How New York City Cut Crime by 39% with LED Streetlighting

The easiest way to reduce crime in your city

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According to Gallup, four in 10 Americans don’t feel safe walking at night, even near their home.[i]

Walking through dark and inconsistently lit areas at night is unsafe and, just as important, it feels unsafe. You could fall prey to a criminal action and you could actually fall if you can’t see a tripping hazard.

There’s a simple solution to reduce nighttime crime rates and make residents feel safer in their cities and towns:

Bring light to the darkness.

In a recent study, the University of Chicago and New York City did an experiment to see what kind of impact LED streetlighting could have on crime.[ii]

The study’s results were striking: LED streetlighting cut nighttime index crimes by 39 percent. (Index crimes include serious offenses like murder, robbery, aggravated assault, as well as various property crimes). Nighttime outdoor assault, homicide and weapons offenses also dropped 12 percent.

To achieve these results, a randomized selection of 39 public housing projects across NYC’s five boroughs received temporary LED streetlights. These sites were compared with a control group of 38 equally randomized and dispersed public housing developments. It was “business as usual” for the lighting at the control sites and no changes were made to the streetlights.

Based on the crime reductions, the research team estimated the lighting upgrades increased the economic value of the communities by $700,000 each.

These estimates do not include energy and maintenance savings, or the long-term effects of crime abatement on a community’s economic vitality. Considering only the crime reduction benefits and not any energy savings, the researchers projected the lighting upgrades would be cost-effective in a mere six years.

Energy and maintenance savings can be quite insignificant. When Los Angeles installed Amerlux’s Avista LED streetlight retrofit product in its downtown area, they were able to chop their energy costs by 75 percent. And since Avista LEDs provide upwards of 50,000 hours of reliable service, LA’s new streetlights won’t need maintenance service for a decade or more, assuming the streetlights are lit for 12 hours a day.

Candace Leos, communications manager for The Midnight Mission, a century-old homeless shelter located within Los Angeles’ famed ‘’Skid Row’’ section, a few blocks from the historic downtown area, noted how the new lighting improved the area.

“Safety is a big issue for the entire downtown area and has been a widespread problem,” said Leos, who frequently ventures through downtown LA on her way to and from work. “The new lights that were installed are beautiful. They’re brighter and cover a wider area, allowing people to see more clearly than before and, ultimately, make me feel safer.”

Crime can be a huge problem for cities and municipalities. Quality streetlighting is an easy and cost-effective solution.

LED lighting helped New York City and Los Angeles make their cities safer. See how you can too, with Amerlux’ Avista LED!

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[i] Gallup, (October 2014), Gallup Poll Social Series: Crime.

[ii] University of Chicago Crime Lab New York, (October 2017), The Impact of Street Lighting on Crime in New York City Public Housing.

 

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How to Slash Energy Bills, Crime with LED Streetlights

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Old, ineffective lighting is expensive. It guzzles down energy like a pig, racking up power bills in the thousands or millions of dollars, while casting inferior quality light on your streets and sidewalks.

There’s a solution to this problem—a solution that the cities of Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon have already taken advantage of to slice their power costs by 75 and 60 percent, respectively.

The solution is retrofitting street lights with energy-efficient LED lighting.

And thanks to legislation, like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, there is $17.5 billion available to companies, municipalities and federal agencies to finance LED upgrades. Plus, there is a wealth of additional rebates and incentives (which we detail here) that organizations and cities can harness for LED lighting projects.

For an effortless lighting upgrade, Amerlux has partnered with Facility Solutions Group (FSG) to launch a free energy audit program. This program helps municipalities, developments, universities and companies see what they could save and capitalize on all available rebates and federal monies.

“Amerlux listens intently to solve marketplace problems with innovation,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “City managers and facility managers realize that they can reduce energy consumption and crime by retrofitting with our Avista light engine. However, they don’t always know enough about their existing lighting fixtures to begin, so we have partnered with FSG to help our customers fast-track the process.”

In this collaboration, FSG is the audit and installation arm, while Amerlux supplies the Avista LEDs.

Designed for extremely easy retrofitting and delivering outstanding light quality for a fraction of the energy required by other light types, Avista LEDs are the optimal LED streetlights.

