The One Switch Vari-Just Troffer

Looking to upgrade the lighting in your commercial lighting, industrial lighting, retail lighting, warehouse lighting and classroom lighting applications or perhaps in a garage, utility room, or basement with dropped ceilings?

START Lighting’s two by four (2’ x 4’) and two by two (2’ x 2’) volumetric troffers are a perfect solution. And since they have START’s Vari-Just technology matching colors and/or wattages is a snap. All you need to do is flick a switch to control the color or change the wattage.

For contractors and property managers, this is the technology, and the product, that ensures your job is done right every time and that there is no error in selecting the right product for the install. We’ve designed our Vari-Just products to provide you the flexibility to make changes on the jobsite.

Last month we shared why we came up with Vari-Just. The basic reason? We wanted to make it a fixture that made field installation simple.

And the simple also extends to inventory and ordering. Now property managers, contractors and distributors only need to order, or stock, one item that can do the job of many.

Solving the CCT Lamp Challenge

Coming from the electrical distribution channel, we started to look for ways to make our products more customer friendly and reduce the number of sku’s a distributor needed to stock.

Early on, START Lighting worked on the wide band solution, allowing either 120v or 277v incoming voltage with a single lamp. We got that to work, and were off to the races. Now distributors, contractors, and end-users can focus on stocking / ordering from three different lamps instead of six (three color temperatures for 120v and three for 277v) since our lamps could handle 120v AND 277v.

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We introduced our first Vari-Just Troffer earlier this year. Our goal was to replicate the success of the Vari-Just LED Panel and put the technology into a troffer. Our goal was one wattage option and three separate CCT’s (3000OK, 4000OK, 5000OK).

Just light the Vari-Just LED Panel, we designed the Vari-Just Volumetric Troffer to handle the various wattages and CCT’s by flipping a switch to save you money (inventory investment for distributors, time for contractors and a product comparable priced to single function products that are in the market.)

This is how we are expanding our Vari-JustTM platform. One switch for color and one for wattage. All to make lighting installs simple for you.

Literally flip two switches on the fixture, and you have what you need! A fixture that can be adapted to address six variations.

One switch controls wattage. One controls color temperature.

The switches are located on the driver housing and are preset prior to installation (either at the factory or adjusted by the contractor on-site before install).

For both contractors and distributors, the commonality of the function on the panels and the troffers is a pre-fab time saver. Simply set the switches accordingly and connect them to the system.

As 3000OK and 3500OK are close together on the temperature spectrum, we have always manufactured in 3000OK, 4000OK, 5000OK, with the tuning capabilities. At customer requests, we’ve now added a 3500OK option.

START Lighting Vari-Just Volumetric Troffer’s versatility of the adjustments makes our panels and troffers great in offices, schools, government facilities, and healthcare applications.

For distributors this makes product selection easier and can reduce inventory skus, hence reducing inventory investment.

For contractors this means always having the right panels and troffers on the job site. A simple flick of the switch ensures you have what you need, when you need it making jobs easier and faster to install … saving you time and money.

And since quality and creativity is our standard. There is no additional cost for this advanced functionality, making START’s Volumetric Troffer your cost-effective (material and labor) troffer solution.

Call us and ask us about your application.

Case Study: Area/Shoebox Luminaire

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Standardization Opportunity: Area/Shoebox Luminaire

We started to work with a facility group for the lighting needs for one of their commercial properties and the surrounding parking lots. As we went through the facilities, comments were made about the lack of uniformity among the lighting. The shoeboxes didn’t match from facility- to -facility, and the area lights did not resemble (in form and function) the shoeboxes. The area looked like each fixture was installed at a different time and the aesthetics did not reflect well on the facility. The facility management group and the developer wanted a contemporary style to match the building’s image.

We shared ideas, garnered more information regarding desired lighting needs including coloration, angle beam, mounting sources and more, and delivered a solution that addressed all of the client’s needs.

We used our shoebox format which features:

  • Hi-Efficiency Integral Driver
  • HI-Lumen SMD chipset / 50,000+ hour lifespan
  • IP65 Wet Location Rated
  • Available in: 100W / 200W / 300W with a color temperature of 5000K

We added multiple mounting options including photocells, short circuit caps and quick install mountings.

After that was completed, we used the same fixtures and added separate mounting options which could be secured to the ground and wash the sides of the buildings. The fixtures were shipped with each unique mounting affixed to the appropriate fixture for installation.

For more information, check out our Engineered Lighting Solutions or, for more product information, view our catalog.

