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.

What Are The Best Under Cabinet Lights?

What Are The Best Under Cabinet Lights?To be considered among the best under cabinet lights, a fixture has to stand out among the dozens of competitors out there. These types of fixtures have been around for decades, but have always relied on inefficient technology, forcing homeowners to throw away money every year for no good reason. When done right, this type of illumination is the perfect way to set a peaceful mood in the kitchen or a work area. It is meant to gently wash over countertops, adding to the rich color mosaic that embodies the heart of the home.

Who produces the best under cabinet lights on the market?

Phantom has perfected the design for these fixtures, making them as compact as possible without subtracting from their beauty. It may not seem like a big deal, but a compact design is important for keeping the fixtures out of sight. Wiring and fixture housings are an eyesore and shouldn’t be visible with a premium fixture.

Phantom’s fixtures are available in a few different varieties, but most use superior LED technology to produce efficient, safe illumination. LEDs have only recently been perfected for home illumination, but they are already much more efficient than incandescent or fluorescent fixtures. LED bulbs are also safer because they don’t emit much heat at all, which means they can be left on without fear of starting a fire.

How these fixtures are installed, though, is what really makes them the best under cabinet lights on the market. Because they are formed into strips, these fixtures can be cut to any length. Phantom takes advantage of this by cutting each fixture to the exact length of each installation. The installer provides Phantom with the measurements and Phantom will produce them to fit. Phantom also uses LED bulbs provided by a single supplier, so each fixture is consistent in its performance. This, along with Phantom’s aiming trims, will ensure the perfect spread of illumination.

This is important because if the spread is too tight, it will look like a spotlight. If it’s too spread out, there won’t be enough illumination to make any effect. If it’s not aimed right, it may bounce a glare off of the countertop, which will only serve to annoy people.

The one thing that sets Phantom’s fixtures apart from the rest is intelligent design. Everything from how the fixture is installed to how it looks when switched on is made with the homeowner in mind.

Deciding Between Xenon Vs. LED Festoon Lamps

Before installing cabinet lighting or any other form of display illumination, homeowners have to consider xenon vs. LED festoon lamps. Between these two lighting technologies, there isn’t a clear-cut favorite, because they each possess their own strengths and drawbacks. What they have in common, though, is that they are sophisticated technologies that represent the best quality in the industry.

Xenon lighting is also considered to be high intensity discharge lighting, or HID. HID is brighter than diodes and also produces warmer tones, fairly close to standard incandescent lights. For this reason, they are extremely popular for cabinet lighting. Diode fixtures, though, are much more efficient because they use semiconductor technology. They burn cool and require less power to output a similar level of brightness to HID. Diodes are highly durable and are expected to last for an extreme length of time. While HID fixtures can last between 10,000 and 20,000 hours, diodes can make it to 100,000 in some cases before they need to be replaced.

How these fixtures are built is also something to consider when deciding on xenon vs. LED festoon lamps. HID lights consist of a small chamber filled with an electrically charged gas and metal vapor, normally either sodium or mercury. When activated, free electrons from the gas strike the metal atoms, causing the electrons to change orbit and release photon energy. Diodes are built with a small semiconductor chip that is manipulated to create an electrical gradient. When activated, electrons flow from higher concentrations to “holes” on the positive charged side. This causes light energy to be released.

These two technologies are often considered the best forms of illumination available to homeowners these days. There isn’t an obvious advantage between the two, and a homeowner really can’t go wrong with either option.

LED Lighting

LED lighting products do not burn out in the same way that incandescents and fluorescents fail.  Because they generate luminance by passing electricity through a solid-state diode, they do not contain gas or filaments that can expire over time.  However, there is a limit to LED lifespan due to the heat that is generated by the current passing through the diode.  This heat has to be drawn away from the lamp in order to extend its lifespan for as long as possible.   In the event that the heat is not properly managed, it will cause the amount of luminance to decrease over a much shorter period of time than it should. Excessive heat can also cause colors to shift.  Due to the sensitivity of solid state products to heat, the overall lifespan of a product such as a linear strip light or ribbon light is rated at the anticipated depreciation of 30 percent of the bulbs it contains.

This makes thermal management the key to superior LED lighting technology.  Companies such as Phantom are able to engineer linear strip and ribbon products that dissipate heat much more effectively than generic, retail linear strip fixtures and ribbons.  Further value is added in the form of superior lamping technology.  These bulbs emit a much higher lumens output than do competing lamp types.  This allows for a higher output of luminance at a lower wattage.  Lower wattage means less heat to begin with and an inherently longer lamp life.

The ability to lower illumination with dimmer controls makes it possible to preserve these fixtures for even longer periods of time.  As both task and decorative luminaires, they offer return on investment by saving on both power and lamp replacement.

Architectural Lighting

The discipline of architectural lighting can be traced back to the Middle Ages and beyond. Builders of churches and cathedrals made use of the sun’s rays to achieve spectacular illumination in houses of worship, and stained glass windows created stunning effects. Of course, the builders of the dark ages didn’t refer to their instinctive skills as architectural lighting. This term only became meaningful in the late 1960’s, when the formation of the International Association of Lighting Designers emphasized the importance of illumination in an architectural context.

Since then, builders have learned that the illumination of a space – be it indoors or outdoors – can have a profound effect on mood, ambience, and the performance of task. Today’s designers primarily focus on three factors when it comes to illumination: beauty, function, and sustainability.

The increasing frequency of government energy code enactments and “green” initiatives have resulted in a heavy emphasis on energy efficiency. Especially in commercial settings (e.g. factories, warehouses, discount stores) where efficiency and operating cost are intricately related. Aesthetic attractiveness is a priority as well in upscale establishments and entertainment venues like those found in Las Vegas. Functionality is highly important in environments where optimal illumination is critical for the performance of tasks in hospitals, for example, or sport stadiums.

Talented designers are learned in the science and art of illumination, with a deep understanding of the physiology and psychology of human light perception, as well as the physics surrounding production and distribution. With the help of computer software, modern designers have the ability to input relevant data such as placement of fixtures, sun penetration, flooring types,and reflective surfaces into a program that subsequently calculates and models ideal illumination levels.

Under Cabinet Lighting Lights

kitchen_TK-LPhantom under cabinet lights are distinguished by a variety of unique attributes that allow them to be adapted to any custom kitchen. Counter tops appear exceptional when illuminated with Phantom products thanks to a number of patented components and a robust set of options in lamp type and color temperature.

To begin with, each under cabinet lighting strips is custom manufactured to the under surface of the specific kitchen cabinet to which it mounts. Because we make our fixtures much smaller than fluorescent under cabinet lights, their low profile design makes them almost impossible to detect. Additionally, under cabinet lighting strip can be adjusted with a dimmer switch that allows for lighting levels to be raised or lowered at will. Traditional xenon lamping options are available for these strips, along with new LED festoon technology that generates a lumens output and quality of light that closely approximates xenon.

If you are an architect, builder, or designer, these characteristics give you a number of advantages over previous xenon under cabinet lighting technologies. To begin with you do not have to worry about chasing down fixtures to fit cabinets with custom dimensions or unique specifications. If you will send us your spec sheets or drawings, we can use these as a template to manufacture your under cabinet lights to match your cabinet out so you can install them directly into its structure at the time of build out.

Because our kitchen under cabinet lights are smaller than competing, standard linear lights, they remain invisible from a normal standing or seated position. Your clients will see the light, but they will not see the fixture. This adds value to the work of the interior decorator, who no longer has to worry about his or her work being diminished by extruding equipment. Additionally, our patented new LED light bulb technology is now able to rival xenon in lumens output; yet it is by nature energy saving, and it offers the additional advantage of a cool operating source that can be left on throughout the night without risk of overheating.

As an construction or design professional, one of the most important benefits you will receive from Phantom’s under cabinet lighting manufacturing process is a complete freedom in design options that allows you to specify what you deem fit without having to worry if you can find fixtures to match. We can make them match. More options than ever before exist when it comes to LED color temperatures, and the continued availability of xenon lamps allows you to opt for traditional linear strip lighting sources with the added value of lighting control that can minimize heat and extend lamp life. Adding the “golden touch” to counter tops and back planes can be done with less heat and with extended xenon lamp life thanks to Phantom dimmer technology.

We do, however, strongly recommend you consider the benefits of new, improved LED lamps that can give you virtually the same results—particularly with the warm color temperature of the 2800K. This, along with the respectively cooler color temperature options of the 2950K and the 5000K, will allow you to illuminate virtually any surface in the kitchen.

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.

Our cabinet 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, Tucson Arizona, Orange County California, Atlanta Georgia, Austin Texas and Palm Springs California.

Specialty LED Lamp Manufacturer

Strip-Six-780575As a specialty LED lamp manufacturer, Phantom is a solution source not only for designers, but also for other strip lighting manufacturers. Our patented LED lamps are engineered to fit both our own linear lighting strips and the linear lighting fixture of other manufacturers. This makes them ideal retrofits for those seeking to reduce wattage per square foot requirements necessary for obtaining LEEDS certification. We also manufacture LED light bulbs with client convenience foremost in mind. Unlike competing models that require DC power inverters for retrofit applications, all of our LED lamps are operable on standard 12VAC magnetic transformers. Best of all, Phantom manufactures LED lamps that rival the lumens output and physical dimensions of industry standard incandescent and xenon lamps. This allows them to function as replacements that reduce power while preserving color rendering, lighting levels, and glare free ambient lighting effects.

