Reliable Lighting and Solar Energy Solutions
Commercial Specialty Lighting
Energy-Efficient Lighting Solutions for your business include:
Ballast and Bulb Replacement – Commercial ballasts limit the flow of electrical current going to fluorescent bulbs, which reduces overheating and burn out of bulbs.
Customize your business by transforming and illuminating your space using the following types of lighting:
- Customer Lighting Designs
- Electrical Panel Upgrades
- Holiday Lighting
- Landscape and Security Lighting
- Parking Lot Lighting
- Recessed Lighting
- Surge Protection
Residential LED Lighting
Kitchen Under-Cabinet Lighting
Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. The colour can appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be some excessive shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.
LED Commercial Lighting and Fixture Experts
Expert Electric is the industry leader in providing users with energy-efficient lighting. Every commercial lighting space has different lighting needs. Expert Electric can assist you in finding the right lighting products you need for your commercial areas, supply your business with indoor and outdoor lighting supplies, and work within your budget. We can supply light poles and area lights designed for your parking lot, driveway or outdoor storage facility.
The average person spends 80 hours/week at their workplace. It is essential to feel comfortable and capable of performing at your best. Lighting can have a huge impact on work performance, so when it comes to deciding on lighting for your commercial space, it’s imperative that you make sure what you’re buying is right for the type of business you run. If you are unsure of what type of fixture is best for your space, contact Expert Electric., and one of our certified lighting specialists will be there to help you put together a layout that will fit your budget and optimize your workplace’s lighting capabilities. From flat panels and high bays, to exit signs and explosion proof fixtures, Expert Electric will provide you with the commercial lighting fixtures you need.
- High Bay fixtures are great for spaces like warehouses and garages. They provide superior lumen output and boast lifespans up to 200,000 hours.
- The LED Flat Panels and Troffers are great fixtures for offices and retail stores. The sleek design of the LED Flat Panels allows them to lay flush with grid ceilings and they are edge-lit to provide smooth, even light.
- If you’re searching for light fixtures for harsh environments, Expert Electric carries Vapor Tight High Bays, Strip Fixtures, commercial lights, and Explosion-proof fixtures. These fixtures feature a sturdy housing, an air-tight seal, and shatterproof lenses. Vapour tight fixtures are great for car washes, warehouses, stairwells, and more because of their air, dust, and moisture tight seals. Increase the safety, security, and productivity of your building with LED lighting from Expert Electric.
LED strip shop lights are a must-have for commercial businesses like auto garages, carpentry workshops, or utility rooms but, they are also great for your home garage. They can be mounted directly to a ceiling or suspended and many come with a plug-in cord that operates on 120-277 VAC which, eliminates the need for hardwiring.
Professional spaces, however, can benefit from hardwiring strip fixtures, as they leave open the option of installing occupancy sensors to fully maximize energy savings. We carry Energy Star certified fixtures as well as DLC and DLC premium.
LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in Canada. Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in Canada. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 KWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.
How LEDs are Different
LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:
- Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue. LEDs are typically used to make white light.
- Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
- Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.
Industrial and Commercial Lighting
The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs makes them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkway and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.Recessed downlights are commonly used in residential kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, and in a number of office and commercial settings. DOE estimates there are at least 500 million recessed downlights installed in Canadian homes, and more than 20 million are sold each year.
LED Replacement Bulbs
With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It’s important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option.
Lighting Control Stations
Control the amount of light / energy that is used by utilizing light timers, room occupancy sensors and dimmer switches.
Call Expert Electric today to see how you can save money by controlling when lights are on and off.
Smart Home Technology
A smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.
Nearly every aspect of life where technology has entered the domestic space (lightbulbs, dishwashers and so on) has seen the introduction of a smart home alternative:
Smart TVs connect to the internet to access content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also include voice or gesture recognition.
In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, smart lighting systems, such as Hue from Philips Lighting Holding B.V., can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smart lightbulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
Smart thermostats, such as Nest from Nest Labs Inc., come with integrated Wi-Fi, allowing users to schedule, monitor and remotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners’ behaviours and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters, among other things.
Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
With smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes when they are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behaviour is detected.
Pet care can be automated with connected feeders. Houseplants and lawns can be watered by way of connected timers.
Kitchen appliances of all sorts are available, including smart coffee makers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off; smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand; slower cookers and toasters; and, in the laundry room, washing machines and dryers.
Household system monitors may, for example, sense an electric surge and turn off appliances or sense water failures or freezing pipes and turn off the water so there isn’t a flood in your basement.
