Newsletter for Frontier Lighting - Winter 2009

This Newsletter is dedicated to providing you with helpful information on your lighting needs plus other items of interest.

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Important For Correct Use Of Lighting Fixtures

The UL (Underwirters Lab) specifies that lighting fixtures designed for special uses be marked with a designation for that special use. This indicates that the lighting fixture is safe to use in certain environments that are beyond the normal conditions.

The following describes the major fixture markings you should be familiar with:

Wet LocationsWet Location fixture shown above a door. -- Only Fixtures marked “suitable for Wet Locations” are intended to be installed in wet locations. A wet location is where there is very little or no protection from direct contact with precipitation, or other forms of non-corrosive and non-flammable liquids, such as vehicle washing areas. These fixtures are intended to be installed at least 4 feet above the ground to avoid water from a lawn or garden sprinkler system. There are other fixtures that are suitable for installation within 4 feet of ground or below ground level and are so marked.

Damp Locations -- Only fixtures marked “Suitable for Damp Locations” or “Suitable for Wet Locations” are intended to be installed in damp locations. A damp location is one where the fixture is protected from the weather, but subject to moderate degrees of moisture, such as barns, in cold storage areas, under canopies, roofed open porches, and other locations partially protected from precipitation.

Dry Locations -- Dry Location fixture shown above a door.A fixture intended for use in a location not normally subject to dampness or wetness is marked “Suitable for Dry Locations Only”.

            Authorized distributor of Osram Sylvania ligthing products.

There are many other lighting fixture markings that describe special uses.
Ask us at Frontier Lighting about your special lighting needs.

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Light Saving, Sight Saving, Energy Saving

Cost of Light

Regular incandescent bulbs:
Incandescent LampThese bulbs, which provide most home lighting, are used in products from nightlights to floodlights. The most common incandescent is a pear-shaped bulb with a medium-sized screw-type base. Incandescent bulbs use electricity to heat a filament until it glows white hot, producing light. About 90 percent of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs is lost as heat. These bulbs typically burn for 750 to 1,000 hours — or about three hours a day for a year.

Incandescent spotlights and floodlights:
The reflective coating on these bulbs helps direct and focus the light. Commonly known as spotlights or floodlights, these bulbs often are used in recessed ceiling fixtures or outdoors. They burn for about 2,000 hours.

Halogen bulbs:
Halogen LampsSometimes referred to as “tungsten-halogen filament incandescent bulbs,” these bulbs contain a small capsule filled with halogen gas, which emits a bright white light. Halogen bulbs produce more light, use less energy and last longer than standard incandescent bulbs of the same wattage, but they cost more. They last from 2,000 to 3,000 hours.

General service fluorescent bulbs:
These bulbs are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. They’re the thin, long tubes often used in kitchens for under-cabinet lighting, and in garages, workshops and basements. The tubes can last from 10,000 to 20,000 hours — 10 to 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Compact fluorescent bulbs:
These bulbs provide as much light as regular incandescent bulbs while using just one-fourth the energy. For example, a 15-watt compact fluorescent bulb yields the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Compact fluorescent bulbs last about 10,000 hours — 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

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Adopt a
“YES Attitude”
and win!
The Energy Policy Act of 2005
Magnetic T12 Countdown

The best thing that can happen to any organization is adopting the “Yes Attitude”. This isn’t a lofty theory it works! Every time you speak with a customer your attitude should say:

YES, you are important enough to greet cheerfully.

YES, I want to help you.

YES, I have time to listen carefully to your problem.

YES, you have my full attention.

YES, you are important.

YES, I care whether our product works for you.

YES, I care enough for you to get back with your answers

YES, I will always be honest and as accurate as I can in our communications.

How many times have you had to deal with people who didn’t have a “YES Attitude”? They sound too busy to care about your problems; they don’t bother calling back promptly; they don’t seem to provide the type of information you really need.

Your winning attitude is important for good customer relations. It will pay dividends and keep good customers. Say “Yes” to a customer today!

“It’s not what you are
that holds you back:
it’s what you think
you’re not”

-- Denis Waitely

Compact Fluorescent Lamp

Efficiency ES LOGOStandards for Products: EPAct2005 sets clear targets for efficiency for a number of lighting products and other appliances.
Ballast Efficiency Standards: Minimum ballast efficiency standards for ballasts capable of operating full and reduced wattage T12 lamps have been set in EPAct2005. The levels set deadlines for the cessation of production of inefficient ballasts and the gradual phase out of replacement units. EPAct2005 addresses ballasts for reduced wattage T12 lamps not originally covered in the original 200 Federal Ballast Efficiency Regulations. The table below provides the essential Timetable.

For more information on EPAct 2005, please visit to download and review the EPAct 2005 document in its entirety.

2005 BEF
Standards for
T12 Lamps
2009 BEF
Standards for
T12 Lamps
Ballast manufacturers can no longer make ballasts that do not pass the new requirements for use in new fixtures.
April 1, 2005
July 1, 2009
Ballast manufacturers cannot sell ballasts that do not pass the new requirements to U.S. fixture manufacturers.
July 1, 2005
October 1, 2009
Fixture manufacturers cannot sell fixtures that include ballasts that do no pass the new requirements.
April 1, 2006
July 1, 2010
Ballasts manufacturers cannot manufacture replacement ballast that do not pass the new requirements.
July 1, 2010
July 1, 2010
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