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"Edison" bulbs (replicas of historic carbon filament bulbs) continue to grow in popularity, even after the effective ban of many incandescent bulbs. Although they're not very useful for general lighting, they offer a special vintage look that appeals to many people and are widely used as decorative bulbs to create a warm and comforting ambiance.

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Most of us are familiar with the special effect of what we commonly call black lights -- when everything else is dark, a black light makes certain objects glow in the dark. This is because certain objects "fluoresce" under ultraviolet (UV) light, which is what a black light emits.

But when we talk about black lights, many of us are actually referring to what the lighting industry calls a "blacklight blue" bulb (BLB). There are differences between these and what the industry calls a true black light (BL). This article explores those differences.

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Exit signs and emergency lighting are critical details to any business or commercial setting. Get some basic information about them here.

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When you're simply replacing lights in a warehouse, the process is fairly straightforward: you look at a bulb, fixture, or ballast and find a part number; then head to a website like LightingSupply.com, which is loaded with commercial lighting products, and search for that part number. Voila! Parts should arrive quickly and you don't need to give it more thought than that.

But warehouse lighting isn't always that simple. Sometimes the part you're replacing no longer exists and you need to find an adequate replacement. Sometimes you're looking for retrofit options. And sometimes you're thinking about an entirely new approach to lighting your warehouse. This article shares some things to know and consider about warehouse lighting.

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In this article, we look briefly at how LED lights work, what applications they’re useful in, and whether it's time to upgrade to LED lighting.

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Get a basic look at why lighting ballasts are needed along with the basic technologies and starting processes of ballasts.

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Some basic information about how bulbs are named, including the T8 bulb, and information about the use of T8 fluorescent bulbs, along with mention of T8 LED bulbs.

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Fluorescent lighting is a mainstay in business settings, and if you've been around a while, you may still have strong associations between buzzing, flickering lights and fluorescent bulbs. Those problems have all but disappeared, and fluorescent lighting options remain popular with businesses for a number of reasons. In this article, we look at how fluorescent lights work, where they're used, and their pros and cons compared with other lighting options.

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As more people talk and learn about LED light bulbs, you may be wondering if it's worth your while to invest in LEDs for your home or office. The answer depends on your willingness to look at long-term financial results and whether you're trying to "time the market." But LED bulbs today provide quality light at unbeatable energy savings.

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