The effects of horticultural lighting on plant growth

Plant on the left did not get to enjoy LED horticultural lighting and did not do well. Plants on the right enjoyed horticultural lighting and thrived.

What is Horticultural Lighting Used For?

Horticultural Lighting is becoming more and more common. Actually, we are blown away by the explosive growth and demand. However, what exactly is Horticultural lighting?

Farmers are not only using this lighting to expand their produce season in rural settings, they are also using new light technology in urban areas. Therefore, helping to provide fresh produce for residents all year long.

Greenhouses use Horticultural Lighting to grow different types of produce. Furthermore, these greenhouses include special LED lighting. This special lighting gives off the ideal amount of light to grow the desired vegetation. These greenhouses help farmers to continue their production all year and in any landscape.

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Why Rural Communities Need Greenhouses?

When most people think of rural living they think of rolling fields of vegetation and livestock. However, during the winter months, those same rolling fields are white with snow. Farmers still need to make a living during those months. Also, not all farms raise livestock. Greenhouses could supplement these farmers’ income during the winter months. It is during these winter months that greenhouses become more necessary.

With the use of greenhouses with LED lighting, farmers can grow local produce all year long. These greenhouses can bring new opportunities for different crops. LED lighting is easily adjustable. Therefore, these greenhouses would allow for a new opportunity to grow produce that is not native to specific areas.

Why Cities Need Greenhouses?

Urban areas are not well known for having much farmland. This is due to the lack of available land. However, with horticultural greenhouses, there is no need for farmland. Larger cities will be able to supply fresh produce to their residences.

Along with the LED technology, there have been other advances. These advances are a part of the transition to more local fresh produce in urban settings. Container-Based Vertical Farming is one example of these advances.

Container-Based Vertical Farming

What is Container-Based Vertical Farming? This is when agriculturalists grow crops in repurposed shipping containers or buildings. These structures take the place of traditional fields. This type of farming is becoming more popular in urban areas. This is due to the lack of farmland. Also, this advancement in farming can create new opportunities for fresh produce in other areas.

Grocery Store Uses

Grocery stores will also see benefits from this type of farming. They will be able to provide fresh produce all year long. This also means that there is no wait time for deliveries. Often produce can go bad before arriving at their destination. Therefore, there is less waste of products.

Another benefit is the growing time of products. In some cases, it is only a week or two. Once these onsite growing containers are implemented the more efficient and cost-effective they will be in keeping up with demands.

Helping the Less Fortunate

Another benefit of container growing is for shelters and food banks. Often times there is difficulty in receiving donations. Instead of being fully dependent on donations shelters and food banks can have their own growing containers. Onsite farming means that places would have a continuous supply of fresh produce year-round. These onsite containers will change the way that these facilities operate.

This addition can also become an opportunity for education. Therefore, more people can be taught about farming and these new technologies. Also, providing more job opportunities. These opportunities for education will change lives. Changing the need for these organizations.

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concert lighting and effects

There are many things that affect a concert experience. However, one thing in particular can affect everything from the mood of the audience to how interactive they feel with the artists on stage. Concert lighting is one of the most important things when setting up a concert experience. Not only does lighting determine what the audience is seeing but also the connection the audience feels they have with the artists on stage.

Concert Lighting and the Stage

LED lighting and a guitar

Anyone that has ever had a concert experience knows that it is not just about the music. Today’s technology allows anyone to have their favorite songs at their fingertips. So, what makes going to a concert an actual experience? The lighting of course. Furthermore, there are so many different lighting effects that are used during shows.

Think about the differences between a small karaoke night at your favorite coffee house compared to a sold-out concert in a stadium that holds thousands. Not only is the overall atmosphere completely different but the stages are complete opposites. The coffee house may have a single light bar with a few different LED bulbs that are under the control of a single button. The sold-out stadium, however, would have a grander setup.

LED Lighting’s Addition to the Music World

concert lighting with box designs

LED lighting has made extravagant concert lighting more of a reality. Lighting directors are taking advantage of the different available LED colors to represent the band’s specific genre and taste. In addition to the colors LED lighting offers an alternative to other lights that give off large amounts of heat. Another perk of LED lights in a concert setting is the new advancements in cell phone apps and wristbands.

There are now bands that will advertise their shows while including a link to a special app that they have designed for their audience. These apps help replace the lighters that concert goers would use during shows. Additionally, these apps have lighting that goes along with the rhythm of specific songs.

Similarly, there are some bands that will provide wristbands at their concerts. Within these bands are small LED lights that are programmed to react to certain songs or notes that are played. Therefore, these wristbands help the audience to feel like they are more included in the concert experience. They no longer feel like they are just witnesses to the bands on stage but that they are also a part of the show.

For example, click the video below from a Coldplay concert where LED wristbands were used:

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Wrapping It Up

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As we continue our blog series on New Product Development, this post covers creating a proprietary product line. In particular, creating a proprietary product line from the perspective of a custom manufacturer.

Our team at Falconer Electronics takes deep pride in helping our clients to create, produce and deliver new products. We work closely and relentlessly with our clients to manufacture products as close to perfect as possible.

The prototype and test phase are both so critical to strive for perfection during early stages when developing a new product. Critical factors include quality and safety as well as producing your product at a competitive price.

Many custom manufacturers make products for other companies but do not possess a proprietary product line themselves. Typically it is not a priority. Custom manufacturers are just too busy serving existing customers.

Over time, a small custom manufacturer develops the skills and expertise at a proprietary process. Yet, they lack either engineering or a product design team to develop a proprietary product line of their own.

Another challenge faced includes not only developing the product but also possessing the ability to aggressively market the product as well. Creating a steady sales channel makes or breaks a product. The greatest product without revenue is simply nothing more than well-kept secret.

Proprietary Product Line at Falconer Electronics 

Well, we found it necessary to not just talk the talk with developing a new product for our customers. We also have to walk the walk. So we created our own proprietary product line.

