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Distributor Central

ATG LED Lighting, a division of ATG Electronics, announced the creation of an exciting new microsite dedicated completely to making life easier for its existing and new customers. The microsite, entitled “Distributor Central”, can be accessed directly from our Company’s parent website. Qualified customers that register online will receive a User ID and Password that will allow them to enter the site.

Upon entrance to Distributor Central, customers will have access to a variety of value-ads including access to the newly created Distributor Portal where they can check real-time inventory at all three (3) distribution centers and receive order status information on all their orders including shipping status and pro numbers. In addition, ATG has a variety of specials available only to qualified members including a 3% Visa Gift Card Bonus (management approval required) on all purchases made through December 1st. The gift card promo is timed to payout just in time for the Holidays! ATG has also introduced a Product of the Month, with special offers such as limited-time pricing and the Baker’s Dozen.

Other value-added benefits on Distributor Central include the MyProject hybrid shopping experience, Free Site Surveys, Rebate Assistance and more including all the helpful forms required to do business. The site is designed so that a salesperson or client never has to leave the site for anything. They can work on the site to get all necessary information, build projects and contact ATG or their local agent for assistance.

Finally, member clients will be listed on the new Distributor Locator map so that would-be contractor customers (and others) can find the nearest ATG distributor to them. ATG’s dynamic advertising is sure to bring customers to their door! Eric Cai, ATG Electronics VP noted, “Distributor Central has been months in development during the pandemic with many of the tools created to increase efficiency during these trying times. The addition of the distributor locator and customer portal completes the process of having everything a customer need in one place!”

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Bounce Back Brighter Initiative

Montclair California, June 15, 2021 – Today ATG LED Lighting launched the new “Bounce Back Brighter” initiative to help people in the lighting industry get back to work Brighter than ever!

ATG LED Lighting is introducing and improving various innovative tools deigned to increase efficiency during the pandemic, ATG’s initiative seeks to make getting back to the new normal more productive whether you are going back to the office or still working remote. We invite you to take some time and experience the “MyProject” hybrid shopping experience or try out all the value-added services which includes FREE Site Surveys, Photometric Layouts, the chat-based rebate finder from BriteSwitch and the new ROI calculator.

Get Back to Work Brighter!

As a distributor you can now gain access to ATG’s online portal to get real-time inventory and check order status. ATG’s 2021 Buyer’s Guide is also ready and available for download and a hard copy can be requested. Needless to say, ATG LED Lighting now has a complete lighting package which includes Indoor, Outdoor (including poles), and a full controls line up which includes both Bluetooth Mesh and standalone wireless products.

Eric Cai, VP ATG Electronics, commented “2020 was such a challenging year for everyone. In the absence of a vaccine, it was our goal to improve our electronic footprint so our agents, clients and distributors could still be productive while working from home. Now with the advent of COVID-19 pandemic resolving, it is so gratifying that these tools can really help people with the transition back to work.”   Take a new look ATG LED Lighting and “Bounce Back Brighter” than ever!

Original Press Release posted on Edison Report.

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Maximum Lighting Control with Plug-and-Play Sensors

ATG LED Introduces New GEN 3 High-Bay Series with Plug-and-Play Sensors for Maximum Lighting Control

We have introduced a new lineup of industry-leading GEN 3 led high bays that include Plug-and-Play sensors for maximum lighting control, more energy savings and top-tier rebates. Through this new lineup, ATG is focusing on high-bay fixtures that generally consume the most wattage of any indoor led fixture. ATG has all the most popular designs and wattages required in both round (Helix) and linear (Skyline) high-bay form factors with wattages ranging from 85W through 300W.

Check out the new BriteSwitch Rebate Assistant to see all the best rebates available in your area!

The new low voltage Plug-and-Play Sensors are powered by way of dimming driver with a 12v current sourcing lead which is standard on all high-bay fixtures in the lineup. The Sensors can be added on at the factory at the time of order or they can be added later, in the future, as all luminaires are plug-in ready with sensor receptacles on-board. The sensors are seamlessly integrated into the design and are commissioned via handheld remote for both motion control and daylight harvesting. The perfect placement of the sensors eliminates all balance issues commonly seen in other less competitive high-bays.

The Plug and Play sensor series further expands ATG’s rapidly growing lighting controls portfolio which includes state-of-the-art Bluetooth Mesh Wireless Controls along a with a variety of other Stand-Alone wireless control products.

Original Press Release posted on Edison Report.

Commercial Lighting Reference

Commercial Lighting projects can be chaotic at times. When you partner with ATG LED Lighting we make this process easy for you.

ATG LED Lighting provides top of the line LED lighting for lighting specifiers across the globe. ATG lighting fixtures cover all commercial and industrial applications -including but not limited to warehouses, schools, parks, urban areas, parking garages, workshops, and offices. Our LED luminaires are assembled, warehoused and sold out of our US headquarters in Montclair, CA with
additional distribution facilities in North Carolina and Kansas.

ATG has put together a “Time-saving Reference Guide” to help you. This guide includes helpful information such as:

  • HID to LED Conversion Table
  • IP Ratings List
  • IK Ratings List
  • IES Footcandle Recommendations
  • Wind Speed Map

So, if you’re looking to upgrade your out-of-date fixtures to LED Fixtures, but not sure what wattage you’ll require or are wondering what the current illuminance recommendations are according to the Illuminating Engineer Society (IES) this guide is for you. The guide also includes a helpful Wind Speed Map and all ATG poles are guaranteed to meet the EPA requirements listed in it.

Commercial Lighting Reference Guides

    What is Commercial LED Lighting?

    Commercial LED lighting, defined as lighting used for commercial spaces such as offices, stores, schools And universities, government buildings and manufacturing facilities, has made a huge transition in the last 10 years. Formally, these facilities used high-wattage traditional lighting technology like HID lamps (primarily metal halide and high pressure sodium) land fluorescent lighting in particular. But in today’s marketplace it’s all about LEDs (light emitting diodes). This goes for both new construction and renovation and retrofit.

    Renovation and Retrofit

    In the renovation market there is a tremendous interest in saving energy and reducing maintenance costs in existing buildings. Many building owners may not be savvy on LEDs but they understand their electricity bill and the fact that they may have outdated and high-wattage lamps in their facilities basically because they have to keep buying them and replacing them. For example, in an industrial facility or warehouse environment, an end-user may have 100 metal halide high-bays in service. These energy sucking fixtures can lose 40% of their initial light output after only 20% of their service life. In addition they require a ballast that consumes additional energy so that a 400 watt fixture can actually be consuming significantly more than 400 watts.

