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Pairing Wine with LEDs

Everyone knows that aging is an important factor in creating a fine wine. It is a delicate chemical process which continues long after the bottle has left the winery, on through its time in storage, up until the moment the cork is pulled. Not surprisingly, a wine which is properly stored will age and maintain its flavor much better than those which have not been well cared for. In order to preserve the integrity of a wine, it is recommended that the bottles be kept in fairly precise conditions. According to experts, wine should never be exposed to excessive amounts of light,…

5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Home This Spring

The snow is melting, birds are singing, and the air is laced with sunlight. The return of spring is upon us at last! At Inspired LED, this is one of our favorite times of year, the season of all things bright and colorful, a time to throw open the windows and shake off the cobwebs. While lighting is, of course, our specialty, there are lots of ways to brighten up your home this spring! Join us as we explore these five simple ways to make the most of springtime around your home… Step one to a bright and happy home…

Ask An Engineer Part 1: LED Basics

As with any new technology, LEDs require some fairly specific background knowledge in order to fully comprehend both the functional properties, and possible methods of application. While everyone here at Inspired LED prides themselves on being knowledgeable enough to answer the most common technical questions regarding our products, there are, of course, times when this technology surprises us with a new challenge. This is when we turn to our resident LED expert- Engineering Manager, Tanner Leland. Aside from helping us to develop our latest and most innovative products, Tanner is the one we turn to for all things mechanical/electrical. Whether it is a unique customer…

Your Frequently Asked Questions, Answered! Part 3

frequently asked questions

Here at Inspired LED, we are constantly inundated with questions about our products. Everything from general inquiries about LEDs, to questions about power and specific products seem to be extremely common. Below we take a moment to answer a few of the more commonly asked questions that tend to be asked by our customers. Hopefully we can provide a concise answer to all of your questions here! Question 1: “I just received my sewing machine kit. Am I missing my second light strip with the expansion kit?” If you are unfamiliar with Inspired LED’s Sewing Machine Kit, this kit offers a cut to length light strip with all…

Inspired LED 101: LED Terminology

In the world of LEDs, as with any new technology, there are a lot of new terms which need to be mastered in order to properly understand the features and elements of the system. Rather than focusing on the specific terms for Inspired LED products, as we have done in previous blogs, this week’s lesson will focus on more general industry terms. The more you understand about these common LED words, the better equipped you will be to have discussions and make decisions regarding LED technology. Lumen: [\ˈlü-mən\] Noun, Plural- Lumens, Abbreviation- lm The unit of luminous flux, equal to…

Predictions for 2016 Kitchen Trends

kitchen trends 2016 blog

Last year’s style trends for kitchens played a lot on clean simple lines, open shelving, layers of texture, and according to every Pinterest board in sight, it’s own 50 shades of grey (yes, I am talking about the color). Now that 2015 has come and gone, let’s explore a few kitchen trends which we think will be popular in 2016 and into the future! Innovative Spaces Now, we know this might not be considered a “trend” but we can expect a lot of tech updates in kitchens this year. Simple upgrades like USB outlets and charging drawers both offer a convenient…

A Bright Season on the Slopes

night skiing with LEDs

Cold winds are blowing, there’s a chill to the air, and all across the country people are preparing for the arrival of winter. While many of us are focused on holiday shopping, Christmas parties, and annual visitors, those with a passion for winter sports have something a bit different to celebrate. With some of the first snowfalls of the season, ski resorts and mountainsides across the United States have been opening their doors, turning on the lifts, and getting ready for a great ski season! Ski and snowboard enthusiasts eagerly make their way to their nearest slopes for some action packed snowy fun. But now, thanks to…

America’s Favorite Pastime in a New Light

Baseball LED Lighting

The World Series wrapped up this past Sunday with the Kansas City Royals winning over the New York Mets in game five. Millions of viewers watched in excitement as the Royals made their comeback early in the ninth inning, gaining their first World Series title since 1985.  While many of us were not lucky enough to be sitting in the stands, those watching from home may have noticed how much lighting affects the view. In fact, beyond the baseball field, many professional sports have been stepping up their game lately with the help of new lighting technology. These changes come as a welcome improvement for…

Local Lighting Update November

Local Lighting in Phoenix Arizona

As the benefits of energy-efficiency and sustainable living make their way to the forefront of our culture, many individuals, businesses, and other institutions have begun taking steps toward a “greener” lifestyle. At Inspired LED, we are always excited to see the new and innovative ways that low-voltage LEDs are being used to brighten up the world around us, and this month is no exception… For almost twenty-five years, the creative minds at the Phoenix Zoo have put together one of the largest and most spectacular holiday light shows in the country. This year ZooLights returns to the Valley of the Sun with promises of even…

Curbing Carbon Pollution: LEDs from an Unlikely Source

Using Carbon Emissions with LED Lighting

Global warming. We’ve all heard of it, that major environmental threat of irreversible climate change which is occurring every second of ever day.  Carbon pollution is the top contributor to this disruption, causing increased temperatures, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, severe droughts, and harsh air pollution. Carbon emissions come from a wide range of sources across the globe, but traditionally, power plants have been the greatest culprits, emitting over 2.3 billion metric tons of carbon per year. Beyond power plants, food waste is another huge offender, producing 3.3 billion tons of carbon pollution per year. And sadly, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, one third of the…