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The New World of Lighting for Health Clubs

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Bruce CarterBruce Carter

As you are aware, the club industry has been going through major changes in the past few years. What you might not be aware of is that the lighting industry has also been going through major changes, and if the right choices are made, this can have a powerful effect on achieving a motivating and energy saving environment for any type of club.

New lighting standards created by Congress and the Department of Energy have been phasing in since 2012. These require that any bulbs sold need to use a minimum of 25% less energy, and certain types of incandescents can no longer be sold in the United States.

Gone are the days when "any lighting will do," and the goal now is to choose lighting that reduces electric bills while also creating different ambiances in different areas of the club from exciting to soft and soothing. Therefore, lighting choices have two major aspects. First is the energy efficient and longevity of the unit and bulbs, and the second, equally important, is the esthetic and functional value of the lighting.

The first important point to know is that lighting is now designated differently and can often lead to confusion. New choices on incandescents, CFLs, LEDs, lumens and color temperature have to be decided on.

The main types of lighting now are halogen incandescents, CFLs (compact fluorescents) and LEDs (light emitting diode). The lighting most often used, the standard incandescent light bulbs and typical T12 and T8 long fluorescent strips were energy inefficient, didn't last long and produced heat when on. These are becoming outdated and eventually will not be available by law.

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