The Gentile Group Upgrades Office Lighting

The Gentile Group saw an opportunity to significantly improve the quality of light in one of their office buildings, while embracing the energy saving potential of a state of the art LED lighting system. The business chose Accurate Technologies to upgrade their lighting system and the results were dramatic. Accurate Technologies was able to raise the lighting levels from 8.52 foot candles to 33.1. This improved lighting quality, along with the energy savings will have a major impact on the business for years to come.

About The Gentile Group

The Gentile Group, LLC (TGG) is a real estate operating company based in Clearwater, Florida. The company is focused on creating long-term value through the acquisition, development and management of residential and commercial real estate assets. With over 50 years of combined experience, the senior management team and staff are uniquely qualified to deliver superior investment results. The current portfolio consists of office buildings, warehouse properties and multi-family assets.

About Accurate Technologies

Accurate Technologies is a team of professionals who deliver varied talents and experience to the LED market. Spearheaded by entrepreneurs with lifelong involvement in the lighting, wholesale distribution, electronic technology and construction fields, we understand our products as thoroughly as we understand our clients.

We’re prepared to engage your LED lighting needs at any point in the process. From building maintenance professionals who need to reduce the expenses of existing buildings to architects searching for a way to meet the strict efficiency standards of new projects, Accurate Technologies looks forward to providing the information you need to make an informed purchase.

While we attempt to make our website informative, there’s no substitute for a personal connection.  Contact us today. We want to be more than your supply house- we want to be your solution in an ever more technologically complex industry.

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Foot Candle Reading Before LED Upgrading

 

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Before LED Upgrade

 

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Foot Candle Reading After Upgrade

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After Upgrade Picture

 

LED Industry 2016 and Beyond

After the historic COP21 summit in Paris, the world’s attention is on climate change and the effects of energy consumption. Lighting accounts for around 15% of the world’s electricity consumption, and that demand is set to rise by 50% by 2030.  With the population growing, urbanization increasing and billions of people being connected to energy grids, energy efficient lighting is at the forefront of people’s minds. This renewed focus could mean major developments for the LED lighting market. As 2015 comes to a close, we look into 2016 and beyond, to identify possible trends for the LED lighting market.

Indoor Growing– With more research into the effects of climate change, there will be a greater demand for technologies that enable the growing of crops in a factory environment, rather than out in open flooded or arid areas.

Less Specialization– Less talk about lamps and lighting products, more about systems which also include lighting and controls.

Consumption– Energy efficient lighting will be important, but the focus will shift toward reducing energy consumed by lighting.

Smart Lighting– Connected lighting will drastically change the landscape of computing devices, including PC’s, smartphones, tablets, and activity trackers. Expect companies to develop technology to create easy to use, and convenience applications for the new connected devices.

Payback– Connected and smart lighting, will be cost-justified using a creative mix of simple payback, life-cycle cost and a cost-benefit analysis which integrates human factors considerations

Cities get more involved– Cities and towns around the world are installing LED streetlights in an effort to reduce energy bills and cut emissions. If done in the world’s largest 500 cities, lighting upgrades could save up to $243.2 billion in energy costs to 2030, according to the New Climate Economy report.

Companies change their strategy– Recently Ikea announced that in 2016, it will no longer sell non-LED light bulbs. In addition, the company says it will change more than one million light sources in the store to LED energy-efficient lighting. Expect other large companies to follow this trend.

Non-visible LED light applications increasingly valued- Due to intense LED pricing competition, manufacturers are searching for new applications to boost profitability. This has led to an increase in LED applications in the non-visible spectrum such as UV or IR LED’s. The largest market for these applications include curing, disinfection, security and remote control applications. However expect applications such as proximity sensors, biometrics, and mobile device security to increase in both the IR LED and UV LED market in the near future.

