Posted February 05, 2013

Don't get caught in the dark... at a global event like the Super Bowl!

Compact fluorescent often has a warm up time. While it may immediately come on at a decent level, it does take up to 10 minutes to come to full brightness. Luckily if you turn it off and on again, it does light right back up.

Posted December 18, 2012

Scary Predictions: What to Watch Out For

Halloween was over a month ago with the winter holiday season already under way. In the tradition of "The Nightmare Before Christmas", let's talk about scary TM-21 calculations.

Posted November 20, 2012

Transformer Compatibility Challenges

One of the current challenges in the LED industry is transformer compatibility for low-voltage LEDs. MR16 LEDs are at the forefront of the issue, but not an issue with the LED MR16s themselves. The issue exists with the transformers.

Posted October 30, 2012

I may be small but I pack a big punch!

One of the challenges in the lighting industry is to produce more and more light out of smaller and smaller sources. Solais recently decided to rise to this challenge and asked our team of engineers to do exactly that.

Posted October 16, 2012


The question comes up a lot. Are Solais lamps dimmable? The answer is yes! Of course the next question is what dimmer works best with Solais LED lamps? This is where it gets a little more complicated

Posted October 02, 2012

Why is LED binning so important?

As seen in the figure 1 below, white light falls along the Planckian Locus (or black body locus) on the Chromaticity Diagram. This means that depending on where the white light falls along the black body locus, the light can be bluer or yellower than another white light.

Posted September 04, 2012

Staying ahead of the curve!

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Solais is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest technology. This was true when we came out with the first 1000 lumen replacement lamp to hit the market.

Posted August 21, 2012

How is the life of an LED lamp determined?

With traditional lamp sources like halogen, fluorescent and metal halide, a selection of lamps (usually somewhere around 100 samples) are burned continuously at a given voltage and position. When 50% of these lamps have ceased to function, then this determines the lamp life for that particular lamp.

Posted July 24, 2012


What happens to a Solais lamp when it is installed in a situation that causes it to get hotter than intended?

Posted July 17, 2012


In previous blogs, we have talked about our Luxiance technology which utilizes active cooling to remove heat from our LED system. But what does this really mean to the LED? How does this relate to the LM-79 and LM-80 tests?

Posted July 10, 2012


Glare is defined as a visual sensation caused by excessive and uncontrolled brightness. It is subjective and sensitivity to glare can vary widely.

Posted June 24, 2012

Gravity works . . . Unfortunately.

Proper aiming and adjusting of the accent lighting at a museum or retail store is key to creating an exciting and dynamic environment. Keeping that focus is just as important. With halogen lighting, the lamps need to be replaced several times a year.

Posted May 31, 2012


Why aren't Solais lamps UL listed? Why are they ETL? Which is better ETL or UL? We at Solais get asked these questions all the time. I'm going to try and briefly explain the ETL vs. UL showdown here.

Posted May 27, 2012

And now for something completely different... LM-80.

Why doesn't Solais provide LM-80 results on their lamps? That's because LM-80 refers to the LED itself, outside of its environment.

Posted May 22, 2012

What is an LM-79?

Why doesn't Solais have LM-79 certification? Well, that has a simple answer, there is no such thing. LM-79 is a testing process not a certification.

Posted April 23, 2012

Time to think Outside the Bulb

As LEDs have continued to improve in efficacy, Solais has continued to improve our Lumen output and Center Beam Candle Power (CBCP) of all our actively-cooled lamps.

Posted May 11, 2011

Understanding Optics and the Benefits of LED Optical Control

The most common mistake in lighting terms associated with the quantity of light is between the intensity of a light source and its total output. The total output of a light source is described in "lumens".

Posted April 14, 2011

What you should know about LED Lighting

LED sources are a new solution for virtually all lighting needs and have the potential to change the way we live and consume energy. The largest limitation currently slowing the adoption of LED lighting is simply that it is new and not well understood.

Posted March 02, 2011

Beware of Making Comparison Mistakes With Halogen Lamps

We recently evaluated the Solais LED LR38 (21W, 1000 lumens) against a PAR38 halogen (90W, 130V, 1310 lumens) for a high-profile client. The client had some initial concerns due to the apparent large difference in lumens between the two products, but this was simply because they did not have a proper understanding of the importance behind the 130V rating.

Posted August 08, 2010

Understanding LED Lamp & System Characteristics

LED lighting has numerous characteristics that make it unique from conventional incandescent and fluorescent light sources. Understanding these characteristics and the technical capabilities of the technology will help one understand the true potential of LED lighting.

Two of our new product lines are now available to order!
The XC3, XC5 and XC7 modular cylinders come in a variety of finishes and mounting options. The WW asymmetrical track wall wash fixtures come in two sizes. Yoke mount versions are coming soon!