Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fields and Arenas are Converting to LED and This is The Reason(s)

A sports field or arena calls for some serious lighting. This is especially true for outdoor fields or domes which require high lights, most commonly called high mast lights. These lights need to output large amounts of light per fixture to be able to properly illuminate the field to provide for a good view of the game without troubles.

The issue comes in when these lights do not meet our needs. This can happen through low quality lighting technologies, which are commonly metal halide or HPS in these high mast lights. They can cause underlit fields, low quality illumination, and even annoying flickering and / or buzzing of the lights.

To avoid this, we can upgrade and convert to LED. Not only will a conversion to LED get rid of low quality lighting issues, but they will also bring in some major cost saving benefits. These cost saving benefits (which we are going to cover) are the number one reason fields and organizations are converting to new high mast options which consist of LED technology.

Thus, we wanted to create this post explaining all of major benefits that the conversion to LED high mast fixtures will bring. From higher quality of light to lower overhead, after reading these benefits you may just consider an upgrade to LED when it comes time to replace your lighting system next.

Reduce overhead related to your lighting.
The #1 reason companies and organizations are making the conversion to LED in their light fixtures is because of the major cost savings that will come when they switch. Considering that the most common lighting technologies used in high masts are metal halide and HPS, making the switch away from either of these two technologies would allow you to realize up to a 75% reduction in energy usage directly associated with your lighting system.

Since you can realize such great energy reductions, you will be able to not only save money by less energy usage but realize a positive ROI. In turn, this will allow you to actually save money by choosing LED over these other technologies.

Longer lifespans and two benefits it will bring.
Think about how high up some of your light fixtures are, especially at a common sports arena. They are typically 20, 30, 40+ feet up, and this can be pricey to have someone to maintain these lights.

Since LEDs lifespan is 2-3 or even 4 times longer you will be able to reduce maintenance costs associated with your sports lighting system. This is another major cost saving benefit alongside the energy reduction in this technology.

Another benefit is the fact that you can stop buying replacement lights so often. Since LEDs last 2-3 times longer, you can by 2-3 times less replacement lights for when they burn out.

LED is growing, it’s the future.
As LED grows in reach and market size, the adaptation grows to more areas in all corners, of every market. LED is just starting to really pick up, and there are even a lot of future growth expectations for the future. For this reason it is a highly attractive technology to implement into a sports field. On top of all this growth, this means you will be able to get this technology at cheaper and cheaper prices as time goes on.

Appearance is everything to public sporting events.
If you’ve ever gone to a game where the experience was subpar, why was it? It might be the service, or even the seating; but when it's the lighting it is sometimes nearly unbearable. By upgrading to LED you can have higher quality of light, avoid underlit areas, and get rid of any flickering and / or buzzing lights.

All of these three issues we’ve listed, if they were present in your arena would cause issues with appearance throughout the experience. By upgrading to LED, you can improve light quality, avoid underlit areas, and get rid of buzzing and flickering from ever occurring.

Closing words
Saving money, longer lifespans, and higher quality of light are all the major benefits that an upgrade will bring. By making the conversion, you can realize all of these benefits the technology will bring to your sports field.

Since the fans and visitors are the livelihood of an arena, this is crucial to get right. Your lighting will make or break a good experience, and LED will allow you to provide that for your fans.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Safer and More Efficient Seaport Operations Through Lighting

A seaport or shipping port can have a lot going on in all areas of the operations, and it can get hectic trying to manage not only day to day operations, but alongside working on your goals of the port. In this post, we are going to try covering how a seaport can become more efficient and safer by installing LED seaport lights in and around their port.

The qualities that LED technology will bring to your seaport (or really anywhere) range from a reduction in energy consumption, higher quality of light (including no more flickering or buzzing fixtures), and even more cost saving benefits.

Can LED really be the way to get rid of common issues related to a lighting system, along with save money at the same time? In simple terms, yes they can. Better yet, they will not only fix those issues, but they will also fix a lot more in both technical and general terms.

What types of lighting fixtures will you commonly and most often find at ports?

Before we get into talking more in-depth about those benefits we briefly mentioned above, let's talk about what types of fixtures you will commonly find in a port. Knowing this, and being able to come back and reference them, will allow you to make better and more educated decisions related to light fixtures that directly relate to your needs. Here are those common lights we often seem to find in a port:

  • High masts (used for large areas outdoors, most commonly used high in the air)
  • Outdoor lighting (wall packs, parking lot lights, flood lights)
  • Hallway / office lighting (for any buildings you may have at the port)

Now, how about we talk about how exactly LED is going to resolve these common issues, and what it might mean for your seaport if you do decide to convert over to LED from other outdated technologies.

Less energy consumption with LED. The #1 reason why companies, ports, and really any other commercial / industrial application are converting over to LED technology in their fixtures is for this very reason; it saving them tons of money every single month. In fact, by converting to LED away from common technologies most often used in ports; you could realize up to a 75% reduction in energy usage associated with your lighting system.

This can be extremely beneficial, especially for a port which has lots of high up, and high output lights around the area. This savings allow you to realize an actual and even measurable return on investment for your upgrade. So, the main takeaway? By converting over to LED seaport lights for your lighting system; you will save some serious money all while taking advantage of the other benefits we are going to list down below...