Case Study: Silhouette

Engineered Solutions Opportunity: Silhouette Series

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A national client was seeking specific functionality for a high-bay fixture.  They needed varying degrees of beam angles, motion sensors, 0-10v dimming and glass lenses.

They mentioned that they had been searching for these functions in a high bay but could not find a solution.  They had talked to multiple clients and then came to us due to our reputation for innovativeness and our ability to solve unique lighting challenges for them and others in the industry 

We showed them the concept of our new Silhouette II High-Bay while it was in the design / engineering phase. After showing the concept, we discussed the ability to add the features they were looking for and deliver a working product in only three weeks.

The standard features of the Silhouette II High-Bay include:

  • High Efficiency Integrated Mean Well Driver
  • HI-LUMEN EMC 3030 chipset / 50,000+ hour lifespan
  • IP65 Wet Location Rated
  • INPUT POWER (W): 100W / 150W / 200W
  • LUMENS: 15,000 / 22,000 / 30,000
  • COLOR TEMPERATURE: 5000K

These fixtures replace existing 300 watt – 500 watt High Bays.

For them, we:

  • took our prototype, had custom glass inserts made, created three different beam angles and added PC or Aluminum lenses where needed.
  • modified the casting to accommodate for the motion sensing.
  • changed the driver to accommodate the 0-10v dimming.

And added one last touch, we produced the lens rings in their color, and had their name etched in.

Total time from concept to completion was three weeks.

New product, added options START delivered. For more information, check out our Engineered Lighting Solutions or, for more product information, view our catalog.

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LED Panels and Troffers that Save Time AND Money

Do you remember the early days of LED? Back when the average CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) was +/- 1000o?   When you had to choose between Cool White or Warm White!

Or, if you are a distributor, you had to stock multiple manufacturers, and items from each manufacturer, to ensure you had all of the CCT’s that a supplier offered?

What this essentially meant was that there were different definitions of white? Not just the typical three of 3000OK, 4000OK and 5000OK but multiple versions that approximated each of these!

In all seriousness, when LED’s were new, we as an industry (albeit much smaller) wrestled with the wild swings in CCT AND at the time having to choose between 120v or 277v.

Providing customer with all of these choices and it was a wonder we could convince anyone to stock, specify, or sell the product let alone get a customer to buy the correct LED for their application and ensure they were satisfied. It became a running joke of “what is the color of light … yellow, white or shades of white?”

Solving the CCT Lamp Challenge

Coming from the electrical distribution channel, we started to look for ways to make our products more customer friendly and reduce the number of sku’s a distributor needed to stock.

Early on, START Lighting worked on the wide band solution, allowing either 120v or 277v incoming voltage with a single lamp. We got that to work, and were off to the races.  Now distributors, contractors, and end-users can focus on stocking / ordering from three different lamps instead of six (three color temperatures for 120v and three for 277v) since our lamps could handle 120v AND 277v.

Vari-Just, CCT and Wattage Adjustment for Flat Panels

START Lighting Vari-Just Flat PanelWe introduced our first LED Flat Panel four years ago, and approached it the same way.  Our goal was one wattage option and three separate CCT’s (3000OK, 4000OK, 5000OK).

To be expected as the demand grew, so did the variation on wattage for rebates. We’d have an electric utility on the East Coast that would want a 30w 2×2 panel, and another on the West Coast that would want that same panel in 25w!

Once we saw the fluctuations in wattage requirements, and of course CCT, our engineering group looked at the multiple sku’s and colors we were producing and also considered the number of skus that a distributor had to stock to serve their customers.

We determined the best way to handle the various wattages and CCT’s was to flip the switch to save money (inventory investment for distributors, time for contractors and a product comparable priced to single function products that are in the market.)

This was what sparked the idea for our Vari-JustTM platform, which we launched earlier this year.

Literally flip two switches on the fixture, and you have what you need! A fixture that can be adapted to address six variations.

One switch controls wattage.  One controls color temperature.

The switches are located on the driver housing and are preset prior to installation (either at the factory or adjusted by the contractor on-site before install).

For both contractors and distributors, the commonality of the function on the panels and the troffers is a pre-fab time saver. Simply set the switches accordingly and connect them to the system.

As 3000OK and 3500OK are close together on the temperature spectrum, we have always manufactured in 3000OK, 4000OK, 5000OK, with the tuning capabilities. At customer requests, we’ve now added a 3500OK option.

START Lighting Vari-Just LED TrofferThe versatility of the adjustments makes these panels and troffers great in offices, schools, government facilities, and healthcare applications.

For distributors this makes product selection easier and can reduce inventory skus, hence reducing inventory investment.

