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GSA Report: Occupant Responsive Lighting

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

gsa_logoLast month GSA released a report on the cost savings benefits of Occupant Responsive Lighting. The report emphasizes the enhanced financial benefit of occupancy sensor lighting in addition to the already apparent benefits of energy efficient lighting.

Article Excerpt:
“Through the use of advanced lighting controls, retrofits generally achieved energy savings of around 1 kWh/sf/yr, resulting in calculated annual savings by site ranging from 27% to 63%. The large variations in energy savings were attributable mostly to the way space was used. Spaces where the tenant required…”

To read the entire report, please click the PDF above. Article & download courtesy of GSA. Visit the GSA Green Proving Ground Program at for additional resources.

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Reducing Mecury in Lamps Saves Money

July 21st, 2014 by ifi-admin

Ann_ErhardtMany organizations in West Michigan are affected by the increased cost of utilities and resources. They are also dealing with reduced operating budgets for their grounds and facilities. The current LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Version 2.2 (EBOM v2.2) standard proposes that by reducing or eliminating the mercury content of the lamps purchased for your facility, you will not only have a positive impact on the environment — you will also see a reduction in bottom-line operating costs.

The LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4 makes three valid points for your business case to replace conventional lamps with low-mercury lamps:

1) Low-mercury can be comparable or slightly higher in cost than conventional lamps, but they may also have a longer life and a higher lumen output than conventional.

2) Mercury-free lamps, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), can have a much higher lumen output and use significantly less energy. The cost per lamp may be higher, sometimes up to 10 times higher than lamps containing mercury, but overall there will be a positive impact on your bottom line with reduced utility bills.

3) The return on investment of purchasing LEDs or other low-mercury lamps can be justified, as they often outperform conventional, incandescent and even compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). For example, LEDs have a 10- to 15-year life span, which will keep re-fixturing costs down over their lifetime. Due to the lamp’s minimal heat output, energy costs to air-condition the area also will be reduced.

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Elio Supplies its 20th NACTA Store with LED Lighting

July 21st, 2014 by ifi-admin

NACTAElio™ LED Lighting, a division of ITC Incorporated, recently supplied its 20th NACTA store, “All Irish Imports” in New Jersey, with energy efficient, high quality lighting. With easy to install fixtures and lighting kits crafted especially for Belleek & Solvar cases, elio lighting continues to be an easy choice for NACTA member’s retail needs.

Current NACTA members Neville Gardner & Michael Cox have installed elio LED lighting in their stores and have seen noticeable results. Michael Cox told our elio team that, “The store increased jewelry sales four weeks after installing elio by about 35%… I wonder why?” Neville told our team that:

“The difference was night and day. I reduced the heat and electricity in my displays while getting a higher quality light. I reduced the wattage from 300 watts to 30 watts in just one display case! My jewelry now sparkles which I know will help sell more product. The best is that I will no longer constantly be changing light bulbs since this LED lighting system is rated for 50,000 hours. That long life and the fact that its mercury free makes it environmentally friendly – and that’s important to me also.”

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