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.
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Have you ever considered cutting your cable TV subscription? With faster internet speeds and more video streaming services out there — Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and YouTube, to name a few — it seems like more people are considering changing the channel from traditional cable or satellite TV providers for on-demand, more customizable TV streaming services.
If you’ve considered this, you’ve probably looked at a cable bill and thought, "How can they get away with charging that kind of money?"
If you’ve had this experience, you’ve certainly evaluated the high cost of the status quo.
Sometimes, customers hear the word "retrofit" and run. They want no part in another huge project and understandably so – they've got enough going on with other upgrade projects around their building.
But if a retrofit ends up anything like what we helped the Franklin Templeton Investments (FTI) building in San Mateo, California to achieve in its two parking garages, there's nothing to fear.
Parking areas are one place where quick payback on an LED retrofit is almost guaranteed. The applications tend to be difficult to access, typically requiring special equipment like a lift or even closure, making coordination a total headache. And the cost of keeping a parking area lit all night with the correct amount of light is nothing to sneeze at, especially this time of year, when daylight is minimal.
The Galleria Towers in Dallas, Texas recently retrofitted the lighting in its 4,500-space parking garage to LED. The project was originally drawn up to increase security for the Galleria tenants who parked in the garage, as the previous lighting system left dark, dim spots throughout the garage.
"Our nearly 5,000 tenants love the new, brighter lighting in the garage," Galleria Chief Engineer Cliff McBryde said. "They no longer feel vulnerable, as the garage no longer has the dark, shadowy corners that were common under the old fluorescent lighting system."
While safety was achieved with the retrofit, so were big-time energy savings.
Calculating energy savings and finding lighting rebates is no easy feat. You're often left searching on your own for seemingly impossible-to-find answers to your questions. Well, search no further. We've compiled a list of our top resources for energy savings and lighting rebate information.
The engineering staff at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead has a lot of function and pre-function space to maintain. It's nearly 40,000 square feet, to be exact, and that's in addition to 439 guest rooms, 21 suites, and multiple lobbies on multiple levels.
The hotel is a prime destination for conventions being held in the Atlanta area, making the look and condition of its ballrooms and meeting rooms of critical importance. And unreliable lighting – as much as anything – was working against the hotel's efforts to keep these areas spick and span.
If you're beginning to consider a linear fluorescent lamp retrofit, knowing where to begin can be overwhelming and unsettling. The lighting industry is packed full of information that's pulling you in multiple directions. But let's be honest – none of us have time for that.
With my customers, I like to cut to the chase. I follow a simple decision path to find our customers exactly what they need and want.
This is the fifth and final post in our series about savings and payback calculations for lighting retrofits. We have made it through the calculations to tally up how much can be saved, but what does that actually mean for your business and for your bottom line? How fast can you make your money back and let your new, efficient lighting pay for itself? Let’s get started.
Are you responsible for store design, facility maintenance, new construction projects, or energy costs for your company? Lighting is one of the most significant consumers of energy that, regardless of your role in your company, you probably have to deal with at some point. With the growth in LED, manufacturers all across the globe are promoting how much you can save by retrofitting to LED lighting, but why are their claims of savings so different? Can you trust the savings and the numbers they propose? Do the numbers seem too good to be true?