LED Lighting Retrofits Atlanta

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WAREHOUSE LIGHTING RETROFIT

LIGHTING AUDIT HELPS FURNITURE WAREHOUSE ACHIEVE 72% LIGHTING ENERGY REDUCTION.

A leading furniture wholesaler was looking for simple metal halide lamp replacements for its 140,000 square foot warehouse lighting in Southwest Atlanta.  Instead, it leveraged a comprehensive energy audit from Atlanta Light Bulbs’ Energy Solutions (ALBES) division to achieve better performance, reduced Co2 emissions and 72% lighting energy savings via a one-for-one High Bay LED fixture and lamp retrofit.

“The goal for the project was to deliver energy efficiency, meaning delivering the same (or more) services for less energy,” said Norah Silva, ALBSES Energy Solutions Specialist. “According to the EPA, warehouses on average use 37% of their energy consumption for lighting, so the potential savings on projects like this are very significant.”

As a first step, an ALB Energy Solutions consultant walked through the entire facility to inventory all warehouse lighting.  He supplemented that with a detailed interview with the facilities manager to understand operating hours, loads, and to estimate what portion of utility electrical bills derived from lighting.  Data was captured on a proprietary software application via an ipad and uploaded to the cloud for a comprehensive lighting energy analysis.

ALB Energy Solutions recommended high efficiency Aluminum 120 watt LED high bay fixtures to replace the existing 400 watt metal halide fixtures.  An LED payback report was delivered which outlined annual costs for lighting, cooling, and maintenance, as well as the time frame for ROI.  The benefits of the Georgia Power Rebate program for energy efficient lighting were introduced, and ultimately ALB Energy Solutions filed the $19,760 Georgia Power Commercial rebate paperwork also for the client.

WAREHOUSE ENERGY SAVINGS SNAPSHOT

  • 140,000 Sq. Ft. Warehouse
  • Before: 400w Metal Halide Highbay Lamps
  • Annual Energy Usage: 303,899 kWh
  • Annual Energy Cost: $30,389
  • After: Installed 120w LED Highbay Fixtures
  • Projected Annual Energy Usage: 85,884 kWh
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost: $8,588
  • 72% Energy Reduction
  • Return on Investment: 8.4 months
  • Total Annual Operational Savings: $26,699
  • Georgia Power Commercial Rebate: $19,760

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING RETROFIT

MIDTOWN CONDO – SAVES OVER $16,000 A YEAR BY RETROFITTING PARKING LOT TO LED.


Parking lot lighting is often overlooked at many businesses. Think about it – parking lot lights are on all night long, yet for the most part nobody is there to notice them. So they are easy to ignore.


But a midtown Atlanta condominium owner was thinking ahead, and approached an electrical contractor with a request for LED options for his parking lot. His main goal was to conserve energy. He realized that with that much running time on his lighting, a little energy savings can go a long way.


Equally important was to increase light levels and add the reassurance of a safe and well lit parking lot for the tenants. Exterior lighting is extremely important to building security. Parking areas must have sufficient illumination to facilitate recognition at a safe distance. In fact, more and more, courts are upholding this responsibility on behalf of tenants when managers have failed to take all reasonable precautions in providing a safe, crime-free environment for their tenants.


Working with the electrical contractor, an ALB Energy Solutions lighting technician performed a comprehensive site visit, collecting enough information to make a strategic recommendation for a retrofit utilizing a 40 watt LED Canopy Parking Garage fixture to replace the existing 175 watt metal halides. Though ALB Energy Solutions often provides turnkey projects, in this application the company did not perform the install itself, just the consultation.


The end solution was well worth the effort for a number of reasons:

  • LEDs last twice as long as traditional sources such as metal halides, saving labor and time on replacements
  • With no UV or yellowish green tint to the lighting, LED light provides a cleaner, crisper white light that provides accurate illumination. The “intangible” benefit of this is to provide a safer, more relaxed feeling to tenants and potential tenants as they come and go from their cars.
  • Multi-Family Residential - Parking Garage
  • Before: 175w Metal Halide / Wattage with Ballast 205w
  • Annual Energy Usage: 147,256 kWh Annual Energy Cost: $16,639
  • After: 40w LED Canopy Retrofit Fixture
  • Projected Annual Energy Usage: 28,733 kWh
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost: $3,246.81
  • 80% Energy Reduction
  • Total Annual Operational Savings: $13,272
  • Georgia Power Commercial Rebate: $2,640

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 Above, LED lights being installed on the top level. Metal halides are on the lower level still.