Don’t LED lamps output fewer lumens than incandescent or Xenon lamps?

Most “industry standard” lamps do indeed output lower levels of light. However, Phantom stands unique among LED lamp manufacturers, offering a patented line of festoons designed to rival the output of traditional bulb technologies.

The difference lies in both the bulbs utilized and in how they are installed in the lamping module.

Most LED low voltage lighting manufacturers design festoon lamps that consist of either 5mm, or “toppled” LED’s. This results in a lower level of output than traditional technologies are able to produce. As a general rule, these lamps only produce 1 to 1.5 lumens of output.

This limits the retrofitting capabilities of most LED festoons to only the lowest ambient lighting applications and renders them ineffective for high-end display and showcase lighting where greater visibility is required.

Phantom LED lamps, on the other hand, uses commercial quality bulbs graded rated at the highest level of industry excellence.

These accent lighting tools are designed into a patented lamping design found only through Phantom Lighting.

Each Phantom lamp consists of three-½ watt LED bulbs with tight color binning and a color rendering index rating of approximately 80. The close proximity of highly rated commercial bulbs within the festoon housing results in a total output of 50 lumens. This level of light is equivalent to that of a 7-watt incandescent bulb, making it an ideal replacement for any existing xenon low voltage lighting.

The lamp itself is extremely compact, intended to mirror the size and dimensions of incandescent equivalents. A Phantom LED measures only 1-11/16” in overall length, 9/16” in width and 3/8” in depth.

Can Phantom LED Lamps help my company achieve LEED certification?

Yes. Phantom lamps can help you reduce your wattage per square foot. This is a perfect energy saving LED lighting product that is a major factor in obtaining a LEED certification.

We manufacture our LED lamps with such precision that they produce only trace levels of forward throw heat and minimal wattage per foot. Although the Phantom LED lamp is equivalent in lumens output to a 7-watt incandescent bulb, it only radiates the equivalent of a 1-watt light bulb in heat. Normal operating temperatures will range between –40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The quantum efficiency of our festoons is actually superior to that of incandescents and xenon, and further power savings can be achieved with the use of dimmer switches. You don’t even have to replace your existing low voltage cabinet lighting strips to achieve this power reduction. Provided the strips operate on 12VAC magnetic transformers, the lamps can simply snap into places previously held by less energy efficient festoons.

How do Phantom LED lamps rate on the aesthetic end of the spectrum?

Simply among the best. Phantom lighting strips are technically classified as luxury lighting items, having originally been conceived by our engineers as an aesthetic alternative to visible fixtures and wiring that detract from showcases, cove lighting, displays, and decorative cabinets.

We have always combined our vision of aesthetics, though, with practicality, which accounts for our leadership position as one of the most cost-effective manufacturers of energy saving LED festoon lamps.

Our festoons are available in a broad spectrum of color temperatures that include, but are not limited to, Warm White 2950K, 3500K, 5000K and Daylight 6500K. Colored LED lamps are also available in the standard LED colors, Red, Blue, and Green. Specific lumens output for the 2950K PHANTOM LED LAMP is 42 lumens, 45 lumens for 3500K, and roughly 50 lumens for the 5000K and 6500K lamps.

This allows the Phantom festoon virtually unlimited versatility in a very wide range of residential and commercial linear strip under cabinet lighting applications.

Contact us toll free at 800-863-1184 X 125 or visit our website to find an LED lighting manufacturer agent than can customize our proprietary technology to your exact requirements and specifications.

Advantages and Drawbacks of Rope Lights & Cove Rope Lighting

Rope lights are good sources of light for tight spots in ceilings because their plastic manufacture allows them to be bent. They are also are ideal for short-term specialty display lighting and decorative holiday lighting. The endless variety of style and bulb options makes them a favorite for event planners for special occasions throughout the year. Perhaps their most widespread application in residential settings is for decorative outdoor lighting.

Rope lights bring aesthetic and supplemental light to any outdoor area such as a gazebo, a back porch, or a patio where home entertainment events are hosted. They also provide a measure of safety lighting when they installed along handrails and steps, and some people even use them to decorate gutters and trellises for an extra touch of sophistication.

A number of advantages accounts for the popularity of these widespread and highly versatile lighting elements.

Rope lights tend to be very cost effective and extremely easy for the end user to install. A broad spectrum of kits is available that offers the novice considerable choices in colors, styles, and measurements. These lights normally include the option to dim the lights, so 120V rope lights can still be rendered cost effective simply by reducing the level of light. Furthermore, almost every lighting manufacturer makes low voltage lighting and high voltage lighting kits to deliver super savings on energy to the home user on a budget.