    ATG products for your Renovation and Retrofit projects:

    Similarly, other lighting categories can be addressed like stairwell lighting. Stairwell lighting is a major lighting category worth targeting because stairwell lights have to be on 24/7 for safety concerns. Therefore it’s important to use fixtures that are not only energy-efficient but also have motion sensors, or ultrasonic sensors, that pick up sound or motion when people enter the stairwell but then dim down to much lower levels when no one is present. It’s no wonder people are looking for solutions for metal halide retrofit to LED.

    ATG products for metal halide retrofit to LED:

    Fortunately, there are many ways that people can find help in their search to lower energy costs. For example, a Google search could easily point in the direction of lighting companies offering free value added services like site surveys, application engineering, rebate assistance, ROI analysis and no-cost mock ups. Renovation and retrofit of commercial LED lighting in 2021 is a huge business because of many combined factors including up to 2/3 energy saving, better lighting control and dramatically reduced maintenance costs.

    New Construction

    In new construction, LEDs are the standard go-to for architects, specifying engineers and lighting designers. End-users need to be energy conscious from the get-go and in many cases local code compliance mandates energy efficiency. This is where lighting controls come in. Generally, there is a number of ways to comply with local codes like California’s Title 24. When it comes to Title 24, if you don’t pass the plan check, you don’t get a building permit. Game over. Whatever method is used, you’ll find lighting controls of some type in the bill of materials.

    There are a number of different ways for the LED fixtures to be controlled either by way of a standalone control systems, where fixtures are operating independently, or by sophisticated systems like Bluetooth Mesh networks that have all fixtures communicating in an ecosystem. With systems like Bluetooth mesh, you can create areas and zones. Each zone can be programmed separately from another one allowing total flexibility in a given area – for both indoor and outdoor applications. Additionally because each fixture in the system is communicating with each other, the system continues working even if one fixture goes down.

    ATG products for your New Construction projects:

    Parking Lot Lighting

    Commercial LED lighting retrofits for parking lots is an excellent idea! Primarily because parking lot lighting utilizes pole-mounted fixtures at high mounting heights. Those high mounting heights require high wattage fixtures. In the recent past, 400W metal halide was the most popular wattage for fixtures of this type of application. Now you can save 2/3 the energy by sleek architectural LED fixtures. The new generation of LED area lights generate similar light output for 150 watts and require much less maintenance. So when considering energy saving LED lighting, end-users and building owners should take advantage of all the available tools and remember they can save energy not only on indoor but also on outdoor lighting applications. Never forget integrated lighting controls to achieve maximum energy savings with available rebates.

    ATG products for Parking Lot Lighting:

    2021 Buyer’s Guide

    The 2021 Buyer’s Guide showcases the Company’s extensive line-up of high quality commercial and industrial LED Luminaires and Lamps.

    The new 85- page catalog details the Company’s four major product categories including luminaires for Outdoor applications (including round and square poles), luminaires for Indoor applications, a complete line of LED Wireless Controls (including both Bluetooth mesh and stand-alone controls) and LED tubes.

    Atg 2021 Buyer's Guide Feats

    For 2021, there is a brand new “Features Key” which defines all the various logos and icons which are common in the lighting industry. Each and every page details various ratings for the product such as dimmability, warranty and UL/ETL ratings and specific performance data.

    Viewers of previous publications will be surprised at the rapid growth of the ATG’s product line with many new products including stairwell lighting, sports flood lighting, downlights, exit and emergency, and a new floodlight series to mention just a few. Additionally, ATG LED has included a section dedicated to useful tips of information Including a HID-to-LED conversion table, IES recommended footcandle levels by application and the definitions of IP and IK ratings.

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    Utility Rebate Finder

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    ATG recently upgraded its web-based Rebate Finder by partnering with BriteSwitch.  For over 12 years, BriteSwitch has helped business owners, facility managers, contractors, and distributors understand and take advantage of rebates and incentives for the installation of energy efficient LED lighting in commercial and industrial buildings across the US & Canada.  BriteSwitch offers a unique, chat-based platform that provides all the critical rebate information customers will need to maximize their rebate dollars on every lighting project.  Customers will be impressed with the ease of use and the information provided.  A simple to use Energy Savings Calculator is also available.  Completing the web-based form will take about two minutes, and it will produce useful information on a project’s annual energy savings.

    Also, by partnering with BriteSwitch, the ATG team has access to the BriteSwitch RebatePro database.  Using a sophisticated algorithm, RebatePro can find the geographies with the highest rebates for a specific product.  We can then export that information to an Excel file and send it to our customers so they can focus their sales and marketing efforts accordingly.

    Our customers should consider the following as they plan to access utility rebate and incentive dollars in 2021.

    • 2020 was an incredibly tough year.  Just as we have seen in previous times of economic turmoil, like the financial crisis of 2008, rebates increased to spur participation. Because of this, 2021 is shaping up to be a solid year for commercial lighting rebates.
    • Currently, 74% of the US is covered by an active commercial lighting rebate program, so most businesses in the country have a rebate available to them.
    • For the first time in years, the average prescriptive rebate for LED products did not go down year over year.  Historically, the rebate amounts for LEDs have fallen between 10% and 20% every year, so staying flat is a significant improvement.
    • Rebates for lighting controls have been remarkably stable over the years, especially when compared to LEDs. In fact, looking at rebates over the last 10 years for all controls, there has been no change in the average rebate amounts across all categories.
    • On average, it took 22% longer to get pre-approval (now 22 days) and 40% longer to get the rebate check (38 days). This trend is expected to continue in 2021, so plan enough time for pre-approval before beginning a project.

    We are confident the ATG/BriteSwitch partnership will help customers maximize their utility rebate and incentive dollars, close more sales, and make greater profit margins on every project!

    Smart Lighting through Bluetooth Mesh Network

    Smart lighting continues to grow as a lighting technology focused on convenience, energy efficiency and security through high efficiency fixtures, automated controls and cost effective lighting systems. The case for wireless commercial lighting systems is well understood given that wired systems are costly, “not very flexible” and have very little extensibility. Bluetooth and specifically Bluetooth Mesh Network is a key player in taking this to the next level.

    Bluetooth & the Bluetooth Mesh Network

    Bluetooth has been in existence since 2000 and based on a “Bluetooth Brand Equity Study” done by Lux Insights in 2016 “92% of global consumers recognize the powerful Bluetooth brand.” Fast-forward to 2021 and with the previous in mind, the question is, “What can Bluetooth offer the world of Commercial LED Lighting?”

