs and one neighborhood of unfenced, free-roaming basset hounds, which group do you think could spread an outbreak of fleas the fastest?
Dogs aside, electricity needs a conductor in order to move. There also has to be something  to make the electricity flow from one point to another through the conductor. One way to get electricity flowing is to use a generator.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Before You Get Out of Bed...

Vacaville Electric will get it done before you get out of bed so your business will run smooth with no interruption!