The following technologies were developed or implemented by AMP® engineers and experts. They represent the leading edge of LED lighting technology and provide significant advantages to AMP® Pros and their clients.
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- UL & ETL Listing
All AMP® products are UL and/or ETL Listed. This is proof that products pose no risk for fire or electric shock injury. Having the UL/ETL Listing is mandatory for compliance with relevent National Electric Codes (NEC). Obtaining UL/ETL Listings is a substantial investment that many lighting manufacturers forgo.
- Color Temperature
These colored icons that appear throughout the site identify the color temperature of each AMP® fixture or lamp. Color temperatures (actually "Correlated Color Temperatures (CCT)") are expressed in degrees (º) Kelvin (K). These numbers refer to how the white light is perceived - either warm (yellowish) or cool (bluish).
The following Color Temperatures can be described as follows:
- 2700K: The most common CCT used for landscape lighting since it is a warm and welcoming white that closely matches older halogen lamps used in the landscape.
- 3000K: Slightly cooler (bluer) than 2700K. Prefered by some. This color temperature accentuates the blue and green color in vegetation.
- 2200K: Delivers very warm white light (2200K, candlelight) to provide a subdued and romantic lighting, especially good for backyard decks, patios, and gazebos
- 4000K: Delivers cool white light (4000K) similar to moonlight, great for moonlighting, downlighting.
Note that the decision of what color temperature to use depends on a number of factors that are best determined by the AMP® Pro.
To adjust color temperatures in fixtures and lamps, AMP® Dichroic Color Correction Filters can be used.
- Integrated LED
"Integrated LED" refers to the configuration of the LED light source. With this type, the LED chips are mounted on circuit boards that are directly attached to (or integrated into) the fixture housing. This type does not require a socket since the LEDs are not enclosed in a lamp or bulb.
The other configuration is the "lamp-ready" type. This is the familiar arrangement where the fixture contains a socket into which the lamp or bulb is inserted.
One advantage of the integrated type is that there is more space for the LEDs and circuit components to be mounted into the fixture. LED lamps typically have a very small space that limits the types and functions of components.
Another advantage of integrated fixtures is that the heat generated by the LEDs and other components is more efficiently transferred away from these heat-sensitive components. LED lamps only have their pin connectors and surrounding air to conduct the heat - a far less efficient method. This is less of an issue with newer more heat-stable LEDs. They still exhibit extremely long lives.
Integrated fixtures also have the advantage of interchangeable optics. After installation, occaisions arise when the designer wishes to change the beam angle. This may come up when plant material grows. With the integrated AMP® One fixtures, changing the beam spread can be accomplished with minimal cost and time by simply changing the optical element. With lamp-ready fixtures, the entire lamp needs to be changed.
"Lamp-Ready" refers to a fixture that contains a socket and is ready to accept a replaceable lamp.
The other configuration is called "Integrated LED" where the LED is built into the fixture and can not be removed.
One advantage of the lamp-ready type is that you can (in the future) exchange a lamp with one that has different specifications - such as lumen level, beam angle, or color temperature. However, keep in mind that changing some of these properties can also be accomplished with AMP ONE integrated LED fixtures.
- Interchangeable Optics
AMP® ONE spotlights, downlights, and well lights all feature interchangeable optics. These are precisely engineered optical discs custom-made to marry perfectly with the LED chips. The results are beams with even dispersion, soft edges, and absent of any defects.
Check each model's specifications to see what beam angle optics are available for each one.
- IR Dimmable
All AMP® ONE fixtures feature light level control using the hand-held Design-Master™ Remote Control. This controller is aimed directly at the fixture face to adjust light levels at 5 pre-sets or up and down in 2% increments.
Each fixture is controlled independently and holds the set light level in its non-volatile memory. This means that the fixture maintains the set level even when power is turned off.
The remote control unit is ready to use out of the box and requires no programming.
- CREE® LEDs
AMP® Lighting uses CREE® LEDs as light sources for all their integrated fixtures.
Recognized as the world leader in LED technology, CREE® offers a wide range of LED chips. AMP® selects among these models to meet stringent performance standards in color consistency, light output, efficiency, and heat resistance.
- Solid Cast Brass
The term "Brass" includes many variations of copper/zinc alloys that are manufactured in various ways.
The kind of brass used in AMP® products is higher in copper and lower in zinc than lesser-quality brass. The higher copper content makes the metal less susceptable to cracking and increases the overall strength of the metal.
The term "Solid Cast" refers to the process by which the metal is formed into the fixture - the "casting" process. This process uses a mold into which the molten metal is poured and allowed to cool.
The other (more common) method to produce brass fixtures is called "spinning". With this method, a solid piece of brass is spun on a form or lathe and deformed into the desired shape. The main disadvantage of spinning is that the final piece is more easily bent (because of thinner walls) or cracked (due to stresses added during spinning).
The Sold Cast Brass material and process used in AMP® fixtures results in superior resistance to physical abuse.
- Dark Sky Approved
Dark Sky Approved is a certification created by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the preeminant organization combatting light pollution worldwide.
This organization works with the lighting industry to identify lighting fixtures and strategies that support the goals of the organization.
Fixture Seal of Approval - Criteria
- Only be "On" when needed - to conserve valuable energy. Fixtures must be part of a system that uses automatic time controls.
- Only light the area that needs it - to conserve energy and to prevent unwanted light from trespassing into regions where it's not needed. There must be a way for glare to be controlled.
- Be no brighter than necessary - conserves energy and reduces harmful effects on plants, animals, and people.
- Minimize blue light emissions - prevents disturbance of circadian rhythms on animals and people. Light shall have a maximum color temperature of 3000K.
- Be fully shielded (pointing downward) - keeps unwanted light from polluting the night sky.
Considerations for Lighting Designers
The IDA works closely with the Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) to develop model lighting ordinances (MLO's). These models are intended to guide communities in their efforts to curtail light pollution and light trespass. MLO's are not laws, but they can be incorporated into guidelines and restrictions enacted in various localities. Designers should become familiar with such ordinances in their regions.