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LED Buying Tips

Are you baffled by the strange terminology and seemingly endless choices in LED lighting? 

Here are some tips to cut through the jungle.

Choose the Right Brightness
You’re probably comfortable choosing bulbs based on their brightness as expressed in watts. It’s a system that’s been around ever since Thomas…

Three End-of-Winter Projects for Your Home

After months of being trapped in an airtight (more or less) box, you may have noticed some things are different than in warm weather. With doors and windows sealed against the cold, dark nights, furnaces working overtime, and extra cooking and washing, issues with air quality and lighting are more…

Lighting Tips

It’s Time to Switch to LED

Long-lasting LED lamps are the unquestioned leader in economically lighting homes and offices, and with more choices and lower prices there’s no reason to not make the switch.

Early LED bulbs were low on output and high in price, but that’s changed. Today you…

Is Your Smart Home Vulnerable to Brain Damage?

Surge protectors aren’t just for computers anymore

You’ve probably had your computer hooked to a surge-protected power strip for years. Maybe even some of your other electronics. But how about your refrigerator?

Today’s so-called smart homes are loaded with sensitive electronics that can be ruined by a lightning bolt or…

Born Too Late to Know

Let me start by saying that I rely on Home Depot. Online orders can be shipped direct to the location where they will be used. My in-store visits are for spur-of-the-moment needs…parts I overlooked buying and parts I didn’t know I needed to complete a project in the works, or…

Home is Where the Smart Is Part 3: Lighting

Ever since electric lights made their way into homes there’s been someone, usually Dad, exhorting family members, usually kids, to turn them off. But now there is a host of clever devices to free Dad from light duty so he can concentrate on other things…like keeping doors closed.

These devices…

Choosing the Right Color Light

We discussed what color temperature is and how it affects lighting in an earlier article. Now let’s take a look at how to use that knowledge to choose the best light color for different locations in your home.

Light to Work By

Called task lighting by design pros, it’s the light…

The Color Temperature of Light-It Matters

You’ve no doubt heard of light being referred to as warm or cold but may not realize that the color of light is often measured in degrees of heat. But those degrees don’t refer to the bulb’s room temperature or how much heat it gives off. They refer to a…

LED vs. CFL - Which Is Better for Your Home? What’s the Difference Between CFLs and LED Bulbs?

Fluorescent bulbs are gas-filled tubes with electrodes at each end. When current passes through the gas between the electrodes, the gas fluoresces, giving off ultraviolet (UV) light and heat. The UV light excites phosphors that coat the inside wall of the tube, giving off visible light once a certain temperature…

Electric Glossary for the Homeowner - Circuits, Currents and Measurements

Everything seems to have its own jargon, and electricity is no exception. Here are some commonly used terms you’re likely to come across. Knowing them will make you a better-informed customer when it comes time for electrical work and buying electric appliances.

AC (alternating current)

Electrical current can flow in…

Maximize the Impact of Your Lighting Retrofit

If you are considering a retrofit of your current office lighting to LED lights, there are some things you can do to maximize the effect. While the process of exchanging old-fashioned incandescent or fluorescent lighting for LED lights will reduce your energy bill in itself, there are some additional measures…

LED Lighting for Dark Sky Compliance

First, you are probably wondering what “dark sky compliance” even is. If you are ever in a large city at night, you’ll notice that the sky is not exactly “dark.” Rather, a yellowish glow covers the stars and Milky Way, so you mostly just see an overcast sky haloed by…

LED and Induction Lighting to Cut Summer Costs

With the heat of summer soon approaching, cranking your air conditioner will have you searching for ways to save. Whether backyard parties create the need for new decorative lighting for walls and walkways, or you’re simply looking for a full kitchen remodel, going green is the pervading method of alternative…

Photo Wall Lighting for the Modern Home and Office

It’s a tired saying: A picture’s worth a thousand words. But the newest trend in home lighting juices up the adage: A picture you can actually see takes 50 watts and 3 AA batteries.

Historical Picture Lighting

Picture lighting used to be relegated to museums. Think the Isabella Stewart Gardner…

Is It Time To Upgrade Your Electric Meter?

Electric power companies measure how much electricity and gas you use by taking a monthly reading of the meter on your building or home. You are charged for what you use. For about 100 years, the measure was taken with an electromechanical meter like the Thompson meter—the ones with the…

Turn Up the Heat in Your Yard with Summer Night Party Lights

Create a festive mood with outdoor lighting in your yard, garden, deck or patio and show off your hostess with the mostess skills.

Keep these simple design tips in mind and your outdoor lighting will serve multiple occasions and make your garden parties the envy of the neighborhood.

