Why Design-Build Firms Need Quick-Line Linear Lighting

When it comes to linear lighting, there’s a new game in town: Quick-Line by Amerlux.

This linear LED lighting solution combines the easiest installation process with the industry’s fastest delivery in a spec-grade product available at a commodity-grade price point.

Designed specifically to address all the problems design-build contractors typically encounter with linear lighting, Quick-Line is an architectural-grade pendant fixture with a 1.5″ aperture and direct and indirect light distributions. Here’s how Quick-Line will make your life easier and increase your profit:

The Linear Lighting Headaches Quick-Line Soothes

 

The easiest installation ever

Installing linear lighting has never been this easy: link it, latch it, cap it and you’re done! Quick-Line’s standard sized middle-of-run pieces connect with latching brackets and alignment pins to assure runs are straight.

Even better, you never have to open the fixture during installation. Quick-Line is pre-wired with a 6- or 9-wire harness and each section can accept power from the top or from the other sections in the run, granting great flexibility in designing and installing linear runs.

The fixtures are shipped with the lens and LED boards installed and they don’t need to be removed when installing. All you have to do is link the individual middle-of-run lengths together and slap end caps on either side of the run. That’s it!

72-hour delivery

That’s right—Quick-Line can ship in just 72 hours after receipt of a clean PO to quickly advance a new construction or retrofit project. Quick-Line is packed and stocked as individual fixtures, but job packaging (bulk, job-specific packaging) is also available for less jobsite waste. (Job packaging may require slightly longer shipping times).

Spec-grade materials

Quick-Line is an architectural spec-grade line fixture offered with the value and benefit of commodity-grade styled luminaires. Constructed from extruded aluminum instead of steel, Quick-Line assures architecturally straight lines of light.

No light leaks

Light leaks are endemic with linear lighting, but Quick-Line solves the problem with special patent pending light block shields built into the end caps. These shields are spring-loaded and put a slight amount of pressure against the lens. Thus, when the lens shrinks, the gap is automatically filled by the light shield, making annoying light leaks a thing of the past.

Standard sizing

There are no made-to-measure headaches with Quick-Line. It’s only sold as linkable middle-of-run pieces with separate end caps in standard lengths of 4-feet, 6-feet and 8-feet. Thus, simplifying your design and installation process.

Competitive price points

By offering Quick-Line exclusively in standard sizes instead of custom sizing, manufacturing costs for Quick-Line are reduced and the savings are passed on to you. This linear lighting solution has the same high level of engineering baked into its design as all of Amerlux’s products do. There’s no need to sacrifice quality for cost with Quick-Line.

Simple order process

Ordering Quick-Line for your projects couldn’t be easier: count how many middle-of-run pieces are needed, end caps and choose the 6- or 9-wire option. The products will be at your jobsite 72 hours after you complete the order.

Speedy ROI

The LEDs in Quick-Line deliver outstanding light quality for more than 50,000 hours without depreciation, versus 100 hours for high pressure sodium or metal halide lamps. With such a long operating lifespan, maintenance costs are minimized. Additionally, Quick-Line LEDs are extremely efficient and provide huge energy savings over their life, something your customers will appreciate for years to come.

 

To keep your projects on time and on budget, you need quality products at competitive price points with quick delivery speeds. Quick-Line hits every one of those points out of the park, while at the same time, delivering outstanding light quality and exceptional energy savings. Discover how Quick-Line will keep your next project on-budget and on-time!

 

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Quick, Easy Linear Lighting: The Design-Build Contractor’s Checklist

With every project, design-build contractors have to balance time, speed and quality when they select building materials. High-quality items are nice, but not if they come with high costs and/or long delivery times.

High-quality items that have accompanying high costs and take months to be delivered to the jobsite punch holes in profit margins.

What you need are high-quality building materials available at lower price points with rapid delivery. This is especially true when it comes to LED linear lighting. It’s even better when you can install the LED lighting quickly and easily, reducing time on the jobsite.

The Ultimate Checklist for Linear Lighting:

Value pricing

High-end products usually have high-end prices to match. But, when you discount that assumption and opt for a product made in standard sizes, then even high-end products can offer value pricing. There’s no need to sacrifice quality for cost when there are well-engineered lighting solutions available at lower price points. Plus, working with standard-size lighting makes designing a project easier.

Easy and quick installation

Linear lighting is an excellent option for commercial and retail spaces, but installing it usually comes with a host of headaches. For example, for most fixtures on the market, you must open them up to wire (e.g. connecting the main light, emergency lights, controls, power) and install them. This is an unnecessary nuisance and time waste. Well-designed linear light fixtures come pre-wired, saving valuable time on the jobsite so projects can keep moving.