Flickering. Have you ever been near a flickering light? If so, you probably know how annoying it can be; which seriously takes away from your concentration. This is increasingly worse when you have huge lights (such as high masts) that flicker and effect the entire surrounding area.

When you choose to convert to LEDs in any part of your port, you opt-in for no more flickering. How you ask? In non-technical terms, LEDs just were not built to ever be susceptible to this flaw. And no, not even near the end of an LED luminaires lifespan will it begin to flicker; when we say never, it really is never.

Buzzing. Buzzing fixtures can be just as annoying, and relates directly with the previous point; flickering lights. If you have ever encountered this issue at your facility and maybe even switched out an otherwise perfectly fine light; LED will not allow you to incur this issue ever again.

Overall lesser quality of illumination. Proper lighting, even seaport lighting, should never be overlooked. Not only will you miss out on energy savings related with converting to this better lighting technology; but you will also miss out on higher quality of light from your luminaires.

The biggest factor we consider when it comes to the “quality” of a luminaire is how fast it participates in “lumen depreciation.” This is basically the process of a light losing its output power throughout its lifespan. Sadly, it happens to all lights; even LED. But, the main thing to remember here is about how fast and overall how much one technology depreciates vs the next. Thankfully with LED luminaires, they depreciate at a much slower rate and overall will depreciate at much less.

For example, while a metal halide light might lose 50% of its lumen output by the time it is nearing the end of its lifespan; an LED may only lose 15%. On top of this, since LEDs last 2-3 times longer, it is even less of an issue since that depreciation is spread out over a much longer period of time.

Final thoughts

We hope this post has laid a foundation to a lighting guide for ports. Whether it is a small or large operation, the benefits your port will gain from LED will be the same; just at smaller or larger scales depending on your sizes.

The benefits far outweigh any other technology, and if you or the operations manager is ROI driver; this will be an easy decision since LEDs have a proven track record of returning a positive ROI in nearly every situation where the lights are oftenly used.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

5 Benefits of Converting to LED High Bays

A lighting system within any building is crucial to the efficiency of the building. With high bays, which are commonly used in high ceiling spaces, they are no exception to the rule and should not be ignored.

The “easy choice” solution to common issues that old and outdated lighting systems bring can all be resolved with LEDs. High energy costs every month? LED can fix it. Flickering or buzzing lights? LED will fix that too. All of that and more can be resolved by converting over to LED high bay fixtures at your facility.

But, enough with short talk about the benefits of the technology; lets go more in-depth about each major benefit that the technology will bring to your facility by upgrading your high bays.

1. Reduce energy consumption by up to 75%. Did you know that the #1 reason companies are converting to high bay LEDs is because of the amount of energy they will save you? By converting away from technologies like metal halide or HPS, you could be reducing energy usage by up to 75%, talk about a lot of energy!

This in and of itself will allow you to pay back your investment, and then some. On top of that, you are not only saving energy and saving money; but you are also gaining all of the other benefits that the technology offers too. Sounds like a win-win!

2. Longer lifespans have two main benefits. Since LED can last longer by up to 2 or 3 times, you will be able to realize two main benefits from the longer lifespan.

For starters, you will be able to reduce the amount of replacement luminaires that you need to buy to replace the old burnt out ones. This itself is a huge reasons alone, but this isn’t the only reason it will save you money.

They also save you money by a reduction in the amount of time you need to pay someone to replace those burnt out lights. This allows you to reduce your maintenance costs, which is an indirect savings related to your conversion to LED. Another win-win!

3. Turn them on instantly. Time is money in business, and waiting for your lights to warm up in today's world is not acceptable. Older technologies such as metal halide and HPS take time to warm up (also known as strike time), but no longer with LED will you have to wait for them to turn off. They will turn on at full capacity as soon as that switch is flipped, allowing you to get the most out of yours lights “on time” and not waste energy just to wait for them to warm up.

4. High Color Rendering Index (CRI). The Color Rendering Index (or CRI) is a measurement of light, 0 to 100, with the higher the rating the higher the color rendering ability. With LED lighting, you will be able to achieve a wider range of CRI and thus, a higher quality of light is produced.

5. They will never buzz or flicker. Have you ever been around flickering or buzzing lights? If so, you know they can be annoying. And with older technologies they are easily susceptible to these annoyances which cause eye strain, distractions, and more; which are no place to be in workplace environments.

LED will never encounter this issue, in short because of the way they are made. So if you want to avoid this issue from ever occurring, convert your high bays (and all of your fixtures) away from those technologies and over to LED.


Finally, we have gotten through the list of 5 major benefits that will come to your facility by converting and upgrading to LED high bay fixtures. Whether you manage or own a warehouse, factory, or really anywhere with high ceilings; the conversion will benefit you in all of the above ways; if not more.

But don’t stop here, keep learning about the technology and high bay products that will best fit your requirements. Anyone can convert to high bay, just go out there and do your research. You will be thankful once you get the conversion done and start realizing all of the benefits of the technology being in your building.