Lighting product manufacturers from all over the globe have found the Instabase system provides an important venue for their product photometric data. In 2015, the Instabase evolved into an entirely Cloud-based search engine with many tremendous advantages. From the perspective of the manufacturer; end users now always have access your latest photometric data and photometric files are only downloaded on an as needed basis (users select only what they want). Your entire database never resides on the end user’s local drive minimizing the possibility that obsolete data could be kept in service. When you upload new product data, it’s searchable instantly without users having to download and replace your entire database. You can make changes to your product information on a file or folder basis so you only need to upload the full database once! There are no more clumsy compilers or inconvenient keyword restrictions.
The Instabase system is designed specifically for search and query access across multiple manufacturers. End users select which manufacturers they are interested in at the moment, enter their search parameters, run the search and then browse the results (watch this 90 second video or our longer 11 minute complete overview).
Extended product data is available for each photometric file as shown below. As a supplier you can link directly to any URL on your website for more product information. This extends the experience for the end user as they can not only see what Instabase provides, but they can utilize your product information as well to make an informed decision.
Once the end user has made selections in the Instabase, they can be downloaded to AGi32, Photometric Toolbox and ElumTools with one click. They can also be added to their own groups of favorites for future use. The new Instabase supports extended functionality allowing the publication of private data for specific users only. Users of your choice can use that data with an access code that you generate and share.
Preparing Your Data for Participation
For participating manufacturers (suppliers), the process of assembling the database and uploading to Lighting Analysts’ Cloud server is straight forward with data maintenance possible on a file or folder basis. Please see the Manufacturer Guidelines document below to learn how to build your Instabase structure and seed the Cloud.
Be sure and make your Instabase all it should be by using Custom Search Keywords (CSK’s), webpage URL’s and product images. Make your data attractive for end users!
The Supplier Portal
Manufacturers are provided with a private Supplier portal to the Instabase System to manage their Instabase presence. By logging in to the portal you can:
- View statistics relative to product data usage
- Manage Instabases
- Companies are encouraged to separate products into different Instabases by Brand
- Control access to restricted data