For contractors this means always having the right panels and troffers on the job site.  A simple flick of the switch ensures you have what you need, when you need it making jobs easier and faster to install … saving you time and money.

And since quality and creativity is our standard.  There is no additional cost for this advanced functionality.

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Case Study: Slimline Linear High Bay

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Modification Opportunity: Slimline Linear High Bay

A national electrical distributor had a time- sensitive opportunity that needed various options on a Linear Hi-Bay. Prior to contacting us, the distributor had inquired with three of their traditional, large, lighting providers. None could provide customization capabilities within the required time frame and all wanted a minimum of 250 pieces per needed mounting. The distributor only needed a short-run, but with a short response time.

On a recommendation, the distributor’s lighting specialist contacted START Lighting. The request was for:

  • wire guards on 100 pieces
  • pendant mounting on 100 pieces
  • chain mount on 75 pieces, and
  • motion sensing on another 75 pieces.

Four different variations totalling 350 pieces was needed in a week. START Lighting was able to complete the order in just three business days.

Our Linear High-Bay features:

  • High efficiency dimmable driver
  • High efficacy LED chipset / 50,000 hour lifespan
  • Available in 95w, 145w and 195w as well as in 4000K and 5000K
  • Rugged Steel Frame

and is DLC Premium certified.

The key was having inventory and the accessories to complete the job combined with a nimble modification assembly system designed for quick responses. 

START Lighting can modify and exisiting product, like our Linear High-Bays, to meet customer needs. For more information, check out our Engineered Lighting Solutions or, for more product information, view our catalog.

Case Study: Canopy Fixtures

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Modification to save labor, installing on canopy fixture:

We participated in a design build for a new multi-level parking structure. The distributor brought START in and we reviewed the constraints and challenges on the build out.

The canopy the engineer had proposed was going to be too labor intensive to install, especially installing the over 300 fixtures needed in the parking structure.

We reviewed the design and offered a labor- saving mounting option, our START’s Parking Garage Canopy Luminaire Kwik-Link Series.

We designed the “Kwik Fit” option which to allowed allow the contractor to go through and mount the boxes, run the pipe, and the wire. As they completed each levelthe contractor completed each level,, they simply went back with the light engine and installed it.

The key– the contractor didn’t have to take each canopy apart to mount, run the conduit, and wire fixture to fixture, there was no need to take our canopy apart to install it! By choosing to use a canopy fixture from START Lighting with our Kwik Fit mounting option, the bottom line was a faster install with the contractor saving a substantial amount in labor.

START’s Canopy fixture features include

  • Low profile Canopy Luminaire
  • Isolated integral driver / 0-10V Dimmable
  • High Efficacy LED chipset / 50,000+ hour lifespan
  • IP65 Wet Location Rated
  • 5 Knockouts for multiple wiring options

START Lighting delivers valued engineering to help you save time and money on your next project. For more information, check out our Engineered Lighting Solutions or, for more product information, view our catalog.

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Mulcrone & Associates to Represent START Lighting in northern IL, eastern WI, northwest IN, Upper Peninsula of MI

Englewood, CO, July 19, 2018: START Lighting is pleased to announce that Mulcrone & Associates as its new representative in northern Illinois (Chicagoland) and eastern / southern Wisconsin.

START, a commercial and industrial lighting manufacturer is known for designing and producing quality lighting fixtures while having the flexibility to modify fixtures to address customer needs and designing new fixtures to fit unique applications specific to customers, is selectively expanding its rep network.

Having worked with Jason Barbour, CEO of START Lighting, at another company, Mulcrone felt comfortable that Jason would be leading a quality company dedicated to supporting electrical manufacturer reps and their customers … electrical distributors.

While Mulcrone, like many electrical manufacturers’ reps, represents some other lighting lines, they saw some of START Lighting’s capabilities as a unique way to differentiate themselves and add value to their electrical distributors and the distributors’ customers.

The ability to modify products to meet customer needs and some of START’s unique products such as its Vari-JustTM troffers and panels with tunable CCT and adjustable power controls, as well as its Parking Garage Canopy Luminaire with its Kwik-Link feature to simplify installation attracted Mulcrone & Associates.

And recognizing that the Chicagoland market is very demanding, START and Mulcrone have decided to stage key products in Mulcrone’s distribution warehouse. The benefit being robust inventory to handle larger projects, and a regional ship point to cover the market.

Jon Efurd, president of Mulcrone & Associates said after meeting Jason at the company’s headquarters, “We were very impressed with START product quality and ingenuity. The company is flexible, responsive and has great lighting knowledge. Jason knows the lighting business AND values reps and distributors. Having this level of knowledge to support our distributors will enable us to bring new solutions to differentiate our distributors and help them solve their customers’ problems. We view this as true value engineering. We look forward to introducing START in the Chicago and Milwaukee markets.”