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Report: Energy Savings Forecast of SSL in General Illumination Applications

http://www.energy.gov/eere/ssl/downloads/energy-savings-forecast-solid-state-lighting-general-illumination-applications

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/energysavingsforecast14-summ.pdf

 

References

http://www.ledinside.com/node/24123

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2425262/philips-lighting-chief-demands-focus-on-energy-efficiency-ambition-at-paris-climate-summit

http://www.ledjournal.com/main/blogs/looking-back-looking-forward/#more-13289

http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/iif/2012/10/ikea-stores-will-only-sell-led-lighting-by-2016.html

http://www.energy.gov/eere/ssl/led-lighting-forecast

15 Surprising Facts about LED Lighting Industry

Here are some cool facts about LED lighting that might surprise you;

  1. LED’s use at least 75% less energy than halogen bulbs
  2. LED last 35-50 times longer than halogen and up to 10 times longer than CFL’s
  3. LED’s are “instant-on” and require no warmup time
  4. LED lights fitted with sensors can automatically know how much illumination is needed, and where it should be directed. The lights will adjust to a crowded party or to a dark parking garage.
  5. Specific light recipes have been shown to speed patient-recovery times in hospitals. Meanwhile, new home medical devices are reaching the market in Europe that utilize intense blue LED lights to ease back pain.
  6. WIFI connected “smart bulbs” can be operated from a smart phone
  7. LED don’t give off heat like CFL’s which helps lower your A/C bill
  8. Energy use in America is doubling every 20 years. LED’s can help reduce this number. Only about 10% of the energy used in a single lightbulb is used to create light, the rest is used to create heat. LED light bulbs, use about 80% less energy in total than standard bulbs
  9. It is estimated that in 2014, the United States used approximately 412 billion kWh of electricity just for lighting
  10. The United States uses approximately 23% of the world’s energy, yet it only holds about 5% of the world’s population
  11. K-12 schools in the United States spend more than $6 billion on energy use, or more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined
  12. Lighting costs make up approximately 20% of all of the electricity used in the United States today
  13. LEDs contain no mercury and have a much smaller environmental impact than halogen or fluorescent bulbs
  14. In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. — saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions
  15. Switching to LEDs can reduce electrical and maintenance costs of a commercial building by up to 30%

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025604/philips-lighting-the-way

http://energy.gov/articles/top-8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-leds

https://www.electricchoice.com/blog/50-surprising-facts-on-energy-consumption/

 

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Terms to Know in LED Lighting

As the LED lighting industry grows more mature, the lighting market is filled with LED lighting solutions. For customers, it is really difficult to figure out which LED lighting solution is most suitable for them in terms of various demands. This article will give you some tips on terminology you need to know. What used to be simple has become a bit complicated. However after learning these few terms, it will become much clearer and you will see the light!

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LED: LED’s, or light-emitting diodes, are a solid state technology that have no filament, glass envelope, gas, or mercury. LED’s produce light by the movement of electrons that results from applying an electric voltage difference across a semiconductor material.

o When looking at lighting and watts, you are not looking at how much light a bulb puts out when looking at watts, but how much energy a bulb uses to put out that amount of light.

Lumens– In traditional terms a watt is a measurement of how much electrical power a device consumes.

o a lumen is a measurement of the amount of light that is contained in a certain area
o A much simpler definition of a lumen would be that one lumen is equivalent to the amount of light put out by one birthday candle when you are standing one foot away from it. If a light bulb puts out 100 lumens, imagine standing one foot away from a cake with one hundred birthday candles on it.
o Lumens are more accurate way of measuring the amount of light a particular bulb is putting out, because lumens are a direct measurement of light output
o The true measurement unit of luminous flux (or brightness) is the lumen (lm). Lumen measurements are an acceptable method to compare LED’s to traditional light sources.
o Lumens Per Watt- Similar to Miles/Gallon in a car

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LED Lighting at a Nurses station

Driver– A LED driver is a device that manages power and controls the current flow for an LED lighting product. What makes a driver different from conventional power supplies, is that an LED driver responds to the ever-changing needs of the LED, or circuit of LED’s, by supplying a constant amount of power to the LED, as its electrical properties change with temperature.

