New! PR15 SQUARE UltraThin LED Recessed Light

Professional lighting designers of the world rejoice: We are now offering the PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light as a square-shaped fixture!

This addition comes in response to our many LED Waves clients who were looking for a square version of the best-selling PR15 Round Ultra Thin LED Recessed Light. The original PR15 fixture was particularly popular with high end residential and commercial lighting designers due in to its really pleasant quality of light: strong yet free of hotspots, thanks to its finely etched diffuser.

Professional lighting installers also appreciate the unique low profile (less than ¾ inch in height) of the PR15, allowing it to fit in tight spots. Both models feature the same simple, forgiving installation instructions – making the PR15 Square UltraThin LED Recessed Light quite possibly the most painless square light fixture to install in a ceiling!

new PR15 Square Ultra Thin LED Recessed Light

With the same low price (retail: $49.95/unit), color temperature options (3000K, 4000K and 6000K) and dimming function (includes your choice of dimmable or non-dimming LED driver), the only difference between the original and new PR15 is its 6×6 inch LED light source.

The PR15 Square UltraThin LED Recessed Light will ship out starting on September 22nd. Pre-order yours today to be among the first to enjoy them. It’s hip to be a square!

#LED #TBT

Our COO Ayn recently unearthed some photos from her childhood – a large part of which was spent in the offices of Light Waves Concept (the mostly-halogen predecessor to our current LED track lighting and cable kits). We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share a couple of these throwback moments in New York City lighting history.

Here we see lighting specialist Charlie with specialist-in-training Ayn.

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“hey charlie? don’t you think these lights could one day be, i dunno, longer lasting and energy efficient?”

The LED Waves showroom looks very different now, as we’ve hopped over to Brooklyn and shifted focus away from the decorative lighting market. But we like that, despite being decorative, that red downlight fixture from the ’80s bears a resemblance to a modern, industrial downlight: the Andromeda LED high bay.

Another similarity can be found in this action shot of Teddy (RIP old boy) strolling through the Light Waves Concept office, alongside Willow, who now resides over LED Waves.

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Willow, right, models an LED T8 tube, while Teddy models his boss self.

While our love of dogs remains the same, our passion for lighting has grown as LED technology emerged and continues to change the game, improving our quality of life – and quality of light – beyond baby Ayn’s wildest dreams.

Midtown 2.1 LED Recessed Light Now in Clearance

Due to market response, we are liquidating our stock of the Midtown 2.1 LED Recessed Light. It is now 20% off in our Clearance section – making it a better value than ever!

Like its lower-profile predecessor (the Midtown 2.0, which we’ll continue to stock) the 2.1 is made in the USA with Cree XT-E LEDs. Each 9W fixture replaces a 50W halogen spot, and comes with your choice of dimmable or non-dimming LED driver. Built to last, we recommend the 2.1 for any down light application with ~3.5 or more inches of clearance above the ceiling.

As a Clearance item, the Midtown 2.1 will not be restocked once our current units sell out. For real-time availability for large quantity orders, call us at 1(800)986-0169.

MVP LED Light Bulbs Under $20

We want to thank all the LED Waves customers who helped make our Earth Day sale a success. We’re cooking up more LED lighting deals for the month of May, but in the meantime, check out the year-round savings in our Clearance section!

Our Clearance LED lights include tons of energy-saving bulbs – both halogen and incandescent replacements – all reduced up to 75% from their original prices. It’s a pretty impressive selection, featuring quite a few big name LED bulbs under $20!

These MVP LED Light Bulbs under $20 include:

The Los Angeles 2.0 LED MR16
Originally $21.95 NOW $8.99
Made in the USA with Cree XB-D LEDs

The A11 Globe Dimmable LED Light Bulb
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.55
Great for modernizing chandeliers, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A15 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.00 NOW $12.95
6W replacement for 40W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A19 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.57
9W replacement for 60W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The Olympia PAR20 LED Light Bulb
Originally $39.95 NOW $15.95
An IES Progress Report Selection made with Cree XR-E LEDs

Shop today; all Clearance sales are final, so items will not be restocked once they sell out. For real-time availability, specification help, or bulk pricing for any of our LED lights, call our sales team at 1(800)986-0169.

