5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Lighting Upgrade

Source: Buildings Magazine     3.12.2020        by Janelle Penny

Here is a good article to read when considering or planning a lighting upgrade. The author reviews 5 topics to consider to help you ensure you achieve the lighting system you need, your equipment is compatible, when not to value engineer and tips on choosing the right manufacturers.  Check it out here:https://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/22210/title/lighting-upgrade-considerations

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How LED Lights are Revolutionizing Our Homes, Neighborhoods, and Roads

How LED Lights are Revolutionizing Our Homes, Neighborhoods, and Roads

Source: WBUR News    Date: 6.29.19

By: Francesca Paris produced this interview and edited it for broadcast with Kathleen McKenna. Serena McMahon adapted it for the web. 

When you are purchasing lighting these days and you choose LED,  the reasons might be energy savings, longer life, environmental, or even because that is what is on the shelf.  It’s definitely caused a revolution; however, many are just starting to see the many benefits beyond the most obvious. The below article and interview summary have some good additional reasons ….

We are in the midst of a lighting revolution.

The past decade has seen LED light usage soar in the U.S. as traditional incandescent bulbs went into the trash bin.

In 2010, incandescents were 68% of the bulbs installed in U.S. homes. By 2016, that number had declined to 6%.

That change has shaken up the industry in a good way. Mark Rea, professor at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that the benefits of LED lights “really make it kind of a slam dunk for a transformation in the way light sources are sold.”

He says those benefits include how many lumens per watt LED lights provide, long-lasting capabilities, ease of control, their glow and the ability to have multiple color options.

Interview Highlights

On the benefits of LED lights

“I think there are two touted benefits. One is how many lumens per watt you get out of it. So an incandescent lamp might be 12 to 15 lumens per watt, and depending on the LED you might get 100 lumens per watt. So that’s a big jump. And the other is longer life. That depends on the application, but generally speaking incandescent lamp might last, say, six months in your home. These can last up to 10 years. So those are really big differences but there are other benefits that people don’t talk so much about. They’re easy to control. So you can do some fancy stuff with them whether you put them on a bridge or you want to have a disco. There’s no filtering that you have to do. It will directly emit the wavelengths you want so you can have a red one or a blue one or a white one.”

On LED lights’ effects on the lighting industry

“People hate change. That’s the first thing. I don’t think anybody anticipated what a disruptive technology [this] was really going to be. For 100 years, we’ve had just a handful of major manufacturers and they pretty well set the standards [and] the policy. And the reason was it was very expensive to try to be in that business. It took a huge capital expense that no one wanted to commit to, to say produce fluorescent lamps or incandescent lamps. With LEDs, they’re cheap and anybody can be a lighting manufacturer now. So it’s really brought down … these major players that really set the tone for ….read more at https://www.wbur.org/npr/746293491/led-lights

Reducing energy use in aging buildings is worth the investment

Reducing energy use in aging buildings is worth the investment

Source: The Seattle Times   Date: March 19, 2019

Helping property owners refurbish and upgrade the energy efficiency of their buildings would save money, generate jobs and reduce carbon pollution.

The Washington Legislature can act now to improve the environment, grow good-paying jobs and save money. Those triple bottom-line benefits are all possible if the Clean Buildings for Washington Act (Second Substitute HB 1257) becomes law. That’s why our organizations — the NW Energy Coalition, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and the BlueGreen Alliance — enthusiastically support this effort.

In Washington, our buildings account for 27 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions. They are our fastest growing and second largest source of emissions — up 50 percent since 1990 — and commercial buildings make up approximately half of these emissions. Unlike cars, buildings last a long time and, without investment to address their energy use, they will continue to waste money and create unnecessary climate pollution.

This legislation would take decisive action by renewing and investing in large, older commercial buildings of greater than 50,000 square feet. This is a small portion — about 6 percent — of the commercial buildings in Washington, but they make an outsized contribution to our emissions.
The Clean Buildings Act would reduce energy use in these buildings for a very low cost. Read more at https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/reducing-energy-use-in-aging-buildings-is-worth-the-investment/
Comments by RG:  Favorable Acts, Legislation, and Rebates all can really help to improve lighting and energy projects.  This pending Washington Act would be great for Property owners in that area. Contact me here on site for what is available in your area. 


