Have you been thinking about an LED retrofit for your facility or property? Not sure how to go about it? You came to the right place. Here’s a primer on getting your facility up to date with modern lighting.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce the completion of an LED retrofit for the West Chester Area School District. The project entailed improving the exterior lighting quality and decreasing the energy consumption associated with two different Middle Schools (E.N. Pierce and G.A. Stetson Middle Schools). They also wanted a solution that would reduce the time that their existing maintenance employees would have to spend maintaining and repairing the exterior lighting system. The solution involved the replacement of legacy metal halide parking lot fixtures with new, higher efficiency LEDs. The new lights are expected to reduce the District’s energy costs by 66% (74,390 kWh per annum) which equates to $8,926 of annual savings. They were also able to save approximately $6,893 on annual maintenance costs and qualified for an energy efficiency rebate of $5,095. The combined savings were estimated to be $20,915 ($15,820 of which is expected to be an annually recurring savings amount). Stouch Lighting was also able to drastically improve light levels by specifying the appropriate light distribution patterns throughout the parking facilities and installing two different types of high efficiency LED lights. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the higher quality white light provided by LEDs.
LED Lighting For The Outdoors and Building Exteriors
LED lighting is fast becoming the best solution for a wide variety of outdoor lighting applications. The reasons are simple: LEDs are the most energy efficient light on the market by far, they have the longest lifespan (and associated product warranties) by 2-10 times over the nearest competing technology, and they produce a very high quality light with a wide range of characteristics. They are small, steady-state lights which means they don’t present the breaking or recycling issues common with legacy lighting technology. Perhaps the only downside is that they’re not the cheapest light on the market. That said, the price continues to come down and a smart investor will recognize right away that a lifespan that could be an order of magnitude (10 times) longer than a traditional bulb is easily worth the investment. You get what you pay for after all.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce the completion of an LED retrofit for Korman Commercial Properties and the parking lot lighting at Gray’s Ferry Shopping Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Korman Commercial Properties manages the shopping center with relatively fixed costs and wanted to upgrade their existing high pressure sodium (HPS) parking lot lighting to provide an improvement in the light levels as well as to reduce the energy consumption for the exterior lighting at the complex. Low energy consumption, high performance LED lighting helped them to achieve both goals.
The new lights are expected to reduce the Company’s energy costs by 74% (112,268 kWh per year), which equates to nearly $10,000 of annual savings. They were also able to save approximately $3,615 on annual maintenance costs and qualified for a $3,840 rebate for making the improvements. The combined savings were estimated to be $20,927 ($17,087 of which is a recurring annual savings).
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce the completion of an LED retrofit for the McKee Group’s outdoor storage facility in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. The McKee Group manages a self-storage facility with relatively fixed costs and was looking for a lighting solution to both reduce energy costs and improve light levels for the exterior lighting throughout the entire facility. The organization took advantage of new LED lighting to increase the light levels on the property while at the same time achieving their primary goal: reducing energy costs. Although the new energy efficient lights will save the McKee Group significant money on their annual energy bills (est. $3,753), the largest reduction in costs actually comes from improved maintenance efficiencies. Reducing maintenance costs is perhaps the most overlooked advantage of an LED retrofit and it was a big win for the McKee Group whose estimated annual savings on maintenance expenditures comes to $7,486. LEDs are such a boon in terms of maintenance savings because they last at least 2-4 times as long as virtually all conventional lighting solutions (100,000 operating hours or more for LEDs as compared to roughly 18,000 for HPS lights). This means the organization saves by not needing to repeatedly purchase replacement bulbs but also, and perhaps more significantly, on the cost of the recurring labor required to replace bulbs and maintain the facility in good working order. Total savings on energy and maintenance were estimated to be approximately $11,239.
Stouch Lighting is pleased to announce completion of an LED retrofit for Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. Neumann University was looking for a comprehensive turnkey lighting solution to reduce energy costs and improve light levels for the exterior lighting throughout the entire campus. Major updates include street lighting on campus, exterior lighting surrounding buildings and illuminating high traffic common areas, and parking lot lighting.
Ever wonder what’s better: High Pressure Sodium lights (and the related Low Pressure Sodium lights) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)? Well here’s a head-to-head comparison of the two followed by an in-depth discussion of each technology in turn.
As you might have noticed when you go to an evening baseball game, metal halide (MH) lamps do not achieve their full light output immediately after starting. This is why stadiums typically turn them on in advance of nightfall when it’s not quite dark enough to actually require their light. According to the Lighting Research Institute at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: