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.

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.

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.

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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Amerlux Launches High Bay 202 Pendant

Powerful LED Fixture Makes Groceries ‘Fresh’, Posh Clothing ‘Crisp’

Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today its new High Bay 202 Pendant, which makes a supermarket’s fresh food look mouth-watering and a retailer’s clothing eye-popping.

Designed for open-ceiling concepts in retail and supermarket applications, the fixture boasts a prismatic refractor or aluminum reflectors that deliver a more controlled, glare-free beam of light. The high color rendering index (CRI) score of 90 is critical for presenting fresh products in supermarkets or distinguishing vibrant colors in retail.

“Our new High Bay 202 Pendant accentuates natural colors to such a high level that it triggers a response from other senses,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “Its impressive color rendering, which is critical for fresh products in a supermarket or vibrant clothing in a retailer’s boutique, makes our latest innovation a show-stopper.”

The 60W version of the LED fixture provides light (3000K or 3500K) with a lumen output of 6600 lm and a zero-to-10V dimming capability. It also offers a choice of wired or independent occupancy or daylight controls to maximize its return on investment.

The 150W version is better suited for higher ceilings found in airports, big box retail stores and auto dealerships that require higher output illumination. The LED fixture provides a consistent lighting experience by delivering the appropriate foot-candle levels to adequately illuminate the space without casting shadow or glare. It boasts a lumen output of 18,500 lm, a color temperature of 3500K and 4000K and an 80 CRI. Like the 60W fixture, it also provides zero-to10V dimming capability.

The High Bay 202 Pendant’s LED lamp offers a greater return of investment when compared to other possible lighting solutions. The fixture provides a better lighting performance because it distributes light more evenly. In addition, it reduces energy consumption by as much as 60 percent and it delivers an impressive reduction in maintenance costs because its 100,000-hour lamp lasts much longer than a comparable, 20,000-hour HID lamp.

The High Bay 202 Pendant, which comes with a five-year warranty, can ship in 10 days or less from the time they are ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project.

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


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