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Light Bulb Recycling 101

Ever wondered if you can recycle a light bulb? While you can’t toss it in your personal recycle bin for curbside pick-up, you can and should recycle light bulbs. In northern Nevada, Have Lights Will Travel is the only EPA certified recycler. If we’re working on your property for a lighting project, we’ll make sure that all lights we remove are properly recycled. In today’s video, Have Lights owner Kyle McClelland is taking you on a tour of our light bulb recycling process. Read More

Warehouse on Wheels

In 1979, the founder of Have Lights Will Travel went door to door selling light bulbs in a truck fully stocked up with inventory. It’s a concept that’s stayed with the company all these years, and when installation became a new offering at Have Lights, that “warehouse on wheels” would prove to be a key differentiator for us in the electrical contractor market. Today, Have Lights owner Kyle McClelland takes us inside one of our work trucks for a closer look at these warehouses on wheels. Read More

LED Samples at Have Lights Will Travel

Everybody loves samples, a fact that CostCo clearly understands. People appreciate being able to try a product before they purchase, plain and simple. And that’s true for salted almonds, seaweed chips, and, yes, LEDs. Before committing to a particular lighting technology, you should be able to see your options. Here’s how Have Lights Will Travel makes that possible. Read More

Why LED Quality Isn’t Created Equal

In today’s video, Have Lights owner Kyle McClelland discusses LED quality. There are countless LED products on the market today, which is a huge plus for the industry in terms of innovation and versatility. But just because it’s an LED doesn’t make it a quality product. The components of the light source itself — the diodes, chips, driver, and the assembly — can vary significantly, paving the way for issues. The truth is, LED quality isn’t created equal. Here’s what to know about potential issues and the role pricing pays in quality. Read More

Lighting as a Service — What It Means & Why It’s a Good Business Move

Have Lights Will Travel is a Nevada lighting contractor specializing in lighting maintenance and lighting service. We perform a number of lighting retrofits, and today, we’re explaining lighting as a service, or LAAS. It’s a term that describes a service contract, which can have a varied term — over two years, three years, five years, all the way up to seven years. Here’s why lighting as a service is such a good business move. Read More

Is It Worth the Cost of Upgrading to LEDs for Parking Lot Lights?

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Whatever your motivation for upgrading to LEDs, there’s an upfront cost to the actual retrofit. For a business owner, the decision to proceed or not boils down to ROI — will the savings over time make the initial costs worth spending? It’s an important question. And when it comes to upgrading to LEDs for parking lot lights, the answer is usually yes. Read More

Can You Save Energy by Dimming LEDs?

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One of the hallmarks of LED lighting is the vastly superior energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting technologies. And it makes people wonder — can you save even more energy by dimming LEDs? The short answer is absolutely. But there’s a caveat to LEDs and dimming that you need to understand. Read More

Three Pitfalls of Upgrading to LED

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No matter what lighting technology you have in your office, parking lot, warehouse, or retail space, upgrading to LEDs will likely get you close to 50% in energy, if not more. It’s why Have Lights Will Travel here in Reno and Las Vegas is working with many customers on LED retrofits. After all, the option to save on both money and energy has its appeal, and there are other benefits that only LEDs can offer. While we know the ins and outs of LEDs and while make appropriate recommendations to our customers, we’re in the industry. It’s our job to understand all things electrical. If you’re considering a DIY approach to LEDs, particularly at home, we’re sharing three pitfalls of upgrading to LED and how to avoid them. Read More

Three Energy Efficient Tips to Boost Your Bottom Line

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It costs money to run a business, and depending on your industry, the power bill can be an enormous fixed cost. But energy efficiency goes a surprising distance — with a few simple swaps, you may be surprised at how much you can save. If saving money on your power bill is a goal, Have Lights Will Travel shares these three energy efficient tips to boost your bottom line. Read More

From the Arc Lamp to LEDs — An Evolution of Lighting Technology

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Any fifth grader can tell you that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but British inventors were way ahead of him. Edison may have patented and commercialized his incandescent bulb in 1879, but in 1835, the arc lamp was already proving electric light was a very real possibility. We take it for granted these days, but the evolution of lighting technology makes for interesting reading. Read More

Customer Stories — Iconic In-N-Out Signs Get a Deep Clean

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The yellow arrow and red sign of In-N-Out is pretty iconic on the West Coast — a beacon of insanely great burgers, fries, and shakes. Neon (not to mention those crossed palm trees!) plays a big role in the brand’s design aesthetic. It’s a constant feature, no matter which In-N-Out you visit. And while customers may see the gleaming signs and feel their stomachs start to growl, here at Have Lights Will Travel, we understand what goes into keeping those signs bright. We were fortunate recently to service that famous sign at the In-N-Out in Carson City. Read More

Nevada’s Leading Electrical Contractor — The Right Company for Your Project

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While many of us take the power of electricity for granted, electrical contractors have an intimate understanding of what it takes to power the world. Here in Nevada, Have Lights Will Travel has been in business for over 35 years, specializing in commercial and industrial lighting maintenance and energy-efficient retrofits. Here’s what that means, and why Have Lights is the right company for your next lighting project. Read More

