Optec LED Lighting Retrofit For HID Lighting

15/07/11 0 COMMENTS

As a leader in the lighting industry Synergy Lighting is always on the look out for innovative led lighting solutions that work as effectively as they are energy efficient. Occasionally we find products that exceed our expectations. Not only did we find an innovative product that outperform competing brands on lumens per watt, but also has an extremely affordable cost to the end-user. As Florida’s preferred distributor we proudly introduce Optec LED.

Synergy Lighting Introduces Optec LED Lighting Systems

Optec LED Lighting Systems retrofit several types of the most popular LED fixtures such as Parking Lot Lighting, Canopy Lighting, and Street Lighting Cobra Heads. With one of the most low profile and IP65 Outdoor Wet-Location Rated Enclosures, the Optec LED Lighting system delivers clear high performance, with affordability.

Optec Led Lighting Retrofit Fixture Sarasota Bradenton Clearwater Naples FT Myers FLorida

Optec LED Lighting Systems use exclusively the latest in Nichia 219 LED Lighting technology. Nichia 219 white LED offers superior 140 lumen per watt with 5,000K Natural White Illumination and the Highest Levels of Color Rendering. Using a uniformly phosphor coated chip, Optec LED Retrofits provide the industry leading source brightness and tightest optical footprint. The spatial color uniformity is also optimized with leading phosphor technology and thermally managed by Optec’s patented sure-cool aluminum housing.

Quick and Easy LED Retrofit Install

OPTEC LED LIGHTING COBRA HEAD

Optec LED Lighting retrofits and fixtures were designed to not only produce superior light output, but to be the easiest to install. The Prorprietary LED Cobra Head is an excellent choice for municipality and street lighting. For commercial clients, there is no need for custom made brackets and mounting hardware as Optec has a full line of manufactured installation kits ready for any installation. The design is flexible, to accommodate retrofit of virtually any shoebox or canopy light fixture and offers many benefits including long life and fast ROI.

Features of Optec LED Lighting Retrofits

  • Patented individual LED thermal management eliminates heat and enhances overall  performance
  • Custom designed lenses and light pattern engineered to yield maximum light distribution
  • Removable LED plate
  • Long life span – up to 50,000 hours
  • Detachable weatherproof power supply
  • IP65/NEMA 4X environmental fixture design
  • Lightweight pole/ceiling mount
  • Energy-saving – requires 75%-90% less power than typical HID lamps
  • Optional hardware/software dimming control

LED GAS STATION CANOPY LIGHT FIXTURE - OPTEC LED LIGHTNG

 

Optec Lighting The Smart Choice

Optec LED Lighting C0820 Area Light 

Optec C0820 Adjustable Canopy

Optec LED C0820 Canopy Light 

Optec LED Cobra Head Street Light 

 

Synergy Lighting is Florida’s #1 trusted source for LED Lighting and a preferred distributor for Optec LED Lighting Systems. For more information on switching to Optec LED Lighting or pricing, view our website and 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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Retrofit 400w Metal Halide with T8 High Bay Fixture

05/05/11 2 COMMENTS
By now most businesses have realized the need for replacing 400 Watt Metal Halide and High Pressure

 Sodium High Bay / Low Bay fixtures.
These fixtures in commercial and industrial settings are the single
 most waste of energy. Though in their time, they werean excellent way of
achieving higher light levels at an affordable cost per fixture, those days have long been surpassed by rising cost of electricity. Additionally, these HID lighting systems often require expensive lamps, ballasts and high repair costs. This makes these fixtures, a losing
proposition no matter how we look at it.

T8 Horizon™ High Bay Reaches New Heights

T8 FLUORESCENT HIGH BAY HORIZON LIGHTING FIXTURE FLORIDA SARASOTA BRADENTON NAPLES TAMPA CLEARWATER ORLANDO PORT CHARLOTTE HEAVY DUTY

The T8 Fluorescent High Bay fixture from Synergy Lighting reaches new heights by becoming the most economical solution for commercial and industrial facilities. The Horizon™ fixture replaces any 250 or 400 Watt High Bay with superior
brightness and performance. Though most Fluorescent High Bays look very similar, many T8 High Bays simply do not produce enough light to be a suitable replacement, however the Horizon™ High Bay outshines other brands with it

component structure and power design. The Horizon High Bay comes standard with a high fidelity .25-mil High -Polished Specular Aluminum Reflector. This enhanced reflector design captures all available light and projects the light around the lamps individually and projects more light downwards from the fixture.

