Flexible Linear Lighting Options: A Checklist for Lighting Designers

What makes good lighting? Like many thing things, it depends—on what the environment is and what the desired effect is.

Because of varying challenges, lighting designers need flexibility from their lighting systems. The more flexible a lighting product, the more options the lighting designer has in creating the best possible atmosphere and mood for a space.

Highly versatile, linear LED lighting is great for highlighting architectural details in addition to meeting general lighting requirements and providing nice even lighting for many different kinds of space.

Linear Lighting: A Checklist for Lighting Designers:

Here are the flexible features that lighting designers look for in linear lighting solutions.

  • Pendant mounted: Suspended linear lighting systems are efficient and attractive lighting solutions for a variety of applications, including office, retail, and hospitality spaces. They are capable of delivering light directly into the space or indirect delivery for comfortable, glare-free lighting, or both options.
  • Custom lengths and standard sizes: For jobs that need to be done as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, having the option to use standard-sized lighting products with a high-end architectural look is the perfect solution. When there is a little more time or money for the project, made-to-measure lighting can make for truly spectacular results. Having both choices available gives the lighting designer more flexibility.
  • Beautiful light: Indirect light is the most comfortable light for human eyes and it makes for very comfortable spaces and by bouncing the lighting off the ceiling, it gives a space the feel of higher ceilings.
  • Compatible with other light systems: Sometimes, it’s handy to pair different linear lighting solutions together. For example, if one section of the space has closed ceilings that transition into open ceilings, transitioning the light from one to the next is important. Recessed families of linear products that carry the same aperture of pendent lighting can deliver very appealing designs. Compatibility between different families of lighting products allows for endless variations and design options.
  • Outstanding light quality: LEDs’s ability to render colors have dramatically improved in recent years and linear lighting systems should be able to provide first-rate light conditions with eye-popping color. This is especially key in retail situations, where it’s critical for merchandise to look as good as possible.
  • Remote LED drivers: LEDs need drivers, just as fluorescent lights need ballasts; however, the driver does not have to be in the fixture—it can be located in a convenient ceiling location, for example. For extreme versatility, pendent linear LED lighting can take advantage of remote drivers, allowing for fixtures with very slim profiles and the capacity to fit in very small spaces.
  • Modern-styled fixtures: The most attractive linear lighting usually incorporates aesthetic styling into the fixtures. Less is definitely more in this case and the more minimalist the fixture, the more modern the environment will look.
  • Available in different temperatures: Different projects call for creating different atmospheres. The warm coffee shop is different from a modern-styled computer store. Lighting designers need lighting that is available in different Kelvin temperatures to create different environments in different spaces.
  • Long operating life: Top notch LED lighting systems can provide 50,000-100,000 hours of perfect lighting quality with very little depreciation. This delivers substantial maintenance savings, especially in high-ceiling applications where lifts are needed to perform maintenance.
  • Energy efficient: Today’s LED lights are extremely energy efficient and offer end-users substantial power savings, as well as help to contribute towards any sustainability goals a customer may have.
  • Available quickly: To keep construction projects on track, lighting designers need lights to be ready quickly. They can’t afford to wait around for weeks for lights to arrive.

Linear Lighting: A Checklist for Design-Build Firms

Design-build firms provide value to clients in the form of lower-priced building projects developed on a shorter timeline than traditional construction models. A design-build contractor will compress construction timelines by incorporating the design and construction teams together and beginning some construction during the design phase.

To deliver projects on-time and on-budget, the contractor needs cost-effective building materials that are readily available without long order fulfillment times.

When it comes to linear lighting, it used to be that the answer was expensive made-to-measure lighting or lower quality off-the-shelf products. Customers deserve the best products for their money and design-builders don’t have the time for made-to-measure.

Design and lighting manufacturer Amerlux has developed a solution to this problem for design-builders: The Grüv family of recessed linear lighting, which can be supplied in standard lengths for quick turnaround or supplied in made-to-measure custom lenths. A linear lighting solution sold in standard sizes off-the-shelf and in custom lengths, Grüv maintains clean lines, discreet styling and excellent performance, providing the end user with a complete package.

