Total Lighting Blog

  • Breaking News - Near Perfect Light Source - coming 12/05/2012!

    We just created a fun video hyping the release of a near perfect light source on December 5th 2012. Enjoy the silliness.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    From all of us at Total Lighting Supply we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. May your time with friends and family be blessed and full of good cheer!

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  • Convert to LED T8 Lighting from old Fluorescent T8 lighting with our video

    We just completed a new video guide at Total Bulk Lighting on converting your old fluorescent T8 lighting fixtures to modern energy saving LED T8 lighting. We show you the tools required, the LED T8 light bulb kit to buy that includes everything you need from non-shunted sockets to the LED T8 light bulb tube and the steps it takes to go from fluorescent T8 to LED T8 lighting. So sit back and discover how easy it is to go from your old fluorescent T8 lighting to modern energy saving LED T8 lighting with our video guide :)

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    Tags: led, t8 fluorescent ballasts, video, fluorescent T8, LED T8, retrofit, conversion

  • Eliminate the Guesswork with Recessed Lighting Kits

    You can make your next recessed lighting project less frustrating and more efficient with the recessed lighting kits that Total Recessed Lighting has put together. We find that a lot of people aren't sure about which trim goes with which fixture and bulb, so we've put together recessed lighting kits in hopes of eliminating the frustration and guesswork.

    These recessed lighting kits include a lighting trim, a housing and a light bulb. The kits are available for 2", 3", 4", 5" and 6" recessed lighting fixtures.

     

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    If you are ready to make your recessed lighting projects easier, be sure to check out the recessed lighting kits that we offer.

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    Tags: recessed lighting kits, 2" recessed lighting kits, 3" recessed lighting kits, 4" recessed lighting kits, 5" recessed lighting kits, 6" recssed lighting kits, kits

  • The PAR 38 LED versus Halogen Bulb-which is the one for you?

    Questions. We get lots of questions. When we get a lot of questions in one particular area, this always prompts us to address it in a more global manner. Such as, the questions we get about LED Par 38 versus Halogen PAR 38-and which one is the better bulb. People want to know if  the LED PAR 38 is brighter than the Halogen PAR 38. Is the LED a good option? Folks are taking a good, hard look at LED as an alternative to Halogen because they know they are energy efficient and last longer, but they are not sure if they will be happy switching over. Does this sound like you?

    Our team here decided to take it to the test-what they think is a real test-not a fancy, scientific test. We'll just call it an empirical test since it is based on actual experience instead of an experiment. In plain language, it was a shootout:

    In this video, our team did a side by side comparison of a 24 watt LED 5000K PAR 38 against a 90 watt 2800K Halogen PAR 38 which should will help you decide if the LED bulb is the one for you and if it will save you money.  We cover wattage issues, color temperature, which one puts out more foot candles (a measurement of light intensity),  and more!

     

    We welcome your comments and hope that they are presented to us in a constructive manner so that we can incorporate it in future videos and blog postings. Send us your 'before' and 'after' project pictures! We'd love to be able to talk about your process so that others can benefit from it too.

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    Tags: par 38 led, par 38 halogen, comparison

  • What Does Voltage Loss Or Voltage Drop Mean To You?

    LED lighting is the rage now that it is available in landscape lighting.  Understandably so, with the energy efficiency that it offers, this lowers your cost to run your lighting system not just by way of energy savings, but also by way of running it on smaller, less expensive transformers and wire. And you can do so without having to compromise on design and drama in your landscape lighting. In regards to planning your landscape lighting-whether you are doing it yourself or hiring someone to do it for you, one of the things that needs to go in to your planning and design phase is voltage loss or voltage drop.

    So, what is voltage drop? Voltage drop is when voltage at the beginning of a length of cable (at the transformer end) is higher than the voltage at the end-it is the difference between those two values that is known as voltage drop or voltage loss.

    Why should you care about this? Because when there is significant voltage drop, the light fixtures at the end of the cable run are actually dimmer-visibly dimmer than the fixtures closer to the transformer which will appear to be significantly brighter.

    You can avoid or minimize the voltage drop through proper selection of the cable size based on total wattage load of your fixtures and the length or the cable run. Total LED Malibu Lighting can help you plan accordingly so that you can have stunning results with your landscape LED lighting fixtures.

    One thing to keep in mind is the measure of power consumption, which is "wattage". Wattage is NOT a measure of brightness. For example, a 15 watt LED fixture can often outperform a 50 watt standard incandescent light by way of brightness.

    Total LED Malibu Lighting has created an informative video that walks you through what needs to be taken into consideration in order to minimize voltage drop in your landscape lighting system:

     

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    Total LED Lighting has also created  a voltage drop chart to help you in your design phase. These formulas will help you formulate what the actual voltage drop will be. There are many variables that affect voltage drop (as discussed in the video), so this chart is intended to at least get you closer to what that drop will be. To be totally accurate, a voltage meter in the field is always the best way to go.

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    Tags: Voltage Drop, led landscape lighting, voltage loss

  • Outdoor LED Lighting, Transformer Load & Voltage Drop step by step guide Video!

    Planning on installing low voltage outdoor landscape LED lighting or low voltage halogen landscape lighting and not really sure what to do? Struggling to find out how many lights your outdoor landscape LED transformer can power? Not sure what voltage drop is or voltage loss? Then this thorough video is a must watch for you! This video guide will give you an idea on what is involved when installing low voltage outdoor LED lighting.

    Products used in this video.

    Malibu 8406-2601-01 low voltage oil rubbed bronze LED flood light 35 watt equivalent

    Malibu 8406-2601-01 low voltage oil rubbed bronze LED flood light 35 watt equivalent

    Malibu LED 35 watt equivalent low voltage diecast aluminum flood light in oil rubbed bronze includes plastic stake, fast lock connector, and three Cree XPG LED's at 850 lumens. Replaces Malibu 8401-9513-01.

    Malibu 8401-2650-01 low voltage LED black flood light 50 watt equivalent

    Malibu 8401-2650-01 low voltage LED black flood light 50 watt equivalent

    Malibu LED low voltage 50 watt equivalent dicast aluminum flood light in black includes metal stake, fast lock connector and four Cree XPE-HEW LED's.

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    Tags: Low Voltage, led, Malibu, video, Voltage Drop, Landscape lighting, transformer

  • GripLock Track Suspension Cable Cutting Tool in action - Video!

    GripLock track suspension Cable cutter ToolSee how easy and simple it is to have the right tool for the job when installing the GripLock track lighting suspension system.

    The GripLock cutting tool makes cutting the track suspension cable a breeze! It makes such a quick an clean cut you'll wonder why you haven't added this tool to your tool bag sooner!

    Get one today!

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    Tags: GripLock, video, tools

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8506-2120-06 Celestial solar pathway light in action Video

    Checkout how gorgeous and bright the new outdoor LED Malibu 8506-2120-06 Celestial solar pathway light 6-pack kit is in this video by Total LED Malibu Lighting!

    The simple and easy assembly and installation make this solar led path light a great choice for bringing light to path ways, steps, drive ways and more!

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    Tags: led, Malibu, Solar, Path Light, 8506-2120-06, video, Celestial

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8406-2620-01 flood light fixture unboxing Video

    Watch as we unbox the outdoor LED Malibu 8406-2620-01 flood light fixture and see for yourself how simple it is to assemble.

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    Tags: led, flood light, Malibu, 8406-2620-01, Unboxing

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