Posts Written ByKrista Robertson

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…

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…

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…

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…

Inspired LED Awarded ‘Best of Houzz 2017’

Over the past decade, Houzz.com has become well-known as the largest residential design database in the world, helping to connect home owners with a wide variety of building and remodeling services. Each year, the online community evaluates and selects the highest ranking industry professionals to be awarded the title “Best of Houzz” in the categories of Design, Customer Service, and Photography. And for the fifth consecutive year, Inspired LED is proud to announce we have been named Best of Houzz in customer satisfaction! Following an annual survey of over 40 million Houzz® users, our employees have once again been recognized for…

Level VI Efficiency Requirements: What You Need to Know…

As early as the 1990’s, it was estimated that more than one billion external power supplies were in use across the United States. Since then, the technology boom has led to an influx of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, increasing this number dramatically. Most of us never think about these little power hogs plugged in throughout our homes. But due to lack of initial market regulation, early power supplies made extremely inefficient use of the grid (as low as 50% efficiency). Many even continue to draw power even after the connected device had been turned off. The result is higher…

Accessory of the Week: New Multi-Zone Remotes & Dimmable Receivers

Arguably the most important, and certainly the most active element in an LED system is the control device. Whether it’s an in-line dimmer, a wall switch, or a motion sensor, the controller is the interface that allows you to bring your LEDs to life! When it comes to plug & play set-ups, one of our most popular control options has always been the Single-Zone Dimmer with Wireless Remote, which provides customers with versatile dimming options and the ability to adjust their lighting system from almost anywhere in their home. However, this Single-Zone remote and receiver set requires all elements of an…

Ask an Engineer Part 2: All About Power

One of the trickiest parts of working with LEDs is understanding how to best manage and supply power to your lighting system. Our customer service team spends time each day helping clients to calculate power requirements, answering questions about the difference between power supplies and transformers, and providing advice on how to avoid voltage drop. We pride ourselves on being able to explain things in an educated and efficient manner which is simple enough for anyone to comprehend. Of course, LEDs remain part of a rapidly evolving industry and there are always new things to be learned and discovered. So when it comes to…