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Indoor Soccer Center Gets Custom LED Lighting from Noribachi
SSL Design News Staff

February 26, 2015...An LED lighting solution from Noribachi now illuminates the Outbreak Soccer Center in Signal Hill, California. For the project, Noribachi custom engineered 16 indoor LED lighting fixtures to replace the existing warehouse metal halide lighting. Each proprietary Highbay.N indoor fixture has full dimming controls, and the fixtures include an uplight, with a 3,129 lumen output and a downlight with a 35,448 lumen output. The layered square design with aluminum housing and hanging chain attachments complements the soccer center's modern feel. The luminaires also feature durable acrylic lenses.

“The facility was a former industrial warehouse that was converted to an indoor soccer center. After we bought the building, the first thing we did was upgrade the lighting,” said Trent Bryson, owner, Outbreak Soccer Center. “We offer soccer training, pickup games and speed and agility sessions. Our goal is to provide an environment that encourages fun and soccer skill building, and proper lighting is key to that. With the installation of the new lighting, we have functional LED lighting for soccer that looks cool and will provide a long-term reduction in our fixed costs.”

“We have engineered indoor sports LED lighting for a variety of facilities and know how to build to specific requirements to ensure proper illumination and safety,” said Troy Hesselgesser, vp of business development, Noribachi. “This was an exciting project for us because it gave us the opportunity to design the indoor LED lighting fixtures as well as engineer the LED light engines to provide the perfect lighting solution for the Outbreak Soccer Center and their members.”

Construction Companies Partner with ALT to Promote "Healthy Residences"
SSL Design News Staff

February 26, 2015...Aeon Lighting Technology Inc. (ALT), a Taiwan-baseed manufacturer of high-power LEDs is for the first time cooperating with a contraction company. The cooperation is to construct “healthy residences” that use energy efficient LED lights.

The goal of the "healthy residences" is to attract clientele such as new urban residents, medical professionals and environmentalists, along with consumers who have high demands for quality living environments. The construction companies have agreed to adopt LED luminaires from ALTLED® for lighting public areas. The luminaires incorporate intelligent cloud-control.

ALT worked diligently with construction companies to create boutique lighting that went into numerous world-renowned structures, hotels, commercial, and industrial buildings. The lighting projects included the Candlebark School Library (2012 Timber Design Awards Winner), the British Royalty Lancaster House, and Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. The Lancaster house employed more than a thousand of ALT’s Dimmable Chandelier Lights. The British royal family also adopted luminaires from ALT to provide energy efficient illumination for other mansion and villa construction projects.

ForceField's ESCO Subsidiary Gets Two LED Street Light Conversion Projects in Connecticut
SSL Design News Staff

February 24, 2015...ESCO Energy Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ForceField Energy Inc., announced that its ESCO subsidiary has entered into letter of intent agreements for two LED street light conversion projects. The projects are part of the company's previously announced selection to participate in the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities ("CCM") Street Light LED Conversion Program. The installations of the projects in Plainville and Cromwell, Connecticut, which have an estimated value of more than $1 million, are expected to be completed by Q3 2015. The combined initial installation in both towns initial installations will include the conversion of more than 2,600 street light fixtures. The fixtures in total are expected to deliver an estimated annual savings of about $225,000.

As previously disclosed, ESCO is in active discussions with more than 20 communities among CCM's 153 member-communities. The company currently estimates the revenue generation potential of the streetlight projects being discussed to be between $25 and $30 million over a three-to-five year period.

Mitch Barack, ESCO's President and CEO stated, "We are excited to have been selected by Plainville and Cromwell, the first towns in Connecticut to implement an LED street light conversion under CCM's statewide municipal Street Light Conversion Program. We believe our ability to deliver a fully integrated street light acquisition and LED conversion program that incorporates an array of financing options provides us with a competitive advantage as we aggressively pursue other communities in Connecticut as well as the significant opportunities in other states and communities across the US."

Mitch Barack added, "With increased state and federal initiatives including the Presidents Challenge for Advanced Outdoor Lighting and the DOE's Better Building Program, we believe we are only in the early stages of this multi-billion dollar market opportunity to switch to high-efficiency lighting for streetlights and other outdoor applications."

Esco's Municipal LED Street Light Conversion Program helps communities buy existing, utility-owned streetlights, and then converts them to LED-based street lights. The program includes assessment, planning, implementation and maintenance. It also allows cities and towns to fully manage their own street lighting operations with Noveda Technology's street light management controls and monitoring.

Esco contends that the management controls and monitoring software helps to "future-proof" a community's investment in LED lighting. The management system offers full control, individual energy metering, dimming, scheduling, and energy monitoring. The system can wirelessly connect to central monitoring & controls that give clients access to a GPS mapping user interface that shows the location and status of each fixture and supplies a portal to maintenance records. In addition, the analytics, dashboards, and the user interface, give clients a full monitoring system. An optional pole-hit detection technology and a host of other sensor inputs can further enhance public safety.

