LED Lighting Increases Milk Production at Michigan Dairy

Michigan State University has announced the results of a long-day lighting (LDL) research project at Wing Acres Dairy in Barry County, MI. Researchers from the school’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department worked with the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) to study the implications of LED-based LDL on milk production, and the study indicates an 8% increase over the course of a year.

Source: USDA photo by Bob Nichols

Source: USDA photo by Bob Nichols

Continue reading

EPA Issues Directive on LED and Legacy Lamp Verification Testing for Energy Star

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a guidance document intended to instruct certification bodies (CBs) in their implementation of verification testing of lamps, including LED-based products, that are certified to the Energy Star lamps V1.0 and V1.1 specifications. The guidance covers mandatory and randomly-selected tests and defines limited cases in which verification testing can differ from the original certification testing.

EPA Issues Directive on LED The EPA spent the summer and early fall finalizing the Lamps V1.1 specification. That document includes slight changes from the Lamps V1.0 specification published in the fall of 2013. For now, lamps can be tested to either document while the agency works on the next lamps specification. Continue reading

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

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.

Grand-Avenue-Milwaukee-shops-parking-LED-G4Report Continue reading

Part Three: Advanced Lighting Control Strategies Like Light Level Tuning, Demand Response Save Energy

There are numerous other advanced controls methods that can help facility managers squeeze even more savings out of their facilities’ lighting systems. They include the following:

• Light level tuning. Adds to energy savings by reducing lighting output at modest levels, undetectable to the human eye.

“Often design light levels are needlessly high, so reducing lamp output by 5 to 10 percent can bring energy savings benefits without compromising occupant satisfaction,” Renner says. 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 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.

Continue reading

EPA Publishes the Final Draft of the Energy Star Lamps Specification

Intended to become effective September 1, 2014, the final draft of the Lamps V1.0 specification includes refinement of dimming requirements and other minor changes from draft 4 that was recently circulated for comments.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final draft of the Energy Star Lamps V1.0 specification that has been under development for more than two years. The changes from draft 4 that had been published this spring are relatively minor, and the new specification is slated to take effect September 1, 2014. The agency intends to publish the final specification in August. Continue reading