Falconer Electronics offers a variety of proprietary products.

The list includes:

Creating our own proprietary line of products delivers tremendous benefits to our customers. Especially when working with clients developing their own proprietary product line.

For example, we use our own Wire Harness Assemblies and Printed Circuit Boards in our products.

This simply strengthens our company on many levels. This creates deeper experience with our staff, increases buying power with our vendors and helps maximize capacity with our equipment and machinery.

Since launching our e-commerce store with our proprietary product line, we have engaged with new customers in exciting industries that were completely new to us.

Let’s take a look at the proprietary product line that we developed over the years.

 Ground Straps 

Our team produces thousands upon thousands of high quality Braided Ground Straps for OEM’s.  Way too many to count since our humble beginnings in 1985. In hindsight, we should have kept track similar to McDonald’s tracking the number of burgers served.

Anyway, we decided to convert this proprietary process into a proprietary product line of ground straps.

To broaden the line, we also offer the opportunity to create an Instant Ground Strap for customers looking for a custom size. We call it the Ground Strap Express (CLICK HERE). This allows a customer to build a Ground Strap to the exact dimensions necessary to complete a project.

Commercial Power Strips 

Our proprietary product line of commercial power strips developed out of a need for one of our largest customers. Lowe’s approached Falconer Electronics two years ago to manufacturer a Heavy Duty Industrial Power Strip for artificial Christmas tree displays. The project required a tight deadline along with safety certification from ETL.

The project was such a success for our company that we now offer these Commercial Power Strips on our e-commerce store. Since launching this new proprietary line of power strips in January, we have engaged with numerous new customers in completely new markets for our company.Proprietary Product Line

Magnetic Work Lights

We would also like to introduce you to our exciting lineup of Magnetic Work Lights. You can now purchase Magnetic Based Work Lights manufacturer direct as well as Industrial Magnets on our brand new e-commerce store.

Magnetic Trouble Lights 

Heavy Duty Magnetic Trouble Lights produced at Falconer Electronics offer a sturdy magnetic base. Therefore, allowing you to work hands-free. Tackling challenging projects is easier due to the lights flexibility and reliability. Also, these lights are equipped with Falconer Electronics’s “Swing-open” Guard that permits immediate bulb replacement. Each Magnetic Trouble Light is assembled in the U.S. with components that are purchased domestically and globally.

Click here to view our selection of Magnetic Trouble Lights

Magnetic Spotlights

Durable Magnetic Spotlights produced at Falconer Electronics offer a sturdy magnetic base allowing you to work hands-free. Also, lights provide the flexibility and reliability to tackle challenging projects. Maximum reflection occurs due to the aluminum reflector. Therefore, providing ideal lighting wherever maximum illumination is required.

Furthermore, each magnetic spotlight is assembled in the U.S. with components that are purchased domestically and globally. They are perfect for industrial and warehouse settings as well as projects around your office or home.

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LED Flashing Lights 

We produce the circuit board inside these LED Flashing Lights. Also, the sturdy plastic base is produced right around the corner from us at a local plastic fabrication company. Therefore, we exhaust every effort to Buy American first.

Click here to check out our Magnetic LED Flashing Lights

Wrapping It Up 

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LED Emergency Flashing Light

Here at Falconer Electronics, we are committed to solving our customers’ problems.  By developing and designing products that are responsible, reliable, and industry strong, we are creating products that meet the needs of our consumer.  In other words, our products get the job done. The LED Emergency Flashing Light fits that formula.

Last week, we focused on the importance of the MSHA Approval our mining lights have.  (Read that post here.)  Now that you understand how important the MSHA Approval is, let’s examine why YOU need a mining light in your life (Spoiler Alert:  this post is for everyone, not just miners!)

5 Reasons You Need an LED Emergency Flashing Light 

5. Personal Decor


This might seem a bit…silly, but you should consider picking up a LED Emergency Flashing Light just for a unique decoration for your man cave or child’s dorm room.  Time and time again, our staff has mulled over the idea of grabbing one of these unique items as a conversational piece in a hangout room.   While cruising around our facility, you will often hear someone say, “I really need one of these for my den,” or “You should get this for your daughter’s dorm room.”  This light takes industrial chic décor to a whole new level.

With Christmas season coming up, you may have just found the perfect unique gift for your loved one.  Get yours here! 

While aesthetics are important to one’s general well-being, most find the utility of a light to be even more important than it looks.  So, consider purchasing a LED Emergency Flashing Light for outdoor recreational use.

4. Outdoor Recreation

Are you an outdoor enthusiast?  Are you someone who finds yourself outside, in the dark?  Whether you are a camper, boater, or survivalist, if you find yourself outside at night, you should bring a mining light with you.

There are so many reasons to take a mining light with you.  They can be hung anywhere and will stand up to the pressures of the outdoors.  They are cool to the touch and safe for use around children and animals.

Here’s a scenario you may be able to relate to.  If you’re a boater, have you ever been out at night on a crowded waterway?  Like, perhaps, on the 4th of July?  If you have, you know how difficult it can be to see the other boaters and to navigate your way back to your dock at the end of the evening.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra flashing light to help others see you and to help you see other vessels?

Well, Falconer Electronic’s LED Emergency Flashing Light was made for nights like these.  When people see your light and compliment you on it, you can respond by saying, it was also, “Made in the USA!”  What a patriotic way to end a great night.

As a person who likes to be prepared to have a great outdoor adventure, you are probably someone who wants to be prepared for emergencies too.  Therefore, we will examine personal emergency preparedness kits as the next reason to buy a mining light.

3. Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit

While it’s great to use the LED Emergency Flashing Lights when times are wonderful, it is also important to recognize these lights were designed and developed for use in harsh conditions.  This makes them an excellent addition to your home’s emergency preparedness kit. It is important to be ready for an emergency at home.  Can you think of all of the things that can go wrong in your community or your home?

