Forge Europa's 50W GU10 LED Replacements Used in Retrofit at Lindows Jewellers
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 5, 2013...An independent jeweler in the South Lakeland market town of Ulverston in
Cumbria is benefiting from a lighting upgrade. Lindows Jewellers has a
reputation nationally for being one of the UK's leading independent jewelers
providing one to one expert service and advice from a fully trained and
experienced sales team specializing in leading world brands such as Cartier,
Tisento and soon to be launched Swarovski.
Proprietor Mr Ken Lindow explained that his reputation and that of the
brands he represents is second to none. So, according to Lindow, the
environment from which he sells must be the very best for the benefit of his
clients and his highly trained staff. “Lighting has been a
disappointment for many years” said Mr Lindow. “Whilst we
have always endeavoured to create the best possible effect with what has been
available, the constant lamp and transformer replacement exercise has not only
proved costly but highly disruptive in such an important selling
Mr Lindow contacted Forge Europa on hearing about the introduction of their
LED-based GU10 lamp that serves as a true replacement for 50W halogens.
“I wanted to resolve the problems with the transformers, improve the
display of the products and reduce the energy bill if possible, and all ideally
with minimal disruption to the business. But recognised I need expert advice
and a fast turnaround to achieve this.”
The store replaced 44 of its Halogen 50W MR16 lamps and associated
transformers with 44 x High performance, short base GU10 LED lamp replacements.
The replacement by Forge Europa instantly resolved the transformer issue. Forge
Europa’s warm white 3000k, 670lm GU10 LED lamps utilize the MTG
technology from Cree, to showcasing the jewelery at its best and creating a
very welcoming environment for customers.
Forge Europa’s GU10 LED Lamp has a lumen output of 670lm at 9.5W for
70lm/W efficacy. The company says its 36˚ beam angle, choice of color
temperature, and short and long base ensure its compatibility with a wide range
of housings. These LED lamps are fully and independently certified by Intertek,
meeting all relevant standards that comply with CE marking directives.
Forge Europa listened to feedback, and carried out an energy audit to review
current usage and evaluate potential solutions and savings. Forge Europa's
proposed solution is expected to save about £342.14 per year per store. So the
electricity used in the 44 lights (consuming 9.5 watts each for 2400 hours at
£0.08/kWh) will cost £80.26 per year compared to £422.40 per year for the 50W
halogen bulbs that they replace.
“The glare from the old MR16 has gone and the clarity of light is
fabulous” says Head Gemmologist Elaine Taite. “The light
is exactly where we want it and highlights our products and intricate detail in
a way we have never seen before.”
Mr Lindow is now rolling out LED lighting in the display cabinets and shop
window, all supplied by Forge Europa, because of the installation's quality of
light, the effect created in the shop and cost savings
“In addition to creating the right environment for our customers,
products and staff, so far we have saved 81% on our lighting energy costs. We
specialise in quality jewellery, and with some items retailing for thousands of
pounds, the investment in LED lighting is small, but essential and has made a
Cree LED Lighting Installed at NC State Student Housing Residence Hall
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 5, 2013...NC State chose Cree Inc. to supply the lighting for its first planned LEED
certified residence hall, Wolf Ridge at Centennial. Cree luminaires were
installed in two of the project’s six buildings are already delivering
positive results. Powered by Cree TrueWhite® Technology, the luminaires deliver
what the company claims to be the industry’s best color quality, creating
more inviting and better lit environments for student residents. At the same
time, Cree says that the luminaires significantly reduce the school’s
operational expenses compared to outdated lighting technologies.
Once fully completed, the six-building project will utilize more than 4,000
luminaires from Cree’s LED lighting portfolio. The hallways and
stairwells are lit with Cree® CR22™ and CR24™ LED architectural
troffers and the Cree CR Series Light Engine. The apartments’ interior
space features the Cree SL24™ LED Surface Linear luminaire. Additionally,
the university was so impressed with the light quality in previous Cree LED
lighting installations on campus, NC State installed Cree CR6™ LED
downlights in the Wolf Ridge bathrooms. The CR6 down lights replaced the CFL
recessed cans in the bathrooms that were installed when the residence hall was
built. Previously, the CFLs took a long time to reach full illumination.
