Whether you are walking through the aisles of your local hardware store, lighting outlet, or are scrolling through pages of your favorite online retailer you may notice a particular set of certification appear over and over. Phrases like ‘Dark Sky’ and ‘Energy Star’ may sound like science fiction terminology but they are in fact important designations of compliance and certification. Here are some of the most common certification you will see when selecting a new lighting fixture and how choosing the right light can actually help save you money and the environment.

Dark Sky
  Dark Sky compliant products are designed to help reduce light pollution. The goal of these products, according to the International Dark-Sky Association is “to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.” This is done by creating lighting fixtures that direct light downward instead of upward and spread the light beam out. Dark Sky is required in certain states such as Arizona and Colorado.

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Energy Star
  One of the more common phrases you may have seen on other products is Energy Star Certification. This is a designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifying products that’s are energy efficient. Not only can you save the planet but you can save yourself some money on your monthly electricity bills. Utilizing Energy Star products can even offer you rebates, check this site to find out if you qualify

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Title 24
  Title 24 – A set of regulations in the California state’s building code. This code sets requirements for energy conservation, green design, construction and maintenance for all buildings in California. Put into effect anytime a remodel is done and permits are pulled.

  The Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, stipulates that wall sconces may not protrude more than 4 inches from the wall. These guidelines are designed for public spaces in commercial and multifamily buildings.

Moisture Designations
  Depending on what type of fixture you have and where in your house it is meant to go you will notice a different UL (Underwriters Laboratories) rating listed. These ratings designate how much moisture a certain product can handle and are broken down into three categories: Wet, Damp, and Dry.

  Wet – These fixtures can have direct contact with water and still be okay. Lighting fixtures that are suitable for wet location such as outdoors, exterior walls, or decks.

  Damp – These products can be used in areas where it won’t be in direct contact with water but rather condensation or moisture. Examples of these locations would be either a bathroom or covered outdoors areas.

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  Dry – Unlike the previous ratings, these items must be protected from any contact with water. These are typically used in bedrooms, kitchens, foyers and dining rooms.

  Vivex is our own line of outdoor lighting products specially innovated and crafted with a proprietary process to provide the best defense against the elements. Fixtures are incredibly resistant yet still designed with our signature Maxim style. Twice as strong as resin, non-corrosive, UV resistant, and capable of withstanding extreme temperatures. They are hand painted and topped with special coating that prevents flaking from happening. Ideal for seaside homes and areas susceptible to extreme heat or cold.

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