DIA to Make Lights More Energy-Efficient

An aerial photograph at DIA, looking east. Jeppesen Terminal and western parking structures dominate the frame. (Photo: Denver International Airport)

An aerial photograph at DIA, looking east. Jeppesen Terminal and western parking structures dominate the frame. (Photo: Denver International Airport)

DENVER – Denver International Airport (DIA) is retrofitting more than 5,400 lights located in the airport’s east and west parking garages with energy-efficient LED fixtures.

The majority of the lights are being replaced with 51-watt LEDs. Combined with other lighting systems in the project, DIA expects a net energy savings of about 45 percent, resulting in energy cost savings of about $327,000 per year. Continue reading

Nobel Prize Home Lit By LED

The Stockholm Concert Hall, or Konserthuset, is home to the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and was born from a labor of love. It was completed in 1926 thanks to the efforts of members and supporters of the Stockholm Concert Society as a home for the wonderful music they created. This architectural wonder is one of the world’s best examples of the neoclassical style. Its ten massive Corinthian columns and works from artists like Carl Milles, Isaac Grunewald and Edwald Dahlskog are the perfect backdrop for the most formal of special occasions. Continue reading

LEDs Change Thinking About the Light Bulb

Philips sells a range of energy-enhancing lights, including the goLITE BLU, a panel of blue LEDs.

Philips sells a range of energy-enhancing lights, including the goLITE BLU, a panel of blue LEDs.

Lights are no longer just for lighting.

With the development of LED lamp technology, the lowly light bulb is doing more than turning on and off. A lamp can be the centerpiece of an environment meant to improve health, moods and even food.

LEDs can create light in multiple colors, generate less heat and use a fraction of the energy of older types of bulbs. And LEDs can be controlled remotely from a PC or smartphone app, as programmable as a television. Continue reading

LED Makes Countertops Really Shine

Two areas of the home that account for most of the decorating expenditures and most of the design headaches that homeowners find themselves facing are the kitchen and the bathroom. These are formidable locations that anyone would rather ignore than deal with. Maybe that is about to change, thanks to new and innovative ways that LED lighting is being used to upgrade and update kitchens and baths around the planet. Forget about utilitarian under-cabinet lighting and overhead task lighting. We are talking about pure and simple fun, fashionable lighting. Making it all look good is the whole story this time, and the only way to achieve these fantastic new looks is with LED lighting solutions.

Countertop in nightclub bar is glass with LED lighting incorporated in the glass. Bars and other businesses are discovering creative new ways to use LED lighting to create spectacular effects.

Countertop in nightclub bar is glass with LED lighting incorporated in the glass. Bars and other businesses are discovering creative new ways to use LED lighting to create spectacular effects.

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Detroit’s Plan to Rebuild the Broken Streetlight System

The new Public Lighting Authority of Detroit is beginning a three-year plan to rebuild Detroit’s streetlighting system and downsize it to a more manageable 46,000 or so fixtures.

The authority plans to finance its project by borrowing about $210 million. The money would come in the form of a $60-million short-term loan and a $150-million bond issue whose proceeds would repay the loan. Continue reading

LED Lighting Doing Great Things For Schools

Recently school use of LED lighting has been the subject of conversation for school officials and policymakers who hope to cash in on the cost savings and other benefits of using LED. Even though this topic is popular now, educational institutions have slowly and quietly been moving to LED lighting for several years with a great reception from teachers, students and administrators.

LED lighting in a high school computer lab. Power consumption for the lab dropped from 2500 watts to under 700 watts, giving a 75 per cent energy saving. The school calculated a payback period of just 6 month. The lights chosen have a life of up to 20 years when turned on 10 hours a day.

LED lighting in a high school computer lab. Power consumption for the lab dropped from 2500 watts to under 700 watts, giving a 75 percent energy saving. The school calculated a payback period of just 6 month. The lights chosen have a life of up to 20 years when turned on 10 hours a day.

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Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Recreational

As USIlluminations reaches our two year anniversary on March 11th (hooray!) we take a look back at some of the projects we’ve done over the past two years that have helped clients conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs and enhance their work environments.

Today, we look at two of our recreational facility clients.

Lights run in recreational facilities for extended periods of time, resulting in high electricity bills. Even when patrons aren’t in the facility, lights may be left on for a janitorial crew. By installing energy efficient lights you can reduce energy costs and heat gain. Also, indirect up lighting reflects off the ceiling, reducing glare for patrons. Continue reading

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Restaurants

Looking back over the past two years, as we come closer to celebrating our two year anniversary, our clients have had a great first year return on investment! When our clients are happy – we’re happy!

Today, we look at two of our restaurant clients. 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

NASA Orders All Light Bulbs on Space Station Changed – But You’ll Never Guess Why

By Liz Klimas, The Blaze

Before we get into the “how many astronauts does it take to screw in a light bulb” jokes, let’s ask first why NASA is embarking on a mission to replace all the lights on the International Space Station (ISS).

Turns out they’re burned out – not the light bulbs necessarily (well, some of them) but the astronauts. According to an article in Scientific American, regardless of the pills they pop, relaxation methods they employ and “sleep hygiene” classes they take, astronauts on the ISS are only getting an average of six hours of sleep each night. Continue reading