    The case for wireless commercial lighting systems is well understood given that wired systems are costly, “not very flexible” and have very little extensibility. Bluetooth Mesh Networking was introduced back in July of 2017 as “…the most robust and powerful low-power radio technology for connected lighting in commercial spaces, and it is the change the lighting industry has been waiting for,” – said Rafal Han, CEO, Silvair. (Source: Introducing Bluetooth Mesh Networking)

    Current solutions such as sensors and controls can extend Bluetooth range but mesh networking brings the ultimate solution to complex range and limit problems. We also know that many commercial buildings today have light levels that are set higher than appropriate for their space or spaces and remain lit even when unoccupied; this causes them to be over-lit. Thus, energy is wasted and a sort of “discomfort” is felt. This can be fixed by adding smart lighting and energy-efficient light control solutions and doing so through the Bluetooth Mesh Network.

    The support for common lighting requirements and interoperability across a variety of products from different vendors make Bluetooth mesh more than just another “wireless data communication system”. For example, commercial lighting products can include “non-lighting” features such as sensor support and this can work seamlessly and directly with the light’s primary features in a manner that is fully integrated; all this without the need for external controllers.

    Beyond that, according to “Motivation for Mesh Networking” as written on, Bluetooth mesh networking offers:

    • It is scalable from small to very large areas
    • “Just works interoperability”
    • The ability to monitor and control large numbers of devices
    • Optimized, low energy consumption
    • Efficient use of radio resources, leading to scalability
    • Compatibility with currently available smartphone, tablet and personal computer products
    • Industry-standard, government-grade security

    We invite you to browse through our Bluetooth Mesh ready devices.

    ATG & Smart Lighting

    As a leader in the industry, ATG is not only aware of this great news but has joined together with McWong International to introduce Bluetooth Mesh Solutions. We are introducing a new wireless control platform based on McWong’s TruBlu™ DLC-certified, SIG-qualified Bluetooth mesh. TruBlu™ system components include a Bluetooth mesh enabled, bi-level dimming, indoor/outdoor PIR/microwave/ultrasonic sensor w/ load switch, a Bluetooth mesh enabled, bi-level dimming, single or dual channel fixture controller, a Bluetooth mesh enabled, wireless wall switch, a low voltage power supply, and a low voltage power pack w/ relay. TruBlu commissioning tools, utilizing McWong’s technology partner Silvair’s software interface provides for a PC & iOS phone app for setup & commissioning, drag & drop from site plans or floorplans, grouping/dimming/white tuning/daylighting/remote accessing/energy monitoring, three levels of security access, and automatic fixture location.

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    Wireless Control Platform – Bluetooth Mesh

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    ATG LED Lighting and McWong International have joined together to introduce Bluetooth® Mesh Solutions! 

    ATG LED Lighting introduces a new wireless control platform in collaboration with McWong International based on McWong’s TruBlu™ DLC-certified, SIG-qualified Bluetooth mesh solution.  The system is suitable for controlling indoor or outdoor lighting, including light fixtures in one room, multiple rooms, multiple floors, or outdoor spaces such as parking lots, walkways, and façade lighting. The solution is suitable for schools, hospitals, industrial park buildings, warehouses, and much more. Programming is completed on a PC, tablet, or smart phone and training can be accomplished in under an hour.

    TruBlu system components include a Bluetooth mesh enabled, bi-level dimming, indoor/outdoor PIR/microwave/ultrasonic sensor w/ load switch, a Bluetooth mesh enabled, bi-level dimming, single or dual channel fixture controller, a Bluetooth mesh enabled, wireless wall switch, a low voltage power supply, and a low voltage power pack w/ relay.  TruBlu commissioning tools, utilizing McWong’s technology partner Silvair’s software interface provides for a PC & iOS phone app for setup & commissioning, drag & drop from site plans or floorplans, grouping/dimming/white tuning/daylighting/remote accessing/energy monitoring, three levels of security access, and automatic fixture location.

    ATG LED Lighting also provides its customers with a suite of 0-10V wireless lighting controls operating at 433Mhz.  This system includes a power pack 0-1 0V dimming module which controls a load according to the command sent from a sensor or dimmer, a wireless PIR occupancy / vacancy sensor which detects peoples movement to see if the space is occupied, then sends wireless commands to the dimming module to control the light (on/off/dim) automatically, a wireless daylight harvesting sensor which measures light in the space, then transmits the light level to the associated dimming module that automatically controls the lights to balance the light level in the space, and a wireless dimmer which can be used to manually turn on/off and dim lights.

    ATG LED Lighting continues to offer wireless lighting controls where programming is achieved through a simple, handheld radio frequency remote control.  Multiple sensors and remote-control options are available including IR-TECH’s TRANS sensor remote programmer, the RC-100 sensor remote programmer, digital high/low/off passive infrared sensors, a high bay sensor, a high/low/off PIR photo/motion sensor, a bi-level and on/off sensor, a bi-level and daylight harvesting sensor, a microprocessor photocell, and a button photo control.

    This trio of wireless control systems enable our customers to address virtually all their control needs for their everyday jobs and they provide additional value to our customers because many utility companies provide higher rebates when a fixture is controlled, and in some cases, the rebate dollars can pay for greater than half of the installed cost of an entire project.

    For more information, contact your local ATG LED Representative or call ATG at (951) 245-6222.

    Read more about the wireless control platform on Edison Report

    We invite you to browse through our Bluetooth Mesh ready devices.

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    Continued Expansion of our Rep Network

    Montclair, CA, December 16, 2020 -Today, ATG LED Lighting announced a further expansion of their professional sales representative network. As ATG LED Lighting evolves, there is a continued requirement to add new representation to support their rapid growth plans. Today’s announcement included the addition of seven (7) new agencies with three in the Western Region and four in the Eastern Region:

    • Colorado – Integrity Sales Group
    • Southern Nevada (Las Vegas) – Deco Lights
    • Arizona – Absolute Sales Group
    • South Florida – Focus Point Lighting
    • Southern NY/ Northern NJ – New Gen Lighting
    • Central & N. Virginia – Old Dominion Lighting
    • Eastern Virginia – Old Dominion Lighting

    Specific details regarding each agency can be found with a click on the Company’s rep locator. ATG is continuing to consider new agencies as there are still some open territories – particularly in the Eastern Region. Interested parties can visit the Company’s website or send an email to

    About ATG LED Lighting ( – Always Think Green

    Founded in 2001, a group of visionary engineers started ATG Electronics in California. Today we are one of the most recognizable brands in the world for retrofitting conventional lights with LEDs, delivering great value to our customers, helping save energy and protecting the environment. ATG is a holder of multiple patents in the United States and China. Our products are certified appropriately Energy Star, UL, cUL, ETL, KEMA, CE, RoHS, GS and PSE. The Company also operates two ISO9001 certified factories and has extensive expertise in international logistics.

