Author Archives: Alex Nugyen

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Lighting 101 Infographic

Links for the other blogs to the Lighting 101 Series:

Lighting 101: Key Lighting Terms You Need to Know

Lighting 101: Key Certifications to Look For

Lighting 101: Commonly Asked Questions About LED Lights

Adjustable LED Lighting in a basketball court
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Adjustable LED Lighting infographic

Check out a few of our adjustable lights that we are proud to offer at RAB Design!

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CrossFit Colosseum offers high intensity physical training programs at their facility located in Etobicoke, ON. This facility has an area of about 15,000 square feet and is operational for 78 hours a week from 6am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 2pm on weekends.


Before and after of Crossfit Colosseum. Metal halide fixture lights up left and FW4 LED light on right side.


There were 31 low bay metal halide (MH) fixtures of 400W, each at a height of 12 feet spaced 25 feet apart.


Lighting and Operational Challenges:
  • The existing fixtures were intended for use in a highbay environment; however they were being used in a low bay application.
  • The fixtures did not have a lens at the bottom and caused a significant amount of glare.
  • High energy consumption of 13,640W.
  • The fixtures emitted large amounts of heat.
  • The start up time was 15 minutes.
  • The ballasts of the fixtures generated a constant humming sound.



The 400W MH fixtures were replaced by RAB Design’s FW4-LED series of linear vaporproof fixtures. A one for one replacement solution using the 47W FW4-LED fixtures created a comfortable, glare free environment for visitors.

“The new lights make you feel a lot better while working out. The light is diffused so while doing bench presses and looking upwards, you don’t get the glare in your eyes. There’s no humming anymore. The place suddenly feels a lot quieter. It creates a better atmosphere for our customers. Even the signage on the walls looks cleaner.” -Paul McIntyre, Facility Owner and Head Trainer



  • This FW4-LED solution eliminated the hot spots and provided even light levels.
  • 89% reduction in energy consumption leading to a cost savings of close to $5,500 per annum.
  • Negligible heat generated from the fixtures.
  • Instant on/off operation.
  • No disturbing humming sound.




Product Information: FW4-LED

Smart Design: the FW4 LED fixture is extremely durable with polycarbonate UV stabilized housing and lens which is tightly secured using 5 clips on each side for a stronger connection. A single conduit entry on either side, easy mounting brackets, a ballast tray tethered to the housing, strain relief for a tighter wiring seal and quick disconnect for drivers provide ease of maintenance and installation. This fixture is ideal for harsh environments and operates in temperatures ranging between -40°C to +40° C.

Ideal for a variety of indoor and outdoor environments such as underground parking garages, industrial facilities, commercial freezers, poultry barns.


Energy Efficient

  • FW4 LED series offers a minimum 30% – 40% energy savings over traditional fixtures.
  • The 0 – 10V dimming option and photocell sensor generate additional energy savings.
  • Limited maintenance since no ballast and lamp replacement is required.
  • Longer lifespan compared to traditional fixtures. Fixture life is 100,000+ hours.
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Brescia College

London, Ontario. 2017

Founded in 1919, Brescia University College is Canada’s only women’s University located in London, Ontario. The majestic, castle-like Brescia Hall was the first building designed back in 1923. It was later renamed as Ursuline Hall. The Mother St. James Memorial Building, which was completed in 1963, is the main building on campus. In September 2013, Brescia opened its new residence building, Clare Hall. The University has 1550 students during the year and also hosts weddings and corporate events in the summer.


VEK-LED wall light on a white building with large windows.

Lighting Challenge

The perimeters of the building had 57 HID fixtures that were more than 20 years old. These fixtures ranged in wattage from 70W – 250W. The legacy technology caused lighting challenges:

The existing traditional wall packs distributed light in an uncontrolled manner, sending light in various directions. This type of fixture is not dark sky compliant and with aging HPS lamps, the light colour had turned yellow resulting in significant glare. Also, the lumen output from these wall packs had reduced 30 – 40%.


