Lighting Upgrade- A Proven Success Across a Variety of Industries
Investing in LED luminaires, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fresno California, enjoys yearly energy savings of about 57%, reduced maintenance costs and payback within just 5 years.
Recognized as a leader in the healthcare industry and in energy conservation, Kaiser Permanente saves over $10 million dollars a year through their energy conservation efforts. Their latest investment in energy-efficient lighting is expected to give them approximately $20,000 savings in energy costs each year.
Realizing the costly maintenance of the old lighting fixtures in the parking lot adjacent to the medical center, Kaiser Permanente’s Chief Engineer, Bill Lyons and National Facilities Services Staff Project Manager, Kathy Boswell made the decision to switch to the latest energy-efficient lighting technologies available. They started looking into LED luminaires to light up their facility roadways and parking lot. Their decision to switch to LED lights was driven by 2 major factors - LEDs high energy savings potential and LEDs ability to cut down maintenance-related costs. Additionally, improving the parking lot’s illumination levels and the uniformity of light distribution. The lighting upgrade is expected to give them a yearly energy savings of 57% over their previous lighting system, translating to a $20,000 yearly savings in energy costs.
Replacing all their old lighting in the parking lot with LED luminaires will cut down the overall energy needs of the health facility. The parking lots are now well-lit and feel safe and secure after they upgraded their lighting to LED luminaires
Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center in 2010 received the Partner for Change with Distinction Award, which is a recognition given to healthcare facilities that are “further along in their path to sustainability.” Read more about the lighting upgrade of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center – Fresno, CA
Dartmouth University’s upgrade to LED lighting resulted in a 2/3 energy savings
Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire, started a campus-wide project aimed on improving energy efficiency and making the university operations more environment-friendly. To cut down on their energy use, one of the university’s solutions was to upgrade existing fixtures to the latest energy-efficient lighting technologies.
The Baker-Berry Library of the university was chosen for the lighting upgrade. Terralux’s Linear LED Retrofit Kits were used to replaced the old bulbs and ballasts in the library. The lighting upgrade resulted in improved lighting quality and output therefore enabling the university to eliminate 100 fixtures. The removal of 100 fixtures in addition to improved efficiency of the LED lighting, allowed the university to cut down their energy use by 2/3.
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Upgrading Incandescent Elevator Downlights to LEDs Yields 45% Energy Savings
Lighting Research Center conducted a recent field study called LED Low-Profile Fixtures. In the study, researchers from the Lighting Research Center modified the elevator ceiling panel replacing the original incandescent fixtures with six prototype fixtures with each fixture having six 3-watt high power white LEDs and a custom-designed reflector. The LED downlights were recessed into the ceiling and shortened the required space clearance required by 2 inches. Although the illuminance levels in the elevator cabin were similar between each type, the LED fixtures clearly demonstrated an energy savings of 45%. A total of only 165 watts of electricity was required by the six LED downlights while the original incandescent downlights required 300 watts.
The six LED downlights required a total of 165 watts of electricity, compared with 300 watts for the original incandescent downlights, for an energy savings of 45 percent. The illuminance levels inside the elevator cabin were similar between each type of downlight.
Additionally, the LED fixtures have an expected lifespan of 40,000 hours or over 4 years of being used all day long every single day. The incandescent fixtures traditionally used in elevator cabins on the other hand only operate between 1,500 and 2,500 hours. On top of having a longer operating life, LEDs’ nature of a gradual decrease in light output instead of outright failure to produce light, allows maintenance crew to plan for relamping instead of responding to lamp failures as they happen. LED therefore can also cut down replacement and maintenance costs.
According to the survey conducted, elevator passengers found the LED-modified elevators better in terms of visibility, comfort, color and attractiveness of the light compared to the original incandescent fixtures.
The study revealed that LED downlight fixtures can give the elevator industry more than just energy savings from lighting. Because of the low-profile design of the LED fixture, elevator manufacturers can design elevator cabins shorter than the original height required when using traditional incandescent and fluorescent fixtures by as much as 4-6 inches. Shortening the height of the elevator translates to less materials needed for building the cabin and a reduction of the cabin’s total weight. The reduced weight means smaller motor and braking systems can be put in place.
California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research Program with the Architectural Energy Corporation were the major sponsors of the study.
