Lighting plays an integral role in many industries, and horticulture is no exception. Horticulture has always been an active field, and with evolving legislation across the U.S. around cannabis, the industry is booming. Lighting in greenhouses or other horticultural settings impacts plant growth, productivity, and safety. People new to the industry and experienced horticulturists should […]
How to Increase Security With LED Lighting
When it comes to protecting your facility, cameras and alarms are no-brainers. But have you ever considered the role that LED lighting can play in protecting your property and assets from theft or damage? High-quality LED lighting can offer serious protection in conjunction with other physical security features. Breaking Down the Benefits There are many […]
Energy Audits: What You Should Know
The cost of doing business is climbing, and commercial property owners and managers are constantly looking for ways to widen profit margins. Besides saving money, businesses are increasingly looking to reduce their environmental footprint. One of the first steps in knowing how to save money is to conduct a thorough audit of current energy usage. […]
LED Lighting FAQs
LED lighting upgrades are the way of the future. Already have an LED system? Considering putting one in today? It pays to understand the importance and mechanisms of LED lighting. Are you curious about your options for LED lighting upgrades? Do you wonder if your commercial, warehouse, or office space could be more energy-efficient? Do […]
LED Lighting On the Job
Organizations everywhere are making big moves to help improve the health and well-being of employees returning to work. However, decision-makers may be overlooking the role that lighting plays in a workplace setting. In the Warehouse Poor lighting levels in your warehouse and flicker from traditional lighting causes a list of health issues: headaches, fatigue, eye […]
Retail Lighting Tips for Holiday Shopping
This holiday shopping season will look much different for brick and mortar retailers than it ever has before. With the consideration of supply chain challenges and the rise of e-commerce, retailers need to increase foot traffic and boost their bottom line. These steps include marketing and merchandising, but now more than ever, customer experience is […]
Hazardous Location Lighting
For manufacturing, commercial, and industrial facilities that produce and store hazardous (and possibly combustible) materials, lighting is a crucial factor. In fact, there are specialty LED lighting products and fixtures that are made specifically for hazardous location lighting. What Is Hazardous Location Lighting? Simply put, hazardous location lighting is a light or fixture that’s placed […]
Take Advantage of Additional LED Savings
Upgrading to LED lighting for energy efficiency is now easier and more cost-effective than ever, thanks to additional incentives from Ameren Missouri: From May 1, 2021 until July 31, 2021, the Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program has increased incentive rates by 20%. This applies to pre-approval interior lighting projects replacing fluorescent or HID lamps or fixtures […]
The Benefits of LED Lighting in Schools
Facility managers across the country are doing everything they can to create schools and educational facilities that are safe and healthy for students and staff, and this includes upgrading the lighting to LED bulbs and fixtures. Although many decision-makers may have sticker shock when looking at the cost of the upgrade, it’s important to consider […]
A Guide To Exterior Commercial Lighting
When it comes to investing in safety and security, outdoor lighting is a necessity for public spaces, businesses, warehouses, and other commercial property. These are the lights that keep dark areas illuminated during the day, help provide bright illumination throughout the evenings, and offer additional benefits like aesthetic appeal and security. While there is a […]
Conducting Commercial Energy Audits
When was the last time you performed a comprehensive audit of the energy usage in your commercial building? Are you looking for ways to cut energy costs while also supporting sustainability? Then it’s time to conduct an energy audit. Establish Metrics Energy Star offers a great tool to help commercial building managers and owners set […]
Is Upgrading to LED Lighting Worth It?
Upgrading to LED lighting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost sustainability and energy-efficiency, but many facility managers and decision-makers balk at the upfront cost of investment. Because LED upgrades may be considered a luxury at this time and not a necessity, the key to justifying that cost is figuring out the […]
When Should I Replace My LED Lighting?