    Indoor and Outdoor Product Portfolio

    Montclair, CA, December 16,2020 – ATG LED Lighting, A division of ATG Electronics, has announced they are finishing the year strong with significant extensions to their product line in both the Indoor and Outdoor product categories. With respect to the Indoor product category, the company introduced a full line of Exit an Emergency fixtures along with two state-of- the-art stairwell fixtures. These product introductions allow ATG to now compete across-the-board on most indoor projects. Introduced as part of the “DUO” product family, The stairwell fixtures are completely color and wattage selectable allowing clients and specifiers to choose the color temperature and power consumption they desire. The stairwell fixture adds to the DUO lineup that already consists of LED panels, Architectural Troffers and Downlights. All sensors and battery packs are internally mounted for a clean look. The stairwell fixtures come in both surface and corner mount configurations.

    The exit in emergency product introduction included a total of five (5) new products including Exit, combination units that includes both Exit and Emergency lights, and dedicated emergency lights for both indoor and wet locations.

    In the Outdoor category, the company introduced two very important product extensions. The first was the next generation sports lighting fixture, the “Ultra”. The Ultra is a professional grade sports lighting fixture for use in applications that range from park and rec all the way to semi-professional. The product is available from 300W to 1200W with many beam spreads to choose from. The Ultra is also available in 4000K and 5000K color temperatures.

    The other outdoor announcement included a new line of floodlights branded of the “ECO” series. The ECO series has a very sleek design and is available from 30W all the way up to 300W for a wide range of applications. The products can be mounted in a variety of different ways including a trunnion mount, wall mount, knuckle mount and slip-fitter. The ECO series comes ready to except controls such as button and pin photocells.

    Learn more about these exciting new products, and the entire ATG product line, by visiting the company website:

    About ATG LED Lighting ( – Always Think Green

    Founded in 2001, a group of visionary engineers started ATG Electronics in California. Today we are one of the most recognizable brands in the world for retrofitting conventional lights with LEDs, delivering great value to our customers, helping save energy and protecting the environment. ATG is a holder of multiple patents in the United States and China. Our products are certified appropriately Energy Star, UL, cUL, ETL, KEMA, CE, RoHS, GS and PSE. The Company also operates two ISO9001 certified factories and has extensive expertise in international logistics.

    MyProject Hybrid Shopping Experience

    Montclair California, November 11, 2020 – Today, ATG LED Lighting announced two new customer-support initiatives: LED LIGHTING MADE EASY and MyProject. The new programs aim to eliminate all the stress and uncertainty that can be involved in making critical buying or specifying decisions involving solid-state LED lighting products. Guided by ATG Lighting professionals every step of the way, the programs are great for new construction but are particularly useful for renovation and retrofit projects.


    When visiting the ATG website, Clients are invited to TRY Us Now! and are directed to a special landing page where they share details of current lighting projects and review an entire suite of free value added services. This starts the process whereby ATG Lighting professionals can reach out to the client in a method of their choosing and begin assisting with the various elements involved in the decision-making process. People can choose between a variety of free value-added services including site surveys, free layout assistance, rebate assistance and ROI calculations. The program generates great results, takes all the guesswork out of the process while virtually guarantees a successful project!

    MyProject Hybrid Shopping Experience

    The second aspect of the announcement included the MyProject hybrid shopping experience. When clients, representatives or specifiers click on the MyProject button on the homepage, they are directed to a microsite where they can sign up and establish a free and secure personal account for repeat use. Once the account is established, people are able to shop the ATG LED product line and create individual projects by adding products to their cart. At check out, they can then request any type of assistance they need. There are no financial transactions conducted – just value-added services to help the process. Later individuals can return to the website and add or delete items in their cart, start new projects or review prior projects.

    These programs are yet another example of how ATG LED Lighting is raising the bar and differentiating themselves from the competition by offering more than just great light fixtures but delivering a next-level customer experience!

    Stairwell Lighting Fixtures

    In every industrial or commercial building over one story the stairwells will need lighting.  LED stairwell lighting fixtures are underappreciated, but they are one of the most important lighting fixtures in the building.

    Underappreciated But Well Featured

    Let’s face it, these fixtures are primarily used in empty stairwells, they are rarely on at full power, they typically are just a simple linear strip, and they are most often utilitarian in design.  Not too sexy, but they do the job.  Like ATG’s fixtures, contemporary LED stairwell lighting fixtures have the following features:

    • 2’, 4’ & 8’ lengths
    • Selectable wattage & CCT settings
    • Behind the lens motion sensors
    • Emergency battery backup packs
    • 0 – 10V dimming
    • 100,000+ hours L70
    • 10-year warranty
    • DLC Premium

    Important For Life/Safety Concerns

    Stairwell Lighting FixturesStairwell lighting fixtures are one of the most important fixtures in a building because they address life/safety concerns.  Under normal, everyday use these fixtures simply light a stairwell, but there is more to it than just “on” during the day and “off” at night.  Integrated motion sensors allow the facility manager to program various lighting levels based on need and use.  For example, the sensor can be programmed to turn off the fixture when there is no motion detected and turn the fixture on at 100% when motion is detected (people in the stairwell).  After say 30 minutes, the fixture can be turned back off. 

    Another example addresses the use of cameras installed in the stairwells.  In this case, the fixture can always be set to say a 30% light level to ensure the camera has enough ambient light to function properly.  Note:  the added benefit of using motion sensors as addressed above is that they save on energy costs.  We already know in a retrofit application LED fixtures can typically save up to 66% in energy costs.  With the use of motion sensors, the savings can be much more.

    These fixtures really shine (pun intended) in an emergency.  In the event of a fire as an example, people using the stairwells to exit the building will activate the fixture’s motion sensors and be able to see where they are going.  Furthermore, if the electrical power is interrupted to the building the integrated emergency battery backup will engage keeping the fixture on typically for 90 minutes.  With all of this said, please review your local building codes because they may require specific settings and uses.  Also, the National Fire Protection Association addresses the use of these fixtures in sections &

    A Final Note:

    The topic of LED stairwell fixtures would be incomplete if we did not discuss Utility Rebates.  Most utility companies in North America offer substantial rebates for LED fixtures.  In some cases, the rebate dollars can pay for greater than half of the installed cost of the entire project.  Please educate yourself on the utility rebates in your area and take advantage of them.  If you do not, you are literally leaving money on the table!

    Quick-Ship Program

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    AS part of the continual growth and focus on making our self more available, ATG LED Lighting has launched a National Quick-Ship Program. This program focuses on providing 24-48 hour shipping service to most of the US through our distribution centers in the West, Central & Eastern regions. Information about ATG’s regional inventories and same day will-call is available on our Regional Stock Guides (West, Central, Eastern).

