Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Daylight Savings 2009!

Let us pretend it is November 1, 2009 and the time is 1:59:59 a.m... In just one second we arrive at 1:00:00 a.m. That's right, we fall back one hour in time without a time machine!

So why am I telling you this in now? I'm telling you now because:

* I care about your safety and security

* It's better to plan ahead than be left in the dark

* It gives me time help you prepare

Each year during the "time change" LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting experiences a sense of urgency for keeping your homes and businesses well lit for safety & security purposes.

If you have a landscape lighting system we suggest:

# Get your replacement bulbs early
# Replace all bulbs at the same time
# Reset your light timers to turn on just before sunset
# Replace damaged fixtures

If you do not have a landscape lighting system, please consider the added safety, security, aesthetics and the extended outdoor living space you achieve with outdoor lighting.

Ever wonder about the history of Daylight Savings? Click here to learn more...

Thanks for visiting!

LaGina Glass


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Waste...

I was challenging myself on what my exact ideas are about energy conservation. (1) Technology is allowing "us" to make better choices about the way we "use" our resources. (2) How does that relate to how I do business?

I am not an engineer and I'm not technical to the point that I can answer all the questions around energy conservation. But what I do know is that I really dislike the idea of waste. Even more so, the idea of marketing services or products by convincing people they need more than the do.

Of course I'm chosing my words carefully because I've had clients who were "suspicious" about my suggestions in the past. Sadly due to having experienced the savvy salesperson who went for the ultimate sale! Not my game and I'll admit to taking classes to learn how to do just that. I "wasted" my money because my personality would never allow me to go there.

This is my personality - I love to learn. I'm the one my friends call for information because they know I'll know. Not because I actually know, but they know - I either know someone who does or I will find out. In addition to learning, I love sharing with people what I know.

I don't brag, I just think not sharing the information is another form of "waste." If I have info that will help someone else, prepare yourself to be schooled and if you actually apply what I share - even better. If you find my info unable to meet you needs, that's okay. No harm no foul.

How does this relate to business?

I don't have any goals to push my products on anyone. But I have made the effort to cut out the waste and offer a high quality product at affordable prices. No heavy sales pitch and I'm available to answer questions about your project because I enjoy sharing what I know.

I will never sell you something you don't need and if I believe there is something better for you, I will point you in the right direction. It's about the right product for the right job. Simple.

That completes my challlenge for today.

LaGina

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Monday, September 21, 2009

PRESS RELEASE










PRESS RELEASE

September 21, 2009








For Immediate Release

Contact:

LaGina Glass

619-822-2055

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting















Feed the Children of Malawi

$10 Donation from each Purchase








San Diego, Ca - September 21, 2009

Feed
the Children is desperately trying to move 11 million pounds of rice
(donated by the Taiwanese government) into the country of Malawi.  That's enough
rice for over 100 MILLION MEALS to starving children.

America's Charities - Feed the Children





LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting will donate $10 of each purchase
made online to Feed the Children. $10 will feed one meal to 500 children. For additional
donations, please visit the website which also gives you the option to forward
to friends and family.

Click
on the America's Charities logo to the left and check out the workplace video explaining
the incredible work this organization does for the U.S. and countries
all over the world. I was inspired to reach out in a way I never have
before; understanding that one person (plus one, plus one..) can make a
difference!



 






LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting specializes
in Architectural and
Landscape Lighting Distribution and Design of Landscape Lighting
Systems. Mission: To bring quality products to every home with a focus
on sustainable products and energy conservation. Featuring a high
quality, high efficiency LED landscape lighting product line with an
80% savings in energy consumption versus typical landscape lighting
systems.
 

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

$10 Donation to Feed the Children of Malawi

Special Broadcast Message

Feed the Children is desperately trying to move 11 million pounds of rice (donated by the Taiwanese government) into the country of Malawi. That’s enough rice for over 100 MILLION MEALS.

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting will donate $10 of each purchase made online to Feed the Children. $10 will feed 500 children. For additional donations, please visit the website which also give you the option to forward to friends and family.


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

New product - New look at LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting

We moved our website and made many change; like easier navigation around the pages. We had good success with our 10pc landscape lighting set so we added more combination available in halogen and led. We also added new well-lights with led mr16s and soon to come, more specialty wall and hanging fixtures.

