Fluorescent T5 Troffer Direct-Indirect Retrofit Kit Saves Time And Money

24/08/11 0 COMMENTS

t8 lighting fixtureAre you tired of the same old boring Fluorescent Troffers in the ceiling, and seeking a more modern up-to-date appearance combined with energy savings?  Than Synergy Lighting offers the best solution to fit your needs.  No longer do you have to spend hundreds of dollars per fixture to have modern light fixtures installed.   Synergy Lighting provides a simple, affordable retrofit that will turn you existing fluorescent fixtures into the modern design fixtures typically seen in new construction.

Direct-Indirect Retofit Kit Creates Modern Appeal

KIB direct indirect fluorescent retrofit kit t8 t5 trofferOur KIB Retrofit kit costs less than half of a new fixture.  The only difference between a new fixture and our fantastic retrofit unit is the main fixture body.  This is the steel part of the fixture above the ceiling grid that doesn’t go bad and no one ever sees.   All the important components, such as door frames, lens, sockets, ballasts and wiring are replaced with new brand new components.  With the KIB Retrofit Kit, your old 4 lamp fixture using 168 watts is reduced to only 108 watts using modern day T5 High Lumen Lamps.  

The KIB Retrofit creates an energy savings of $32.00 per fixture per year, and pays for itself in less than 18 months! 

Simple, Fast Installation Saves On Labor

 Labor costs are drastically reduced as the KIB Direct-Indirect Retrofit kit installs in less than 3 minutes.  That’s right, you can retrofit an entire office in less than an hour!  Just watch the video below to see how easy it is to have the modern appeal of a Direct-Indirect Troffer in minutes!

For More information on this product or other fluorescent retrofit kits, or to receive a quote for your business or energy saving project, call us today at 877-220-5483!

Why Fluorescent Light Bulbs Are Having Price Increases | Rare Earth Metals Shortage

03/08/11 0 COMMENTS

We realize that there have been numerous articles and stories trying to explain how rare earth metals are effecting fluorescent light bulbs prices.  Most of these articles are very elaborate and tell you a lot of information you might not understand.   So here is a very simple explanation we can give you.

rare earth phosphor shortage fluorescent bulbsThe United States ceased production of rare earth metals in 1999 in an effort to protect our natural resources.  When the United States made the decision, it forced manufacturers to purchase these rare earth elements from other countries such as China.   China realized that the U.S. and Arabian countries have oil, but the shear size of the rare earth deposits in China could be China’s version of a natural resource super power.  Currently China produces 97% of all rare earth metals in the world.

China Reduces Export Of Rate Earth Metals

China has reached a point in their economic growth where the needs of China for rare earth metals are becoming much greater.  Given the economic growth needs of China, the Chinese government has drastically reduced the export of these metals to other countries.  This is a move on their part to protect their own growth, but also force more manufacturing to come to china. 

Rare Earth Metals In Fluorescent Lamps

phosphor mineral shortage poored in to make fluorescent bulbsOf the rare earth metals mined in China are Yttrium (Y), Europium (Eu), and Terbium (Tb).  These rare earth metals are phosphors, and are refined and processed into blended phosphors used to produce fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs.  This is what is know as Tri-Phosphor Technology.   In the reduction of export of these metals to the U.S. and for fluorescent lamps being made in China for export to the U.S., the costs have risen exorbitantly on the simple basis of supply and demand.

Every light bulb manufacturer has been victim of this situation now referred to as the “Phosphor Crisis” or “Rare Earth Mineral Crisis”, and the costs are rising rapidly.  The white powder inside each fluorescent lamp is made from the processed rare earth minerals.  Manufacturers such as Sylvania, Philips, General Electric and other major manufacturers of fluorescent bulbs can’t buy the amounts of phosphors needed to meet U.S. production requirements.  As the cost of these rare earth minerals rises, and the supply is reduced, the cost of fluorescent and CFL light bulbs is rising on a daily basis.