Although LED fixtures last longer than traditional incandescent lighting, they may be due for replacement if you upgraded about ten years ago when they first hit the market in 2010. For those considering an LED lighting replacement now, it’s important to understand the lifetime value of the investment. How long do LED lamps and fixtures […]
Horticultural Lighting Upgrades
Lighting in horticultural settings and cannabis cultivation is key to the success of your crops — that’s a universal truth. As LED lighting becomes more sophisticated and industry professionals learn new skills for optimizing those LEDs, best practices are also adjusted. If you’ve made the recent decision to upfit your system, these are the decisions […]
What are LED Drivers?
LED lighting offers a long list of benefits over traditional lighting — energy efficiency, longevity, smaller environmental impact, and lower cost of ownership over a lifetime just to name a few. That said, one of the (very minor) drawbacks of LEDs is that they require a consistent, constant flow of electrical current at an exact […]
The Benefits of LED Lighting in Healthcare
It’s no secret that switching to LED lighting can be a sustainable, cost-effective move, but in healthcare facilities, this upgrade offers a longer list of benefits. Studies have shown that LED lighting creates a healthier workplace, so it stands to reason that it can also boost the wellbeing of patients and employees in clinics, long-term […]
Improving Warehouse Safety With LED Lighting
Think about your warehouse safety guidelines and practices — everything you do every day to remain compliant and keep employees safe. You consult OSHA regulations, complete comprehensive and ongoing training, maintain your equipment; there are plenty of moving parts when it comes to creating a culture of safety. Now think about your lighting: When was […]
Buyer Beware: Coronavirus-Killing Lighting
There are still plenty of unanswered questions about infection control methods and protection against COVID-19. With so much misinformation floating around, some lighting brands are making claims regarding coronavirus-killing lighting. Before investing in costly upgrades that allegedly provide protection, it’s important to learn more about this approach. While the primary source of UV light is […]
What’s the Advantage of an Ameren Ally?
Advantage of an Ameren Ally. Ameren Missouri was founded in 1902 as Union Electric. Even though Starbeam Lighting hasn’t been around for 116 years, if you total up our experience, we’ve got more than a century among us. We do have one thing in common with Ameren: a commitment to advanced green technology that saves […]
Using Security Lighting in Conjunction with Surveillance Cameras
Security Lighting in Conjunction with Surveillance Cameras. When planning for your facility’s security, the go-to item is security cameras. However, even the most powerful camera won’t capture anything if it doesn’t have proper lighting. Just as you wouldn’t expect to clearly see a potential burglar in the dark with your own eyes, most security cameras […]
How LED Lighting Creates Healthier Workplaces
LED Lighting Creates Healthier Workplaces. Think about these stats: There were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in 2018. A recent survey showed that 94% of Americans experienced stress at work, and another poll revealed that two-thirds of employees experience burnout on the job. While organizations look for more effective ways to promote […]
Are Your Lighting Fixtures Costing You Too Much Money?
Lighting Fixtures Costing You Too Much? If you have the sneaking suspicion that you’re wasting money on your business’s utility bills but you’re not sure where you’re wasting it, don’t forget to consider your lighting. Energy efficiency — and the cost savings it brings with it — is a prime reason many business owners in […]
Important Update About Coronavirus
Within the last few weeks, our lives have been greatly affected by the emergence of the Coronavirus. This pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and anxiety, but we believe that as a nation we will rise to the challenge and do what needs to be done. We will overcome this and return to our […]
Industrial Lighting and Sustainability
Sustainability seems to be on everyone’s mind lately, and that’s a good thing. Books, articles, classes, and consultants are sharing the benefits for individuals and businesses alike. There’s so much information, and so many options, that it can be confusing to pick a starting point on the path to sustainability. Here’s your lightbulb moment: the […]
Incandescent, HID, Fluorescent, and LED
What’s the big difference? Incandescent HID Fluorescent. Back in the day, the two main things you had to consider when buying lighting for your facility were choosing from incandescent, fluorescent, or metal halide and deciding on the wattage of the bulbs. In 2008, the EPA’s and DOE’s Energy Star program added lighting to its list […]
