Total Outdoor Lighting Blog

  • Heading to Washington DC - Here's why!

    US Capital BuildingTechnology allows smaller businesses like Total Lighting Supply here in Rio Rancho New Mexico to reach customers across the nation and the globe and expand their business. Changes to online trading can be a game-changer for their long-term success and sustainability.

    That’s why we are sending one of our own to Washington D.C. on April 29 and 30 2014 for eBay Inc.’s 9th annual U.S. of eBay Advocacy Day. Our time will be spent encouraging lawmakers to support policies that promote small business growth and success. During the trip to Washington we will share with lawmakers the proposed way Internet sales tax legislation will create a huge tax burden for small business owners selling their products online.

    The Marketplace Fairness Act would force Total Lighting Supply and thousands of businesses like ours to collect sales tax from our customers for any state to which we sell, which would mean collecting and remitting taxes for up to 9,600 tax jurisdictions nationwide. That's a lot of paper work! Total Lighting Supply and eBay are advocating for greater equity for small online businesses like ours so that we can continue to grow and contribute to our local New Mexico economy.

    Additionally we will be discussing the importance of eliminating trading barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Thank you for reading :)

    Have a blessed day!
    Total Lighting Supply

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    Tags: DC, Government, Internet, Taxes

  • Unequivocally, the most perfect LED MR-16 you can buy

    MR-16 LED

    We have all waited a long time for technology to catch up to our expectations of the perfect LED MR-16. The wait is over as the SORAA team took performances issues head on in their design and development of this bulb and conquered them all, we might add.

    Here are the top ten reasons why the SORAA LED MR16 lamp is on the top of our list:

    1) Perfect fit. SORAA conforms to the ANSI standard, so they do fit standard lighting fixtures (MR16) when used as specified.

    2) No noise. Performance, performance, performance. These bulbs do not blink, they do not buzz. SORAA lamps turn on and operate properly with both magnetic and electronic transformers.

    3) Fully UL listed. What does this mean to you? It means that you can trust them to work safely as a retrofit lamp in UL listed fixtures.

    4) Dimmable-SORAA lamps work properly with many commonly installed leading-edge and trailing-edge dimmers.

    5) Flexible. The SORAA LED MR16 works in both NEC Class 1 and Class 2 transformers. While most LED lamps are designed to work only with Class 2 systems, SORAA lamps are UL listed for both systems.

    6) Single source light output. Why is this important? The SORAA design allows for a high lumen density which in turn gives you more light output from a single source. Which in turn, gives you more design flexibility and control. Isn't that what you want? A Halogen MR16 lamp have multifaceted reflectors which in turn, do not project crisp shadows as does the SORAA single source light.

    benefits of the SORAA LED MR16

    (left) SORAA single source (right) other LED MR16 multi source

    7) More natural light. SORAA lamps are designed to replicate halogen illumination with one color and one shadow.

     

    8) Elegant (and smart) design. The thermally optimized heat sink (all LEDs are designed to have heat sinks) mimics the Halogen counterpart:

    9) Lightweight. SORAA lamps are the same weight as standard halogen lamps.

    10) Energy efficient. Are you thinking green here? Green as in energy efficient and green as in the money you will save on your utility bill-not just by way of this bulb requiring less energy, but lowering the cost of cooling your space. Here is a chance to make a difference on your carbon footprint.

    Still not convinced? Check out our video here that does a side by side comparison of the SORAA MR16 lamp against the Halogen MR16 lamp:

     

    Total Recessed Lighting currently carries the SORAA Premium and Vivid bulbs.You can find the selection of lamps under our "bulbs and accessories" section in recessed lighting.

    The premium lamp line is the choice for when you want a quality, 'no compromise' LED solution for a 50W halogen MR16 lamp. If you need a high quality output for interior applications that is energy saving, choose the SORAA premium lamp.

    When high color rendering is of utmost importance, the SORAA Vivid lamp line is the lamp of choice. With a CRI (color rendering index) of 95, it will yield rich, saturated colors along with color stability. These lamps are designed to replace standard 50W MR16 Halogen lamps with a savings of up to 75% of the energy that halogen lamps require. Now you not only can choose a superior light quality as well as save on your energy consumption.

    At long last. The perfect LED MR16 lamps has arrived."

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    Tags: MR16, led, led mr16 bulbs, led mr16 lamps, Soraa

  • What Does Voltage Loss Or Voltage Drop Mean To You?

    LED lighting is the rage now that it is available in landscape lighting.  Understandably so, with the energy efficiency that it offers, this lowers your cost to run your lighting system not just by way of energy savings, but also by way of running it on smaller, less expensive transformers and wire. And you can do so without having to compromise on design and drama in your landscape lighting. In regards to planning your landscape lighting-whether you are doing it yourself or hiring someone to do it for you, one of the things that needs to go in to your planning and design phase is voltage loss or voltage drop.