Of course, you can’t; coming up with that list would be exhausting.  So, rather than plan for everything, plan for what is the most probable to occur in the event of an emergency.  If you think about a weather-induced emergency, like a tornado or a hurricane, it’s probable that you will lose power.

Do you have a non-flammable way of creating light?  If not, you will want a flashlight or two on hand.  (Please don’t forget to pack some extra batteries!)  What if you get stuck underneath rubble?  How will you signal for help?  Here’s where you pull out that LED Emergency Flashing Light!

With 150-200 hours continuous duty in flash mode and a standard flash rate of 1pps, you can push the button and focus on taking care of your loved ones.  The flashing light will serve as a signal to rescue personnel, so they can find you and your family.

In addition to the lights, you can find the other items you need in your emergency preparedness kit, at  Being prepared for something that never occurs is infinitely better than not being prepared for anything. So, get started on creating your kit today.

Being prepared for emergencies only makes good sense, but it also makes sense to prepare for on-the-job-safety.  Professionals who work on the roadway or close to the roadway will find the LED Emergency Flashing Light extremely important.

2. Roadside Work

LED Emergency Flashing Light

The LED Emergency Flashing Light fits perfect in the glovebox as a roadside emergency kit for your automobile. Being prepared for an accident or unwelcomed breakdown is extremely important.

While there are many ways you can use the LED Emergency Flashing Light personally, this is an industry-grade product that can stand up to the work of professionals who are on the job as well.  If you are someone who works on the roads or near the roads, you should have at least one of these lights (We recommend that you consider purchasing multiple lights, especially for big jobs.)

These LED lights are tough and will be ready for use when you need them.  These durable LED Lights last 200 hours in continuous flash mode.  They are safe, environmentally friendly, and water resistant.  The lights are completely safe around water or contaminated areas; this ruggedness keeps the lights in action during challenging weather conditions, such as rain or snow storms.  Also, since there is no smoke with these, your line of sight is clear making you (and your colleagues) safer at work.

In addition, these lights can come with an industrial strength magnet attached to them making placement as easy as sticking one of these to your vehicle.  This sturdy magnetic round base that provides a heavy-duty holding power of 120 lbs. The attached magnetic round base is made of a ceramic magnet ring and a chrome plated steel cup. This durable magnet is made under ISO 9002 quality systems.

Can you think of a better alternative to a roadside flare?

Whether you work for a roadside crew, a landscaping company, or an emergency response team, having LED Emergency Flashing Lights on hand will not only make your job easier, but it will arguably make it safer too.  In addition to using these mining lights for professional work, these are also a must in one more industry.  You guessed it: mining!

1. Actual Mining

This should go without saying, but let’s say it anyway.  If you are a miner, consider this light a necessity to your work gear.  As stated previously, Falconer Electronics, Inc., takes safety very seriously.  We believe that we’ve created a product that will help you to stay safe in conditions that aren’t always ideal.

In addition to all of the product features mentioned above, these lights come in a variety of colors, including red, amber (yellow), or blue flashing light to meet all of your team and job requirements.  It weighs two pounds and has a replaceable six-volt screw terminal lantern battery.   Also, it’s made of durable, shock-resistant plastic.

Whether it’s for decoration, outdoor recreational use, an emergency preparedness kit, roadside work, or actual mining work, the LED Emergency Flashing Light (AKA the Mining Light) will serve you well.  It’s handy to have around and will hold up to any job you have in store for it.  Remember, this product also carries a 1 Year Warranty on it!

By developing and designing products that are responsibly created, reliable, and industry strong, we are creating products that meet the needs of our customer.

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J100-03M Magnetic Amber LED Mining Light

Here at Falconer Electronics, providing our customers with quality products that can get the job done is paramount. That’s why we are so proud to announce that all of our LED Flashing Signal Lamps are MSHA Approved.  The purpose of this article is to illustrate the importance of the MSHA Approval.

J100-03M Magnetic Amber LED Mining Light

What Does MSHA Mean?

In order to explain why the MSHA Approval on Falconer Electronics LED Flashing Signal Lamps is so important, you should understand what MSHA is.  MSHA stands for Mining Safety and Health Administration; it’s the governing body that oversees the safety and health of miners within the industry.  (Basically, it’s like OSHA, but specifically for the mining industry.)  If you are interested in a deeper explanation of this organization, please read this article, “MSHA or OSHA,” by Michael T. Heenan, from Pit & Quarry.

Ensuring that products can withstand the pressures of mine work is incredibly important. Mines are different environments than any other place on Earth and require that special attention is given to those environments.  Product failures at the wrong time could put miners in danger, so MSHA provides an “Approval” process.

What Happens When a Product is MSHA Approved?

According to the official MSHA website, approved products receive, “official notification by MSHA that product under consideration meets the applicable 30 CFR Requirements.”  Additionally, MSHA Approval ensures products are, “not likely explosion hazard under normal operation when used in methane-air atmosphere or coal dust.”  This, “typically does not include performance requirements with several exceptions (e.g., methane detectors and cap lamps)”

How Did the LED Flashing Signal Lamps Get MSHA Approval?

For Falconer Electronics, LED Flashing Signal Lamps to have completed the Approval process, MSHA needed to ensure that these products met the General Requirement under 30 CFR.  (The MSHA rules are in Title 30 of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), Mineral Resources, Chapter I, which you can view in its entirety here.) 

Here are the General Requirements: 

The following information comes directly from the publication listed above, which may get updated, as conditions change.  Please refer to the Official CFR for the most up-to-date information. 

  1. The lamps shall be durable in construction, practical in operation, and suitable for the service for which they are designed and approved.
  2. The intensity of light, distribution of light, and battery capacity shall be adequate for the use for which the lamp is intended.
  3. Battery terminals and leads therefrom, as well as the battery gas vents, shall be designed to minimize corrosion of the electrical contacts.
  4. Bulbs and other replacement parts of the lamps shall be adequately marked as a means of identification.
Now What?