With its efficient design, the Avista LED can illuminate an area with comfortable light with far less wattage—virtually maintenance free for years. The result is a well-lit area with fewer accidents, less crime and where people feel safe and comfortable.

Avista LEDs offer outstanding light quality, which not only makes people feel safe, it illuminates the streets and sidewalks better, making them actually safer. A recent study by the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab and New York City found that LED lighting cut nighttime crimes by 39 percent.[i] The report included serious offenses like murder, robbery, aggravated assault, as well as various property crimes.

To start the process, interested towns, developments and other facilities can contact 855.662.7199 for a free audit by FSG to determine what kind of lights are already installed and the projected savings from retrofitting with Avista LEDs.

“We can give a complete turnkey solution to customers with post-top fixtures,” said Bernie Erickson, FSG’s northeast regional vice president. “Starting with an analysis of the existing lights and energy costs, what the savings from the retrofit would be, and then complete installation.”

A member of FSG’s “Green Squad” of auditors will analyze the situation, counting the number of fixtures and the types of lights the customer already has, and verify that the Avista LEDs would work in the existing luminaires.

FSG will provide the customer with a comprehensive report and executive summary detailing the overall economics of the project, including existing energy costs, likely energy savings, maintenance savings, cost of the retrofit, all grants and rebates the customer is eligible for and how long the project’s payback period will be.

Cities and organizations all across the United States have already harnessed LED street and pedestrian lighting to lower their electricity bills and make their spaces safer. See how you can too!

 


[i] University of Chicago Crime Lab New York, (October 2017), The Impact of Street Lighting on Crime in New York City Public Housing.

 

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Lighting Controls: The Next Frontier in Facility Management

 

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LEDs have more control options than any light source before them. With the right controls, you can adjust LED lighting any way you can imagine. You can dim LEDs, change their color temperature and control them wirelessly. You can even have them mimic the sun!

Until recently, controls tended to fall into three areas:

  • Dimming, manually or with photocell.
  • Motion and occupancy sensors
  • Timers, to dim or turn lights off

All of these control types can help minimize energy costs and maximize utility by automating processes for facility managers. In the future, controls may also be used for anything from measuring crowd size, facial recognition and advanced energy saving techniques.

Current Controls

Some LEDs can also glow warmer when they are dimmed, emulating the way incandescent bulbs operate. This Dim-To-Warm technology makes for very comfortable light.

To further save on energy costs, you can implement time-based scheduling to turn the lights on and off automatically. Since LEDs turn on instantly, they are perfectly suited to work with occupancy sensors.

Daylight harvesting is another option. Also called “daylighting,” daylight harvesting dims interior lighting in a space when the ambient natural light is sufficient or when the space is unoccupied.

Wiring for The Future with 7-Pin Sockets

A standard receptacle, the 7-pin NEMA socket is an option on most exterior lighting, (including Amerlux’s Avista and Coach Style Lantern) that permits a wide variety of controls to be used, including old 3-pin controls, wireless controls, and most importantly, the controls of tomorrow that are being developed today.

Since LEDs deliver a lifespan of 50,000 – 100,000 hours, using the 7-pin option future-proofs their controllability. This way, your LED lights can be maintained with whatever controls come next.

With 7-pin sockets, you can exercise wireless control over your exterior lighting, dim the lights, monitor for faults, have a photocell in every luminaire and even a GPS, so each pole is automatically mapped for you. These controls make managing large networks of exterior lighting a breeze. Because they are compatible with 3-pin controls, you have freedom to upgrade your controls when it is convenient.

The wireless capabilities of 7-pin controls also make compliance with lighting codes like ASHRAE.90.1-2010/2013 and the 2012/2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), far easier. These codes require exterior lighting to turn on/off via photocells and automatically dim at least 30 percent afterhours. You can set the dimming with a scheduled time control or via occupancy sensors.

The controllability of LEDs is a huge benefit of the technology and can deliver even greater energy savings in addition to making spaces more customizable and human-centric. Pairing LED lighting with intelligent controls makes for a smarter and more sustainable solution.

See how you can control your perfect lighting system and be seen in the best light!

 

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How LED Lighting Increases Employee Productivity and ROI

LEDs are known for giving organizations big savings by reducing energy and maintenance costs, but there’s another way they save money: increasing productivity.