“We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from our
student residents, especially when they learn about the energy efficiency of
the LED fixtures and that lighting maintenance requests are a thing of the
past,” said Dr. Barry Olson, director of business administration for
campus life, NC State.
“The Wolf Ridge at Centennial student housing project called for
the installation of thousands of luminaires, many of which operate
24/7,” said Pete Fraccaroli, facilities manager, campus life, NC
State. “We needed an advanced lighting solution that allowed us to
exceed LEED certification requirements and provide students superior color
quality while delivering drastically reduced maintenance and energy costs to
the university. The Cree LED lighting installed solved all of these
“The installation at NC State is a testament to the positive
impact on students and staff when high-quality lighting is
installed,” said Mike Bauer, vice president of lighting sales, Cree.
“Students and faculty can feel good about the mercury-free LED
lighting replacing the old fluorescent fixtures and the additional energy
savings, all helping to create a substantially beneficial environmental
In 2007, NC State was the first to join Cree’s LED University®, an
international community of universities working to accelerate the adoption of
energy-efficient LED lighting across their campuses. Universities in the
program include the University of Notre Dame, Marquette University, University
of California at Santa Barbara, University of Arkansas and many others. In
addition to Wolf Ridge, NCSU has installed Cree LED lighting on several other
projects, including upgrades to existing residence halls. In 2008, NCSU
replaced four T8 fluorescents with three Cree LR6™ LED downlights in each
room as part of a renovation project of Bragaw residence hall. These
installations have reportedly lead to energy reductions beyond what was
initially anticipated, and the university has been installing Cree LEDs ever
since, doing upfits in most of their other campus buildings.
Dilitronics LED Lighting Concept for Brillux
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 3, 2013...The paint and color production company Brillux got new LED lighting from dilitronics. The light installation takes into account the varied operation hours and the different function areas. dilitronics claims that over 75% in energy savings is possible with the lighting set called Array MX. Brillux chose the the Array MX from dilitronics for their energy-saving, a long lifespan, their low level of heat radiation, and their even distribution of light. The merely two-year-old halogen lighting system at Brillux was completely replaced.
Working with the lighting planner Ludewig Lichtkonzepte (in Münster, Germany), dilitronics developed a light-steering system for 50 light canopies with 300 downlights and surrounding LEDs. Due to the unostentatious design and the hidden technical components the design reportedly meets the architectural demands. Dilitronics says that they supplied the lighting products, drivers and power supply that they claim can be quickly and easily installed in the existing halogen installation. According to dilitronics, the amount of maintenance is minimal, and there is practically no difference in terms of the color temperature compared to that of the halogen lighting. The heat generation is however less.
Dilitronics claims that the comprehensive lighting installation system guarantees an immediate energy savings of more than 75% with additional reductions possible through light dimming. The typical low-level of heat generation enables a lower level of necessary cooling for more energy savings. The new lighting allows different lighting scenarios to be preset depending on the various times of day and the special functions of the area. The 300 light points are triggered via the LED-driver driveDOT4 from dilitronics. The indirect lighting via LED line lights is operated by the driveDOT CV4 lite driver.
Dilitronics points out that infinitely variable dimming is possible via the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). For example, the company with a multi-shift operation can light up only the drink- and vending machines for the 2nd and 3rd shifts, while the restaurant area ‘sleeps’ in a very strongly dimmed light. Another deciding factor for the choice of the Array MX from dilitronics was also the ability to control 4 channels with only one virtual DALI appliance (VDG), and thus allowing integration of up to 256 light points simultaneously.
New Jersey Parking Garage Gets LED Lighting Retrofit
SSLighting Design News Staff
November 26, 2013...Bergen County, the most populous county in New Jersey, has completed a
successful LED lighting retrofit of its multi-level parking facility located at
One County Plaza in Hackensack, New Jersey. The project was undertaken as part
of a county energy savings initiative, and is projected to achieve a 22 percent
reduction in lighting energy costs as well as a reduction in maintenance
Working in concert with Swift Electrical Supply, the Bergen County Parking
Garage replaced 330 high-intensity discharge (HID) fixtures that were each
consuming 84W of power per day each. Based upon the recommendation of August
Sodora, president of Swift Electrical Supply, the maintenance team replaced the
HID fixtures with Light Efficient Design’s LED-8025-DL lamps. The 52 W
8025-DL lamps are fully encapsulated with an E26 medium base mounting that
integrates LED technology into a low bay/utility lamp.
