San Francisco Bay Bridge Shines With LED Lighting

San Francisco Bay Bridge LED Lighting

Most people really don’t realize the amount of time, labor and engineering that goes into either making a new bridge or demolishing an older one, especially when the bridge is still in use for commuters. Between Oakland and San Francisco stands the Bay Bridge. The 77 year old East Span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge recently had a new 2,000 foot span built to replace the aging structure. This new section incorporates over 1,600 custom-designed LED light fixtures incorporating 51,000 Cree XM-L LEDs. The new Bridge LED lighting is expected to save over 50% in lighting energy when compared to traditional metal halide fixtures.

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Official San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Time-Lapse

Witness more than 42,000 hours of construction in just 4 minutes with this official time-lapse movie of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Live streaming video and high definition time-lapse construction cameras have been on site since 2008 to document progress, archiving nearly 2 million images for the $6.4 billion bridge.

Demolishing the Old Bay Bridge East Span

Crews have begun to carefully dismantle the 77-year old East Span section-by-section, in roughly the reverse order of how it was built in the mid-1930s. Demolition of the nearly 2-mile long original East Span will take place in three phases over three to five years. Crews will first work in the westward direction toward Yerba Buena Island, taking apart the cantilever section and demolishing the S-Curve, before moving east to dismantle the 504’ and the 288’ truss spans. The demolition team will then head to the waterline to remove the piers, pilings and foundations that support the span. When the entire demolition project is complete, over 58,000 tons of steel and 245,000 tons of concrete will have been removed. For more information on the demolition visit The Bay Lights by Leo Villareal

25,000 individually programmed LEDs transform the West Span of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge into an iconic light sculpture. For information on the Bay Bridge visit

What Does The New EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule Mean?

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EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

We are big believers in the many benefits of LED lighting, the biggest being the energy savings. However, the new EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule does not even mention LED lighting.

So why does this matter? It really is quite simple. If you were to have consumers replace their inefficient old incandescent and even CFL bulbs with an LED light bulb, we would not have to look at forcing further reductions for power plants nor would we need to think of building more.

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Highlights from the new EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule:

  • Will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels.
  •  Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
  •  The proposal will also cut pollution that leads to soot and smog by over 25 percent in 2030. Americans will see billions of dollars in public health and climate benefits, now and for future generations.
  • The Clean Power Plan will lead to climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion in 2030, including avoiding 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.
  •  The proposal will put Americans to work making the U.S. electricity system less polluting and our homes and businesses more efficient, shrinking electricity bills by roughly 8 percent in 2030.
  •  It will keep the United States—and more importantly our businesses—at the forefront of a global movement to produce and consume energy in a better, more sustainable way.

While the EPA and President Obama and leading the charge for improved changes, it does make you wonder why someone would not think of LED lighting as a viable option.

US Ban on Fluorescent Ballasts

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U.S. to Ban the Manufacture and Import of Many Fluorescent Ballasts in Late 2014

Effective November 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy will ban the manufacture and importation of certain fluorescent ballasts that do not meet the minimum BLE (ballast luminous efficiency) level as described in the DOE 10 CFR 430 rule making – See The ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT – Public Law 94–163, As Amended Through P.L. 113–67, Enacted December 26, 2013.

US Ban on Fluorescent Ballasts

This rule making will impact many electromagnetic fluorescent T12 and T8 that operate four-foot and eight foot rapid start, instant start, high output and sign ballasts, as these do not meet the new efficiency requirements and cannot be made to do so. Ballasts manufactured prior to November 14th and are in the U.S. can still be sold after that date, however, once they are gone they can not longer be imported.

Business customers using this targeted technology will have limited options when it comes to replacement and service. One such replacement is using LED tubes and other LED fixture solutions. 

For Instance, the 4’ and 8’ T12 and High Output fluorescent tube has been a staple in forward facing signs for decades. As these products become unavailable for purchase, LED 4’ and 8’ tubes provide a great solution.

US Ban on Fluorescent Ballasts

For backlit channel letters, LED RGB modules provide color changing and back lighting solutions which will outlast and outperform fluorescent and neon. In fact, sign companies have been one of the earliest adopters in making the switch to LED and many no longer use the outdated technology.

LEDs are increasingly dominating illuminated signage and are becoming the new standard. The advantages are evident. In comparison with traditional lighting solutions such as neon or fluorescent lamps, LEDs have longer lifespans, which results in less maintenance. Their sustainability can result in significant energy cost savings. In addition colored RGB LEDs can also be used in order to enhance the perception of sign backlighting.