Rope lights can be equipped with any number of bulb types ranging from traditional incandescent to revolutionary LED lamps. Both offer their own unique benefits. Incandescents produce a very bright light and can clearly be seen when used in conjunction with normal indoor lighting. Event planners hosting company parties normally choose incandescent bulbs because they remain clearly visible when other room lights are on. On the other hand, rope lights used outdoors normally remain on longer and require greater energy efficiency. LED bulbs are generally preferred in this scenario because they only use 20% of the power as incandescents, and they are extremely cost effective when installed on a low voltage lighting system.


Because they are so inexpensive and easy to install, rope lights are often used by builders as adjunct decorations or for cove lighting in spec homes. However, the flexibility they are renowned for has it limitations. If the rope is bent incorrectly, it can fail to work altogether. In tight coves or area where the wall is striated, these lights will accentuate wall variances and reflect an uneven distribution of light. If “hot” burning bulbs like xenon and incandescent are used, the plastic housing will begin to turn brown from exposure to ultraviolet light over a period of time.

When used in this manner, rope lights are short lived and will eventually require replacement. This additional cost cancels out the initial front-end savings they normally deliver. Rope lights are also wired in series, so if a single light fails, the entire string fails. At this point a splice can be placed in the line to restore functionality, but the uniformity of the light is compromised and quality begins to diminish.

For indoor cove lighting, the most popular product to use as an alternative light source are our Phantom LED lighting strips. They are specifically designed for lighting indoor coves. Click here to read how Phantom CM series offers either an adjunct lighting source or outright alternative to rope lighting.

New PDF files for Phantom Contour Projector & LED Strip Lights ready for download!

Phantom Lighting Systems, a Houston based lighting manufacturer has recently posted updated information on their website for the Contour Projector and Strip Lighting products. Some of the changes include the introduction of a LED lamp option for the Strip Lights and a custom gobo holder for the Contour Projector.

Phantom Contour Projectors are designed by a professional installer and have been engineered so a novice, do it yourselfer or qualified electrician can successfully illuminate art. The patented mounting method, simplified optical system and the ability to use shutters, gobos and custom templates make this one of the most versatile and awesome art lighting fixtures on the market today. By shaping the light to only the canvas, the art takes on a “Lighted from within” look that can only be seen to appreciate.

Please visit any of the following links to learn more about our fine art lighting projectors:

Phantom Contour Projector RM Series

Phantom Contour Projector FF Series

Phantom Contour Projector TA Series

Phantom Contour Projector NC Series

Phantom Contour Projector SM Series

Phantom Light Strips provide the ultimate in performance and flexibility as a seamless, concealed low voltage linear lighting source. The new energy efficient 1.7 watt 12VAC LED lamps are ideal for commercial applications where energy code compliance is an issue or a major consideration. All lamp options are fully dimmable for achieving the perfect light level or to extend lamp life. Our low voltage lighting strips are available in eight popular painted colors as well as premium metals such as polished brass, satin brass, polished stainless steel, satin stainless steel and natural copper. Phantom Lighting is all about seeing the light, not the fixture!

Please visit any of the following links to learn more about our low voltage lighting products:

Phantom AC Series Light Strips

Phantom AE Series Lighting Strips

Phantom CM Series Light Strips

Phantom HM Series Lighting Strips

Phantom TL Series Light Strips

Phantom VM Series Lighting Strips

If you would like additional information on Phantom Lighting products or to speak with a lighting representative in your area to schedule a product demonstration, please call 800-863-1184 X 125. Thank You!

Phantom LED home lighting products for under cabinet lighting, picture lighting and display lighting offer many practical benefits.

Phantom Strip lighting solutions cover the full lighting spectrum, making 12 volt LED home lighting the only linear light source to accommodate free standing furniture, coves, bookshelves, and picture lighting within your home. Low voltage 12VAC LED home lighting offers a safe and long-lasting alternative to all other forms of technology such as incandescent or xenon light sources.

Phantom 12 volt LED energy saving lighting are rapidly becoming the very future of custom accent, display and kitchen under cabinet lighting. Filament based lighting such as incandescent or xenon convert 90% of all electricity into raw heat. Not only does this cause the bulb to eventually burn out, but it also heats the room and subsequently increases energy costs on cooling. LED technology replaces this gas and filament with superior technology with more cost effective results. Phantom LED festoon lamps utilize semiconductor technology to radiate light without heat and only require 12V to operate. As such, they last much longer than halogen and fluorescent bulbs, and they do not heat the room or increase the power bill if used too often.

Phantom Lighting Strips allow for an even distribution of light from an unobtrusive LED lighting source that adapts itself readily to built-in bookcases and freestanding furniture. The variable spacing insures even saturated light output and options for 120-degree or 60-degree optic angles depending on situational lighting requirements and desired aesthetic outcome.

If you are considering specifying, installing or purchasing LED lights, give the display lighting experts at Phantom Lighting System or a factory lighting representative a call. They can be reached at 800-863-1184 X 125 or online at http://www.phantomlighting.com/.