Frequent maintenance was required as bulbs needed to be replaced 2 – 6 times every year and water had seeped into some fixtures.


Maintenance was time consuming and expensive because some fixtures were mounted at a height of 30’ and required special equipment and more than one electrician to access.


A VEK-LED wall light in mounted on the wall of a red brick building during sunset.

The RAB Design Solution

Following an internal review, the University decided to upgrade the campus lighting in 2017. Facilities Management Supervisor, Cameron Mitchell, was looking to implement an energy efficient lighting system with a modern architectural design. After reaching out for advice from a local electrical distributor, Cameron received a complete lighting performance and energy efficiency audit. The distributor also made recommendations on LED lighting which would meet energy and lumen requirements and eliminate the need for ongoing maintenance.

RAB Design Lighting’s premium LED wall light, the VEK-LED, together with FL-LED flood lights and CLB-LED canopy lights were identified as the optimal mix of fixtures for this project. The VEK-LED was installed on building perimeters; the FL-LED was installed on the rooftops of the The Mother St. James Memorial Building, while the CLB-LED was installed in the doorways of Ursuline Hall.

Click on CLB-LED, FL-LED or VEK-LED below to learn more about that product family.




Customer Testimonials

“This LED Replacement project proved to be an effective solution for us. As winter approaches, our students are really starting to see the difference in light levels. The VEK fixtures do a great job in providing a safe and secure environment for everyone.”
-Chris Holmes, Project Manager


“The VEK-LED fixture is a much better product than all the other fixtures we looked at for this project. It is extremely efficient at 103 lumens/watt. The adjustable head gave us the option to project light out where it was needed. The installation process was quick and simple. I could install these lights all on my own without any additional manpower. There was no need for me to drill any additional holes into the fixture. The level bubble saved time in aligning the fixtures. When you have more than 50 fixtures to install, these well thought out product features go a long way.”
-Cameron Mitchell, Facilities Mainetance Supervisor, Brescia University College

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First and foremost, we would like to begin by saying that RAB Design Lighting is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees, our partners and customers. We have taken extreme measures to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, including restricting access to our facility,  ensuring social distancing and the use of additional PPE as it relates to the COVID-19 virus.

We are classified as an essential service as defined by the order released by the Ontario government, we will do our best to follow the directive to support our Electrical Distributor Partners as they ensure the essential services related to Supply Chains and Construction remain open.

Production and warehouse facilities are open and ready to ship to our Electrical Distributor Partners as they support construction projects, electricians and contractors during this difficult period.

Customer Service is working remotely and available to assist you by phone at 1-800-268-0381 (between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST), using the live chat feature on our website or through email at info@rabdesign.ca. You can also contact your RAB Design Rep.

Stay healthy, look out for your family, your friends and your neighbours.

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Toronto, October 7, 2019 – We are pleased to announce that Jerome Veneracion has been awarded the RAB Design Lighting Inc., Award of Excellence for the 2019 Electro-Federation Canada Scholarship program.

Jerome is currently in his second year of a two year program at Centennial College. His course of study is Electrician: Construction and Maintenance Apprentice/Electrical Engineering Technician. Jerome’s ultimate dream is to complete his 309A Apprenticeship and to someday work for a residential or commercial contractor.

“On behalf of the RAB Design team, I’d like to wish Jerome much success in what I am sure will be a very bright future,” said David Beron, President of RAB Design Inc.”

RAB Design Lighting is a Canadian owned and operated manufacturer of quality commercial and industrial lighting products. The Company has been servicing the electrical distribution market for more than 50 years. RAB Design is dedicated to bringing innovation in technology and energy efficiency to Canadians through our quality lighting products.

For further information, please contact:

Kamna Mirchandani
Marketing Manager
RAB Design Lighting Inc.

(416) 252-9454 ext.: 7328

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