Kravis Center, South Florida’s premier cultural venue, hosts several well-attended, weekly events. However, the center’s garage LED lighting wasn’t working. A while back the center decided to go with LED lights. However, the Kravis Center had apparently received bad advice about the garage lighting and was suffering from it. The lights were already going out.
While the short-term improvements in energy efficiency did save some money, the center did not expect the lighting to start going out so soon. Mr. Ofshlag and his staff at Green Energy Advisors found that the LED bulbs the center used were not designed to be used with the existing fixtures of the center’s parking garage.
“We’d invested in LED garage lights awhile back,” said Kravis Center Facilities Director, Richard Cillo. “But apparently, we’d gotten bad advice. Lights were failing, and the season was coming up. We needed to figure out a solution, and quickly. I’d worked with Bill Ofshlag (VP Sales, Green Energy Advisors, Inc.) on smaller lighting projects. He’d impressed us with his knowledge, pulled us out a few jams in the past. We asked him to consult on the parking garage project. We’re glad we did.”
Mr. Ofshlag and his staff were contacted to help solve the problem.
“We proceeded to try a few different options. The team suggested a fixture replacement. It worked well in simulated trials, but we couldn’t make it fit into the confines of the Kravis budget,” said Ofshlag.
“We then tried our 180° paddle-style LED Corn Bulb , which would have worked within the budget. But after several trials, we couldn’t get the light spread we wanted. Although it might have passed code, we weren’t satisfied, and decided to keep looking,” Ofshlag added.
Green Energy Advisors subsidiary Develops Bulb with Needed Reliability and Light Distribution
The team identified specific flaws especially in terms of light distribution and collaborated with the production plant to make an LED corn bulb that would accommodate the Kravis Center fixture. The results of their efforts was a 30-watt LED Corn Bulb, which was equivalent in delivered lumens to a 125-watt metal halide bulb, that consumed a quarter of the energy. Green Energy Advisors subsidiary company LED Corporations, produced the bulb that the company says “stands toe-to-toe with bulbs produced by brand name manufacturers.”
Although the bulb only used the highest quality components, the costs were kept low to fit the Kravis Center’s budget. As with the company’s other bulbs it uses in projects, the new bulbs feature a five-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.
The Kravis Center expects to cut energy consumption in the parking garage by seventy-five percent (75%). The center anticipates additional savings with lowered maintenance costs. Mr. Cillo also saved money using his in-house staff on the installation and fixture retrofit.
“We’re very pleased with the results, and with the care and dedication, Bill’s team gave to this project. The garage looks great. The lighting is nice and even,” added Mr. Cillo. “We highly recommend Bill and Green Energy Advisors for any lighting projects.”
“It was a real pleasure working with Richard and his staff,” said Bill. “It took a little work to fit into the parameters of the project, but that’s when we really get to shine. This team loves a challenge. We consider it a feather in our cap to be assisting such a prestigious venue as the Kravis Center.”