Three Reasons LEDs Fail Early — And How to Prevent It

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One of the selling features of LEDs is their longevity. And while the industry standard for lamp failure is quite small at three percent, some building owners are experiencing much higher rates of roughly twenty percent. For a facility manager, repairing 20 out of every 100 lamps is a frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive project. On the plus side, there are a handful of common culprits for failing LEDs. Today, Have Lights Will Travel is sharing three reasons LEDs fail early, and how to prevent it from happening to you. Read More

The Truth about LEDs and Heat

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One of the big selling points of LEDs is that, unlike traditional lighting, they don’t produce heat. Heat isn’t light, so the energy that converts to heat is a waste. While it’s true that LEDs are cool to the touch, they do generate unwanted heat — it’s merely within the device itself. How can they produce energy that’s lost as heat, and still be so energy efficient? Let’s take a look at the truth about LEDs and heat. Read More

Telltale Signs of Quality LEDs

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LEDs are not all created equal, though many will try to convince you that they’re all versions of the same thing. That’s true in one regard — the majority of today’s LED manufacturers use the same companies for the LED chips that go inside a fixture. But it’s the other components that play a significant role in overall LED quality. If you’re comparing options, look for these telltale signs of quality LEDs. Read More

Four Environmental Benefits of LEDs

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The benefits of sustainability for the planet are clear. But more and more, businesses have something to gain from incorporating greener practices — and it’s not just the self-righteous flush that comes from doing something good for the earth. Optimizing a business’ processes saves resources, which is better for the bottom line. And one of the best ways to optimize a necessary expense — lighting — is with an LED retrofit. Today, we’re looking at four environmental benefits of LEDs — all the more reason to consider an upgrade. Read More

4 Reasons Commercial LED Retrofit Projects Go Wrong

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As a leading electrical contractor in Nevada and California, Have Lights Will Travel has extensive experience with LED retrofits. We understand the appeal of upgrading to the efficiency of LED lighting and we’ve been fortunate to have a hand in countless success stories. But we’ve also heard wild expectations — overblown hype that bears little resemblance to the functional and financial reality. To help you avoid disappointment or outright disaster, here are four reasons commercial LED retrofit projects go wrong. Learn them, so you can avoid them! Read More

The Most Successful Commercial LED Retrofits Start With These 2 Steps

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The bottom line is a constant consideration for businesses, and that’s true whether you’re a commercial business owner or a property manager. Savvy businesses add value by decreasing maintenance costs and boosting energy efficiency, and an LED retrofit can accomplish both. It sounds simple, but it’s an upgrade that can quickly feel overwhelming. Fortunately, making decisions about your building’s lighting doesn’t have to be daunting if you keep your goals in mind. That’s why the most successful commercial LED retrofits start with these two steps. Read More

4 Mistakes to Avoid in a Commercial LED Retrofit

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Here at Have Lights Will Travel, we’ve worked on hundreds of LED retrofits for businesses across Nevada and California. We’ve seen business owners and companies make the same mistakes again and again, simply because they lack the experience to know better. If you’re considering upgrading the lighting in your business, start from a place of knowledge. Here are four mistakes to avoid in a commercial LED retrofit. Read More

The Environmental Impact of LEDs

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Energy efficiency is a benefit of LED lighting that gets a lot of attention. It’s one of the features that makes LEDs so appealing to businesses looking to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. But the environmental impact of LED lighting isn’t limited to improved energy efficiency. Here’s why LEDs are a much better option for the environment. Read More

3 Critical Considerations for LED Retrofits

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For many businesses, there comes a time when costs and headache of repairing outdated lighting is simply no longer worth it. That’s often when business owners begin taking a serious look at upgrading to LEDs. It’s a smart strategy that neatly resolves persistence issues, but it’s important to approach a project like this with foresight and planning. Have Lights Will Travel manages these kinds of projects for businesses across Nevada and California, and today, we’re sharing three critical considerations for LED retrofits. Read More

Three Common Drawbacks to Fluorescent Lighting — And Why You Should Switch to LEDs

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Even if you can’t offer a definition on demand, you’re likely very familiar with fluorescent flighting. This type of lamp is often found in school classrooms and in many commercial, industrial, and retail settings. Sizes, colors and tube wattages vary, but the standard fluorescent lamp is mounted in a group within a fixture on the ceiling. Despite their ubiquity, there are common drawbacks to fluorescent lighting that can make a switch to LEDs well worth the initial investment. Read More

Three Reasons to Upgrade Exterior Commercial Lighting to LED

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We’ve written recently about reasons to upgrade both parking lot lighting and high bay lighting to LEDs. This lighting technology has become the standard for many residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Exterior commercial lighting is no exception. Storage yards, loading docks, and other examples of exterior commercial environments are ideal settings for LED upgrades. Between their durability, minimal maintenance requirements, and exceptional quality of light, here are three reasons to upgrade exterior commercial lighting to LEDs. Read More

Three Basics about LEDs

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LEDs have changed the lighting industry, and even the world as we know it. But while everyone is probably familiar with the acronym and the fact that LEDs are energy efficient, there’s a lot more to know. Here are three things to understand about LEDs. Read More