Here’s a checklist of factors design-build firms consider for the best linear lighting options:

  • Standard products: The Grüv family of LED lighting is available in standard lengths of 4-feet, 8-feet, and 12-feet as well as made-to-measure. The luminaires can be individual or continuous row-mounted, using a drawer-latching system that provides easy and precise joining of units for straight runs, parameter wall runs with J-brackets, and in T- or L-shaped patterns.
  • Rapid ROI: Grüv 1.5″ LED is extremely energy efficient and is compatible with any controls on the market today to help further reduce lighting and energy costs. Grüv can offer an ROI of up to 80 percent for buildings without compromising comfort. Additionally, when standard lengths of Grüv are paired with the Standard Plus wall-to-wall bracket, the light fixtures can deliver savings of up to 35 percent, compared to made-to-measure luminaires.
  • Excellent quality at lower price points: The off-the-shelf version of Grüv is the same high-quality engineered light fixture as the customized version. It merely comes in standard lengths and at standard costs.
  • Easy to install: The Grüv family of recessed slot fixtures is engineered to easily install. Standard lengths clip together with a drawer latching system for longer runs and the Standard Plus bracket makes wall-to-wall solutions extremely simple.
  • High-end aesthetics and materials: Grüv’s very narrow aperture provides market-leading illumination, clean understated aesthetics and design continuity from a discreet linear profile. It offers unobtrusive light sourcing, flexible mounting capabilities, high quality extruded materials and superior LED technology and drivers.
  • Flexible design options: Grüv 1.5″ LED can run up walls, cross ceilings and go everywhere your design requires. Grüv’s flexibility is not limited to the made-to-measure arena. The Standard Plus bracket provides a custom, wall-to-wall look without the headaches and time sink of made-to-measure. Standard Plus is a wall-to-wall innovation featuring a field-customizable bracket system that revolutionizes the way the industry approaches linear runs and contributes to the high-end aesthetics of a project.
  • Excellent light quality: The Grüv family offers the industry’s first LED fixture designed for use with a louver for optimal glare control and light diffusion. The result is a pleasing light with superior beam control. The LED light also has full dimming capabilities and is dim-to-warm compatible so the light can warm as it is dimmed, just as an incandescent light does.
  • Quick delivery: Standard lengths of Grüv can ship in 10 days or less from time they are ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project.

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Top 5 Design Snafus with Linear Lighting

When done right, linear lighting can make for spaces that are both efficiently lit and beautifully lit. However, not all linear lighting products are created equal and poor products make for poor lighting outcomes.

When lighting designers choose the linear lighting products they need for a project, they need the best one possible. With that in mind, here are the top five linear lighting pitfalls to avoid:

 

  1. Outdated fluorescent lighting

The first issue that can crop up with linear lighting is whether it is LED or fluorescent. Fluorescent lights were appealing because they are cheap and deliver light in a non-directional manner, flooding the room with light. The initial expense of buying fluorescent lights is far from the true cost though. Fluorescent lights are outdated lighting technology that utilize dangerous mercury and they use three times the power—or more—than LEDs, adding up to significant energy costs over time. Additionally, fluorescent lights have a shorter lifespan (especially if they are frequently switched on and off) than LEDs, which can last for 50,000 hours or more, creating substantially more energy efficiency for much longer. Frequently replacing fluorescent bulbs and ballasts can get expensive and frustrating—especially with high-ceiling applications where lifts are necessary.

Besides the costs, the light quality for fluorescent lighting is poor—color quality shifts after just 100 hours. No one really likes working under fluorescent lighting as the color is awful. LEDs give better quality and more comfortable light for human eyes than fluorescents and LEDs can do it much more consistently.

  1. Ugly fixtures

Linear lighting fixtures—especially non-LED fixtures—can be very bulky and unattractive due to socket shadows and discoloration between lamps based on age and manufacture. Less is more, and the best linear lighting luminaires are free from glare. LED fixtures can be very thin to blend into architectural design or enhance it with excellent glare control. A razor-thin luminaire profile makes for a modern, professional-looking aesthetic and puts the spotlight on the things it’s lighting underneath, rather than drawing attention to itself. One way to accomplish a minimal form factor is to separate the driver from the fixture and install it remotely. Without the driver, the fixture can be very small, delivering a very clean aesthetic.