Will Fluorescent Price Increase Level Off?

It is very hard to predict where the end of this crisis will be without Government interference.   Many U.S. mines that were previously mothballed are recommencing mining of the U.S. supply.  Not only are these elements rare, but they are also used in the production of hybrid cars, defense navigation and weapons technology, and electronic devices.   The United States Congress is more than aware of the problem and claims that this situation will not only effect Americans economically, but it also poses a risk to our national security.  The U.S. mines will not be completely up and running, nor at a level of price competitiveness for several years to come.   For now and the foreseeable future, these costs affecting several industries and the lighting industry will continue to rise incrementally.

Learn more about Rare Earth Metals with the video below from CNN.


Do CFL Light Bulbs Cause Headaches?

20/01/11 1 COMMENTS

Over the years we have often heard customers complain that fluorescent light bulbs cause them to suffer from headaches. But was it really the bulbs?  Or, was it simply the slight flickering of older ballasts going bad causing brief subtleties in the eye that was causing headaches, or could it be more than that?   The magnetic ballast for T12 uses coiled wire and creates magnetic fields to transform voltage, and in the United States operates at 60 Hz.   This means that for intensive purposes, the light bulbs are actually being turned on an off 60 times per second.  Surely some eyes would be bothered if the flickering became more noticeable.   So when our customers changed from magnetic ballasts to the new electronic ballasts that operates at over 20,000hz, many of these complaints of headaches went away.

Scientists Claim CFL’s Pose A Health Risk

SYLVANIA CFL LIGHT BULBSLately, with the banning of incandescent light bulbs, the compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) have grown exponentially as the common place light bulb of today.  Operating with self contained electronic ballasts, we would initially believe that surely no one would suffer headaches from these energy saving light bulbs.  However, scientists have recently started talking publicly about CFL’s and Dirty Energy and claims that CFL’s actually pose a health risk.  We must wonder if health could really be affected by CFL’s and what about the lamps would cause this issue?  

What is Dirty Energy?

Dirty Energy is defined as any negative result from an energy product.  This could be harmful gases created from coal burning, to ultra violet emissions to electromagnetic energy.  CFL BULBS CAUSE DIRTY ENERGYBasically if the energy produced or any portion of the process to make the energy can be harmful to anyone or the environment than it would be considered dirty energy.  So then we must ask, do CFL’s cause dirty energy?   16:9 a Canadian reporting television show leads us to believe that they do in a 2009 story that never aired in the U.S.   Their research yields an interest to the ideal that CFL’s produce electromagnetic emissions that cause serious health risks and headaches.  We know T12 linear fluorescent ballasts use and electromagnetic field to generate light from a fluorescent bulb, so could that have been what was causing customers headaches at work?  Is the energy saving created by CFL’s worth health problems?

You be the judge!

To learn more or find New energy saving lighting products that do not emit Dirty Energy, visit us online at www.synergylightingusa.com or call us toll free at 1-877-220-5483.

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GE Lighting Developes Hybrid Light Bulb

01/11/10 1 COMMENTS

GE HYBRID CFL HALOGEN LIGHT BULBConsumers will soon no longer have to travel to the car dealership to find a Hybrid. Starting in 2011, GE Lighting brings hybrid technology to the lighting world in the form of a unique, new incandescent-shaped light bulb that combines the instant brightness of halogen technology with the energy efficiency and longer rated life of compact fluorescent (CFL) technology.

One of the biggest complaints with CFL light bulbsis the 2 minute delay for lamps to reach peek brightness. GE Lighting feels that this new Hybrid Halogen-CFL is the futures cure. The halogen capsule inside GE’s new hybrid halogen-CFL bulb comes on instantly, allowing the bulb to operate noticeably brighter in less than a half a second. The capsule shuts off once the CFL comes to full brightness. The initial product launch will bring U.S. and Canadian consumers GE Reveal® and GE Energy Smart® Soft White varieties that offer significantly greater instant brightness than current covered CFLs, while preserving the energy efficiency and long life attributes that have elevated CFLs as a lighting staple in many households.

