Optimize your Options

All of Airey-Thompsons lighting fixtures can be customized to fit any application. Aside from the lengths and the housing colors we also have many options to enhance how your lighting fixture will perform. From light output to color temperature, energy efficiency to safety features this section will help you determine which of our options will suit your needs. Please refer to individual product cut sheets for availability of options and part number formatting.


​Brightness is a description of light output, which is measured in lumens, not watts. Three standard light levels are offered and specified in the part number with "N" for normal, "H" for high and "V" for very.

NORMAL: Light output is approximately equivalent to a fluorescent fixture.

HIGH: Light output is about 40% brighter than a standard fluorescent fixture.

VERY HIGH: Light output is over twice as much as Normal brightness.

Custom light levels may be accommodated, consult factory for specific lumen or wattage targets.

​Choosing the Right Color

LEDs are available in a wide variety of shades of white light ranging from yellowish thru white to bluish white light, which allows you to customize the ambience of your space. LEDs can be warmer colors to match that yellowish tone of an incandescent, or you can choose cooler coolers that are whiter or bluer in nature. The color you choose may also affect the perceived brightness, even if the lumens are the same, as you go from warmer to cooler it looks brighter because it goes from yellow-white to bright white.

  • ​Light color is measured on a temperature scale referred to as Kelvin (K).
  • ​Lower Kelvin numbers mean the light appears warmer, higher kelvin numbers mean cooler appearance.
  • ​For warm light choose 30K
  • ​For whiter light choose 35K or 40K
  • For bluer light choose 50K

Energy Efficiency with Smart Lighting

*Depending on the type of business you operate, lighting can account for 20-50% of your electricity consumption. So, whether lights are needlessly kept on overnight, or left to illuminate unoccupied rooms, wasteful use of lighting can have a huge impact on your energy bill. To minimize this waste, most energy codes require some way to automatically shut off lights when not in use based on a schedule or occupancy. Lighting controls do this effectively and can reduce your energy cost significantly. According to the Washington-based New Buildings Institute, lighting controls can reduce lighting energy consumptions by 50% in existing buildings, and at least 35% in new construction.

​*Source: Southern California Edison, Energy Conservation Series.

On or Off switch

​One of the most effective options for energy efficiency is the lighting control to turn lights on and off as needed preventing energy waste. Two different switches are offered>

ROCKER switch: Works on 120v only. Designated by -SW suffix in part number.

DECORA rocker switch: Designed for both 120 and 277v applications. Designated by -SWD in the part number.

Occupancy Sensors

​Occupancy sensors work automatically. When an area has not been occupied for a specified amount of time the light will switch OFF and also switch lights back ON when motion or occupancy is detected. Sensors have multiple time settings, between 30 seconds and 30 minutes. Occupancy sensors can result in 35-45% energy savings and are compliant with California's Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). Specify -OCC in suffix part number.

Vacancy Sensors

​Vacancy sensors differ from Occupancy sensors in that they must be manually turned on but will automatically turn off when occupancy is not detected for a specified amount of time. States that have required codes for energy efficient business lighting prefer vacancy sensors in lieu of occupancy sensors. -VS in suffix part number.


​Dimmers allow the user to adjust the level of lighting from full output to near dark. Light sources use less energy when dimmed and can automatically save up to 50% in electricity usage over a standard toggle switch. To learn more about the difference between phase cut and 0-10v dimming see the "Tech Talk" tab above, and look for the article on dimming. For dimmable drivers to be included in your luminaire specify -DIM (for phase cut dimming), -D10 (for 0-10v dimming) or -D11 (for 1% 0-10v dimming).

Emergency Battery Backup

​​In the case of a power outage this device will keep your lights on for a minimum of 90 minutes to insure public safety and allow time before other emergency plans can be implemented. -EM in suffix part number.

Electrical Receptacle

The 13RL Multi-Receptacle series features standard specification grade duplex receptacles built into an under cabinet light fixture.  Standard receptacle spacing is one per foot.  Up to 10 duplex receptacles will operate with a 15 amp circuit or 13 duplex receptacles for a 20 amp circuit.  Unless otherwise specified, one standard specification grade duplex per foot will be supplied in all 13RL under cabinet fixtures. -S in part number 

Hospital Grade Electrical Receptacle

When is a Hospital Grade receptacle required per National Electrical Code?  http://www.ecmag.com/section/codes-standards/do-we-need-hospital-grade-receptacles  Hospital Grade receptacles incorporate upgraded construction features and are subjected to higher performance requirements in addition to complying with the general use receptacle listing requirements.  These include grounding reliability, assembly integrity, strength and durability tests.  The primary reason to use a hospital-grade receptacle is to ensure that a receptacle with a greater contact tension is provided to minimize possibilities that an attachment plug may be disconnected because the plug slipped out of the receptacle.  Designate -HG in part number

Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Receptacle

The Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter, or GFCI, is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electrical power in the event of a ground-fault within as little as 1/40 of a second.  To protect personnel and comply with the NEC, the GFCI receptacle option must be added to fixtures with a power circuit, as in the 13RL series, if the fixture installation occurs within 6 feet of a water supply.  According to the National Electrical Code a GFCI is required in kitchens, bathrooms, boathouses, restaurant sinks and bars, etc.  One GFCI receptacle is sufficient to protect the circuit for all the fixtures wired downstream on the same circuit.  Designate -GFCI in part number.

Tamper Resistant Receptacle

The 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) states new and renovated dwellings to have tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.  These receptacles have spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings, or slots, of the receptacles.  When a plug is inserted into the receptacle, both springs are compressed and the shutters then open, allowing for the metal prongs to make contact to create and electrical circuit.  Because both springs must be compressed at the same time, the shutters do not open when a child attempts to insert an object into the only one contact opening, and there is no contact with electricity.  Tamper-resistant receptacles are an important step to making the home a safer place for children.  Designate -TR in part number

USB Port Charger Receptacle

A 3 AMP output USB (Universal Serial Bus) port receptacle dedicated to supply electrical power to cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices significantly faster than a computerized USB port.  A designated USB receptacle will eliminate the need for bulky USB adapters, like the big box at the end of an iPhone charger which can crowd outlet space, thus allowing more room to plug in additional equipment on the standard electrical receptacles.  The USB receptacle features 2 stainless steel ports rated for 10,000 insertions and removals.  Switch activated port door; when open enables power; when closed, all power is switched off, for a "zero" no-load draw.  Compatible with USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 devices, including Apple products.  Designate -USB in part number

Housing Finishes

​Standard housing finishes are:

​White: -3 in part number

​Satin aluminum: -0 in part number

Custom colors may be available, consult factory

Anti-Microbial Finish

Airey-Thompson Co. fixture coatings can be formulated with anti-microbial capability.  These clever coatings help inhibit the growth of microbes on the powder coated surface.  An important option for a wide range of applications including hospitals, medical health care office, laboratories, bathrooms, schools, child care facilities, fitness gyms and public transit areas.  -AM in part number (must be used with white, see "Tech Talk" tab above to learn more about anti-microbial coatings)

Performance Preferences

Power Cord: specify -WC for a6' white cord or -GC for grey cord when hardwired versions are not preferred.

Fuse: Factory wired fuse to protect your fixture from damage due to an overload, specify -F in suffix part number

Driver Disconnect: for ease of maintenance specify -DD in part number suffix

Grounded Convenience Outlet: factory wired outlet, specify -GCO in part number suffix

Multiple Duplexes: Refer to Under Cabinet 13RL series under "Products" tab above

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