  1. Fixtures are not compatible with each other

With the emergence of new open ceiling designs, lighting may be required in recessed linear profiles in lower ceilings and pendent lighting in open spaces. Matching profiles and lighting performance is critical, which is why it’s best to choose linear lighting solutions that have the same aperture sizes and are compatible with other product families.

  1. Only available in standard lengths

Sometimes manufacturers only sell their products in standard preset sizes and configurations. This is efficient for the manufacturer, but sometimes a custom product is needed to make a space stand out from the general lighting designs found in so many buildings. LEDs are not limited to the length of a lamp size—they can run up to the eighth of an inch, allowing your lighting to run from wall to wall or up a wall to the ceiling. For maximum flexibility, work with a lighting manufacturer who can work with you to design and fabricate lights exactly how you need them for your project, rather than fitting your project around what’s convenient for them to mass produce.

  1. Only pairs with certain controls

Some lights are only compatible with certain controls, but the end-users may specify a particular control system they want, or they may need the controls to accomplish certain things, such as enabling their lights to be smart connected (Internet of Things) or collect data or change color tones. Choose linear lighting that is controls agnostic and can pair with any set of controls on the market for maximum flexibility.

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Fewer Made-To-Measure Problems: Why Architects Choose Amerlux

Offices of the Engineering and Architecture Firm, Bergmann Associates at Midtown Tower, Rochester, NY

When it is done well, made-to-measure is the ideal for commercial building tenants—they get exactly what they want and it looks and feels perfect.

Making that perfect experience tends to come with a lot of headaches for architects though. When things are made to measure for a project, delays are inevitable and costs can quickly spiral out of control due to on-site issues of fit.

However, when it comes to lighting, architects do not need to downgrade to commodity-level lighting products to keep costs in line and construction timelines on track. There is a better option: The Grüv family of recessed LED lighting by Amerlux.

Extremely flexible in application, Grüv can climb walls and cross ceilings, but the real magic is in its ability to offer made-to-measure aesthetics with off-the-shelf convenience. Starting with a 1.5 inch aperture and going up in size to 2.5 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches, the Grüv family of recessed LED lighting comes in standard lengths of 4 feet, 8 feet, and 12 feet. These can be joined together for longer runs. Additionally, when paired with the Standard Plus bracket, Grüv makes made-to-measure ridiculously easy.

Amerlux Innovation Remedies Made-to-Measure Headaches

Custom lighting products take a lot of time—time for the architect to measure and spec out and time for the lighting manufacturer to prepare. Long lead times are the enemy of carefully developed construction timelines.

While it is common for fulfillment of made-to-measure product orders to take four to six weeks (that is, from the final order and not counting time to draw up the specifications), standard products can be manufactured very quickly. Amerlux guarantees deliveries of Grüv standard lengths in 10 days or less.

Besides being significantly faster to ship, standard length Grüv LED lights help architects avoid construction delays and the made-to-measure inconveniences.

For example, using standard lengths joined together with brackets is a simpler solution than ordering custom lengths. It is also less expensive for both the customer and the manufacturer.

If the standard-length runs do not perfectly reach the walls, a lower price point alternative to custom lighting is using brackets that extend from the end of the light fixture to wall. These brackets expertly mask the fact that the lights are too short and solve the problem easily. It is a made-to-measure appearance without the headache.

Grüv’s flexibility extends beyond standard sizes. It has a full range of dimming capabilities and it is compatible with any controls on the market, allowing the users great freedom in how they use their LEDs. Furthermore, Grüv’s aperture sizes are identical to the Linea pendent LED lighting family, so they can be seamlessly paired together.

It is so easy for a construction site to not match a drawing perfectly—the walls may be out of square or plumb, or some unknown condition on site can easily knock apart the fine details of a blueprint. Unknown conditions can be especially pronounced in remodeling situations where it is anyone’s guess what kind of surprises are hiding behind the drywall awaiting discovery during demolition. These surprises make made-to-measure lighting a huge headache for architects and keep them on projects longer.

With Amerlux’s Grüv family of recessed LED lighting, now architects can have spec-grade materials and aesthetics at lower price points and without the hassle of made-to-measure.

For more information about hassle-free Grüv, call 973.850.4342 today.

