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2nd Generation RAB Lpack LED Light Fixtures

RAB Lighting has released their 2nd generation LED Lpacks (wall packs.) These new fixtures emit 40 percent more light than the original Lpacks. RAB has also expanded their choices to include a 10 watt unit, a 13 watt unit and the 20 watt unit. The 20 watt unit is capable…

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Tyler Electric Acquires New Bucket Truck

We are excited to announce the purchase of our refurbished Ford F550 Bucket truck. This new addition has a 38 foot boom with aa 44 ft working height. We found the 28 ft boom on our old truck to be just too short for some of our needs. Please contact…

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New CREE CR6 LED Modules for 6 inch Recessed Lights

Here is a short video on the new CREE CR6 LED modules designed to fit in existing 6 inch recessed light housings. These should be on the market by the end of August. We have a sample on order and will update our blog once we give this new product the once over.

Induction lighting technology reduces energy and maintenance costs

I’ve been interested in induction lighting since first reading about them. We were lucky enough to have the chance to install a couple of them in the main waiting room area of Bridger Orthopedics. It’s been over a year now since the install and we have not had any issues with them.

For that project we selected the Phillips QL 85 light. The complete package includes the generator, the antenna and the vessel. You can see those devices in this short youtube video.

The project at Bridger Orthopedics was actually a retro-fit job on two separate fixtures. The fixtures were existing and used a 400 watt metal halide lamp to provide up-lighting on a wood ceiling. We removed the metal halide lamps, disconnected the ballast and installed the Phillips QL 85 system. The light output of the QL 85 was not quite as good as the 400 watt metal halide but was certainly sufficient for the task. Unlike a HID style fixture, the QL 85 had a very slight warm up period and will re-start almost immediately if power is cycled.

Now to the really good part… the QL 85 unit has a rated lifespan of 100,000 hours. A typical metal halide lamp might last 15,000-20,000 hours. Servicing these lights required the use of a lift and could not be done during normal business hours so, by removing the metal halides and replacing with the induction lights, we have greatly reduced maintenance cost. We also dropped the electrical load 630 watts (315 watts per fixture). That’s not only 630 watts of direct savings on the utility bill it’s also 630 less watts of heat the cooling system had to offset during the summer months. The reduced maintenance needs and the reduction in electrical usage by these fixtures and the HVAC system makes this retro-fit a real winner.

The bad part? If I keep putting these I might just work myself out of a job!

Luca LED Light install at the Bozeman Public Library

We recently completed a job installing Luca Light LED strip fixtures on the book stacks at the Bozeman Public Library. Today, in the Bozeman Chronicle there was an article mentioning the install and the efforts of Tyler Electric in the project. The Bozeman Public Library is a LEEDS certified building…

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