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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Recreational & Sports Facility Lighting

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. Installing sensors controlled by occupancy and natural light levels can reduce your costs.

Because recreational facilities typically have high energy consumption, upgrading to energy efficient technologies can significantly reduce their energy and operating costs – both immediately and for years to come.

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Green Tennis Club

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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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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

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

Walmart Sees the Light for Parking Lots

As more and more businesses look to increase visibility, safety and energy efficiency in parking lots, we take a look at how Walmart started the trend….

By: Roland RisserProgram Manager, Building Technologies Program

I don’t think about parking lots often. Hot in the summer and jammed with frantic shoppers during holidays, I try to spend as little time in them as possible. But because my passion is energy efficiency, I have recently thought a lot about how much it costs to illuminate these spaces and how much energy could be saved with updated lighting systems.

Business owners have long recognized the potential of light-emitting diode (LED) technology to save energy, reduce maintenance costs and improve environmental sustainability. We wanted to take LEDs to the next level by validating the energy and cost-savings potential for LED lighting in retail parking lots and for wide-scale adoption. Continue reading