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Top Linear Lighting: A Checklist for Architects

Customized lighting solutions make for beautifully lit commercial spaces, but they also tend to bring a host of inconveniences to projects, like construction delays and increased costs.

Made-to-measure lighting takes longer to manufacture than standard products. There is no economy of scale for the manufacturer as each component must be made to the exact specifications of a given project—which also necessarily raises prices. It is easy for a custom lighting solution to take several weeks or more to be delivered, not to mention the design and revision time required for the perfect fit, making construction delays nearly inevitable.

Delays keep architects on projects longer and away from new business. The solution for architects is to use high-quality standard products with top-tier materials and elegant styling.

Design and lighting manufacturer Amerlux has developed a solution to this problem for design-builders: The Grüv family of LED lighting. A recessed linear lighting solution sold in standard sizes off-the-shelf and in custom lengths, Grüv maintains clean lines, discreet styling and excellent performance, providing the end user with a complete package.

Architects Consider Several Factors

Here are the benefits architects consider when choosing the right linear lighting option:

  • High-end aesthetics and materials: Grüv’s very narrow aperture provides market-leading illumination, clean understated styling and design continuity from a discreet linear profile. It offers unobtrusive light sourcing, flexible mounting capabilities, high-quality extruded materials, superior LED technology and drivers.
  • Excellent light quality: Grüv 1.5″ LED offers the industry’s first LED fixture designed for use with a louver for optimal glare control and light diffusion. The result is a pleasing light with superior beam control. The LED light also has full-dimming capabilities and is dim-to-warm compatible so the light will warm up as it is dimmed, just as an incandescent light does.
  • Wall-to-wall designs made effortless: For a made-to-measure look that avoids the headaches and time sink for the architect of designing custom lighting, the Standard Plus bracket is the answer. Including a field-customizable bracket that fills the extra space between the ends of a fixture and the walls, the innovative frame is a revolutionary approach for the industry to smooth out the potholes inherent to custom design. No longer does a little measuring error or an out-of-square wall have to muddle up the lighting design. Instead, the ingenious bracket solves the problem and contributes to the upscale aesthetics of a project.
  • Flexible design options: Grüv 1.5″ LED climbs walls, crosses ceilings and goes everywhere your design requires, providing a clean and modern look to a space.
  • Compatible with other products: The aperture sizes of the whole Grüv family perfectly match those of the Linea family of linear pendant lighting, allowing the two products to be seamlessly married for greater design flexibility and freedom.
  • Custom and standard lengths: Grüv 1.5″ LED lighting is available in standard lengths of 4-feet, 8-feet, and 12-feet as well as made-to-measure. The luminaires can be individual or continuous row-mounted, using a drawer-latching system that provides easy and precise joining of units for straight runs, wall runs for longer runs with J channels, and in T- or L-shaped patterns.
  • Rapid ROI: Grüv 1.5″ LED is extremely energy efficient and is compatible with any controls on the market today to help further reduce lighting and energy costs. Additionally, when standard lengths of Grüv are paired with the Standard Plus wall-to-wall bracket, the light fixtures can deliver savings of up to 35 percent compared to made-to-measure luminaires.
  • Simple to install: The Grüv family of recessed slot fixtures is engineered to easily install. Standard lengths clip together with a drawer latching system for longer runs and the Standard Plus bracket makes wall-to-wall solutions extremely simple.
  • Quick delivery: Made-to-measure Grüv products are available in four to six weeks and standard lengths of Grüv can ship in 10 days or less from time they are ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project.

 

 

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Amerlux Launches High Bay 202 Pendant

Powerful LED Fixture Makes Groceries ‘Fresh’, Posh Clothing ‘Crisp’

Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today its new High Bay 202 Pendant, which makes a supermarket’s fresh food look mouth-watering and a retailer’s clothing eye-popping.

Designed for open-ceiling concepts in retail and supermarket applications, the fixture boasts a prismatic refractor or aluminum reflectors that deliver a more controlled, glare-free beam of light. The high color rendering index (CRI) score of 90 is critical for presenting fresh products in supermarkets or distinguishing vibrant colors in retail.

“Our new High Bay 202 Pendant accentuates natural colors to such a high level that it triggers a response from other senses,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “Its impressive color rendering, which is critical for fresh products in a supermarket or vibrant clothing in a retailer’s boutique, makes our latest innovation a show-stopper.”

