Digital Lumens Intelligent LED System Greatly Reduces Lighting Energy Use at Ace Hardware Retail Support Center
SSL Design News Staff
August 28, 2014...At its 1,000,000 square foot Retail support center in Rocklin, California,
Ace Hardware corporation has upgraded some of its lighting with a Digital
Lumens system. Since the installation in October 2013, Ace Hardware has saved
an average of 81% on its lighting-related energy use of the upgraded
“As a member-owned cooperative, every dollar we save using the
Digital Lumens system directly benefits our member stores,” said
Reid Barney, Facilities & Loss Prevention Manager for Ace Hardware.
“And since lighting is our single biggest energy warehousing expense,
reducing lighting-related energy usage by an average of 81% since installing
the system translates into extraordinary bottom-line savings."
Barney added, "With higher quality light, we’ve more than doubled
the foot candle readings within our facility, resulting in enhanced
productivity and employee satisfaction – all while saving massive amounts
Ace Hardware replaced the facility’s 1,653 fixtures (1,551 T5
fluorescent and 102 metal halides). The replacement reduced the company's power
usage per square foot by 39.56%. The company also improved the light quality
and illumination levels throughout the facility.
Ace Hardware preceded the installation with an eight-month, in-depth pilot
project by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The research project
quantified the effect of installing LED lighting and having increasing levels
of control on energy efficiency. PG&E partner TRC Solutions conducted the
study that isolated the variables contributing to energy efficiency. The study
examined daylight harvesting, occupancy, and dimming both individually and
collectively, in a real-world scenario at Ace’s Rocklin facility. TRC
documented the extreme energy savings from the highly integrated and
controllable lighting systems at the industrial facility.
The PG&E study found that compared to basic LEDs, systems with
“aggressive advanced controls,” like the Digital Lumens system,
provided 43% more energy savings. The LEDs and energy saving controls reduced
the electricity consumption for lighting by 93% compared to the previously
installed metal halide fixtures. TRC Solutions chose the Digital Lumens system
for its research study because it was the only available system that could both
isolate and aggregate all the variables that battery of tests.
LEDs and Daylight Harvesting Employed in PointofView Lighting Project in Austrailia
SSL Design News Staff
August 28, 2014...Australian lighting design consultancy PointOfView was briefed to relight
the lobby and satellite lobbies of Chifley Tower, Sydney. While only changing
the lobby lighting, PointofView wanted to give the once iconic Sydney landmark
new standing in the 21st century. Although the bankers, bondsman, traders,
developers and lawyers who passed through its imposing entrance daily admired
the building, many admitted that they thought it was looking "a little
Chifley Tower is located on one of Sydney's most expensive sites, (no mean
feat in a city not short uber expensive sky scraper launching pads). The now
defunct Bond Corporation paid $306 million for it in 1988. Renowned New York
architects Kohn Pederson Fox were responsible for its design. The opulent and
luxurious building follows the curvature of the Parisian style square it
dominated. However, the building is now showing its age. Current owners, GIC
Private Limited engaged PointOfView for the project.
"Chifley Tower has such a strong aesthetic," said Mark Elliott,
Principal of PointOfView, "it required not only sensational lighting to
rejuvenate it, we designed the fittings to light it with. A totally bespoke
solution." PointofView thoroughly researched the development of other
respected, art deco buildings including the Chrysler, searching for the
The new lighting in the lobby had to fit with design and the palette of
materials used in the foyer in the original KPF design, which included an
exquisite stone collage, marbles and granites, and stainless steel detailing.
"We had to freshen the space during the day," said Elliott, "to enhance the
daylight ingress, while at the same time creating a much more dramatic, after
dark appearance. It can not be too strongly stated that whatever we designed,
had to match perfectly, the existing architecture."
"Fundamental to the design of this bespoke lighting solution was
understanding the scale, proportion and detailing of the building. We couldn't
create the relevant symmetry or rhythm without utilizing this language,"
added Amara Clarke, senior designer at PointOfView.
"We washed the foyer's rear wall to draw the eye through the full height
of the glazing and into the interior. By bouncing light off the walls we
dramatically lit the space and together with up lighting to the ceiling,
created a sense of volume," continued Elliott.
