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Meeting the Better Buildings Challenge with Energy-Efficient Lighting
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:48
Better Buildings Challenge

If you’re not familiar with the Better Buildings Challenge, it’s a program worth looking into. Originally part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge has a goal of reducing the energy consumption in businesses across the country by 20% or more over 10 years.

The program’s spring progress report has some encouraging numbers. Since the program started, building owners and managers representing more than 3.3 billion square feet of real estate have joined the Better Buildings Challenge. Combined, they’ve so far implemented enough energy-savings measures to generate more than $100 million in annual energy savings.

Whether you’re doing it as part of the Better Buildings Challenge or on your own, a lighting retrofit is a great way to achieve cost-effective energy savings. Lighting accounts for a majority of commercial energy usage in the United States. Many of the energy-efficient lighting retrofits that use our products reduce lighting energy consumption by more than 40%, and some can even achieve savings of close to 90%.

That means a lighting retrofit alone could help many businesses reach about half of the Better Buildings Challenge’s energy reduction goals. And it certainly won’t take 10 years to implement.

That’s particularly good news since lighting retrofits often have one of the highest ROIs of any energy-efficiency upgrade. The specific payback will vary depending on the rebates available in your area and the specifics of your building, but it’s not uncommon to see paybacks of under two years in lighting upgrades that use [P2] products.

If you’re interested, our lighting retrofit calculator is a great place to start. If you’d like to get a more accurate estimate of the potential for an energy-efficient lighting retrofit in your facility, just get in touch with a lighting professional near you.

 
The New SNL LED Sanitube
Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:07
SNL LED Snaitube


We're happy to introduce a brand-new fixture. The SNL LED Sanitube Food Service Strip takes everything our customers and end-users love about the SAN Fluorescent Sanitube Food Service Strip, and adds an ultra-efficient LED light source.

With that new light source, the SNL can produce up to 100 lumens per watt and is rated to 80% lumen maintenance at 60,000 hours. The fixture is tested to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for use in splash zones, and meets IP65, IP66 and IP67 standards for high-pressure washdown and temporary immersion.

We designed the SNL primarily with food service applications in mind. But it's such a versatile fixture that we expect many of our customers will find it fills many other wet-location applications, like outdoor awnings, cold storage rooms, clean rooms, car washes and even breweries.

Speaking of versatility, the SNL is available in a wide range of configurations, delivering light outputs from around 3,000 lumens to over 17,000 lumens per fixture. When you order an SNL, you can also choose options like surge protectors and a range of watertight cords.

If you're interested in learning more, or ordering the SNL today, give us a call at (714) 386-5550 or get in touch with a lighting professional near you.

Download the SNL Specification Sheet

 
It Was Great To See You At LightFair, Unless We Didn’t
LightFair Las Vegas 2014

We wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at LightFair, or took a moment to say “Hi” sometime during the convention. Connecting with people like you is one of the biggest reasons we go to LightFair every year.

Of course, with over 500 exhibitors and more than 20,000 attendees, there’s some small chance you may not have had a chance to connect with someone from [P2] during the show. So here’s a second chance.

If you meant to connect with us at LightFair and didn’t get to, it’s not too late. We’d still love to hear from you.

Whether you wanted to say hi, ask a question, learn about [P2] products or give us some feedback, we want to hear what you have to say. Just fill out the contact form below, and we’ll count it as our very own virtual LightFair connection. And if you have questions that need answering, we’ll get them answered right away.

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Premier Lighting Cuts Warehouse Lighting Costs by 88% With QHCs, VTLs and Occupancy Sensors
Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:43
Woodenville Warhouse Before & After

In the energy-efficient lighting industry, it’s a rule of thumb that if you can present a customer with energy savings of 40% or more, you’re going to have an easy time convincing a business owner to take on a retrofit. Imagine what happened when Dick Olson from Premier Lighting presented a proposal to cut lighting costs by 88% for the Woodville Warehousing and Distributing warehouse in Woodville, Wisconsin.

We weren’t there in the meeting, but we do know its result: the facility’s owners, Ron and Lorri Riek, liked the sound of the proposal. Today, Woodville Warehousing and Distributing is saving more than $37,000 every year on their lighting costs.

The Woodville Warehousing and Distributing facility is about 40 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota in Woodville, Wisconsin. Originally just 20,000 square feet, today the facility is a 270,000-square-foot warehouse containing dry, frozen and cold storage areas for food industry customers. The Woodville facility uses the latest in warehousing technology and logistics, and contains a re-work and packaging area to better meet customer needs.

The only thing out of place in this technologically advanced facility was the lighting system. Before the retrofit, the lighting system was costing the Woodville facility about $44,000 per year in combined electricity, maintenance and cooling costs.

Working closely with [P2]’s North Central Regional Sales Representative, Aaron Voigtschild, the Premier Lighting team developed a two-pronged strategy to achieve these savings.

The first part of the strategy was to replace the warehouse’s outdated lighting with ultra-efficient LED lighting from [P2]. Premier Lighting replaced over one hundred 400W metal halide high bays with [P2]’s LED QHC high bays. The metal halides were pulling 460 watts, and Premier Lighting chose a configuration of our QHC that uses just 135 watts. They also replaced 36 T12 and T8 fluorescent fixtures in cold storage areas with our VTL LED vaportights. The fluorescent fixtures were using 237 and 112 watts, respectively, and the replacement VTLs use just 51 watts.

