Posts Tagged ‘Linc Lighting and Electrical’

Getting a charge out of (and into) electric vehicles in California

July 26, 2011

The times they are a changin’.  And the cars they are a chargin’!

Our sister company, Linc Lighting & Electrical, has installed the first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations of their kind in downtown Laguna Beach, California, as part of City’s wider effort to implement an array of climate protection measures.   The EV charging stations were officially unveiled at a June 21 press event conducted by the Laguna Beach City Council and attended by my colleagues at The Linc Group. 


An EV charging station in Laguna Beach--A state-of-the-art Coulomb system installed by Linc Lighting & Electrical

“We are proud to be a part of this sustainability initiative in partnership with the City of Laguna Beach,” said Ken Sapp, vice president of Linc EnergyHub. “The Linc Group is strongly committed to providing superior, sustainable services to all of our clients across all of our service areas, including IT, electrical, lighting, controls and HVAC. We also are pleased to have the opportunity to work once again with Coulomb Technologies to help deliver leading sustainability solutions.” 

LLE is also installing charging stations for Nissan Leaf purchases and supporting business locations. 

I’m particularly excited by the in-home installs.  We have the ability, with our GreenHomes Partner locations in San DiegoFresno, and Hayward to work hand-in- hand with LLE, not just with charging stations, but to look at the whole house and find ways to save energy–offseting the electrical consumption of the car!  That’s a huge deal.  And the Energy Upgrade California incentives help pay for the home improvements.  Less gas, less smog, lower utility bills, and money back!  It’s a quadruple win!

You don’t have to buy an electric vehicle to start saving in your home and taking advantage of the cash back rebates.  And the funny thing is, the improvements make sense even without the rebates.  You wind up with a more comfortable, healthier home with lower utility bills.  Good stuff!


A Bright Future for LED Lighting

May 30, 2009

You’re going to be hearing a lot about LED lighting in the coming years.  The technology promises to revolutionize the way we light our homes.  Among many benefits, they are energy-efficient, dimmable, don’t contain mercury like compact fluorescents, and they have a very long service life—currently as long as 50,000 hours!

Currently LEDs are a lot more expensive than incandescent or fluorescent lighting.  And because LEDs provide directional light, it takes some good engineering to cast light in all directions like we’re used to with common light bulbs.  As a result, I don’t think most of the LED lighting available out there is ready for prime time outside of some specialty applications or where light quality is changing.  I do expect that to change rapidly however.

 And there are some products that are ready to go.  I am particularly impressed with the CREE recessed lighting. 

CREE LR6 Luminaire

CREE LR6 Luminaire

They’ve been used successfully in commercial applications (ask Linc Lighting and Electrical), and I’ve installed both the LR6 and LR4 in my own home.  The quality of the light is amazing (CRI of 92 for you lighting geeks), and they’re available in the warm colors we expect in homes.  They work best with a few select dimmers—but installed with the right dimmer, they perform better than even incandescent (they don’t seem to change color as the light dims).  I really like them, I’ll be installing more in my home, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for mainstream use.

As I’m writing this, I see that the NY Times has a story out right now about LEDs—it’s worth a read.


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