A Sea Change for LED Lighting Manufacturers

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When we first shifted LED Waves manufacturing operations stateside to debut a set of American-made LED PAR lamps back in 2012, we did so with three primary goals:

  1. Lower costs by eliminating middlemen and consolidating operations in-house – accelerating wide-scale adoption of energy-saving LED lights.
  2. Create jobs – especially in the green tech field, particularly for the United States (which was falling behind in this field at the time) and most importantly – for us personally – on a local level here in NYC.
  3. Exercise closer quality control of our in-house exclusives – helping diffuse the discontent some early adopters experienced from poorly made LED products.
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The evolution of our LED PAR30 involved adding dimmability and upgrading from 7 LEDs to latest Philips single CoB.

While we figured we were oddities at the time – supplying and manufacturing LED lights in-house in the USA, despite our small company size – we didn’t realize we were on the ground floor of a global sea change in the SSL industry.

China has long dominated our field, handling the intensive process behind the manufacture of all energy efficient lighting – from the glass-blown curvature of CFL bulbs to the board population and highly nuanced assembly of LED replacements – with a seemingly endless supply of cheap labor. Government subsidies made it even harder for American businesses to resist the allure of Chinese manufacturing.

Slowly yet surely, though, China is losing its foothold and manufacturing has shifted back to the United States. Forbes has noted six commonalities among manufacturers affecting this change:

forbes chinese mfgThis does not portend the end of Chinese manufacturing – far from it. Rather, we’re seeing a leveling of the playing field – and on a higher level at that. Healthy competition between LED Waves among other American manufacturers (not to mention other global contenders) breeds higher quality, lower cost LED lights, with more jobs and better employee satisfaction. And remember, that’s what drove our decision to manufacture LED lights in the USA.

An Ounce of Prevention for Facility Managers

FM inspectionsRecently, LinkedIn’s Facility Managers Group swapped workplace horror stories in an illuminating  discussion titled, “Stories of Neglect: What have you seen as a Facilities Manager that has been a result of poor maintenance or complete lack(there)of?” We noticed that a recurring theme in the responses was mass shortages of lighting due to failing fixtures that went unreported. These shortages can pose a huge danger for litigation and human life in general.

In these cases, those responsible for facility-wide inspections were often contractors who were unfamiliar with lighting terminology and standards – cleaning professionals, for example. Since many of the LED lights supplied by LED Waves are designed specifically for commercial and industrial buildings, this was of particular interest to us. How can lighting be effectively monitored by untrained personnel?

With filament-based lighting technology – halogen/incandescent – failure is pretty straightforward; the bulb suddenly burns out after a few thousand hours and stays dark until a maintenance worker gets around to replacing it. With gas-based, ballasted lighting technologies, however, failure can be trickier to diagnose.

LED vs MH vs HPS L70By industry standards, a luminaire is considered failed once it produces less than 70% of its initial output (thus the “L70″ references you may see on lighting literature). The ballasted lighting technologies most commonly seen in large buildings – fluorescent, HID, sodium, metal halide – decrease in lumen output exponentially shortly after being installed. (Fluorescent lights are especially bad, strobing and changing color noticeably as they near the end of their useful lives.)

Like the above lighting technologies, LED lights decrease their lumen output over time. Unlike the above, however, they don’t hit the dreaded 70% mark for 30,000 to 50,000 hours of operation – so inspections by qualified personnel, using proper equipment, can be scheduled fewer and farther between.

As LED lighting and controls get smarter, these inspections may fall out of human jurisdiction altogether in our lifetime – freeing up time for facility managers to prevent other stories of neglect.

Introducing the Illinois™ Dimmable PAR30 LED Light Bulb

New Illinois LED PAR30On this St. Patrick’s Day LED Waves is pleased to introduce you to our newest green product: the Illinois™ Dimmable PAR30 LED Light Bulb. A 16W replacement for a 150W halogen spotlight, the Illinois is even brighter and more efficient than our previous American-made LED PAR30.

Like the recently re-launched New York 3.0 PAR38, the Illinois uses a single high-powered Philips LUXEON CoB LED for higher efficacy, center beam candle power, and luminaire to luminaire consistency. Each one also features a uniquely textured reflector to multiply light output without added glare.

Like all LED lights made in the USA only by LED Waves, the Illinois comes with a 5 year warranty – thanks in part to the extra attention paid to heat dissipation. In addition to our signature lightweight aluminum heat sink that promotes air flow, the Illinois features a metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB) to lower thermal resistance from the LED. These high quality components work together to prolong the service life of the entire bulb.

