How to Select Lighting Fixtures Lighting fixtures produce artificial light in industrial areas or workspaces. They are electrical devices that hold one or more lamps and provide illumination. Most are designed for use with fluorescent, halogen, incandescent, light-emitting diode (LED), mercury, metal halide, sodium, or xenon lamps. Light Fixture Types The GlobalSpec SpecSearch database provides information about these and other types of products. Desk lamps and table lamps areused for task...
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Q & A on Lighting Fixtures

We asked our users for their input on Lighting Fixtures. Here are the results of 118 users familiar with Lighting Fixtures.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing lighting fixture design?
20 answers
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Different directions of light source development (LED is the most advancing right now), ballasts, drivers with higher characteristics and temperature rating, universal voltage and smaller package.
~Peter T, Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY
LED, OLED for the Indoor applications and Induction for the outdoor and High Mast applications are emerging technologies.
~Ramakrishna Jayanti, Manufacturer, Hyderabad, India
Having A/C, D/C blast all together, dim light function.
~Mohammad A, Engineer, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative lighting fixtures?
15 answers
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There are many such companies, large as well as small ones. Unable to name a particular company.
~Atanu S, Marketing/Sales, Ahmedabad, INDIA
I'm not sure. We are presently using Crouse Hinds and Rig A Lite fluorescent fixtures.
~Glen D, Maint Supervisor, Maryborough, Australia
Zumtobel, Thorn, GE, Disano, Ares, Atena, Side Spa, Cooper Lighting
~Blesilda Lising, Design Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used lighting fixtures for?
27 answers
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Shops, retail stores, governmental buildings, museums, private houses, UV water disinfection, lighthouses, LED decorative and illuminating applications
~Eduardo Pantaleon, Manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Commercial and Residential Bldg. Indoor & outdoor, Sports Field, Government Projects, Schools, Community planning turn-key projects
~Blesilda Lising, Design Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Indoor commercial & Homes lighting Outdoor parking and floodlighting Industrial Lighting
~EDWARD B, Engineering Consultant, WASHINGTON, U.S.A
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that lighting fixtures have been used for.
9 answers
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The lighting industry is on the dawn of a new era driven by significant and ever increasing face of change in technology, particularly as lighting sources go electronic and incorporate new intelligent capabilities and features, encouraging the adaption and implementation for Green Lighting Technologies.
~Blesilda Lising, Design Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The illumination for fish farms at sea trout facilities for daylight cycle modifying.
~Eduardo Pantaleon, Manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lighting of handrails at sub zero temperatures using fluorescent fixtures.
~Garima T, Engineer, Noida, India
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of lighting fixtures?
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Yes... improper selection of ballast which is not suitable for the lamp wattage and voltage of the current can cause short circuits and electrical leakage that may lead to fire.
~Blesilda Lising, Design Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Yes, the use of high pressure sodium lamps in a library. The designer commented that people were too sensitive and disliked this new technology for who knows what reason.
~Eduardo Pantaleon, Manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fixture designed for down-light position mounted with light up and the same time, when replacing the lamp, glass was not tightened properly. Result - massive water leak.
~Peter T, Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
16 answers
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The one which will be light weight, long life of the fixtures, aesthetics, ease of use, ease of maintenance, affordability, etc.
~Atanu S, Marketing/Sales, Ahmedabad, INDIA
Miniaturization and higher power/light output source, wider ballasts/drivers selection.
~Peter T, Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY
Light weight, good photometry, excellent light distribution, easy to fix and remove.
~Ramakrishna Jayanti, Manufacturer, Hyderabad, India
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using lighting fixtures?
11 answers
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To learn the most they can of what they are looking for. Reading reviews, especially the bad ones or bad experiences is a very powerful way to achieve an idea of which are the basic points you should focus on.
~Eduardo Pantaleon, Manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Take care of all the aspects while choosing lighting fixtures, viz., the correct type, wattage, value for money, longevity, aesthetics. The lux achieved should not be more than required.
~Atanu S, Marketing/Sales, Ahmedabad, INDIA
Try to buy light fixture, which are available in local market easily and following the standard of the region. This is for in future maintenance and recommended by local authorities.
~Mohammad A, Engineer, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Always verify fixture operation requirements and mounting conditions. Provide clear and complete requirement specification when ordering. It affects the time of delivery.
~Peter T, Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY
Retrofit. Changing traditional light source to energy saving CFL and Solid State light source which is LED for energy conservation and global preservation.
~Blesilda Lising, Design Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Make sure the fixture is suitable for the particular application and the expected life of the device.
~EDWARD B, Engineering Consultant, WASHINGTON, U.S.A
Make sure they are listed for installation and perform surface illumination needed for task.
~Residential electrical wiring construction author & electrician, Seattle, WA
Use fixtures with greater efficiency and robust design.
~Garima T, Engineer, Noida, India
Please focus on the LED lighting application.
~David Wang, Project Manager, Beijing, P.R.China
Don't go for the cheap option.
~Colin L, Lighting design, Wanganui, New Zealand
Go for it!!!
~Dave D, Engineering Consultant, Mercia, U.K.

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of lighting fixtures?
9 answers
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If you are not familiar with illumination, it is better to ask for help. Try your local light designers or the internet. There is lots of useful and free information, just take the time to get it.
~Eduardo Pantaleon, Manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plan energy performance conservation to reduce carbon footprint where feasible. Know the difference between efficiency and efficacy for lighting design using LED vs. Fluorescent.
~Residential electrical wiring construction author & electrician, Seattle, WA
Now a days there are many lighting experts providing advice for lighting solutions to help out in selecting proper lighting to whatever application is required.
~Blesilda Lising, Design Engineer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Get advice from an architect to design the lighting to suit your needs.
~EDWARD B, Engineering Consultant, WASHINGTON, U.S.A
Choose only the best after comparing with the ones available.
~Atanu S, Marketing/Sales, Ahmedabad, INDIA
Always keep future margin and lamp decrement factors.
~Garima T, Engineer, Noida, India
Find out the IP when choosing to use in outdoor areas.
~David Wang, Project Manager, Beijing, P.R.China
Hot lights can cause FIRES use caution.
~Dave D, Engineering Consultant, Mercia, U.K.
Again, don't be cheap.
~Colin L, Lighting design, Wanganui, New Zealand


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