Why LED Festoon Lighting Should Be Used For Displays

There are so many benefits to LED festoon lighting that it is fair to say the technology represents a revolution in illumination. For more than a century, people have been limited to inefficient, unreliable forms of illumination. But diode fixtures have the power to change all that. Designed with highly efficient and precise semiconductor dies, diode systems offer unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and versatility in both residential and commercial applications. Continue reading “Why LED Festoon Lighting Should Be Used For Displays”

Why Festoon Light Bulbs Are A Good Selection

Phantom’s festoon light bulbs are designed for a variety of applications, and can serve as excellent replacement parts for both xenon and LED systems. Where they really shine, though, is when they are retrofitted over an existing, but aging, incandescent or xenon system. Even the best fixture technology will degrade over time, and as it does, fixtures become unreliable or inefficient. When a system reaches the end of its life, retrofitting new LEDs or xenon lamps can make a lot of sense, and can be installed at minimal cost.

Phantom offers several festoon light bulbs, including both xenon and LED fixtures. Its xenon lamps are available in a 3 watt, 5 watt or 10 watt design, while its LED lamps can be configured for 12VAC or 24VAC. Both are available with a clear fixture design, or a frosted design, which produces softer illumination.

What makes these fixtures ideal for retrofitting is that they can be installed right away, with little work needed to make the existing system compatible. Phantom’s LEDs don’t require DC inverters, and they use smaller drivers and dimmers, making them easy to conceal. Its xenon fixtures can be used with existing transformers, or switched over to a more compact one if required.

And with Phantom’s extensive customization options, a homeowner can transform the look of their display immediately, and without having to commit a great deal financially. It is, in short, a smart way to upgrade display illumination.

Why Are LED Festoon Light Bulbs The Best Choice For A Venue?

Why Choose LED Festoon Light Bulbs For Venue Lighting?Phantom’s LED festoon light bulbs can be found in venues around the world, including some of the most esteemed destinations in America. One of these venues, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, installed 800 of these fixtures to bring their illumination system into the modern age. The Coppola Winery was in need of a new illumination setup as their existing fixtures were wasting too much power and generating too much heat. With Phantom’s help, the Coppola Winery was able to increase the efficiency of its illumination setup, which continues to save money for the venue, and improve the look of the winery.

Why are Phantom’s LED festoon light bulbs the best choice for a venue?

Phantom’s diode fixtures are designed for new and existing installations, as it can easily replace incandescent or xenon systems. For venues like the Coppola Winery, where there are already hundreds of incandescent and xenon fixtures in place, ripping everything out and putting in new infrastructure can be prohibitively expensive. Phantom’s diode fixtures integrate perfectly into incandescent and xenon systems because they do not require DC inverters and can work with the existing transformers and dimmers. These benefits make Phantom’s diode fixtures an economical option compared to competing systems.

Phantom’s diode fixtures are also easily installed and typically don’t need the assistance of a professional to install, so it can be done quickly. The Coppola Winery was able to place its 800 diode fixtures on its own, making for a swift transition.

This technology is also highly customizable and can be designed to output a range of color temperatures. They can produce the warmer tones that people look for in incandescent fixtures, neutral white and even slightly cool hues if that is desired. These fixtures can also be precisely controlled when attached to dimmer switches, which makes it easy to get the desired aesthetic from them. The Coppola Winery used this to great effect, installing the fixtures in many places, including inside cabinets and around coves.

How is diode technology superior to other forms of illumination?

Because Phantom’s LED festoon light bulbs use diodes to create illumination, they are extremely efficient and safe compared to incandescent and xenon fixtures. Phantom’s diode fixtures are efficient even when compared to competing diode fixtures, requiring only 0.6 watts of power per lamp. Each fixture produces 40 to 50 lumens, so this premium watt to lumen ratio means a venue can get the biggest bang for the buck.

Diode technology is also safe, in part because it is efficient. Because each fixture uses most of its power on creating illumination, very little heat is generated. At the Coppola Winery, excess heat was a major problem, creating a safety hazard and stressing its climate control systems. Phantom’s diode fixtures are much safer in comparison and can be left on for longer without fear of causing a fire or wasting too much energy.

