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Alafiya Shabbir

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“What do These Symbols Mean?” – A Quick Guide

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Mar 31, 2017 3:26:26 PM

The lighting world is full of ceritifications and ratings and symbols that can get very confusing if you don't know what they all mean. This is a quick guide to the symbols and certifications you'll find on our website.

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Topics: Lighting Basics

Vapor Proof Versatility – Lighting Examples

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Mar 14, 2017 3:17:44 PM

Understanding the differences between each type of vapor proof lighting can be a little difficult. To help you pick which one works best for you, we’ve outlined some of the specific functional uses for each of our fixtures – the FW4, LFW, and LFX ranges of LED vapor proofs.

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Topics: Lightbulb Moments

Motion Sensors and Lights

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Aug 29, 2016 4:30:18 PM

One of the most helpful accessories to a light fixture is the motion sensor. These sensors are available in a number of different varieties, but each serves essentially the same purpose: to notice movement in a designated area. This technology is obviously useful in security applications, especially when paired with an alarm system, but it can also add a convenience factor, or a little flair, to your lighting. 

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Topics: Security Lighting

Lightbulb Moments – Security and Perimeter Lighting (Part 3)

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Aug 9, 2016 10:19:07 AM

Now that you have an idea of which lights (and how many) you need to protect your property, consider if you can improve their functionality with some additional accessories. Being able to see potential threats, and using light as a deterrent are great ideas, but if you are not comfortable enough yet, don’t stop there!

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Topics: Security Lighting, Lightbulb Moments

Lightbulb Moments – Security and Perimeter Lighting (Part 2)

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Aug 2, 2016 3:43:18 PM

The second part of the security lighting series gives some advice on what type of fixtures to install, where to put them, and what to watch out for when designing a security lighting layout.

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Topics: Lightbulb Moments, Security Lighting

Lightbulb Moments - Security and Perimeter Lighting (Part 1)

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jul 19, 2016 4:42:26 PM

Lighting is about more than just illumination. Yes, it’s useful to see in the dark, but lights can also be used as decoration, as accent pieces, or the focus of today’s article, for security.

In the United States, a home intrusion is committed every 15 seconds, equalling about 2.5 million households annually. And while this is a decrease from previous years, the value of items stolen per burglary has gone up. In fact, by the time you’ve finished reading this article, at least 8 new intrusions will have taken place.

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Topics: How-To, Security Lighting, Lightbulb Moments

Talk to Your Electrician – Lighting Basics and Terminology

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jul 13, 2016 8:55:40 AM


It's important to know the terminology of the trade before you begin your lighting project. Understanding what you need and being able to match it with lighting features and descriptions will make sure your project turns out the way you wanted it to.

This list, while not exhaustive, is a great way to get started on understanding the technical aspects of picking the right light for you. 

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Topics: Lighting Basics

Types of Lightbulbs: A Visual Explanation

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jul 7, 2016 1:16:37 PM


A visual explanation of the evolution of the lightbulb, how each rendition works, and the pros and cons of the different options on the market today.

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Topics: Lighting Basics

Layers of Light - Outdoor Lighting

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jul 4, 2016 10:23:46 AM


 Light can change a view.

As a follow-up to our earlier post on indoor lighting, we've created an explanation on the different types of lights available for outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting decisions combine aspect of functionality, aesthetic appeal, and security, where one fixture can oftentimes serve multiple purposes. Knowing how to identify and combine the different lighting options available can help you take your outdoor lighting projects to the next level.  

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Topics: Lighting Basics

New Blog Series: RDA’s “Lightbulb Moments”

Posted by Alafiya Shabbir on Jun 30, 2016 11:39:55 AM

We’re excited to announce the start of our new blog series, Lightbulb Moments. It’s going to be a series on lighting applications, taking you from the planning stages straight through to getting you ready for installation.


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Topics: Lightbulb Moments