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Power Method
Input Voltage
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Batteries Included
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CA Title 24
Captive Screws
Charger Included
Chevrons Included
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Contains Lead
Contains Mercury
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CSA Listed
Diffuser / Lens
Dimmer Switch
Dusk-to-Dawn Photocell
Emergency Lights Included
Emergency Lights Minimum Illumination
Emergency Lights Push-to-Test Switch
Emergency Lights Self-Diagnostic
Emits UV/IR Radiation
Energy Star
ETL Listed
Exit Sign Letter Colors
Face Plate Type
Fiber Optic Ceiling Access Required
Fiber Optic Under Water Use
Fiber Optic Wheel
Housing Integral Thermal Protector
Housing Quick Connectors
Las Vegas Convention Center Approved
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Low Glow Mode
Motion Sensor
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Number of Faces
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Power Cord Included
Power Cord Length
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Power Supply Required
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Puck Light Placement
Recessed Housing Type
Recessed Light Nominal Diameter
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Rechargeable Batteries
Remote Control
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Replaces Halogen
Replaces Incandescent
RoHS Compliant
Safety Front Glass
Separate Component Required
Step Light Orientation
Trim Secures to Housing
UL Listed
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Light Sources

You don't have to be a lighting expert to know that an incandescent light bulb can't hold a candle to the efficiency of an LED. But it's a little more difficult to distinguish between the life expectancy of a xenon light versus a halogen, or to pinpoint which light source is right for your office. That's where we come in. To help you find just the right type of light source for your need we compare the pros and cons of each in our infographic below.

Compare Light Sources

Choosing a Light Source infographic

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  • Operation - Electricity passes through mercury vapor in a glass tube and the invisible light that is produced interacts with the coating in the glass emitting visible light.
  • Type of Light - All types of white light (e.g., warm white, cool white, daylight) with good color rendering.
  • Strengths - A lot of light and very energy-efficient with many residential options available.
  • Weaknesses - Older versions for fluorescent light bulbs can make you look gray-green (not cool) and most cannot be dimmed.
  • Comments - Newer fluorescents with new coatings give fluorescent lights a much more flattering glow.


  • Operation - Electricity passes through a metal filament to the point of "incandescence" when the filament gives off light as well as plenty of heat.
  • Type of Light - Yellowish light with good color rendition.
  • Strengths - Emits a warm light that flatters pretty much all skin tone; inexpensive to purchase; easily dimmable.
  • Weaknesses - Cheaper models burn out quickly; use a lot more energy than other light sources; emit a lot of heat.
  • Comments - Traditional household light bulbs are being phased out due to high energy usage.


  • Operation - Similar to incandescent except that a small amount of halogen gas has been added to the inside of the glass envelope.
  • Type of Light - Crisp white light with very good color rendition.
  • Strengths - Good for illuminating art and fitting into small areas; need to be changed less often than incandescent bulbs; can be dimmed; better beam control allows light to be carefully focused.
  • Weaknesses - The light can be too bright for living rooms or some decorative fixtures; light bulbs and fixtures can become very hot; touching glass will shorten the life of the light bulb.
  • Comments - Popular because of their ability to light well.


  • Operation - Very similar to incandescent except a small amount of xenon gas has been added to the inside of the glass envelope.
  • Type of Light - Similar to incandescent light only slightly less yellow.
  • Strengths - Lasts longer than standard incandescents; can be dimmed; unlike halogen bulbs the glass can be touched without reducing the life of the lamp.
  • Weaknesses - Not very energy-efficient; emit some heat but not as hot as halogen.
  • Comments - A popular choice for under cabinet lighting.


  • Operation - Electricity passes through diodes (electronic components) giving off light and becoming a Light Emitting Diode.
  • Type of Light - Many colors available including warm white and cool white.
  • Strengths - Uses very little energy or space; inexpensive to operate; gives off very little heat; can last for years.
  • Weaknesses - More expensive to purchase than comparable light fixtures.
  • Comments - Technology advances are changing the LED lighting market very quickly; new LEDs continue to be released with more light output.


  • Operation - Cloth wick surrounded by wax has a small burning flame that often "flickers."
  • Type of Light - Very yellowish light.
  • Strengths - Flame flicker makes everyone look their best and cannot be duplicated by electric light sources.
  • Weaknesses - Fire hazard; candles need to be replaced often to avoid messy half-burned look.
  • Comments - Almost everyone looks better in candlelight.