Unparalleled Performance

The Horizon™ High Bay fixture is available in both T8 and T5 Models using either 4 or 6 lamps. The T8, (our favorite) offers the greatest impact to both the working environment and the profitability of it users. Replacing 400w Metal Halide with T5 reduces the energy consumption by only 158 watts per fixture. The Horizon™ T8 Fixture goes even further to reduce the energy used by 266 Watt per fixture while providing in most cases 20% brighter light than the metal halide being replaced. That results in the highest levels in savings of 65% over HID. Because the Horizon™ High Bay uses only top performing components, the fixture offers 36,000 hour lamp life (2x HID) , and an average ballast life of 15 years compared to 3 years for HID systems. The Horizon™ T8 and T5 Fixtures are the preferred choice for any warehouse, manufacturing, industrial, gymnasium, production or retail applications.

T8 T5 FLUORESCENT HIGH BAY RETROFIT FIXTURE HORIZON HIGH BAY PQL FLORIDA SARASOTA BRADENTON CLEARWATER TAMPA FT MYERS NAPLES LAKELAND ORLANDO

All The Bells and Whistles

HORIZON T8 T5 HIGH BAY FLUORSCENT FIXTURE

  • High polished 25 year reflector
  • CEE rated high efficiency ballasts
  • High Lumen Tri-Phosphor lamps
  • Top side ballast doors for easy service or ballast replacement
  • Instant on/off and re-strike
  • Motion/Occupancy Sensor ready
  • Bi-Level (Dual) Switching capable
  • Quick Disconnect; fast electrical connection reduces labor
  • Stainless Steel ZIP Cable; quick installation into any ceiling
  • V-Hook support system perfectly levels fixtures perfectly
  • 5 Year Warranty including ballasts
  • 3 Year Free Lamp Replacement

Synergy Lighting is Florida’s Exclusive and only Factory Authorized Distributor for Horizon™ T8 and T5 Fluorescent High Bay Lighting Fixtures.
We are proud to offer our complimentary 10 page energy analysis for any commercial or industrial facility considering switching to more efficient lighting systems. This detailed and analysis will help you evaluate what fixture would best suit your lighting needs. Synergy Lighting offers free delivery to all Florida cities and we can quick ship to any facility nationwide.

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

Phone: (941)-756-4844
Toll Free: (877) 220-5483
Installation of this Project was Performed by WES Inc. FL-EC0001689

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Toshiba LED Light Bulbs | LED MR16 | LED PAR20 | LED PAR30 | LED PAR38 | LED A19

04/05/11 1 COMMENTS

Toshiba led light bulbs - Sarasota, bradenton, Clearwater, Naples, Florida, Port Charlotte

Synergy Lighting is proud to be Florida’s #1 Source for Toshiba E-Core LED lamps. The Toshiba E-Core line of LED light bulbs offer the latest in cutting-edge technology, with a strong focus on sustainable lighting design. The unique looks of each Toshiba LED light bulb is pre-planned for functionality and advanced thermal management. The lamp line, features six reflector lamps in three industry standard (CCT) color temperatures, as well as an A19 superior performing lamp in two color temperatures. The smooth dimming and high quality of the LED’s and the lamps themselves make them an ideal solution for residential, commercial and hospitality lighting such as restaurants and hotels.

Toshiba MR16 LED Bulb GU5.3 300 Series

toshiba mr16 led light bulb

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 20 to 25W Halogen

Available in 8°, 25°, & 35° Beam Angles

Available in 2700K, 3000K, & 4000K

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 25,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE MR16 LED SPEC SHEET

Toshiba MR16 GU10 LED Bulb 300 Series

toshiba led mr16 gu10 light bulb

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 20W Halogen

Available in 25° Beam Angle

Available in 2700K & 3000K Color Temperatures

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 25,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

Minimal Heat with High Energy Efficiency

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE LED MR16 GU10 SPEC SHEET

 

Toshiba PAR20 LED Bulb 400 Series

 

TOSHIBA LED PAR 20 LIGHT BULB

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 50W Halogen

Available in 8° and 25° Beam Angle

Available in 2700K & 3000K Color Temperatures

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 40,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

Minimal Heat with High Energy Efficiency

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE LED PAR20 SPEC SHEET

Toshiba PAR30 LED Bulb 800 Series

 

TOSHIBA LED PAR30 LIGHT BULB

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 75W Halogen

Available in 8°, 23°, & 32° Beam Angle

Available in 2700K, 3000K & 4000k Color Temperatures

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 40,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

