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

Plasma Luminaires Improve Working Conditions at Port of Seattle

Bright Light Systems, a leading manufacturer of Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) luminaires and wireless lighting controls, has announced the completion of a lighting upgrade project at the Port of Seattle Terminals 90 and 91. These terminals provide mooring for cruise ships as well as commercial workboats and fishing vessels.

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Lighting Upgrade Saves $130K Annually, Cuts 1.3M kWh

parking-garage-Energy-ManageThe Shops at Grand Avenue’s parking garage in Milwaukee, Wis., got an LED lighting upgrade, replacing 986 metal halide 150W lights with VPL LED parking vaportight fixtures manufactured by Precision-Paragon (P2), consuming 51 watts each.

The LED retrofit reduced the facility’s lighting energy consumption by over 66 percent. Continue reading

Wisconsin Healthcare Provider Slashes Energy Costs with LED Retrofit

The ThedaCare Health System located in Wisconsin has been a leader in sustainability initiatives and late last year also recognized that outdoor area lighting at a number of its facilities were in need of an upgrade — both due to excessive maintenance requirements and uneven light quality. The organization has performed a thorough evaluation of LED lighting and upgraded two of its facilities to solid-state lighting (SSL). The healthcare provider projects $40,000 annually in electrical and maintenance savings based on its first outdoor SSL projects.

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LED Lighting and Controls Save London School EUR 25,000 Annually

The Business Academy Bexley, a public school in London, has been upgraded with 8point3 LED lighting and Lutron adaptive wireless controls. The school reduced its lighting energy costs by 60%, which resulted in an annual savings of EUR 25,000 ($34,860). A seven-year financing scheme allowed zero upfront cost for the project.

Using 8point3 LED fixtures and Lutron’s controllers, sensors, and drivers, the artificial light in the Academy is automatically balanced against the natural light streaming through the windows. (Photo courtesy of 8point3 LED)

Using 8point3 LED fixtures and Lutron’s controllers, sensors, and drivers, the artificial light in the Academy is automatically balanced against the natural light streaming through the windows. (Photo courtesy of 8point3 LED)

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Mall Brightens Parking Garage With LED

When consumers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, need to go shopping they have the option to visit the Shops of Grand Avenue. This inviting shopping destination is located conveniently in the heart of Milwaukee and is filled with a fun combination of national chain stores and locally based establishments. Shoppers who are anxious to add the latest fashions to their wardrobes, browse for the perfect gift, or simply run errands all in one place flock to the Shops of Grand Avenue nearly every day of the year. Overall it has always been a lovely and enjoyable experience, at least outside of the parking lot areas.

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City To Fit All Streetlights With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs

The amber glow of the New York City streetlight is going away. In an energy-saving effort, the city plans to replace all of its 250,000 streetlights with brighter, whiter, energy-saving, light-emitting diode fixtures in one of the nation’s largest retrofitting projects, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, said in a news conference on Thursday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The phasing out is part of the administration’s long-term plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017. Mayor Bloomberg described the switch as a “large and necessary feat” that will save taxpayers money and move the city closer to its sustainability goals. The project is also part of the Transportation Department’s plan for more environment-friendly operations, Ms. Sadik-Khan said. Continue reading

Part Two: Daylight Harvesting, Other Dimming Strategies Help Lower Energy Costs

Daylight is free, and many spaces inside buildings are daylit, yet electric lighting is left on unnecessarily. Daylight harvesting harnesses this free, natural light, using such building control system strategies as light sensing, occupancy sensing, and shade control, while automatically adjusting the energy use of HVAC and electric lighting systems.

The results? Reduced overall energy costs, coupled with healthy and productive working environments. Daylight harvesting technologies include photocells, occupancy sensors and centralized or distributed control systems. The strategy can be implemented during building design and planning or even retrofitted flexibly at a later time. Continue reading

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

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