Why light bulbs don’t last | Sarasota, FL

19/06/10 2 COMMENTS

Synergy Lighting for years now has attempted to educate its customers on the value of quality light bulbs. In hard economic times, businesses often look for ways to cut expenses and save money. We see these businesses often perform layoffs or reduce their inventories in order to keep a positive cash flow. However most businesses do not realize their savings potential just by switching to quality light bulbs which can result in huge savings.

First we must identify the difference between price and cost. A .39 cent light bulb does not have a cost of .39 cents. That is the price of the bulb. The cost is measured by how much electricity is paid for to illuminate the bulb, and how much labor is paid to change the bulb time and again. For most businesses, a .39 cent light bulb has an annual cost of $42.65 when you calculate electricity and an employee changing the bulb twice a year at a pay rate of $10.00 per hour. Remember, a $10.00 an hour employ also has taxes to the business owner above and beyond their normal pay rate.

Three Things That Kill Light Bulbs:

Heat

Any illuminated light bulb has heat.   Even cooler burning lamps such as CFL’s and Fluorescent produce some form of heating.  This heat or burning of the filament or cathode, over time dissipates the tungsten and the filament becomes thinner and weaker till it eventual breaks.

Vibration

Often customers grin when we tell them about vibrations damaging the tungsten filaments or cathodes.   The standard feedback is that their light bulbs are firmly mounted and do not have vibration.   Air Conditioning, doors opening and closing and wind load forces on a building cause subtle vibrations undetectable to humans, but can be passed on to the filament of a lamp even if so subtle we can not feel them.  As you will see in the video below, the filaments or cathodes have their own vibrations from molecule collisions while under a heat load.

Power Surge

Every time we turn a light on there is a power surge to the filament or cathodes.  Many other power surges happen daily that we do not recognize, such as every time an Air Conditioner turns on or off, a large motor operates, or even a power surge from a laser printer spooling up.   By design, the utility company redirects power to grids several times a day which causes a series of small power surges that are only sensitive to light bulb filaments.

It is only when we combine all three of these actions together that it kills a light bulb.   Over time naturally the repetitiveness of these actions will kill the lamp, or if any one of the three has a drastic increase over the other we will realize this with a premature failure of the lamp.

Filament ComparisonSylvania, Philips, GE and many other manufacturers use a Standard Tungsten-Alloy Filament stretched between two filament supports.  Unlike the Pure Tungsten Filaments invented by Thomas Edison, and used in most Industrial Grade Bulbs, the tungsten-alloy filament is weaker and does not hold up as long.   This may be part of planned obsolescence, or a way to get a consumer to buy more bulbs.  Industrial Grade lamps such as Halco, Superior Life Lamps use Pure Tungsten filaments with additional filament supports.   This increase lamp life and stability when subjected to Heat, Vibration and Power Surge.

As previously stated above, the typical Philips, Sylvania, GE bulb with a price of .39 cents has a cost annually of $42.65.   If we change to an Industrial Lamp with a price of .59 cents, the price is higher, but the resulting cost would be lowered to $33.92 per year because of it’s life that is 4 times longer.  This has an additional Price of .20 cents that results in a cost savings of $17.46.

50 Bulbs saving $17.46 over 24 months would save a business approximately $873.00!  That’s cutting costs!

Conclusion:  Spending a few cents extra on a quality light bulb can result in tremendous savings and increased cash flow over time.

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

Phone: (941)-756-4844

Toll Free: (877) 220-5483

e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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Daylight Light Bulbs | Sarasota | Art & Frame

17/06/10 0 COMMENTS

Natural White Ultra 50 Light Bulbs | Sarasota, FLIf there is any ideal candidate for color corrected light bulbs, Art & Frame of Sarasota would be near the top of our list!   Robert Antovel; Owner of Art & Frame had reached the point where he realized that it was time for a significant change.   With the current economy as it is, and with the changes going on globally, it was time to Go Green, and Go Big!   That’s just what Robert did when he decided to enlisted the help of Synergy Lighting of Sarasota to help achieve his goals.   One of the top of Robert’s list was to cut the electricity costs of his nearly 10,000 s.f. facility on US41 & Bahia Vista.  The Second on his list was to Go Green.

Synergy Lighting helped by hand selecting light bulbs that were bright enough to use less wattage, but had to be of the highest available color rendering.   With the customer in  agreement, Art & Frame converted to Natural White Lighting using the latest in Tri-Phosphor Technology with the Ultra 50 Pure Natural Daylight Lamps.  Unlike standard daylight bulbs, the Ultra 50 yields a true replication of natural light produced by the sun.  This special Tri-Phosphor technology available exclusively through Synergy Lighting has the greatest levels of light output, allowing the client to use less light bulbs through a practice called “De-Lamping”.   This is a common practice used by Lighting Experts to improve light quality while reducing the number of lamps, and ballasts in a business.  This results in a 50% energy reduction per fixture that is de-lamped.