Upgrading to LED lighting can have a substantial impact on an organization’s bottom line. An increase of just 1 percent in productivity can slash the payback period or even completely pay for an LED retrofit project.

One company profiled in a 2018 National Bureau of Economic Research paper enjoyed a 0.7 percent increase in productivity after upgrading to LED lighting.[ii] This translated to an increase in profits that shortened the payback period from 3.5 years (based solely on energy savings) to just a couple months (energy savings + worker productivity increases).

Other studies have found similarly dramatic improvements in worker cognitive function and productivity from using LED lighting. One study from the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics—comparing fluorescent and LED lighting—found an 8.3 percent performance improvement in visual and cognitive tasks.[iii] The same study found employees working LED lighting had faster reaction times, reduced fatigue and increased activity.

An Indoor and Built Environment study found dramatic productivity increases and a boost in employee morale from the marriage of LED lighting and natural sunlight in facilities that use daylighting techniques.[iv]

The “3/30/300” rule is helpful to put these studies in perspective:

Developed by commercial real estate firm, Jones Lang LaSalle, the 3/30/300 rule says that companies typically spend $3 per square foot on utilities, $30 for rent and $300 on employees.

If your building is 15,000 square feet, then you’re probably spending around $45,000 on utilities, $450,000 on rent and $4,500,000 on employees. (The total amount adds up to $4,995,000).

Reducing energy costs by 50 percent would save you $22,500 annually. Improve space utilization by 10 percent and you save $45,000. Increase employee productivity by 5 percent and you save $225,000.

A small change in the employee category can have a huge impact on your bottom line. This is why a small productivity increase can outweigh the substantial energy savings LEDs deliver and make LED lighting projects quickly pay for themselves.

When you combine the energy savings, maintenance savings, rebates and tax incentives, and employee productivity increases that LED lighting delivers, the payback period can be as short as just a few months. It’s clear LED lighting is the next step in smart facility management.

How will you increase productivity in your organization? See how Amerlux’s suite of interior and exterior LED solutions can deliver huge savings and enhance productivity.

 

 


[i] Oh, J.H., Yang, S.J., & Do, Y.R. (2014). “Healthy, natural, efficient and tunable lighting: Four-package white LEDs for optimizing the circadian effect, color quality and vision performance,” Light:Science & Applications, 3(141).

[ii] Adhvaryu, A., Kala, N., & Nyshadham, A. (2018). “The light and the heat: Productivity co-benefits of energy-saving technology,” National Bureau of Economic Research. DOI: 10.3386/w24314

[iii] Hawes, B.K., Brunyé, T.T.,Mahoney, C. R., Sullivan, J.M., & Aall, C.D. (2012), “Effects of four workplace lighting technologies on perception, cognition and affective state,” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 42(1), pp. 122-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2011.09.004

[iv] Xuan, X., (2016), “Study of indoor environmental quality and occupant overall comfort and productivity in LEED- and non-LEED-certified healthcare settings,” Indoor and Built Environment, 27(4), pp. 544-560. DOI: 10.1177/1420326X16684007

 

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How to get someone else to pay for your LED lighting upgrade

In the long run, LED lighting provides enormous benefits to a city or company’s bottom line, delivering huge energy savings, maintenance savings and other benefits—such as decreased crime on city streets and increased productivity in workplaces. In the short term, upgrading to LED lighting can be expensive.

However, there’s a secret weapon in your toolbox that makes LED lighting more than affordable: Other people’s money (OPM). The only thing better than getting a great product is getting someone else to pay for it.

There are numerous opportunities available at the federal, state, and local level for incentives, rebates and tax credits to help offset the cost of switching to LED lights. These rebates and tax credits can shrink the payback period considerably, so you can quickly realize a return on investment.

When Portland, Oregon wanted to upgrade the streetlighting in its historic neighborhoods with Amerlux’s Avista pedestrian light product, they were able to take advantage of rebates from the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy. These rebates reduced the project’s payback period, complementing the 60 percent energy savings Amerlux’s Avista LED delivered.