We’re sure you’ll love the bright, feel-good light from the new Illinois™ Dimmable LED PAR30. Order today to be among the first to try it out!

Waves of Savings: ALL LED Recessed Lights on Sale

Waves of Savings.ALL LED recessed lights on saleWe’re running our biggest LED recessed lighting sale ever! Now through Tuesday, March 18th; coupon code WAVES will get you 15% off this entire category – including the PR15 UltraThin, making its Waves of Savings debut!

The PR15 is about half an inch tall – allowing it to rest snugly in almost any ceiling cavity.

Liked by builders and electricians for its versatility & its easy-to-install low profile, and LOVED by businesses and homeowners for its soft & diffuse glow, the PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light is one highly sought-after product. This limited time sale is an exciting opportunity for many specifiers of high-end residential and commercial lighting projects.

Joining the PR15 in this week’s Wave of Savings are the Midtown 2.0 and the Midtown 2.1 LED Recessed Lights. The Midtown is a highly advanced, highly efficient 9W unit comparable to a 50W halogen downlight.

The Midtown 2.0 lasts approximately 50,000 hours and the 2.1 version lasts about 5,000 hours longer due to its extended heat sink. (Pro tip: Get the 2.1 if you have a bit more clearance in your ceiling – you’ll save a dollar per unit!) Both versions are made in the USA with Cree XT-E LEDs and covered by our 5 year warranty.

Midtown LED recessed light profile comparisonThe PR15, Midtown 2.0 and Midtown 2.1 each come with your choice of dimmable or non-dimming LED driver that connects to your building’s line voltage. Our dimmable LED recessed lights are compatible with standard incandescent dimmers; check out our installation guides online or call 1-800-986-0169 for help from our friendly, knowledgeable team of LED specialists.

Introducing the New York 3.0 Dimmable PAR38 LED Light Bulb

Today we are pleased to announce the latest addition to our exclusive line of American-made LED light bulbs. The New York 3.0 PAR38 Dimmable LED light bulb is a 1,700 lumen, <20 Watt replacement for a 175W halogen spotlight – and the improvements don’t end at the energy savings!

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After the success of our Owl™ Outdoor LED Wall Pack – the first floodlight we made using a single Chip-on-Board (CoB) light source – we gave the same treatment to our new LED PAR38. CoB LED architecture is solder-free, streamlining and fortifying the lamp design by reducing stress points. And using a single LED as a light source gives the NY 3.0 a more concentrated beam with crisp, unpixilated edges, while also providing more bulb-to-bulb consistency in brightness and color.

LED Waves’ engineers chose the Philips LUXEON 1203 CoB LED for our redesigned PAR38 based on its efficacy (up to 135 lumens per Watt) and uniform optical performance – all packaged into the smallest Light Emitting Surface in the industry. This small footprint enabled us to use a smaller, more lightweight heat sink on this bulb.

Check out the New York 3.0 online for more details on the upgrades made to our LED PAR38 – and what these upgrades mean for your home or business. Pre-order today at LEDWaves.com or call 1(800)986-0169.

Double Waves of Savings: LED PAR20 and PAR30 Light Bulbs on Sale

Our first Waves of Savings promotion of February brings you a two-week sale on two LED lights made in the USA exclusively by LED Waves. Today through Tuesday, February 18 2014; coupon code WAVES saves you 15% on the Dallas™ Dimmable LED PAR20 and the Chicago™ Dimmable LED PAR30.

Waves of Savings.LED PAR20 PAR30 saleThe Dallas LED PAR20 and the Chicago LED PAR30 are 9 Watt replacements for 75 Watt halogen lamps. The quality of light from both bulbs is virtually identical, due to the same high end components and craftsmanship that go into each one. Both offer:

  • American-made quality – assured by our 5 year warranty
  • 7-array of Cree XLamp  XT-E LEDs
  • Heat sink finely machined with aircraft-quality aluminum
  • Plug & Play; Compatible with standard incandescent/halogen sockets & dimmers

What separates these PAR lamps is their size. The number after PAR, multiplied by 1/8 of an inch, equals the diameter of the light head. So LED PAR20s are 2.5 inches in diameter, while LED PAR30s are 3.75 inches in diameter.

Our in-house R&D and production team makes LED light bulbs for almost every track light system, ceiling recessed can, and other flood or spotlight applications. For help finding what you need, give us a call at 1(800)986-0169.