Shedding Light on Shedding Light: Buying and selling of peak load is a game all should learn to play

oad management is a growth industry in which utilities pay nonresidential ratepayers to shed kilowatt hours of electrical energy and shave kilowatts from their peak demand (which in some occupancies, is the greater of the two). Yet there are some in the lighting industry who are still unaware of the existence of peak demand charges.
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Strategies for Lighting Retrofits: The mandated shift away from older lamps is creating ample opportunities for retrofits. The author offers an overview of the traditional and newer solutions.

Lighting retrofits are an ideal way to replace antiquated lighting systems—primarily parabolic or lensed troffers with T12 or older T8 lamps—and transition to more modern lighting solutions. The benefi ts include enhanced light quality, reduced energy use, lowered maintenance costs and the ability to achieve sustainability goals. Simply upgrading may seem the obvious solution, but end users are often deterred by the prospect of costly and disruptive installation. Fortunately, numerous current market factors have come together to make lighting retrofi ts a viable option. Download article
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Rebates: Capitalizing on Utility Lighting Incentive Programs

By leveraging the many utility rebate programs available throughout the U.S. and Canada, lighting designers and specifiers can more easily facilitate LED adoption among end users and owners who may be putting off the conversion due to the initial higher costs. Download article
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NALMCO Members Spotlight: Lighting Technologies

What is your company’s history? Lighting Technologies Inc was founded in 2001 and I purchased the company in 2005. What services do you offer? We offer lighting retrofits, sign installation and lighting/sign maintenance. We can handle anything from the circuit breaker to the lamps. What is your typical customer? We typically service fast food restaurants and retail locations. Download article
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Relight vs. retrofit: How does the industry quantify value?

Energy efficient lighting, relight, retrofit, 1-for-1, investment grade, low hanging fruit, commodity, value add, deeper retrofits. These are all terms that industry professionals use when discussing energy saving lighting projects, market strategies, opportunities, and technology applications. Clearly, compelling opportunities continue to be presented by rapidly evolving lighting technology. Not so clear is the path to successful energy saving projects. Investing capital in energy efficiency is a scary proposition for facilities professionals. Developing and selling energy saving projects can be a costly, lengthy, daunting process for lighting professionals. For every success story, there is a corresponding cautionary tale of failed projects, good technology poorly applied, and projects poorly executed. Download article
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Why planned lighting management still matters: Planned Lighting Management is an important discipline in the commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities world.

The terms lighting maintenance and lighting management mean different things to different people, but to the community of lighting management professionals, it basically means a proactive approach to operating a lighting system. More specifically, it means the application of cost effective maintenance techniques in order to ensure persistent system performance, minimize outages, maximize energy efficiency, and deliver a high quality illuminated environment, not just when the facility is new, but throughout the life of the facility. Download article
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Assembly Facility Corrects Inefficient, Poorly Lighted Environment

GLOVIS America Inc., a global transportation services and logistics company, provides finishing services, automobile equipment and parts to the Kia Motors manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia on a per-order basis. The assembly plant could not maintain required light levels over assembly areas for workers to do their jobs. GLOVIS America’s wiring components are all installed beneath the dashboard of vehicles. Prior to the renovation, service employees relied on headlamps and flashlights to see wiring components that were not sufficiently illuminated by 45 narrow-beam metal halides over the assembly line. GLOVIS America contacted Lighting Technologies, Inc. to obtain the right solution to their problem.  > More

Lighting Upgrades: Big Gains, No Pain

FAST PAYBACK may be possible thanks to gains in lighting technologies. Just how big is the lighting retrofit opportunity for commercial and institutional buildings? Data from the Department of Energy (DOE) paints a startling picture. Of the 2.7 million commercial buildings constructed before 1980, only 455,000 made lighting upgrades between 1980 and 2003.  > More

Mythbusters: Lights On or Off MiniMyth

Does it save electricity to turn off the lights every time you leave a room? Mythbusters uncovers the truth about whether or not you can save energy and reduce your lighting bill just by turning off the lights.  > More

Improve Your Energy Efficiency for 30 cents On the Dollar

How many of you want to reduce your energy bills but lack the money to spend on energy efficiency projects these days?