Minimal Heat with High Energy Efficiency

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE LED PAR30 SPEC SHEET

 

Toshiba PAR30 Long Neck LED Bulb 800 Series

 

TOSHIBA LED PAR30 LONG NECK LIGHT BULB

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 75W Halogen

Available in 8°, 23°, & 32° Beam Angle

Available in 2700K, 3000K & 4000k Color Temperatures

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 40,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

Minimal Heat with High Energy Efficiency

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE LED PAR30 LONG NECK SPEC SHEET

 

Toshiba PAR38 LED Bulb 1000 Series

 

TOSHIBA PAR38 LED LIGHT BULB SARASOTA BRADENTON CLEARWATER FT MYERS NAPLES FLORIDA

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 75W Halogen

Available in 8°, 25°, & 35° Beam Angle

Available in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K & 4000k Color Temperatures

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 40,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

Minimal Heat with High Energy Efficiency

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE LED PAR38 SPEC SHEET

 

Toshiba A19 LED Bulb 1000 Series

 

TOSHIBA LED A19 LIGHT BULB

Features Include:

Direct Replacement for 60W Incandescent

Available in 8°, 25°, & 35° Beam Angle

Available in 2700K, & 4000k Color Temperatures

Dimmable with existing dimmer switches

Lifespan of 40,000+ Hours

Superior Color & High Lumens

Minimal Heat with High Energy Efficiency

TOSHIBA DIMMABLE LED A19 SPEC SHEET

Synergy Lighting offers free delivery on our full line of Toshiba LED Light Bulbs to Sarasota, Bradenton, Clearwater, Ft Myers, Naples and all other Florida Cities.

 

For more information on Toshiba LED Light Bulbs, view our website and 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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R30 LED Dimmable Light Bulb | Flood Light

25/02/11 4 COMMENTS
Proled LED 11W BR30
  • Proled LED 11W BR30
  • Price: $29.95 USD Price: $21.95 USD
  • COLOR - 2700K Warm White
ProLED 11w LED Br30 Dimmable Lamp   

 

 

PROLED 11W BR30 FLOODTired of looking for a suitable replacement for your incandescent or halogen flood lights? Our new 11 Watt LED Dimmable R30 Lamp from ProLED is the best solution, and it looks great in recessed cans. Unlike CFL’s that often flicker when dimming or take to long to come to brightness, our 11 watt LED dims from 0-100% without flickering and comes on instantly!  The ProLED LED R30 fits most all common recessed ceiling fixtures, “high hats” and can lights. This LED R30 dimmable flood light bulb works with ordinary incandescent and halogen dimmers. Incorporated into this dimmable led light is the latest in high power  led’s.

• 85% Energy Savings over incandescent
• Replaces up to 65 watt Incandescent R30
• Smooth glass face creates a soft even, glare free light.
• High Power LEDs deliver superior performance
• Ceramic base with aluminum alloy body keeps the bulb cooler.
• Constant current driver is safer and uses even less energy.
• Advanced technology works with your existing dimmers.
• True color control with rare earth phosphors
• Available in Warm White and Natural White

Dimmable LED R30 Uses Provides Superior Performance

The ProLED Dimmable LED R30 flood light bulb works with ordinary incandescent and halogen dimmers. Incorporated into this dimmable led light is the latest in high power leds. Our frosted glass face simulates the natural look of an incandescent flood and offers a precise wide beam angle perfect for low to high ceilings. It is available in both Warm White and Brilliant Natural White light. Specifically designed thermal management technology provides excellent cooling, and sockets are protected from damage with our heat resistant ceramic base. This allows for a proper cooling while in the inverted position required by recessed lighting. These LED R30 light bulbs are great in track lighting, canister and recessed fixtures.  Finally there is a perfect LED replacement for common 65 watt incandescent BR30 lamps!

Dimmable LED R30 Bulb In Recessed Can

• Warm White: 3000K , 650 lumens
• Natural White: 5000K Cree LED, 680 Lumens
(compare to incandescent 65BR30/FL – 620 Lumens)
• 40,000 Hour Long Life
• Beam Spread: 120 degree Flood
• 120Volts AC – 11Watts
• Base: E26 (fits medium Edison, E26, E27)
• Dimensions: 3.7″ diameter, 5.7″ length
• Warranty: 5 Year Free Replacement

 

For more information or to purchase LED Dimmable R30 Light Bulbs, visit us online at www.synergylightingusa.com or call us toll free at 1-877-220-5483.