The 60W version of the LED fixture provides light (3000K or 3500K) with a lumen output of 6600 lm and a zero-to-10V dimming capability. It also offers a choice of wired or independent occupancy or daylight controls to maximize its return on investment.

The 150W version is better suited for higher ceilings found in airports, big box retail stores and auto dealerships that require higher output illumination. The LED fixture provides a consistent lighting experience by delivering the appropriate foot-candle levels to adequately illuminate the space without casting shadow or glare. It boasts a lumen output of 18,500 lm, a color temperature of 3500K and 4000K and an 80 CRI. Like the 60W fixture, it also provides zero-to10V dimming capability.

The High Bay 202 Pendant’s LED lamp offers a greater return of investment when compared to other possible lighting solutions. The fixture provides a better lighting performance because it distributes light more evenly. In addition, it reduces energy consumption by as much as 60 percent and it delivers an impressive reduction in maintenance costs because its 100,000-hour lamp lasts much longer than a comparable, 20,000-hour HID lamp.

The High Bay 202 Pendant, which comes with a five-year warranty, can ship in 10 days or less from the time they are ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project.

For more information about the company, call Amerlux at 973.850.4342.

 

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How Design-Build Firms Find More Value for Clients

The design-build construction model offers customers a faster and lower-cost means of building, compared to the traditional design-bid-build model. Design-build firms accomplish this feat by merging the design and construction teams together, centralizing accountability and facilitating more efficient information-sharing.

Commercial building projects are focused on ROI and design-build firms help owners capitalize on their buildings’ financial return faster with shorter construction timelines.

Often chosen by customers with time and price constraints, design-build firms have specific needs revolving around cost and speed. Material and construction techniques are evaluated for projects based on these two factors so the firm can deliver their projects on-budget and within customers’ tight construction schedules.

To achieve these results, high-caliber design-build firms reduce costs by using standard products that can be delivered quickly and installed easily rather than waiting or paying for a premium grade product. These firms also don’t want products that appear cheap or have poor performance as that is not helpful to anyone.

Using mid-grade standard products avoids the headaches of made-to-measure items, namely, the need for specialized designers, high costs for materials and installation, long lead times and the frustrating times when a building’s physical reality diverges from its blueprints.

Custom-Designed Products Eliminate Need for Lighting Designer

With lighting, custom-designed solutions require a lighting designer. To save time and money, design-build firms will typically use standard lighting products, which also dispenses with the need for a specialty designer.

Using standard products also eliminates the problems of long delivery times and high costs. Made-to-measure products take longer (by several weeks or months) to manufacture than standard products. There is no economy of scale for the manufacturer as each component must be made to the exact specifications of a given project—which also necessarily raises prices.

Besides the extra time requirements for custom lighting products, there is the common issue of the physical space in a building not matching the plans. Walls are out of square, out of plumb, or any number of other surprises that can happen on a job site, requiring a redo on the custom-measured lighting.

These delays can knock apart carefully estimated construction timelines and have a butterfly effect on building completion down the line.

Special Lighting Brackets Solve Made-To-Measure Headaches

To avoid these problems, design-build firms need standard products. Designing within the limitations of standard product sizes eliminates the made-to-measure inconveniences.

For example, using lighting that comes in standard lengths and with brackets to join these lengths together makes linear runs far simpler and less expensive for both customers and manufacturers.

If the design calls for recessed linear lighting to run from wall to wall measurements MUST be confirmed before any manufacturing can be started which causes major delays in installation.  Using standard run length linear you simply run your lengths to get as close as you can to the walls (within a few inches) and use a standard plus bracket which is field cuttable to complete the run.  This is a lower cost solution in both material and installation.

These brackets expertly mask the fact that the lights are too short and solve the problem easily. It is a made-to-measure appearance without the headache.

Finally, standard products can be delivered very quickly, sometimes in just a few days instead of several weeks or months. This time savings can have a significant impact on the project’s timeline and help keep things on time and on budget for everyone.

Just because a product is off-the-shelf, it does not mean it is a lesser quality than a made-to-measure product. The products can be the exact same in every way except one is made with standard lengths, while the other is customized.

