All About Lighting: Systems, Light Control, and LEDs

West Coast Green 2010

In case there was any question, LEDs are the lights of the future. Their presence dominated at West Coast Green over any other lighting alternative. So whether you're working with an architect or doing your own research on various energy-saving lighting and control systems, you'll want to keep these companies in mind:EST Energy Savings Technology: EST's main focus is next generation LED products for interior lighting. Their in-house designed products are finished with replaceable elements that are prefabricated according to EST standards. Products available include light bars, pendant lights, recessed lights, and spots and bulbs.

GGI Lights: Based in California, GGI utilizes a variety of groundbreaking technologies to create custom lighting systems that save 30–90% on electricity costs vs. traditional metal halide, high pressure sodium, fluorescent lights and some CFLs. Their systems can last up to 100,000 hours (22+ years @ 12 hrs/day) and will pay for themselves in two years or less. Products available include CCFLs, induction, LED, plasma, and smart grid controllers.

Living Green Design Solutions: provides a variety of architectural, landscape, and building materials, including indoor and outdoor LED fixtures for walkways, decks, garden paths, and steps.

IllumiLED Lighting: Illumi LED Imports is a wholesaler of LED lighting fixtures, including cove lighting, accent lighting, tree lighting, back lighting, border lighting, wall washing, and under cabinet lighting, with a focus on architectural applications.

Lemnis Inc: With 2.5 million bulbs on the market, Lemnis Lighting's Pharox bulb is the best selling household LED light in the world. The Pharox 300 is priced at $29.99 and casts a warm light that replaces a 60 Watt incandescent and lasts up to 35x longer.

Lithonia Lighting: Lithonia Lighting is probably the nation's largest manufacturer of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential light fixtures. Their RTLED Lighting system is a digital high performance LED system that uses advanced refractive optics and sophisticated control technologies.

Lutron: Lighting control used to be mainly about dimmers and automated systems, but as consumers have become more aware of saving energy, Lutron has tried to corner the market in green systems like occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting.

Watt Stopper/Legrand: WattStopper makes energy efficient lighting controls for both commercial and residential use. Their residential products include vacancy sensors, occupant sensors, and programmable time switches. See their full list of products here and their US retailer list here.

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