 

Phone: (941)-756-4844

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e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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BP Gas Station Goes Green With Induction Lighting

23/09/10 0 COMMENTS

Everyone these days is a consumer of gasoline, and in the United States there are nearly 280,000 Gas Stations and Convenient Stores offering customers a seemingly unlimited supply of petroleum, fast food, quick service and easy access. Despite prices at the pump, or the somewhat higher prices of convenience, these stores operate on extremely tight margins and depend highly on volume based sales.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of Gas Station and Convenient Stores which often operate well into the late night hours. Owners and Operators need to be highly aware of subconscious reactions from customers that may shy away to an adjacent competitor based upon the appearance of the business at night. Naturally, people are drawn to businesses that give a stronger sense of cleanliness, friendly service and an environment that feels safe and secure. Well lighted spaces both indoors and outdoors sends a clear message to customers that you are open and ready to conduct business.

Gas Station Lighting Systems

Typically a Gas Station or Convenience Store has outdoor lighting that consists of 3 different types of lighting. These are Canopy Lighting over pumps and portico’s, Wall Packs mounted to the building structure and Parking Lot Lighting. These fixture types are usually Metal Halide – High Intensity Discharge Systems which provide high levels of illumination along with extreme amounts of glare. With the ever growing size of the stores offering more and more products and services to clientele, the lighting systems can become quite extensive with massive amounts of fixtures to draw in customers. However the operating and maintenance costs of the metal halide system is extremely high. The metal halide lighting systems suffer from a wide variety of problems from color shift (lamps turning pink and green) and if not replaced regularly well before the useful life is reached of the lamps, the metal halide lamps will lose an average of 35% of its original light output.

GAS STATION METAL HALIDE CANOPY LIGHTING

GAS STATION CANOPY INDUCTION LIGHTING AFTER

The Advantage Of Induction Lighting

An alternative to the Metal Halide lighting systems is LED Lighting, and Induction Lighting. Each offer distinct advantages, however the Induction Lighting System offers a greater cost

effectiveness while drawing in larger volumes of traffic flow to a gas station. Unlike metal halide which suffers from rapid lumen depreciation and color shift, the induction lighting system maintains 95% of its lumen output and never changes colors. The induction system uses a cathode-less high lumen fluorescent lamp which operates at much cooler temperatures and requires up to 68% less energy than metal halide. A standard 320W Pulse Start or 400W Metal Halide canopy fixture can be retrofitted with a 200 Watt induction fixture and provide higher light levels with tremendous savings. Because the induction system does not use cathode lamps, the systems offers 20 years of maintenance free operation with no bulb or ballast replacements as there is no cathode to burn out and the generator is completely electronic. This is a phenomenal feature that rivals LED Lighting systems with twice the life and less than half the cost. The induction lighting system offered by Synergy Lighting come standard with 5000K Pure Natural Daylight Lamps which most closely resemble natural sun light. This creates a very bright, clean and glare free presentation to customers and is attributed to increased customer traffic and sales.

The BP Gas Station and Convenience Store pictured in this article utilized Synergy Lighting’s 5000K Induction Lighting Fixtures. The end result for BP is a higher level of attraction to clientele, 20 years of maintenance free operation and a cost savings over the life of the fixtures in excess of $300,000. BP Corporate and franchise stores often operate at 5% net profit. This means that the energy and cost savings to BP is equal to an increased revenue of $6,000,000.00 not to mention the increased revenue resulting from the increased customer traffic.

 

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

 

Phone: (941)-756-4844

Toll Free: (877) 220-5483

e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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

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Mattress Store | Brighter And Whiter Is Better

18/09/10 0 COMMENTS

In retail most business owners take careful planning into the walls, the floors, and how products are displayed. But often we find that smaller business neglect to recognize the need for good lighting. Often times business owners tell us that by the time they get the store up and running that a good lighting system is not in the budget. Great lighting doesn’t have to come from any large expense. This is a misconception and due to lack of knowledge.

Great Lighting Is Not Expensive

MATTRESS STORE GREAT LIGHTING SELLS

Great lighting can be created by simply selecting a fairly inexpensive light bulb that is appropriate for the type of products being displayed, or sold. Factors to consider are the primary colors of merchandise, reflectance of walls and floors as well as natural day lighting coming in through windows. When we look at a situation such as a Mattress Store, the primary color is white. Therefore having light bulbs that give the truest tone of white coloring, the mattresses will look whiter and brighter.