GE scientists engineered the bulb to operate with an exceptionally low level of mercury: 1 mg. Currently available CFLs range from 1.5 mg to 3.5 mg. The hybrid halogen-CFL bulbs will be RoHS compliant and offer eight times the life of incandescent bulbs (8,000 hours vs. 1,000 hours). Less frequent replacement due to longer light bulb life can reduce landfill waste.

First to launch will be 15-watt and 20-watt hybrid halogen-CFL bulbs that are considered viable replacements for 60-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs, respectively. Retail pricing and specific distribution availability will be announced in the coming months.

For more information on switching to Energy Saving Lighting, view our website and call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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Understanding Energy Savings

16/09/10 0 COMMENTS

For years Synergy Lighting has proposed and sold energy saving lighting to commercial businesses.  However, from time to time, we have ran into situations where an Electrician or Amateur Lighting Sales Person walks into a customers door and tells them that they don’t have energy saving lighting.   For a business owner who has invested into energy saving products or systems, these statements can often leave a business owner feeling uneasy about their previous purchase.  This results in a clearly defined need for a customer of any kind to understand a few basic principles about energy savings and a basic understanding of electrician knowledge.

Electricians vs. Lighting Professionals

Electrician Lighting RepairElectrician’s are usually masters of their trade, however, when it comes to commercial lighting, electricians depend on the expertise of a Lighting Professional to perform the specification of products, application, layout and design.   Being a master electrician does not mean that the electrician knows much about lighting, that is not their job.  The product knowledge and expertise comes from the Lighting Professionals.   Surely the electrician has the knowledge, skills and ability to ensure that proper wiring is pulled and the specified voltage is used to power a lighting fixture, but electricians always count on the Lighting Professional to know what products are to be used.   This knowledge only comes from years of of professional, specialty training in commercial lighting products.   A lighting profesisonal possess an acute ability to determine the proper products, lumens, color, and placement that an electrician must contend with when installing the lighting system.

There are Two Basic Forms Of Energy Savings

The Energy Saving System

SKY-BRITE FLUORESCENT LAMPS ENERGY SAVING LIGHTINGEnergy saving systems are designed to implement energy savings throughout a commercial building or area based on the existing types of lighting being used.    This system can be established by using dedicated “Energy Saving” Products, or by using alternate products that manipulate the use of lumen’s/per watt such as Scotopically Richor High Lumen products.   An example of this is replacing (4) Cool White Lamps with (2) High Lumen, High Scotopically Rich Lamps.   In cases such as this, the older cool white produce much less light than 2 of the newer high lumen lamps.   Though the High Lumen Natural White Lamps are not independently rated as an energy saving product, they are however an integral part of an energy saving system, thus causing an 86 Watts Per Fixture savings.

In the use of an energy saving system, an Electrician or Ameteur Lighting Salesmen may state to a customer that they  did not buy energy saving products, and mislead a customer into an alternate purchase they do not need.   This is because in an Energy Saving System, they can not see the “Before” to understand the impact of the “After” system installed.

Energy Saving Products

CFL BULBSThe products on the market that are label as “energy saving” are typically measured by lumen’s/per watt and independently marketed as energy saving.  However this again may be a misrepresentation as it may be referring to “when used as a system”   Typically true energy saving products, such as an F32T8 Lamp compared to an F34T12 Cool White lamp are in fact a true energy saving product, and usually these products require the use of an equipment change such as a ballast replacement, or in the case of Compact Fluorescent Lamps, merely the removal of an incandescent lamp and the placement of the CFL in the lamp socket.