“The LED-8025 52W Low Bay Retrofit lamps made retrofitting
easy,” Sodora explains. “The maintenance team could
deactivate the ballast, but leave it in the fixture and simply screw the lamps
in. That made a lot less work for them.”
Sodora estimates that the LED-8025 lamps will reduce monthly energy costs by
22 percent. “The maintenance team expects to recoup their
installation costs in less than two years,” Sodora says.
“Bergen County officials have been very happy with the results. The
retrofit has been a cost-effective, energy savings solution.”
Cree LED Lighting Delivers Energy and Maintenance Savings at Albuquerque Convention Center
SSLDesign News Staff
November 20, 2013...The Albuquerque Convention Center recently selected LED lighting from Cree,
Inc. to improve the facility and provide better illumination for visitors. The
multi-purpose event complex with more than 270,000 square feet of meeting and
exhibit space got LED lighting powered by Cree TrueWhite® Technology and
Lutron® controls. The lighting project was initiated as part of
Albuquerque’s Energy Council Three Percent Program, which sets aside
three percent of capital improvement bonds specifically for energy conservation
The new lighting was installed in the East Complex of the Convention Center.
Cree says that the installation reduced the Convention Center’s annual
lighting energy usage from an industry standard 40 percent to just 7.6 percent
of its total energy usage for the East Complex. City officials also plan to
renovate the West Complex of the Albuquerque Convention Center with Cree LED
lighting and Lutron® controls as a result of the improved color quality and
reduced maintenance in the East Complex.
Cree says that thanks to the company's LED lighting solution, the
Albuquerque Convention Center now has the ability to tailor the lighting
according to each occasion, whether it’s a large event or more intimate
use of the space–adding.
“As a multi-purpose facility, high-quality LED lighting can truly
enhance meeting and event spaces, making the Convention Center more attractive
to tourists while lowering electricity use and maintenance costs,”
said Tony Gurule, energy and sustainability program manager for the City of
Albuquerque. “We conducted a study of various LED lighting
manufacturers, and Cree and Lutron, with complementary lighting and controls,
offered the ideal solution for us.”
Cree’s CR Series LED architectural troffers, CS Series LED linear
luminaires and both the SR6™ and LR6™ LED architectural downlights
were installed in the East Complex of the convention center . Combined with a
Lutron EcoSystem® control system, the LED lighting installation is expected to
deliver more than $120,000 in yearly maintenance savings and a reduction of
more than $100,000 in annual energy costs. This is reportedly adding up to a
rapid payback for the Convention Center.
Gurule continued, “The high-quality illumination delivered by the
LED lights makes the ceilings look higher, the restrooms and stairwells
brighter and makes all of the colors in the East Complex incredibly vivid.
We’re excited to see economic development initiated by this installation
and how it will benefit Albuquerque.”
“Delivering a compelling venue for events and meetings is
essential for large complexes like the Albuquerque Convention Center, and
Cree’s broad portfolio of LED luminaires offers a no-compromise solution
for the high-quality illumination desired and operational savings
needed,” said Mike Bauer, vice president of lighting sales, Cree.
“By providing exceptional color quality and using just a fraction of
the energy required to operate traditional lighting, long-lasting Cree LED
lighting can continue to help draw visitors with better lighting and reduced
energy and maintenance costs for years to come.”
Stone Brewing Co. Deploys Digital Lumens Intelligent LEDs
SSLDesign News Staff
November 19, 2013...Digital Lumens announced that Stone Brewing Co., the 10th largest craft
brewery in the United States well known for its hop-centric beers, has deployed
the Intelligent Lighting System within its new 69,000-square foot bottling and
kegging addition in Escondido, CA. Digital Lumens says that the system is
saving 86 percent in annual energy costs over T8 alternatives. The Digital
Lumens system was chosen for its lighting quality and illumination levels, and
its efficiency, and substantial contribution to the brewery’s LEED Silver
“As a craft brewer committed to the sustainability of our business
operations, the Digital Lumens system is a no-compromise solution that delivers
extraordinary energy savings, while providing a level of control over how
lighting is used within our facility that is truly impressive,” said
Joshua Lichtman, associate project manager for Stone Brewing Co.