Why you may need a lighting designer on your next project

Why you may need a lighting designer on your next project

Source: Osram Digital Systems    2.6.19
Article Adapted or Condensed; see the full article link below
If you think lighting design is simple – think again. Knowledge of physics, optics, electricity, ergonomics, business, codes, environmental issues, construction, vision and the art of design are all essential to creating great lighting solutions.
Today’s lighting professionals must be knowledgeable across these foundational areas plus they need to know about the latest LED and controls technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), human-centric lighting, and so much more.  Good, solid architectural lighting design requires this background knowledge. Great lighting design requires all of this plus an artistic creative vision.
Architectural lighting design is both an art and a science. The technical and scientific side addresses codes, standards and regulations. The creative, artistic side addresses aesthetics and enhancing the human experience. A good lighting designer with multi-disciplinary knowledge can bridge the gap between these very different sides of the design process. Plus today’s lighting professionals need to know about the latest LED and controls technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), human-centric lighting, and so much more.

Measuring the Value of a Lighting Designer

Commercial lighting design starts with a simple question: What is the intent? There are many ways a lighting designer can enhance a commercial project and/or reduce costs including… Read the full article…

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 Comments by RG: A new construction project or a turnkey lighting solution can go good or bad by nature of the objectives and lighting design. Investing time upfront and using a lighting designer can make all the difference in the world to consider all the above. If you need a lighting design or help with planning a lighting upgrade project, contact me for assistance here on my site as we may have the resources you need.
The Future of Smart Lighting from Dialight

The Future of Smart Lighting from Dialight

Source: Industry Today   1.24.19     By Luis Ramirez of Dialight

Comments:  Article adapted and condensed. Good article covering how LED fixtures are the perfect IOT backbone to reap not only savings but many other features to enhance productivity. Read more and full article link is below.

Industrial LED lighting has already proven to be a more energy efficient, low-maintenance lighting solution that out-performs and outlasts conventional lighting, especially in harsh industrial environments. By lowering energy use as much as 90 percent compared to legacy systems[1], LED systems help companies save thousands of dollars each year in electricity costs alone. And, with some of the most advanced models warranted to last a full 10 years, the reduced maintenance demand adds thousands more to the return on investment.

In addition to these bottom-line savings, smart industrial LEDs also have tremendous potential to offer broader benefits that impact production efficiency, sustainability and other metrics that can optimize overall facility performance both today and in the future. Here are just a few ways these fixtures of the future will enhance industrial performance.

  1. Industrial LED fixtures provide a backbone for IIoT. Adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology is steadily growing across virtually every sector.
  2. Industrial LEDs enhance sustainability. As the energy efficiency of industrial LED lighting systems improves, the impact of reduced pollution output contributes directly toward more sustainable operations.
  3. Industrial LED fixtures will get better and cheaper. Conventional lighting systems haven’t seen a substantial technological improvement in a generation. The market has essentially stagnated when it comes to innovation, in large part because conventional HID systems like high-pressure sodium are plagued by delicate components and high heat output that cause frequent failures. As these performance enhancements evolve and LED lighting becomes more entrenched in industrial settings, the technology will become more affordable, making it accessible to a wider range of companies. You can read the full article at https://industrytoday.com/article/the-future-of-smart-led-lighting/. 

If you want more information or if you want assistance for a lighting upgrade at your facility, please contact me here on this site.

Wholesale Energy is Lower; Why your still paying more…

Wholesale Energy is Lower; Why your still paying more…

In simple terms, although raw electricity supply costs have dropped, the costs of getting it to you keeps rising. Other associated costs are rising as well so customers are and will keep paying more on their power bills. These other costs can make up more than 50% of your total bill. So what can you do? The proven best ways to reduce you total bill is to limit your consumption. When you limit your consumption, your electricity as well as your peak demand charges will drop. For more information, and how to best truly lower your power bill, contact me for a free consultation…reach out at www.girondolighting.com