Three Reasons to Upgrade Parking Lot Lighting

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Take any urban area, and you’ll be able to find a parking lot. And when it comes to illuminating those parking lots, whether they serve a shopping center or the employees of a private business, pole-mounted lights are standard, and so are the HID (high-intensity discharge) fixures. But while parking lots are ubiquitous, those illuminated by LEDs are not — and it’s a shame. Here are three reasons to upgrade parking lot lighting. Read More

Two Tips to Guide Your LED Retrofits

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Many business owners are on board with the idea of an LED upgrade, but they aren’t sure where to begin. That’s not really a surprise – as technology improves, decisions get harder. But a little perspective can go a long way. Here are two tips from Have Lights Will Travel, Nevada’s premier electrical and lighting contractor, to help guide your LED retrofits. Read More

Three Reasons to Upgrade High Bay Lighting to LED

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Industrial buildings, commercial spaces, and school gymnasiums — all spaces with large, open spaces and tall ceilings — are often lit with a fixture known as high or low bay. High and low bay lighting describe indoor lighting mounted directly to a ceiling or ceiling girder, or via a pendant or chain. Many of today’s older buildings with this kind of lighting use high intensity discharge, or HID, lamps. But there’s a better option. Here are three reasons to upgrade high bay lighting to LED. Read More

Do New LED Lights Need Their Own Fixtures?

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LEDs are the latest and greatest option in the lighting industry, but their impact is likely bigger than most people realize. Sure, LED technology means a number of replacement lights. But beyond that, it means an entirely new category of fixtures. It begs the question - do new LED lights need their own fixtures? Not necessarily. Actually, there are pros and cons to simply switching out the lamps or replacing the entire fixture. Read More

Surprising Applications for LED Lighting Technology

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LEDs have come a very long way over the last 50 years. Acceptance was on the slow side in the beginning, but their versatility, efficiency, and durability, not to mention dropping price tags, have made LEDs useful across the board – literally. It’s their unique characteristics that make LEDs suitable for use in places no lights have gone before (wallpaper, anyone?). And to illustrate just how versatile these amazing little lights can be, we rounded up some of the most surprising applications for LED lighting technology. Read More

What to Understand About LED Lighting and Human Physiology

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We spend a lot of time highlighting the many benefits of upgrading to LED lighting. Between dramatically improved energy efficiency, cost savings, a variety of rebates and incentives, and improved focus, mood, and reaction times in employees, LEDs have a lot going for them. But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Unfortunately, there is a drawback to LED lighting, and it’s directly tied to the effects of blue light on sleep and other circadian-mediated systems. Here’s what to understand about LED lighting and human physiology. Read More

3 Common Linear LED Tubes

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Buildings like warehouses, schools, and offices traditionally used linear fluorescent tubes for lighting. These facilities are typically equipped with recessed troffers – just right for linear lighting. If you’re considering upgrading to linear LEDs, you have options. To make things easy, Have Lights is sharing general information about three of the most common linear LED tubes. Read More

Five Myths about LED Lighting, Busted

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New technology typically faces its share of skepticism, and LED lighting was no exception. Even though LED lighting has been popular for years, there remains a surprisingly amount of misinformation surrounding this energy-efficient and eco-friendly method of illumination. Here are five common myths about LED lighting, busted. Read More

2 Major Signs It’s Time for an LED Business Sign Upgrade

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Business owners and shoppers alike understand the importance of an appealing sign. When it’s bright, clean, and well-maintained, it says a lot of the business it represents. The same is true for dated and run-down business signs – customers are likely to form a negative impression before they’ve even stepped inside (and that’s if they step inside). That’s why many business owners look into the merits of an LED upgrade for their exterior sign – it’s a simple way to make it look modern and fresh, all without the expense and delay of getting an entirely new sign. If you’re on the fence, here are two major signs it’s time for an LED business sign upgrade. Read More

The Problem with Motion Sensor Lights on Commercial Buildings

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Motion sensor lighting is strongly - and rightly - associated with security. While that’s certainly true on a residential level, the theory doesn’t necessarily work in practice when you’re talking about warehouses and retail buildings. Fortunately, a little explanation quickly makes that clear. Here’s the problem with motion sensor lights on commercial buildings. Read More

Four Benefits of LEDs in the Parking Lot

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Business owners may spend a lot of time thinking about interior lighting or their exterior sign, but parking lot lighting isn’t always on their radar. From a customer’s perspective, that’s often an oversight. A well-lit parking facility improves safety and gives people positive first and last impressions. The best way to light up your lot without breaking the bank? LEDs! Here are four benefits of LEDs in the parking lot. Read More

Four Great Reasons to Upgrade Commercial & Industrial Lighting to LED

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Business is booming here in northern Nevada, with new commercial and industrial projects popping up seemingly overnight. While those new structures will feature the latest in energy efficient features, older buildings in town need not be left behind. Before you start debating big, expensive renovations, here’s a bright idea – consider the benefits of retrofitting those dated light fixtures. Here are four great reasons to upgrade commercial and industrial lighting to LED. Read More