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
“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.