It's important to have an established routine for maintenance of any kind, but lighting maintenance –– especially for schools –– should be particularly efficient and consistent. Lighting maintenance headaches may be frequent, but we’ve found that having adequate knowledge and resources are key in managing those headaches.
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Bo Klune is our Regional Lighting Specialist Manager who oversees the Dallas and Atlanta regions. Bo has many years of experience in the lighting industry –– finding the most efficient energy savings for his customers. Every day we answer countless questions surrounding the topic of energy savings so he's here to help answer some of the most common. Here's Bo with more:
Topics: Energy Efficiency, Savings, Payback, & ROI, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Office Building Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Restaurant Lighting
The impact of LED lighting on the seeming endless sea of options is greater than just a few new — significantly more efficient — options for a table lamp or track fixture. LED technology has brought plenty of new replacement products, but it has also introduced a whole new category of options: LED fixtures.
This is a question we commonly address: “I’d like to go with LED lighting, but how do I know if I should go with a screw-in replacement product or a new LED fixture?”
Of course, whether you're switching to an LED screw-in or a brand new LED fixture, you're probably well-acquainted with the lighting technology's many advantages. One important one to highlight here: the lumen output, or brightness, doesn't depreciate with LED like it does with fluorescent or HID technology. The lumen output will remain the same over the life of the product whether you go with a replacement lamp or fixture.
There are a lot of big numbers that get thrown around in lighting retrofit discussions. The savings –– from the cost of energy to the lessened maintenance workload –– can be eye-popping.
Yet, oftentimes, the only number that is really eye-popping to your boss is that of upfront cost.
The reality is, no matter how common sense a retrofit may seem, big expenditures rarely get passed swiftly. (And sometimes, the sheer size of the number on the price tag can delay a quick-ROI, "common sense" project for years.)
If you're like so many of our lighting-savvy customers who have had trouble getting budgetary approval for an energy-saving lighting conversion, maybe one of the ideas below can help you to get something pushed through and start saving your company money with a refreshed look.
Topics: LED, Savings, Payback, & ROI, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Office Building Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Restaurant Lighting, Movie Theater Lighting
This is the second in our series of articles meant to take the mystery out of savings and payback calculations for lighting. From designers to engineers to executives, lighting projects are more commonly cross-functional decisions.
This article focuses on one of the least-covered questions on savings calculations for lighting projects: How can a lighting retrofit save you money on HVAC costs?
Are you currently retrofitting to LEDs and left with some old lamps? Do you just pile them up in the back of your building?
As we move forward in the ever-changing world of lighting, staying educated and sensitive to the environmental impact of energy consumption and use of lighting has been more important than ever before. When you purchase lighting, you may not just be thinking about replacing the lamp that is in the
Topics: Energy Efficiency, Inside Regency, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Home Lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Lighting Maintenance, Office Building Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Movie Theater Lighting, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Restaurant Lighting
The University of Texas at Dallas faced a number of problems with the metal halides it was using to light its Activity Center. If you've used high intensity discharge (HID) lighting before, you can probably empathize with their troubles. The challenges the university was facing with its HID lighting system are commonplace –– the very ones you'd expect with HID.
Topics: LED, Energy Efficiency, Savings, Payback, & ROI, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Lighting Maintenance, Office Building Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Movie Theater Lighting, Restaurant Lighting
When it comes to a lighting retrofit, you want to be able to accurately predict what kind of savings you’ll get after everything’s said and done. Accurate savings estimates make a deposit of trust and expertise in your account when you go to your boss for that next money-saving project.
Topics: Lighting Rebates, Energy Efficiency, Education Facility, warehouse lighting, Hotel Lighting, Hospitality Lighting, Lighting Maintenance, Office Building Lighting, Parking Garage Lighting, Multi-Family Lighting, Hospital Lighting, Retail Lighting, Movie Theater Lighting, Restaurant Lighting
This article has been updated to include new linear LED solutions and current recommendations. It was originally published in September 2015.
Thanks to continuing changes in the linear LED solutions available in the market, there are now more options and additional risks to consider when choosing to convert your linear fluorescent lamps to linear LED lamps. And in addition to those technological advances, prices have come down to make upgrading to more energy-efficient linear LED lamps more affordable.
Proven, well-known traditional lamp manufacturers have lowered their pricing on LED linear lamps so that it no longer makes sense to choose products made by riskier, lesser-known lamp manufacturers due to lower pricing.