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GNC Stores Go Green with High Performance LED Lamps Resulting to 80% More Efficiency
With lighting accounting for 22% of energy use in the United States and with commercial buildings using up to 60% of the power, General Nutrition Centers, a retailer of health and wellness products based in Pittsburgh, PA, recently upgraded to LED lighting to cut energy use and costs.
Corporate stores of General Nutrition Centers (GNC) across the US and Canada underwent a lighting makeover with LED lamps replacing old halogen bulbs. North America’s largest retailer of health and wellness products opted to have high-performance LED lamps in their stores for better efficiency and greater light output. The LEDs illuminating GNC’s retail display shelves are 80% more efficient than the old halogen bulbs, are fully dimmable, and have up to 50% greater light output.
With the lamps expected to last for 50,000 hours and lower maintenance cost and lower cooling costs compared to the halogen bulbs, GNC expects that their lighting upgrade will pay off in just 1-2 years.
Tom Dowd, GNC’s executive vice president and general manager said that their decision to upgrade to LED lighting is in line with the company’s values. He added that LED lighting is not only easier on the wallet and better for the planet, it is also beneficial to one’s well-being. The largest retailer of health and wellness products across North America believes that LED is ahead of incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent fixtures when it comes to considering lighting features that may have an effect on one’s general health such as flicker, hum, burnout, heat, and toxic materials.
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Convenience Stores in Georgia are Saving Energy After Upgrading to Energy Efficient Lighting
In Georgia, convenience stores are cutting their energy usage and costs thanks to energy efficient lighting upgrades made possible by the Recovery Act funds from the State Energy Program and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Implementation of lighting efficiency improvements was then carried out by the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores to participating stores all across the state. Just after a year of the upgrade resulted in savings of $7,000 in energy costs and 54,000 KWh in energy consumption for the first participating convenience store.
Over 30 convenience stores in Georgia have benefited with improved lighting, including interior, cooler or refrigerator door lighting and outdoor canopy lighting thanks to the lighting efficiency improvements program. The lighting efficiency improvements grant implemented by GACS was designed to have a quick payback period and to establish a revolving loan fund so that future projects have financing available. The upgrades were completed by participating stores without having to pay for upfront costs. The estimated savings yielded over the course of 18 months after the installation is then paid back into the fund by participating stores.
During the implementation of the upgrades, it was found out that canopy lights were the common choice for the stores. A quick payback for the canopy lights was extremely difficult which prompted the installers to find a better solution. One solution which was first tried in a mart located in Savannah was to cut back on the number of unnecessary LED lamps which helped in bringing down electricity consumption by about 2/3. However a breakthrough and real energy saver came in the form of induction lighting. With induction lighting, electromagnetic fields are used to transfer the power needed to generate light from outside the lamp envelope to inside. Induction lighting extends lamp life and is more energy efficient because of smaller light generated substances. The specially made induction lighting retrofit kit cut down energy consumption by 70% while at the same time costing less than the LED solutions available.
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BMW and Vauxhall Auto Showrooms Take on an LED Lighting Upgrade for Efficiency, Brilliance and Flexibility
Lighting that brings out sparkle and true colors from the high quality cars is of prime importance for a premium brand like BMW to keep their showroom’s sales floor busy.
It was a no surprise when Vauxhall BMW Showroom located in England took on lighting upgrade for their main car showroom, mezzanine, underlying show areas and main offices, they chose LED fixtures with high color rendering Index and bright lumen output. To cut down the payback on their investment in the lighting upgrade, they decided to take advantage of tax incentives offered by UK based Enhanced Capital Allowance or ECA. To qualify for the incentives, they chose the LED fixtures that met with ECA’s strict guidelines including energy efficiency, high color rendering Index (CRI), and illuminance of 1000 lux (1000 lm/m2) on each car. The lighting upgrade not only met all the strict guidelines of EPA, but gave a facelift to Vauxhall BMW Showroom with a look of brilliance.
The Fairfield BMW Showroom in Essex UK, took on the similar challenge in lighting upgrade. This showroom’s main decision for the upgrade to LED lighting system was to bring down energy consumption and carbon emissions. The upgrade was also designed to boost the new electric BMW i-series with optimum illumination. The LED fixtures used in this project, met the required lux levels and color rendering quality specified by BMW. The fixtures also featured interchangeable optics that would enable the showroom to accommodate future needs of the showrooms by simply modifying the beam angle of the LED fixtures. Due to the substantial energy savings and long life of LEDs, this upgrade also qualified for the ECA tax incentives
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