With its ease of use and excellent efficiency, more venues, including the distinguished Coppola Winery, are switching over to Phantom’s diode fixtures.

The Benefits Of Choosing Indirect Cove Lighting

When a space requires an aesthetic boost, indirect cove lighting can provide that extra decorative touch.  This form of illumination is growing in popularity as technology makes these fixtures more efficient and easier to customize. They are designed to be placed out of sight where their soft illumination can create a warm glow across the ceiling or other architectural features. To accomplish this, designers often use a number of strip and ribbon fixtures, each consisting of many xenon or LED festoon lamps.

Indirect cove lighting can fit just about anywhere, from behind furniture, to under cabinets, to ceiling overhangs. Strip fixtures are ideal for display cabinet illumination and can also add a professional look to a commercial building like a bank, hotel or restaurant. No matter the size or shape of the installation area, it is now possible to produce fixtures that fit perfectly. Not every company strives to customize their products to each installation, but superior manufacturers like Phantom do. By working with contractors and designers directly, they build each fixture to precise measurements and specifications. The result is a strip or ribbon fixture that fits the space perfectly. This ensures the device stays out of sight and produces the right amount of illumination.

Xenon and LED technology are the most popular choices for this application because they are highly efficient and customizable. Xenon fixtures can produce pure white illumination that’s ideal for rendering color, while LED can produce a range of tones from white to the warm orange glow that incandescent fixtures are known for. Not only are they custom made for a good fit, Phantom’s LED fixtures are particularly efficient. Each lamp only needs about half a watt of energy to function, however, they can produce a brilliant 40 lumens’ worth of radiance, which is about twice the industry average.

How To Choose From The Various Options Of Artistic Lighting

Consumers have a number of options to choose from when it comes to artistic lighting, but not all sources of illumination are created equal. Choices range from natural sun and inexpensive picture lights to highest quality projectors, but at the end of the day, the finest art deserves nothing less than the finest illumination.

Natural sun is the least acceptable choice of artistic lighting, despite misconceptions to the contrary. The sun contains infrared and ultraviolet rays that can harm treasured works of art. At best, the sun tends to fade colors over time. At worst, it can crack paint, disintegrate textures, and make wooden picture frames brittle.

Fluorescent fixtures can also do more harm than good. While energy efficient, they contain the same ultraviolet rays as the sun, harboring the potential for significant damage and placing the integrity of paintings at risk. Like incandescent bulbs, fluorescents also produce poor color rendering, obscuring the beauty of a piece by suppressing the brilliance of the entire color spectrum.

Halogen lamps are generally considered a good solution for illuminating paintings, especially in combination with incandescent fixtures. The latter are generally considered safe to use on fragile pieces, but their high energy consumption can be a costly downside. In fact, the U.S. government is slowly phasing out incandescents, and replacement bulbs may become increasingly difficult to find.

To truly showcase the splendor of paintings or three-dimensional pieces, the Phantom line of Contour Projectors is an excellent choice. Known to create a unique lighted-from-within effect, Phantom Contour Projector fixtures are all but invisible to the naked eye, yet their fiber optic technology delivers the highest quality illumination with concise outlines and bursting colors.

Choose Recessed Lighting For Your Art Work

Recessed lighting is typically used to add an artistic flair to a room, but it is also adept at providing crisp, functional illumination. They are usually placed along the edges of a room to make the space feel larger and warmer. These fixtures produce softer illumination, mostly because the bulb is shielded from direct view. This makes them ideal for intimate settings and venues like museums and art galleries. They are built into the ceiling, so they need very little room to function. Fortunately, fixtures produced by Phantom are custom built for every installation, so they are ready for immediate placement.

These fixtures are normally installed in modern or urban homes, though they can be placed in any building that needs a design upgrade. They tend to function better when placed along the edges of a room, about eighteen inches to two feet away from the wall. Here, recessed lighting can brighten up the room, giving the illusion that the walls are being pushed back. This makes the room feel larger and more inviting. These fixtures produce more compact beams of radiance, so an installer will need to place several to adequately brighten up a space.

These fixtures are perfect for drawing eyes to a piece of art or other subject. Because they cast warmer, more dramatic illumination, they can bring attention to a wall hanging or standing piece. This is why they are often found in museums and art spaces.