What Are The Important Factors To Consider

A strong focus on “Energy Saving Products” is not the most important or significant factor in determining true energy savings.   The greatest real Energy Savings, comes from the implementation of an Energy Saving Lighting System which may or may not use specifically marketed products that claim to be energy savings or long lasting.  An example of this is the replacement of T12 Lamps to T8 Lamps.   A typical 2×4 Fluorescent Troffer converted from T12 to T8 (Labeled Energy Saving Product) has an average cost of $64.00 and yields a 68.5 watt reduction, where as the same T12 fixture delamped to High Lumen / Scotopically Rich Lamps (Not Independantly Label As Energy Saving) has an average cost of $24.00 and yields a 87.5 watt reduction.

For more information on energy savings consult a lighting professional, or view our website and call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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Which Fluorescent Ballasts Improve Lighting & Offer High Efficiency Savings

23/08/10 1 COMMENTS

One of the biggest problems with Fluorescent Lighting and light fixtures is and has always been a lack of public awareness as to the products being used.   Typically a consumer or facility maintenance department know what kind of bulbs they need for a fixture, and when it comes time for a ballast, they seek “A Ballast” that would appropriately run the number and type of lamps being used.

There Are Many Types of Fluorescent Ballasts

Manufacturers such as Sylvania, Advance, GE and Prolume, (Many others), all make fluorescent T8 ballasts.  What most people do not know is they make many different kinds all for the same lamp combination.  These include:

  • Residential Grade Ballasts
  • Standard General Ballast
  • CEE Rated High Efficiency Ballasts

Each of these varying grades of fluorescent electronic ballasts are available in 120 Volt, 277 Volt and Universal Voltage.  Not only are they available in varying voltages, but they as well have a great variance as to the characteristics, energy consumption, light output and bottom line price.

The Benefits of Ballast Types & Pricing

Residential Grade Ballasts

Electronic Fluorescent Ballasts made for residential use are very common and typically found pre-installed in fluorescent fixtures available at stores like Home Depot and Lowes.   The fixtures from these sources often carry a lower price than those available from commercial electric or lighting companies with the only difference being the ballast installed.  The Residential or (GEB) Generic Electronic Ballast, are made with lower usage requirements such as 3 hours use per day.  They have a smaller and less expensive electrolytic capacitor that when used for extended periods of time, crystallizes internally and fails.  These ballasts when used in a commercial application rather than as a “Garage Light” usually fail with a year or two. Ballast cost @ $12.00 each.

See Advance Residential Ballast Brochure

Standard General Ballasts

Sylvania Quicktronic BallastStandard  ballasts are designed for use in retail and offices with run times averaging 8-10 hours per use daily.   Typically this is the “Normal” ballast you will receive when asking a supplier for a ballast.   These are readily available, and often come with very competitive pricing from distributors @ $15.50 to $21.oo per ballast.   The quality of these ballasts are average, however they last @ 3 -5 years maximum life and only carry a warranty longer than 3 years if installed with the same brand lamps as the ballast manufacturer.  There is no energy benefits when using standard general ballasts, other than understanding that they operate with a ballast factor of 88%, which means the lamps are putting out 12% less light.  Examples of a stadard use ballast: Sylvania Quicktronic (QTP4x32T8 ISN-SC)

Beware:  This is the ballast that most companies sell 100% of the time.  Claims of “Best Quality, Professional Series or Commercial Grade” are misleading as it is intended for light use only, not heavy duty or energy efficiency.
See Sylvania Quicktronic Brochure


CEE Rated High Efficiency Ballasts

Halco High Efficiency T8 BallastHigh Efficiency Ballasts are considered to be the “Best Quality, Most Efficient” ballasts available in today’s market.  These ballasts which meet the efficiency standards of Energy Star and (CEE) Consortium For Energy Efficiency provide maximum light output of 95% of the design lumen output and producing up to 99.8 lumen’s per watt.  These are excellent choices for office, warehouse such as Fluorescent High Bay fixtures as well as retail store lighting. 

This means brighter light, greater energy savings and a complete 5 year factory warranty no matter how many hours of use in any application.