Everything You Wanted to Know about LED Lighting And MORE
Everything You Wanted to Know about LED. LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is becoming increasingly popular for commercial and residential use. It can be retrofitted as well as built in to new construction, and it provides long-term reduction in energy and expense. But investing in LED lighting can be expensive, so it’s important to know […]
Choosing the Best Recessed Lighting
Best Recessed Lighting. In a previous post, we discussed several of the many types of lighting that are available to you. Today, we’re going to drill down and get into specifics for recessed lighting. Picking out recessed lighting – also referred to as pot lights, downlights, or can lights – for your projects can seem […]
Finding the Right Industrial Lighting Fixtures
Finding the Right Industrial Lighting Fixtures. Industrial lighting is much different than lighting your home or apartment. Your business may need multiple kinds of lights, and must be able to intelligently scale your system to your needs. Get it wrong and you could be hurting your business by losing customers or making your employees’ work […]
The Most Common Misconceptions of an LED Retrofit
Misconceptions of an LED Retrofit. At Starbeam Lighting, we’ve here to help your LED lighting retrofit process go as smoothly as possible. When it comes time to make the switch, we understand that not everyone in your company may be onboard. If you’re facing this problem as you attempt to bring your system into the […]
Seven Signs You Should Invest In LED Lighting
Invest In LED Lighting. Are you a business owner thinking about installing LED lighting? Starbeam Lighting Solutions in St. Louis offers seven signs your company should make the investment. #1: Too Many Calls To Your Electrician If you find that your business is spending thousands of dollars annually on maintenance for your lighting system, you’re […]
Changes Coming To Ameren Incentive
Changes Coming To Ameren Incentive. Energy efficiency and being green is a goal for many companies. Recycling programs, going paperless, and retrofitting costly existing lighting with LED or fluorescent lamps can help businesses realize exceptional cost savings, and at the same time help the environment. If you’re considering retrofitting the lighting at your company, now […]
LED Lighting: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
LED Lighting: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. If you’re a business owner or homeowner considering an LED retrofit, you’re probably aware that new LED lights will eventually pay for themselves. But how long does it take, and what do the numbers look like? Starbeam Lighting Solutions, a St. Louis company providing exceptional lighting solutions for almost 50 […]
Five Common Types Of Industrial Lighting Fixtures
Types Of Industrial Lighting Fixtures. If you own or manage a warehouse, factory, or manufacturing plant, no doubt you want industrial lighting that’s safe and reliable, and helps your employees work more efficiently. There are five common types of industrial lighting fixtures used today, and Starbeam Lighting serving St. Louis covers all of them below. […]
Comparing Incandescent To LED Bulbs
Incandescent To LED Bulbs. Incandescent bulbs and LED lighting are popular illumination choices for homeowners and businesses. As a top-rated lighting company in St. Louis, Starbeam Lighting is uniquely positioned to analyze both options and discuss the pros and cons of each. Incandescent What Is It? An incandescent lightbulb is the classic bulb we’re used […]
The Evolution Of TLEDs
Evolution Of TLEDs. The last several years have seen a marked increase in the popularity of TLEDs, also known as “T8 LED tube lights”. Starbeam Lighting reviews the evolution of this lighting solution and discusses why TLEDs are a compelling choice for businesses interested in a new approach to industrial lighting.
The Most Common Types Of Industrial Lighting Fixtures
Types Of Industrial Lighting Fixtures. If you’re looking to install industrial lighting in an office building, warehouse, or factory, you’ll need the expertise possessed by Starbeam Lighting. We’re licensed, bonded, and highly proficient with a variety of industrial lighting types and installation procedures. And speaking of “lighting types”, let’s take a look at the most […]
Five Ways To Reduce Energy Costs In Commercial Buildings
Reduce Energy Costs In Commercial Buildings. Reducing energy costs in commercial buildings through smarter lighting decisions is a hot topic amongst the next generation of developers and engineers. Starbeam Lighting, a well-established lighting company serving the St. Louis metro area, looks at five ways that lighting can help achieve this sought-after energy reduction.
What Does Retrofit Mean?