The existing suspended square light fixtures in the wing shaped lobby were
thought to be too small and awkward. PointOfView custom designed a series of
stainless steel rings. The rings offer up light to the ceiling during the day
and deliver focused down light at night. PointofView tested the grade,
brushing, direction, and weight of the stainless steel to perfectly match the
existing stainless steel details. The custom fittings with a custom cluster of
pendants was suspended over the reception desk to anchor the desk area and give
visitors a point of destination.
"The lift lobbies suffered from a 'cave effect," said Elliott,
"Previous wall light and down light combinations had left the space
unacceptably dark. Lift lobbies are a critical part of the journey through to
the offices above. These transition spaces should not be forgotten."
A new stainless steel beam, was architecturally integrated by connecting
existing lateral beams. The new beam holds up lighting to lift the ceiling and
wash light along the stone wall cladding. Down lighting from the beam enhances
the stone floor's diamond patterns.
The upgrade of Chifley Tower relied entirely on lighting. "This kind of
solution can only be achieved through custom designed solutions," said
Elliott. "The work we pride ourselves on." "We light spaces, but we also
create beautiful objects to light from." "This project demonstrates
the effect a lighting designer alone can have on dramatically changing a
LED and lighting control systems harvest daylight and help ensure
energy-efficient illumination, saving close to 75 percent compared to the
"It's amazing to see the change in architecture from the eighties to
today," said Elliott. "But KPF are great architects, and great
architecture always stands the test of time. It just took a lighting face lift,
albeit a very well considered bespoke one, to bring this gem back to
Elation EZ4 LED Display and Elation LED Luminaires Installed at Qzone in Quil Ceda Creek Casino
LIGHTimes News Staff
August 26, 2014...Quil Ceda Creek Casino, located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation north of
Seattle, installed an Elation Professional EZ4 LED video screen in addition to
Elation Platinum Spot LED II moving heads and EPAR Series LED fixtures. Opened
in April 2014, Qzone functions as a music venue, sports bar, and café and even
holds corporate meetings occasionally. The space, which originally started as a
nightclub before its convertion to a gaming room and now Qzone, is located just
off the main Quil Ceda Creek Casino gaming floor. The client wanted to offer
customers different options and events in order to draw them onto the
Agility was called in to design, build and install the lighting and video
package six months prior to opening. Agility initially planned on a 6 mm pixel
pitch panel for the centerpiece LED video screen. “Venues of this
type are relying more and more on LED walls,” said Agility’s
Rob Johnson, account manager on the project. “Because the LED screen
in Qzone was to be the centerpiece of the room and be used for a variety of
purposes, we were a bit concerned about the pixel pitch. We took a trip to the
Elation headquarters in L.A. where we had the chance to compare the 6 mm screen
with the 4 mm and came away convinced the 4 mm EZ4 was the best choice for this
Elation's 8 ft. x 12 ft. EZ4 LED screen was installed directly behind a 20
ft. wide by 13 ft. deep stage served as the primary presentation platform and
hosts live music and assorted acts. The LED screen is hard to miss from the
venue’s entrances. “It’s the focal point of the room and
looks great when you enter. It even looks good when you’re close to it at
the front of the stage,” Rob stated. Rob cites the EZ4’s easy
assembly, price point, and versatility as factors in its choice. “The
old club had a projector and screen but you can’t use that type of
technology when you have a performer or speaker on stage. The EZ4 is a real
multipurpose screen for a multipurpose room and gives the venue a lot of
The EZ4 is the company's highest resolution LED panel. It offers high
density of 10,816 pixels (104 x 104) per panel for sharp and clear picture with
vivid colors. The EZ4 screen can serve as a visual jukebox to play music videos
or simply to watch TV. It also acts like a big computer screen for corporate
meetings and presentations.
Guests to Qzone can get up close and personal to their favorite sports teams
with the display’s superior image quality and 1,200 Nits of brightness.
The display also serves as the the high quality visual backdrop for bands and
performers who need to run video and graphics. Elation Media Master Express
media server manages and plays back video and graphics for performances and
Rob specified LED lighting for its many benefits including power savings.
The Qzone lighting system includes Elation 135W Platinum Spot LED II color and
pattern changing moving heads and the EPAR Tri LED lights, which are both
mounted on a Global Truss system hanging over the dance floor and stage. Rob
chose the Platinum Spot LED II’s positioned on finger trusses over the
dance floor, for their compact size and attractive price. Their compact size
fit in well with the room and its short trim heights. “They actually
make the room look bigger and taller,” he said.
