Lighting Retrofit Saves Mich. Automotive Group $1.4M

car-dealership-energy-manageCGE Energy (CGE) has upgraded the lighting at four southeast Michigan dealership locations. As a result of the change, Golling will see a return on its investment in less than 14 months and save $1.4 million in total energy costs over the next 10 years. Continue reading

LEDs Boost Economy In Many Ways

Watch industry news these days and one topic comes up time and again: LED lighting. And for once the talk is all positive. In fact, practically every sector that has something to say about it seems to be saying that it could be a saving grace in our struggling economy.

Obviously the lighting industry is stoked about the new-found popularity of LED lighting. According to the LED Lighting Market Report that was recently released, the global LED lighting market is expected to grow 45 percent each year through 2019. Considering the market was worth $4.8 billion in 2012, that would make it worth $42 billion annually by 2019. Even more, these figures are based solely on the current sales value of 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The numbers don’t even take other size and wattage bulbs into account in their figures. Recent developments in LED technology that have created viable LED options for higher-output options like PAR38 replacement bulbs are certain to boost these numbers even higher. This explosive growth is expanding LED lighting manufacture operations as fast as they can build and staff them, both in North America and across the globe in the facilities that supply raw components to companies here at home.

Sales of LED are projected to grow by 45 percent a year until 2019. The home decorating market is just one of many sectors driving sales of LEDs.

Sales of LED are projected to grow by 45 percent a year until 2019. The home decorating market is just one of many sectors driving sales of LEDs.

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Small Town, Big Savings with LED

The town of Richmond Heights, Ohio, has a little more than 10,000 residents and a whole lot of financial problems. Luckily, Richmond Heights also has the solution to their troubles with LED lights. A solution that will save money they don’t have and increase public safety at the same time.

In 2012, the city’s bill for street and traffic lighting was over $118,000, and they were forced to come up with creative ways to save money. They tasked Police Chief Gene Rowe with the duty of personally turning off every other traffic light in town in an attempt to achieve some of the savings they needed. The chief systematically shut down the lights in a pattern of one on, one off throughout the small town. A total of 54 of the 122 traffic signals were turned off in this move to save money, which is a traffic nuisance and public safety danger to say the least. The total savings of the move amounted to a mere $26,000, leaving lots of fat to cut in the budget still.

City Council of Richmond Heights, Ohio. The cash-strapped town voted to replace its traffic and street lights with LED as a cost-saving measure. A grant will cover part of the cost of the retrofit. Savings are expected to be from 60 to 80 percent.

City Council of Richmond Heights, Ohio. The cash-strapped town voted to replace its traffic and street lights with LED as a cost-saving measure. A grant will cover part of the cost of the retrofit. Savings are expected to be from 60 to 80 percent.

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Is This The End of T12 Lamps and Ballasts?

What’s Happening?

  • Manufacturers are phasing out production of T12 lamps and ballasts.
  • Less availability of T12 lamps and ballasts.
  • Increased costs, up to triple the normal price, because of supply and demand of T12 lamps and ballasts.
  • To meet energy efficient federal regulations, manufacturers will focus on T8 and T5 lamp and ballast production.
  • There’s a limited opportunity to access incentive funds from utility companies for T12 lighting upgrades. Continue reading