Here’s where to get OPM to subsidize your LED lighting upgrade, retrofit or new construction project:

Local Utilities

A talk with your electric utility company should be your first step in any LED lighting project. Most utility companies offer rebates or some other kind of incentive to upgrade to efficient technology like LEDs. These rebates can influence your purchasing decisions, so it is important to know early in the process what kind of savings are available. Some utilities can even provide design and commissioning assistance to you.

As an added bonus, utilities’ incentive programs are somewhat insulated from politics and are less likely to change with an election, unlike say, tax credits.

Check with your local utility to see what they offer and gain insight about their rebate process.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

The most comprehensive information source on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University, this online resource is easily searchable.

DSIREUSA.org

Energy Star Rebate Finder

Energy Star is a government program managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, which provides information about energy-efficient products. Energy Star’s Rebate Finder allows you to search for incentives by zip code and by product type.

EnergyStar.gov

U.S. Department of Energy

The Energy Department maintains a list of tax credits, rebates and other savings available for a variety of green technologies, including an extensive list for LED lighting projects.

Energy.gov

To maximize savings for you, Amerlux designed most of its LED products as either Energy Star-rated or DLC-listed, making them eligible for a variety of rebates and tax incentives based on your location.

For example, retrofit projects with Amerlux’s Avista pedestrian light product are eligible for tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in addition to incentives from local utilities.

LEDs can deliver huge savings for your organization and you can even pay for your upgrade with other people’s money to really shorten the payback period.

Learn how you can be seen in the best light while paying for your LED projects with other people’s money!

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DLC Adds Amerlux’s Quick-Line to Qualified Product List

Decision May Shorten Payback Period by 25 Percent

Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today the return on investment for its linear Quick-Line product has materially improved, following the decision of the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) to include the product on its coveted qualified product list.

Nearly 80 percent of rebates and financial incentives require an LED fixture to be included on the approved DLC list. Rebates typically increase an LED product’s ROI by reducing the payback period up to 25 percent.

“In addition to making installation easier for contractors and architects, Quick-Line is now making life easier for CFOs and end-users,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “The DLC’s major decision to include our product on its selective list means more rebates, incentives and a faster ROI for our customers.”

Amerlux’s production and engineering teams created Quick-Line after receiving feedback from architects, contractors and design-build firms. The linear lighting product essentially eliminates availability and installation headaches for contractors, as well as designers and end users.

Quick-Line is an LED architectural-grade pendant fixture that delivers on the promise of speed, low cost and high quality. Sold in middle-of-run segments, Quick-Line is stocked on the shelf in standard lengths, standard color temperatures and standard lumens per watt, which allows the product to ship in as little as 72 hours.

Delivers Value to Architects, Contractors, Design-Build Firms

Amerlux’s linear lighting solution solves problems for many customers, despite their individual role with LEDs.

Quick-Line is an architecturally styled linear pendant, for example, with the performance of a specification-grade luminaire, which is important to architects. The product offers a 1.5″ aperture, performance lens and an end cap light block shield to prevent light leakage, which occurs when the lens shrinks and creates a gap between the end cap and lens. Quick-Line is priced and stocked to ship similar to a white goods linear product, but with the performance and style of a specification-grade luminaire.

The product ships in 72 hours and it installs right out of the box, which is a huge boon for contractors. Providing an almost tool-less installation, contractors never have to remove the lens or LED board to wire or hang the product. Pre-wired with quick connectors between the units, as well as the power feed kits, Quick-Line’s run alignment pins and pre-installed brackets make it the quickest linear product to install, allowing contractors to quickly move on to their next job.

For design-build firms, Quick-Line provides performance and lighting control that help elevate their designs. Design-build firms can create a layout design on Day 1, send a supply design to a contractor on Day 2 and have the product on site on Day 5. In addition, Quick-Line offers direct and direct/indirect lighting distributions that bring comfort and style to any space.

Boasts Standard Spec-Grade Materials

Constructed from extruded aluminum instead of steel, Quick-Line assures architecturally straight lines of light.  It’s very common for long linear fixtures made of steel to bend where run sections join because the pins holding them in place can’t bear the weight of the overall fixture, which ultimately causes crooked runs with light leaks that create headaches for installers and architects.

