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  • Feb 23, 2021

Do you need to meet the new DLC® Premium requirements?

Are you struggling to meet the Standard requirements? LexaLite® Reflexor® reflectors can help you achieve the glare control numbers you need!

Design Lights Consortium (DLC) evaluates light fixtures against increasingly stringent standards of performance. Most recently, DLC published v5.1, which not only addresses fixture efficacy, color issues, and zonal distribution but also puts a value on glare reduction. The metric used is the Unified Glare Rating (UGR). If you are trying to qualify for DLC Premium, DLC requires that you meet the glare criteria.

In A.L.P.’s testing, we compared a bare “UFO” highbay with the same fixture adding both our LENA 16™ and S16 reflectors. Using the prescribed criteria, this test yielded the following results: bare UFO =23.9, with LENA 16 = 13.1 and with S16 = 10.9, respectively. Highbays need to be less than 22 to qualify for DLC Premium.

What if you are just struggling to meet DLC Standard LPW for your highbay? DLC now provides a 10% allowance if your fixture meets the criteria for UGR. Adding a prismatic reflector reduces LPW by 3-7%, and you gain 10% with the allowance!

Even the extremely shallow and economical Lena 16 has a significant impact on UGR. Why? It’s just math. Glare is based on several factors, including high angle light, size of the source, and background luminance. Our Reflexors improve all of these factors.

  1. Reflexors reduce high angle light, providing a shielding angle relative to their depth.
  2. Bare UFOs are essentially flat luminous surfaces. Reflexors increase the luminous volume dramatically
  3. Reflexors provide uplight, which increases the background luminance.

These three factors improve visual comfort and make adding a LexaLite Reflexor an easy choice! Make a better highbay while meeting DLC requirements for Glare by using LexaLite Brand Reflexors.

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  • Feb 18, 2021

Meet the Team: Lisa Yeadon

As Director of Marketing Communications for A.L.P. Lighting Components and Bill Brown Sales, Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing integrated marketing communications strategies that align with business objectives. She facilitates sales enablement and demand generation activities by developing multimedia sales tools, such as digital and social media, trade shows and events, advertising and PR, and presentations and collateral.

A native of Yorkshire, England, Lisa moved to the US in high school and lived all over the East Coast before making Chicago her home 19 years ago. She is one of a set of triplets, with two identical brothers, and her family includes husband Bob and four adult children ranging in age from 18 to 29.

She was always studious and somewhat of a bookworm. Lisa rekindled her passion for education by getting a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from DePaul University, a whopping 30 years after completing undergrad. It was an eye-opening experience! Since then, she has also attained post-graduate certificates in Digital Marketing and Corporate Communications from Cornell University.

One of Lisa’s favorite career stories happened early in her tenure with A.L.P. When unforeseen circumstances threatened to derail her first sales event, CEO Steve Brown gave her some memorable business advice that she still heeds today; “It’s not how well you plan, but how well you react when your plans go wrong!”


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  • Feb 16, 2021

Announcement: Weather-Related Closures

Due to severe winter weather, A.L.P.’s Dickson, TN plant remains closed today.  We are assessing conditions on an ongoing basis and will re-open when it is safe.

A.L.P.’s Monterrey, Mexico plant remains without power due to widespread weather-related outages.  We have been advised that electricity is expected to be restored on Thursday, 2/18/21.

Our customer service team is available to provide updates and handle urgent requests.  Please contact us at (800) 621-1348 or by email at CSDept@alplighting.com.

UPDATE 02.18.2021

Power has been restored to A.L.P.’s Monterrey, Mexico plant, and this location has resumed normal operations.   A.L.P.’s Dickson, TN plant is closed due to inclement weather.


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  • Feb 2, 2021

Why you should care…about glare!

The importance of reflectors on LED highbays.

Do you ever wear a baseball cap or sunglasses? Ever use your car visor? These shielding actions reduce glare, or “bad” light that detracts from our ability to see. In a factory, warehouse, or retail facility, highbays are installed to light the space, but if the highbays are unshielded, glare interferes with what we can see. In commercial settings, glare is more than an inconvenience. This low visibility can hurt safety, productivity, and health.

Below are three photometry tests on the same highbay. The first with no reflector, the second with a shallow reflector, and the third with a deeper reflector. The glare reduction, while having little impact on lumen output, is dramatic.

Using a reflector, not only are high angle candela reduced, but they are also emitted over a much larger surface area, reducing high angle luminance by a hundredfold! If your facility has light-colored ceilings, installing reflectors has the added benefit of producing uplight. Uplight further reduces apparent brightness, eliminates the “cave” effect, and makes the space feel larger.

LexaLite® brand glare shields, from the economical and shallow LENA 16™ to the deep, high-performance S16, kill the glare without killing the light. Specify the LENA 16 or S16 by LexaLite on your next highbay project. We can customize the mounting mechanism to fit virtually any highbay.


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  • Jan 22, 2021

Meet the Team: Kurt Puffpaff

Kurt Puffpaff ROCKS! Though in Kurt’s case, we mean that quite literally. A musician and music aficionado, Kurt plays guitar, sings, and is a huge fan of ‘70s rock bands like AC/DC, Styx and Led Zeppelin. He also writes and records his own original tunes, played on his favorite Birdseye Maple Les Paul guitar. Besides his love for music, Kurt is an avid outdoorsman and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Born and raised in Charlevoix, Michigan, Kurt has moved around the Midwest for his career before returning to his hometown a few years ago and settling with his wife Diane and their four sons, aged from 11 to 22.

Kurt is currently the National Sales Manager for A.L.P.’s custom optical products, but he has been in the lighting industry since 1993. He started his career as a territory manager for LexaLite (now part of A.L.P.) where he learned the business from the ground up, even delivering a few orders by truck when the business depended on it. Drawing on his decades of expertise in injection molding, Kurt can answer almost any molding question that comes his way. You are also invited to pick his brain on classic rock, football, or hunting.


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  • Dec 17, 2020

Meet the Team: Alan Dorsky

At one of Alan Dorsky’s first sales meetings with A.L.P., he was kind enough to include a pronunciation guide to help attendees decipher his extremely strong, distinctive Boston accent.  Fortunately for our customers, phrases like “Pahk the cah in Hah-vahd yahd,” rarely come up during lighting sales calls!

Alan’s lighting career spans over four decades, as he’s held sales and sales management positions with a number of lighting companies including Nutone Manufacturing, Sterling Lighting and Lightcraft of California.  With that much time in the industry, Alan has numerous sales “war stories.”  He will certainly never forget, for example, visiting customers in the Midwest and having to drive through a solid three hours of tornadoes to get to his destination!

Alan joined A.L.P. when we purchased his family’s company, Reflek Manufacturing.  He spent 19 years as Reflek’s VP of marketing and sales and has been instrumental in the continued success of this custom line of spun aluminum reflectors.  Alan also heads sales for A.L.P.’s global sourcing solutions program.

He and his wife Nancy live in Scituate, Massachusetts.  They are parents to sons Adam and Jason, and proud grandparents of Miles, Jameson, Evan and Justin.  As Alan and his fellow Bostonians would say, his family is “wicked good!”


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