Monday, November 28, 2016

Creating a Better Refinery Work Environment with LED

Being a facility or plant manager of a refinery can seem like a huge task. In fact it is, and being aware of every aspect of the facility can be tough. Luckily, we are creating this piece to take a look specifically at lighting, and how an upgrade to LED refinery lights will benefit you and your refinery a ton.

The benefits of LED are great; from lower energy consumption, no flickering or buzzing, and even higher quality of light. These are only a few of the benefit that LEDs in a refinery will do, but they definitely are the main benefits.

We mentioned flickering, buzzing, high electricity bills, and low quality light. Can LEDs seriously fix all of these issues? The simple answer to this is YES, yes they can. In fact, they will fix all of those issues and more; all of which will produce an ROI and benefit your work safety and efficiency.

Let’s talk about those points that we listed above, and how they are going to benefit your refinery...

Flickering. Other technologies such as high pressure sodium, metal halide, or other HID lights (even fluorescent too), are all susceptible to flickering. As you probably know, being around a flickering light for just 10 minutes (let alone all day), can become very distracting and annoying.

This can take away attention from tasks at hand, which can create a serious security risk on the job. By upgrading to LEDs (which will never flicker), you literally wipe this issue from ever existing in your facility again. How? Well, the way that LEDs are made simply doesn’t allow for such annoyance to every fall into play. And no, not even near the end of an LEDs life span will it start to flicker (unlike those other technologies)!

Buzzing. Buzzing goes hand in hand with flickering, it can get annoying and cause distractions. Once again, LED lighting will never, ever buzz; allowing you to skip right past this issue entirely too.

Lower energy consumed. We bet that you probably have a ton of lights at your refinery, easily more than 100. If not, you probably have a lot of lights; and a lot of high energy consuming ones. What if you could replace those 400w metal halide fixtures with a 100w LED? That would be a huge reduction in energy consumption, and when you start talking about a lot of lights; the savings month to month will be extremely noticeable.

How is this possible that a 100w LED can replace a 400w metal halide (or any other HID technology)? Because LEDs are more efficient, they do this by outputting more light (or lumens) per watt; thus, requiring less overall wattage to output the same amount of light a higher wattage light may be using. It really is a simple concept, and once you understand lumens per watt and how it plays a role into calculating efficiency of a fixture; you will discover how much waste goes into powering a very inefficient fixture.

Low quality of light. LED is known for offering not only the best quality of light, but also it depreciates much slower. When we talk about depreciation with lighting, we are talking about lumen depreciation. In short terms, this is something that happens to all light fixtures. What it does is reduces the amount of actual light output that a given fixture gives out overtime. So while a metal halide at the beginning of it’s life might output at 15,000 lumens, give it a few years and it will be down at 11,000. This makes areas underlit, and again that can cause major safety issue to employees and visitors. With LED, although they too depreciate in lumens, it is a much slower pace and overall much lower than metal halide and HPS light sources. This can allow you to never face an issue of under lighting, or overlighting. Because facilities often over overlight in the start to account for this; which overlighting is no good either. It increases costs associated with buying more fixtures initially, all for what? Nothing, because less fixtures and less energy with LED will produce the same amount of light that more fixtures and more watts metal halide will output.
What types of fixtures are even found in refineries?

Some of the non-tech savvy refinery managers out there may not know the “official” terms of lighting fixtures out there. Believe it or not, knowing what the names ar eis highly important to better know what to look for when researching fixtures you may want to upgrade to. Here is a list of most common fixtures used in or outside of a refinery:

  • High Bays (used for high ceilings indoors)
  • High masts (used for outdoor lighting, high in the air)
  • Hallway Lights (panels & tubes) (mostly for outside)
  • Outdoor lighting (wall packs, parking lot lights, flood lights)
  • Vapor proofs and / or tights (used to prevent both dirt or gases from entering lights)

Final thoughts

Hopefully all of this info regarding refinery lighting and the benefits of LED will help you when it comes time to make an upgrade in your lighting system at your facility. Remember all of the benefits and how LED will actually produce an ROI, and it will be an easy choice!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Where are LED Vapor Tight Lights Used

There are tons of applications and environments in which a vapor tight light is needed, or at least recommended. From food grade facilities to garages, the need for vapor tight lights is definitely there.

But why are LED vapor tights the superior technology to use over say metal halide or fluorescent? Here are just a few reasons why a vapor tight LED fixture wins over any other lighting technology by a long shot.

