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Goleta Fire Station Lighting Upgrades

*Press Release* Santa Barbara County Fire Station # 14, located at 320 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, has converted their lighting to LED using DELux LED bulbs & fixtures installed by Murphy Electric. Both companies are local, family owned businesses.

It all started when DELux LED had their routine fire inspection at their office/ warehouse located off Los Carneros. Jason Weaver, DELux LED President & CEO, struck up a conversation with the fire inspectors about lighting. The inspector mentioned that they had been working on a project to upgrade the lighting at the firehouse but they weren’t sure what the best options were. The firefighters were concerned with light quality in their living space, kitchen and work area. The County of Santa Barbara was concerned with saving tax payer’s dollars.

Jason proposed that they replace the 36 fluorescent tubes with LED panel lights by DELux LED. Jason describes the look of these 2×4 LED panels as “large iPads” with a high quality warm white light, that only draw 45 watts per panel (vs the 128 watts that the fluorescent fixtures they replaced).

Now the firefighters have safe and reliable lighting in Fire House #14 while the County of Santa Barbara is saving tax payers hundreds of dollars per month in electricity costs.

DELux LED products come with a five year manufacturer’s warranty and provide local customer support from their warehouse and administrative offices in Goleta. By buying direct, customers receive the most competitive pricing and highest quality LED products on the market.

For more information on this local company & to find out how to switch out your antiquated commercial or residential lighting, visit their website at www.deluxleds.com or call (805) 308-2995.

 

Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Announces Entrepreneur of the Year: Jason Weaver

Today we celebrate our Entrepreneur of the Year, Jason Weaver of DELux LED. With a goal to reduce the amount of natural resources we consume, Jason Weaver has been on a quest to develop energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes. After years of work and 12-patents later, Jason has partnered with local utility companies to offer $1 LED bulbs and continues to help local businesses and residents find energy efficient solutions for every day life.

Introducing P.A.Y.S (Pay As You Save).

DELux LED has just launched a revolutionary program that allows residential customers to upgrade their home lighting at no additional out of pocket expense, called P.A.Y.S (Pay As You Save). There is NO CATCH.  DELux LED has created a model that takes the money that a consumer would normally be paying to the electric company to now purchase long lasting, efficient, beautiful LEDs. The payments stay the same over the same span of time until the bulbs are paid off, with no interest or sales tax incurred.

Retail stores won’t let consumers pay with their per month utility bill savings, but DELux LED will. They offer hundreds of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. Enjoy the beauty of LED lighting in each room immediately.

DELux LED is a local Santa Barbara family owned business with over 10 years’ experience in the LED lighting industry. By buying direct, customers are guaranteed the most competitive pricing and highest quality LED products on the market. DELux LED products come with a five year manufacturer’s warranty and provide local customer support from their warehouse and administrative offices in Goleta.

For more information on this local company & to find out how to switch out your commercial or residential incandescent lighting, visit their website at www.deluxleds.com or call (805) 308-2995.

The Santa Barbara Zoo has received a HUGE donation from DELux LED

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The Santa Barbara Zoo has just completed the installation of over 400 LED bulbs throughout the Zoo. This is thanks to DELux LED who donated all of the bulbs in the effort to help the Zoo cut electricity costs and become ‘more green’. “By replacing these energy wasting incandescent and halogen bulbs with our high quality efficient LED bulbs, the Zoo will see a significant decrease in their electricity bill immediately” the President and CEO, Jason Weaver announced in a press release.

DELux LED is a local Santa Barbara family owned business with over 10 years’ experience in the LED lighting industry. By buying direct, customers are guaranteed the most competitive pricing and highest quality LED products on the market. DELux LED products come with a five year manufacturer’s warranty and provide local customer support from their warehouse and administrative offices in Goleta.

For more information on this local company & to find out how to switch out your commercial or residential incandescent lighting, visit their website at www.deluxleds.com or call (805) 308-2995.

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Starlights, Inc. Launches New Divison and Product Line: DELux LED

“Your bulbs are only $1.00?” This is the question that everyone is asking DELux LED which is a newly launched company by Starlights, Inc. “This new division and LED product line is focused on bringing quality 110 volt LED products to both commercial and residential customers for a much lower cost than current retail LED bulbs” the President and CEO, Jason Weaver announced in a press release

In 2005, Mr. Weaver set out on a journey to make his mark on the world. He cofounded Starlights, Inc. and began developing new energy efficient technology, primarily centered on Light Emitting Diodes (LED). His goal was, and still is, to reduce the amount of natural resources we consume, and thus the amount of carbon pollution we produce on a daily basis. More than a dozen patents later (and a lot of hard knocks along the way) he is excited to share his vision. DELux LED has partnered with local utility companies to offer $1 LED bulbs. These bulbs are up to 90% more energy efficient than the bulbs they replace, are brighter, run cooler, and contain no mercury or other harmful chemicals that are found in fluorescent bulbs. With the help of these utility partners, the team at DELux LED’s goal is to replace as many light bulbs as possible with LEDs, thereby reducing consumption of our natural resources and reducing carbon pollution.