These fixtures can be fitted with incandescent, LED or halogen bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are popular for their warm illumination, but halogen and LED fixtures are more energy efficient. No matter the choice of bulbs, this type of lighting will give any interior a fresh look.

LED Lamps & LED Light Bulbs

phantomcd_mockupJust a few years ago, LED Lamps changed the world of decorative lighting. Previous to the rise of LED lamps, décor always came with a rather hefty price tag. Incandescent sources simply used too much power and cost too much to operate. They also burned very hot and increased cooling costs.

Linear lighting with 5-7 watt lamps will overheat a room quickly. Just one watt of power emits 1 BTU in heat. Multiply that by 5 watts per lamp, and you can see how hot your room gets, and how much extra you have to pay to cool it down.

This all changed when  Phantom LED lamps emerged. LED made decorative lighting affordable. LED lamps use less than 60% as much electricity as incandescent lamps. LED cove lighting fixtures, for example, did not produce heat, but the printed circuit boards that operated them did. Heat was still an issue—even with lamps of less than 5 watts of power.

Phantom Lighting’s new LED replacement festoon lamp now introduces a new generation of decorative luminance that requires less than 1 watt of power. The heat output is negligible and offsets the cost of cooling the room. Phantom is able to create this savings curve without sacrificing quality. Our 6-bulb design emits plenty of light in a 120 degree pattern of distribution and a better blend of color temperature.

Phantom lamps are engineered to retrofit a wide range of linear strip lights made by a diversity of lighting manufacturers. You only have to remove your original festoons and replace them with Phantom LED lamps. Our technology will adapt to 12V or 24V magnetic transformers, so you do not have to rewire your existing book lighting, cabinet lighting, or cove lighting system. You can also use our LED strip lighting lamp technology for certain nautical lighting, aviation lighting, and under the cabinet lighting applications.

The light output from our festoons is unrivaled in our industry. Most competing festoon designs rely on 5mm, “Toppled” LEDs. A single one of these bulbs only emits 1-1.5 lumens. The most you can expect is 10 lumens total output. This is far weaker than incandescent and xenon and often causes a homeowner or procurement manager to invest in older technology that is inefficient—just to have more light.

You don’t have to make this compromise with Phantom. Our LED festoon lamp emit 5 times the light as other festoons— equivalent to traditional lamps. With our LED lamps, you can have the same lumens output as incandescent and xenon without the additional costs.

Phantom energy saving LED lamps operate at a CRI of 80 and range in superb color temperatures of 3500K, cool white 5000K, and 2700K. They also have a 50,000 hour average lamp life as compared to 7,500 hours for incandescent lamps and up to 20,000 hours for Xenon festoon lamps.

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Our LED lighting fixture manufacturing facility is located in Houston Texas. We invite you to contact us direct at 800-863-1184 to obtain more information on our LED lamping options. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed, view an LED brochure, check out our Phantom Lighting mobile website, or read through the many informative summaries and FAQs located on our Phantom Lighting blog.

LED Festoon Strip Lighting

Led light bulbs will one day become the dominant source of lighting on the planet—if not the exclusive source. They solve a multitude of economic and environmental problems that have plagued and continue to plague users of other types of lamps. The reason for this lies in the manner in which a led bulb generates light. Unlike incandescents and fluorescent bulbs, a led light does not utilize a filament or any type of luminary gas. Instead, led lighting bulb technology is based on something completely different—a semi conductive component known as a “diode.” By passing a low voltage current through a diode, one can agitate electrons within its composite substances, causing light to radiate into the surroundings. This light is cool burning and will not cause heat pollution in work and living areas. Because these LED light bulbs do not rely on inert gases of any kind, they pose no threat to the environment, and the substances of which they are composed are virtually unbreakable compared to standard lamps.
Festoon lamps are available in 3 watt, 5 watt, and 10 watt, in both 12VAC and 24VAC. Xenon lamps (2,800K) typically produce a whiter light and are used for display lighting. The light from an incandescent lamp (2,450K) is warmer in color, and more conducive to residential applications. The average life for a incandescent lamp is 7,500 hours and 20,000 hours for xenon low voltage lamps.
There are many advantages to LED lighting. LED festoon lamps are available in a 0.6 watt, 12VAC and 24VAC models in several popular color temperatures such as 2,700K, 3,500K, and 5,000K. LED festoon lamps produce very little forward throw heat, no UV rays and have an average lamp life of 50,000 hours.
LED 2,700K festoon lamps are perfect for retrofit applications or new projects that require a bright, efficient light source in hard to reach areas. Commercial applications such as LED cove lighting in hotels, casinos, theaters, and large residential cove lighting projects are all candidates for Phantom LED festoon light bulbs. Why replace your linear strip lights when you can simply install new energy efficient LED festoon lamps?
Our new 2,700K Phantom LED festoon lamp is a favorite of interior designers, architects, maintenance departments and electrical engineers because it produces a beautiful warm colored light that works well in indirect LED cove lights, display cabinets, task lights and many other commercial and residential applications.
Contact Phantom Lighting now toll-Free at 1-800-863-1184. Speak to a US lighting sales representative today about specific strip lighting series and the many aesthetic and practical benefits that led light bulbs add to display and showcase lighting on all levels of function and form.