Quick-Line offers a high light output of 730 lumens per foot and 105 lumens per watt. It comes in 3000K to 3500K light with an 82 CRI. It features a 1.5″ aperture, as well as direct and direct/indirect combo light distribution options.

Provides More ROI for Bottomline

 Quick-Line delivers outstanding light quality for more than 50,000 hours without depreciation, compared to a few thousand hours for energy-inefficient fluorescent lights. With such a long operating lifespan, maintenance costs for Quick-Line are minimal. In addition, the LEDs are extremely efficient and provide huge energy savings during their useful life.

Here are the Quick-Line models that are now DLC-qualified:

  • 5DI.L.30.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-4
  • 5DI.H.30.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-4
  • 5DI.L.30.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-6
  • 5DI.H.30.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-6
  • 5DI.L.30.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-8
  • 5DI.H.30.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-8
  • 5DI.L.35.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-4
  • 5DI.H.35.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-4
  • 5DI.L.35.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-6
  • 5DI.H.35.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-6
  • 5DI.L.35.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-8
  • 5DI.H.35.PL-BAT.120/277.xx.0-10V-8

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Amerlux’s New Retrofit Coach Style Lantern Delivers ‘More, Better, Faster’

New Light-Weight Pedestrian Light Makes Installation a Breeze

Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today it has launched a game-changing pedestrian light that delivers light more efficiently and turns post-top mounting into a one-person effort.

The innovative Coach Style Lantern—made from die-cast aluminum as opposed to stamped steel—weighs only 16 pounds, which is much less than typical pedestrian light fixtures that tip the scale at 30-50 pounds.

“An installer can carry the Coach Style Lantern (CSL) with one hand, while connecting the power with the other,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “From its outstanding lifespan to its superior optical performance, CSL replaces installation headaches with a ‘more, better, faster’ experience that delivers a greater ROI.”

More Installations, Less Time

CSL’s design makes installation and maintenance practically effortless. The LED modules and drivers are installed in the top of the lantern that hinges open, which is secured with a tool-less fastener. As a result, workers can easily manipulate the fasteners while wearing gloves, which saves valuable time. In addition, a conveniently located wiring terminal block also makes new installations or replacing/retrofitting fixtures extremely simple and quick.

Better Lighting Technology

The modular construction of CSL’s LED boards make its light distribution easily customizable. Instead of a single large LED panel made up of multiple die throwing light in all directions with harsh glare, the CSL uses LED modules that are much more efficient and easy to maintain. Optics are fitted directly to the LED modules that allow for total control of where the light is distributed. In addition, individual modules are field replaceable.

CSL offers four horizontal lighting distributions:

  • Type II is a long oval, used for lighting paths and narrow roads.
  • Type III is for larger roads.
  • Type IV is asymmetric and projects semi-circular lighting for the sides of walls.
  • Type V is circular, illuminating 360 degrees equally.

CSL comes in 24w, 44w, 60w and 79w options, offering a range of 2,215lm to 9,374lm. It is also available in standard CCTs of 3000K and 4000K.

Faster Performance Results

CSL maintains more than a 90 percent initial lumen output for more than 100,000 hours. Market-leading optical performance allows for greater spacing and less fixtures to illuminate a space.

The pedestrian light is available with a 3-pin, twist-lock photocell receptacle or a 7-pin receptacle, which enables wireless controls. (If the budget doesn’t allow for controls at time of purchase, you can simply add the 7-pin receptacle, so you can add controls in the future.)

The utility-grade product offers shorter-than-average lead times for shipping, such as four to six weeks for luminaires and six to eight weeks for luminaires and poles.

CSL meets the current standards of the Design Lights Consortium (DLC), which qualifies the product for rebates to shorten the ROI payback period.

For more information about the company, call Amerlux at 973.850.4342.

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Why Design-Build Firms Need Quick-Line Linear Lighting

When it comes to linear lighting, there’s a new game in town: Quick-Line by Amerlux.

This linear LED lighting solution combines the easiest installation process with the industry’s fastest delivery in a spec-grade product available at a commodity-grade price point.

