Engineered Products Company Inc. (EPCO) is the premier brand supplier of specialty products to electrical distributors and contractors. Headquartered in Minnetonka, MN (a suburb west of Minneapolis), EPCO has supported the electrical industry since 1976 by supplying a broad range of standard and unique consumables for commercial, industrial, residential and agriculture buildings.

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Case Studies

Three Reasons to Buy From Your Electrical Distributor

February 27, 2017 - If you’re not purchasing directly from an Electrical Distributor, you could be missing out on some advantages. As a supplier of electrical specialty lighting products to the electrical industry for over 40 years, Engineered Products Company understands the value of doing business with an Electrical Distributor. Three... Read More

May 26, 2016 - EPCO’s most important Product doesn’t come in a Box!

Criteria To Consider When Updating Your Illumination System with LED Luminaires

April 28, 2015 - Lumens are the New Watts The best way to shop for a LED luminaires is to look for brightness, or lumens, instead of watts. Lumens tell you how bright the luminaire is, and more lumens mean brighter illumination. When replacing a two (2) lamp, T8 32-watt fluorescent luminaire, lumen output is approximately 3800 lumens.... Read More

March 16, 2015 - When considering how to make a parking area easier to navigate, safer and more cost-efficient, lighting can have a tremendous impact on the look and feel, as well as the bottom line. Inadequate lighting may lead to accidents involving falls due to unseen holes, cracks and uneven surfaces. Yet too much light results in high... Read More

Part IV: To Invest or Not to Invest? Solving the Facility Manager’s Quandary about Lighting Upgrades

September 30, 2014 - This is the fourth and final in a series of posts designed to help facility managers build a case for spending money on lighting system upgrades. Making a strong case for funding a lighting system upgrade is a fine balance. Overselling benefits such as productivity increases and maintenance savings can actually hurt your... Read More

September 22, 2014 - This is the third post in a series designed to help facility managers build a case for spending money on lighting upgrades. Combining lighting upgrades with other capital projects can show greater return-on-investment (ROI) and strengthen the case. Here are some tips for maximizing energy savings and minimizing... Read More

September 9, 2014 - This is the second in a series of posts designed to help facility managers build a case for spending money on lighting system upgrades. Another way to justify a lighting system upgrade is to look outward. Benchmarking against similar facilities and finding rebate incentives can strengthen the case. Be a Competitive... Read More

September 3, 2014 - When building a case for spending money on lighting system upgrades, it’s important to consider the benefits to determine if it’s worth it. This is the first in a series designed to help facility managers do just that. Today facility managers must develop a solid return-on-investment (ROI) case for getting capital... Read More

Golden Age of Retrofit Lighting

April 1, 2014 - Lighting accounts for over 70 percent of all retrofits and remodels. The decision to relight or remodel a commercial property is no longer solely about aesthetics. The EPAct and other tax credits and deductions and the reduction of energy costs over time have moved the decision into the realm of economics, with the potential for... Read More

Notes from the Corner Office

Customizing Capabilities

July 18, 2018 - by Jim Anderson, EPCO President With over 40 years of manufacturing expertise specializing in fixture whips, power whips, distribution cable assemblies, specialty lighting, ground bonding, and wire harness assemblies, we provide complete customization and fabrication services that provide solutions built according to... Read More

Video

three solutions for retrofitting strip fixtures

April 24, 2018 - EPCO’s Good, Better, Best LED Retrofit Conversion Kits provide energy efficient and cost-effective LED lighting solutions.

