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One of Texas’ Best Landscape Liters Takes To The Air

Joel Mayor, owner of Texas Outdoor Lighting, took to the air to show off a few of his recent landscape lighting projects in Austin, Texas.  As you can see, Joel’s background as a US Navy Airman still comes out from time to time.   The videos below show when it comes to landscape lighting, Texas Outdoor Lighting, is one of the best in Texas.

On this particular project Joel used ClaroLux’s SWL1-III specialty wash lights with Brilliance’s 2W Beacon LEDs to illuminate the long winding walkway leading up to the beautiful Texas estate.  The home was illuminated by ClaroLux’s BL23-III brass bullet lights with Brilliance’s 5W 2700k LED 60˚ MR16s to give the home a soft appealing glow.  The estates beautifully landscaped areas were moonlit by ClaroLux’s TL24-III brass tree lights with Brilliance’s 7W 3000k LED 30˚ MR16s.  The owner of the estate wanted an elegant, softly illuminated, resort style feeling at night and Texas Outdoor Lighting nailed it.

Texas Outdoor Lighting’s team created many different levels of light on the low country log cabin by using ClaroLux’s BL23-III brass LED bullet lights strategically mounted throughout the cabin.  The owner wanted to show off the incredible craftsmanship of not only the home but all of the grounds.  Texas Outdoor Lighting created one of the best projects of 2015 by going above an beyond what the homeowner ever imagined.

When it comes to creating nighttime master pieces Texas Outdoor Lighting is one of the best in the business.  Creating nighttime oasis’ takes skill and Joel Mayor and his team have exactly what it takes to give you the exact look you are going for when it comes to your nighttime scenery.  Please visit their website for more info on how they can help you light up your property at night; www.texasoutdoorlighting.com.

Texas Outdoor Lighting – Your Landscape Lighting Specialist.

Designing a lighting system with the lamp in mind – Brilliance LED, LLC

Any professional lighting designer knows that one size lamp does not fit all applications.  Yet, some lighting manufacturers continue to sell their fixtures with the lamp included. We have yet to figure out how they know what will be lit.

The first step in designing a successful and aesthetically pleasing landscape lighting system is to start with the lamp, not the fixture.  Different objects deserve to be lit with the optimum wattage and beam angle to maximize the desired effect.  You wouldn’t want to light a tall narrow tree with a wide beam angle lamp where half the light is ineffective. Conversely, you wouldn’t wash a wall with a narrow spot.  Once the proper lamp has been selected, the contractor or designer can choose the best housing or fixture to support the lamp.

In an effort to be the best lighting designer possible, we encourage you to design with the desired end result in mind, hence your customers satisfaction.  Don’t settle for a “mediocre” result; go for the “WOW effect”!

Below is an example of how the same fixture and type of lamp with different beam angles/spreads can make a difference in the finished product.  Big difference!

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Great examples of designing with light landscape images below courtesy of Light It Right in Houston, Texas utilizing 2700K Brilliance LED lamps in various beam angles. Photos by Gary Zvonkovic Photography. Copyright 2015
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Brilliance’s 4th Generation LEDs Are Now Available At ClaroLux!

Brilliance's 4th Generation

ClaroLux is “THE” leader in the landscape lighting industry. Thus they wanted to team up with the best of the best in the LED market, Brilliance LED. Brilliance’s 4th Generation LED lamp line includes the following: LED MR8, LED MR11, LED AR11-DCB, LED MR-16, LED PAR36, LED G-4 Bi-Pins, LED SCBs, G4 LED Wafers and LED Strip Lights. Brilliance offers multiple options for beam angle, color temperature, and wattage. With several patents in the LED field, including their patented Thermal Management Technology, Brilliance’s new 4th Generation LEDs are setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb.

Brilliance’s LEDs are specifically designed and tested to operate in difficult environments. With rich saturated color rendering and excellent color stability, the Brilliance lamp is the only choice for demanding display applications. Suitable for use in all outdoor fixtures, or indoors in enclosed recessed or small non-ventilated track fixtures, Brilliance LEDs are the ideal lamp choice for diverse applications. Designed to replace any standard halogen lamp, Brilliance’s LEDs meet and exceed the performance of any other LED on the market. With its proven track record and rigorous testing in the field, Brilliance is the only choice when looking to go green.

