Today is the last day of Lightfair, so don’t miss your opportunity to come out and see all the new products that Envirobrite has to offer, including our Dailite and Ecoterior line! Also on display is the new FME fixture, and the LED Highbay. We hope to see you there!
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Envirobrite has some of our newest products on display at Lightfair (booth number 4735) including our Patent pending tenon universal topper. This topper works for both round and square poles.
Also on display at our booth is the T5 two lamp wall mount fixture. This Ecoterior fixture is an excellent replacement upgrade for any facility’s exterior general lighting application!
Envirobrite’s Gen 3 CooLED stick offers a versatile LED lighting solution for fixtures used in horizontal coolers and vertical coolers and freezers. The LEDStixx system is an energy saving, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional fluorescent lamps.
Recognized worldwide as the industry leading option for the efficiency, the Radial Wrap is an excellent upgrade for any stairwell, hallway, parking garage, industrial or commercial location. The radial wrap is flexible for a wall or ceiling mount.
Whatever you’re looking for Envirobrite is a booth you won’t want to miss!
VIVA LAS VEGAS!!!
LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL (LFI), the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference is just around the corner! This year the show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from May 9th to May 11th, where our team of lighting experts will be set up at Booth Number 4735. We hope that you’ll stop by and check out our full line of innovate and cost-saving products.
Envirobrite will be featuring the following new products:
Dailite: New LED restyle troffers retrofit kit with multiple energy saving LED options
- Offered for 2×2 and 2×4 troffer retrofits
- Multiple Kelvin temps and wattage options
- Great alternative to standard retrofit kits with improved aesthetics and efficiencies
Ecoterior: Envirobrite’s new line of exterior pole top and wall mount fixtures
- All aluminum body
- Lamp type options include: Induction, LED, fluorescent
- Patent pending tenon topper designed by our in-house Engineers; flexible for use on square and round pole tops.
FRS & FRW Radial Wraps: Ideal for Stairwells, hallways, and parking garages
- Durable aluminum fixture body
- High efficiency acrylic lenses
- FRS is available with dedicated 2’ third lamp for emergency
- FRW is available in 2’, 4’, and 8’ lengths
LED High Bay Fixture: New energy-saving high bay lighting fixtures with excellent thermal properties
- Anodized aluminum fixture body
- Innovative design with an integrated sensor
- Nine lumen options
- Lumens per watt vary from 93 – 105 LPW
- Two different distributions: Focus (.51) and Regular (1.2)
- 3000K, 4000K, or 5000K LED’s consistent CCT
- Greater than 80 CRI
Do you know about all of the tax deductions and utility rebates available for businesses undergoing lighting retrofits?
“Retrofit” is not a new concept in the world of energy-efficient lighting but it sure seems to be the hottest buzz word in energy efficiency, and for good reason. Businesses across the world are revamping their lighting systems and saving millions of dollars as a result. Just in the restaurant industry; McDonald’s, Burger King, Red Robin, IHOP, Chili’s, Starbucks, and Applebee’s have all initiated or completed LED retrofit projects.
The opportunity to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, save on power bills, and cut replacement & maintenance costs is up for grabs for anyone that can afford to front the initial investment.
However, that initial investment is not such a staggering figure, thanks to government incentives. Read on for an overview of some of the available options.
The Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD) – Created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005
- Allows you to write off the complete cost of upgrading a building’s indoor lighting in the year the new lighting is placed in service.
- Expiration date recently extended. CBTD can now be claimed for qualifying projects completed before January 1, 2014.
- Deduction is capped at 60 cents per square foot savings if you only upgrade the lighting system.
- If you upgrade the lighting, the HVAC/hot water systems and the building envelope features, the deduction is capped at $1.80/square foot.
- Wondering if your project might quality? See details on requirements and building types covered.
- Over 30% of facility managers don’t know about this tax deduction!
Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
- Businesses purchasing new equipment (that is depreciable property) in 2011 can substantially reduce their tax bills by writing off 100% of the cost.
- This act enables businesses to recover the costs of investing in a lighting upgrade quickly. It creates a 100% bonus depreciation (bumped up from 50%) for property acquired between September 8, 2010 and December 31, 2011.
- After December 31, 2011, the bonus depreciation will go back to 50% through 2012.
- There is no dollar level cap. The entire purchase may be deducted against U.S. taxable income.
- Available for LED fixtures, dimming ballasts, occupancy sensors, and daylight sensors
- Find information on various rebates at www.dsireusa.org
*Please note that this article is not intended as legal advice. You should always consult a tax professional with your specific questions.
By: Emily Wilde
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!
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.
|Envirobrite has always had a strong belief in sustainability, energy saving technologies, and reducing our carbon footprint. We have expanded that idea into our own company inside and out. Our manufacturing and assembly headquarters in Sanford, Florida receives an abundant amount of sunshine. The sun’s intensity drives up our energy costs by pushing our HVAC systems to work into overdrive. This past year, we sought to combat this cost by investing in some new energy saving technologies.|
|First, we installed multiple large fans, made by the Big Ass Fan Company in our shipping and receiving facility. Although the creativity of the company’s name is a bit risqué, the product’s performance and efficiency are second to none. Big Ass Fans are designed to move the maximum amount of air with minimal energy consumption. The fan’s design uses ten blades operating at slow speeds to move large volumes of air. Moving at a low speed means less energy used for operation, translating into more energy savings. The difference was immediate as we recognized temperatures drop an average of 15 degrees.|
|That’s when we realized the other benefit… our Envirobrite® employees love the fans more than we love the reduced energy costs. Secondly, we treated each of our buildings with another energy efficient technology. Like our abundance of sunshine, we also receive over 50 inches of rain each year. The mixture of sun and rain brings additional maintenance costs and reduces the efficiency of older roofing materials. We took steps to reduce our maintenance cost and again increase our efficiency by identifying energy saving technologies.|
|We applied GacoFlex roof coatings to each of our facilities. Gaco spray foam and coatings provide seamless insulation and waterproofing, and are fully adhered to the substrate. This eliminated common sources of our leaks and pooling water beneath the roofing material. The specific Gaco product we used was Gaco Western Roof Foam 273. It’s a zero-ozone depleting liquid spray system that cures and coats existing roofing material. The best part is Roof Foam 273 contains material derived from naturally renewable resources and does not contain CFC’s, HCFC’s or other gases harmful to the environment. Good for us and good for the planet.|
|With these two enhancements and retrofitting our troffers using the new Dailite™ troffer retrofit kits, we’ve recognized over $23,000 in savings, and we are thrilled to share the news of our newly identified energy saving technologies.|
Fluorescent Magnetic T12 Ballast Phaseout: It’s Time to Upgrade Existing Lighting and Control SystemsMonday, 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.