Regardless of what business you’re in, chances are you’ve heard of LED lighting and the outstanding benefits it provides. Maybe you’ve even gotten as far as discussing an LED retrofit, but are unsure how to proceed. Starbeam Lighting is here to fill in the blanks for you with this informative blog covering all things retrofit.
When’s The Last Time You Checked Your Warehouse Lights?
The Last Time You Checked Your Warehouse Lights? Many businesses take their warehouse lighting for granted, but with cost-saving, energy-efficient LED lighting widely available on the market, it might be time to check your commercial light fixtures and make a change. To that end, here are four questions Starbeam Lighting thinks you should ponder.
You Could Increase ROI With LED
Increase ROI With LED. We live in an age of tremendous technological innovation that impacts virtually every aspect of our daily existence. Specific to commercial lighting advancements for businesses and retailers, there is arguably no bigger game-changer than LED lighting. Starbeam Lighting looks at how this powerful, efficient lighting solution can increase your company’s ROI.
Top LED Lighting Tips for Retail Stores
Lighting Tips for Retail Stores. Retail success in brick-and-mortar spaces includes many factors, but in this age of eCommerce shopping it’s easy to overlook strategic lighting in its role of boosting sales and bringing more foot traffic in the door. Along with merchandising, lighting helps provide the backdrop for the first impression for visitors. In […]
Is All LED Lighting Created Equal?
We’ll be the first to tell you about the long list of benefits that LED lighting can offer. To start with, they’re much more energy-efficient and help save both money and the environment. They keep warehouses safe, businesses well-lit and recognizable, and offer serious style when used in decor. But what makes some LED lights […]
Top Benefits of Using LED Lighting
Top Benefits of Using LED Lighting. LED (light emitting diodes) are probably the most innovative lighting advancement since, well, the actual light bulb was invented. The technical definition of an LED is a semiconductor that emits light when an electric current passes through it, but simply put — it’s a more efficient light bulb that’s […]
How to ROI New Warehouse Lighting in 2 Weeks
ROI New Warehouse Lighting. What do you get when you combine the available incentive programs from Ameren Missouri or Ameren Illinois, high-quality new lighting fixtures, and an expert on all of the above from Starbeam? A dramatic warehouse transformation that takes just 2 weeks to a full Return on Investment. LED ROI By The […]
Using LEDs for Cannabis Growth
LEDs for Cannabis Growth. Horticulture lighting has come a long way, and the introduction of LED lighting tech has helped to innovate cannabis growth strategies. More growers than ever are turning to LED for indoor growth operations due to the many benefits of making this switch: They’re more energy-efficient, offer a longer life span, and […]
Warehouse Lighting Best Practices
Warehouse Lighting Best Practices. You have a lot of design elements to consider when creating a warehouse space that works, but perhaps the most overlooked is the lighting. With 95 million lost workdays attributed to accidents, safety is the most important reason to invest in top-quality lighting for your warehouse. You’ll end up with a […]
Tips for Upgrading to TLEDs
Upgrading to TLEDs. Looking for a great way to cut energy bills and the carbon footprint of your building? Consider the ROI of an LED lighting upgrade. There’s no shortage of options available to switch out traditional fluorescent lighting with tubular LEDs (TLEDs) or kits that help give a new look to old fixtures. Along […]
LED Lighting Myths — Debunked
LED Lighting Myths. It’s no secret that there are costs associated with making the switch to LED lighting, which means you could be on the fence about upgrading the lighting in your facility. It doesn’t help that there are plenty of myths associated with LED lights that may stand in the way of helping save […]
Lifetime Ratings of LEDs
Lifetime Ratings of LEDs. If you’re not familiar with LED lighting, one fundamental way that they differ from traditional lighting is that their light is measured in lumens instead of watts. More accurately, a lumen is “a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light […]
Why You Should Consider LED Warehouse Lighting
Why You Should Consider LED Warehouse Lighting More and more people are learning about the benefits of LED lighting for homes and small businesses. But what about LED lighting for warehouses? Take it from Starbeam Lighting in St. Louis: a switch to LED warehouse lighting means big benefits. Let’s look at three of the biggest. […]