We've also been working with T5 and T8 led retrofits and we may offer that on our site in the near future. I'm really excited about the direction we're going and the possibilities are endless.

Our philosophy to only offer high quality products at really great prices will remain no matter what we add to our product line. Hopefully you'll stop by our new site for a quick look around.

Have a blessed day.


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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Light Emitting Diode - L.E.D. High Efficiency Lighting

In the August issue of LEDs Magazine, there is an article about a gentleman in Arizona who converted his entire home to LED lighting. He started with the outdoor lighting and was able to reap an immediate savings of $20 a month off his electric bill. If you have an existing lighting system, please consider changing your MR16 20 and 25 watt halogens to 3 or 5 watt MR16 LED.

He then went indoors and changed under cabinet lighting, track lights, recessed ceiling lights and so on. He is making a huge impact in his community with these changes; simple and powerful. There are many options out there to retrofit your existing fixtures, even your recessed lights can be retrofitted with a Cree LED retrofit kit.

He started this project over two years ago and hasn't had to change any LEDs; they will last at least 10 years before he ever will. The upfront costs are a little higher but the retrofit usually pays for itself within 2-3 years. However, consider the fact of the ongoing savings. LED pays for itself over and over again!


LaGina


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall Back w/ True Daylight $avings!

Use your imagination:

It's November 1, 2009 and the time is 1:59:59 a.m. and then what? In just one second we arrive at 1:00:00 a.m. That's right, we fall back one hour in time without a time machine!

Why am we telling you this in September? We're telling you now because:

* We care about your safety and security
* Better to plan ahead than be left in the dark
* Gives is time help you prepare
* Extended special $avings on products through November 1st


There was a time in my career where I was the manager of a big box retail store and we were pressed to keep the store stocked with all the items we promised our clients we'd have. Year after year, no matter how attentive i was to our levels of supply, I could not keep enough light bulbs in stock. Come October, the bulbs were flying off the shelf faster than we could bring them in.

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting has been experiencing the same sense of urgency for keeping your homes and businesses well lit for safety and security (and because we want them to look nice). Plan early and be ahead of the game.

Tips:

* Get your replacement bulbs early
* Replace all bulbs at the same time
* Reset your light timers to turn on just before sunset
* Replace damaged fixtures


How we can help?

* Special $avings on replacement bulbs
* Special savings on replacement fixtures
* Special savings on our new LED 10 Light Set
* Special savings on our new LED MR16 Replacement Bulbs


Now through November 1st, I will continue to provide tips and specials every couple of weeks to get you ready for the dark. Specials will not stay the same so if you see something you need, take advantage as the updates come in!

Please forward to your friends and neighbors!

Best wishes,


LaGina Glass


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Landscape Lighting Troubleshoot

This week I was called out to a job site to help troubleshoot an LED landscape lighting system where the LED was flashing. My initial thought was the installer did not have enough voltage going to the lights (voltage drop). Arriving on site i realized the fixture was only 25 feet away from the transformer so voltage drop was unlikely.

Tip: When you troubleshoot a job be patient and start by turning on the system and noting anything that isn't usual. For example, the flashing LED and half of the system off. Helps you get closer to the source of the problem.

So, what wasn't told to me prior is the second half of the yard wasn't working at all. Hmmm.... So here's the deal.

I started at the source of the first flashing led to test the voltage (need 12-13v for efficiency) and we were at 6 volts. I pulled up the wiring and discovered lots of heat...bad bad.

I cut out the overheating connectors and discovered crossed wires - sparking when they were touching which tells me the circuit is closed instead of open. So, the problem wasn't at that particular fixture.

Going back to the first fixture in the line - incorrectly wired; the connections and the wiring had melted all the way down. Now the installer has to re-pull wire under tile and concrete to make the correction.

How to avoid this: Take your time. Low voltage wiring is fairly simple if you go one step at a time. Most low voltage wire is marked with one rigid wire and one smooth (or one with writing on it and one without. In this case, the installer actually wired both wires of a line together.

I'll discuss this more in another post, perhaps in a video.

LaGina


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Going Green

I have a client in the process of going green from led lighting, organic edible landscapes to rain barrels and more. I just wanted to commend her on her efforts and look forward to hearing more about what she's doing to conserve!

Happy Savings!


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