    So, what is voltage drop? Voltage drop is when voltage at the beginning of a length of cable (at the transformer end) is higher than the voltage at the end-it is the difference between those two values that is known as voltage drop or voltage loss.

    Why should you care about this? Because when there is significant voltage drop, the light fixtures at the end of the cable run are actually dimmer-visibly dimmer than the fixtures closer to the transformer which will appear to be significantly brighter.

    You can avoid or minimize the voltage drop through proper selection of the cable size based on total wattage load of your fixtures and the length or the cable run. Total LED Malibu Lighting can help you plan accordingly so that you can have stunning results with your landscape LED lighting fixtures.

    One thing to keep in mind is the measure of power consumption, which is "wattage". Wattage is NOT a measure of brightness. For example, a 15 watt LED fixture can often outperform a 50 watt standard incandescent light by way of brightness.

    Total LED Malibu Lighting has created an informative video that walks you through what needs to be taken into consideration in order to minimize voltage drop in your landscape lighting system:

     

    Total Lighting Supply Voltage Drop Chart Voltage Drop Chart
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    Total LED Lighting has also created  a voltage drop chart to help you in your design phase. These formulas will help you formulate what the actual voltage drop will be. There are many variables that affect voltage drop (as discussed in the video), so this chart is intended to at least get you closer to what that drop will be. To be totally accurate, a voltage meter in the field is always the best way to go.

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    Tags: Voltage Drop, led landscape lighting, voltage loss

  • Outdoor LED Lighting, Transformer Load & Voltage Drop step by step guide Video!

    Planning on installing low voltage outdoor landscape LED lighting or low voltage halogen landscape lighting and not really sure what to do? Struggling to find out how many lights your outdoor landscape LED transformer can power? Not sure what voltage drop is or voltage loss? Then this thorough video is a must watch for you! This video guide will give you an idea on what is involved when installing low voltage outdoor LED lighting.

    Products used in this video.

    Malibu 8406-2601-01 low voltage oil rubbed bronze LED flood light 35 watt equivalent

    Malibu LED 35 watt equivalent low voltage diecast aluminum flood light in oil rubbed bronze includes plastic stake, fast lock connector, and three Cree XPG LED's at 850 lumens. Replaces Malibu 8401-9513-01.

    Malibu 8401-2650-01 low voltage LED black flood light 50 watt equivalent

    Malibu LED low voltage 50 watt equivalent dicast aluminum flood light in black includes metal stake, fast lock connector and four Cree XPE-HEW LED's.

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    Tags: led, Malibu, video, Landscape lighting, Low Voltage, transformer, Voltage Drop

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8506-2120-06 Celestial solar pathway light in action Video

    Checkout how gorgeous and bright the new outdoor LED Malibu 8506-2120-06 Celestial solar pathway light 6-pack kit is in this video by Total LED Malibu Lighting!

    The simple and easy assembly and installation make this solar led path light a great choice for bringing light to path ways, steps, drive ways and more!

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    Tags: led, Malibu, Path Light, video, 8506-2120-06, Solar, Celestial

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8406-2620-01 flood light fixture unboxing Video

    Watch as we unbox the outdoor LED Malibu 8406-2620-01 flood light fixture and see for yourself how simple it is to assemble.

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    Tags: flood light, led, Malibu, 8406-2620-01, Unboxing

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8506-2120-06 Celestial solar pathway light unboxing & assembly Video

    Discover what's inside of the 6-pack outdoor LED Malibu 8506-2120-06 Celestial solar pathway light and see how easy it is to assemble and install these Malibu LED solar lights!

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    Tags: led, Malibu, Path Light, Unboxing, 8506-2120-06, Solar

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8401-2650-01 flood light fixture in 360° display

    Watch a 360° view of the outdoor LED Malibu 8401-2650-01 flood light fixture and truly see it from virtually every angle :)

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    Tags: flood light, led, Malibu, video, 8401-2650-01, 360 Display

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8401-2650-01 50 watt flood light demonstration Video

    Join us, Total LED Malibu Lighting, as we demonstrate how bright and elegant the outdoor LED Malibu 8401-2650-01 flood light fixture looks installed on a path way illuminating landscape plants.

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    Tags: flood light, led, Malibu, In Action, video, 8401-2650-01

  • Outdoor LED Malibu 8401-2650-01 Flood Light unboxing Video

    See Total LED Malibu Lighting unbox the outdoor LED Malibu 8401-2650-01 flood light fixture and discover what's inside.

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    Tags: flood light, led, Malibu, video, 8401-2650-01, Unboxing

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