Go Green 2017: 7 Eco Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

In the chaos of our modern lives, most of us rarely have time to look around and recognize our place in the world- to consider how heavily we as a species rely upon our fragile ecosystem. It’s a heavy burden to bear. Having risen to the top of the food chain to become masters of our surroundings, we humans have taken on a significant role as the keepers of our planet. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the resources we use for clothing, medicine, shelter and transportation are not only finite, but intricately intertwined.…

Inspired LED Sets the Stage: ASU Gammage

A Brief History- Home to performances great and small, from local concerts to touring Broadway shows, the iconic ASU Gammage theater has been a cornerstone of Phoenician culture for more than half a century. It began back in 1957 as the dream of then Arizona State University President, Grady Gammage, who commissioned his close friend and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to assist with the design. Together they envisioned a grand coliseum-like structure with two pedestrian bridges extending on either side to welcome visitors. It took years of planning and construction, but in 1964 the 3,000-seat theater opened its doors to a performance…

Magnitude LinDrive Dimmable Transformer

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For the past few years, Inspired LED has been committed to supplying our customers with not only the highest quality low voltage lighting solutions, but also, the best in easy-to-use dimmable transformers. This week, we are excited to announce the addition of a NEW Dimmable Transformer to our power line up: the LinDrive 40W Phase Cut LED Driver from Magnitude. Let’s explore some of the features which make the LinDrive the perfect option for your next LED install… Intuitive Design The LinDrive stands at a slim 1 inch in height, making it easier to hide out of sight, and out of mind! Our Lighting Designers…

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Welcoming Warmer Weather with LEDs

While friends, relatives, and readers in the Midwest or East Coast may be quick to laugh at the idea, even those of us here in Arizona have anxiously been awaiting the return of spring. Emerging from the long weeks of a (somewhat) frozen winter makes us want to shake of the dust, throw open the windows and welcome the warm weather back into our homes. For many people, including myself, there is little better way to kick off the season than with a thorough bout of spring cleaning. But despite the gratification of having a squeaky clean home, I’d be willing…

Where to Add Toe-Kick Lighting Around Your Home

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LED lighting can be used in a variety of locations around the home, although it is perhaps most commonly used under kitchen cabinets. This application provides a functional light for cooking, while also adding stylistic appeal. But in addition to bright task lighting, LED’s also provide a convenient solution for more subtle (yet equally important) accent lighting. Installing LED lighting above cabinets and along shelves, behind televisions or pieces of art, even in ceiling coves, can do wonders to improve the styling of a room! One of our very favorite accent lighting applications is also one which is commonly overlooked despite its advantages- toe-kicks!…

Accessory of the Week: New Micro-Lock Tiger Paw Connectors

Our patented Tiger Paw® connectors have become well known in the low voltage lighting industry for allowing contractors and electricians to build custom LED systems without the need for a soldering iron. Perhaps most familiar are our plug-in Tiger Paw® connectors, as featured in our popular Cut & Connect Series kits. These handy accessories combine with standard interconnect cables to allow anyone to quickly and easily create an LED layout using just a pair of scissors! However there are times where a customer or installer may prefer to use a direct wire option- being able to purchase cable in bulk…

Get Inspired: Women at Work

As of 2010 the International Labour Organization reported that 53% of women were employed in the public service realm. This predominantly included positions in education and healthcare, as well as some in trade, transportation, and local government. However according to the same study, women accounted for only 43% of the workforce in technical and scientific services, and less than 10% of the workforce in the construction sector. In an industry where women are so largely under represented, Inspired LED is proud to have an equal number of men and women on our staff. From sales and marketing, to shipping and…

PoE LED Lighting Systems

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The Internet of Things, or IoT, has been a massive catalyst within the last decade, allowing hardware, software, and  simple daily functions to be integrated into one seamless control system. Using simple cell phone apps, home automation devices, or commercial building s, IoT allows a variety of devices to communicate, running preset programs or responding instantaneously to external commands. This means that home appliances, air conditioners, door locks, water heaters, even lights can now be controlled remotely! As we touched on in our last blog, LED Lighting For The Future, Inspired LED partner Igor Inc. has recently developed a way to harness the power and…

LED Lighting now, and the Future

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LEDs have become a staple in new construction, commercial buildings, retail spaces, residential homes, and so much more. This quick paced shift to LEDs in recent years has sent the entire industry ablaze. According to Strategies Unlimited, Packaged LEDs should see a 7% increase in compounded annual growth rates over the next few years, with majority of that directly from lighting revenues. This transfer away from traditional lighting like fluorescent and halogen lighting solutions is only expected to continue as new technology makes LED lighting increasingly more valuable. Safety LEDs are incredibly safe when sourced from reliable manufacturers, be sure…

Accessory of the Week: NEW Right Angle Tiger Paws

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. But in many instances, an LED installation requires more than just straight lines! Think of all the architectural features in your home or office space which are made up of angles and curves.  Flexible LED strips make quick work of rounded edges, but when it comes to turning sharp corners, issues can arise. One of the most common solutions up to this point has been to use a 4” jumper cable to round corners. For under cabinet applications, this typically works just fine; the cables are easy to install…