Sunlite Featured on “America’s Largest Home Improvement Show”

Joel C. Gross, Vice President of Sunlite, a leading lighting manufacturer in the US for the past 30 years, was interviewed by Gary Sullivan of "At Home with Gary Sullivan" radio network, as a guest from the National Hardware Show on May 7th. The segment was focused on the direction that the future of the lighting industry is headed in, LED lighting. You can listen to the entire interview below.

“It’s slowly shifting over from the incandescent and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs, as we’re seeing the improvements of lumens per watt.” Joel explained that watts measure the amount of electricity used to produce the light, while lumens measures the light output. In the past, consumers used to consider the amount of watts the bulb produced to measure the light output. As lighting technology has improved, manufacturers are now able to develop bulbs that produce a higher number of lumens using less wattage of electricity.


“As the lighting industry is shifting over to LED, it will slowly phase out the incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Even though fluorescent bulbs are energy savers, nevertheless the lighting is not as accurate on paint colors.” He went on to explain that when choosing an LED bulb, it’s important to compare “apples to apples.” When replacing a standard 60 watt bulb, one should look for a bulb that produces 800 lumens.

Gary expressed one of his listeners concerns regarding LED bulbs. “A woman called in to the show and wanted to know how she can be certain that she won’t get a bulb that produces a blue light similar to car headlights.” Joel explained that another important factor is the amount of kelvins. The kelvins measure the color temperature. A warm white temperature which makes reds, oranges and yellows more prominent, is produced with 2700-3000 kelvins. Daylight colored lamps that give off a bluish light, similar to daylight, measure at 6500 kelvins.

The government has now required manufacturers to include “lighting facts” on the box, similar to nutrition facts on food products.  Being that when purchasing an LED bulb, it is a long term commitment, it’s important to look for these facts on the box. When purchasing an LED bulb, be sure to compare the lumens and kelvin output of the original bulbs so that it produces the same type of light.

LED lighting produces more accurate lighting, while conserving energy. While the initial cost is a lot higher than the old incandescent and CFL bulbs, they lower your electricity bill over time. LED bulbs last on average between 30,000 – 50,000 hours, contrary to the incandescent and CFL bulbs, which last 1,000 – 2,000 and 8,000 – 10,000 respectively.  

Sunlite manufactures an extensive line of over 10,000 lighting solutions. Sunlite’s large catalog includes a vast selection of LED, Compact Fluorescent, Incandescent, HID, Halogen, Decorative, Miniature, Specialty, Stage and Studio lamps as well as a large collection of electrical supplies and Light Fixtures.

Comments (3) -

  • Ben

    5/15/2014 1:53:05 PM | Reply

    So informative! You rock Joel C.
    Keep up the good work.
    I loved every second of it.
    Learnt so much....

    Going out to buy bulbs right now.

    • Jason

      5/15/2014 7:02:00 PM | Reply

      Thank you very much Joel, I will definitely check out when shopping for bulbs

  • Mike z

    5/22/2014 11:09:14 PM | Reply

    Nice job Joel!! Very informative!
    Who took those cool pics with Gary??