Less energy consumption. LEDs are known to use up to 75% less than other competing technologies, especially metal halide. Even when converting from fluorescent lights you can realize a energy savings of 30% too. This proves LED to be the most efficient technology available on the lighting market today, and it’s one of the major reasons companies are making the switch every single day and realizing the benefits that they bring to any commercial building or space.

Longer lifespans. Longer lifespans allow you to reduce the amount of lights you by when they burn out. By switching to LED, you will be able to reduce luminaire maintenance by 2-3 times! This allows you to reduce costs associated with buying new luminaires, as well as less maintenance costs and fees. This is especially true for those buildings with high ceilings, as lights can get very expensive and timely to switch at higher heights.

Rebates, high quality of light, and more. We think the list could go on and on; and all of these are just a scratch on the surface of why LED wins vs metal halide and really any other lighting technology.

Now let's discuss where exactly these vapor tight LEDs are best used. These are the popular applications that we find LED vapor tight lights:


Parking Garages:
Since parking garages, more often or not, are semi exposed to the elements, a vapor tight light will keep out any moisture or more importantly dirt that would otherwise get into your light fixture and effect its life. By having vapor tights in your parking garage, you will realize longer lifespans and lights that output at proper levels throughout their life.

Industrial Refrigeration:
An often unknown benefit of LED technology is that out perform any other lighting technology in cold temperatures, which makes them the ideal lighting technology for industrial refrigerators and storage. The biggest issue in these types of environments is the buildup of condensation, which is the major reason why vapor tight lights make for the perfect fixture in this type of scenario.

Industrial food processing facilities
The need for a very clean space inside an industrial building which produces and works with consumables is a must. That is why more often than not, often spraying down and cleaning of the lighting fixtures is very common. If you don’t plan for this and don’t install vapor tight fixtures, you are in for some trouble. By having vapor tights you allow for proper cleaning of the fixtures without risking any effect of the light itself.

Conclusion
As you can see, the need for vapor tight technology is there and it’s highly important for many different applications. By installing LED technology ran vapor tights, you also opt-in for the benefits that LED brings to any building, along with the power that vapor tights bring which consists of resisting water, dirt, and dust.

If you are in need of vapor tights, consider LED for your vapor tight solution. Investigate the best options, and find out the true benefits and there entirety that they will bring to your facility.

Quality Outdoor Flood Lights are a Must

Floor lights for businesses are crucial, especially if you want any chance to be able to be seen at night time. But any flood light won’t cut it; that is, if you want to keep a good image and keep overhead costs associated with your lights low.

We want to talk about why quality outdoor commercial floods are vital to businesses, for both security, durability, and even better curb appeal (which we all know is huge for businesses which rely on foot traffic coming in the door).

Here, let's start the list off with security; a huge topic that is important to every single business out there:

Security is huge. Typically commercial flood lights are used to light up the exterior of a building; a lot of the time strictly for security purposes. This is exactly why we are listing is #1, because security lighting is the main purpose of these lights.

If you have lighting fixtures that are meant to light up your outside, but lack the ability to do so; what good are they? This is the issue with technologies like metal halide or HPS, they slowly lose their light output abilities over their lifespan and thus, slowly becoming less and less of a benefit and more and more of a risk. With technologies such as LED, they don’t lose as much light output throughout their lifespan, and thus even nearing the end of their life they will (most likely) still output proper abouts of light. In turn, your security lights with LED will never become so underlit that they are no longer doing their job.

So is curb appeal. Just as security of your people, customers, and property is important; so is getting people to come into your place of business. Without that, you wouldn't have anything to secure because you’d be out of business. Lights that flicker, buzz, or are underlit can turn people off as it not looking professional. With LEDs, you will never have any of these issues due to the way that they are made. So by converting to LED, you allow yourself to create a better curb appeal for your business, along with achieving all of these other benefits that are listed!

Durability = longer lifespan. We all know cheap things don’t last, and it stays true with outdoor flood lights, no exception. When you go after quality fixtures (talking about the exterior right now), you allow yourself to avoid fixtures that will fall apart after exposure to harsh environments that the outdoors presents. Ensuring that you buy outdoor lights of any kind to be tested and proven to withstand these harsh conditions the environment presents, you will be much better off in the long run knowing that they will last. Better yet, go for a company that will back up their claims and will guarantee they last for 5+ years.

Quality luminaire technology is important too. Everywhere on the web goes back to the fact that LED technology is by far the more efficient lighting technology out there, in nearly every aspect. From longer lifespans, to higher efficiency, to higher quality of light: LED wins. In fact, an LED light could use up to 75% less energy than say, metal halide lights would. On top of that, they are known to last 2-3 or even 4 times longer than other technologies; which allows you to reduce the amount of time you need to switch out burnt out bulbs in your fixtures.