See Halco High Efficiency Brochure

For more information view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.  Phone: (941)-756-4844 

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T8 Fluorescent High Bay Fixtures | Reduce Costs

19/08/10 2 COMMENTS

One of the most common forms of industrial warehouse and large commercial lighting is Metal Halide High Bays. These fixtures which are often selected initially because of their high lumens per watt and relatively low price are found virtually every where you look. They can be found in Grocery Stores such as Publix, and Retail Stores Like Sports Authority and HHGregg as well as 90% of all warehouses. We like to refer to these fixtures as the “Engineers Choice” when a new construction project is being developed. They are easy to specify, very bright and can be laid out using a relatively low amount of fixtures.

Metal Halide High Bays Are Really Not Efficient

It is highly likely that the era of the Metal Halide High Bay still being used today is not out of necessity or efficiency but merely that of imitating others. “Well, Best Buy has those lights, we should too”. The unfortunate situation is that nobody upfront considers the true reality of metal halide lighting. This reality is:

  • Color shift, lights turning green and pink
  • Enormous electricity cost of operation
  • High priced replacements of ballasts and bulbs
  • High heat loads emiting from the light fixture
  • Possible harm from explosion and uv radiation
  • Long start up and restrike time

T8 Fluorescent High Bay Fixtures Can Do The Job

T8 Fluorescent has been around for years, in fact you may have them above your head right now in an office! Most people do not realize that those lights used in the office can also be used to provide the high levels of light required where Metal Halide High Bay fixtures may exist. T8 Fluorescent has improved so dramatically just in the past 12 months, that these lamps can now be used for the same purpose. Using specially designed 6 lamp T8 High Bay fixtures such as those available through Synergy Lighting can reduce the electrical consumption by 54% compared to 400 Watt Metal halide Fixtures. Warm up and Restrike times from power outages is elliminated with Instant On/Off illumination. Additionally, there are large tax deductions available to those who makes this change.

Benefits achieved are:

  • No color shift with aging lamps
  • Improved light quality without hot-spots
  • 54% energy savings
  • 210% reduction in heat output from the light fixture
  • 70% reduction of maintenance costs
  • Ellimination of safety hazards
  • Instant On / Off

The above retail store converted from MH400 Highbays using 468 watts per fixture to T8 Highbays supplied by Synergy Lighting using only 221 watts per fixture.

Installation of this Project was Performed by WES Inc. FL-EC0001689

High Bay Comparison Super T8 6 LAMP 400 WATT METAL HALIDE
Average cost per bulb $1.99 $24.95
Average ballast cost $17.00 $86.00
Hour life of bulbs 36,000 20,000
Energy cost per year (.13 pkw) $110.32 $237.27
Total Fixture Wattage 221 468
Heat Emissions Temp 130 F 480 F
Hot Spots on Floor NONE YES
Color shifting of lamps NONE OFTEN
Danger of explosion NONE HIGH
Time to change bulb 10 minutes 10 minutes
Warranty 5 year 2 year
Color Rendering For Retail Excellent Average

A Metal Halide lamp has a rated life of 20,000 hours compared to 36,000 hours of a ECO Friendly Super T8 Fluorescent. For more information view our MH to T5/T8 Retrofit Flyer, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation. Phone: (941)-756-4844

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San Marco Plaza | Induction Parking Lot Lighting | LWR

24/07/10 0 COMMENTS

San Marcos Plaza LightingSan Marco Plaza located in Lakewood Ranch Florida was constructed just over 3 years ago. This charming plaza designed around a tall welcoming clock tower in the center of the shopping area is home to several new businesses including shopping, dining, salons, banking and events. However due to its erection in the middle of a hard economy and Real Estate crunch, the businesses in this center have had more than their fair share of burdens in maintaining the beauty of the center. The center itself is illuminated with a large selection of modern lighting fixtures from Hubbell Lighting. Not only is the center architecturally stunning in it design, but the lighting itself is amazing. The fixture selection is comprised of beautiful, ornate acorn style post tops and wall mounted fixtures. Unfortunately because of timing, the lighting selected for this construction project was performed just before major industry changes in Energy Savings and Green Energy Initiatives.