 

DOWNTOWN ATLANTA PARKING GARAGE SAVES BIG WITH LED LIGHTS ON 24/7

 

Atlanta Light Bulbs Energy Saving Solutions Team was called in by a major downtown Atlanta parking garage to consult them on LED vs  Induction lighting. After analyzing the costs and rebate possibilities, Induction wonthe battle.  


The parking garage had 105 fixtures each containing a single 100 watt HPS lamp with total fixture power consumption(including ballast) of 130 watts. By retrofittingto 45 watt induction lighting fixtures they were able to save 85 watts per fixture. 
In addition to using 65% less energy to illuminate the parking garage this facility will also realize a significant savings in maintenance cost since the life span of induction lamps is approximately 4 times what the average life of high pressure sodium lamps is. 

 

  • Power Saved: 8,925
  • Watts Energy Cost Savings in Dollars: $7,818 Per Year 
  • Project Cost: $27,000 for material 
  • Maintenance & Replacement 
  • Cost Savings Per Year: Approximately $2,500 
  • # of Years Payback on Investment: 36 Months

 

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Before: 13,650 Watts burning 24 hours a day. $.10 per KWH, Cost to operate the 105 fixtures per month $995.60 or $11,957.40 per year. After: 4,725 Watts burning 24 hours a day. $.10 per KWH, Cost to operate the 105 fixtures per month $344.73 or $4,139.10 per year.

 

OFFICE & INTERIOR LIGHTING RETROFIT

MEDIEVAL TIMES – SAVES OVER $9,000 A YEAR BY SWITCHING TO LED LIGHT BULBS – 12 MONTH ROI.

There’s a reason Medieval Times is the No. 1 dinner attraction in North America: Its unique combination of a medieval banquet and thrilling competition between Knights captures the imagination of all ages. Putting on all this excitement comes at a cost however, and Medieval Times was seeking ways to reduce energy costs, specifically money and energy costs from lighting in its immense, replica 11th century castle where the entertainment was hosted.

As a regular customer of Atlanta Light Bulbs they trusted the expert advice from ALB Energy Solutions consultant Jesse Root and performed a full retrofit of all of their Par 38 Can Halogen lights and converted to more efficient LED lighting.

Medieval Times was able to retrofit hundreds of lamps from a traditional 90 watt Par38 lamp with a lifespan on 2,500 hours, to a 20 watt LED Par38 with a lifespan of over 25,000 hours. That’s 10X the lifespan for each lamp!

With so many colorful jousting knights in action, it was important to capture the authentic color reproductions, ambiance and look and feel of the pagentry. ALB Energy Solutions suggested high CRI (Color Rendering Index), dimmable, 2700 kelvin warm color Par38 LEDs. The end result was over 83% savings along with a nice $4,720 rebate from Georgia Power for using energy saving lighting.

The entire project cost less than one year operating costs and provided and excellent ROI, which paid for itself in just one year. That’s enough to make one shout Huzzah!

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LIGHTING OFFICES WITH LED TROFFERS IS EASY, EFFICIENT AND AN AFFORDABLE SOLUTION FOR OFFICE BUILDING UPGRADES

Nobody wants to work in an office building with lighting fixture lenses that are yellowing, cracking and dirty. “Workers are more productive and happier when lighting is clear and crisp,” was the conclusion drawn by a office building owner in suburban Atlanta. In the quest to improve aesthetics, the owner found choosing between all the various types of LED troffers & tubes the market to be overwhelming.

In fact, when he discovered that the T12’s currently installed were no longer manufactured, he turned to ALB Energy Solutions for advice. ALB Energy Solutions helped him make cost comparisons to LED fixtures, and he was pleasantly surprised to learn that there was not much difference in installed cost between LED verses retrofitting to T8 fluorescents, especially when considering the lamp and ballast maintenance costs.