Once a product has been MSHA approved, it means that the company receives, “A formal document issued by MSHA which states that a completely assembled product has met the applicable requirements and which authorizes the attachment of an approval plate.”  

J100-01 Red LED Mining Light - MSHA Approval

This MSHA Approval also means that our customers, especially those in the mining industry, can rest assured that our LED Flashing Signal Lamps are high quality and can stand up to the pressures of mine work.  As stated previously, here at Falconer Electronics, providing our customers with quality products that can get the job done is paramount. We are proud to offer MSHA approved products and to support the safety of miners every day.

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As a custom electronics manufacturer since 1985, Falconer Electronics has enjoyed 32 years of successfully manufacturing products for all of our amazing customers. With the recent acquisition of the magnetic work light manufacturer Standard Portable, Falconer Electronics proudly announces the launching of our brand new Ecommerce store at

Buy Direct from the Manufacturer 

Cutting out the middle-man saves money. Purchasing on Falconer Electronics new ecommerce store allows you to do just that, Save Money!

At Falconer Electronics, we source parts and materials domestically and globally. Then we manufacture and assemble our entire product line in our manufacturing facility located in Falconer, New York.  Below includes an introduction of our exciting product line:

Industrial Magnets 

Falconer Electronics offers its signature line of Heavy Duty Industrial Magnets. These durable magnets are extremely high strength and low cost. Manufactured with a durable urethane rubber coating that is corrosion resistant.  Falconer Electronics produces these Industrial Magnets at our manufacturing facility in the U.S.

LED Flashing Lights 

Due to the popularity of the MSHA approved LED Mining Lights, our team created a line of LED Flashing Lights that work in the similar fashion. Also produced with the same ruggedness and durability as the MSHA LED Lights, the LED Flashing Lights deliver a much safer alternative compared to traditional roadside flares. These heavy duty LED Warning Lights offer tremendous benefits, especially during severe weather conditions.

Magnetic Trouble Lights

Falconer Electronics Ecommerce Store

Falconer Electronics offers its signature Magnetic Trouble Light with a protective metal guard. This durable magnetic work light provides you the flexibility to attach the light to any ferrous metal surface enabling you to work hands-free. Our magnetic trouble lights deliver a 30 to 45 lb magnetic pull. The light comes fully adjustable allowing you to place lighting where needed most. This magnetic work light is equipped with a “Swing-open” Metal Guard that permits immediate bulb replacement.

Magnetic Retrieval Sticks

Also called Magnetic Clean Out Tools, Magnetic Retrieval Sticks work ideal for retrieving ferrous metal materials. Produced with a heavy duty magnet attached to a 48″ wooden handle with die cast zinc clamps. Designed for contractors, manufacturers, and machine shops as a metal pick up tool. Magnetic pickups are perfect for retrieving loose metal shavings, nails, nuts, bolts and screws. Ideal for retrieving metal pieces in  tanks or containers containing industrial chemicals.

MSHA-Approved LED Mining Lights 

Amber LED Mine Light

MSHA Approved LED Mining Lights produced at Falconer Electronics have proudly served in mines all throughout the U.S for over 20 years. Permissible Flashing Signal Lamps from Falconer Electronics are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). MSHA works diligently to provide education and guidance to improve safety and health conditions for all miners.

Cord Reel Work Lights

Falconer Electronics Cord Reel Work Lights each come equipped with a durable ceramic magnet that allows you the flexibility to attach to any ferrous metal surface. The magnet is enclosed in a urethane rubber coating that is corrosion and temperature resistant. The UL listed cord reel is retractable and comes fully adjustable allowing you to place lighting where needed along with the freedom to work with both hands.

Magnetic Spot Lights 

Magnetic Spot Lights at Falconer Electronics come equipped with a sturdy ceramic magnetic base that creates a 30-45 lb pull. This durable magnetic work light provides you the flexibility to attach to any ferrous metal surface allowing you to work hands-free. Each spot light is produced with an aluminum reflector delivering ideal lighting wherever maximum illumination is required.

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Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) proudly announces the purchase of Standard Portable, a manufacturer of magnetic lighting solutions. Manufacturing quality products at Standard Portable dates back to the 1960’s.

The team at Falconer Electronics is extremely excited to take on this new product line. Customers can expect the same consistent quality and low pricing that Standard Portable built its decades-long reputation on.

Falconer Electronics began operations in 1985 as a custom electronics manufacturer serving an amazing list of customers. Customers over the years include Walmart, Lowe’s, AT&T, Sony, the Pentagon and much more. Adding the line of industrial work lights aligns perfectly for operations at Falconer Electronics. Acquiring the company opens the door for future growth and expansion.

Falconer Electronics Combines Forces with Standard Portable

Standard Portable partnered with Falconer Electronics in 2016 to outsource production of all lighting products and wire harness assemblies. Over the past year, both companies sealed a solid relationship and decided consolidation best serves customers in regards to pricing and efficiency.

Standard Portable work lights and magnetic products are currently available at major industrial distributors such as McMaster-Carr, MSC Industrial, and Graybar.

Falconer Electronics New Product Line 

The combined product line of Falconer Electronics and Standard Portable includes:

Standard Portable

The specialty at Standard Portable is its signature product line of heavy duty industrial magnets. Each magnet is produced with a sturdy and durable coating offering extra protection for long lasting use. Magnets range from a 20 to 45 lb pull delivering enough force for any project. Magnets apply to any metal or steel surface. With the magnetic work lights, the durable magnet provides the opportunity to direct lighting where necessary. This also allows the user to tackle projects hands-free. Production for all products takes place at our facility located in Falconer NY.

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LED vs. Incandescent lighting


With the changing technology, there is a lot of question as to what is the better choice when it comes to lighting. The main question is which is better; the new lighting option of LED (Light Emitting Diodes) or the well known Incandescent lighting that we all have become accustomed to. There are four main focuses in the argument of what is the better choice: the lifespan of the bulbs, the cost difference, how much power the different bulbs consume, and how much light they actually give off.

