Bright Ideas Lighting Co.

My photo Boise lighting maintenance and energy efficient lighting upgrades

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Enjoying the weather. Still warm, but getting more fall like.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

We will be working on a job down in Twin Falls this week. First time we have went down there for a job.

Monday, August 10, 2009

CFL par style light bulbs

It seems like the pricing on the compact fluorescent PAR style light bulbs has come down and the quality of the product seems to have gone up.

In on retail store in downtown Boise we have replaced all of the 75 watt PAR30 lamps with a 15 watt PAR 30 compact fluorescent light bulb. The CFL actually looks a little bit brighter than the halogen lamps. The business owner really likes the CFLs.

The compact fluorescent light bulbs use 60 watts less than the halogens were using, produce much less heat, and last longer. The CFLs can generally be ordered in several different color temperatures from 2700 to 5000 kelvin. To approximate the halogen color choose 2700-3000 kelvin.

The CFL par lights are not for every application. I don't believe they would work in a restaurant application. Most restaurants that we service use halogen light bulbs with dimmers to control light levels. Also halogens produce a different look than the CFLs some places this works some it does not. We recommend trying the compact fluorescents.

We have these light bulbs work in several Boise locations - retail stores, auto dealers, and hair salons.

We recommend using Energy Star light bulbs. Also, we recommend using the aluminum base lamps if possible. They seem to last longer.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Went to a local tradeshow yesterday. Learned about some new lighting products coming out. Exciting stuff. New LED street lighting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Rebates from Idaho Power for energy efficient upgrades