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Vision 3

Vision 3 Lighting stopped by to give us an update on their products. They boast a 2-3 week lead time for all fixtures as a standard and can possibly do 1 week depending on the fixture and quantity.

Their line voltage fixture has a 1200 Lumen package with the driver on board and 0-10v dimming.

They have tested their low-voltage fixtures with Soraa for dimming compatibility with their transformers. There are various standard finishes available as standard including polished stainless steel.


Holm Lighting

We got a chance to see a new steplight designed by Holm Lighting called the Nook. It’s a large recessed steplight with a unique feature that lets you adjust the distribution in the field. Right now their optics only include forward throws but they are in the process to develop wider distributions. The Nook can also be installed higher on the wall as an up light or in a box to become a bollard.



Sternberg Lighting has a new fixture they are releasing called Flight.

They have developed a cooling rod system that helps the heat sink and allows them to use less material bringing the cost down from what it typically would be. There are two sizes available with varying mounting bracket options. Flight utilizes the soft view lens technology found in other Sternberg fixtures providing a highly efficient glare control lens option.


HK Lighting

HK Lighting is an exterior lighting with a strong emphasis on being able to customize their products. Almost half of their products have some type of customization.

  • Standard product is aluminum but they can do brass and bronze as well
  • developed a heatsink adapters that fit into the grooves of the Soraa lamps and extend the lamp life. With the MR16 version it allows you to use the 9watt in an enclosed fixture. Fits all of the lamps including the GU10, PAR, and AR111.
  • Angled snoot can adjust to different lengths. The standard when it ships shows the grooves.
  • Have two sizes of flood lights that use gobos.
  • Slim path lights can be customized to be different heights
  • Bollard light has a far distribution and can also be provided with a GFCI outlet integral to the fixture.
  • Can make any of their fixtures turtle rated


We-ef stopped by to update our office with their latest products. These updates include a new family of factory sealed in-grade uplights. There is a new wall wash lens that sits at the top of the fixture and provides a wide, even spread of light across the perpendicular surface. Because of the efficiency of the distribution, they are able to use a 1.75 center spacing from side to side.

For the fixed version the LEDs are regressed below the lens creating good glare control. They have redesigned their concrete pour housings so that they are shallower. There are three sizes in the family and the outputs range from 1200-3900 lumens. Standard color temperatures are 3K and 4K, however, they can provide 27K and 5K for an adder and longer lead time.

Within the family, We-ef has developed a series of downlights and flood lights that use the same LED to ensure color matching across the board.

The PFL540 LED is a post-top fixture we took a look at. It is intended for lower mounting heights of 12'. There are multiple optics available including one they developed for bike pathways. The fixture is $700 DN, but the offer a deal when the fixture is bundled together with the pole for $1000 DN.

We also took a look at the FLC200 series family which are large scale flood lights. The design features individual lenses on each node, which results in greater control of the beamspread as well as glare control. There are three sizes.



In February we had the opportunity to visit ERCO in New Jersey. Their showroom has many of their fixtures set up so you can see how they perform in person, with the capability to set up custom mock-ups on request. One of the helpful things we learned from our visit is to use the code .099 at the end of any specification to call attention when we want to modify the fixture from the standard offering.

The first fixture we looked at was a tall skinny task light. It throws light horizontally and has an integral dimmer. We liked the fixture and think it would be even better as an exterior bollard because of the slim profile. As of now, Erco does not have any plans to make it rated for exteriors.

We looked at all of the track lights that ERCO has to offer. It was great to see them in action since we typically think of Erco for only exterior applications. Their track heads and flood lights use a collimator to create their varied optics. The fixtures are standard with 3k and 4k but can be provided with a lens that has a gel coating from Rosco to warm it up.

The Pollux is a small profile track head that is available in either 2 watts or 6 watts. The 2-watt version is a single diode and can have a 6° beam spread. The smallest beamspread the 6-watt version can accommodate is 14°.The Pollux is also available with a framing projector configuration. The 2W was impressive in the 6°, throwing a lot of bunch. The two wattages could work in a residence that does not have particularly high ceilings.

Similar 2W Parscan fixture shown below.

There is a potentiometer on most fixtures that allow you to dim them locally, and the driver itself is ELV to 1%. ERCO has worked to develop their own drivers so they can control how their fixtures perform.

