Dave Burtner has written 107 articles

Dave has been active in the lighting industry since 1994. Formerly a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and certified by the National Council On Qualifications for Lighting Professionals, Dave now writes blog posts, lighting tips and provides lighting product assistance for the Topbulb website.

Use These Outdoor Lighting Guidelines to Avoid Common Mistakes

Outdoor lighting, whether landscape or building mounted, can add significant visual appeal to both commercial and residential buildings and spaces. When designed and implemented properly, lighting around a building enhances the architecture, showcases plants, rocks and sculpture in the landscape and guides visitors safely to the entrance. In addition, exterior building lighting can improve security.…

T5 Linear Fluorescent Offers Advantages Over T8 For Certain Applications

T5 fluorescent light bulbs are often overlooked as an excellent option for specific types of lighting in new construction and remodel projects. T5 fixtures can often be found in office lighting where ceiling direct / indirect fixtures supply the ambient illumination over workspaces. T5’s are also frequently used in wall wash applications and in high…

LED Retrofit Downlights: Selection Guide

recessed downlights in commercial building with escalator

  Recessed downlights are a common lighting fixture found in most commercial and residential buildings. Lobbies, hallways and conference rooms often take advantage of the clean ceiling look of a recessed downlight to provide ambient or accent lighting in these spaces. In homes, kitchens are the most common location where recessed downlights are found, but…

How to Read Outdoor Fixture Light Distribution Classification Systems

light distribution from street lights

Fixtures can be categorized by application, mounting, light source, construction and light distribution. In this post, the focus will be on light distribution. For lighting specifiers and contractors, it’s important, particularly for outdoor fixtures, to know the light distribution pattern and characteristics of the distribution. The shape (as well as brightness) of the area that…

What Does the IP Rating of a Light Fixture Mean?

rain on building with light fixtures

  The specifications for light fixtures often include a value for IP, the abbreviation for International Protection Marking (sometimes referred to as Ingress Protection Marking). The IP rating system is an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard that applies to many product categories including lighting. Why IP Ratings Are Important The IP rating informs the buyer…