Retrofit– A simple definition of a retrofits the renovation of your old lighting fixtures and/or bulbs that improves the lighting output and temperature of light all while emitting less heat and saving energy.

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LED lighting in a parking canopy

o Retrofitting traditional lighting fixtures harnesses the key properties that make LED’s unique. LED retrofit lamps are direct replacements for conventional incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps.

How Your Small Business can Save Money Today

 The bottom line is important to every business owner and each small business owner also understands the pressure of operating on a shoestring budget. Businesses hear the push to “Go Green” and say, “I have bigger concerns right now”. The initiative to “Go Green” helps the environment, but what does it do for my business, today? One change that can accomplish helping the environment, and also putting money back into your pocket is switching to LED lighting.

The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs make them idea for commercial and industrial uses. With ROI averaging under two years, the new generation of low-energy lighting makes financial sense NOW. James Russell, technical development manager at the Energy Saving Trust, said: “If customers are prepared to pay the up-front higher cost they will quickly calculate that they will see a return on their investment within the first couple of years – and will go on making financial savings for many more years. Customers will also not have the hassle and expense of frequently replacing burnt-out halogen lamps.” ENERGY STAR qualified commercial LED lighting offers an unprecedented opportunity to save energy, maintenance and cooling costs and is a natural fit for cutting-edge renovation, new construction projects, or easy retrofits. LED lighting products use at least 75% less energy and last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lighting. LED’s also produce virtually no heat and provide optimal light color for any environment from parking lots to high-end show rooms. These lighting options can help reduce your budget immediately and provide measurable savings.

Lastly, the same message you are hearing about national and global green initiatives and the call to “go green” is being heard by your customers as well.  By switching to LED lighting your business can proudly demonstrate its desire to support the well being of the community and beyond.

If you would like to start saving money today, call Accurate Technologies Inc. at 813-623-2481 for a free energy audit or visit www.accuratetechinc.com for more information.

Examples of Products:
For more details visit http://accuratetechinc.com/data-sheets/

Description: Commercial Can Light Module w/ Trim

Details: AT-ADL Series LED retrofit modules are suitable for direct replacement of existing halogen, CFL or HID recessed ceiling mounted can lights. Module can be fully installed into existing can light bracket from below existing hard ceiling. Lumen packages comparable to mean lumens for 26W, 32W, 42W, 2x13W, 2x26W, 2x32W, 2x42W, CFL and 39W, 50W, 70W CMH with energy savings up to 50%. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing lighting. Cast aluminum heat sink houses Cree chip for excellent thermal management.

Decription: Retrofit Module for Vertical Mount Socket

Details: AT-APR38 LED modules are suitable for existing light fixtures which feature a vertically mounted socket and are directional in light output. UL and FCC approved LED driver is made with long life components. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing HID lighting. Cast aluminum heat sink and active cooling system for excellent thermal management. 45 degree light output. 3 year warranty

Description: LED T8 Retrofit Lamp

Details: AT-T8 LED lamps are suitable for replacement of existing T8 or T12 linear fluorescent lamps. Emits high CRI light with no flicker. Existing ballast must be bypassed by a qualified professional. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing lighting. Cast aluminum body acts as integrated heat sink for excellent thermal management. UL and DLC listed, 3 year warranty.

Description: 360 Degree LED Retrofit Lamp

Details: Constructed with Samsung SMD5630 chips, ATCL360 LED modules are suitable for use in existing light fixtures which emit light in all directions, such as lampposts or area lights. UL and FCC approved LED driver is made with long life components. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing HID lighting. Cast aluminum heat sink for excellent thermal management. 360 degree light output. 3 year warranty.

Additional Resources:

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=lighting.pr_what_are

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Many-Light-Bulbs-Are-In-The-Average-American-Household?&id=6486896

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/08/led-lightbulbs-save-energy-bills