EPAR Tri RGB LED lights used for band washes provide color wash from 20 ft.
upstage and downstage trusses. The EPAR QA fixtures with their added amber LED
for extended color range and effective color temperature control, highlight
speakers on stage. Qzone hosts bands, DJs, comedy acts and other events and
performances that test the reliability and versatility of EZ4 LED screen and
the LED lighting daily. Rob reports that since its installation earlier in the
year, the system has held up very well.
US National Archives Saves Electricity with LED Luminaires from Lumenpulse
SSL Design News Staff
August 26, 2014...The US National Archives and Records Administration has employed Lumenpulse
luminaires to upgrade the lighting system for the Rotunda of the Charters of
Freedom. Lumenpulse's Lumenbeam Small and Lumenbeam Medium luminaires helped
improve the quality of light and reduce maintenance costs for the historic
space, which houses the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of
Boston-based design firm Available Light designed the new LED lighting
system that has won a 2014 AL Light and Architecture Design Award for
commendable achievement. The design reduces energy consumption by 84%. It
requires 4,700 watts at full intensity and just 1,800 watts at its current
dimmed state. At the same time Available Light says it provides a brighter,
more comfortable viewing experience for Rotunda visitors.
"The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is hallowed ground, housing the
most precious artifacts in American history. We're very proud to have been
involved in the improvement of the lighting system," said Francois-Xavier
Souvay, president and CEO of Lumenpulse. "With the dimming
capability and digital control of our luminaires, the space can adhere to
evolving conservation requirements and maintenance needs, while still providing
a great experience for visitors," he said.
Available Light chose Lumenbeam Medium luminaires to illuminate the two
large murals from opposing sides. The luminaires have a very high color
rendering index and a custom color temperature that bring out the colors and
quality of the artwork and architecture. Lumenbeam Small luminaires serve as
controllable accent lights for temporary exhibits in the main rotunda.
"We determined that a custom 2850K color temperature and a CRI above 93
were critical...and Lumenpulse were the only company that could customize
luminaires to meet these strict performance criteria," said Steven Rosen,
principal at Available Light. "The Lumenpulse luminaires maximized
illuminance at the floor level, while still maintaining 0.9 footcandles at the
document cases. It's much brighter than it was previously, and conservation
criteria for the documents have been improved," he said.
Badger Meter Gets ROI with Seesmart LED Lighting at Facility in Just 1.6 Years
SSL Design News Staff
August 26, 2014...Badger Meter located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, wanted to improve the
lighting of its 315,000 square-foot manufacturing and administration facility.
The company chose Sustainable Solutions LED to be their exclusive partner and
Seesmart to be their LED lighting maker. Badger hoped to save energy and reduce
cost, yet maintain or even increase light levels. Sustainable Solutions LED
answered all the detailed and technical questions Badger had before
implementing the solution.
“We did our homework, and Sustainable Solutions did theirs, too.
They could answer all the technical questions and be our strategic
partner,” said Brian Rogers, facility manager at Badger Meter.
Badger and SSLED tested different lighting for office spaces, bathrooms, and
manufacturing areas and got feedback from management and workers. Over the
course of testing, brightness levels, color temperatures, light out patterns,
wattages, and even light rotations were previewed, modified and ultimately
Sustainable Soutions team worked together with Seesmart to devise a retrofit
program in which every single old technology bulb was replaced LED lamps. In
total, 8,571 Seesmart 4-foot 15-watt clear LED tubes were installed throughout
the enormous building.
“No one believed me when I told them how much time we had spent
changing out light bulbs. Now, it’s practically maintenance
free,” said Brian Rogers, facility manager of Badger Meter.
Sustainable Solutions was willing to guarantee 50,000 hours for each LED
bulb. The new lighting increased the general light levels by an average by 16
to 18%. Badger Meter also realized energy savings of well over 50%, and
Sustainable Solutions says Badger Meter achieved a ROI for the entire retrofit
in just 1.6 years.
Texas Hospital Achieves First LEED Platinum Certification in the World with Help of Acuity Brands LED Lighting and Controls
SSL Design News Staff
August 21, 2014...Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas chose integrated LED
luminaires and controls `Acuity Brands, Inc.. Acuity Brands' healthcare
solutions portfolio helped the hospital achieve its goal of becoming LEED
Platinum® certified for healthcare building construction and design. The new
lighting system fulfills the needs of the hospital's facilities including
automatic illumination in hallways and patient rooms and multiple dimming
options for nighttime lighting when emergency buttons are activated.
