Implementing LED Lighting in Your Facility: What to Consider

For many buildings, switching to more efficient lighting is one of the “low hanging fruit” for improving energy efficiency. Facility managers are increasingly turning to LED lighting technology to meet their energy efficiency goals.

casino led lightingLED bulbs top the lighting charts in energy efficiency and longevity, and frequently represent a payback of three years or less. However, LEDs may not be the best choice for every application. When considering whether to implement LEDs in your facility, you’ll need to take many factors into account. Continue reading

Switching Business Lighting to LED Now Easier Than Ever

Until recently locations with linear fluorescent light fixtures had to put a lot of effort into making the switch to LED lighting. Even though there are many options by countless manufacturers, most linear LED lighting requires real work to install into existing fluorescent fixtures. The fragile fluorescent tubes have to be removed, and then the ballasts must each be rewired for the LED tube light fixtures to work. Then the new LED tubes have to be installed. This is time consuming and a disruption to say the least. Workers strewn about on ladders and power outages are sure to strain any environment.

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Part One: Advances In Lighting Technology Give Facility Managers New Options For Savings

For facility managers who have taken basic steps to reduce lighting system energy costs, the ability to wring savings out of lighting systems doesn’t end there.

Advances in technology continue to provide additional opportunities for savings. In fact, the average commercial facility could stand to do more than just basic upgrades to its outmoded lighting systems. Options run the gamut — including fixture replacement, daylighting, dimming, advanced control and ballast strategies.

“[A facility manager’s] best bet is to explore the different energy management strategies that are available,” says John J. Brelus, General Electric‘s global product general manager — fluorescent systems. Continue reading

T5 And T8 Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments Surge During First Quarter

National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lampt5-t8 indexes surged upward 6.3 and 15.7 percent on a year-over-year basis (y/y), respectively, during 2013Q1. Moreover, the T8 index value of 120.2 was the second highest in the history of the series. Meanwhile, the index reading of 173.9 for T5 lamps was the highest since 2011. Not surprisingly, the index for T12 lamp shipments continued to diminish, posting a decrease of 38.9 percent (y/y), settling at a value of 36.5 for the quarter. Continue reading

Philips Lighting Claims R&D System Efficacy Achievement for LED Tube

By: Maury WrightLEDs Magazine

Philips Lighting has revealed laboratory work on an LED-based replacement for fluorescent tubes in which a so called TLED (Tube lighting LED) tube delivered 200 lm/W, including the driver, at a 3000K warm-white CCT. The company said it will bring such a solid-state lighting (SSL) product to market in 18 months to two years.

Philips chose to announce the lab project because of the magnitude of the opportunity for energy savings. Jy Bhardwaj, senior vice president or research and development, said 50% of global commercial lighting uses fluorescent tubes. The best such fluorescent lights operate in the 100-lm/W range so efficiency in that application could double in two years.

Philips_TLED_protoIn the US, fluorescent lights consume 200 terawatts annually according to Philips. The company said retrofit of all such lighting with 200-lm/W tubes would be the equivalent of 50 medium-sized power plants. Continue reading

Act Now – Rebates Expiring Soon!

Current rebates can help reduce the cost of your lighting project. USIlluminations provides all material and documentation necessary to ensure compliance for qualification requirements of any potential incentive dollars available through utility company rebate programs. We carefully prepare each application to maximize the return of any and all
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Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Recreational

As USIlluminations reaches our two year anniversary on March 11th (hooray!) we take a look back at some of the projects we’ve done over the past two years that have helped clients conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs and enhance their work environments.

Today, we look at two of our recreational facility clients.

Lights run in recreational facilities for extended periods of time, resulting in high electricity bills. Even when patrons aren’t in the facility, lights may be left on for a janitorial crew. By installing energy efficient lights you can reduce energy costs and heat gain. Also, indirect up lighting reflects off the ceiling, reducing glare for patrons. Continue reading

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Manufacturing

Today, we look back at two of our manufacturing clients that experienced some great savings and better lighting. How does a total five year savings of $102,104 sound?

Manufacturers have a lot to gain from new lighting. It’s important to consider that 90 percent of the cost of operating a lighting system is the energy it consumes.

Part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was a commercial building deduction that allows building owners to accelerate the deduction on the cost of energy efficient lighting or building upgrades, subject to a cap, in the year the equipment is placed in service. Continue reading

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Restaurants

Looking back over the past two years, as we come closer to celebrating our two year anniversary, our clients have had a great first year return on investment! When our clients are happy – we’re happy!

Today, we look at two of our restaurant clients. Continue reading

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Schools

Today, we look at two of our educational facility clients that we helped conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs and enhance their work environments over the past two years.

Lighting accounts for nearly 50 percent of the electric bills in most schools. A simple lighting upgrade can help any school start to save money – today. According to studies, incandescent lights and standard fluorescents reduce learning. Fluorescent lights have also been shown to increase fidgeting and restlessness in school aged children. Lighting is linked to being a major contributor to student health and learning. Continue reading