For people still unsure if LED lighting is here to stay, as the saying goes ‘the proof is in the pudding’ or perhaps it is now in the sign.

Efficient LED Lighting in Restaurants

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LED Lighting In Restaurants

Restaurant LED lighting

An LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a semiconductor that illuminates when electrical currents passes through it. They are small, yet clustered together with diffuser lenses, which means the application of them can be much wider and commercial. The use of LED lighting in restaurants has many advantages for both business owners and customers alike.

High Efficiency

LED lights are highly efficient especially when compared to traditional lights where 90% of the energy used is lost in heat. LED lamps absorb heat into a heat sink resulting in the majority of power supplied converted into light – no wasted energy.

Many restaurants operate their lighting an average of 12-16 hours per day. Making the switch to LED lighting saves money immediately reducing monthly electricity bills without turning off the lights.

Long Life

LED light bulbs last about 10 to 50 times longer than a traditional light bulbs and have an average lamp life of 25,000 to 50,000 hours – a definite advantage for restaurants. Conventional light bulbs burn out a lot faster, making the investment in LED lighting a sensible idea since you won’t have to replace light bulbs as often.

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Conventional incandescent light bulbs have a slender and fragile fibre called a filament, which can easily break if not handled properly. These light bulbs get very hot, burn out and need to be changed often.

Compact fluorescent bulbs or CFLs use less energy than incandescent bulbs, but they contain mercury and can easily break, causing additional environmental and disposal concerns for restaurant owners.

LED lights are more durable because they don’t have a filament and are less prone to damage or smashing when dropped or bumped. For restaurants, when a traditional light bulb breaks, it can be dangerous for customers and staff. LED lights are less likely to break when dropped and don’t use glass. The days of cleaning up a broken light bulb are gone forever!

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Cost Efficient

Conventional light bulbs produce more heat, use more electricity, and are likely to need replacement more often due to short life spans and damages.

LED lighting is more energy-efficient, saving money on your electricity bills. In addition, LEDs produce very little heat which results in lower HVAC costs.

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Why Choose LED?

The most popular MR16 halogen light bulb uses 50 watts. It produces a lot of heat, has a short life span and burns out quickly. This means constant replacing, maintenance and added costs.

Instead, choose a high output MR16 LED lamp, which is capable of replacing a 50W halogen. It has brilliant distribution of light, operates around 7W, lasts 40,000 hours, and is dimmable.

A high output PAR38 LED bulb is capable of replacing a 120 watts PAR38 halogen. It is energy-efficient operating at 19W, environmentally friendly, emits very little heat, provides directional light, lasts up to 50,000 hours, is dimmable and no UV or IR radiation.

Typical fluorescent T8 lamp kitchen lights can be replaced with Linear LED T8 Tube lighting. These T8 LED lamps are environmentally friendly – contain no mercury and don’t require hazardous waste disposal. They don’t emit UV or IR, no buzz or flickering, instant on and are glass free – safe for all working conditions.

With all the many benefits of efficient LED lighting in restaurants, isn’t it about time you made the switch. LED lighting provides money-saving solutions that will improve the bottom line for any business. Customers and staff will be more comfortable in a cooler working environment and better light quality means a more inviting environment.

Is It Time To Say Goodbye To The Fluorescent Tube

Does it make sense to replace your existing fluorescent lamps with LED tubes? Of course that answer varies depending on your specific application, hours of operation and type of fluorescent tube being used, but the lines are now blurred with recent advancements in LED lighting.

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Let’s take a look at one of the most common types of lights used in commercial settings – the 4-foot T-8 fluorescent lamp. The time has finally come to retire the T8 fluorescent tube with the introduction of the new Philips LED T8 InstantFit lamp.

Philips LED T8 InstantFit Tube Fluorescent Retrofit

In the past, fluorescent fixture modifications and code compliance made switching to LED tubes a labor intensive project. However, with the new InstantFit from Philips Lighting, ‘Plug and Play’ has finally arrived with the LED tube.

Fluorescent LED Tube Replacement

Suitable for a large range of installations and applications, the InstantFit requires no rewiring in fixtures with electronic ballasts. In fact, installation only takes seconds and no electrician needed. It will even operate along side fluorescent tubes in the same fixture – now that is impressive.