TORI’S STORY: EPCO Partnership with OP Helps Advance Quality of Life

June 8, 2017 - The objective of Engineered Products Company’s (EPCO) relationship with Opportunity Partners (OP) is to help advance the quality of life for people with disabilities. EPCO has been working with OP for about 9 years and it’s an honor knowing we can help these individuals. Tori’s story proves just that.  Each year... Read More

Fixture Whips

Lighting, Video

EPCO’s LED Closet Luminaire featured on Ask This Old House

July 21, 2017 - Engineered Products Company’s (EPCO) Motion Sensing LED Closet Luminaire was featured on the TV Series Ask This Old House: Season 15, Episode 3. The LED Closet Luminaire is a simple solution to upgrade small spaces to sustainable, energy efficient LED lighting. The Energy Star Rated Motion Sensing LED Closet... Read More

Lighting

June 21, 2017 - Engineered Products Company’s (EPCO) TIGER 60 and 100-Watt Temporary LED Luminaire are a highly useful, low cost, energy efficient lighting solution for construction, renovation, transient high bay and low bay applications, and short-term maintenance tasks.

September 12, 2016 - EPCO’s LED Closet Luminaire provides Significant Energy Savings and is a reliable and sustainable LED Lighting solution for small areas!

June 14, 2016 - In a perfect world, all electrical connections for landscape lighting luminaires would be performed correctly. Splices would always be tight and circuits would always be properly grounded and free of potential shock hazard. But in reality, the quality of outdoor electrical installation varies among electricians and accidents do... Read More

June 26, 2014 - After one of the harshest winters on record in Minnesota (and many other parts of the country), summer is finally here. Our thoughts have turned to the great outdoors, lawns and landscaping. For us, that means landscape lighting, and more specifically safety. The National Electrical Code Section 314.17(B) for Conductors... Read More

April 28, 2014 - Since the release of our “new” ProSeries LED Utility Luminaire and LED Luminaire Upgrade, the response on these products in all markets has been very favorable. While the benefits and features of these lighting products are significant, we recommend using some type of “surge” protection system during the... Read More

March 18, 2013 - I’d be surprised if there were an electrical contractor who isn’t looking to make fixture installation easier and faster. That’s exactly why EPCO came up with a brilliant short cut for installing our 4-, 8- and our new 2-foot gasketed fluorescent luminaires—a way that gets rid of the cost and time it takes to install a... Read More

February 7, 2013 - Tube guard users, rejoice! If you’ve considered T5HO fluorescent lamps for their many virtues (excellent performance, good lumen maintenance and efficacy, long-rated life, good color rendition, virtually instant re-strike, more efficient than T8s), but were concerned about heat dissipation, read on. T5HO lamps... Read More

June 5, 2012 - Many of you have asked, what is the life expectancy of a tube guard? We have your answer. The typical life expectancy of a polycarbonate tube guard depends on a number of factors; the spectral output of the lamp being used (generally less harmful to plastics than sunlight), the indoor or outdoor location, as well as... Read More

Energy Efficient Lighting - WIIFM

February 6, 2012 - With the phase-out of the Edison-base lamps, we are seeing much advancement in energy efficient lighting technology, like gasketed fluorescent luminaires. However, the Edison base bulbs are not quite dead and only have a brief reprieve. They will still be available, but only short term. So why push to switch to... Read More

Electrical News & Trends

July 27, 2015 - LM-79 testing captures performance characteristics of EPCO’s solid-state LED luminaires. This testing provides a snapshot of our LED luminaires performance under specified operating conditions typically referred to as initial measurements. However LM-79 testing does not address or include lifetime luminaire ratings, changing... Read More

July 10, 2015 - The Illuminating Engineers Society (IES) uses luminaire. The United States Congress uses fixture. And it’s not uncommon to hear someone use lamp when pointing out a source of light. But which term is correct when referencing a lighting unit? While both identifiers are technically correct,luminaire... Read More

February 24, 2015 - In addition to overcoming early performance problems with heat, moisture and color, improvements in LED technology have significantly lowered the cost of LED luminaires and lamps. Not only are today’s LEDs more energy efficient as a light source compared to the 1980’s when they were used as equipment indicators, but also... Read More