There Is No Excuse For Bad Lighting

On a visit to another local mattress store, the sales person informed us that they did not want bright white light bulbs in their ceiling because they did not want customers to lay down and stare into a bright light. However retail logic tells us that customers are not concerned with what is in the ceiling, just how great the product they are interested in buying appears. So when Land Of Sleep decided to purchase natural White Light Bulbs from Synergy Lighting, they did exactly what any great mattress store should do. Make their product look amazing!

Making The Change Is Easy

The change over to Natural White Lighting for this mattress retailer was inexpensive and resulted in a 40% energy savings over traditional 4 lamp fluorescent fixtures. No new fixtures or large expenses was needed, just a simple change of light bulbs to do the trick!  Not only was the change a dramatic effect, but it paid for itself from the energy savings. Now when customers come in to view a mattress, the product looks stunning, sales are increased and when laying down to try the matress out, customers can close their eyes and picture themselves in mattress heaven!

 

For more information on Natural White Light Bulbs, view our website and 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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Convert HID or Metal Halide To CFL with the new Litetronics High Wattage CFL System

25/08/10 6 COMMENTS

With the economical crunch over the past few years and the ever growing popularity of going green, converting hid to CFL has become a growing trend. By simply by passing the HID ballast and screwing in a Compact Fluorescent Lamp, business have discovered that the S/P Ratio (Scotopic to Photopic Lumens) is great enough to be a viable option, providing adequate light.

Drawbacks of Retrofitting HID To CFL

As great of an option as this procedure is, many customers have found that the line voltage supplied to their HID fixtures is greater than 120 Volts, typically 208, 240 or 277 volt. In these cases, customer find themselves either not being able to find a CFL bulb in those voltages, with the exception of the TCP 277V spiral, or that the fixtures are too small to fit an equal wattage CFL bulb. For customers with 208, 240 volt system, the only option has been to pay large expenditures in order to convert electric panels, and rewire to accommodate lower voltages.

Litetronics New High Wattage CFL System Makes Retrofitting Affordable

Litetronics, a leading producer of innovative CFL products has introduced its full line of HID to CFL retrofit kits. These kits include a non-ballasted CFL high wattage lamp for easy screw in the socket installation with a remote multi-volt ballast capable of 120, 208, 240 or 277 Volt systems. Because these new CFL lamps are non-ballasted, the have a much smaller MOL (Maximum Overall Length), and can fit into virtually any HID fixture from wall packs, parking lot lights, high bays and parking garage canopy lights.

LITETRONICS HIGH WATTAGE CFL

Benefits Include:

  • 10,000-hour life
  • 85 CRI, 5000k natural white
  • 65 Up to 150 watts
  • Excellent lumen maintenance
  • Advanced Amalgam maintains optimal lumens
  • Instant start and instant restrike
  • Reduced color shift compared to metal halide
  • External ballast reduces lamp replacement costs

Litetronics high watt compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) are designed to replace HID lamps in high bay applications for energy savings and higher ROI. They off er high 85 CRI for excellent color rendition, and they promise reliable operation with instant start and instant re-strike. Unlike HID lamps, Litetronics high watt CFLs have no color shift over time, and they have lower glare and higher lumen maintenance. With a lower system cost than HID, Litetronics high watt CFL’s are the best solution for high and low bay lighting.

Litetronics high watt CFL’s utilize an external ballast, which offers better heat management than self-ballasted high wattage CFL’s. When the lamp and ballast are together in a self-ballasted lamp, heat builds up in a condensed area, which leads to premature failures. Separating the lamp and ballast allows for better heat management, which translates into maximum life and lumen maintenance. The external ballast also reduces lamp replacement costs compared to self-ballasted CFLs because you only need to replace the lamp at end of life instead of the lamp and ballast. This means that Litetronics high watt CFL’s are more cost-effective and provide higher ROI than alternative high bay CFL lighting. Litetronics high watt CFL’s also have a smaller MOL than competing lamps, which provides better optics out of the fixture. For superior high bay lighting, Litetronics high watt CFL’s are the fi rst choice.

 

For more information 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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Superior Life LED T8 Light Bulbs Provide Great Lighting

19/08/10 0 COMMENTS

T8 LED LIGHT BULBThe transformation of the lighting industry to LED (Light emitting Diodes) is growing more and more popular. Customers often ask if there are fluorescent light bulb replacements with LED. In years past the answer was yes, and followed by pure disappointment for those who purchased these lamps. However with the Superior Life T8 LED lamp, disappointment is far from our professional vocabulary.