Said Jason Barbour, CEO of START, “Mulcrone & Associates is a dynamic and forward-thinking organization, the type of agency we want to be aligned with. They have strong product knowledge, are committed to supporting their distribution customers, and understand the needs of their large and diverse geography. Together I’m confident that we can bring value to the agency, its distributors and most importantly our joint customers.”

ABOUT MULCRONE & ASSOCIATES:

For over 47 years, the 17-person Mulcrone & Associates agency has served electrical distributors, contractors and the electrical needs of industrial and institutional accounts in northern Illinois; eastern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The company also has a 40,000 sq foot warehouse in Wood Dale, IL. To learn more about Mulcrone & Associates go to https://www.mulcrone.com.

ABOUT START Lighting:

START Lighting manufactures high quality lighting fixtures for the commercial and industrial markets and is committed to selling through electrical and lighting distributors. Producing a broad line of standard and customized solutions, START Lighting provides innovative solutions to commercial and industrial lighting challenges. Through in-house design, engineering, modification and assembly capabilities, START can reduce product development time from months to weeks to modify and engineer custom-made lighting. To learn more and view our offering, visit www.start-lighting.com to download our catalog.

Save Time, Save Money…Vari-Just

From the early days of LED, back when the average (Correlated Color Temperature) was +/- 10000 or before that, when you had a wide variety of lamp colors, it was confusing, but you had to choose between Cool White or Warm White!

In all seriousness, when LED was a new thing, we as an industry (albeit much smaller) wrestled with the wild swings in CCT and at the time having to choose between 120v or 277v. Add all these choices together and it was a wonder we could convince anyone to stock, specify, or sell the product. It became a running joke of “what is the color of light … yellow, white or shades of white?”

Coming from the Electrical Distribution channel, we started to look for ways to make our products more customer friendly and reduce the number of sku’s a distributor would need to stock. Early on, we worked on the wide band solution, allowing both incoming voltage. We got that to work, and off to the races, now Distributors, Contractors, and End Users had to stock (three color temperatures for 120v and three for 277v)

We introduced our 1st Flat Panel 4 years ago, and approached it the same way on choice … one wattage option and 3 separate CCT’s.

To be expected as the demand grew, so did the variation on wattage for rebates. We’d have a Utility on the East Coast that would want a 30w 2×2 panel, and another on the West Coast that would want that in 25w!

Once we saw all the fluctuations in wattage requirements, and of course CCT, we looked internally at the multiple sku’s and colors we were producing, let alone what a Distributor had to stock.

We determined the best way to handle all the various wattages and CCT’s was to flip the switch to saving money, and this year we introduced the START Lighting Vari-JustTM Platform. Literally flip two switches on the fixture, and you have what you need!

One switch to control wattage. One to control color temperature.

The switches are located on the driver housing and are preset prior to installation. For both Contractor and Distributor, the commonality of the function on the panels and the troffers is a pre-fab time saver. Simply set the switches accordingly and connect them to the system.

As 3000k and 3500k were close together on the temperature spectrum, we have always manufactured in 3000/4000/5000k, with the tuning capabilities, we’ve now added a definitive 3500k option.

The versatility of the adjustments makes these panels and troffers great in offices, schools, government facilities, and healthcare applications.

For distributors this makes product selection easier and can reduce inventory skus, hence reducing inventory investment (which in the age of LEDs is good for a distributor.)

For contractors this means always having the right troffers on the job site. A simple flick of the switch ensures you have what you need, when you need it making jobs easier and faster to install … saving you time and money.

And since quality and creativity is our standard. There is no additional cost for this advanced functionality.

START Lighting offers two Vari-Just offerings:

2×2 Flat Panel or Volumetric Troffers:

Incoming Watts 30/35/40/45

  • CCT Tuning 3000/3500/4000/5000k

2×4 Flat Panel or Volumetric Troffers: (link to page in a separate window)

  • Incoming Watts 50/60/65/72
  • CCT Tuning 3000/3500/4000/5000k

Click here to learn more about Vari-Just Volumetric Troffers and here to learn about our Vari-Just Volumetric LED Flat Panels.

Click here to download our catalog or email START Lighting for more information

START Launches New Product Line

Denver, CO – START Lighting a leader in LED lighting fixture design recently launched new products in form, features and capabilities. The complete product line redesign is showcased at www.start-lighting.com and is available in a new catalog as well as a product overview to support inside salespeople.

