Streetlamp Retrofits Are Lighting Up the LED Market

LA-street-lamp-energy-manageThe LED retrofit market is at the beginning of a huge upward swing, according to an article in Forbes. IHS Technology reports that of the 140 million streetlights installed worldwide, just over 13 percent are LEDs, and that percentage is expected to jump to almost 65 percent by 2020.

Although LEDs cost three to four times more than traditional streetlamps, they last three to four times longer and produce two to three times more light per watt. They also deliver 30 percent to 70 percent in annual electricity savings over their predecessors, are more programmable and are easier to connect to citywide wireless networks. Continue reading

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

LEDs Turn Out The Light On Incandescents And CFLs

Most people have accepted that it’s all but over for old incandescent bulbs. But CFLs—compact fluorescent bulbs, the titular replacements for incandescents—may be rapidly becoming extinct as well.

Light bulbs have evolved from the standard incandescent (right) to compact fluorescents and now LEDs (left), which come in a variety of shapes -- some quite familiar in appearance.

Light bulbs have evolved from the standard incandescent (right) to compact fluorescents and now LEDs (left), which come in a variety of shapes — some quite familiar in appearance.

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Sports Teams Use of LEDs Highlighted

NHL franchise the Montreal Canadiens and MLB team the Seattle Mariners are two professional sports teams experimenting with LED lighting as a means of cutting their energy bills and adding flexibility to their lighting, reports The New York Times.

Bell CentreThe Canadiens’ home, the Bell Center, last year installed 140 LED fixtures to light its playing surface. The LEDs produce three times as much light per watt that the high intensity discharge lamp they replaced and will save the venue $125,000 a year in electricity bills, the paper reports. Continue reading

This Energy-Generating Soccer Ball is Lighting Up the World With Play

Jessica Matthews is bringing clean energy to the world, one sport at a time.

Matthews is the founder of Uncharted Play, a startup making sports equipment that generates energy as you play.

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Photo Credit: Uncharted Play Facebook

“We are organized around one simple mission — to inspire people around the world to lead playful lives and foster their wellbeing,” Matthews told VentureBeat in an interview. “Life brings up all these distractions, and it is the job of businesses to design products that make it easier for people to do good. Recycling is annoying, and a solar panel won’t inspire kids to take something apart and put it back together. What we do is put utility into the most loved sport around the world.” 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

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Schools

Today, we look at two of our educational facility clients that we helped conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs and enhance their work environments over the past two years.

Lighting accounts for nearly 50 percent of the electric bills in most schools. A simple lighting upgrade can help any school start to save money – today. According to studies, incandescent lights and standard fluorescents reduce learning. Fluorescent lights have also been shown to increase fidgeting and restlessness in school aged children. Lighting is linked to being a major contributor to student health and learning. Continue reading

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

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown

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 three of our clients in the automotive, salon and veterinary industries. Continue reading

Is This The End of T12 Lamps and Ballasts?

What’s Happening?

  • Manufacturers are phasing out production of T12 lamps and ballasts.
  • Less availability of T12 lamps and ballasts.
  • Increased costs, up to triple the normal price, because of supply and demand of T12 lamps and ballasts.
  • To meet energy efficient federal regulations, manufacturers will focus on T8 and T5 lamp and ballast production.
  • There’s a limited opportunity to access incentive funds from utility companies for T12 lighting upgrades. Continue reading