    The Stock Guides are available in both digital and in print format. The digital version includes many hyperlinks to the ATG Led Lighting’s website as well as individual webpages. While visiting the new ATG LED website, visitors can gain access to the Company’s web portal to see real-time inventories and order status by simply completing the ATG NOW! sign up form. For more information, contact your local ATG LED Representative or call ATG at (951) 245-6222.

    Read more about our Quick-Ship Program on Edison Report

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    LED Light Fixtures Replacement made easy!

    LED light fixtures replacement made easy

    Have you ever been faced with a LED light fixtures retrofit or renovation project? Do you have rusty old strips, industrial light fixtures or linear light fixtures with 8ft, energy-sucking T12 or T8 tube lights still burning?

    The production of T12 tube lights has been illegal since 2012. Yet, there are still many old T12 and T8 tube lights in service consuming enormous amounts of energy. Owners, facilities managers and utilities all want them gone. Until recently, the $64 Million dollar question what was the best solution for the given application?

    Today, there are many more solutions than just 8’ replacement lamps. These can be hard to come by, and are subject to breakage due to shipment. Companies like ATG LED Lighting make LED light fixtures renovation easy! Those wishing to make an environmental impact in these types of projects have to commit to stocking 8’ fixtures. Most companies are unwilling to face the hurdles of investment in inventory, freight expense and scope of line.

    Determining proper LED light fixtures replacement

    When determining the right renovation solution, first concentrate on the application and the budget.

    • Are rebates available? (Sources like ATG make that easy too with rebate finder software).
    • If the budget will allow, new fixtures are a great way to go for aesthetics – particularly in office or classroom spaces.
    • In the event that new fixtures are possible, there a range of next generation 8-foot linear fixtures on the market and, in some cases, actually IN STOCK! (This addresses the lead-time issues faced on built-to-order fixtures that come from off- shore factories).

    For offices, schools and institutional applications, ATG’s readily available 8-foot fixtures include the Toros and Huron luminaires. These high-quality, rectilinear luminaires offer sleek looks and great lumen packages. The Toros is also an “up/down” fixture that provides 90% down-light and 10% up-light. It is also join-able for continuous row mounting.

    In more industrial or commercial applications, the LNS linear strip could be the solution. In tough applications, like retrofitting dairy farms, the Vapor Proof fixture is the right call.

    ATG offers more solutions

    There are many factories and production facilities that long ago selected a T12 strips or “industrial (Basically a strip with a reflector attached to focus the light down)” fixtures. For renovation purposes, ATG introduced the EZ Liner Kit: the perfect solution for both types of fixtures. The EZ Linear Kit quickly attaches directly to the fixture channel of either a strip or industrial providing a 2-for-1 solution. Best of all it is comprised of two 4-foot sections that easily snap together so it ships in a single 4-foot box overcoming freight expense!

    So, moving forward, don’t be put off when your site inspection reveals old 8-foot T12 or T8 lamps and fixtures. Companies like ATG LED Lighting have you covered with smart, freight- friendly solutions that are in stock!

    ATG LED Lighting Joins NEMRA

    “We feel the NEMRA rep agency model matches up perfectly with our aggressive growth strategy and core competencies. As a result, we are very pleased we can be in attendance to meet potential new agents that might join our professional network.”Eric Cai, ATG Corporate VP.

    Nemra Electrical ManufacturersATG LED Lighting is pleased to make this announcement and as part of our growth strategy we have not only hired new agents but we have also established a network of repoperated distribution centers across the country. ATG’s goal is to be able to supply a 24 – 48 hour freight service to most of the United States. We also seek to enhance and focus even more on our 2-hour will call to the local markets.

    Our “in-stock” business model and the millions of dollars in inventory across the country are opening doors for us to be able to expand to the Eastern Region and specifically the Northeast and New England territories.

    Who is NEMRA?

    As stated in their mission statement: “NEMRA promotes and enhances the value of the independent representative to the electrical industry.” Nemra is a not-for-profit association comprised of 400+ independent sales representatives and 200+ manufacturers in the electrical industry. Read more about their story on their website.

    You can read further into this announcement on Edison Report.

    Value-added Services (VAS)

    Value added services is a popular term used in many different industries. The term generally refers to certain services, available at little or no cost, in order to promote the primary or core business. In the LED lighting industry, companies like ATG LED Lighting offer value-added services to support their core business of selling or marketing their LED lighting fixtures to target customer groups including electrical distribution (electrical distributors) and lighting specifiers including electrical engineers, architects, and lighting designers. These value-added services are very important because not only do they offer real value at no cost but they also significantly reduce the workload of their target clients allowing people to utilize their time in other ways.

    Examples of value-added services in the LED lighting industry include:

    • Site Surveys
    • Application Engineering
    • Rebate Assistance
    • Return On Investment Analysis (or payback analysis)
    • No-cost Beta Tests or Product Mock-ups.

    How do value added services work?

    Value-added services work together as an overall mechanism to generate a sale. For example, let’s say that a large school district is considering upgrading their outdated fluorescent and HID luminaires to LED. There could be a number of reasons for this including somebody simply introducing the idea of available rebates, bond measures that make available public money for energy-efficient upgrades, knowledge that LED lighting systems save a lot of energy and money, or maybe they’re just tired of paying that skyrocketing energy bill.

    Many times, an energy service contractor/installer (known in the industry as an ESCO) will make an introduction and offer some or all these value-added services. ESCO’s offer a turnkey service and in many cases and can even arrange for low cost financing. In other cases, it can be a financial services company that offers to oversee projects and finance the entire project, so the owner doesn’t have to come out of pocket at all. this particular form of financing is generally known as “lighting as a service” (LAS) whereby by the school district won’t even own the new lighting system and they pay the financing company through a percentage reduction in their CapEx energy budget. In this LAS scenario the financing company is also responsible for maintaining the lighting systems. But in all these examples, the value-added services that lighting companies provide are key to the underlying success.

    Once the end-user client, in this case the school district, has agreed to formally consider the project, the first step is a no-charge site survey. This is where the LED lighting company, the ESCO or the financial company’s representative actually goes to each and every school in the district and performs a painstaking survey that includes photographing, identifying and cataloging every single light fixture that is suitable for retrofit or replacement. This is an arduous process and time consuming, but it is very critical in the process so that there’s a basis to start with. When the site survey is finalized the data collected is temporary held until it can be used after vetting and verification of the anticipated new LED lighting system. LED lighting fixtures can often save as much as 2/3 in energy when compared to the outdated lighting system so as part of the process, the new LED lighting system must be evaluated and new fixtures selected on a fixture-by-fixture basis based on all the on-campus applications.