Designed specifically to address all the problems design-build contractors typically encounter with linear lighting, Quick-Line is an architectural-grade pendant fixture with a 1.5″ aperture and direct and indirect light distributions. Here’s how Quick-Line will make your life easier and increase your profit:

The Linear Lighting Headaches Quick-Line Soothes

 

The easiest installation ever

Installing linear lighting has never been this easy: link it, latch it, cap it and you’re done! Quick-Line’s standard sized middle-of-run pieces connect with latching brackets and alignment pins to assure runs are straight.

Even better, you never have to open the fixture during installation. Quick-Line is pre-wired with a 6- or 9-wire harness and each section can accept power from the top or from the other sections in the run, granting great flexibility in designing and installing linear runs.

The fixtures are shipped with the lens and LED boards installed and they don’t need to be removed when installing. All you have to do is link the individual middle-of-run lengths together and slap end caps on either side of the run. That’s it!

72-hour delivery

That’s right—Quick-Line can ship in just 72 hours after receipt of a clean PO to quickly advance a new construction or retrofit project. Quick-Line is packed and stocked as individual fixtures, but job packaging (bulk, job-specific packaging) is also available for less jobsite waste. (Job packaging may require slightly longer shipping times).

Spec-grade materials

Quick-Line is an architectural spec-grade line fixture offered with the value and benefit of commodity-grade styled luminaires. Constructed from extruded aluminum instead of steel, Quick-Line assures architecturally straight lines of light.

No light leaks

Light leaks are endemic with linear lighting, but Quick-Line solves the problem with special patent pending light block shields built into the end caps. These shields are spring-loaded and put a slight amount of pressure against the lens. Thus, when the lens shrinks, the gap is automatically filled by the light shield, making annoying light leaks a thing of the past.

Standard sizing

There are no made-to-measure headaches with Quick-Line. It’s only sold as linkable middle-of-run pieces with separate end caps in standard lengths of 4-feet, 6-feet and 8-feet. Thus, simplifying your design and installation process.

Competitive price points

By offering Quick-Line exclusively in standard sizes instead of custom sizing, manufacturing costs for Quick-Line are reduced and the savings are passed on to you. This linear lighting solution has the same high level of engineering baked into its design as all of Amerlux’s products do. There’s no need to sacrifice quality for cost with Quick-Line.

Simple order process

Ordering Quick-Line for your projects couldn’t be easier: count how many middle-of-run pieces are needed, end caps and choose the 6- or 9-wire option. The products will be at your jobsite 72 hours after you complete the order.

Speedy ROI

The LEDs in Quick-Line deliver outstanding light quality for more than 50,000 hours without depreciation, versus 100 hours for high pressure sodium or metal halide lamps. With such a long operating lifespan, maintenance costs are minimized. Additionally, Quick-Line LEDs are extremely efficient and provide huge energy savings over their life, something your customers will appreciate for years to come.

 

To keep your projects on time and on budget, you need quality products at competitive price points with quick delivery speeds. Quick-Line hits every one of those points out of the park, while at the same time, delivering outstanding light quality and exceptional energy savings. Discover how Quick-Line will keep your next project on-budget and on-time!

 

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Quick, Easy Linear Lighting: The Design-Build Contractor’s Checklist

With every project, design-build contractors have to balance time, speed and quality when they select building materials. High-quality items are nice, but not if they come with high costs and/or long delivery times.

High-quality items that have accompanying high costs and take months to be delivered to the jobsite punch holes in profit margins.

What you need are high-quality building materials available at lower price points with rapid delivery. This is especially true when it comes to LED linear lighting. It’s even better when you can install the LED lighting quickly and easily, reducing time on the jobsite.

The Ultimate Checklist for Linear Lighting:

Value pricing

High-end products usually have high-end prices to match. But, when you discount that assumption and opt for a product made in standard sizes, then even high-end products can offer value pricing. There’s no need to sacrifice quality for cost when there are well-engineered lighting solutions available at lower price points. Plus, working with standard-size lighting makes designing a project easier.

Easy and quick installation

Linear lighting is an excellent option for commercial and retail spaces, but installing it usually comes with a host of headaches. For example, for most fixtures on the market, you must open them up to wire (e.g. connecting the main light, emergency lights, controls, power) and install them. This is an unnecessary nuisance and time waste. Well-designed linear light fixtures come pre-wired, saving valuable time on the jobsite so projects can keep moving.