The massive amount of decorative lighting at San Marco Plaza requires a tremendous amount of maintenance compared to other shopping centers. With over 350 outdoor lighting fixtures, on 2 levels of building space, and 67 Parking Lot Lighting Poles, one can only imagine how often light bulbs have to be changed. By June 2010, nearly three years after original construction, nearly all of the 67 Parking Lot Lighting Fixtures had burnt out lamps and was in need of some serious repairs and maintenance. That is when the Board of Directors consulted with Synergy Lighting of Bradenton, Florida to find some alternatives.

The Parking Lot Lighting System

Induction Parking Lot Lighting Service San Marco Plaza was designed with 67 Acorn Style Post Tops mounted on 25 foot fiberglass poles. These single and double headed poles were originally Metal Halide. Standard metal halide was banned from production in 2009 and replaced with Pulse Start Metal Halide which has some great benefits as to warm up time and product life. However the cost operation of Standard Metal Halide or Pulse Start Metal Halide remain high. Synergy Lighting recommended a Retrofit of the existing lighting system to Induction Lighting. Induction Lighting provides the same scotopic levels of light as metal halide while reducing energy waste by over 50%. Unlike the Metal Halide which needed complete replacement within 3 years, the Induction Lighting selected and supplied to San Marco Plaza by Synergy Lighting offers 20 Year Maintenance Free Operation and Resulted in an energy savings for the plaza in excess of $290.00. The light levels of 250 watt Metal Halide in this instance was more than necessary, so the system was reduced to the 85 Watt Induction System with use of Retrofit Kits designed by Synergy Lighting.

Induction Lighting to Metal Halide Comparison

Comparison Per Fixture 85W Induction System 250W Metal Halide System
Average cost per fixture $700.00 $439.00
Hours used per year 4750 4750
Hour life of bulb 100,000 20,000
Energy cost per year (.13 pkw) $52.48 $30.33
1 year Energy Cost $52.00 $182.35
Product Life 20 Years 3 Years
Product Warranty 10 Years 1 Year
Labor Cost every three years None 65.00
10 Year Life Cycle Cost $524.68 $2195.50

The final result for San Marco Plaza is a maintenance free Parking Lot Lighting system that will pay for itself in less than 24 months and yields a 432% return on investment within 5 years. Labor and Maintenance costs have been reduced by thousands of dollars and lift fees over the next 20 years. The light levels of the induction lighting provide above adequate foot candles throughout the shopping centers 5 acres of parking space. The retrofit kits designed by Synergy Lighting come with a complete 10 year warranty against premature failure or defect.

For more information on Induction Lighting, view our website or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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Dimmable CFL Light Bulbs For Restaurants | Energy Saving | Cold Cathode

21/06/10 0 COMMENTS

Restaurants have always seemed to get the raw end of the stick when it comes to energy saving light bulbs.   Nearly 97% of all Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs are not dimmable, leaving restaurants to either be overly illuminated with CFL’s, or sticking with incandescent and halogen bulbs.  Most restaurants need to dim their lighting in order to create a subtle and enjoyable accent level for dinning.

Dimmable CFL Cold Cathode Light BulbsDimmable Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs in the past would flicker when dimmed, or cut out at low levels.   Because of this poor dimming, the practical applications were extremely limited.   With time comes technology, and a new wave of dimmable CFL light bulbs.   The new dimmable CFL light bulbs from Halco Lighting  and TCP have a greater dimming range and when paired with the Leviton CFL Dimmer, these lamps perform extremely well with no flickering or cutting out prematurely.