Life Span of the Lighting 

One of the strong arguments in favor of LED lighting is their longer lifespans. At just over forty times the longevity of incandescent lighting, the newer LED lights are quickly proving their worth to consumers. This longer lifespan makes it easier for consumers who would have been purchasing numerous amount of the incandescents throughout a year’s time. There is less concern by consumers that they will have to have a continuous supply of light bulbs on hand at all times.

Everyone has had that drawer or cupboard with boxes of light bulbs. They sit in waiting for the next time of darkness, that will come too soon. LED lighting can cut down on the amount of bulbs that consumers need to keep on hand by providing light for a longer amount of time. By installing the LED lighting and not have to worry about replacement for a longer time period there is a good reason to believe that LED lighting would therefore also be more cost-effective.

Price of Bulbs and Cost Lighting

The longer life of the LED bulbs implies that there will be fewer times of replacement. Over time this will save the consumer money. However, if you look at the initial cost LED lights are a noticeable amount more expensive than incandescent bulbs. Incandescent lights can usually be purchased for around $1 or even less in some stores. The $8 or more that LED lights can be found for can make consumers leery of savings.

The initial purchase can seem a frightening amount higher to consumers. However, when they break down the facts about LED bulbs they will more than willing to pay the extra amount. The lifespan of the bulbs already saves the consumer money by cutting back replacement costs. The consumer can also look at the price decrease with the decrease in their electricity use. In some cases the LED bulbs have been known to use five times less the amount of electricity than that of Incandescent bulbs. That decreased use of electricity can add up to a decrease in electricity bills.

Power of the Lighting

There is one major difference between an incandescent bulb and an LED bulb. The incandescent bulbs that everyone has become so accustomed to being purchased on their amount of wattage. While the LED bulbs are measured by their lumens. The idea is that the amount of power running through the bulb affects the brightness of the light. This, however, is only true with the incandescent lights and not the LEDs.

LED bulbs are made to use a lower wattage but have a higher output of lumens. Lumens are the more accurate way of measuring the strength of a bulb. Watts only measure the power running through a bulb, not the amount of light that is given off. LED light bulbs are able to function at a lower wattage. LEDs are able to maximize the amount of light that is given off for use. For example an Incandescent bulb that is rated to be at 150 watts would have the same amount of lumens that a LED bulb rated to be between 25 and 28 watts. The two bulbs are using very different amounts of power. They, however, are achieving the same amount of light that is being seen.

Looking at the differences between the bulbs it is easy to see the benefits of using LED over Incandescent. LED bulbs not only save money but attribute to saving energy. They do this all while doing a better job of lighting up the darkness. Comparing the two types of lighting shows the changes that technology is bringing to everyday objects.   

Falconer Electronics Produces LED Lighting

LED Lighting continues enjoying dramatic growth over recent years. Actually, it has been our privilege to participate in this trend for over 20 years. In fact, Falconer Electronics produces LED lighting products for many different industries. This includes our own proprietary product line, as well as numerous custom LED lighting products for customers. Current projects include commercial vehicle lighting, health care transportation, horticulture LED lights, MSHA approved LED mine lights and LED warning lights.

LED Lighting with Pick and Place Machine

Falconer Electronics utilizes the Novastar Pick and Place machine for assembling printed circuit boards with LED lights. Placing LED lights with surface mount technology offers many benefits.

A Pick and Place Machine delivers a dynamic environment where printed circuit boards are produced with high accuracy and reliability. Due to the machine’s ability to control the height and nozzle timing to ensure proper placement.

A pick and place machine also offers incredible speed and efficiency. The pick and place machine can place 3000 components per hour. This machine is especially ideal for our customers looking for prototypes and low volume runs.  A technologically advanced pick and place machine provides a nice competitive advantage when tackling printed circuit boards requiring LED lights.

LED Lighting for Horticulture 

Falconer Electronics produces LED Lights for the indoor horticulture market. This is an extremely exciting industry. Especially with the huge potential in the horticulture market. There are early signs of strong value with indoor lighting for horticulture use. LED lighting delivers a consistent light source that can definitely be scarce in the harsh winters of the Great Lakes Region where we are located. Solar energy cannot provide the consistency that LED lighting offers. 

Steve French, President of  Volt Vision, LED lighting design and electronics consulting firm designed the LED horticulture lights. French sees tremendous growth opportunities in this market and shares his bullish views, “Indoor LED lighting can drastically reduce overhead and operating costs for the grower since LED’s run at about 1/3 of the energy compared to alternative light sources”.

MSHA Approved Mine Lights 

MSHA approved mine lights are also manufactured with LED’s. Falconer Electronics produces LED Lighting that the mining industry finds rugged, durable and efficient. Benefits include:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally safe
  • Non-incendiary
  • Made in USA
  • 40 LED’s
  • 1 Year Product Warranty

Amber LED Mine Light

LED Safety Lights 

Due to the popularity of the MSHA approved LED Lights, our team created a line of safety lights that work in the similar fashion. However, customers were looking for a roadside flare alternative. Also produced with same ruggedness and durability, these lights deliver a strong option to traditional roadside flares. These heavy duty LED Warning Lights offer tremendous benefits as opposed to using a lighted flare.

Falconer Electronics Produces LED Lighting

LED Safety Light

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Summer is in the air and so is grilling season. We have compiled the top 12 mistakes that people make while grilling.

12: Not Properly Cleaning Your Grill After Sporadic Uses

 Clean up After Grilling

Stuck on food doesn’t add flavor to your awesome BBQ sauce! It just adds a burnt old hotdog flavor to what would’ve been an amazing BBQ sauced burger. (If you use your grill consistently for cooking this is a different grill situation then the above and cleaning it every single time you use it can be a bit much).