The Superior Life LED T8 lamp is an efficient way to light sockets once traditionally reserved for linear fluorescent tubes. They consume up to 80% less energy, thereby significantly reducing operating costs. The superior life hours of this lamp makes it ideal for hard to reach places, reducing maintenance.

• 50,000 hour operation
• No ballasts required
• Warm or Natural White
• Mercury Free
• No UV
• No Projected Heat

Recently one of our customers retrofitted their entire operation to LED Superior Life T8 Lamps, you can decide for yourself if these new LED’s do the job with pure satisfaction!

SUPERIOR LIFE LED T8 LAMPS

 

For more information on LED Lighitng or LED 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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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

MH400 METAL HALIDE HIGHBAY T8 FLUORESCENT HIGH BAY
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

Toll Free: (877) 220-5483

e-mail: sales@synergylightingusa.com

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What is Scotopically Rich Lighting?

28/07/10 3 COMMENTS

Often we talk to customers about Scotopically Rich Lighting, and for those who have never heard the term before it can be a little confusing. Manufacturers have performed studies for year on the photopic lumens that are produced by a light source such as a light bulb. The photopic lumens are a measurement of brightness by a lumen meter. This measurement can be translated by how light is percieved the cones in the human eye. These light meters completely ignore the effect of rod activated vision (scotopic). As a result, lighting practice accepted this single sensitivity function because it was erroneously assumed that the more light sensitive rods only functioned at very dim light levels.

How the eye perceives light

Human Eye Rods and ConesLight arrives at our eye from all portions of an illuminated space. At the back of the eye there is a light sensitive membrane called the retina which contains millions of very tiny light receptors. These receptors convert light into electrified signals that are sent to the vision centers of the brain. The retina contains two major categories of light receptors (photoreceptors) called the cones and rods because of their geometric shapes. The central part of the retina, the fovea, contains only cones. In the rest of the retina there are both rods and cones, with the number of rods dominating the cones by about 10 to 1.

Scientists have recently discovered that the rods in the human eye can perform in dim light levels as well as interior lighting levels of those commonly found in office environments and stores.  These rods are sensitive to light sources that emit bluish-white color tones like those found in higher kelvin temperature fluorescent light bulbs.   Vision specialists put both functions of the rods and the cones together to measure a complete value of light sensitivity know as a Scotopic/Photopic (S/P) Ratio. The S/P Ratio of most fluorescent and incandescent lamps is very low. For example, a Warm White Bulb has an S/P Ratio of 1:14 while a full spectrum 5000K lamp lamp such as an Ultra 50 or Skybrite has a ration of 2:47.  These number can be hard to understand, so lets look at it in a more simple light.

Human Eye Scotopic Lighting

Lamps that are in the yellow kelvin temperature range 2700-4200 use primarily the cones in the eye. The pupil becomes enlarged to allow more light to enter the eye, and therefore causing more muscles in the eye to work harder to provide visual clarity. Lamps in the 5000 Kelvin range allow the rods to work better, which in turn constricts the pupil and allows for easier visual clarity which is a scotopic response. In otherwords, thwo light sources can have the same photopic lumens, but the lamps with higher scotopic values will apear to the eye  as being percieved brighter. This scotopic response reduces visual fatigue, increase reading ability and reduces “disability glare”, especially in the electronic office.

Scotopically Rich Lighting Redues Fatigue and Glare

Disability glare is defined by the Illuminating Engineering Society as “glare resulting in reduced visual performance and visibility.” It is often accompanied by discomfort. Disability glare occurs as a result of “light scatter” in the eye. Light scatter is caused by imperfections in the optical media of the eye (the cornea & lens). These imperfections are common to some degree in everyone, and become more severe with age. The imperfections in the optical media cause a scattering of light rays coming from the non task area, causing undesirable light to fall on the central part of the retina (the fovea) where the task is focused. This causes a background haze of useless light on the central retina (the fovea) and reduces retinal contrast. Because the fovea contains only cones, just the photopic content of the ambient or general light is responsible for disability glare. Because people of age suffer from other conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts, one must understand that the visible spectrum of light becomes diminished.  In the case of a retail store or office, a customer may only see 60% of the visible light produced, therefore the increase of both photopic and scotopic light levels can be increasingly important to reduce glare and visual fatigue thus increasing productivity and sales.

Benfits of Scotopically Rich Lighting

 

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