Literally every aspect of LED wins over other technologies, and that is why they are always talked about as the “futures light.

Less energy = less overhead. Like we stated in the previous point, LED uses far less energy than other technologies. For this reason, that is why we define LED as “quality” in regards to the technology itself.

If we said LED will save you 75% in energy usage, which can prove to pay you back (along with all of the other benefits listed here). So why not choose a lighting system that will pay you back and produce an ROI, all while giving you multiple other extremely valuable benefits?

Conclusion

We have done it, we listed all of the major reasons on not only what defines a quality flood light, but also why you need them.

Without quality, you opt-in for higher costs associated with powering your lights, and opt-in for lower sales due to low curb appeal. Both of which, as we know, are no good for businesses. Don’t let your business fall behind simply because of your outdoor lighting system, look into upgrading it!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

What Are The Benefits of Upgrading Your Educational Lighting System

For any school of any kind, whether it be a college or grade school, the lighting system can near make or break the operations and objectives in that school.

From grades to overhead costs, all of these issues can be addressed by making an upgrade of your school's lights over to LED (away from technologies such as fluorescent). The types of benefits that you will discover in this post by converting to an LED system in your school are substantial in every way. If your school is currently struggling with lower than wanted grades overall, high energy expenses, and general disliking of your current educational  lighting system; this post may shine light on why LED may be the way to go.

Some of the major benefits we are going to talk about regarding LED technology include the following:

  • LED will indirectly improve focus
  • Reduce your energy consumption by 30% (or more)
  • Receiving rebates
  • Retrofitting to save more
  • Less maintenance costs

As you can see from just the list above; the benefits of LED can and are pretty significant. The benefits make it near impossible to at least investigate the technology to see if it is something that can be implemented next time you need to replace the majority of your lighting fixtures.

Now, one last thing before we go more in-depth about the things just listed above. When considering to make the switch, there is always an initial investment. Although LED technology is slowly becoming cheaper and cheaper due to more competition and better technology; it still costs more than other technologies. But when you look at the larger picture, LED will actually save you a lot of money and produce a positive ROI. This is what you need to look at when considering a conversion, not just the initial investment costs.

Now, let's start off with how LED may indirectly improve focus in students…


Indirectly improve focus, remove distractions. The majority of complaints from lighting fixture (from those around them all day) are that they flicker or buzz. Even if a light is flickering or buzzing very slightly, it can still prove to be tremendously annoying and distracting, which ultimately takes away from learning experiences for students.

With a LED lighting system in place, you will never again face this issue. They literally will never flicker or buzz, it’s just in the way they are made to put it simply. On top of taking away from focus, they can prove to put stress on the eyes which can cause issues for students and staff alike. All of this is not fit for an environment like a classroom.

Reduce energy consumption by 30% up to 75%. Converting from fluorescent over to LED will let you realize a energy reduction up to 30%, which is still significant when you realize how long your lights are on during the day (often times on 10+ hours or more in school environments). As for converting your outside lights in the parking lot and sports field, you may be even to realize energy reductions by up to 75%. How is this so? Because technologies used outside typically consist of either metal halide, HPS, or similar. These are much more inefficient than LED, by up to 75% less at that!

Getting rebates. Only efficient lights get qualified to be eligible for rebates through your utility company. Two places that qualify efficient lights are EnergyStar and DesignLights Consortium. While EnergyStar mostly works with household lights, DLC deals with commercial and industrial lighting fixtures.

By getting products that are qualified by either of the two, you open yourself up to rebates through utility companies which can seriously add up and reduce your investment costs associated with the upgrade.

Retrofitting to save even more. Think about it, which makes more sense; buying an entire new fixture or just replacing the light source within the fixture? Of course just replacing the light source itself, which is also known as retrofitting.

The costs of retrofitting instead of a full replacement can up to 50% cheaper, which can prove to bring some serious savings. The only reason you’d really want a full replacement is if your current fixtures are old, outdated, and / or falling apart. Otherwise, a lighting retrofit makes perfect sense.

Lower maintenance costs. Lower costs from the maintenance department can be brought upon a longer lifespan light, which LED technology offers. By lasting 2-3 times longer, you can avoid paying people 2-3 times less to switch out lights when they burn out.

On top of this the added benefit of longer lifespans is that you need to less often buy new lights, which will obviously improve your ROI overall.

Conclusion

We hope this post helped bring some light to what LED school lighting can bring to your facility.
The benefits far outweigh the initial investment because it literally pays for itself and makes your school a better learning environment for all.

Don’t look over this option, research it and look into it more; for both your students and the bottom line!