 

Brilliance's 4th Generation G4 -4Specifications/Features of Brilliance’s New Micro Bi-Pin LED:

 

  • New Ceramic Technology
  • Small Compact Form Factor
  • 100 Lumens
  • AC/DC 12 Volts
  • Available in 1.2W
  • Warm White 2700k (same as halogen)
  • CRI: 85
  • Samsung Chipset
  • Fully Potted PC Board
  • Dimmable (with most magnetic transformers)
  • 3 Year Warranty

 

Bi Pin Brilliance's 4th GenerationSpecifications/Features of Brilliance’s New Micro Bi-Pin LED:

  • Engineered specifically for the landscape lighting industry
  • 100 Lumens
  • AC/DC 8-25 Volts
  • Available in 1.5W & 2W
  • 1.5W (100 Lumens) & 2W (130 Lumens)
  • Available in 2200k, 2700k, 3000k, 5700k
  • CRI: 85
  • CREE Chipset
  • Conformal Potted PC Board
  • Dimmable (with most magnetic transformers)
  • 5 Year Warranty

 

MR8 3 Brilliance's 4th GenerationSpecifications/Features of Brilliance LED’s New MR8 LED:

 

  • Enhanced ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) Protection IEC-61000-4-2
  • Built-In Heat Overload Protection
  • UL Listed & FCC Compliant
  • AC/DC 8-25 Volts
  • 1.5W – Colors Available: Red, Green, Blue, and Amber
  • Available in 2200k, 2700k, 3000k, 5700k
  • CRI: 85
  • IP61 Rated
  • CREE Chipset with Fully Potted PC Board
  • Dimmable (with most magnetic transformers)
  • 5 Year Warranty

 

MR16 Brilliance's 4th GenerationSpecifications/Features of Brilliance LED’s New MR16 LED:

  • Engineered specifically for the landscape lighting industry
  • Built-In Heat Overload Protection
  • UL Listed & FCC Compliant
  • AC/DC 8-25 Volts
  • Available in 4W, 5W, 7W – Colors Available in 4W & 5W: Red, Green, Blue, and Amber
  • Available in 2200k, 2700k, 3000k, 5700k
  • CRI: 85
  • IP61 Rated
  • CREE Chipset with Fully Potted PC Board
  • Dimmable (with most magnetic transformers)
  • 5 Year Warranty

 

PAR36 Brilliance's 4th GenerationSpecifications/Features of Brilliance’s New PAR36 LED:

  • Enhanced ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) Protection IEC-61000-4-2
  • Built-In Heat Overload Protection
  • UL Listed & FCC Compliant
  • AC/DC 8-25 Volts
  • Available in 5W, 9W, 12W – Colors Available: Red, Green, Blue, and Amber
  • Available in 2200k, 2700k, 3000k, 5700k
  • CRI: 85
  • IP68 Rated
  • CREE Chipset with Fully Potted PC Board
  • Dimmable (with most magnetic transformers)
  • 5 Year Warranty

ClaroLux In The Local Greensboro Community

Greensboro communityWhen Brian Groat and Brandon Helms, owners of ClaroLux Landscape Lighting, heard that The Greensboro Children’s Museum was creating a new garden area, they jumped at the opportunity to help in any way that they could.  Helping local businesses and organizations like The Greensboro Children’s Museum was a great way for them to help give back to the community.  They were both inspired by the expansion and donated all of the landscape lighting supplies.

All of the landscape lighting fixtures that were donated included Brilliance LEDs to help their lighting system be as energy efficient as possible.  Not only will Brilliance LEDs help to save on their power bills each month but they will also help prevent any continued maintenance bills down the road that are usually seen in older halogen based systems. With this generous donation, The Greensboro Children’s Museum can now be just as beautiful at night as it is during the day.

Below is a special thank you letter from Leigh at The Greensboro Children’s Museum.  This is what giving back is all about!!!

 

Dear ClaroLux,

The guys at Oak Ridge Electric have been very hard at work in the garden installing the lights that you donated and it is just FANTASTIC!!  OMG…we can’t wait to see them at night!!  I hope that you guys are planning to come to the Gala Saturday night (yikes…it really is this Saturday!).  I want you to be able to hear all of the “oooo’s and ahh’s” first hand!  Also, our Board members are dying to meet you and thank you!!!  Please bring your spouses and any other folks you would like to invite from your business.  If you can shoot me an email with the names, that would be great.  We don’t have “physical” tickets.  We use a “will call” system, so all you need to do is check-in when you arrive.  The event is this Saturday from 7 to 11 pm.

Also, we want to recognize you in the event booklet and have a brief statement about the efficiency of the lighting.  That’s what our Edible Schoolyardis all about – sustainable living!   We have all been saying this is “Christmas in May” for us.  We just can’t thank you enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sincerely,

Leigh Satalino – Development Director

Direct Replacement LEDs versus Built-In LEDs

As you all know, some manufacturers are advertising their built-in LED fixtures as the “cure-all”, “end-all” solution to landscape lighting.  Yes, fixtures that have built-in LEDs are very good at keeping heat away from their sensitive components but as you all know nothing lasts forever, especially electrical components.

Built-in LEDs usually come with a 10-15 year warranty from the manufacturer compared to a direct replacement LED that comes with a 3-5 year warranty.  What you will see from the story below is that often times the warranty is a very misleading sales tactic.  This is why it is very important when choosing an LED fixture to illuminate your home that you do your research!  Failing to do so can end up costing you thousands of dollars down the road.

Built-In LED fixtureLast week we received a phone call from a new client in Mooresville, NC.  They specialize in outdoor living spaces, rock features, water features, etc.  In the past, they were illuminating their work with built-in LED wall washing fixtures from one of the larger landscape lighting manufacturers (we won’t mention names).  They ended up switching to ClaroLux’s CL-DL4 direct replacement LED fixture because they ran into an issue that many people fail to think about when creating their dream outdoor living space…problems that occur down the road after the project is complete.

On this particular project they created an elaborate rock wall feature with a grand outdoor fireplace overlooking Lake Norman.  It was truly beautiful!  The only problem was that after three weeks of completing the project many of the LEDs had already failed.  Five out of the sixteen LED wall washer fixtures had failed thus creating a serious problem considering all of the fixtures had built-in LEDs that could not be replaced.  Usually this would not be an issue if they were to have used a fixture like ClaroLux’s CL-DL4 with a direct replacement Brilliance LED.  But now instead of simply replacing the LED they had to completely deconstruct the rock wall and fireplace to remove the LED fixtures.

The manufacturer of the built-in LED fixtures stood behind their 15 year warranty but they failed to cover the contractor’s expense in rebuilding the rock retaining wall/fireplace.  It took this particular contractor 2 weeks to dissemble the wall and reconstruct.  He ended up losing a once happy customer and thousands of dollars because the fixture had built-in LEDs that could not be replaced.

This is a prime example of why you need to choose your fixtures wisely.  LEDs do not last forever but your rock wall or outdoor living space will.  If you are thinking about purchasing fixtures with built-in LEDs, ask yourself, what happens when the LEDs fail.  You will not simply be able to replace the LED.  You will have to replace the entire fixture which can be very costly.  This is why it is good to think about the future and ALWAYS consider the “what if” in every situation.

ClaroLux only offers direct replacement LEDs from Brilliance.  We feel that Brilliance LEDs are some of the best LEDs on the market today.  If you are considering an LED outdoor lighting system, always think 5-7 years down the road.  Based on recent findings and studies that ClaroLux has performed we would say that over half of the built-in LED fixtures that are on the market today will have failed by then.  Learn from other people’s mistakes and use direct replacement LEDs.  They can end up saving you thousands of dollars.

Brilliance LED – Making Verizon Stores More Energy Efficient

ClaroLux and Brilliance were recently involved in converting over 25 Verizon stores up and down the East Coast to LED.  If you have ever been in a Verizon store, which I am sure many of you have, most of these stores have well over 200 light bulbs illuminating their cell phone displays, accessory towers, sales counters, etc. Nonttapunchtentfar microsoft cloud . With many of their older stores having halogen and flourescent lamps, Verizon is now looking to make these stores more energy efficient.

Verizon StoresVerizon was well aware that their efforts to go green would cost them a pretty penny but they did their homework and knew that their efforts would pay off in due time. According to Verizon, their efforts, at least, paid off–and it paid off in the sum of $1.3 million. The company’s efforts at becoming environmentally friendly shaved $1.3 million off of its annual budget, not to mention saving the earth a total of 7,700 tons of carbon emission. One of the ways they were able to achieve this was by using Brilliance LED MR16s in all of their displays and showrooms.

ClaroLux and Brilliance both were honored to be apart of Verizon’s plan to go green.  We want to thank all of those at Verizon who chose ClaroLux & BrillianceLED for this particular project and we look forward to working with Verizon more in the future.

Are all LEDs the same?

On the surface, it seems like a no brainer to “go green” and use LEDs in your landscape lighting system. They use about 1/3 the energy, last up to 15 years, and almost completely eliminate your maintenance costs.

How could you go wrong?

The reality, however, is that the majority of these outdoor LED’s have failed to live up to their promises. The Dept. of Energy (DOE) launched a testing program (Caliper) that put these products on the block. The results were staggering; nearly every product failed to meet its claims. One LED manufacturer faces a lawsuit because their products were so abysmal.

Landscape Lighting LEDs face many hurtles when trying to live up to their claims (10-15 year life expectancy).  Some of these hurtles are light output, proper heat dissipation, moisture, color, and the integrity of the fixture body that houses the LED.  Let’s not forget, LED circuits are sensitive bundles of electronics. Would you put your cell phone in a cheap leaky box, plant it in your back yard and expect it to last 10-15 years?  It’s not easy to manufacturer a sensitive piece of electronics that will survive Mother Nature.

This is why ClaroLux has teamed up with Brilliance LED.  Brilliance has teamed up and worked with some of the top engineers in the world to produce their 12V landscape LED line.  BrillianceLED hired some of the best engineers in the industry to custom-design their LED’s to withstand the outdoor environment and to outperform any other LED on the market.

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