11: The Bigger the Flames While Grilling do NOT Mean Bigger the Flavor

Bigger is not better! Contain your flames.

High flames can cause uneven cooking. You can have a perfectly cooked outside of that burger patty and the middle still can still be frozen. No one wants to bite into a nice looking burger with all of their favorite toppings only to chip a tooth on frozen meat that is hidden in the middle.

10: Having Bad Lighting Can Cause Negative Tastes

Lighting helps you cook your food to your liking

Make sure you can see what you are grilling. No one wants burnt veggies or raw chicken. Grilling late at night in the summer can be common due to other activities. Still enjoy the pool, but make sure you have proper lighting to see what you are cooking for all of your family and friends. A newer option to ensure great lighting is to check out grills that have LED lighting built into them, like Heston Outdoor Grills. With the lighting built in you can set up your grill anywhere you choose and still be sure to see what you are grilling.

9: Location, Location, Location

Pick a Prime Grilling Spot

Just because the grill fits in a space doesn’t mean that’s where you should let it reside. You don’t want to grill too close to trees or on uneven land. You could potentially start fires or your grill could tip over or roll away. No one wants to see their dinner rolling down a hill to meet a dusty demise.

8: Not Properly Heating up Your Grill

Just because you feel the heat coming from your the grill doesn’t mean your grill rack is heated properly or enough for cooking. With an improperly heated grill rack food can get stuck to metal when trying to remove it. You also don’t get those nice grill marks when the rack is not properly heated. Without those markings to show the food was grilled what is the reason to grill over just using the oven anyway?

7: Constantly Checking on What You are Grilling

Ok burgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc. do taste better without being burnt to charcoaled bits. However, your food is not an infant who needs to be watched every second. Opening a grill constantly lets the heat escape. A grill needs heat to cook food; you can see where we’re going here.


6: Being Overzealous With Your Secret BBQ Sauce

Don’t let the secret to your sauce be that it is a burnt crust. You should NOT apply BBQ sauce in layers. These layers will burn. Furthermore, your next layer will cover up your burnt layers. Your guests will not enjoy your flavors. Also, the burnt charcoal that used to be chicken will cause your guests to not be able to enjoy your BBQ sauce.

5: You Didn’t Let Your Meat Rest

Meat is like a grumpy two-year-old it needs it’s rest before it can interact with guests. Almost everyone has had a steak that was dry and flavorless. You chewed it while chasing each bite with sips of cold soda in hopes of masking the flavor and adding moister. If you haven’t experienced this you are lucky. If you have, then you know that your steak didn’t get its resting period. Meat needs to rest. You shouldn’t cut meat too early. This will result in releasing all of its meaty juices and flavors. Resting will leave meat tender and full of flavor.

4: Being Too Anxious to eat

We get it; it’s been a long crazy day chasing kids. The dog jumped in the pool and you had to spend twenty minutes chasing him around the house to dry him off. That doesn’t mean that you should rush your meal. Undercooked chicken can make people very sick. Always keep track of your food’s temperature to ensure that meat is to a proper doneness.

3: Not Using a Thermometer

This goes along with our number four. Don’t just assume that it looks the right color so it’s what you want. Use a common tool to be sure, a thermometer. You can check the inside heat of meat by using thermometers which are specifically for meat. It is also easy enough to look up what temperatures different foods should be so they are safe to eat.

2: Not Properly Venting Your Grill

Charcoal grills need air to feed the coals. Too much oxygen can heat coals too much. The opposite can also happen with too little oxygen. Those little nuggets can have the heat suffocated right out of them. Adjust the vents on the grill to maintain a proper even heat of your coals. Or you can just go the non-coal route and you don’t have to worry about those nuggets and what they want.

1: Cross Contamination

We saved this for our number one because this is one of the most important grilling mistakes a person can make. Do NOT put raw meat with cooked meat! Consuming raw meat can lead to a lot of sicknesses and health effects. Those same sicknesses can occur from eating fully cooked meat that has been in contact with raw meat. Therefore, ALWAYS wash your utensils and hands after using them to move around raw meat or have two sets of utensils: one for raw and one for cooked meat. Do NOT let raw meat drip its juices on an already fully cooked piece of meat. Finally, ALWAYS make sure that you are using two different plates to transport your food: one for cooked and one for raw meat.

Hopefully, you can catch these grilling mistakes before there is any real damage done to a person or meal.

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Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting

LED lighting has witnessed significant growth over the years. Our last blog post discussed the history of LED lights. There are many contributing factors driving this increasing popularity.  In particular, the Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting are tremendous.

LED’s (light-emitting diodes) are a light source using semiconductor devices that produce visible light. According to the Department of Energy website, “the potential of LED technology to produce high-quality white light with unprecedented energy efficiency is the primary motivation for the intense level of research and development currently supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.”

Consumers are increasingly embracing LED lights. Walk into any home improvement store and you will notice the vast selection of LED lights available for residential use.

Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting

Energy Efficiency  

LED lighting is also seeing huge growth in commercial usage. Many industries are plunging into LED lighting. Using LED lights greatly reduces energy consumption. Efficiency, durability, reliability and long lasting use are among the many advantages as well as the environmental benefits using LED lighting.

Longer lasting means much less energy waste, as opposed to incandescent and fluorescent lights since LED’s are a type of Solid State Lighting. Also LED lights do not carry the hazardous chemicals found in incandescent and fluorescent lights. In other words, no toxic chemicals in a dump site.  

LED’s offer highly efficient colored light sources with common colors in amber, blue and red. Falconer Electronics has been producing LED lighting for over 20 years. For example, we use LED lights in our MSHA approved Mine Lights as well as our safety lights which are all available in amber, blue and red. 

Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting

LED Safety Light from Falconer Electronics

Reducing the cost of LED lighting is a top priority to continue penetrating the U.S. market. As of 2015, LED lights represented 6% of all installed lights. Therefore the DOE predicts that number to hit 86% by 2035. Savings for Solid State Lighting energy use for lighting in 2035 will be 75% lower than if LED’s had not entered the market:

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History of LEDS

The History of LEDs

History of LEDS

             The history of LEDs offer a fascinating journey. LEDs are light-emitting diodes that when connected to electricity emits a light.  Also, they have characteristically low energy consumption, small size, and longer lifetime. The history of LEDs begins in 1907, British experimenter Henry Joseph Round noticed for the first time that when 10volts are applied to carborundum (silicon carbide) crystal, it emits yellowish light. Oleg Vladimirovich Losev from Russia came to the same conclusion and in 1927, he published text about first light-emitting diode.

           In 1961, Gary Pittman and Bob Biard from Texas Instruments found that that gallium-arsenide diode emits infrared light every time it is connected to current. The same year they received a patent for the infrared LED the color red. In 1972, M. George Craford invented the first yellow LED and a brighter red LED. In 1976, Thomas P. Pearsall developed high brightness light-emitting diode. Finally, in 1979, Shuji Nakamura of Nichia Corporation made the first blue LED. But it was too expensive for commercial use until 1994.

LEDs Don’t have:

  • Fragile filaments to break or burn out
  • Glass to shatter
  • Energy consuming ballasts or starters
  • Burnout failures
  • Toxic substances like Mercury
  • Harmful Ultraviolet light
  • Stroboscopic effect or flickering

LED Advantages:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fully recyclable
  • Clean, safe technology
  • Very long life time
  • Extremely low energy consumption
  • Cheapest operating and maintenance cost
  • Lowers air conditioning costs by generating less heat

Furthermore, since 1994, LEDs have been used almost everywhere. Since they are suitable for any location and are environmentally friendly.

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LED lighting is becoming more prominent in everyday items. You see them in vehicles on the roads, stop lights, and even in household appliances. With how often we see LED lights it is surprising how little we actually know about them. We here at Falconer Electronics Inc. work with LEDs everyday so we thought it would be a great opportunity to give out our knowledge on the subject.

What is an LED?

LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. What does “Light-Emitting Diode” mean exactly? More specifically LEDs are semiconductor diodes. Semiconductor diodes are small electrical devices that allow electrical current to flow in a single direction.

The diagram below shows how these LEDs actually emit the light we see.  


When positive particles meet with  negative particles within the semiconductor LED light is created.

How are there different colors?

Inside the semiconductor there are “energy bands” that contain the positive and negative particles. Since a separation of these energy bands determine the light particles that will be seen. These light particles and separation of energy bands are what determine the wavelength of light that comes from the LED which is what gives them their colors.

The use of different material within the semiconductor mixed with different energy band gaps will lead to the emitting of different colors of light. Also noteworthy is that there no true white light in LEDs.  A covering over the natural yellow of the phosphor or the combination of colored lights creates the white color that is often associated with certain bulbs.

Below is a list of the different materials of semiconductors and what colors of light they give off:

  • Indium gallium nitride (InGaN): blue, green and ultraviolet high-brightness LEDs
  • Aluminum gallium indium phosphide (AlGaInP): yellow, orange and red high-brightness LEDs
  • Aluminum gallium arsenide (AlGaAs): red and infrared LEDs
  • Gallium phosphide (GaP): yellow and green LEDs

LEDs and Heat

LEDs do not give off heat like typical incandescent or halogen bulbs. Also LED bulbs include a heat sink in their design. A heat sink is a device that absorbs the heat and keeps the LEDS from burning out because of overheating.  In addition, by drawing the produced heat away from the LED and taking the heat onto itself heat sinks absorb this excess heat. However not all heat sinks look alike just like the actual LED bulbs.

If an LED’s heat sink isn’t functioning properly it can lead to some issues due to:

  • LEDs can have shorter life spans
  • LEDs can begin to flicker after as short a time as one year
  • A colored bulb can see a change in the hue that is being seen
  • The light can begin to look dim and therefore not light up a room or device as is needed
  •  Possibility of uneven lighting given off 
  • Most notably these malfunctioning bulbs can continue to use power even when they are not in use

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The History of LEDs, Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting, Falconer Electronics Produces LED Lighting, and Lighting with LEDs vs. Incandescent

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Amber LED Mine Light

LED Mine Lights

LED mine lights produced at Falconer Electronics have proudly served in mines all throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Permissible Flashing Signal Lamps from Falconer Electronics have approval by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

MSHA works diligently to provide education. They also, provide guidance to improve safety. As well as, improving health conditions for all miners.


J100 Permissible LED Flashing Lights are ideal under hazardous conditions. These Mine Lights are available in Amber, Blue, and Red. Also, there is a combination Amber-Red lamp. Each light includes 40 LED’s. Furthermore, these LED’s provide the necessary brightness under warning situations.

Mining Lamps at Falconer Electronics offer many benefits:

  • Lamps are durable.
  • They contain shock-resistant plastic.
  • As well as, being environmentally friendly.
  • They are also, long lasting.
  • All lamps include, easy replace batteries.
  • Along with, being indestructible.
  • Proudly, they are Made in USA
  • Lights do not have any toxic flame or smoke.
  • Also, they are water resistant.
  • Furthermore, they come with a 1 year product guarantee.


LED Roadside Flares

Falconer Electronics’ LED Mine Lights have many uses. 

Due to customer demand, we are now offering these heavy-duty lights as a substitute for roadside flares.

Furthermore, there is a need for a safer option over highly unsafe flares that are fire lit.

Roadside flares can be dangerous. As well as, extremely difficult to use during poor weather conditions.

Have you ever try lighting a flare during a terrible rain or snow storm?

Inclement weather is typically a culprit that can cause an emergency situation to begin with.