InstantFit T8 LED Tube Benefits:

  • 40,000 hour lifetime and 4 year warranty!
  • No Ballast Bypass – You do not have to touch the ballast at all.
  • Mercury Free – Environmentally friendly and requires no costly disposal fees.
  • Instant On – No flickering or buzz
  • Dimmable & Controllable – Add occupancy sensors to improve the energy savings.

Philips LED T8 InstantFit Tube is now available and shipping in 3500K, 4000K and 5000K color temperatures making it the right choice for all types of general lighting applications.

Related Articles – Is Fluorescent Lighting Causing Havoc In The Workplace? 

Say Goodbye To The 40W And 60W Incandescent Light Bulb

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If you have not heard about the 40-watt and 60-watt light bulb ban starting January 1st, 2014, you are not alone. In a recent survey only 52 percent of American’s had heard anything about it, but that does not mean your 2014 will not be bright. Say hello to the LED light bulb.

The Federal Government’s Energy Policy, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, means this New Year we can say goodbye to the production of the 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs we all grew up with. This adds to the light bulb ban that happened in previous years for the 75W and 100W Edison light bulbs.

Tough new efficiency standards are also pushing the linear fluorescent tube, the popular T12 4’ lamp, to the recycling graveyard. Even the familiar 100W and 150W halogen spots and floodlights must pass new federal energy efficiency policies or face the same fate.

60W Equivalent LED Light Bulb

Benefits of quality LED lighting has finally given the U.S. a viable, affordable option, compared to the limitations and poor lighting performance of the compact fluorescent (CFL), which had been the only option for many years. LED lighting will outlast the CFL by tens of thousands of hours while providing even greater energy savings. LED lights also have the added benefit of not needing to be handled as a hazardous material when disposed of. In many utility markets, LED lighting can come with attractive rebates and incentives for the consumer and business owner alike.

For commercial business owners and property managers the message should be clear – it’s time to make the switch to LED lighting and add the savings to your bottom line.

Showing Support With LED Light For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LED lighting has come a long way over the last few years. The quality of light has now surpassed that of traditional lighting sources and the technology continues to only get better.

One of the many advantages of LED lighting is its versatility. It lasts longer, is more durable, can be dimmed and can even change colors. Bet your conventional lighting can’t do all that.

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What does LED lighting and Breast Cancer Awareness Month have in common?

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Our friends over at Royal Philips and Philips Color Kinetics are showing their support on a global scale for Breast Cancer Awareness by illuminating over 100 landmarks and buildings worldwide in Pink throughout the month of October.

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LED Source® is also proud to be part of this movement. We are shining some of our more iconic LED lighting projects in Pink to show solidarity for the many breast cancer survivors. Look to the skyline in South Florida this week and you will see the Miami Tower in the City of Miami, the Bank of America Plaza in Las Olas City Centre, and the Esperante Building in the City of West Palm Beach, shining in Pink thanks to LED lighting.

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Additional high-profile LED projects in the U.S. showing their support in Pink include the Empire State Building, W Hotel in Boston and the gateway pylons at LAX Airport.

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the course of their lifetime. Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from Breast Cancer. That could be your wife, your sister, your aunt, your mother, or the friendly face working at your favorite coffee shop.

Please show your support and hopefully one day this disease will just be a distant memory.

For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month visit

LED Lighting – A Winning Hand For Casinos

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Casino LED LightWhile the odds of winning in casinos have not improved, LED lighting technology is winning the approval of casino patrons and operators alike.

Much thought is given into the design of casinos. From the obvious “no clocks” in plain sight initiative to the pattern on the carpets, all with the idea of keeping you there longer and spending more.

How is LED lighting a smart bet for casino owners and operators? Casinos need to be a well-lit and safe environment for a variety of reasons. According to industry experts, patrons who enjoy gambling seem to prefer well-lit gaming tables, lobbies and pedestrian walkways.

Security professionals also love LED lighting. Having multiple close circuit video cameras, LED lighting provides superior color rendering benefits that can aid in helping to catch cheats and improves the odds of the facial recognition software as well.

In addition, LED lighting technology can help save energy in a variety of lighting fixtures and video gaming systems. Casinos have entire floor spaces devoted to hundreds and hundreds of slot machines, each consuming energy at an alarming rate. For example, the Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas, an MGM Grand International property, spends $5 million a year in energy costs, much of it attributed to lighting.

