SoLux in the Home and Office
With its pure, natural light, SoLux is transforming Kitchens, Baths, Hallways, Dens, and even Closets. The true beauty that was once hidden inside homes is now being discovered. Paintings, photographs, pillows, tiles, counter tops, flower arrangements, all show their true colors under SoLux. Of all the things you can do to redecorate your house, nothing has a more positive and lasting impact than improving your lighting. SoLux is the premier natural light source in the world. To date, fifty of the worlds most famous museums have installed SoLux to enhance their collections for one simple reason, SoLux emits a true and natural daylight spectrum that makes everything look its best. Click on "News & Events" and "Applications" to get a full accounting of who uses SoLux and where it is specified.
Our new SoLux PARs make is simple and easy to install SoLux into existing recessed can fixtures. Our 6" trim recessed adaptor fixtures make it possible to install SoLux low voltage lights into existing recessed can fixtures within minutes. Other options include line and low voltage track fixtures, remodel recessed fixtures, and in new homes SoLux can be installed using new construction line and low voltage recessed fixtures. In addition, all SoLux bulbs are dimmable so you can create that cozy warm feeling as well as a bright, white daylight environment. In the photo below, SoLux was installed in 1996 using low voltage recessed fixtures over the bay windows and spice rack. On March 5, 2012 the customer called to order more SoLux fixtures for her home and to tell us the original bulbs are still running.
In addition to making your home more beautiful, and more pleasing to the eye, an independent study has found children's reading and math scores increase the equivalent of a full grade point when studying under daylight. Having the best possible light in a child's study environment can make a world of difference in their willingness and ability to concentrate and no other light source replicates natural light better than SoLux. See the proof for yourself.
How do you know what SoLux is best to use in different rooms of your house? This a general guide:
To order a SoLux bulb you must specify the color temperature, beam spread and wattage of the bulb. What you select is ultimately a matter of your personal preference but the following can give you an idea of how to get the effect you want. Color temperature, in particular, seems to be very individualized, however, most applications in the home do best under 3500K.
- For closets we suggest using a 3500K bulb for best color matching. For kitchens use 3500K so when you wake up in the morning everything looks crisp and bright as well as in the evenings after a long day of work. The lighting will pick you up and makes it much easier to to read instructions on food labels while making the counter and sink area look great. In the family room and general areas we also suggest using SoLux 3500K. You may want to put some fixtures on a dimmer which will enable you to crank up the light if you are feeling down and need a visual pick-me-up or reduce the light if you want to feel cozy and warm. If you are installing new lights we suggest keeping these simple rules in mind: position lights primarily where you anticipate sitting, reading, or hanging a picture. To make your SoLux light illuminate more of the room position lighter colored objects like cushions, pillows, blankets, rugs, and artifacts under your SoLux. These objects will reflect the light softly and efficiently to other areas of the room.
- Beam spread: SoLux bulbs currently are available in 10 degree, 17 degree, 24 degree or 36 degree beam spreads, also referred to as narrow-spot, spot, narrow-flood and flood respectively. Home users generally use the 36 degree beam spread.
- Wattage: You can choose either a 50-watt or 35-watt, however 50 watt is the most common because you can always dim if you prefer less light.
- Remember, SoLux comes in either a line voltage or low voltage bulb. Line voltage fixtures tend to be less expensive but if you go with low voltage, the bulbs tend to last 2-3 times longer. Our personal experience has shown us that under typical usage SoLux low voltage bulbs last five years or more in a home. If you have high ceiling we strongly suggest going with SoLux low voltage fixtures.
Different Types of Track
Not all tracks are the same. We carry "Halo Compatible" or grounded track. If you look on the inside you will see that there are 3 floating copper wires (2 on one side, 1 on the other). These "buss bars" are what make contact with the tabs on a fixture. Grounded track is recommended by most electricians and is a requirement for many trade shows. Unless you specify otherwise, our fixtures are compatible with Halo track.
Will my track work with your fixtures?
If you already have track, check to see what kind you have. If it has the 3 buss bars, you probably have grounded track. If you only have 2, you may have Juno or Lightolier track. If you do not want to change your track we may still be able to accommodate you. You can order Juno compatible fixtures if needed. Never force a fixture into a track. A fixture should set into a track easily and swivel into place with an easy click. If you are forcing it you will bend the tabs and not make the kind of connection necessary for optimal performance of your system.
To order track you need to know:
- The configuration of your track layout.
- The measurements of each straight length (comes in 2, 4, 6 and 8-foot lengths and can be easily trimmed, or lengthened with use of mini-joiners).
- Color preference - black or white
- Power up either by plugging track into wall outlet (end feed with cord) or hard wiring it to wall switch (floating canopy for covering up existing ceiling fixture hole)
- These connect the tracks together and continue the power feed.
- L-joiner - brings together 2 pieces at a right angle
- T-joiner - 3 pieces
- X-joiner - 4 pieces together
- Flexible joiner
- Number of fixtures - typically 2-3 fixtures will adequately illuminate a 10 x 10 area.
If you have in your design track lengths of 6 and 8 or longer, consider joining 2 or 3 shorter lengths with mini-joiners. Unless you are ordering at least 8 pieces of the longer track lengths, there is a risk that they will be bent in shipping. Also the shipping charges are higher because of the odd shape. Mini-joiners are an almost seamless way of bringing together track lengths.
- Our fixtures come in either black or white
- Come in either a round or square shape
- Easily twist into place on the track
- Can be moved along the track and swivel in almost every direction
- When using the SoLux bulb it is not necessary to use the extra circle of glass or "cover glass". Our bulb has it's own.
- Each fixture has it's own transformer, if one fixture was to go out, you would not lose the rest of your lights.
How many fixtures can go on a track?
This depends on the amp rating for the circuit breaker powering your track. Each fixture with a 50 watt bulb will draw about a 0.4 amp so assuming there is no other draw on that circuit breaker you could put up to 30 fixtures. This allows for a healthy safety margin. We suggest you have a qualified electrician advise you before installing a lot of track and fixtures. Physically - you can fit 6-7 track fixtures on a 4-foot length of track. You may want to do this for a trade show where you are pointing the heads in different directions and do not want a complicated set-up. However, for most purposes you will want to space them out more in accordance with the beam spread of the bulb, distance to objects being lit and effect you are trying to get.
We have a variety of recessed fixtures for an MR-16 bulb for elegant spot lighting. Also, we carry line voltage Edison based sockets to accommodate your lighting needs.
Solux is used in numerous applications all over the world. Here are just a few:
- Art Galleries
- Jewelry Displays
- Store Lighting
- Light Therapy
- Auto Paint Finishers
- Even on YouTube.com!
What our customers are saying...
"Finding an artificial light source near daylight has traditionally been no small task. The SoLux bulbs rise to the occasion. These bulbs are particularly useful with pigment prints that overreact to changes in lighting color temperature. "