    Value added services through Application Engineering

    Value Added Servcies by ATG LEDElements of the new LED lighting system must be vetted and validated to make sure that they provide adequate light for safety, security and visual comfort. This is where application engineering comes in. Let’s take the parking lot for example, a specialist known as an application engineer, users a computer program that will simulate the actual lighting system once it’s installed. The software involved is very sophisticated and end result is virtually guaranteed of being accurate based on the output of the software. If it can be verified that new 150W parking lot fixtures will replace outdated 400W HID fixtures, and still produce adequate lighting for safety and security, that fixture may be chosen. This process is normally completed for each and every application on the campus. Now that there’s a comfort level that the new lighting system will in fact replace the old one in a much more efficient level, available rebates are considered.

    Add value with Utility Rebates

    Most utilities offer rebates as an incentive for owners to upgrade to energy-efficient fixtures. However, in complex projects like a school system they will need the help of people who have expertise in this area. Utilities make the available known through publication on their website or other advertising methods. At this point the LED lighting company can provide specific information on the available rebates for their own products as part of the sales process. There are numerous third-party companies, that study the rebates landscape nationwide to help the LED company understand available rebates for their own products. Now that the new LED lighting system has been verified, the site survey can be married with available rebates to determine the actual savings based on a reduction of kilowatt hours (kWh) and a return on investment (ROI) analysis is performed.

    ROI Analysis as a value added service

    The ROI analysis is the final part of the process and is often offered by the LED lighting company as well as one of their value-added services. This return on investment analysis is generally very straightforward and allows financial decision makers to decide whether or not to move forward with the LED lighting upgrade. If the return on investment, or simple payback, meets with the school district’s requirements the decision to proceed can be made, contract can be entered in to and financial transactions can we established. So it’s easy to see why LED lighting companies offer value added services in order to make the sale a reality. Without offering these services, the hypothetical school district is left like a babe in the woods to evaluate their own system, conduct their own  ROI to verify that the new lights will actually replace the old ones.

    The bundling of these various value added services makes the whole thing proceed and everybody wins because the school reduces their carbon footprint thereby helping the environment, they also lower their electrical bill dramatically, the lighting company generates revenue allowing for the enterprise to employ more people and the utility doesn’t have to build any more power plants. In the end, value added service are the key to the entire process.

    LED Wall Pack – One Size, State-of-the-art fixture

    Today ATG LED Lighting announced the introduction of the Guard Pack the company’s state of the art full cut-off wall pack. This stylish product is purpose-built directly for LED and accommodates four different wattages (28W – 80W) in one (1) architectural housing! The Guard Pack is available with Type III optics. With effective thermal management, and a corrosion-resistant die cast aluminum enclosure, the GP Wall Pack offers a glare free and uniform lighting thus providing a comfortable visual experience.

    Features of this LED Wall Pack

    A key feature of this led wall pack is that each wattage configuration includes the option for an emergency driver for compliance with Life Safety Code. Of course, this led wall pack comes controls-ready with a dimming driver standard and a variety of different sensor and controls options to save energy through monitoring both motion and ambient light. Because of its 80+ CRI, this wall pack is excellent for both security and visual experience. The Guard Pack is constructed of durable die-cast aluminum and has an L70 of 80,000 hours for long life. The product it is available in both 120v- 277v and 347v-480v.

    Other noteworthy features for this led wall pack are:

    • Firstly, it can be used to replace HIDs up to 400W
    • Secondly it is alkali and salt erosion resistant
    • Thirdly it is maintenance Free & Environmentally Friendly
    • No toxic heavy metals, VOC, or mercury
    • Moreover, this wall pack is compatible with sensors, photocells and EM units
    • In conclusion, this wall pack is UL and DLC Premium listed

    The guard pack is in stock now and ready for shipment at an exceptional price point. For a quote, layouts and other services, contact ATG LED or your local agent today! We also invite you to sign up for an ATG NOW account to get the latest news and updates for this and other products.

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    LED lighting control systems

    Led lighting controls for your fixturesATG is often asked: Do you have LED lighting controls for your fixtures? The answer, of course, is yes, however, there is a lot more to understand with such a simple reply. I will start with the easiest and lowest cost approach, move on to the most expensive and complex approach, and end with what ATG believes is the sweet spot for LED lighting controls.

    Stand-alone LED lighting control options:

    In many installations all the customer wants to do is control the functionality of one fixture. Our industry has been addressing this with the following devices. This is by far the lowest cost approach to controlling an LED fixture. If you have been in the lighting industry for any length of time, you will already be familiar with these.

    Indoor LED lighting controls

    Motion Sensors and Daylight Harvesting:

    For indoor fixtures, many years ago, these sensors were based on Passive Infrared (PIR) technology, visible on the fixture itself, and simply turned the fixture on and off based on someone entering or leaving a room. They could be set to “Occupancy” which means the fixture turns on automatically when someone enters a room, but then they must manually turn of the fixture at the wall switch. Or they could be set to “Vacancy” which means a person turns on the fixture manually at a wall switch, but then the fixture turns off after the person leaves the room.  

    Later, through dip switch settings, the fixture could also be set to discrete dimming settings. For example, when someone entered a room, the light could be set to come on at 100%, then, when a person left the room, the fixture could be dimmed down to say 10%.

    Today, most of these sensors use microwave technology. This is much more sensitive and powerful. It allows the sensor to be installed behind the lens of the fixture because it can “see” through the lens. It also allows for higher mounting heights.

    Additionally, these sensors have daylight harvesting capability. This helps answer the question: if there is enough ambient light coming into a room through the windows or a skylight, why do I need to turn the lights on? Take a school classroom for example. Typically, one wall is full of windows. We can now program the sensor to turn off the fixtures nearest to the windows, dim the fixtures the next row over, and keep the other fixtures in the remaining rows on at 100%. These new, motion/daylight harvesting sensors are now programmed with a handheld remote control significantly minimizing the time it takes to program the sensor and thus reduce labor cost.

    Outdoor LED lighting controls:

    Photocell and Motion Sensors:

    Automatic lighting, such as streetlights, often uses photocell sensors (also known as photoeyes) to sense how much ambient light there is. Once the photocell detects low enough light levels, the light turns on or conversely, rising external light levels will turn the light off. With no user input required, there is no concern about setting timers or forgetting to turn the lights on. The photocell acts like how a light switch would—as such, photocell sensors are also sometimes called photoelectric switches. Photocells work all year round, activating at dusk and turning off at dawn, even when the days are longer in summer or shorter in winter. As they sense the amount of light rather than operating at a set time, they do not need to be adjusted when sunrise or sunset shifts with the seasons. Motion sensors, as described earlier, serve a different purpose because they are designed to sense occupancy or vacancy in a space. A good example would be area light fixtures lighting a parking lot. When the lights are on, the owner may only want to illuminate the parking lot at 30% for public safety. However, when a car enters the parking lot, the sensors can be programmed to set the light level to 100% and, after a time of inactivity, the light levels can go back down to 30%.