Good design-build firms understand they do not need to sacrifice materials to provide value to the customer. With savings of up to 35 percent on standard products compared to made-to-measure lighting, off-the-shelf lighting is an easy way for design-build firms to stay on-budget and on-time.

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How Made-to-Measure Problems Slow Down Architects

Death, taxes and construction projects falling behind schedule—inevitable constants in life. While the first two things are unavoidable, the third is escapable.

An excellent way to stave off construction delays is by reducing the amount of made-to measure products and custom-designed items in a given project. The more off-the-shelf products and standardized materials an architect can use in a project, the better chance the project has of being finished on time and on budget.

Everyone thinks of themselves as individuals and desire individualized consideration, but when it comes to construction, customization can really throw a wrench into the works.

A few common problems architects face with made-to-measure items and how to avoid them:

The first problem is that by their nature, made-to-measure products take longer to manufacture than standard products. There is no economy of scale for the manufacturer as each component must be made to the exact specifications of a given project—which also necessarily raises prices for all parties involved.

Crafting components to exact specifications takes a lot of time to complete. Order times of four to six weeks (and longer for some manufacturers) are common and that assumes the manufacturer does not run into any delays on their end (e.g. late purchase orders, changes to room dimensions or delays in final signoff on run lengths from the field). These delays can knock apart carefully estimated construction timelines and have a butterfly effect on building completion down the line.

The project also assumes that the specifications are correct. Errors happen even to the best and if an error makes it into the spec sheet for a batch of custom products, the whole order may be unsalvageable.

If the specifications are correct, then a very common problem is that the space does not actually match the plans. The drawings are the ideal, but the reality often does not match the drawing perfectly. Walls are often out of square or plumb, the carpenter installed the rafters in the exact place where the lighting was supposed to go—the list goes on.

All manner of situations can cause the building site to diverge from the plans, including contractor errors and unknown factors in the site. Unknown conditions can be especially pronounced in remodeling situations where it is anyone’s guess what kind of surprises are hiding behind the drywall awaiting discovery during demolition.

Whatever the cause, a difference in the site from the plans can cause a major problem for lighting installation, when suddenly, the perfectly made-to-measure lights do not fit where they are supposed to go. Then it is more delays as the architect or lighting designer has to go back to the lighting manufacturer with modified specifications. Then it is a few more weeks for the manufacturer to return the revised lighting components.

The solution to made-to-measure problems

Made-to-measure problems like these delay construction projects and slow down architects, keeping them on projects longer and preventing them from getting to new projects. The solution to made-to-measure problems is standard products. Designing within the limitations of standard product sizes eliminates the made-to-measure inconveniences.

For example, using lighting that comes in standard lengths and with brackets to join these lengths together makes linear runs far simpler and less expensive for both customers and manufacturers.

If the recessed standard-length runs do not perfectly reach the walls, a lower price point alternative to custom lighting is using brackets that extend from the end of the light fixture to wall. These brackets expertly mask the fact that the lights are too short and solve the problem easily. It is a made-to-measure appearance without the headache.

Finally, standard products can be manufactured very quickly, sometimes in just a few days instead of several weeks or months. This time savings can have a significant impact on the project’s timeline and help keep things on time and on budget for everyone.

 

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Amerlux Launches Linea 1.5″ Mini Indirect

New Linear LED Fixture Features Remote Driver to Add Design Flexibility

Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today its new linear lighting solution—Linea 1.5 Mini Indirect—which leverages a remote driver that can be installed in the ceiling up to 30 feet away to allow for greater design options.

The Linea 1.5 Mini Indirect, which delivers indirect lighting for great comfort and reduced glare, is manufactured in standard lengths, as well as made-to-measure lengths down to an 1/8″. The fixture also pairs nicely with another Amerlux linear solution, Grüv recessed, which can run in walls and ceilings. Linea’s aperture widths match Grüv’s recessed linear light offerings, so they can be seamlessly married together.

“Reinforcing our commitment to continuous innovation, the new Linea 1.5 Mini Indirect, as well as the rest of the family, not only brings elegance and beauty to a space, but delivers the right amount of lighting with the best energy and maintenance savings for rapid ROI,” said Frank Diassi, who is Amerlux’s founder and chairman. “Its lumen output does not begin to depreciate until after 50,000 hours of use versus 100 hours of use for fluorescent lamps.”

