LED Retrofit Saves Mall on Outdoor Lighting

The city of Batesville, Arkansas is a sleepy little town a little less than two hours from the thriving metropolis that is Little Rock. It is a warm and friendly place and a great place to raise kids. In fact, it has been voted one of the 100 Best Small Towns in America. It is also a town that is committed to the community and the environment. The county’s recycling program won the Arkansas community development award and Batesville was selected as the state’s Volunteer Community of the Year. Now the city has made another move towards being a better place to settle: one local shopping centre has replaced old parking lot lights with bright, shiny new LED lamps in a move that will save them over $42,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs, as well as greatly reduce the carbon footprint of both the centre and the town.

Before and after comparison of the Eagle Mountain Shopping Centre parking lot with original metal halide lights and new LED replacements. The LED lights give better light and are saving the centre 65 percent on their outdoor energy use.

Before and after comparison of the Eagle Mountain Shopping Centre parking lot with original metal halide lights and new LED replacements. The LED lights give better light and are saving the centre 65 percent on their outdoor energy use.

When the Eagle Mountain Shopping Centre decided to replace their existing metal halide parking lot lights with LED lamps, the initial estimate of $84,000 may have seemed a bit over the top, but by the time it was finished, that number was the farthest thing from the minds of the building owners as they smiled all the way to the bank. Continue reading

LED Lights Cut Crime in Baltimore Parking Lot

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is located in historic downtown Baltimore, Maryland, and is one of the most prestigious learning institutions in the country, but it is also in the midst of a crime wave that disturbs citizens and authorities alike. Since July of this year, there have been several incidents involving attacks and robberies near campus on employees traveling to and from transportation and parking lots. Several of these crimes involved the theft of cell phones that were grabbed from unsuspecting citizens. Police and campus authorities are recommending that pedestrians in the area remain aware of their surroundings at all times and not advertise that they have a cell phone in their possession in an effort to deter the criminals. The single most important tip they have for individuals is to stay in well-lit areas after dark. It is well known that adequate lighting is a major crime deterrent, so avoid dark places and isolated, shadowy areas.

Since manager installed lower-wattage, brighter burning LED lights in a parking lot near Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, residents report that crime in the lot (not shown), mostly theft, has dropped significantly.

Since manager installed lower-wattage, brighter burning LED lights in a parking lot near Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, residents report that crime in the lot (not shown), mostly theft, has dropped significantly.

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Popular Texas Hotel Lights Up With LED

Austin, Texas is one of the great party towns of the Southwestern United States. Ask anyone west of the Mississippi River where a good place to hear live music is, and they will tell you without hesitation, Austin, Texas. The city is well known for its live music scene that has introduced generations of TV viewers to it, and all of the genres that it encompasses, through the long running series, Austin City Limits. So it’s only logical that if people flock to Austin to see live bands, they will need a place to stay after the show. Cue the Austin Hilton.

The lobby of the Austin Hilton hotel. Like so many businesses and institutions, the hotel chose to switch to LED lighting because of a number of benefits—longer life per bulb, lower energy requirements, reduced electrical costs, and environmental benefits to name a few.

The lobby of the Austin Hilton hotel. Like so many businesses and institutions, the hotel chose to switch to LED lighting because of a number of benefits—longer life per bulb, lower energy requirements, reduced electrical costs, and environmental benefits to name a few.

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Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Retail

As USIlluminations gets closer to our 2 year anniversary on March 11th,  we take a look back at some of the projects we’ve done that have helped clients conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs and enhance their work environments.

Today, we look at three of our retail clients.

Parking lot lighting, indoor lighting and exterior lighting make up a large part of a retailers electric bill. Upgrading to energy efficient lighting will increase the safety and aesthetics of a store. A brightly illuminated store, inside and out, will appeal more to a customer. Lighting can also enhance the visual appeal of a retailer’s products and displays. Continue reading

Buying Bulbs, Saving for Our Future

By Monique O’Grady

This year’s holiday electric bill will probably be a belated gift. This Department of Energy stat shows why: the estimated electricity cost to light a 6-foot tree with C-9 incandescent light strands will add $10.00 to an energy bill during a 40-day holiday season. But, by using C-9 LED strands, the cost is just 27 cents. I used three LED strands on my tree, but I also changed out an additional seven strands for other decorating needs. That should make a noticeable difference.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if every decorative light string purchased in the United States this year earned the ENERGY STAR, we would: Continue reading