ESCO's Municipal Street Light Conversion Program typically requires no initial capital investment. The company says that savings from the conversion completely pay for the program, and municipalities can expect immediate positive cash flow. Additionally, ESCO also offers tax-exempt municipal lease financing to support the municipality's potential LED project funding needs.

Big Four Bridge Shines with Royal Philips LED Luminaires as Part of Louisville Waterfront Revitalization
SSL Design News Staff

February 24, 2015...At a special ceremony, Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer flipped the light switch connected to the LED lighting on the Big Four Bridge. Dynamic, color changing lighting from Royal Philips helped to transform the bridge into a nighttime art piece and a backdrop for waterfront events. The project is part of Mayor Fischer’s six-year plan to create a green, inclusive environment through the use of energy-efficient LED technology. The addition of the dynamic lighting further cements the bridge as an iconic symbol of Louisville and the surrounding vibrant community.

Railway companies originally built the historic Big Four Bridge in 1895 to transport goods across the Ohio River. The bridge was used until 1969, when it was essentially decommissioned. With the aid of a public-private partnership, the bridge was re-opened in 2013 as a pedestrian and bicycle path that reconnects Louisville with Jefferson, Indiana and revitalizes the waterfront area. Since it re-opened, the mile long bridge has had about 1 million visitors including locals and travelers.

After its reopening, Louisville’s Waterfront Development Corporation sparked an initiative to add color changing lighting to enhance the bridge’s appeal into the evening hours. The LED-based system can display over 16 million colors and an infinite array of patterns that can enhance local events such as concerts, fireworks, and other occasions.

“This was a strategic opportunity to leverage LED technology to further enhance the city’s most popular attraction and continue the momentum of moving Louisville forward as an innovative and independent city,” said Mayor Fischer. “The new lighting will make the bridge safer at night, enhance waterfront events and contribute to the artistic flair and pride of this community.”

Vincent Lighting Systems, the Kentucky-based lighting design company installed and commissioned the more than 1,500 Philips LED-based fixtures on both the interior and exterior of the bridge along with the software-based control system. Pedestrians in the surrounding parks can now watch a dynamic light show from dusk to 12:30 a.m. Louisville joins other cities such as Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Little Rock, and Corpus Christi in revitalizing their bridges with LED lights.

“Illuminating iconic structures creates a meaningful impact in a community, a source of pride for residents that brings people together, attracts visitors and is a reflection of the city,” said Amy Huntington, president of Philips Lighting Americas. “The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge is a shining example of the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have in our communities. We are committed to working with city officials and local organizations to help make neighborhoods more livable.”

Robe Lights Used for Metronomy Tour and Finale Show
SSL Design News Staff

February 17, 2015...Metronomy completed a year of touring their ‘Love Letters’ album. Their finale show stopping was at London’s Alexandra Palace. Ed Warren designed the lighting and set for the entire Metronomy tour. Robe moving lights were featured throughout the tour, and more were added for the finale show. Southampton based rental company, GLS supplied six LEDWash 300s, 14 x Pointes, 39 x LEDBeam 100s, 17 x LEDWash 600s and 26 x ROBIN 600E Spots for the final show.

Ed Warren based the stage design on a ‘futuristic’ 1970’s TV show concept, which he said was partly inspired by the work of his favorite light artists, James Turrell and Dan Flavin, when they experimented with bold neon and block colors. The stage incorporated many color-changing surfaces including riser and keyboard fronts, set pieces, and backdrop which all helped the complete the give the environment a sense of perspective.

The design evolved and morphed over the year according to the section of the tour and and the format such as stage shows or festivals.

In order to pull the audience into the gig and the onstage action, Ed's design extended the lighting over the crowd as far as possible with two 40 ft trusses hung above the auditorium. This essentially made the vast area intimate and cozy like a club.

From above, a U-shaped truss was positioned over the stage with two arms pointing forwards. A V-shaped truss was at the front of Lights to skim up and blast through the double printed cloth were placed on a truss behind the backdrop in addition to the floor package lighting. The Robes luminaires were positioned on all the trusses and on the floor.

The Pointes primarily bounced and reflected light off multiple mirror-balls. The LEDWash 300s highlighted the band and back-lit the backdrop and set pieces. LEDWash 600s served as the principle wash lights up above in the trusses. Ed also used individual LED ring control for special moments and effects. Eight LEDBeam 100s individually up-lit the band. The remaining 31 hung out above the crowd and bounced light around the room.

The front of the truss was rigged for key lighting with six of the 600E Spots, and the rest were on the main truss for the show’s profile looks.

Light from Pointes were projected onto the mirror-balls and for scanning and skimming, and playing into the audience, who did not stop dancing for the long, 24 song set. Ed controlled all the lights from his own ChamSys MQ60 console + Fader Wing. Ian Turner from GLS provided the lighting and served as Production Manager for the gig.