The end result for Robert was an extremely well illuminated store that shows all color accurately to natural sun light.   In an art supply store such as  Art & Frame Sarasota, there couldn’t be a greater reward for the store and it’s large clientele.   Customers can more accurately select the paints that they need, match any colors for Framing and Matting as well as showing products with visual acuity.   Going green was achieved due to the low mercury content, and the reduction of our natural resources used to produce the electricity to power the Mega Art Store. 

For more information on using Pure Natural Daylight bulbs such as Sky Brite and Ultra 50, check out our Natural Lighting Articles, or call Synergy Lighting.

Phone: (941)-756-4844

Toll Free: (877) 220-5483

e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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Natural White Light Bulbs | Bradenton | Great Clips

15/06/10 0 COMMENTS

Often we tell customers about these really good natural white light bulbs called Sky-Brite Plus ®.  Customers often neglect to address lighting thinking that their existing lighting is sufficient.  At Synergy Lighting, we pride ourselves on our expertise and making the best possible recommendations to our clients and potential clients, all to often to be ignored.   One customer who did not ignore our recommendations was the owner of Great Clips located in Bradenton, FL.

Great Clips chose to provide their employees and customers with Sky Brite Plus ® light bulbs.  This not only saved money on the power bill, but as you can see from the before and after photos, drastically improved the business.  The employees have a much brighter and exciting environment, that will surely pass on to the customers as a Great Place to get Great Clips!  The business in whole now appears that it is open and ready to perform business, conveys a sense of cleanliness and improved safety.

Natural White Light Bulbs Bradenton, FlWhen it comes to hair salons, natural lighting improves the stylist ability to provide great haircuts and perfect hair color matching.  There are many more benefits to retail and commercial clients as well.  To learn more about converting to Natural White Light Bulbs, and energy savings, visit www.synergylightingusa.com , or call Synergy Lighting.

Phone: (941)-756-4844
Toll Free: (877) 220-5483
e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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Retail Store Lighting | Brandon, FL

10/06/10 0 COMMENTS

Recently we we’re asked to produce a Techno Look to a retail fashion store in Brandon, Florida.   This was a very unique challenge for Synergy Lighting, as the customer wanted natural bright white light bulbs for color rendering throughout the main portions of the store, but also did not want it to be too bright.  Usually our depth is increased with brighter lighting, however to achieve a “Techno” Look, we had to get a little advice from local teenagers.  It seems Synergy Lighting is not quite in touch with the “Techno” Community of younger generations.

The end result was a combination of Bright White Skybrite lamps utilized in 2×2 troffers, and Compact Fluorescent Warm White PAR’s to develope contracting color schemes between display and racks.  This project not only achieved a more than satisfying result for the client, but resulted with a 35% energy reduction over the previously installed Cool White Troffers.

Synergy Lighting goes beyond the realm of ordinary lighting with the ability to research and design nearly any concept in lighting.  Our design services are no-charge.  

For more information, visit www.synergylightingusa.com , or call Synergy Lighting.

Phone: (941)-756-4844
Toll Free: (877) 220-5483
e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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CFL Light Bulbs Pose Fire Risk

06/06/10 2 COMMENTS

With the ever growing steps in energy conservation, many consumers find great savings in using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs known as CFL’s.   The light bulbs create tremendous energy savings and produce less heat than their incandescent predecessors.  However consumers must beware of the cautions associated with use of these lamps.

CFL Lamps Pose Fire RiskCFL’s are designed to replace incandescent lamps in most portable and non-portable fixtures, such as table lamps and wall mounted fixtures.    The limitation of using these CFL bulbs is their use in outdoor applications and enclosed fixtures.   CFL’s such as spiral lamps are permissible in enclosed fixtures, providing that they are specially designed for that application and limited to 42 Watts or less.    CFL lamps greater than 42 watts are designed for use only indoors with open rated fixtures.   Many manufacturers of these higher wattage CFL’s, such as TCP, Maxlite, and Sunlight Brands expressly denote that these high wattage CFL Lamps are not for use outdoors or enclosed fixtures due to risk of fire.

TCPI CEO Ellis YanAccording to Ellis Yan, Chief Executive Officer of TCPI the nations largest producer of CFL lamps, “The high wattage CFL’s are designed with an integral cooling fan to reduce the heat levels produced from overheating the electronic components.   Using these lamps in enclosed fixtures may pose a serious risk to consumers”.  Education is a passion for Ellis that extends into the company’s business philosophy.He has been instrumental in establishing consumer and school education programs to share the energy efficient and environmental benefits of using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). He is also dedicated to health and wellness and has developed incentive programs encouraging employees to make decisions that are good for their health and the environment.

In 2008, the Office of National statistics reports there were 1033 fires caused from misuse of CFL light bulbs.   Energy Star, a joint effort between the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, CFLs installed in enclosed fixtures designed for incandescent bulbs may overheat. This can pose serious risk of injury or fire, and significantly reduce both light output and lifetime.  Even under optimum conditions, light output from a CFL will decrease over its lifetime. To maintain existing light levels, select CFLs with rated lumen output (of bulb and ballast together) at least as high as the bulbs they replace.  CFLs should have a power factor (PF) above 50% and a Color Rendering Index (CRI) above 80%. ENERGY STAR-qualified integral CFLs and most available modular CFLs meet these criteria.