Unique, new, offerings include:

  • Introduction of START’s Vari-JustTM line of 2’x2’ and 2’x4’ flat panels and troffers. The Vari-Just series features standardized CCT functionality and power adjustment capabilities. No longer do contractors need to be concerned about ordering the right color temperature or wattage. START’s fixtures can be easily adjusted at the point of installation. While an upgraded product, START has adopted Vari-Just as its standard offering and there is no increased cost versus traditional panels and troffers.
  • START’s Canopy Luminaire, designed for parking garages, features START’s Kwik-Link fixture connection. Contractors can wire a parking garage and then go back and quickly snap in the lens.
  • START expanded its high-bay offering and now offers its Hi-Performance Linear High Bay, its Silhouette II Series and its new Slimline Linear High Bay

The complete product line includes architecturally designed area / shoeboxes, canopy fixtures, downlights for commercial and residential retrofit applications, three types of high-bays, slimline flood lights, utility strip luminaire, led flat panels, volumetric troffers and wall packs for commercial and industrial applications.

Additionally, the company offers pre-fab lighting services, fixture modification capabilities for short-runs and a guaranteed quick turnaround time. START can also design commercial and industrial fixtures for customer-specific applications that may integrate controls, different drivers and lenses, cameras and more.

To learn more, visit www.start-lighting.com. To download or request the catalog go to www.start-lighting.com/resources.

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About START Lighting

START Lighting manufactures LED fixtures for the commercial and industrial lighting markets. Producing both off-the-shelf and engineered lighting solutions, START Lighting provides innovative solutions to commercial and industrial lighting challenges. By cutting product development time from months to as little as a week, START can produce custom-made lighting products quickly while still meeting rigorous performance and quality standards. To find out more, please www.start-lighting.com.

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Biben Sales Becomes START Lighting’s Newest Rep

Englewood, CO, June 25, 2018: START Lighting is pleased to announce that Biben Sales is its new representative. Biben will represent START in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.

START, a commercial and industrial lighting manufacturer is known for designing and producing quality lighting fixtures while having the flexibility to modify fixtures to address customer needs and designing new fixtures to fit unique applications specific to customers, is selectively expanding its rep network.

The ability to modify products to meet customer needs and some of its unique products such as its Vari-JustTM troffers and panels as well as its Parking Garage Canopy Luminaire Kwik-Link Series attracted Biben to START. START recognizes that NEMRA agents have entered into the lighting market and may have lighting lines that are more “white goods” in nature but that they need a line that can be innovative, flexible and responsive to more challenging lighting needs.

According to Bob Tate, LC, Biben Sales’ VP End-user Sales at Biben Sales,Jason, and START Lighting, really do understand where this market is headed such as field selectable CCT’s on most fixtures, field selectable drive currents, various control options including cameras in lamps and PoE and providing fixture servicing options that transcend that which most manufacturers offer.” We represent some other lighting lines also but START filled a niche to make us different and a greater resource to our customers.” Both Bob and Tracy Niedrowski, Biben’s Manager of Lighting / Energy, evaluated START Lighting to determine the fit with Biben. Tracy’s ESCO and lighting layout expertise contributed to further understanding how START could benefit Biben’s customers.

Gene Biben, president of Biben Sales, led an in-depth due diligence process. In Gene’s words, “I was focused on what does Start Lighting do or have that will help us differentiate them to our distributors and end users? My team was impressed.”

Said Jason Barbour, CEO of START, “Biben Sales represents the epitome of the type of agency we want to be aligned with. They have strong lighting knowledge, are committed to supporting their distribution customers and understand the needs of their customers. Together I’m confident that we can bring value to the agency, its distributors and most importantly our joint customers.”

ABOUT BIBEN SALES & ASSOCIATES:

Biben Sales is an Independent Manufacturer’s Representative firm serving the Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia and northern Virginia markets. The 25-person agency focuses on supporting the needs of electrical distributors in these markets as well as bringing innovative products and solutions to their customers. The company represents a number of electrical supply manufacturers and its recently formed lighting division is helping companies with new solutions to improving energy efficiency, productivity and enhanced lighting to their environments.

ABOUT START Lighting:

START Lighting manufactures high quality lighting fixtures for the commercial and industrial markets and is committed to selling through electrical and lighting distributors. Producing a broad line of standard and customized solutions, START Lighting provides innovative solutions to commercial and industrial lighting challenges. Through in-house design, engineering, modification and assembly capabilities, START can reduce product development time from months to weeks to modify and engineer custom-made lighting. To learn more and view our offering, visit www.start-lighting.com to download our catalog.