Ed Warren stated,“I’ve worked with Metronomy for 10 years now and it’s never been difficult, never felt like ‘work’. No other band’s music and aesthetic has been simpler to translate with such satisfying results. They’ve never been averse to spending a bit of money on making something special and their input into this is always valuable. I’m so fortunate to have spent the year with my good friends making our dreams come alive. Can’t wait to do it again soon!”

LED Luminaires from Kemps Architectural Lighting help Illuminate King's Cross Station in London
SSL Design News Staff

February 17, 2015...Kings Cross Square in London has essentially gotten a makeover with newly-installed LED lighting. Commissioned design firm StudioFractal specified both custom and standard LED luminaires from Yorkshire-based Kemps Architectural Lighting. The LED luminaires have a dramatic impact on the appearance of the building and the adjacent space..

The once hectic place has been transformed into a more relaxing area where people can sit at all times of day, with the help of indirect and direct light that creates a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. StudioFractal intended the project's lighting design to maximize view of the grand structure that provides an impressive backdrop

In addition to improving the building and adjacent area's aesthetics, the LED lighting reduced energy consumption, and its longer life span translates to much lower maintenance costs. Kemps LED luminaires were also installed to illuminate the world famous clock at the top of the building's façade.

Chris Sutherland, the project's lighting designer said, "At the time of specifying the LED products for this project, Kemps were one of few leading manufacturers that could provide the range of luminaire profiles and lumen outputs we required. Of course today they have more competition, but they continue to lead the way with their linear lighting products."

GE to Partner with San Diego on Pilot of Intelligent Citites Platform
SSL Design News Staff

February 12, 2015...GE Lighting will be partnering with the city of San Diego on a pilot project of its Intelligent Cities Platform. San Diego Mayor, Kevin L. Faulconer announced the partnership. GE-Lighting's Intelligent Cities Platform is a software-defined lighting control and monitoring technology. The city expects that the system will solve some of its infrastructure challenges.

Mayor Faulconer said, "San Diego has proven that smart infrastructure saves energy and taxpayer dollars. We believe that the Intelligent Cities partnership will help us go further in creating truly intelligent infrastructure that helps us improve services to the public."

Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of GE Lighting, said, Were very proud to be collaborating with San Diego once again, connecting the city to the Industrial Internet. This is a transformational moment for GE, as we continue to build upon big data analytics to provide value and significant outcomes for our customers. The Intelligent Cities partnership will explore the use of enhanced sensors and Predix, GE's software platform.

The Predix software platform for the Industrial Internet allows for advanced lighting control, and analysis in addition to parking optimization and monitoring of traffic and the environment. Project will first focus on assessing a portion of LED street lights and sensors located throughout the city.

Last year, San Diego became the first U.S. city to widely use GEs LED lighting fixtures with GE's LightGrid outdoor wireless controls technology deployed on more than 3,000 city street lights. The combination of the LED street lights and the LightGrid Control System reportedly already saves the city more than $254,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

CGE Energy and Cree LED Lighting Help Illuminate Briarwood Ford Dealership
SSL Design News Staff

February 12, 2015...Briarwood Ford in Saline, Michigan wanted to modernize their lighting and reduce energy and operating costs. Steve Whitener or Briarwood Ford called on CGE Energy for their lighting expertise. The car lot's existing lighting fixtures had been in place for over 25 years. After a thorough analysis of the lot space and its layout, CGE Energy created a plan to replace the lot's inefficient metal halide fixtures with Cree LED Edge HO fixtures. Cree specially designed the Edge HO fixtures for automobile dealerships. The new lighting reduced the number of fixtures from 130 to just 74.

The Edge HO luminaires are focused on the cars instead of projecting outward and losing their brilliance to the surrounding night. According to cree, the uniformly spread light at Briarwood provides a more true-to-life color rendering, thus everything underneath looks more vibrant and lifelike. The vehicles showcased along Briarwood's front row shine brighter and their colors stand out. Also, the dealership can remotely dim the lights directed onto the front row of vehicles for increased energy savings.

The end result highly impressed Whitener. "My first impression was in the daylight. [The fixtures] were very sleek and modern looking, but then of course at night it's a more even and natural light. You can see a big difference." Sales Manager Tom Bicknell said, "[The lights] cast a much brighter light that shows off the colors of the cars. There are no dark areas, and that makes for a nicer environment after dark."

CGE Energy mangaged to improve the visual appearance of Briarwood Ford significantly while reducing energy use by about 66%. CGE was also able to secure Briarwood a $50,400 rebate from DTE Energy for the LED upgrade. Projected energy savings for the new lighting is an amazing $4,880 per month. With the help of the rebate, CGE says that the dealership can expect a 36 month return on investment. According to Cree, the new LED fixtures provide a projected energy cost savings of $271,210 over the next 5 years and $585,617 over the next 10 years. The Cree LED fixtures have an unmatched 10-year warranty.

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