For restraunts that require greater dimming levels than standard Pro series CFL Dimmable are capable of, a special line of Cold Cathode Dimmable CFL’s are available.   Cold Cathode lamps in simple terms is a NEON light bulb, resembling the shape of a CFL.   These bulbs are fully dimmable and result in an extremely long life averaging 25,000 hours.  Due to the cold cathode technology, these lamps can be dimmed as low as 1 watt, and are not subject to premature failure from rapid switching on and off.    Cold Cathode lamps are also available in a Soft Pink version commonly used in higher end restaurants to create rose hues to enhance the color of meats and pastas.

For more information on Cold Cathode Lamps, view our website  or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation. Some CFL Cold Cathode Lamps qualify for Incentives

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Obama Calls For Reduction of Carbon Footprint | Energy Bill | Carbon Tax

20/06/10 0 COMMENTS

Obama Press Conference Energy BillFor years now environmentalists have been calling for the reduction of carbon footprints. Originally under political pressure from Al Gore, California passed aggressive energy laws, and now with the BP Gulf Crisis, these environmental changes are moving full speed ahead. In July of 2009, Congress Passed an amendment to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Under this amendment, commercial business among many other energy sectors were given a hard blow. This bill called for the elimination of many of the most commonly used light bulbs in commercial business, forcing business owners to convert or make significant change by 2012. Now as we again approach July 2010, President Obama is to meet with Senior Senate Staff from both parties to discuss new legislature currently stalled in the Senate.

Kerry And Leiberman Propose Energy BillThe current administration has demonstrated a strong drive for climate changes and futures in clean energy despite it’s immediate impact to business owners. In general these new legislations are for the good for the much debated global warming and our countries economy, but they will not come without a financial toll to large corporations and small business owners.

Under the proposed Carbon Tax by Rep. Larson, a member of the powerful, tax-writing Ways & Means Committee, appears to have crafted his new bill to counter most if not all salient objections to carbon taxing, and at the same time Kerry and Leiberman are pushing for the new energy bill to pass as it may damage our ability to compete in the alternative energy sector.

What the Carbon Tax will mean for business:

  • The first-year tax rate is $15 per ton of carbon dioxide, then the rate rises by $10/ton per year.
  • After five years, that increase rate is automatically bumped up to $15/ton if U.S. emissions stray from an EPA-certified glide path to cut emissions by 80% from 2005 levels in 2050.
  • To protect domestic manufacturers, the bill authorizes the Treasury Department to impose a “carbon equivalency fee” on carbon-intensive products imported from non-carbon-taxing nations.

How can a business prepare for the passing of a Carbon Tax?

Kerry and Lieberman unveiled the Senate bill last month which would require U.S. industries and utilities to cut their output of carbon dioxide pollution, which many scientists blame for global warming.  Currently the majority of usage from a business is the consumption of electricity by lighting.  Whether the proposed tax is placed on producers or consumers, American business will feel the pinch either way because of our usage of electricity from coal producing power plants.

If a business large or small follows the existing ammendment to the Energy Independance & Security Act, that business can successfully reduce its carbon consumption by several tons depending on the type of lighting being used.   In light of the potential carbon tax, a business must provide documentation that it has reduced its carbon footprint to avoid these financial burdens that will follow.  

Synergy Lighting Environmental StudySynergy Lighting which has been a leader in South Florida, and held a dedication to reducing energy costs and the environmental impacts from lighting usage, is prepared to face this challenge for its clients.   Synergy Lighting provides a full facility Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Study as part of its energy reduction campaign.   In this study, which meets Energy Star and ASHREA Standards, our clients are provided full documentation to provide to the US Government their efforts to reduce the overall carbon foot print of that business which provides the required documentation for a Carbon Tax under proposed law.

The Feasability and Environmental Impact Study is provided to current and potential clients of Synergy Lighting at no charge as part of our commitment to energy eficiency and our dedication to a cleaner environment.  For more information on a No Charge Feasibility Study, view our website  or call Synergy Lighting for a free consultation.

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