Best Line Oil upgrades to LED lighting to better serve the community

Best Line Oil Co. Inc., one of the largest lubricant distributors in central Florida, upgraded the warehouse lighting at its Tampa facility. The company partnered with Accurate Technologies, Inc. to equip the warehouse with Flextronics 4 Module LED fixtures, which increased light levels while simultaneously cutting down on the company’s energy bill.

Kirk Davis of Accurate Technologies states, “At the beginning of this project, I surveyed the warehouse and found that the lighting was well below standards and not all fixtures were working properly. Also, employees were complaining and errors pulling product happened more than normal.  After surveying the warehouse I did a drawing of the existing lighting system and forwarded the information to our Fixture Agent and requested a photometric layout done using existing locations and also by adding a row of lights in the center. After review with the customer we decided on the Flextronics 4 Module LED fixture with over 24,000 lumens and 95% efficiency compared to the 2 lamp 8 Ft. Fluorescent fixture with just over 10,000 lumens and 60% efficiency. We did a one for one swap and increased the light levels significantly.  The owner and employees are ecstatic. Since we put in LED product with dimming drivers and sensors on each fixture we now have the ability to dim the fixtures or turn them off when no one is in the area. The old lamps had an average life of 12,000 hours and now the new LED fixtures have a L70 rating projected at 200,000 hours.”

President of Best Line Oil, Al Garcia, III, immediately noticed the incredible difference in the warehouse stating, “There is an incredible difference from what we had here, you can’t believe how happy the guys working in my warehouse are now!”  The lighting upgrade will also generate long-term energy reductions and maintenance cost savings in addition to the better light quality so that Best Line Oil can continue to deliver the quality of service to the community for which they have been known

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ABOUT BEST LINE OIL 
Best Line Oil Company, founded in 1941 is one of the largest lubricants distributors in central Florida. Founded on the principles of being a service and quality oriented company, Best Line Oil Company is proud to offer the quality brands of Shell, Total and Phillips 66. Located in the heart of Ybor City Tampa, Best Line Oil Company has a bulk tank farm with a capacity in excess of 180,000 gallons as well as a 20,000 square foot warehouse. Best Line Oil drivers have many years of experience in the lubricants business and the company’s fleet of trucks can handle all of its customer’s needs. Best Line Oil’s office staff and sales force have extensive experience in the lubricants industry and are capable of providing our customers with the proper lubricants for any application.

About Accurate Technologies, Inc.

Accurate Technologies is a full service supplier of LED lighting solutions. Clients include commercial contractors, electricians, building maintenance departments and property management firms.  With the latest lighting technology platform Accurate Technologies can facilitate lighting packages for many settings including: medical, retail spaces, street lighting, parking garages, office buildings, resorts, and schools.  ATI can also ease the process of installation by recommending qualified technicians through its service network.

Accurate Technologies focuses on highly efficient lighting technologies, but just as importantly, make sure that recommendations are visually appealing and effective for the end user.  The company provides only high quality LED lighting products which have passed rigorous safety, performance and efficiency standards, and Accurate Technologies is committed to serving its clients with responsive, helpful service.

 

To Learn how your business can save money, contact us today. Click here or email us at info@accuratetechinc.com

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!

T8 LED

LED T8 Tube

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

Nurse Station

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.

LED canopy parking example

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 a Facility Executive Can Increase Their Budget

How a Facility Executive Can Increase Their Budget
Shrinking Capital Budgets are a trend that many facility managers are facing. It is difficult to get a “yes” from senior management, even though there may be a leaky roof that needs to be fixed. Facility managers understand that it is not about how much money is available, it is making sure money is available when needed. In order for a facility manager to have his budget increase in the future, they need to show that they are adding value to the organization today. The question is how?
The best way to add value to the company and deliver measurable results is to improve how a facility operates. Improving efficiency is something that can be measured and the savings can be built into the next year’s budget. One way to achieve savings and show measurable ROI is by moving to LED lighting systems. Saving energy means saving money-both in the present and in the future. LED lighting systems have proven ROI and the results can be seen in the power bill immediately. If a facility manager’s recommendation starts saving 25%-30% off the annual power bill, that is measurable money saved, and their budget is sure to increase in the future based on the savings.
When approaching the CEO or CFO, you want to remember the 4 P’s, Professional, Practical, Proof and Perspective. The presentation should be easy to navigate, include measurable data, benchmarks and include real world statistics. You also want to include their language. This includes ROI, Payback Period, Total Cost of Ownership and Net Present Value. The first place to start would be to get a free energy audit of your facilities. Once you have this data, you would be able to solve the other key performance indicators the executives would want to know. Energy audits offer a beneficial way to examine energy needs and measure their costs against the return on investment for all proposed improvements. Below are some helpful articles that should help you get the ball rolling after your audit. For your FREE ENERGY AUDIT, call Accurate Technologies Inc. at 813-623-2481 or enter your information online at http://www.accuratetechinc.com .

– Steven Williams

Helpful Articles

http://www.facilitiesnet.com/facilitiesmanagement/article/How-to-Get-the-CFOs-Ear-Facilities-Management-Facilities-Management-Feature–2013
http://www.eyesonsales.com/content/article/selling_to_the_cfo_what_the_cfo_needs_to_believe/
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/facilitiesmanagement/article/How-to-Get-the-CFOs-Ear-Facilities-Management-Facilities-Management-Feature–2013#Justify
http://cdmsmith.com/en-US/Insights/Industrial-Outlook/Getting-the-Most-Out-of-Your-Facilities-Budget.aspx

LED canopy parking example

LED canopy parking example

Why you should Switch your T8 Fluorescent Lamps with T8 LED Tubes

 

Infographic for LED

Infographic for LED

Why you should Switch your T8 Fluorescent Lamps with T8 LED Tubes

  • Energy Savings
    • T8 LED tubes are up to 30% more efficient than Fluorescent Lamps
    • Our AT-T8 uses only (blank) Watts compared
  • Improves Fixture Efficiency
    • LEDs offer directional light (illumination exactly where you need it). Compared to Fluorescents which have multi-directional light, which mean some of the light is lost into the fixture and unnecessary places
  • Air-Conditioning Savings
    • LED’s run cooler than fluorescent lamps which could lead to money savings and makes air-conditioning more efficient
  • Mercury-Free and RoHS Compliant
    • There is no mercury or glass content with LED’s, which makes them environmental friendly
  • Longer Life and Sustainability
    • Because the light-emitting diodes don’t degrade in the same manner that the gas escapes a fluorescent or the filament burns out in an incandescent, LED lamps have a much longer lifespan than either of those lighting technologies. Some of the newerLED lamps generally have an expected lifespan of over 50,000 hours.
  • LED Does Not Give Off UV
    • LED replacement bulbs does not emit any light in the non-visible light spectrum (UV).  No UV reduces fading
    • Fluorescent T8 bulbs emit UV/IR light.

 

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.

Accurate Technologies Products

 AT-T8 Series

LED T8 Retrofit Tube Lamp

 Description: LED T8 Retrofit Lamp

Details:

  • Emits high CRI light with no flicker
  • Input Voltage 120-277
  • Instant-on at 100%
  • High lumen output
  • Rated lifespan 50,000 hours
  • Lumen Output 1050/1950, 4350 lm
  • Power Consumption Features 10w (2ft), 18w (4ft), 40w (8ft)