String Lights…

5 Tips To Lower Your Electric Bills

Use LED Bulbs Instead of Compact Fluorescents

If you haven’t already, pull out your wallet to replace your old Compact Fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs. They last 2.5 times longer than CFLs, saving nearly $80 per year in in lifetime electric cost per bulb over CFLs. LEDs don’t contain mercury…

Installing LED Cabinet Lighting: DIY or Call a Pro?

Cabinet lighting can add beauty and drama to a room and make workspaces like kitchens and offices safer and more functional. With modern light-emitting diodes (LEDs) available in increasing numbers of applications, it’s also easier and more energy-efficient. So how far can you…

Plan Ahead When Hanging Holiday Lighting

Whether you’re trying to outdo the Griswolds or just decorating a tree, it pays to put some thought into hanging your holiday lights.

If you’re shopping for new string lights this year, you may be surprised at the number of choices. Besides the mini incandescent bulbs we’re all familiar with,…

Allstar Electrical Brings Productivity and Power to Your Business

On time, on budget, and on plan is a phrase that brings a smile to any business owner’s face. Bang for your buck is a close second. That’s why businesses on Colorado’s Front Range turn to Allstar Electrical Services to power their operations…from design-and-build to preventive maintenance.

Allstar’s Commercial Services…

Commercial Electrical Contractors Bring Specific Expertise Designed to Meet Business Needs

Hiring a commercial electrical contractor for new buildings, retrofit projects, and existing facility upgrades and maintenance will pay dividends to property owners seeking to get their projects done right, on time and on budget

DENVER, CO – Commercial and industrial property owners generally employ a maintenance supervisor to handle the…

Outdoor Lighting Solutions Add to the Beauty of a Home and Enhance Security

With modern LED lighting systems, a full outdoor lighting package for all-night security and added ambiance operates at a fraction of traditional outdoors lights 

DENVER, CO – Outdoor lighting on a home, once restricted to porch lights and the occasional backyard or garage spot light, is fast becoming the standard…

A Few Simple Steps to Lowering Electric Bills

Allstar Electrical Services knows a thing or two about electricity – and we know how easy it is to save money without any major lifestyle changes

DENVER, CO – Everyone wants to save money, of course, and one of the easiest ways is to trim your monthly electricity bill with…

Induction lighting is top “green” choice for economy, efficiency and long life

DENVER, CO – The days of the incandescent light bulb are numbered, due to federal legislation that will begin phasing out the long-familiar but energy inefficient lighting source beginning in 2012. Most people are well aware of the LED fluorescent alternative showing up on store shelves and EnergyStar reports, but…

Induction lighting is the new favorite son in green lighting, says to Allstar Electrical in Denver

Commercial developers, homebuilders and even homeowners with remodeling projects are finding the many benefits of induction lighting save money and offer preferred lighting to work and living spaces

DENVER, CO-LED lighting move over. The new favorite son in green lighting is induction lighting, according to Allstar Electrical Services in Denver,…

LED—The new speed of light is here to stay

Allstar Electrical is the leading resource for LED lighting in the Rocky Mountain West

DENVER, CO—First there was fire, then Edison, now Light Emitting Diodes (LED). LED technology is still in its debutant phase. Consumers remain unconvinced that LED lighting will soon be mandatory. Recent statistics show that nearly 78…

Turn on Allstar Electrical Service’s recommendations and save money now

With the rising costs of electricity, I’m not sure I can afford to light my home as I have in the past. Is there an alternative to the traditional light bulb that will cut the cost of living in light?

In the United States alone, light bulbs make up one…

Clean installation is an allstar hallmark

Professional installation isn’t just about knowing your circuit breakers, voltage or LED lighting. Performing clean electrical work is as much about being meticulous with installation and clean-up, particularly when it comes to remodeling in residential homes.

Gary Stone, president of Allstar Electrical Services, Inc. based in Denver, Colorado with satellite…

Do-It-Yourself v do it right. The answer is in an Allstar Electrical Services electrician’s skillset

Q: I’m thinking about doing a little remodeling myself. Is there a proper height to locate outlets and switches to conform to code?

A: There are requirements if your installation needs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but other than that, locations are determined more by custom than by…

Allstar electrical makes it easy to be green using led lighting

Early adaptors are luxury homeowners and commercial, industrial users

DENVER, CO - The latest buzzword in construction is “green” and just in case you’ve been hiding under a moss-covered rock, this type of lighting known as LED is long on efficiency and short on energy consumption.

Early adaptors using LED…

Denverites see led lighting at work

City & County Building saves a bundle using LED lighting for its annual display

DENVER, CO—If you’ve driven by the Denver City & County Building at 14th and Bannock this holiday season to view the traditional Christmas lights, you’ve seen LED lighting in action. For the first time ever, the…

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