Though not all bulbs are eligible for $1 promotion, DELux LED has a solution for nearly every application. They also are continuing to add utility partners throughout the states, and welcome the opportunity to talk to your local utility company about bringing $1 LED bulbs to your community.

Though this business model has not been popular with some competitors, Mr. Weaver has never let money get in the way of doing the right thing. He explains, “While our profit margins aren’t breathtaking, we will all breathe easier if we can work together.” Together we can reduce pollution and eradicate energy waste, one kilowatt at a time- #kill-a-watt.

Visit their website at www.deluxleds.com

StarLights’ Senior Product Designer Retires

By Jason Weaver, C.E.O., President of StarLights, Inc.

On June 30, 2014 Gregg Wilson, StarLights lead product designer will trade in his work boots for golf shoes as he retires to sunny Arizona with his wife Vivian. Gregg became world renown in the early 1980’s, when he used a 386 computer to fully automate his steel fabrication plant. The machines Gregg invented back then are still being used worldwide today. In 2005, Gregg transitioned from the steel fabrication industry into the lighting industry. Over the past nine years Gregg has invented and patented dozens of LED light fixtures, bulbs, and other lighting accessories. His incredible vision and engineering genius has transformed StarLights from an idea, to a leader in the energy efficient LED lighting space.

Though he will be living the good life, Gregg has agreed to help StarLights, Inc. on a consulting basis. Gregg will help develop new products and continue to improve the quality and performance of StarLights’ current offering. We at Starlights would like to thank Gregg for his years of leadership, and we are excited to join him on his new journey in life.

StarLights’ products are sold in stores in the Unites States and in 24 countries worldwide. Click here to find a StarLights Dealer Location to find a store near you. The company was founded in 2005 by Jason Weaver and Gregg Wilson who are President and Lead Product Designer, respectively.

LED Household Bulbs 101- Learn Before you Buy

By Jason Weaver, C.E.O., President of Starlights, Inc.

I was recently shocked when I was in the grocery store and saw household LED bulbs for sale. Every time I go to Costco and Home Depot, they have more and more LED household bulbs in the shelves. Where are we going to find them next? It’s exciting to see the cost of LEDs dropping and become more affordable to consumers, but it can be completely overwhelming to look at the packaging and make an educated purchase. Who wants to want wait in those return lines because the bulbs they bought weren’t bright enough or it didn’t last long enough. We assume that those big box stores sell quality, right? Well, here is a brief tutorial on what to look for when buying your next led bulb.

– Watts and Lumens: It is a fact that less expensive bulbs are less efficient. They take 35% more energy to achieve the same amount of lumen output. Look for at least 90 lumens per watt to be truly efficient.
o For example: a high quality/ highly efficient 9 watt LED bulb should produce 810 lumens. But if you have a 9 watt bulb that produces only 500 lumens, then it would take a lot more wattage to produce the same amount of light which means that it is ultimately less efficient. Sure, the bulb might cost $5 less than the higher lumen bulb, but it will cost you significantly more in electricity in the long run. Anyone can produce a LED bulb, but if it takes as much energy as an incandescent bulb, what good are they?
*Note: If you can’t find the lumens on the package, it’s a dead giveaway that the bulb is not going to be bright enough. It costs more to make it brighter, it’s a matter of buying the product that is going to best suit your needs.

– Kelvin Temp (aka ‘color temp): We consumers say all of the time “LEDs are too blue”. It is true that when LEDs first came to market, the ‘color temp’ was around 6500k which gives off a blue hue (see ‘What Color Temp Do You Prefer’ blog). Technology now allows for a variation of color temps that range from the familiar ‘blue color temp’ to a much warmer color temp (approx 3500k). It’s not to say that you need to commit to one color temp or the other. We have found that many customers prefer the higher 6500k in the kitchen because it brings out the vibrancy of food and textures. Yet they tend to put the lower/ warmer color temp in the living room. It’s really all a preference. It tends to be a hard transition (although well worth it) to go with anything other than a warmer color temp because that is what we are all used to in the standard incandescent bulbs.

– Light Spray: This really depends on your fixture and how far you need the light to spread. It’s important to know that the bigger the light sprays, the less bright it will seem. In comparison, the narrower the light spray, the brighter it will seem since it is more of a condensed light. Both serve a unique purpose depending on the fixture and the application.

– Manufacturer Warranty: True quality products are backed by a strong warrantee. There is value in a 3 yr warrantee vs. a 90 day warrantee.

– Bulb Top and Bulb Base: Know what type of bulb you are replacing by looking on the packaging of a spare bulb or the base of the replacement bulb. Terms such as Par, MR, BR, refer to the size and shape of the top of the bulb. Terms such as E26,GU 10, GU 5.3, E12 refer to the base type and size. There are many variations, but these are some of the most common.

– Dimmable vs. Non Dimmable: This is pretty self explanatory but just know that dimmable bulbs are more expensive because it takes more components to add this feature. So don’t spend the extra money for dimmable if you don’t need it.