These LED Flashing Lights at Falconer Electronics are non-incendiary. Also,they are the perfect alternative to traditional roadside flares. They will not deteriorate in storage like flares. As well as, being safer. Also, they last longer. Furthermore, these lamps emit no flame or toxic smoke. Therefore, residue clean up is never a worry.

LED Roadside Warning Lights are available in amber, blue or red. Each light comes with an orange base. Also, these safety lights can be purchased individually here.


LED Flashing Lights

LED Flashing Lamps at Falconer Electronics


There have been changes throughout history to underground mining lights around the world. As we mentioned in our last blog, original mining lights used actual flames. These flames were in metal containers. The practice of using open flames was very dangerous and caused many health and safety concerns for the workers of the mines.

Falconer Electronics Inc. has been working with the new technology to create safer mining lamps. Our LED mining lamps do not give off the heat or fumes that lamps of the past did. LED lamps cut down on the toxins that the miners are inhaling and also reduce the risks of fire injuries.Mining Lights: Blue LED Flashing Light w/Clear Lens

Mining Lights New Technology

As safety regulations have evolved so has the technology of mining lights. Lamps that once contained flammable liquids, evolved to carry batteries. Also, what was burning flames, giving off smoke and fumes led to light bulbs. These bulbs gave off smaller amounts of heat and no excess fumes. The latest technology in mining lights has advanced even further to contain LED lighting instead of the original option of incandescent bulbs.

LED Miners Lights

LED lights for mines have taken the place of original fire lanterns increasing safety for the workers. This type of lighting doesn’t give off heat or fumes, therefore creating a safer environment for coal miners by decreasing the risk of accidental fires. LED lights for mines also don’t have any fumes that the workers would be consuming.

MSHA Certification

LED mining lamps increase the safety of mines, MSHA takes that into consideration when certifying equipment. MSHA approved LED mining lights are held to a specific standard and are evaluated and tested by experts. These tests are to insure the lamp’s compliance with federal regulations of the product. MSHA perform surface and underground field investigations. These investigations help insure the health and safety of the miners and help prevent accidents.

The modern types of mine safety lamps have come a long way from the traditional mining lamps of the past. They are safer and more convenient to use. These mining lamps are held to a higher standard with these new safety regulations.



The Evolution of Mining Lamps

Mining has been around for hundreds of years now. Before 1850, miners used open flame candles. As well as, hanging lamps. Both of which, became very dangerous because of hidden gasses. Their headgear consisted of cloth or canvas hats with leather brims and metal lamp brackets on the front to hang their source of light. The purpose of these was to protect the miner’s eyes and head but mostly used for their light source. Furthermore, new Mining lamps started to come about in 1850.

Oil-Wick Cap Lamps

Mining Oil-Wick Cap LampsThe Oil-Wick Cap Lamps first were used in 1850 in Scotland. Their design was simple and consistent. Also, they looked like teapots. The Lamps were made out of brass. They also, had a hinged lid over the front and a hook on the back. This was for the use of mounting on the miner’s caps. At the front of the lamp was a consistency of fat and oil. These were pulled through the wick to the top of the spout. Miner’s used the cheapest fuel they could find. Which was usually lard oil cut with kerosene.

Dangerous Mining

As a result, this was very dangerous. Furthermore, there was a thick smoke which irritated miner’s eyes. Also, it left them covered in soot. These lamps did come with an attachment like a drip ring to collect any oil falling from the wick and a reflector to direct the light to the work surface. These lamps had many disadvantages including smokier flames and the possibility of igniting flammable gasses/ Even though these lamps were dangerous as well, they still had advantages over candles. They lasted longer and were easier to carry. Due to another type of lamp that was safer, Oil-Wick Cap lamps where no longer in use after 1920.

Carbide Lamps for Mining

The Carbide Lamps were originally discovered by Edmund Davy in 1836 but weren’t commercially used until Thomas Wilson’s effort in 1894.  All credit goes to. Frederick Baldwin for developing the first carbide mining lamp.Also, holding a U.S. Patent for an Acetylene Gas Lamp. Which was granted August 28, 1900. These lamps gain their power from the reaction calcium carbide has with water. This produces acetylene gas. Furthermore, it burns a clean white gas. The design for the lamps consisted of two different chambers. An upper chamber holding water. As well as, a lower chamber holding calcium carbide. The production of acetylene gas occurs when the water enters the calcium carbide chamber via a dripping mechanism.

Controlling the Lamps During Mining

The dripping mechanism controls the size of the flame. Also, they include a built-in striker. This is for the ignition of the gas. Furthermore, when lit a reflector allows the miner to control the direction of the light. These came in different sizes. From small hand lamps to larger hanging lamps. Carbide lamps have many advantages over the oil-wick lamps. They produce no carbon monoxide and consume less oxygen. Also, they give off a brighter flame and a higher quality of light. Although these lamps have many strengths, they do have their weaknesses. The run-time is only about four hours. Also, they need to be refilled mid-shift. Furthermore, the burning tip was prone to clogging. Also, a large wind gusts would put out the flame. These lamps were a solution to some major issues. However, they were no longer in use by the 1930’s.

Electric Lamps

Mining Light

In 1914 John T. Ryan Sr. and George H. Deike founded Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) in wake of a record number of deaths due to mining. They sought out Thomas Edison to help create dependable and safe electric cap lamps for miners.

The Addition of Batteries

They were able to do this with a rechargeable battery pack. The Edison Cap Lamp consisted of a battery encased in a self-locking steel case worn on the miner’s belt. A flexible cord came from this battery to the cap and protected by flexible steel. This battery could power the lamp for 12 hours. The bulbs themselves included an immediate disconnect of electrical contact if broken, this prevented flammable gasses in the air. Miners would wear these lamps on both canvas caps and hard helmets. A form of this helmet and electric lamp combination is still in use today. However, there are improvements in the area of battery life and weight. Also, there is a change to tungsten and LED bulbs. Also, there are breakaway or segmented cords to allow the miner to be less inhibited by the battery pack.

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