LED Cabinet Lighting

kitchen_TK-LWhat makes Phantom LED Cabinet Lights the best choice for illuminating custom cabinets in new homes?

Three features make linear LED cabinet lights the ideal choice for new home build outs and custom cabinet illumination. For one thing, they are almost completely heat less and can be left on for extended periods of time. Secondly, they require only 20% the amount of power needed by incandescent and halogen light sources. Third, led energy saving cabinet lights have the longest lamp life of any fixture of their kind on the market—approximately 50,000 hours. On the average, they can be expected to last up to 10 years, negating the annoyance and needless expense of ongoing replacements and unattractive dark spots in your kitchen.

LED cabinet lighting is also some of the safest illumination you can use in a custom home. These linear lighting strips feature a unique, patented adjustable shelf wiring method that uses brass shelf supports and buss bars instead of visible, external wires. This system delivers low-voltage current safely and allows the shelf to be adjusted without the risk of short circuit or shock.

Can LED cabinet lighting offer the same quality of luminance and color rendering as fluorescent, incandescent, or xenon bulbs?

Phantom has engineered a replacement LED festoon lamp that is light years ahead of earlier LED technology. Our patented festoon design uses three bubs in close proximity to one another to produce 45-50 lumens of light per lamp. This makes them equivalent in brightness to xenon lamps, with only a fraction of the power requirements. Phantom LED festoon light bulbs operate at 1.7 watts, whereas xenon lamps operate at 5 watts—a clear savings in power for the energy conscious custom home owner.

Additionally, Phantom LED cabinet lighting strips provide a full spectrum of color temperatures that range from the warm white of the 2800K festoon lamps and the slightly cooler 2950K led festoon light bulbs on upward and to the more a more bluish, daylight white at 6500K.

Can Phantom LED Cabinet Light Fixtures be used to retrofit existing kitchens and remodels?

Absolutely. We manufacture a total of six different linear strip models to provide lighting design companies and interior decorators the full gamut of choices when it comes to replacing outdated and worn-out equipment. Phantom Agents, located throughout North, Central, and South America, provide everything from product information and demonstration to customization and ordering services.

For custom homeowners looking to “go green”, or California residents facing legislation that requires replacement of all incandescent strip lights by 2010, Phantom LED cabinet lights offer yet another LED lighting advantage. Generally speaking, most LED lamps are DC-powered lamps. This presents a problem for some users when it comes time to replace an incandescent or Xenon strip powered by an AC circuit. The extra costs of AC to DC conversion equipment, plus additional labor fees, are a needless expense for the client and a nuisance for consultants to justify. Phantom led cabinet lighting strips; however, solve this problem with AC low voltage transformers that power the lamps along existing circuitry.

How aesthetic are the actual lighting fixtures themselves?

Custom home builders must always pay attention to aesthetics as much as function. Since design considerations are paramount to winning a contract, many builders have found that the AC Series (Adjustable Concealed) provides their proposal with both them a leading technical and decorative edge over the competition.