The new Linea 1.5Mini Indirect is part of a larger Linea product family:

The Linea family delivers a high output with up to 650 lumens per foot and 73 lumens per watt. Its standard integral electronic constant current 120V-to-277V drivers offers zero-to-10V dimming capabilities, pairing with any controls including Enlighted (IoT).

Pendant-mounted for spaces with or without ceilings, Linea provides linear run lengths for general lighting over desks, conference tables or individual standard lengths over a reception area. It provides warm and cool light in 2700K, 3000K, 3500 (industry standard) or 4000K.

Linea is offered in indirect, direct and direct/indirect with lens or louver, which is available in micro-perf or solid styles.

Linea products, which come with a five-year warranty, offer such a long lifespan that maintenance costs are significantly reduced. In addition, the fixture is extremely energy efficient, providing power cost savings.

Standard Linea can ship in 10 days or less from the time they are ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project.

For more information about the company, call Amerlux at 973.850.4342.

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Top Track Lights: A Checklist for Clothing Retailers

For clothing retailers, good lighting can make the difference between customers strolling past the store or walking inside with open wallets. Stores need lighting that will attract customers—catching their eyes with lustrous colors and clear textures. The lights set the environment and subtly guide customers where to look and what to buy.

The clothes can’t speak for themselves but, with the right lighting, they can tell a great story—a story that captures customers’ imagination and casts them as the star of their life.

SPEQ, a modern-styled and highly efficient LED tracking lighting system by Amerlux, offers exactly what clothing retailers need, including exceptional color quality and significant energy savings.

Here’s a checklist of factors that clothing retailers consider for LED track lights:

  • Outstanding color: The light quality for SPEQ LED lights is superb. In the past, halogen lights were used for their color and control, but modern LEDs can render color even better, especially without sacrificing the whites. SPEQ lights offer a full gamut chip as an alternative to the standard high CRI chip, delivering full saturation of color and clean, crisp whites. Under LED light, colors can look brilliant and really pop, which is exactly what clothing retailers need to showcase the beauty of their wares. Even art galleries and museums are using SPEQ LEDs for this reason now.
  • Warm or cool light temperature: Correlated color temperatures (CCTs) for SPEQ LEDs include 2200K, 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, and 4000K with 82 CRI or 90+ CRI, allowing for everything from a cool, modern environment to a warm and comfortable environment.
  • Flexible dimming options: Besides offering excellent light quality, SPEQ LEDs deliver quality consistently. SPEQ is equipped with an integrated LED chip to maximize performance at any lighting level. The color can remain constant at any dimming level, or if equipped with Amerlux’s Dim-To-Warm chip, can warm as the fixture is dimmed.
  • Excellent beam control: An effective retail lighting solution needs to have outstanding beam control to reduce glare and ensure the light goes to the right place. SPEQ offers diverse beam control from wide flood light to tight spotlight and performs optimally from eight feet to 40 feet above a display without any glare. Also, to maximize functionality, SPEQ has an array of customizable controls (e.g. snoots, hexcell louvers and softening lenses).
  • Sleek, modern-styled fixtures: The best retail lighting does not draw attention to itself, instead putting the spotlight on the clothing displays. Featuring clean lines and elegant styling, SPEQ lights are minimalist works of art in themselves, but where they really shine is in accentuating the radiant colors of the clothing beneath them.
  • Longevity: When it comes to lifespan, LEDs really outshine all other lights. As an integrated LED fixtures, SPEQ can deliver more than 70,000 hours of consistent light without any depreciation. In contrast, halogen and incandescent lights need to be replaced after 2,000 hours. The maintenance savings resulting from this long life can be huge.
  • Energy savings are both wallet- and environmentally-friendly: LEDs use a fraction of the energy that conventional lighting requires and they can lower power bills like no other lighting technology can. Some stores with halogen lamps have to run the air conditioning year-round to counteract the heat from the lighting. Besides the savings this brings to your energy bills, it also helps the environment by wasting less power.
  • Get started right away: You can have SPEQ lights in your hands in as little as 10 days, just in time to light up your next sale!

Make sure your clothes are seen in the best light by upgrading to Amerlux’s SPEQ track heads.

 

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