“While some LED tubes are cheaper they may be move involved in installing which ends up making them cost more,” said Jesse Root, ALB Energy Solutions consultant. “The LED fixtures are easier to install. They also are dimmable and work great with occupancy sensors. Keeping the lights off, when the office area is not occupied enhances the overall energy savings”.

In the end, the office building retrofitted 24, 2 Lamp, U Tube F34 T12/T38T12 2 X 2 Fixtures & 60, 4 Lamp, F40 T12/T38 2 X 4 Fixtures with an equivalent number of LED troffer 2X2 35W 4000K dimmable fixtures.

ALB Energy Solutions handled the installation and removal and recycled the old lamps and fixtures as well. Finally they assisted the customer in filing for a Georgia Power rebate for energy efficient lighting.

It was a total turnkey solution, which paid off for employees and owner alike.

 

ENERGY SAVINGS SNAPSHOT

 

  • 8,252 Sq. ft. Office
  • Before: 4FT (188w) & U Bend (80w) T12 Fluorescent Fixtures
  • Annual Energy Usage: 44,056 kWh
  • Annual Energy Cost: $5,286
  • After: Installed LED 35 w & 52w Retrofit Troffers
  • Projected Annual Energy Usage: 13,216 kWh
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost: $1,586
  • 70% Energy Reduction
  • Return on Investment: 16 months
  • Total Annual Operational Savings: $5,333
  • Georgia Power Commercial Rebate: $1,848

 

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LOCAL ATLANTA SCHOOL SYSTEM TAPS ATLANTA LIGHT BULBS TO FOR LED LIGHTING

A local school system was extremely unhappy with the lighting in one of their cafeterias, so they turned to ALB Energy Solutions for a resolution! They wanted to retrofit their school cafeteria with LED but did not know what the best option was or where to start!

Jesse Root visited the school spoke with the Principal, the staff so he could get an understanding of their issues with the current lighting. Next, he discussed with them their goals, aspirations and objectives for the cafeteria. During this time of learning ALB Energy Solutions team members really try to understand what it is the client wants. We do this so we can specify the right solution for the application! We are not here to sell you 1 LED option. We have many LED lighting options.

The school wanted a bright environment for their plays, pep rallies and events and wanted to reduce maintenance time & cost.

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Above is a before picture of the cafeteria. As you can see it is very dim. The fixtures were outfitted with 175 watt metal halide down lights and many were out.

These fixtures were extremely expensive to maintain. Each fixture had a FCAN style ballast that cost about $100 to replace.

Atlanta Light Bulbs Energy Solutions team got to work and came up with a very simple solution. We decided that the best way to add crisp, clean LED light was to replace the 175W metal halide downlights with 2x2 5000K LED Panels. The panels fit right into the ceiling grid and worked on 120 or 277V.Check out the difference!

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DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FACILITIY SAVES ON MAINTENANCE COST AND ENERGY!

With this particular client the concern was not to save energy but to reduce the time and cost associated with changing metal halide lamps and ballast in hard to reach areas. Many of our large clients have areas with high ceilings. In many instances getting to the lighting in these areas is difficult and costly. The operational expense involved to rent lifts and to have an area shut down for lighting contractors to switch light bulbs can be costly and time consuming.

The lighting in this area was 175W metal halide lamps operating on a magnetic Fcan style ballast. The lamps cost about $10 and the ballast cost around $100. To get to these down lights the area had to be shutdown or done in the evenings.

ALB suggested the client bypass the magnetic metal halide ballast and run 277V straight to the medium base socket and install LED Par38 lamps. The LED PAR38 lamps come in MV or multi-volt so the lamps sense the voltage and operate accordingly. As you can see it was a great success. Light levels were dramatically increased, maintenance cost was cut to zero and the customer had piece of mind with a 5 year factory warranty!

If you have a Church or retail space with metal halide CDM or CMH PAR38 lamps you can change to LED easily! Give us a call we are here to help!

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