Quick delivery

It’s essential that building materials are ready for installation quickly. Construction timelines are complicated and any number of things can hold up projects, from permitting to weather to late deliveries. There’s not much you can do about the first two, but the second is avoidable. How fast materials can be delivered to a jobsite is an important consideration for choosing the light products to use.

Superior materials and quality products

Well-made lighting products make for easier installation and give a better user experience. Most commodity-grade linear light fixtures are made from steel, whereas extruded aluminum is a far higher-quality material and aluminum luminaires are much better than steel—for example, they are lighter and less likely to bend under their own weight during installation. Using linear fixtures that don’t bend eliminates an item from your punch list, so you can finish the job faster.

No light leaks

Light leaks are endemic with linear lighting, but well-designed fixtures come with light-blocking shields that fill gaps from lens shrinkage.

Rapid ROI

LED lighting offers an excellent ROI, making it very attractive for your customers. If you can offer LED lighting in your buildings, customers will appreciate the lower energy bills and reduced maintenance costs. LEDs outlast every other lighting type and unlike outdated lighting technologies, LEDs offer high-quality light for upwards of 50,000 hours.

 

Use this checklist and see how much easier your next project is. The path to better linear lighting and easier installations starts with choosing the right manufacturer—one that has designed products to meet the challenges you face in the field.

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7 Reasons Why Contractors Fail at Installing Linear Lighting

LEDs make for very attractive and efficient linear lighting options in commercial and retail spaces for building owners and users. But there’s a lot that can go wrong when installing linear lighting.

Installation presents all kinds of headaches for the builders, from inaccurate architectural drawings to the fixtures bending during installation.

Here Are the Common Pitfalls of Installing Linear Lighting:

 

Complicated Ordering

The installation headaches start with the ordering process. Commodity-grade lighting is usually sold in start-of-run, middle-of-run and end-of-run pieces. You need to know how many of each are needed and avoid ordering say, an extra middle-of-run section instead of an end-of-run section. It’s more complicated for architectural-grade products, which require several rounds of shop drawings and revisions to determine the type and quantity of each light product is needed.

Long Delivery Times

When you’ve finally figured out what lighting to order, you have to wait for it to arrive.

The construction field is notorious for delayed projects. With so many factors, including weather, going into projects, delays are often inevitable, but they can be reduced. Lighting deliveries taking several weeks (or months for custom designs) are common and such long shipping times can wreak havoc on carefully planned construction timelines.

Contractors need lighting products delivered to jobsites in days, not weeks, to keep projects moving forward. One little delay can have a big impact on the construction schedule down the line, contributing to budget overruns and late projects.

Jobsite Workflow Complications

When the lighting products finally arrive at a jobsite, the contractor must sort through the various items delivered and determine the proper location for each run length. It’s really easy for the wrong pieces to end up in the wrong room, causing delays during installation.

Wiring the Fixture

Light fixtures need power, controls and emergency lights inside but most manufacturers do not pre-install these things in their fixtures. When a builder has to open up a fixture to hook up the controls or add wiring for the required emergency lights, precious time is burned and a window for error is opened. The better way is to have these things pre-installed in the lights by the manufacturer, saving time and money at the jobsite.

Taking the Fixture Apart to Hang It

Besides removing a fixture’s lens and the LED boards to wire it for power and controls, the contractor often has to do it again to hang the fixtures. Taking the fixtures apart is a waste of time, which is a telltale sign of a poorly-engineered product. It’s better to use a well-designed linear lighting fixture that never has to be opened.

Bent and Crooked Fixtures

Linear lighting is heavy, especially when it’s made of steel instead of extruded aluminum, a much higher-quality material. It’s very common for long linear fixtures to bend where run sections are joined together because the pins holding them in place can’t hold the weight of the overall fixture. Part of most builders’ punch lists is a line item for straightening all the linear fixtures. This is a waste of time and keeps builders on jobs for longer than they need to be.

 Poor Quality Materials Make Installation Harder

As lighting companies compete on price, there’s an inevitable race to the bottom as each manufacturer tries to cut their prices a little bit more and grab market share. The quality suffers, which results in inferior products creating a more difficult, costly and time-consumer installation process.

For example, many linear lighting solutions are made from steel, rather than extruded aluminum, which is very lightweight and won’t bend under its own weight when it’s being installed.

 

These are the common bumps in the road contractors hit with linear lighting installations, but it doesn’t need to be this complicated. The path to simpler installations starts with choosing the right manufacturer—one that has designed products to meet the challenges contractors face on the job.  Find out more.

 

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