Exciting Developments in Smart Lighting

September 12, 2014 | Posted in Energy Solutions

LED Technology Rapidly Improving Smart Lighting

LED technology has improved greatly and production has increased over the past few years. As a result, we have seen the prices of LED Lighting products decrease significantly. Some of the most exciting developments in LED lighting are of the smart lighting category.  Smart lighting technology is on/off/dimmed automatically triggered under certain conditions, or controllable, offering savings that come off the ongoing electricity cost rather than the up-front purchase cost of the product.

Many estimates suggest that lighting as a whole accounts for about one-fifth of global electricity consumption, and LED-based lighting has had a major impact on that figure. LED technology has improved greatly over the past few years compared to traditional lighting. A typical 60-Watt incandescent lamp produces only 16 lumens of light output per Watt with useful lifetimes of 1,000 hours on average, while a halogen incandescent lamp produces closer to 20 lumens per Watt. The equivalent CFL provides about 67 lumens per Watt and lasts 10 times as long.

LED lamps are even more efficient, currently producing around 83 lumens per Watt with a life expectancy of more than 30 times as long as a comparable incandescent lamp. LED lighting technologies have been improving rapidly with many experts projecting further improvements which will result in lower cost, increased reliability, and further reduction in energy consumption. By 2020, EIA projects LEDs to produce more than 150 lumens per Watt.

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How Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Compare with Incandescents

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Energy Solutions

Compared to traditional incandescents, energy efficient light bulbs such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) have the following advantages:

  • Typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money
  • Can last 3-25 times longer.

Today’s energy-efficient bulbs are available in the wide range of colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. While the initial price of energy-efficient bulbs is typically higher than traditional incandescents, newer bulbs cost less to operate, saving you money over the life of the bulb. Many of the newer bulbs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often. Visit the energy.gov (see link below in blue) website to learn more and see the comparison between traditional incandescents, halogen incandescents, CFL’s, and LED’s.

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T8 Lamps Have a Longer Life and Use Less Energy

August 26, 2014 | Posted in Energy Solutions

You’re not still using 32 watt T8 lamps, are you…?

Osram Sylvania High Performance 28 watt and 25 watt XP/XL lamps provide up to 2.7 times longer lamp life than standard T8 lamp and ballast systems.

Couple XP/XL Supersaver lamps with high efficiency QUICKTRONICTM ballasts for maximum energy savings and be eligible for the new QUICK 7 XL+TM WARRANTY.

Why Low Wattage T8 Lamps?

  • Reduced Energy Cost
  • Utility Incentives Available
  • Increased Lamp Life
  • More Options in Wattage, Color, Lumen Output
  • CEE, TCLP and RoHS Compliant
  • No ballast change required (28 watt lamps)
  • Higher lamp efficacy
  • Dimmable
  • Reduced Recycle Expense

The lighting industry today demands HIGH PERFORMANCE systems that minimize energy and maintenance costs. This demand can be met with High Performance T8 Systems as defined by the CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency).

Download a performance guide for key system features and application information visit.

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