More recently, companies including Amazon, Apple and Google have released their own smart home products and domotics platforms, including Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit and Google Home.
Smart home pros and cons
One of the most touted benefits of home automation is providing peace of mind to homeowners, allowing them to monitor their homes remotely, countering dangers such as a forgotten coffee maker left on or a front door left unlocked.
Domotics are also beneficial for the elderly, providing monitoring that can help seniors to remain at home comfortably and safely, rather than moving to a nursing home or requiring 24/7 home care.
Unsurprisingly, smart homes can accommodate user preferences. For example, as soon as you arrive home, your garage door will open, the lights will go on, the fireplace will roar and your favorite tunes will start playing on your smart speakers.
Home automation also helps consumers improve efficiency. Instead of leaving the air conditioning on all day, a smart home system can learn your behaviors and make sure the house is cooled down by the time you arrive home from work. The same goes for appliances. And with a smart irrigation system, your lawn will only be watered when needed and with the exact amount of water necessary. With home automation, energy, water and other resources are used more efficiently, which helps save both natural resources and money for the consumer.
However, home automation systems have struggled to become mainstream, in part due to their technical nature. A drawback of smart homes is their perceived complexity; some people have difficulty with technology or will give up on it with the first annoyance. Smart home manufacturers and alliances are working on reducing complexity and improving the user experience to make it enjoyable and beneficial for users of all types and technical levels.
For home automation systems to be truly effective, devices must be interoperable regardless of who manufactured them, using the same protocol or, at least, complementary ones. As it is such a nascent market, there is no gold standard for home automation yet. However, standard alliances are partnering with manufacturers and protocols to ensure interoperability and a seamless user experience.
Another major issue is smart home security. A 2016 NTT Data Corp. report found that 80% of Canadian consumers are concerned about the security of their smart home data. If hackers are able to infiltrate a smart device, they could potentially turn off the lights and alarms and unlock the doors, leaving a home defenseless to a break-in. Further, hackers could potentially access the homeowner’s network, leading to worse attacks or data exfiltration.
In addition to security, many smart home opponents worry about data privacy. The NTT Data report found 73% of consumers are concerned about the privacy of the data shared by their smart home devices. While smart home device and platform manufacturers may collect consumer data to better tailor their products or offer new and improved services to customers, trust and transparency are critical to manufacturers building trust with the users of their smart products.
How smart homes work/smart home implementation
Newly built homes are often constructed with smart home infrastructure in place. Older homes, on the other hand, can be retrofitted with smart technologies. While many smart home systems still run on X10 or Insteon, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have grown in popularity.
A smart home is not disparate smart devices and appliances, but ones that work together to create a remotely controllable network. All devices are controlled by a master home automation controller, often called a smart home hub. The smart home hub is a hardware device that acts as the central point of the smart home system and is able to sense, process data and communicate wirelessly. It combines all of the disparate apps into a single smart home app that can be controlled remotely by homeowners. Examples of smart home hubs include Amazon Echo, Google Home, Insteon Hub Pro, Samsung SmartThings and Wink Hub, among others.
Some smart home systems can be created from scratch, for example, using a Raspberry Pi or other prototyping board. Others can be purchased as a bundled smart home kit — also known as a smart home platform — that contains the pieces needed to start a home automation project.
In simple smart home scenarios, events can be timed or triggered. Timed events are based on a clock, for example, lowering the blinds at 6:00 p.m., while triggered events depend on actions in the automated system; for example, when the owner’s smartphone approaches the door, the smart lock unlocks and the smart lights go on.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming increasingly popular in smart home systems, allowing home automation applications to adapt to their environments. For example, voice-activated systems, such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, contain virtual assistants that learn and personalize the smart home to the residents’ preferences and patterns.
While every smart home is a smart building, not every smart building is a smart home. Enterprise, commercial, industrial and residential buildings of all shapes and sizes — including offices, skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and multi-tenant offices and residences — are deploying IoT technologies to improve building efficiency, reduce energy costs and environmental impact, and ensure security, as well as improve occupant satisfaction.
To further explore installing Smart Home Technology in your home contact Expert Electric for your free consultation.
Solar Energy Systems
The addition of solar energy systems to your home or business can be an affordable way to reduce the carbon footprint, increase the value of your property and reduce your energy bills.
Types of Solar Energy Systems include: Monocrystalline Silicon, Polycrystalline Silicon and Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
Benefits of Solar Energy Systems include: Cost Effective, Reduces Toxic Emissions and it Promotes Energy Independence.