Premier Lighting also addressed accessory lighting, like loading dock lights and wall packs.

The second part of their strategy was adding automatic lighting controls. By adding occupancy sensors and step-dimming throughout the facility, Premier Lighting was able to cut over 3,000 burn hours per year for most of the lighting in the warehouse.

By combining ultra-efficient QHC and VTL LEDs with automated lighting controls, Premier Lighting was able to save about 278,299 kWh per year, reducing the warehouse’s lighting energy consumption by 88% and saving $27,830 per year.

But wait, there really is more. More efficient lighting produces less wasted heat, and in a facility that requires precise temperature controls, that heat has to be dealt with by an HVAC system. Beyond its direct energy reductions, the updated lighting system produced more than $7,200 in additional savings from its reduced load on the warehouse’s HVAC system.

Finally, the QHC and VTL offer significantly longer lifespans than the fixtures they’re replacing, which will result in annual maintenance savings of just over $2,000 per year.

Added all up, Premier Lighting’s retrofit delivered $37,200 in cost savings at the same time as it improved overall light levels in the warehouse by 20%. They were also able to secure just under $26,000 in energy-efficiency rebates that will help the project pay for itself in less than two years.

Savings

If you’d like a few more details, you can check out our case study PDF.

We’d like to thank Premier Lighting for the opportunity to be a part of this project, and congratulate Woodville Warehousing and Distributing on their new, improved and much more efficient lighting system.

Aaron was also instrumental in the success of the project. From initial planning to audits, meetings and closing, Aaron was there every step of the way to help the Premier Lighting team plan, develop and implement a very successful project. It’s a great illustration of how working closely with a [P2] lighting professional can add a great set of extra resources to a project.

If you’re thinking about a lighting upgrade in your facility, we have a lighting professional near you who would be happy to help.

 
Putting Light Where it Belongs at DeZURIK in Minnesota
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:39
DeZURIK Warehouse Lighting Retrofit Before & After

About an hour and a half northwest of Minneapolis, the 410,000-square-foot DeZURIK manufacturing plant in Sartell, Minnesota is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-performance industrial valves. Now, thanks to a retrofit by Premier Lighting using [P2] fixtures, it’s using much less energy.

An Atypical Approach
Most of the lighting retrofits we talk about involve a change in lighting technology. Either a switch from metal-halide to [P2]’s fluorescent fixtures, or from fluorescent to our LED fixtures. In contrast, the DeZURIK retrofit kept the same core lighting technology, but delivered significant improvements in both lighting efficiency and quality.

Before Premier Lighting went to work, DeZURIK’s 410,000-square-foot building was lit with 2,236 T8 strip lighting fixtures. The typical approach would have been to replace those 2,200+ fixtures with 2,200+ more efficient fixtures. But Bill Greene from Premier Lighting knew that the typical approach isn’t always the best approach.

Bill and the team at Premier Lighting worked with [P2]’s North Central regional sales representative Aaron Voigtschild and came up with a better plan. Instead of a conventional 1-for-1 retrofit, they’d reduce the number of fixtures in the manufacturing facility by more than two-thirds, and in the process cut DeZURIK’s lighting energy costs by over 50%.

This plan relied primarily on replacing the facility’s existing strip lighting with [P2]’s HBH fluorescent high bay fixtures. The retrofit used 478 standard 4-lamp T8 HBH high bays, along with another 189 HBHs with occupancy sensors added.

Putting Light Where it Belongs
Performing a comprehensive relighting and specification on this scale was a significant amount of work, but Bill and the Premier Lighting team were up to the challenge.

The key principle behind the relighting and specification was putting the lighting where it’s needed the most. The Premier Lighting team identified the specific tasks being performed in each area of the facility, and designed a lighting layout that would deliver appropriate light levels throughout the plant.

When Premier Lighting evaluated several different technology options for the project, they found that fluorescent was the clear winner. Using [P2]’s HBH fluorescent high bay fixtures delivered the right balance of efficiency, lumen maintenance, fixture lifespan and installation costs.

The Payoff
Lighting retrofits on the scale of the DeZURIK manufacturing plant can come with significant initial costs. Luckily, Premier Lighting helped DeZURIK take advantage of over $44,000 in rebates from the plant’s utility, Xcel Energy.

The retrofit replaced 2,236 existing fixtures with 716 energy-efficient fluorescent high bay fixtures from [P2], eliminating 1,520 fixtures. As a result, the retrofit is estimated to save DeZURIK’s 574,824 kWh and approximately $49,000 per year.

The replacement fixtures from [P2] also have significantly longer lifespans than the originals. As a result of those longer lifespans, DeZURIK will save an additional $9,000+ in maintenance costs every year with their new system.

Combining the energy and maintenance savings of the new lighting system, DeZURIK will now save just under $58,000 per year. The new system will have completely paid for itself in 2.18 years, and by year five it will have generated over $160,000 in positive cash flow.

If you’re considering a similar project, we have some lighting professionals who would be happy to help you get started.

Download the Case Study as a PDF

 
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