Posts Tagged ‘Energy planning’

‘No-Brainer’ Commercials

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Let’s be honest: Lighting your business or facility shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. In fact, there are federal and state tax incentives, utility rebates and other retrofitting incentives out there that help reduce lighting costs by 50 percent! ‘Do the BRITE thing.’ It’s a budget no-brainer, right?

However, there are still a few folks that are overspending on lights when they just don’t need to.

We wanted to have a little fun illustrating that there are simple, smarter ways to save money when it comes to lighting (like choosing Envirobrite, for example). Check them out!

 

 

Here’s another. See any familiar faces? That’s right – our very own Envirobrite employees are featured in this one!

Envirobrite, in operation since 1994 manufactures energy efficient highbay and commodity fixtures with our HighFiveOneForOne, and Optimize product collections – We also manufacture energy saving retrofit kits with our RiteFit collection for troffer and strip fixtures. Lighting Retrofits is synonymous with Envirobrite.

Two Envirobrite employees receive Lighting Certified (LC) accreditation

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Envirobrite – a manufacturer of Lighting Retrofit Kits, Fluorescent Highbays, LED lighting fixtures, and Commodity fixtures is excited to announce the recent achievements of two more of our employees to Lighting Certified accreditation – Dominic Cerce and Aaron Wood. This brings the total to five Envirobrite employees certified as Lighting Certified: Mike Brennan, Jason Plourde and Josh Bond.

As with any major industry there exists some form of accreditation that allows an individual to strengthen his/her knowledge within their field. This knowledge provides an opportunity to maintain training on advancements and changes within a specified industry. Within the lighting trade the certification is respectively known as – Lighting Certified (LC).

The NCQLP developed their program to address multiple issues that include: safety, health, productivity, energy conservation and effectiveness, environmental concerns, governmental policy, lighting technology, and competent, knowledgeable lighting practice.

The NCQLP, a non-profit organization founded in 1991 developed their principles to serve and protect the well-being of the public through effective and efficient lighting practice. Through a peer-review process, the NCQLP establishes the education, experience and examination requirements for baseline certification across the lighting professions.

Qualifications for meeting LC certification require a minimum of six years experience in the lighting industry or a Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university and three years experience in a lighting related field. The LC credential is a multi-disciplinary qualification based on a statistically valid, peer-developed examination that tests the knowledge in the following areas:

  • Survey / Audit- Existing
  • Lighting Design
  • Financial Analysis
  • Installation & Commissioning
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Regulatory Compliance

Lighting the Way in 2010

Monday, December 20th, 2010

As this year comes to an end, we’re turning the spotlight on some of our biggest and “brightest” projects and accomplishments in 2010. It’s been a great year for our team and our customers, too! Some of the highlights:

Glowing … and Growing

This year, we expanded our market coverage in the Western U.S. and Canada, thanks to our new representative Benjamin Buchanan, president and owner of Time Lighting based out of Los Angeles. Benjamin has more than 10 years of experience in the lighting industry and is a pro at specifying, designing and selling to all sides of the business. His expertise is helping us decrease lead times and continue to help us light the way in price, customer service and quality!

Going Retro

Retrofit, that is. Envirobrite introduced the Dailite Advanced Troffer retrofit kit – an innovative, contemporary new product designed to improve your existing lighting fixtures’ efficiency levels. The easy-to-install retrofit kit is set directly on the grid, enhancing light levels along walls that can “open up” any room. Made of 100% sustainable aluminum, Dailite significantly reduces energy expenses and glare normally associated with two, three and four lamp T8/T12 fixtures. With Dailite, you can expect quality performance that will save you lots of green year after year!

Plugged into Safety

With our ongoing commitment to safe, reliable products, we rolled out Plug-n-Brite – an easy method for installing cords and sensor systems. Each of our three cord options is vibration-proof, corrosion-resistant and maintenance-free, and also protect against hazardous shocks and accidents.

Thanks to our team, our customers and our partners for a great year. As the holidays draw near, a quick reminder, our offices will be closed on the following days:

Friday, Dec. 17 – Annual holiday party

Thursday, Dec. 23 – Christmas Holiday

Friday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Holiday

Friday, Dec. 31 – New Years Eve

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! See you in 2011.

Fluorescent Magnetic T12 Ballast Phaseout: It’s Time to Upgrade Existing Lighting and Control Systems

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The time is here to upgrade your facility – Here’s an informative article written by Craig DiLouie from the Lighting Controls Association.

Last month, we covered regulations involving fluorescent ballasts that have essentially eliminated the magnetic T12 ballast with few exceptions, including F40T12, F96T12 and F96T12HO ballasts for both full-wattage and energy-saving versions of these lamps.

In 2012, additional regulations will take effect, creating new energy standards for selected linear T5, T8 and T12 lamps. The net result, with few exceptions, is a majority of 4-ft. linear and 2-ft. U-shaped T12, many 8-ft. T12 and T12HO, and some low-color-rendering 4-ft. T8 lamps will be eliminated.

Based on these facts, one could make a simple argument that it is now time to upgrade existing lighting and control systems to improve energy efficiency and lighting quality.

Replace individually or in a planned upgrade?

A basic choice will be whether to replace the existing T12 lighting system all at once in a planned upgrade or replace individual components as they fail.

At first glance, replacing individual components as they fail appears to be the easiest path forward as it avoids the upfront cost of equipment and installation labor and potential disruption of a renovation.

However, a planned upgrade presents several major advantages:

  • Good lighting performance, uniformity and space appearance by switching from T12 to T8 all at once, avoiding confusion resulting from maintaining two incompatibility lamp and ballast types in inventory.
  • Higher energy savings and greater lighting quality resulting from reevaluating the existing lighting system and upgrading it to current best practices. Once a decision is made to upgrade the lighting system, the owner has taken control of the situation and can maximize the benefit of the new lighting.

The biggest energy-saving and lighting quality opportunities are in:

  • Older, overlighted buildings that use older technologies such as T12 systems
  • Where utility costs are very high
  • Where lighting is uncontrolled and left ON all night

T12 systems, for example, can be upgraded to realize energy savings as high as 50% or more in offices, classrooms and other applications, according to the National Lighting Bureau.

Retrofit or redesign?

The next basic choice facing the facility manager is whether to retrofit or redesign. In a retrofit, new lamps and ballasts are installed in existing fixtures and existing controls replaced. In a redesign, the fixtures themselves may be replaced or moved.

Good lighting quality accounts for factors such as visual comfort, glare, uniformity, color rendering, lighting on walls and ceilings, and harsh patterns, shadows and flicker. If the building’s primary spaces have been retasked to new purposes for which the existing lighting system provides insufficient lighting conditions, or uniformity is poor, or there is little light on walls and ceilings, or there are obvious, unaddressed sources of glare, and if occupants are unhappy with their lighting, then the space may benefit from a redesign.

The owner may benefit prior to the upgrade by simply asking occupants—the people who use the lighting regularly—whether they are satisfied with their lighting, what their lighting problems are, and what they want.

To read the rest of this article, click this link: http: www.aboutlightingcontrols.org/education/papers/2010/2010_lighting-upgrades.shtml

Envirobrite, in operation since 1994 manufactures energy efficient highbay and commodity fixtures with our HighFive, OneForOne, and Optimize product collections – We also manufacture energy saving retrofit kits with our RiteFit collection for troffer and strip fixtures. Lighting Retrofits is synonymous with Envirobrite.