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a federal tax deduction for investments in energy efficiency in commercial buildings. To qualify, a project must yield a 50% or greater reduction in energy consumption when compared to a similar space designed to meet Standard 90.1-2001. This standard is published jointly by the American Association of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Qualifying projects are separated into three categories:  > More

Coalition Calls on Congress to Increase Commercial Building Tax Deduction

WASHINGTON — A broad-based coalition of construction, trade, design, manufacturing, environmental, and energy efficiency groups and organizations are calling on Congress to support increasing the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from $1.80 per square foot to $3 per square foot in order to help stimulate job creation. More than 80 organizations have now co-signed a letter to Congressional members asking for an increase in this tax deduction. This represents an increase of more than 40 percent in the number of signatures since December 2009.  > More

Senate Energy Committee Passes NEMA-backed Efficiency Standards for Outdoor Lighting

(ROSSLYN, Va.)—The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved legislation supported by NEMA that for the first time would set national energy efficiency standards for pole-mounted outdoor lighting. On March 10, 2010, NEMA testified before the committee in support of S 3059 National Energy Efficiency Enhancement Act of 2010, particularly Section 6 on outdoor lighting.  > More

New Law Mandates Phasing in of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

It's official: incandescent lamps are on their way out, and energy efficiency is now the law of the land, thanks to a new bill signed by President Bush in December.

Beginning in 2012, and phased in over three years, all new bulbs will have to use 25% to 30% less energy for the same light output as today's incandescents.  > More

Bright Future: Thanks to improved technology, LEDs may be ready to take off

Using LEDs for general lighting may finally be a bright idea.

In the past few years, light-emitting diodes have made huge advances in energy efficiency. Industry sources and outside experts say LEDs are now the most energy-efficient lighting source available. They use far less energy than other bulbs, last a lot longer, and cost less to use over their lifetime.  > More

Expect a Jolt When Opening The Electric Bill: Rates Jump in Many States As Utilities Pass On Surges In Costs of Coal, Natural Gas

Surging fuel costs are about to inflict more pain on consumers, this time in the form of rapidly rising electricity bills.

Power prices are being pushed up across the U.S., with increases sometimes soaring into double digits, due to costlier coal and natural gas, the fuels used to make 70% of the nation's electricity  > More

Low Energy Light Bulbs, Why You Should Use Them

Low energy light bulbs are one of the success stories of modern times. The popular compact fluorescent lamps, as they are known, have come along way since their early incarnations. These were bulky and not as aesthetically pleasing as their modern, compact counterparts. Saving money whilst doing your bit for the environment has become so popular these days that everybody seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. By using these low energy alternatives to standard incandescent light bulbs, you will not only save money but you are being kind to the environment too. By covering their history, energy facts and comparing low energy light bulbs to their energy hungry incandescent neighbours, we outline some of the important reasons why this is so.  > More

The LED Illumination Revolution

Apparently, it's time to ban Edison's venerable, now vilified, light bulb. European leaders, green pundits and the widely reported light bulb provisions of the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 all urgently push the abandonment of incandescent bulbs.

The plan appears to be to convince everyone to switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFL), a technology that was introduced in the 1930s and perfected when rock was young and computers used vacuum tubes.  > More

No Joke, Bulb Change Is Challenge for U.S.

The new energy bill signed this week makes it official. When 2012 hits, stores can no longer sell the cheap but inefficient incandescent light bulbs that are fixtures in most homes.

Even so, light bulb manufacturers say that worries about greenhouse gases and the high cost of energy had them moving away from conventional incandescents way before Congress weighed in. For quite some time, they note, they have been trying to soften the light emitted by compact fluorescent lights, bring down the cost of light-emitting diodes — and yes, find ways to increase the efficiency of incandescents.  > More

Lighting the key to energy saving

A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth.

That is the conclusion of a study from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which it says is the first global survey of lighting uses and costs.  > More