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SmartWatt in the News: Harrisburg Hasn't Been Able to Turn Off Lights at City Hall for 20 Years

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 20, 2015 at 4:43 AM

Most of the lights inside Harrisburg city hall have been left on nonstop for 20 years, city officials said Tuesday night, wasting thousands of dollars in electricity, bulb replacement and maintenance hours.

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Topics: CII Division, Press Coverage, Municipal Government, LED Lighting, Advanced Lighting Control, EPC

SmartWatt in the News: Harrisburg City Government Center

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 19, 2015 at 3:00 AM

If you've driven by the Harrisburg city government center late at night, you may have seen the lights on in the mayor's second-floor office.

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Topics: CII Division, Press Coverage, Municipal Government, LED Lighting, Advanced Lighting Control, EPC

Lighting Design Assistance Trial - PG&E (CA)

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

For a limited time, PG&E is offering lighting design assistance from a Qualified Lighting Design Professional to a limited number of eligible customers in California, at little to no cost. Additional incentives will also be available for implementing a lighting upgrade according to an approved ultra-efficient design. Customers will benefit from increased lighting quality, performance and energy efficiency through an improved lighting design customized to their unique space.

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Topics: Proposition 39, Utility Rebate Updates, LED Lighting, Advanced Lighting Control, State Government

SmartWatt in the News: SmartWatt Energy to Join Food Storage and Logistics Provider in Fight against World Hunger

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 27, 2015 at 2:00 AM

 

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Topics: CII Division, Refrigerated & Freezer Warehouses, Press Coverage, LED Lighting

SmartWatt's Orange Coast College Project Wins Prop 39 Excellence Award

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Today the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges announced their Energy and Sustainability awards, which represent the best of California's Proposition 39 energy projects. SmartWatt Energy's interior lighting project at Orange Coast College was the highest scoring Proposition 39 retrofit project this year. 

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Topics: Proposition 39, Higher Education, CII Division, LED Lighting

Ask the Expert: Lighting O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 3, 2015 at 7:38 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's lighting system?

 

 

Answer: Lighting system issues, which include problems with outdated fixtures, uncontrolled fixtures and cleanliness can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

  • Incandescent lamps are used in offices, workrooms, hallways and gymnasiums
  • Lamps and fixtures are not clean
  • Lamps are replaced individually as they burn out
  • Ceilings and other room surfaces have reduced reflectivity due to dirt
  • Daylight is not used effectively
  • Decorative lighting is excessive and/or not controlled optimally
  • In fixtures where fluorescent lamps have been removed, the ballasts have not been disconnected
  • When burned out fluorescent lamps and/or ballasts have been replaced, more efficient lights have not been installed
  • Lighting is on in unoccupied areas
  • Security/outdoor lighting is not automatically controlled and/or lighting levels are excessive
  • Deep baffled downlighting fixtures have conventional "R" reflector lamps installed
  • Two lamps have not been removed from four lamp fixtures

 

The suggested operations and maintenance ("O&M") improvements and facility improvement measures ("FIM") will vary based on your facility's unique mix of inefficiencies, but what follows are some general guidelines.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions, LED Lighting

FAQ: How Can My Small Municipality Afford LED Street Lights?

Posted by Danielle Marquis

August 5, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Many small municipalities across the country are facing a challenging dilemma – they have aged street lights, and the high utility and maintenance costs that come with them, but no funding to upgrade to high-efficiency LED street lights.

 

But what if the electricity and maintenance costs were guaranteed, with savings that exceed the monthly cost, thereby making the project possible with no out-of-pocket costs? What if, in addition to replacing outdated high-pressure sodium (HPS)lighting units with LED, you could add advanced program and dimming controls, GIS mapping and other advanced features? This is where energy performance contracts (EPC) come into play.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions, Street Lighting, Municipal Government, LED Lighting

Innovation - LED Fixture for Products Susceptible to Photooxidation

Posted by Danielle Marquis

June 19, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Despite a willingness to adopt more efficient technologies, many food processing plants, dairies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities have been hamstrung by the need for light sources that emit longer wavelengths. That’s because short wavelengths cause light-oxidized flavor defects. Photooxidation is a problem at wavelengths of light below 500nm. Certain foods, such as dairy products, beer and chocolate, are most at risk of photooxidation, because exposure to short wavelengths of light changes the products’ flavor and reduces their shelf life. In a study in Pennsylvania, for example, almost half of 449 samples of milk in translucent plastic jugs were reported to have developed pronounced light-induced off-flavors within 36 hours. The same photooxidation process can also reduce the shelf life of many pharmaceuticals. Up until now, facilities producing these kinds of products couldn’t take advantage of ultra-efficient LED lighting technology without risking damage to the products they produced. But innovation is tenacious, especially when born of necessity. 

 

 

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Topics: CII Division, Food Processing, LED Lighting

Proposed PA Street Lighting Rate Increase

Posted by Danielle Marquis

May 4, 2015 at 1:02 PM

The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission is serious about saving energy and soon, inefficient cities, towns and burroughs could be paying a lot more to light their streets, highways, bridges and parks. On March 31, 2014, a proposed street lighting rate increase was announced, which could substantially impact inefficient Pennsylvania municipalities.

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Topics: CII Division, Utility Rebate Updates, Street Lighting, LED Lighting

4 Smartest Warehouse Lighting Strategies

Posted by Danielle Marquis

April 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Warehouses represent about 16 percent of commercial building space nationwide, and therefore represent a significant source of potential savings. As of 2011, according to a report published by the Illinois smart energy design center, lighting accounted for 41 percent of the total energy costs for warehouses. Integrating daylighting and choosing efficient lamps, fixtures and controls can both save money and improve working conditions. Here are four of the best lighting strategies that work particularly well for warehouses.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Refrigerated & Freezer Warehouses, Warehouse/Distribution, LED Lighting

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