“Both from an energy usage and quality perspective, it has completely
changed our view of what is possible with lighting. As a result, we are looking
at how we can deploy smart LED lighting across our operations.”
Occupancy sensors help save electricity, and natural light adds to the
savings with the help of daylight harvesting sensors built into every Digital
Lumens fixture. Digital Lumens system boasts an expected payback period of 1.77
years through energy savings.
“Intelligence-driven efficiency is enabling facilities
traditionally burdened by high lighting-related energy costs to slash usage by
up to 90 percent over HID and HIF alternatives, while gaining better, higher
quality lighting to facilitate their business operations,” said
Michael Feinstein, Digital Lumens vice president of sales and marketing.
“The remarkable success of Intelligent LED lighting in a wide range
of industrial applications — from manufacturing and warehousing to
brewing and bottling — is fueling rapidly increasing adoption rates
within the commercial and industrial sectors.”
Action Services Group Completes LED Lighting Retrofits for Music & Arts
SSLDesign News Staff
November 19, 2013...Action Services Group, a national lighting, sign and electrical maintenance company, announced the completion of the first five in a series of Music & Arts locations to receive interior LED lighting retrofits.
The LED lighting retrofits, which are projected to reduce each store’s energy usage by 78% per year, included replacing the existing halogen 75-watt and 90-watt spot lamps covering the sales floor as well as the hanging-instrument walls with 16-watt LED spot lamps.
Action Services Group conducted a site survey, evaluated LED lighting alternatives, and helped in uncovering applicable local utility rebates. In addition the company prepared a total ROI analysis and installation. Including energy savings, maintenance savings and expected utility rebates, the LED lighting retrofits the company projects that the new lighting will provide a total payback in slightly over a year and a half.
The LED lighting addressed a specific concern about the musical instrument damage being caused by the heat from the previous halogen lamps which illuminated the instruments hanging on the walls for an average of eleven hours per day. Action Services says that in addition to the projected energy savings and reduction in instrument damage issues, the LED retrofits with an estimated 40,000 hour lifetime will virtually eliminate lighting maintenance costs in each store for nearly ten years. In comparison, the halogen lights with an estimated lifetime of 2500-3000 hours, would need to be replaced approximately every 7 to 8 months if used 11 hours per day seven days per week.
Oxford Historic Cinema and dpa Lighting Receive Project Award for LED Façade Lighting
SSLighting Design News Staff
November 19, 2013...The Ultimate Picture Palace and dpa lighting consultancy have received an
Oxford Preservation Trust Small Project Award for the lighting scheme for the
cinema’s refurbished facade. Oxford’s only independent cinema, The
Ultimate Picture Palace has undergone a three-year restoration program, which
included the restoration of the cinema's facade. The award comes on the eve of
the cinema launching a funding appeal on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website.
The cinema is seeking £6,000 to go towards upgrading seats to complete the
Owner Becky Hallsmith said, “We are completely thrilled to receive
such recognition for this work. The facade is such an important part of the
cinema’s character and lighting it properly is crucial. dpa came up with
a scheme that highlights the original features of the building, was low-price
and, by using LED lighting has very low ongoing costs both financially and
environmentally. The dpa team were a pleasure to work with and we are very
grateful to them.”
Mark Breton of dpa said, “We are are delighted for The Ultimate
Picture Palace to win this prestigious award. This is a fitting accolade for
Becky and her team in acknowledging the efforts that have been put into
re-emphasising this important landmark building on Cowley Road."
Debbie Dance, Oxford Preservation Trust Director, said, “The
Awards are OPT’s way of celebrating the wonderful work that is going on
across the city. The lighting of the Ultimate Picture Palace is one of my
favourite awards, a small but significant project which adds to the character
and vibrancy of the Cowley Road. The judges could not fail to be impressed, and
all that remains to say is thank you UPP, and dpa – we love the results
of your work.”
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