The Pan Track is a wall wash track head that is available with either a dedicated wall wash design or a flood light with wall wash optics. The advantage of using the dedicated wall wash is that you are able to get a 2:1 spacing with an even illumination. The wall wash optic version, however, gets more light at the top of the wall since it is adjustable.

There is also a monopoint track adapter that ERCO offers and is compatible with most of their track heads.

The Lightgap is a new linear fixture designed for grazing in cove applications. The design of the fixture has a lens on the bottom and the side to allow for more light to be distributed out and making sure that the light can hit higher on the wall. The fixture comes in three sizes and can be mounted end-to-end for a continuous appearance. The downside to the Lightgap is that it requires one driver per module and they need to be remotely located.

We also got to see their exterior fixtures in action. It was nice to see them in the showroom because the space is large enough to have more than one fixture. That way we were able to visualize what the effect would be with different spacing. We also got to see the different bollards next to each other to get an idea of what the different light distributions look like. The Castor was able to project light with a wide distribution. The Kubis Midi has two distributions; a wide and a deep. The wide distribution did not project out very far compared to the Castor. The Castor can also go as low as 12".


The Kona XS is a new version of the regular Kona but in a smaller package. It uses the same LEDs as the small Pollux track head with the 2-watt and 6-watt versions. It produced a nice clean beam especially with the 6° from the 2-watt version.

Because ERCO is trying to get more projects in the US to use their track heads, they are working with SDA to come up with a special price for the Pollux for small quantities in small residential applications. They want to keep themselves in the game so they are focused more on exposure than for a profit at that point.



Product of the Day: Plugging Box from COLE LIGHTING

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We took a look at the new post top offered by Sternberg called the Rialta. It comes in three variations, a three legged open cage, a 2' luminous cylinder, and a 4' luminous cylinder. With the open cage version, you are able to specify types 5, 4, 3, 3R, and 2 distrubutions, and the luminous cylinders are only offered in a type V distribution.

As with the other Sternberg fixtures that we have seen in the past, an attention to detail and robust construction is evident. A variety of color temperatures and powder coat finishes are available to choose from.



we-ef showed us a circular post-top fixture. It has two distributions: a typical Type V and a rectangular one. It is dark sky compliant with full cut-off. With either 3K or 4K, they have two outputs of approximately 45oo lumens and 8300 lumens. The lens they provide is PMA acrylic. They have impact rating for all of their lenses available in their fixtures across the board.

We also got to see their rectangular post-top. This fixture comes with more options in terms of its distribution. Along with the typical distributions, We-ef also has a narrow Type II distribution that is good for paths. A typical spacing for post-tops would be 4:1, but with this narrow distribution they are able to get something more close to 8:1.

They also told us about their quick ship program set up for their step lights. Most of their options are available to ship within 5 days.



Erco has been making a lot of improvements to their fixtures. They are now offering only LED products. Also they have gotten their LEDs to approximately 100 lumens/watt for 3000K and 130 lumens/watt for 4000K. They have designed their fixtures around projection and not reflection which works inherently with how LEDs work as opposed to older light source technology. Through the use of lenses, Erco is able to offer several different optics for each fixture.



Gecko is a new round projector that can work as either a floodlight or a wallwasher. There are multiple beam spreads as well as lenses that can be specified. For tighter beam spreads, the LEDs are recessed back into the fixture and for wide flood and the wall wash the LEDs sit next to the glass lens.


Lightscan Facade

Lightscan Facade is an addition to the Lightscan family and is a surface ceiling wash fixture. It comes in multiple sizes and wattages ranging from 24W - 72W. It's an impressive fixture. Because of the direction the LEDs are facing, you don't get any backspill on the surface it is mounted to. Like most of their fixture families, the Lightscan comes in either a wide beam or a deep beam.



Erco has designed Site which is an in-grade linear grazer. Site has a very wide throw with an 80° beam angle. Because of this they are able to get a spacing of 1 to 4 or even 1 to 6 depending on how much light you want on the vertical surface. Each fixture is 16". After it is installed you can use a tool to tilt the fixture 10° forward and back.





Visor and Lightmark are a new series of pathlights that come in various mounting options; surface, recessed and bollards. At 6 watts a fixture, it had a decent light output. They offer either a wide or a deep distribution.

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