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LEDs in Retail Stores


Lighting in retail stores is crucial. Light is needed to provide the right mood for shopping, highlight items the store wants to sell, illuminate display cases and to create a unique identity in the shoppers mind.

Lighting is an essential part of the business strategy of successful retail stores. Most successful stores know the exact amount of footcandles their stores require. Light is needed to provide the right mood for shopping, highlight items the store wants to sell, illuminate display cases and to create a unique identity in the shoppers mind.

Retail stores come with high utility bills due to the many different types of lighting they utilize. It is not uncommon to see track lighting, recessed lighting, task lighting, wall wash fixtures, general lighting, ambiance lighting and many other types of light fixtures all in one store. Making their lighting electricity bill a major factor in their operating costs. US DOE (United States Department Of Energy) estimates that 42% of the utility bills in retail stores can be equated to lighting. Continue reading

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Upgrading Tenant spaces-Who is Responsible?

Determining the responsible party for a lighting retrofit is a common question between the tenant and the owner, and in the back-and-forth process there is always missed opportunity on the owner’s part.

It is, without a doubt, in the owners best interest as he is basing the rent off the property value in total, meaning land value, building upgrades, amenities available to the tenant, etc. Any upgrade or change which benefits the tenant is reason for a base price increase. Continue reading
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How much is that remodel really worth?

If you’re contemplating home improvements this article might help to give you an idea of real world cost vs. value.

Whether you’re considering a whole home remodel or just looking to update your bathroom, you should know what the, ROI- that is Return on investment is. In other words who wants to invest in home improvements that aren’t even worth the amount spent to complete them. This happens too often as home owners generally don’t take into account the “what if factor”. If I sell my home would a potential buyer see this remodel the same way I do or would they value it the same as me?
Is that bathroom remodel worth it? Should I spend all that money to improve my home office? What about the kitchen, should I do a major remodel or minor remodel? Continue reading

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T-12 Lighting Phase-out

T8 vs T12 Fluorescent Bulbs…Let the battle begin!

T8 lamps or bulbs look very much like T12 bulbs in that they are both 4 feet in length, but they are smaller in diameter and run on less energy.

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How Outdoor Security Lights Help Keep your Home Safe

We have all seen them, maybe while trick or treating or just walking home from the neighbors house at night. Outdoor security lights help keep your home light during the hours of darkness. Most of these outdoor lights provide motion detection and will turn on automatically when something or someone moves in the vicinity of the exterior of your home.

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Unsung Heroes…The violin plays for the Electrician

How the modern Electrician helps society to function as a whole

Often overlooked and underrated electrical contractors soothe our needs as a community. In fact, the services rendered by electricians are largely overlooked. Only the Electrician himself actullay understands the magnitude of their work. This is ironic considering that electricians serve the needs of each and every member of society in one way or the other. If electricians stopped working today, almost everything in modern life that relies on electricity (which is just about everything) will come to a screaming halt.
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Electrical System Upgrade: Religious Facility

All eyes on Ridgewood NJ where Albright Electric was able to bridge the gap in growing Energy costs.

Albright was recently chosen to come up with a strategy for a local organization to help keep energy costs down.


“After our initial analysis we found huge areas where with the right system we could help the client to better manage energy consumption and thereby reduce costs”, says Richard. We took a good look at, not only the types of systems they had now, but also the way the building was used. We wanted our system to fit right into their daily lives without any learning curve or change of lifestyle. One thing was for sure, whatever system we put in there had to be efficient, economical and it had to make a significant impact on reducing direct costs to the customer. With energy costs constantly on the rise it’s nice to be able to say to your customer that they will definitely see a reduction in costs. We looked forward to the challenge, rolled our sleeves up and started designing a system.

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Knob and Tube Wiring

Knob and tube wiring (sometimes abbreviated K&T) was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1930s. It consisted of single insulated copper conductors run within wall or ceiling cavities, passing through joist and stud drill-holes via protective porcelain insulating tubes, and supported along their length on nailed-down porcelain knob insulators. Where conductors entered a wiring device such as a lamp or switch, or were pulled into a wall, they were protected by flexible cloth insulating sleeving called “loom”. The first insulation was asphalt-saturated cotton cloth, then rubber became common. Wire splices in such installations were twisted for good mechanical strength, then soldered and wrapped with rubber insulating tape and friction tape (asphalt saturated cloth), or made inside metal junction boxes. Continue reading

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Federal Pacific Panels…Beware!

Federal Pacific Panels Fail to Provide Proper Safety and Protection for Homes

Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the country. Yet, as the years passed, electricians and home inspectors often found Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to provide proper protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say that FPE panels can appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards. Continue reading

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7 Ways to Save Money & Energy

Quantify it, when trying to reduce your carbon footprint (read save money and save resources), you need to be able to quantify it, “what gets measured gets done.” So, get a sense of how many kilowatt hours, how many gallons of gas, how many gallons of water, etc you use and a month and the dollar amount per unit. So, when you cut out, say, 10 gallons of gas a week, you are saving about $10 a month cutting your carbon footprint at the same time.

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