Quick delivery

It’s essential that building materials are ready for installation quickly. Construction timelines are complicated and any number of things can hold up projects, from permitting to weather to late deliveries. There’s not much you can do about the first two, but the second is avoidable. How fast materials can be delivered to a jobsite is an important consideration for choosing the light products to use.

Superior materials and quality products

Well-made lighting products make for easier installation and give a better user experience. Most commodity-grade linear light fixtures are made from steel, whereas extruded aluminum is a far higher-quality material and aluminum luminaires are much better than steel—for example, they are lighter and less likely to bend under their own weight during installation. Using linear fixtures that don’t bend eliminates an item from your punch list, so you can finish the job faster.

No light leaks

Light leaks are endemic with linear lighting, but well-designed fixtures come with light-blocking shields that fill gaps from lens shrinkage.

Rapid ROI

LED lighting offers an excellent ROI, making it very attractive for your customers. If you can offer LED lighting in your buildings, customers will appreciate the lower energy bills and reduced maintenance costs. LEDs outlast every other lighting type and unlike outdated lighting technologies, LEDs offer high-quality light for upwards of 50,000 hours.

 

Use this checklist and see how much easier your next project is. The path to better linear lighting and easier installations starts with choosing the right manufacturer—one that has designed products to meet the challenges you face in the field.

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5 Reasons Why LEDs are More Eco-Friendly Than You Think

LEDs are far and away the most energy efficient lighting option on the market.

During the last 10 years, government regulations and manufacturing improvements have made them more available.

But energy efficiency is not the only environmental benefit of LED lighting. Here are five reasons why LED lighting is more environmentally friendly than you might think:

  1. LEDs work for decades

The average LED light can provide 50,000 hours of service or more and many of Amerlux’s LED products are built to last well past the average rated life.

Such a long lifespan means less supplies need to be dedicated towards maintenance. Besides the obvious monetary savings this represents, that means energy and resources don’t need to be expended on maintenance and replacements. If an LED lasts for 20 years—which many easily can—that’s two decades where no new lights need to be purchased. This diminished demand means natural resources can stay in the ground and not be used up.  

  1. No toxic chemicals

Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and other hazardous chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals is dangerous to humans and harmful to the environment, which makes disposal difficult and resource-intensive (Department of Energy).

LEDs are free of these dangerous elements. Constituting a chip inside an epoxy resin, LEDs are very durable. If you drop one, you don’t need to worry about being subjected to mercury.

  1. Less sky pollution

Exterior lights contribute to the light pollution endemic to metro areas. Non-LED light sources are omni-directional, meaning they spew light around in 360 degrees. LEDs are directional, so they shine light in one direction. This distinction is important because omni-directional lighting wastes light—throwing it where it is not needed. LEDs like Amerlux’s Avista street light retrofit product deliver light directionally to comply with dark sky codes where light cannot be thrown above 90 degrees. Avista puts lumens on the ground, where it is needed. Including a horizontal disc, Avista shines downward and avoids causing light pollution because the light is directed to the ground instead of thrown into the sky.

  1. Different light temperatures are available

LEDs are often stereotyped as delivering unnaturally blue light. Like most stereotypes, this is inaccurate, as LEDs can provide light in a variety of Kelvin temperatures, ranging from the extremely warm 1800K, to the coolest of cools beyond 6000K. LEDs can emulate natural sunlight or deliver light at any temperature needed.

  1. Energy efficient

A discussion of LEDs’ eco-friendliness would be incomplete without mentioning their energy efficiency.  LEDs can cut energy consumption by more than 80 percent on average compared to conventional lighting. When Los Angeles upgraded their historic streetlights with Avista, their energy consumption dropped by 75 percent, while Portland, Oregon realized savings of 60 percent with their own Avista upgrade project. The Queens Museum in New York City cut energy usage by 90 percent when they replaced their outdated halogen lamps with Amerlux’s SPEQ track lighting system.

LED’s efficiency comes from how it converts electricity into light. Conventional lighting wastes up to 90 percent of the energy in the form of heat with only 10 percent emitting light. LEDs, on the other hand, convert about 95 percent of the energy into light, emitting only 5 percent as heat (Department of Energy).

 

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