The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!

Featured:
   

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

   
Recent Posts
Sprinklered equipment 26-008
by twh
Today at 06:28 AM
On Delay Relay with Auto Reset
by Potseal
Yesterday at 09:59 AM
Wow, that was close!
by jraef
11/28/16 07:06 PM
Earthquake in New Zeeland
by RODALCO
11/27/16 11:25 PM
Calling all Non-US members!! (Non-US only)
by Tjia1981
11/27/16 06:33 AM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm˛ flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
gfretwell 15
HotLine1 10
Trumpy 8
Texas_Ranger 8
sparkyinak 7
Who's Online
0 registered (), 192 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#169882 - 10/18/07 07:51 PM Lights of America
BigB Offline
Member

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 727
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
Lights of America sells some great looking, made in USA lighting fixtures. Trouble is, about 25% of the new ones I have bought are defective from the start, about another 20% don't last a year.

I guess they are junk, I can't afford to waste any more of my time on them. Anyone else tried them?

Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#169886 - 10/18/07 08:03 PM Re: Lights of America [Re: BigB]
Lostazhell Offline
Member

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Trouble is with lights of America, the replacement lamps are usually as much as the fixture in the first place! I don't believe I've ever seen any of their fixtures (except for at a motel chain, we'll leave the light on...) last more than a year.

I try to stick with Hubbell, RAB, HALO and Lithonia for my lighting needs \:\)

Top
#169899 - 10/19/07 07:14 AM Re: Lights of America [Re: Lostazhell]
Zapped Offline
Member

Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 481
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I have replaced several. Ultra-crap. Not only are the lamps proprietary, the ballasts are on a little PC board and are not worth replacement.

Oddly enough, I have a community that I work in that has has some of these lights that I've been replacing as they die, and there are still some units that are operational after the 4-5 years that I've been servicing this community. However, I would still not advise their use.

Good Luck!

Top
#169903 - 10/19/07 12:18 PM Re: Lights of America [Re: Zapped]
EV607797 Offline
Member

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
The problem is that the phrase "made in USA" is useless anymore. It really doesn't reflect quality like it used to. Fact is, quality is becoming increasingly rare in the US, both in products and labor. Everybody has such "attitude" anymore to the extent that I think they should start taking water coolers out of the office.

Items made in the Orient are starting to be more attractive in a lot of ways. I guess that their quality is increasing since a supervisor can still hit an employee in the back of the head with a stick if they aren't doing a good job.

_________________________
---Ed---

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

Top
#169905 - 10/19/07 02:56 PM Re: Lights of America [Re: EV607797]
Sixer Offline
Member

Registered: 08/08/05
Posts: 264
Loc: Canada
 Originally Posted By: EV607797
I guess that their quality is increasing since a supervisor can still hit an employee in the back of the head with a stick if they aren't doing a good job.

Maybe that's why we do such superior work \:D
_________________________
Sixer

"Will it be cheaper if I drill the holes for you?"

Top
#169907 - 10/19/07 03:56 PM Re: Lights of America [Re: EV607797]
leland Offline
Member

Registered: 08/20/07
Posts: 856
Loc: Lowell area, Ma. USA
 Originally Posted By: EV607797
The problem is that the phrase "made in USA" is useless anymore. It really doesn't reflect quality like it used to. Fact is, quality is becoming increasingly rare in the US, both in products and labor. Everybody has such "attitude" anymore to the extent that I think they should start taking water coolers out of the office.

Items made in the Orient are starting to be more attractive in a lot of ways. I guess that their quality is increasing since a supervisor can still hit an employee in the back of the head with a stick if they aren't doing a good job.




Sad commentary.

Lets start by not cutting each others B---s off, and hire trained licensed and registerd apprentices, stay away from "day labor".

Big corps = Profit over product. That makes us look bad.

Stop buying their product. Pay for and sell quality.

If we all get on the same page, things will change by themselves.

Top



ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals