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Mounting lights onto a window with no incoming light

I currently have a window that does not have any natural light, because it faces a wall just 1 inch away. I'm hoping to simulate natural light with one of your lighting options. What do you suggest?

Our full spectrum lighting options sound like a great solution for your situation.

In general, our 4000K or 5000K products with 95 CRI will provide you with the best simulation of natural daylight. Our CENTRIC DAYLIGHT A19 bulbs fit into standard screw-base sockets and maybe a great, straightforward option for you.

Depending on the dimensions and mounting options of your window, our T5 integrated linear fixtures may also be worth considering.

The T5 integrated linear fixture sounds great.  The inside dimension of the window is 70 inches wide and 46 inches tall.  Do you think a single 2-ft fixture will be sufficient? 

Based on these dimensions, up to three 2-ft T5 light fixtures could be used to evenly fill the space.

These 2-ft T5 light fixtures can also be daisy-chained together, which means they can all connect to a single power outlet.

Since the window faces the outside, there is some condensation on the window glass. Do you think condensation would be an issue?

Based on the information available to us, it is difficult to say with any certainty whether or not condensation would still be an issue for these fixture mounting solutions.

It may be worth investigating for the presence of moisture on or near your window, in order to have a better idea of the safety hazards which might be present. If, for example, visible water droplets are present, that would certainly be a situation where condensation would indeed be a safety concern.

Protecting LED strip lights for avian applications

We would like to use your LED strip lights to build a flicker-free lighting array for our bird cages. However, we can't have any lighting parts in contact or within reach of our animals as they will destroy them, so I am curious what suggestions you might have as to how to mount these behind the wire/mesh screening.

Our LED strip lights indeed sound like a great option for your needs. Paired with our flicker-free power supplies, you will be able to achieve a nice, flicker-free light output that fits the specific mechanical dimensions of the installation location.​

We understand the concerns with respect to mounting and keeping the LED strips away from your animals. The best immediate solution that comes to mind would be our aluminum channels, which will provide a certain degree of mechanical protection and act as a housing for the LED strip lights. Please see below for the product link:

Are bulbs included with the LED shop light fixtures?

Do I need to purchase separate bulbs for the shop fixture or are they included?

Our LED shop light fixtures does not require any additional bulbs, due to the fact that the LED emitters are integrated within the unit. Simply plug the lights into an electrical socket, and pull the hanging chain to turn the unit on.

Eye safety for realUV LED strip lights

I was wondering under what conditions either the 365 nm or 395 nm realUV LED strips could present an eye safety hazard. Are there viewing conditions that could be hazardous with a short LED strip segment?

Generally speaking, it's a bit difficult for us to provide assurances and guarantees regarding the safe use of ultraviolet LED products, as each installation and application can vary significantly, so we recommend consulting a UV safety expert if you have specific concerns.​

Both the 365 nm and 395 nm wavelengths fall under the UV-A wavelength range, which is a weaker form of ultraviolet radiation that is found in natural daylight so there are fewer concerns than other ultraviolet products that fall under the UV-B or UV-C wavelength ranges, for example.​

That being said, below are some general safety guidelines that we would recommend following:​

The ultraviolet emitters have a very high intensity when used at a very short distance, but less so at longer distances. Therefore, ensuring that people or animals do not come near the UV source can help reduce the risk of any eye safety issues.Ultraviolet energy is mostly invisible to the naked eye. It can be difficult for the vision system to recognize a high level of UV "brightness" and produce a natural response to squint or look away, in the way that natural white light would.

The use of a short segment should present a relatively low risk given their correspondingly low energy output. We would recommend ensuring that the LED strip lights are pointed away from any people, and perhaps install them as far away from eye level as may be practical.

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