    Common problems with whole-building lighting and why integrated controls are the right solution

    How many times have you driven by a 20-story building at 11:00 PM and notice that all the lights were on? This is an excessively big and complex topic. Many commercial buildings waste energy for two main reasons. First, because they are simply over lighted. Second, because the light levels are set to inappropriate levels for a space when in use or even when not in use.

    In addition to wasting energy, many buildings consume more energy than they should by allowing heat gain or loss from its windows which creates higher demand for their HVAC system. These buildings also consume more energy than they should because they are not “smart enough” to take advantage of demand response and load shedding. This is simply the ability to instantly reduce energy consumption when desired, typically initiated by a signal or phone call from the utility company.

    “Smart” whole-building controls shed a percentage of the building’s lighting during peak demand. This creates instant energy savings leading to reduced electricity rates and increased rebates from the utility company.

    These systems typically have the following characteristics.

    • Wired and wireless components

    This differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, and it is too much to cover in this post, but we’ll post a follow up blog post soon to expand on this. Typically, the wired components are strait forward. When it comes to wireless components, some manufacturers have a proprietary solution while others rely on open solutions like Zigbee.

    • Centralized control:

    Facility managers can interface with the system from their laptop or even a smart phone. They can control, modify, monitor, and report on the building’s lighting maximizing energy efficiency, overall comfort, and productivity for the people in the building.

    • Scheduling:

    This is the same concept as we discussed earlier about motion sensors and photocells. Facility managers can schedule events to happen automatically throughout a building without the actions of a person in the building. This is often done using “time clocks” to trigger what happens at a certain time of day.

    • Monitoring and IoT:

    Facility managers can capture information reported back from different elements of the control system. This allows them to run reports to analyze overall activity, energy usage, etc. to help maximize energy savings. All of this leads us to a discussion of IoT (Internet of Things). According to Wikipedia, IoT is defined as “a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.” Whole building controls are taking advantage of this and are becoming ‘smarter’ every day.

    Additional considerations for whole-building LED lighting controls

    While whole-building controls are useful in many applications, we need to understand a few things. First, installers or integrators must go through extensive training to learn how to install and commission these systems. This generally requires expertise in electrical design and installation, IT, and much more. Second, these systems can be extremely expensive. The costs scale down as the size of the building scales up, but, for smaller buildings, the cost may simply be too high, and the system functionality may be more than what is really needed.

    The LED lighting controls “sweet spot” for ATG

    No doubt you have heard of the “KISS” method: keep it simple stupid! This is our approach to automated controls at ATG. Do we offer stand-alone motion sensors, daylight harvesting sensors and photocells? Of course. Do we want to offer whole-building integrated controls? Yes, however, it is not what you are thinking. We will leave it to others to control lighting throughout the Empire State Building, the Willis Tower, and the like. We are targeting schools, hospitals, industrial park buildings, warehouses, etc. These buildings are within the reach of our customers who currently buy our LED fixtures.

    We will soon be launching a controls platform with the following characteristics.

    • Wireless Protocol:

    Professional Grade, Bluetooth Mesh. According to Wikipedia, this is defined as “a computer mesh networking standard based on Bluetooth Low Energy that allows for many-to-many communication over Bluetooth radio. The Bluetooth Mesh specifications were defined in the Mesh Profile and Mesh Model specifications by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The physical range is from 100 – 1,000 meters depending on mesh relaying configuration.” In layman’s terms devices connect to each other, and pass signals to peers that are within range, forming a web, or mesh, of interconnected devices capable of relaying data.

    This means that information is passed from one device to another, and another, and so on eliminating dead zones. The diagram below illustrates this where Bluetooth nodes are installed into fixtures located in two rooms all of which are being controlled by a wall control.

    Wall Lighting Control


    Orders of magnitude less expensive than whole building control systems. These systems require a centralize controller or “brain,” and these can cost thousands and thousands of dollars before the first fixture is even fired up. Additionally, the component cost can be extremely high given their “smart” capabilities. And the installation and programming costs can be extremely high given the sophistication of the system. Finally, it can take weeks to fully complete a system like this. Time is money.

    So, for smaller installations like those described in the opening paragraph of this section, the barrier to entry (cost) is often too high for the customer to swallow.

    • Components:
      • Various motion sensors (microwave & PIR)
      • Daylight Harvesting sensors
      • Photocells
      • Power Packs
      • Dimmers (including built in motion sensor)
      • And more on the way!
    • Programming:

    You are going to love this. Programming is done on a PC, tablet, or smart phone. Training can be accomplished in under an hour. The whole idea behind this is to make programming so easy that installers can be comfortable with the system after only one or two jobs.

    • Scalability & IoT:

    The basic system detailed above is suitable for controlling lights in one room, multiple rooms, and multiple floors of a building. The system capability can be expanded by adding a low-cost gateway. This will enable energy monitoring (calculated and measured), occupancy monitoring and remote system monitoring. Let us call it a whole building control system – lite. Stay tuned for more updates from ATG!

    LED lighting controls and utility rebates: the dynamic duo

    The topic of controls would be incomplete if we did not discuss Utility Rebates! We already know that most utility companies in North America offer substantial rebates for LED fixtures. In fact, over the past few years, many utility companies provide higher rebates when a fixture includes a control component of some kind. In some cases, the rebate dollars can pay for greater than half of the installed cost of the entire project. Please educate yourself on the utility rebates in your area and take advantage of them. If you do not, you are literally leaving money on the table!

    ATG Announces the “DUO” Series

    ATG LED Lighting has released a completely new family of wattage and color selectable luminaires! The DUO family can be painted after fabrication, fully dimmable, operate with controls, and are DLC Premium listed. These luminaires range from 6inch and 8inch downlights, 2×2 and 2×4 back-lit panels, architectural troffers and troffer retrofit kits.

    The DUO family of luminaires gives designers ultimate flexibility allowing them to standardize on one family that can “do it all” and keep up with client’s changing requirements.

    Find out more about this release on Eidson Report

    ATG Expands Distribution Center Locations

    About ATG  LED Lighting's Expansion

    ATG LED Lighting is focused on growth and has expanded its distribution center locations. All new authorized reperesentatives own and operate these additional locations and will allow for superior local service and same day will-call in our West Coast markets. Our 53,000 square foot facility located in Montclair, California houses both our corporate offices and a distribution center.

    ATG LED Lighting History

    ATG was founded back in 2001 with the intent of helping clients reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption. ATG became an early mover in the design & production of LED T8 “Type C” tubes by 2006. ATG now (2020) offers a full line of Indoor & Outdoor luminaires, plus current generation Type A, Type B and PL lamp replacements. In January 2020, ATG announced the formation of ATG LED Lighting as the new lighting division. ATG LED Lighting is known as one of the most reliable suppliers in the industry.

    ATG offers a clear alternative to most brands with only the highest quality products, great design, competitive pricing and a 10 Year Warranty on most products. We are available to answer any and all questions regarding our products or company so feel free to give us a call today. Read more about our continual expansion and growth on Edison Report.

    Regional Sales V.P. for Central US

    Rich MatthewsATG LED Lighting is happy to announce that we have a new Regional Sales Vice President for the Central United States.

    With over 37 years of experience; Rich Matthews is a great move towards better finance, management and customer care.

    Rich will be overseeing ATG’s professional representative network in both North and South Central regions. His vast knowledge in finance, consumer electronics, telecom and lighting in general has been a big push for ATG’s performance in many areas and rapid expansion. See ATG’s official announcement on Edison Report for more information.

    ATG LED Lighting is constantly searching for ways to better it’s product line, customer care and contribution to the LED Lighting Industry. We look forward to assisting every single client we interact with.

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    ATG’s Aggressive Growth Strategy

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    ATG LED Lighting is making it easier to quickly gain access to important information on inventory, order status, pricing, financing options and rebates.

    We are doing so with the creation of a Rep. Portal and better accessible information on financing, rebates, spec sheets and soon the creation of a member portal to allow for easy product quotes or full on project quotes, newsletters, etc. Read more about his important and exciting announcement on Edison Report.

    Customers can now choose their own financing options to increase purchasing power and find available rebates on all of ATG’s qualifying products anywhere in United States. Our goal is to not only be a leader in the LED Lighting industry with our products but also make our website and other ways of communication as user friendly and accessible as possible.

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    Choosing the right T8 LED fluorescent tube replacement

    What is a linear T8 LED replacement tube?

    The “T” stands for the long (linear) tubular shape of the tube. The number “8” represents the diameter of the tube in eights of an inch.

    Traditionally, linear tubes have been fluorescent technology. However, in more recent years, LED technology has been used to create more energy efficient replacement options (like tubes) for the more traditional tube technologies of the past. There are great financial and environmental benefits in using LED lighting technology.

    Why should I choose T8 LED tubes?

    If you currently have linear T8s installed in your space, chances are they are outdated technology costing you time and money in energy consumption and maintenance costs. There are better, more efficient, and more cost-effective solutions in modern day linear T8 LED technology. In today’s surging LED tube revolution, installers and end-users have a myriad of choices of which way to go when they want to replace outdated T8 fluorescent tubes. New linear T8 LEDs offer the same form factor as their fluorescent predecessors, but with additional benefits like longer life and significantly reducing energy consumption with little to no maintenance after installation.

    The goal is to reduce costs. Newer T8 LEDs can reduce energy consumption as much as two-thirds by replacing 32W linear fluorescent T8 tubes, or even first-generation LED tubes which were far less efficient than the current variety of LED tube technology.

    Which T8 LED replacement tube should I choose?

    Choosing the right T8 tube could be a complex process if you don’t know the basic tube types and what the project job requires. People can end up paying too much for a T8 tube solution that is overkill for what they need – or they can end up going the least expensive route which could backfire due to potentially expensive callbacks and frustrated end-users and cost you more money in the long run.

    T8 LED tubes come in a variety of color temperatures (CCT’s) and wattages so clients can get both the right color and light output for the task at hand. Many utilities also offer rebates on T8 LED tubes making it much more affordable. If the application in question is such where the fluorescent fixtures or ballasts are not too old.
    What are the best applications for T8 LED tubes?

    When making T8 LED purchases, it’s best to consider some questions like:

    • What is my application?
    • What areas within my building would benefit most from T8s?
    • What is my budget?
    • Do I require dimming?
    • How much light do I need?
    • Are there Rebates available?
    • Should I replace the tube and ballast?
    • What is the most cost-effective approach for my project?

    The majority of the applications for these types of tubes are indoor. They include:

    • Schools/Universities
    • Offices
    • Municipalities
    • Small Businesses

    What T8 LED replacement tube options are available?

    The T8 LED tube has been around for years but has evolved into four basic classifications:

    1. T8 LED Type A (commonly referred to as direct-fit)
    2. T8 LED Type B (commonly referred to ballast bypass)
    3. T8 LED Type A/B which is relatively new variety which uses integrated circuitry in the base of the tube to sense heat
    4. T8 LED Type C which introduces a remote power supply

    What is a T8 LED Type A linear tube classification?

    Type A may be your best choice for both price and ease of installation. However, by allowing the existing ballast to remain in the circuit, the likelihood of callbacks is greatly increased because the ballast only has so much life. As a result, clients can pay for next generation technology only to find out the tubes are not burning in a short period of time. This leads to a poor customer experience with the contractors having to come back and assess the situation under warranty. Another way to use the Type A with confidence is to replace the fluorescent ballast with a new one. This is surely a safer bet, but it definitely adds cost which is not necessary and there can be compatibility issues.

    What is a T8 LED Type B linear tube classification?

    The Type B tube is generally preferred over LED Type A. The Type B takes the fluorescent ballast out of the equation completely by bypassing it and bringing power directly to the socket. This type of tube has its own internal power supply which will energize the tube. The preferred “double-ended” Type B is by far the most popular in that all you to do is bypass the ballast at not do any rewiring of the existing sockets.

    What is a T8 LED Type A/B linear tube classification?

    The Type A/B hybrid tube is a relatively new product on the market which introduces special integrated circuitry in the base of the tube to sense unusual heat which will lead to automatic shut-off. So, the tube starts out as a Type A and then, when the ballast fails, it can be bypassed and become a Type B. However, many people expressed safety concerns and it was only recently that certification bodies even allowed it. This configuration would still require a callback to convert the tubes to Type B.

    What is a T8 LED Type C linear tube classification?

    The Type C tube requires a remote power supply to power the tubes. Once again, you bypass the ballast and bring high-voltage to the remote power supply but everything on the secondary side is Class 2 low-voltage. This eliminates all potential of shocks electrical shocks and allows for dimming. So if you have a an application where dimming is critical, then clearly a type C is your solution. However, there is more cost involved because of the added remote power supply.

    In summary, end-users and installers need to do their homework to determine what they really need and what is in-line with budgets, if rebates are available, and if they willing to keep an outdated fluorescent ballast in the equation. There are four types of LED replacement tubes to choose from so make sure you pick the one that’s right for your project.