The AC series uses custom buss bars that conduct power to each adjustable shelf, resulting in complete concealment of the wiring. Contractors can custom order an AC linear cabinet lighting strip products with either solid metal trims for horizontal applications that require additional decorative highlighting, or with a variety of specialty trims for custom undercabinet lighting or applications above eye level.

These led cabinet lighting strips lights offer a low profile, near-invisible source of illumination that allows the new homeowner to see the light, but not the fixture.

How much lighting control does the homeowner have over these lights?

All Phantom Lighting fixtures of any kind are completely dimmable and come in many popular trim colors. Regardless of the specific LED cabinet lighting are further engineered for superior optics with advanced glare shielding that directs the light toward the intended subject and away from the viewer’s eyes.

With a generous 120-degree beam spread from each light emitting diode, the resulting illumination easily homogenizes or converges to achieve a continuous linear light source. Ultimately, therefore, wine cellar lighting strips with LED Lamps offer not only an equivalent luminosity to linear incandescent strips, but an infinitely superior distribution system that minimizes the fixture and emphasizes the light.

How can I learn more about your lighting products?

Call a Phantom Agent for more information on all of these options. We invite you to call toll free 800-863-1184 to request literature online or visit our lighting blog to learn more about Phantom custom low voltage lighting products.

Are your LED lighting strips made in the USA?

Yes, our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with professional lighting sales agents located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Las Vegas Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, San Antonio TX, Tucson Arizona, Orange County California, Atlanta Georgia, Austin Texas and Palm Springs California.

Not All Lighting Manufacturers Are the Same

Lighting Manufacturer Led LampAre there any lighting manufacturers of LED lighting lamps that can replace existing incandescent and xenon festoons lamps?

Lighting manufacturers offer a myriad of products that vary considerably in quality and price. A large percentage of lighting users must still rely on AC lighting fixtures because of tight budgets. Progressively minded LED lighting manufacturers recognize this reality when proposing any type of upgrade. Certain key design features have to be incorporated into LED bulbs, lamps, and fixtures in order to create the lighting fixture equivalent of “backward compatibility” that will not impede forward motion and industry evolution. It is by striking this delicate balance with innovative, proprietary, and patented engineering that Phantom Lighting has emerged as a leading contender in an industry that is rapidly expanding its service offerings and adding value to multiple global markets.

These lighting strips advance both decorative and task lighting by leaps and bounds without leaving the end user behind.

There are several key points of differentiation that resolve this apparent paradox, and a brief understanding of how LED lamps work will clarify them immediately.

LED festoon lamps normally function on Direct Current only and require DC power inverters to make them compatible with AC wiring systems.

This, of course, presents a burden for the end use, which must user now must purchase additional equipment and try to figure out just how to install it without creating a visual nuisance. Phantom coordinates the manufacturing of led lights and linear strip lighting that resolve both of these issues by engineering its products with design features found nowhere else in the world. We design our linear strips with low voltage magnetic transformers that are fully compatible with 120VAC current and eliminate the headache of AC to DC conversion. We also manufacture our led lighting strips to work independently without exposed wiring. Our AC Series adjustable concealed lighting concept is one of the most sophisticated forms of commercial cabinet lighting. It also enables us to manufacture led light strips that are easier for us to have custom fabricated and simpler for our clients to adjust.

We also work very hard to accommodate those who do not have the budget to replace entire lighting strips.

We have perfected a special design that enables us to manufacture LED lamps and bulbs capable of completely replacing incandescent, fluorescent, and xenon festoons on previously installed linear lighting systems. This has resulted in a tremendous cost savings for commercial clients who are looking to obtain LEEDS certification by reducing their wattage per square foot. In most instances now, it is only necessary to replace the lamps without throwing out the strip lights.

Phantom not only made this solution possible—we actually patented it. The keys to this LED strip lighting design are the quality of the bulbs themselves and the combined output of three identical bulbs placed in close proximity to one another. This results is a combined output of approximately 50 lumens (the same as that of xenon and incandescent lamps) that easily outperforms the lamps of other led lighting manufacturers that can only produce 10 lumens each on the average.

To our knowledge, we are the only manufacturer of LED lighting lamps in the world that can effectively replace incandescent, fluorescent, and xenon festoon lamps with equivalent lumen output. We use the world’s top commercial grade LED’s and have them installed in our unique festoon lighting design.

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