Particularly for high-use fixtures, consider replacing an existing screw-based (“incandescent”) fixture with one designed exclusively for CFL use—i.e., a fixture with a hard-wired ballast that accommodates pin-based CFLs. (Residential CFL fixtures are also covered by an ENERGY STAR labeling program.

For More Information

  • DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Information Center
    Phone: 1-877-EERE-INF or 1-877-337-3463
  • The EPA/DOE ENERGY STAR®program provides product listings of complying CFLs and dedicated CFL fixtures.
    Phone: (800) 372-7827
  • The Lighting Research Center’s Web sitehas valuable information covering CFLs and other lighting systems.
    Phone: (518) 276-8716
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory provided supporting analysis for this recommendation.
    Phone: (202) 646-7954


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FPL rebates for lighting

20/05/10 1 COMMENTS

 

On average, interior lighting accounts for more than 25 percent of a business’s energy consumption according to Florida Power & Light. In addition many customers experience an additional 30 percent of their air conditioning expense, just to cool the heat produced by the lighting.

Synergy Lighting is an FPL Participating Independent Contractor offering FPL rebates to businesses who change to qualifying energy efficient lighting.  This is an exciting new program offered based upon the new 2012 Department of Energy Rule that was adopted by the United States Congress.   The D.O.E. has established guidelines through the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.   CEE is a consortium of efficiency program administrators from across the U.S. and Canada who work together on common approaches to advancing efficiency.

In 2010, CEE has developed a standard of rating products based on specific energy efficiency measurements.  FPL has adopted the CEE standard and is offering a phenominal rebate of $2.00 per lamp for 4′ T8 CEE approved bulbs and ballasts.

What does this mean for you?

 By retrofitting your existing T12 or T8 Fixtures to CEE Rated High Efficient Bulbs and Ballasts, you may qualify for the FPL Rebate Incentive of up to $10.00 per fixture.   That is 25% of the total cost of a retrofit, allowing the retrofit in most cases to yield a 12 month ROI.  In addition to the rebate, you will benefit by an estimated energy savings of $34.00 per fixture per year, and enjoy a better quality of light.

How do I qualify for the FPL Rebate Incentive?

When you decide to upgrade your lighting, one of our Sales Associates will help you though the entire process, from qualifying to selecting the lighting system that’s right for your business.  Here are the steps:

  1. Call Synergy Lighting’s Sarasota Office at 941-756-4844
  2. Synergy will perform a No-Charge Feasibility Study of your business/facility
  3. We will identify target areas of savings and establish where energy can be reduced
  4. Synergy will submit all paperwork for your rebate and get an FPL “Pre-Approval”
  5. Our team of certified installers will perform the lighting retrofit
  6. FPL randomly selects and performs post verifications of lighting installations where rebates are applied

It’s that easy!  Call today for a no-hassell-no-charge audit or study and start saving today!

Qualifying Systems:

High-efficiency lighting systems* that qualify for FPL’s lighting incentive include:

  • Installation of T8, T5 or T5HO lamps with electronic ballasts
  • Installation of pulse start lamps and electronic ballasts in metal halide fixtures
  • Permanent screw-in (with locking device) compact fluorescent or ceramic metal halides in hard-wired fixtures
  • Delamping with reflectors, tri-phosphor lamps and electronic ballasts
  • New hard-wired fixtures, such as fluorescent, ceramic metal halide or compact fluorescent lamps
  • Circuited current limiters with electronic ballasts with standard wattage lamps

Click here for more detailed information on qualifying high-efficiency lighting.

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Small Lighting Fixtures make BIG Change for Bradenton Business

17/05/10 0 COMMENTS

Over the years, we have always had a hard time understanding the decisions made by many electricians and customers. It seems like an everyday occurrence to come across a business who purchased the lowest price fixtures they can to light their business. Now that part we do understand, but it is the rest that we don’t. Most of the time when a customer buys based on price, they neglect the cost of operation.

Josey’s Poseys, an award winning Florist in Bradenton, Florida, had this exact situation when we met them. They were using 200 watt quartz halogen floods to light the exterior of their building. The light bulbs for these fixtures had to be replaced every 6 months, and had an annual operation cost of $131.40 per fixture. Synergy Lighting recommended switching to a Compact Fluorescent Fixture using natural daylight bulbs. In our recommendation we were focused on creating whiter, cleaner light as well as reducing the cost of operation.

Total cost of replacement was $170.00 for this project, and yielded a $571.79 per year, energy savings. The warranty for these light fixtures is five years, and the light bulbs should need replacing every two years.

For more information on replacing quartz halogen fixtures with CFL energy saving fixtures and natural white light, give us a call at 941-756-4844 or visit us online at www.synergylightingsupply.com

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