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

Wireless Environment Announces Battery-Backed LED Lamp Socket for Emergency Lighting

Startup specialty-lighting manufacturer Wireless Environment is using Lightfair International to launch the SwitchSense Bulb Adaptor that delivers a novel approach to emergency lighting. Designed for use with LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) replacement lamps, the adaptor can power lamps with a standard Edison base with batteries that are activated in the event of power failure to a building.

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LED Payoff $2 Million For Vegas Hotels

When the Las Vegas Sands Corp. began construction on their 5 Diamond resort, the Palazzo was intended to be the cream of the crop, but being the greenest hotel in Las Vegas wasn’t really their top priority. The corporation wanted to be as green as they could, but they were not willing to give up any luxury that a guest could expect or request. They were fortunate that their choice of contractors was LEED Certified because it has changed the direction of the company, and customers are flocking to their innovative, environmentally responsible facilities around the world, all the while thoroughly enjoying the luxurious and environmentally friendly high-end resorts guilt free.

New LED lighting in hotel guest rooms and meeting rooms has helped Las Vegas Sands Corp. save $2 million on its annual lighting bill. Photo: Las Vegas Sands Corp.

New LED lighting in hotel guest rooms and meeting rooms has helped Las Vegas Sands Corp. save $2 million on its annual lighting bill. Photo: Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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Shift In Lighting Technologies to Dim Energy Use By End of Decade, says IHS

A fundamental paradigm shift in lighting technologies toward more efficient lamps and bulbs will significantly reduce global electricity demand for general illumination in the next few years, according to IHS.

The energy usage of the installed base of lighting technologies for general illumination will fall to a projected 2.75 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) by 2020, down 24% from 3.61 trillion kWh in 2013. Overall, the installed base for general lighting-which covers homes, businesses and street lamps but not architectural or theatrical lighting-will account for 10.3% of the net electricity generated in 2020, down from 16.4% in 2013. Continue reading

LEDs Turn Out The Light On Incandescents And CFLs

Most people have accepted that it’s all but over for old incandescent bulbs. But CFLs—compact fluorescent bulbs, the titular replacements for incandescents—may be rapidly becoming extinct as well.

Light bulbs have evolved from the standard incandescent (right) to compact fluorescents and now LEDs (left), which come in a variety of shapes -- some quite familiar in appearance.

Light bulbs have evolved from the standard incandescent (right) to compact fluorescents and now LEDs (left), which come in a variety of shapes — some quite familiar in appearance.

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Shine On, You Crazy Lightbulbs

The other day I found myself at a loss in the light bulb aisle of my hardware store. I might as well have been shopping for a carburetor. There were too many options with too many symbols and verbiage that I couldn’t decipher (LED, CFL, halogen, lumens, Kelvin, CRI), not to mention all of the various brands (GE, Philips, Cree, EcoSmart — each with its own packaging lingo). Since when do you need an electrical engineering degree to buy a light bulb?

This fluorescent energy saving light bulb (CFL) is illuminated by electrical wires inserted in the back of the bulb base. It is in a garden with primarily green plants. (Richard Goerg/Getty Images)

This fluorescent energy saving light bulb (CFL) is illuminated by electrical wires inserted in the back of the bulb base. It is in a garden with primarily green plants. (Richard Goerg/Getty Images)

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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

Lighting Like an Incandescent, Except It’s an LED

By Gregory Schmidt

In the debate over the merits of incandescent light bulbs versus compact fluorescent lamps, LED bulbs have become a viable alternativeSwitch Lighting is hoping to ride the wave of rising consumer interest with its own series of LED bulbs.

Switch assembled a team of engineers and physicists in its Silicon Valley headquarters in 2007, and produced a bulb last year with distinct design that has won several innovation awards.

The bulb incorporates technology that Switch calls a LQD cooling system, a patented design that bathes the LED with a coolant made of liquid silicone. The liquid diffuses the light over the surface of the bulb, producing light that is omnidirectional and illuminating a room similar to the way an incandescent does. The shape is similar, too, for those who prefer traditional A-series light bulbs. Continue reading

DOE Releases Report On LED Environmental Testing

From Light Directory, March 29th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new study addressing the potential environmental impacts from landfill disposal of three light-source technologies used in residential homes: incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and LED. All three lamp types contained some hazardous elements which, while generally below Federal landfill limits, in some instances exceeded the more restrictive California limits. Continue reading

Why You Should Replace Your Incandescent Bulbs

100 watt incandescent light bulbs are no longer being manufactured. From now until 2014, standard A-line 100 to 40 watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy but produce the same amount of light that incandescent bulbs use today. Continue reading