It is true that LEDs are coming down in price, but be wary… You get what you pay for. Now that you know what to look for on the package, you’ll be more satisfied in your educated purchase. If you are still unsure of what type of bulb you need, feel free to contact us for assistance. http://www.starlightsinc.com

LED Brake Lights Could Reduce Collisions on the Road

The difference in turn-on time between LED bulbs and incandescent bulbs suggest that rear-end collisions, accounting for 28% of all accidents could be significantly reduced if all automobiles used LED bulbs for their brake lights. http://wp.me/p2eHXe-3S

LED Brake Lights Could Reduce Collisions on the Road

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Revolution 194-70 Red Auto LED bulb

 

By Jason Weaver, C.E.O., President of Starlights, Inc.

Could switching brake lights from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs significantly reduce auto accidents?  The difference in turn-on time between LED bulbs and incandescent bulbs suggest that rear-end collisions, accounting for 28%[1] of all accidents in 1996 and 32.2%[2] in 2010, could be significantly reduced if all automobiles used LED bulbs for their brake lights.  Two studies show “…that LED signals provide a braking response time advantage between 170 and 200 ms [milliseconds] under favorable lighting conditions and up to 300 ms under adverse lighting conditions…Note that a 200 ms improvement in braking response is equivalent to a 19.1 feet reduction in stopping distance at a speed of 65 MPH. “1  LED bulbs illuminate faster, providing the next vehicle more time to safely brake and avoid a rear-end collision. 

1,745,000 rear-end collisions occurred in 2010.  Of those, 73% resulted in property damage without injuries or fatalities.  Repairs to the vehicles involved can range from a few hundred dollars to as much as $10,000.  Property damage from rear-end collisions is a burden hopefully lessened by auto insurance, but what about personal injuries and deaths?  Rear-end collisions account for almost 6% of all vehicular fatalities and 31% of all vehicular injuries.2  It’s amazing to think that simply switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs in brake lights could save lives in the real world.  Many auto manufacturers have already started offering vehicles with LED taillights standard or optional, but that leaves hundreds of millions of vehicles already on the road without this safety upgrade.  

Like checking tire inflation, checking brake lights is a task few drivers undertake on a regular basis, but it can pay large dividends in safety.  Since incandescent bulbs have shorter lifespans than LED bulbs, check your brake lights regularly.  When you apply the brakes, the brake lights must illuminate brightly or they need replacements.  Remember to always replace your automobile’s bulbs in pairs and consider a switch to LED bulbs.

 


[1] LED Stop Lamps Help Reduce the Number and Severity of Automobile Accidents

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[2] NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2010, Page 54

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Starlights, Inc. has recently unveiled the details of a new venture in LED’s which is being launched to the commercial and residential industry.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO: We are now offering 110 volt LED light bulbs. These bulbs are engineered to last for 20 years (under normal use) and use up to 90% less electricity than the incandescent/halogen bulbs which they replace. In addition, they contain no hazardous chemicals (like the compact fluorescent) and are even more efficient than the CFL’s. These bulbs are simple to install (just plug them in exactly as the ones that they replace). No need to change fixtures or rewire anything.

As an introductory promotion, we are offering an across the board 10% discount on all of the bulbs, or we will supply them to you for 12 equal monthly payments. The monthly electric bill savings should more than make up for the monthly cost of the bulbs, and at the end of the 12 months they are yours forever- no more changing light bulbs (at least for the next 20 years).

We have developed a calculator which analyzes your current energy costs and can calculate your approximate monthly energy savings if you were to switch to the energy efficient LED bulbs. I can send you a detailed proposal showing you the monthly savings, lifetime savings, and ROI you would capture by making the switch.

If this is of interest to you, please contact me for more information, and/or supply me with some basic information, and I will send you a customized action plan. The information I would need is as follows:

  1. 12 month Average KWH cost for your location.
  2. 12 month Average KWH usage.
  3. Number of hours your lights are turned on and number of days per week.
  4. The types of bulbs you currently use, in particular:
    1. Halogen, incandescent, etc…
    2. Are they PAR lights, standard Edison, etc…- this information is easiest to find on the replacement bulb packages which you may have in stock.
    3. Which, if any, must be dimmable.
    4. Watts used by the current bulb
    5. Voltage
    6. If you pay an outside company to change the light bulbs when they burn out, how much do they charge per bulb?

With this information, I can show you savings in real dollars (I can also take a look at your electrical bills and calculate numbers 1 and 2 for you if necessary). I have attached an example proposal below for your reference. This is a customer who owns an optometry practice and changed out their halogen, CFL, and incandescent bulbs to our LED’s. Their average monthly electrical bill is $155. In the proposal, you can see the total cost, ROI in months, and monthly savings by switching to LED’s. We recently finished another job for a hair salon in which their average monthly electrical bill was $565, and is now down to $374 as a result of switching to our LED’s (their ROI was 8.4 months).

Again, thank you so much for your past business. Please let me know if you would like me to send you a detailed proposal, and I will do so ASAP. Happy New Year!

Jason P. Weaver; President & CEO

Office: (805) 685-8500

jason.weaver@starlightsinc.com

www.starlightsinc.com

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