Posted October 01, 2014

What's the deal with CRI?

Our white paper, VioLight- Improving Color in Real-Life Applications, brings up an interesting new perspective on how to measure color in lighting. It's all about CRI, right? Well, sort of...

Posted September 17, 2014

Let's get Technical. Technical...with our VioLight Technology!

With the recent launch and integration of our superior VioLight Technology in the Solais product line, the most common questions we are hearing from the industry are: What is VioLight? What does VioLight do? and... How is VioLight different from other technologies claiming to enhance the way colors are rendered under LED lighting?

Posted September 10, 2014

Outside the Bulb: Supermarket Solutions for Multi-Deck Displays

Here at PowerSecure Lighting, we like to present scenarios that are either real or hypothetical showcasing a specific problem and solution that can help stimulate your mind on the effects of lighting in various applications. In Outside the Bulb (OtB), we like to present a brief document that highlights a problem and PowerSecure Lighting's solution. Short and sweet!

Posted September 03, 2014

Lighting Solutions for Your Supermarket

Lighting gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to successful supermarket design. In reality, it can make or break the atmosphere and, most important, decide how merchandise looks. Gone are the days of fixtures that provide only general lighting. Top-performing grocery stores utilize various layers of lighting to highlight displays, make merchandise "pop" and create unique spaces between the various departments - all while keeping a consistent look and feel around the store.

Posted September 18, 2013

Sulfuration - What is it and what does it do?

One of the "dirty" secrets of the LED industry is that chemicals in the surrounding environment to some types of LEDs can cause a decrease in output or potentially accelerate complete failure. Probably the most common mechanism is referred to as "Sulfuration" because it involves the chemical reaction of sulfur and silver.

Posted September 04, 2013

Super Duper High Output in a Familiar Form

Over a year ago, Solais Lighting introduced the brightest LR38 replacement lamp at 1450 lumens. Based on its Center Beam Candle Power (CBCP), it is a direct replacement for a 39-watt Ceramic Metal Halide PAR's initial light output or a 90-watt HIR Halogen PAR38 or a 150-watt standard halogen PAR38.

Posted August 21, 2013

Brighter, Yes! But Not Bigger! The Xi24!

Most of you are now aware of our Xi24 trackhead, which we launched back in December 2012. Out of a 3 inch diameter and less than a 4 inch long cylinder, we are producing 1600 lumens from just 24-watts. This is the smallest LED trackhead with this performance on the market.

Posted August 07, 2013

TM-21 Testing Explained

In a previous blog post, we detailed LM-80 testing, how it relates to our LED devices, and how it provided the LED lighting industry with a unified testing methodology. Since LEDs and LED devices have longer lifetimes than many other lighting technologies the problem arose as to how long of a testing period would be needed.

Posted May 30, 2013

Get Wet! Solais LRP Lamps Taking the Plunge!

While our actively-cooled LR series lamps are to be used in dry locations only, our passively-cooled LRP & LBR series lamps have always been rated for damp location. This means they could be used in a pool area, or in an exterior area that is not exposed directly to rain.

Posted May 15, 2013

You Wanted Smaller - We Give You the Xi20

Everyone asks for smaller and smaller fixtures that still put out a decent amount of light. We heard you. Solais is pleased to announce the Xi20 trackhead.

Posted May 02, 2013

Solais at Lightfair 2013

LightFair 2013 has come and gone and there was an amazing amount of products on display. A person could have spent 2 whole days walking the floor and still not have seen everything everyone had to offer. Though you may not have seen Solais on the tradeshow floor, we were only a quick walk across the street.

Posted March 15, 2013

LED Lamps and Dust - how well do they work together?

Interested parties often ask: how is Solais Luxiance (actively-cooled) technology affected by dust? The answer to this inquiry, in brief, is: Less than passive LED lamps.

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.

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!