Energy efficient lighting can reduce energy consumption, lower utility bills, and prevent excess air pollution from power plants.
Here at Superior Lighting we look for 3 things when evaluating a lamp against its peers:
- Longer lamp life
- Higher lumens (light outut) per watt
- Compliance reduction of hazardous materials.
- Replace Incandescent with Compact Fluorescents Bulbs. One of the greatest advances in energy-efficient lighting technology is the compact fluorescent bulb. When compared to the standard bulb the compact fluorescent bulb uses about a quarter of the energy and last up to four times as long. They fit many of your household or business lighting fixtures - so no fixture replacement necessary. Energy Savings up to 75%.
- Replace Commercial use Incandescent with Metal Halide Bulbs. (great for parking lot lighting) METALARC POWERBALLCERAMIC lamps feature innovative ceramic technology that provides high CRI and improved lamp-to-lamp color consistency. Environmental benefits include its TCLP-passing status, Lead-free glass content, Low mercury content and Lead-free base. Energy Savings up to 75%.
- Replace T12 Fluorescent Tubes with newer T8 Lamps and ballasts. Retrofit magnetically ballasted T12 fixtures with QUICKTRONIC electronic ballasts and OCTRON T8 lamps. T8 lamps are energy saving, longer life alternatives to standard T12 fluorescent lamps. Environmental benefits include their TCLP-passing status and Low mercury content. Energy Savings up to 45%.
- Always use occupancy sensors, dimmers and photocells when able. Energy Savings varies.
- Retrofit your EXIT Signs with LED Bulbs - they use less electricity and last longer. Exit signs typically contain two or more small, incandescent bulbs which use a total of 30 to 50 watts. All exit signs operate 24 hrs. a day, every day resulting in 8,760 hours of use per year. A single sign may use from 175 to 438 kwh of electricity per year and require bulb replacement two to four times per year. Our LED exit sign bulbs (light emitting diode) have an average estimated bulb life of 25 years and consume only 2 watts per sign installation. Energy Savings up to 90%.
- Use Halogen or Compact Fluorescent Reflector Spot or Flood Bulbs Where Appropriate. Standard bulbs are a poor choice for recessed down lighting because they radiate light in every unnecessary direction - not just down. This causes the fixture to "trap" the light rather than radiate it. The best solution in this instance is to use a compact fluorescent reflector or halogen bulb in place of the ordinarily wasteful standard bulb. They may cost more initially but the savings will add up. You will also see a recognizable difference in the quality of lighting making your home, business or multi-family dwelling a happier and safer place to be.
- Replace probe start metal halide bulbs with with newer pulse start systems. Use METALARC ® pulse start or METALARC Ceramic lamps instead of probe start lamps. Enjoy longer lamp life, faster starting times, better color coordination and better cold starting capabilities. Energy Savings up to 36%.
- Upgrade from a magnetic HID ballast to a QUICKTRONIC ® electronic HID ballast. Energy Savings up to 15%.
- Upgrade from electronically ballasted OCTRON 700 series T8s to electronically ballasted OCTRON FO30, FO28 OR FO25 SUPERSAVER ® T8s. Energy Savings up to 12%.
- DOE Distributes Energy-Saving Tools to Help Save Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has distributed Save Energy Now CD-ROMs. DOE has distributed CD-ROMs with energy-saving information and software to 3,500 managers across the United States to help them cut energy use and costs. These large installations were identified as some of the most energy-intensive in the United States, and the Save Energy Now CDs contain tip sheets, case studies, software, and guidance on energy management and assessment to help them identify opportunities to save energy.
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