According to the EPA, replacing the conventional existing lighting in the Monte Carlo Casino slot machines to LED lamps provided an 85% energy usage savings that they can take to the bank.

That kind of energy savings can extend to the entire facility. Using LED lighting in recessed, cove and track fixtures can save up to 90% of all lighting energy costs.

With an average life expectancy of 50,000 hours, maintenance costs can also be significantly reduced. Recently Harrah’s Rincon Resort and Casino in California replaced over 7,000 incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps with energy-efficient LED lighting, thus saving over $200,000 per year. The entire project cost $362,000 and installation took place over three weeks.

The trend is starting for casinos to take a serious look about ‘going green’ with LED lighting. Since the odds always favor the house, making the switch will continue to add more green to their bottom line.

For more information contact the LED Lighting Experts at LED Source.

Is The End Near For Valuable EPAct Incentives?

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The Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, in recognition of the fact that a substantial portion of U.S. energy consumption is attributable to commercial buildings. The law provides a robust tax deduction to help offset the cost of energy efficiency projects.

Since it’s inception of 179D it has assisted thousands of building owners increase profitability. It has also increased job creation in the electrical trades, where energy-efficiency retrofits create large numbers of high-paying jobs, while simultaneously reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and thereby increasing America’s energy security.

Potential clients planning energy efficiency projects should circle Dec. 31, 2013 on the calendar. Under current law, that’s the last day that a project can be put in service and qualify for tax deductions under EPAct — the Energy Policy Act of 2005. EPAct tax deductions, also known as Section 179D deductions, for LED lighting alone that can be .60 per square ft. of retrofitted space.

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It’s possible that Congress will decide to extend the deductions into 2014 and beyond, but given the concern over deficits in Washington, commercial clients who can get a project into service by the end of 2013 might be wise to do so.

Congress is now on its summer recess, but just before leaving, the Senate made the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) the official order of business on the Senate floor upon the members’ return on September 9th. The bill was drafted by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) and contains useful provisions on building codes, industrial energy efficiency, and efficiency improvements to federal facilities.

Until Washington Acts on an Extension and Modification of Deduction for Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings, (Introduced 9/20/12 as S.3591) the EPAct 179D will sunset at the end of 2013.

As LED professionals and all professionals committed to energy efficiency, we do not want to see the program end. The clock is ticking…

Switch From Fluorescent To LED Lighting

LED lighting contributes to health benefits and eliminates harmful exposure to fluorescent lighting.


Everywhere around us we are surrounded by light. Both natural and artificial lighting impact our health on a daily basis. Our eyes are closely attuned to the light output of the sun, but not all artificial lighting is the same.

If you are familiar with term CRI (Color rendering index), then you will know that natural sunlight is defined as having a CRI of 100. This means that we can see all colors clearly and accurately by its light

But for those of us who work in an office or other building environment, we are constantly being saturated in fluorescent light. We have been conditioned to perform under fluorescent lighting with little regards to how it is affecting our health. Our schools, offices and wherever commercial lighting is prevalent, humans are exposed to this type of light.

However, fluorescent lighting was never meant for mainstream. They were designed for use during WW II as an inexpensive alternative to keep the wartime factories churning 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

It is now common knowledge that these lamps contain harmful levels of mercury and disposal of these products has become an environmental issue. Gone are the days when a fluorescent tube could be tossed out in the day’s trash. Today, fluorescent tubes are considered hazardous material and must be disposed off under strict guidelines.

Adults and children performing tasks under fluorescent lighting usually experience headache, eyestrain and memory loss from continued exposure to this type of artificial lighting.

Even worse, as fluorescent products near the end of their useful life, the gaseous mercury can leak out and escape in to the building envelope from the degrading weld points on the ends of the tubes. Have you ever seen the ends of a fluorescent tube turn black?

Recently the most common fluorescent tube, the T12 4’ tube, has been placed on the government’s restricted list for a variety of reasons including energy inefficiency.

eFFINION LED TrofferThe safe, smart alternative for indoor applications is LED lighting. Whether in the form of a direct tube replacement or an entire LED fixture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the removal of older fluorescents from schools.

A recent study found that students in schools with natural light, instead of fluorescent, had a 10% to 21% higher learning rate and higher test scores. Since LEDs are as similar to natural light as any technology currently available on the market, they are considered a full spectrum light source, thus making it a perfect alternative source to fluorescent lighting.

To learn more, contact Your LED Lighting Experts™ at LED Source.

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