Energy Saving Light Program
Through our Energy Saving Light Program, WE can show you how to save money by reducing energy consumption.
We will recommend the most effective methods to cut costs in your specialized environment through energy efficient lighting, energy monitoring systems and more so your business can start saving energy and money without delay.
Green/High-Performance Buildings function to reduce energy consumption while simultaneously addressing wider environmental concerns. WE is at the forefront of Green innovation, and is prepared and capable to develop green energy solutions to fit any budget with a commitment to education, knowledge, and partnership.
Our Objective is to provide Energy Cost Reduction Alternatives via Auditing Electric Usage Bills and Reviewing In-Place Lighting and Sensor Controls in order to recommend cost effective and efficient alternatives.
WE is adept at LED lighting installation and LEF lighting renovation. Lighting is often the biggest consumer of energy in a building, and WE has the experience and capabilities to create lighting solutions that minimize energy consumption while maximizing interior comfort. Further, CSI's capabilities include integrating advanced lighting/daylighting controls, utilizing recycled materials, and installing energy efficient fixtures.
WE has experienced LED Accredited Professionals on staff to help guide any green project. Our experience and technical expertise gives us the enhanced ability to provide advice, design consulting, and technology recommendations that will help a project best meet required standards.PROGRAM OUTLINE (to be tailored for each client)
1. Obtain Clients Electricity Bills for past 12 to 24 months
2. Chart and review bills for accuracy, trends and potential savings
3. Survey Clients premises for lighting and sensor controls
4. Provide bid for Energy Savings including designwork plans, estimate and savings report
Energy Cost REduction and Management UTILITY REBATE PROGRAMS
WE will work with each client to educate them best to obtain all available Energy Reduction Rebates.
Tax Deduction Incentives and Energy Conservation: Did you know that a 1 million square foot commercial building can earn over $400,000 in tax deduction incentives? Building owners can save up to $.30 to .60 per square foot with lighting upgrades that meet certain specifications. We will show you how to save valuable tax dollars for your business by learning to apply the Energy Tax Policy of 2005. This policy provides incentives for energy efficient lights, ballasts, fixtures. LEDs, transformers, motors, appliances and electrical equipment.
WHAT IS LED LIGHTING?
A light-emitting diode (LED) is a solid-state device that emits monochromatic or single-color light when a prescribed voltage is applied to its terminals, and its technology has been around for decades. For many years, LEDs were used as indicator lights and digital displays on equipment and appliances. In the 1990s, the discovery of the blue LED led to the development of a white LED. The ability of an LED to produce a white light coupled by increasing light output and decreasing costs opened the way for LED technology to evolve into a mainstream light source. Steady advances over the past 50 years have set the stage for a revolution in the lighting industry that has already begun and is picking up speed.
The pros and cons of LEDs
LEDs have a number of advantages over traditional light sources. First, LEDs are much more efficient on a lumens-per-watt basis. LED light sources have life expectancies expressed in decades rather than hours or years. Since LEDs are solid-state devices, they are much more rugged and resistant to damage. Finally, LED light sources give off much less heat during operation, allowing installation in locations and around materials that would not be possible for traditional light sources.
Despite their advantages and increasing popularity, LEDs still have a number of drawbacks that must be overcome before they will replace traditional light sources in most residential and commercial applications. Even though LED light sources are significantly more efficient on a lumens-per-watt basis, they are currently unable to deliver the same light intensity as traditional light sources. This limits the use of LED light sources when intense or high-ambient lighting is required. Furthermore, white LEDs produce a cool light, making them undesirable where high color rendition is needed. Finally, LED light sources are considerably more expensive.
The drawbacks are currently the focus of a great deal of research and development because LEDs show such promise as the artificial light source of the future. Today, higher output LEDs are commercially available, and research and development continues to make advances in this area. Similarly, LED light source color is improving and manufacturers are beginning to offer warm white LEDs. In the future, there will probably be a wide variety of LED light source spectrums to choose from just as there is for fluorescent and metal halide lamps today. Finally, as manufacturing processes improve and demand increases, the unit cost of producing LEDs will continue to decrease.
LED light sources today
The LED light sources are first being used in applications where their advantages overcome their disadvantages. Their long life and resistance to mechanical damage makes them ideal for building outline and decorative lighting where access is difficult and maintenance is expensive. Similarly, emergency and safety lightingwhere reliability is important and low-light levels are acceptablemakes LED lighting a good fit for exit signage, egress lighting, outdoor walkway and step lighting. For outdoor lighting, LED light sources are being paired with photovoltaics, eliminating the need for branch-circuit wiring and taking advantage of the LED light source low-power requirements and direct use of the DC power supplied by the PV/battery system. Manufacturers are now producing standards with LED light sources for walkway, roadway and parking lot lighting. LEDs are finding applications wherever color rendition is not important, ruggedness and the cost of maintenance are issues, and a lower intensity light source is acceptable.
In addition, LED lighting is rapidly becoming the light source of choice for both indoor and outdoor architectural lighting as more building and landscape architects, lighting designers and interior designers learn about and gain experience with it. One drawback, such as LED lightings monochromatic nature, which makes it ill fitting for general, task and accent lighting consequently makes it ideal for architectural lighting where LED light sources, coupled with controllers, can create a spectrum of colors for washing walls or creating a dynamic visual environment. With LED light sources and todays controllers, any color can be achieved without colored lamps or filters that take up space, are limited in their spectrum, are inefficient and are difficult to hide from view.
Today, a number of manufacturers are producing LED lamps for general and task lighting. LED lamps come in all standard sizes and shapes and are designed for use in standard luminaires such as downlights and track lighting in lieu of incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent lamps. Most of these LED lamps and luminaries are designed to operate at a standard 120 volts, but there are some available that will operate at standard low voltage, 277 volts, or even a range of voltages. EC This article is the result of a research project investigating future markets for the electrical contractor that is being sponsored by ELECTRI International Inc.