"The hospital set a goal to achieve LEED-Platinum certification for
Healthcare, as part of its push for the organization to be
environmentally-friendly and to be good stewards of sustainability," said
Brian Horras, Project Manager at Beck, the specifying engineering firm that
supported the project. "Because this is a new facility, and the client
wanted the latest and most effective technology, they advocated for state of
the art LED luminaires. Another bonus is from a maintenance cost standpoint;
you don't have to replace lamps as often with the LEDs."
VT Series LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® light the common areas and
hallways of the new 72-bed, 85,000 square-foot patient tower and hospital,
which was an addition to the existing hospital campus. The hospital chose the
VT Series LED luminaires because they are cost-efficient and energy-saving LED
luminaires that can be paired seamlessly with Acuity Controls' nLight® control
devices. In addition to offering a range of dimming options, the lighting
controls can also track energy savings.
"We chose the Acuity Brands lighting and control system based on its
performance specifications and capabilities," said Horras. "These
specific LED luminaires and controls even proved to be less expensive than a
comparable high-performance fluorescent system."
In patient bathrooms, the hospital installed the LED Step Light from Winona®
as a night-light. It features amber lighting technology to help avoid
disturbing patient sleep cycles.
Boston University's Track and Tennis Center Gets GE LED High Bay Lighting
SSL Design News Staff
August 20, 2014...Boston University's Track and Tennis Center upgraded to LED high bay
lighting, which is estimated reduce the center's overall energy use by 40
percent. The Track and Tennis Center is home to a variety of events and
athletic practices, commencement ceremonies, and more. The Center required a
lighting solution that was as flexible as the facility itself. The 127 metal
halide fixtures that were installed when the center was constructed had become
outdated and required increased maintenance. Boston University wanted a
lighting upgrade for its Track and Tennis Center that would increase the light
levels and reduce energy consumption as part of its ongoing energy-efficiency
initiatives. The University's Building Automation Services team knew they
needed an LED high bay lighting solution.
"We really did our homework and rigorously tested several lighting
solutions before ultimately deciding on GE's Albeo™ LED high bay lighting
fixtures," said Elijah Ercolino, the BU director of building automation
services. "The benefits extended beyond the energy efficiency of the
fixture—we were also fans of the modern aesthetic and exceptional
durability for the application."
GE's Albeo ABHX Series LED high bay lighting fixtures have a rated lifetime
of 100,000 hours. GE says that the LED luminaires provide greater foot-candle
performance, increasing light levels while reducing energy consumption and
maintenance burdens of the facility. Additionally, the Track and Tennis Center
employs an integrated, smart lighting system with wireless controls thanks to
the dimming and precise control that the Albeo lighting fixtures provide. Each
of the seven unique zones of the facility has its own controls where light
levels and on/off timing preferences can be controlled independently of one
another, creating an infinitely flexible lighting solution that greatly reduces
The university expects to save about 770,000 kilowatt-hours annually. This
represents a 40 percent reduction in the center's overall energy use. GE points
out that the fixtures also cut down on maintenance costs. On top of these
financial savings, the Albeo lighting fixtures have eliminated the noise
created by the previous metal halide fixtures.
DRSA Wins Contracts to Refit Yauchts with LED lighting
LIGHTimes News Staff
August 19, 2014...DRSA, a supplier of marine LED lighting, recently secured more than 12 major
contracts to refit yachts ranging between 100’ and 175’ with LED
lighting. According to DRSA, refitting yachts with LED lighting that have
dimming capabilities is now in high demand because the technology for LED
lighting has finally made its way to the yacht industry.
“We have dramatically increased our focus on designing, creating
and sourcing LED light products over the past year as we have seen significants
benefits in the marine industry,” said DRSA president Cathy Smith.
“LED lights are smaller in size, brighter in appearance and lower in
heat emissions. Also, we have now been able to identify solutions to properly
dim LED lights on board, so anyone with a yacht going thru a refit - or a used
build - is well advised to look at these alternatives,” Smith added.
For more than 25 years, DRSA has designed, developed, manufactured, and
imported luminaires, light bulbs and LEDs to illuminate entire vessels from bow
DRSA will be showcasing its products at the International Boatbuilders
Exhibition and conference (IBEX) 2014, September 30-October 2 at the Tampa
Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.
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