January 30, 2015 - Because UL is a well-known testing laboratory that also develops standards and test procedures, people have a misconception that a UL standard is exclusively tested and certified by UL. This is not the case. While UL and other organizations (CSA, NSF, etc.) are authorized to write standards, the process is done in... Read More

December 4, 2014 - If you’re in the lighting business, you probably get asked every now and then whether you should turn the light off every time you leave the room. The answer depends on the type of lamp and how long you’ll be gone. Incandescent Lighting – Turn Off! Incandescent lights are the least efficient type of lighting we use... Read More

November 3, 2014 - One of the main benefits of LEDs is their very long life. But just how long do LEDs really last—50,000 hours or even 100,000 hours? What is the useful life of an LED? Over time, all electric light sources experience a decrease in the amount of light they emit— lumen depreciation. A very basic incandescent filament... Read More

August 13, 2014 - Let me take you back to January 1, 2014. This is the day that marked the end of a seven-year effort to outlaw the ordinary light bulb, thanks to the 2007 Energy Independent Security Act (EISA)* that raised minimum efficiency standards for traditional incandescent bulbs far beyond what the technology can manage. Simply put, it’... Read More

June 4, 2014 - When announcing a new EPCO lighting product, fluorescent or LED, the first question I receive from distributors and sales agency personnel is, “Is the fixture DLC approved?” The Design Lights Consortium (DLC) is a voluntary certification initiative for LED technology that requires lighting products to comply with minimum... Read More

April 3, 2013 - Solid-state LED lighting’s biggest asset is longevity—around 30,000–50,000 hours—three to five times longer than CFLs (10,000 hours) and about 30-50 times longer than that obsolete, inefficient technology known as incandescent (1,000 hours). The biggest obstacle standing between LEDs and building owners right now is expense.... Read More

July 10, 2012 - CFLs and LEDs have found the spotlight (and scrutiny) with the impending disappearance of incandescents. Nearly everyone finds a reason to complain about these newer lamps and stock up on incandescents. Bad experiences and rumors have caused prejudice and shortsightedness among facility managers and consumers. Here’s an update... Read More

February 6, 2012 - Fluorescent linear T12 lighting was the most widely used technology in commercial buildings until about 10 years ago. Now a declining technology, the rising popularity of its challengers T8 and T5 is due to better performance and energy efficiency—and most important for building owners and managers, savings in lighting costs... Read More

Ask the Electrician

May 6, 2014 - When asked if we could build a Custom Fixture Whip in 3/8” Steel Flex with 3-12 AWG wires and 2-16 AWG wires, I wondered if this amount of wire would fit inside our 3/8” Steel Flex—even with an External Connector. So I consulted my 2014 NEC code book, and coincidentally, this very topic arose during a recent... Read More

Ground Bonding

November 12, 2012 - In the electrical world, when you think about “Ground Bonding PigTails”, you can’t help but think “EPCO”. How has this product become synonymous with this company? EPCO created and named this widely used product. Today there are about 70 different configurations to choose from (who knew)—a cornucopia of different lengths... Read More

Ask the Engineer

August 14, 2012 - Have you ever wondered why humans are emotionally affected by the color of light? Why do we enjoy the bright sunshine, feel its warmth, and energy? Why are we comfortable with the bluish-white “daylight” color but we are uncomfortable with that same color of light when it illuminates a room after dark?  Early cool-white... Read More

March 16, 2012 - UV (ultra violet) light is electromagnetic radiation that exists beyond visible light at the violet end of the spectrum. UV is divided into the A,B and C range and has many benefits. UVC is used for killing pond scum, sterilizing medical instruments and purifies air. Narrow band UVB is effective treatment for skin ailments... Read More

November 30, 2011 - Rumors are beginning Jan 1, 2012; you will not be able to buy light bulbs. The facts are: President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act on December 19, 2007. It requires roughly 25 percent greater efficiency for certain light bulbs and will be phased in from 2012 through 2014. This effectively bans... Read More