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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How Contractors Reduce Costly Call-Backs

Not all lights are created equal and contractors understand that the best long-term solution requires quality products from trusted manufacturers. A leader for more than 30 years, Amerlux’s Passo step lights are efficient, high-performing and reliable.

Electrical contractors are extremely busy these days, as more organizations rush to upgrade their lighting to take advantage of tax credits before they expire.

Because the clock is ticking, contractors don’t have time for lighting fixtures that are difficult to install or skimp on quality. Their customers demand high-performing, energy-efficient and reliable illumination that enhances safety, as well as aesthetics.

Getting it right the first time means fewer costly call-backs for contractors, which can tarnish their reputation and dramatically reduce repeat business that generates the bulk of profits.

When contractors want steadfast step lights that work whether it rains or shines, they choose Amerlux’s break-through Passo step lights.

Contractors understand that all lights aren’t created equal.  For the best long-term solution, they opt for quality products from trusted manufacturers.  As a leader in application-driven lighting innovation for more than 30 years, Amerlux’s Passo step lights deliver high-performing, reliable, energy-efficient, as well as comfortable illumination to stairs, pathways and building exteriors.

“We understand the complications of installing step lights and have successfully addressed those with our Passo family of step and wall lights,” said Bill Plageman, Amerlux’s vice president of marketing.

Here’s how Amerlux has specifically addressed several concerns from contractors:

  • Ease of Installation: Constructed with installers in mind, Passo’s retrofit models are specially designed to easily and quickly replace costly, high-maintenance step lights driven by conventional lighting technology. Passo models designed for new construction projects feature an injection-molded PVC housing with integral machined brass anchor blocks that complement the sealed properties of the LED module and driver, ensuring added protection against corrosive environments.  Whether a retrofit or new construction application, Amerlux’s Passo step lights provide contractors with a hassle-free installation experience.
  • Engineering for Reliability: Weather-proof Passo step lights feature game-changing innovation, including an independently sealed LED optical chamber (encompassing an LED array and heatsink enclosed in an IP66-rated sealed glass tube) that eliminates water infiltration, the No. 1 cause of product failure. Such innovation minimizes the risk of outages and the subsequent high labor costs associated with maintenance.  The bottom line?  No dissatisfied customers or costly call-backs for contractors.
  • Flexible Design: Passo is available in a wide selection of sizes, faceplates, color temperatures and light output levels to meet the needs of most any project. Specifically, Passo step lights come in louver, stainless steel louver, and tempered soft glow lens versions and in round, square, and rectangular shapes for new construction projects, as well as 8-inch and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofit projects.  A choice of solid color composite, brushed stainless steel, or painted cast aluminum faceplates provides additional flexibility and design versatility that will satisfy even the most discerning customer.
  • Flexible Light Output: Passo luminaires offer added versatility thanks to their availability in a choice of two light output levels, enabling contractors to tailor the desired illuminance to the specific project and ensure the optimal visibility and aesthetic effect.
  • Connectivity and Compatibility: Passo’s standard 0-10V dimmable driver ensures greater integration with the market’s most popular controls, minimizing complexity and product compatibility issues for contractors.
  • Service with a Smile: Amerlux knows that long wait times and delivery issues can cost contractors time and money….and sometimes even the job! Most Passo step lights can ship in 10 days or less from the time they’re ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project; contractors or customers with special requests can also avail themselves of Amerlux’s renowned concierge services.

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A Tradition of Innovation: Amerlux’s Ability to Listen Generates Decades of Customized Solutions

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Ever since Amerlux launched its first line of products in the 1980s—signature ED-17 metal halide lamps housed in custom track heads for use in the perimeter aisles of supermarkets—the company has demonstrated a passion for walking in its customers’ shoes and developing solutions to address their specific needs.  In the case of the specialized supermarket track light Amerlux designed to replace the PAR 30 and PAR 38 halogen lamps, which dominated the grocery segment at the time, “our fixture was longer-lasting, affordable, offered 3000K halogen-like color, and didn’t project heat, so it didn’t dry out ice or produce, which was critical to managers in produce aisles or other refrigerated areas of the store,” said Bill Plageman, Amerlux’s vice president of marketing. “Supermarkets nationwide took notice of our ‘ruggedly handsome’ solution and we penetrated that market because we were the only one offering this solution.”

Amerlux further expanded beyond the grocery segment through the 1990s, bringing its solution-oriented approach to the high-end retail arena.  Determined to solve the color and heat issues retailers and lighting designers were experiencing with then-dominant halogen MR-16 technology, “we worked with the industry’s top lamp manufacturers to help us deliver the best products using high-quality ceramic metal halide, which offered great color, improved beam projection, and no heat,” Plageman said.  Presenting its solution to architects and lighting designers, the company quickly secured business from a broad range of large, well-known retailers nationwide, “which we did by listening to the market rather than developing the product first,” he said.

Since launching its first fixtures to the market more than 30 years ago, Amerlux continues to leverage customer feedback as a critical source of new product innovation. The company remains dedicated to developing customized solutions that optimally address its customers’ pain points.  According to Plageman, “our inspiration truly comes from listening and we take a thoughtful approach to lighting.  Innovation is about taking disruptive technology that’s emerging and understanding exactly how it will be used by the human race, so we listen to our customers, as well as scientists, designers, doctors, retailers, and other experts in the industry and consider their input very carefully before we launch new products and solutions.

Following are a number of other products that demonstrate Amerlux’s customer-focused orientation and legacy of innovation through the years:

  • Chaperone – Developed in 2016, “Chaperone brings a quality LED approach to garage lighting,” said Plageman, who confirmed that garage developers/owners desire reliable, long-lasting, and energy-efficient fixtures that avoid glare and shadowing in their facilities. Based on the typically low ceilings that often create glare issues in parking garages, “we designed these fixtures with LEDs in the bottom. LEDs are positioned in the lower section of the luminaire to essentially deliver lighting in a comfortable indirect fashion. This unique approach provides soft, glare-free, effective lighting with no shadows and promotes greater visual acuity, comfort, and peace of mind for occupants and owners alike,” he said.  According to Plageman, Chaperone provides more than surveillance and communication features, accepting various plug-in chips, such as photo cell, motion, daylight and data-collecting sensors.
  • Avista – An advanced LED light engine for use in retrofitting traditional and post-top luminaires or for new construction, Avista offers a high-performing LED alternative to outdated high-pressure sodium, metal halide or mercury vapor pedestrian streetlighting technology. Along with outstanding light output and a fully-sealed LED optical chamber to protect against the elements, Avista’s adjustable height levels enable light to be flexibly positioned for maximum performance.  “We designed Avista in a disc shape with the LEDs positioned on the underside of the heatsink to maximize efficiency, resulting in a DLC-listed light engine that optimally addresses everything from energy-savings to Dark Sky compliance,” said Plageman about Avista, which takes exterior LED lighting to the next level and has been a top pick by a broad range of major cities and towns nationwide.
  • Passo – When a lighting designer complained that the customer he represented—a renowned resort in the Bahamas—was experiencing an unprecedented number of step light outages at the hands of the area’s salt water and air, “our engineers created our Passo step lights, which feature a completely sealed optical chamber and a highly-durable housing to ensure years of exceptional performance with virtually no maintenance,” Plageman said. “The sealed chamber prevents the penetration of water, bugs, or dirt and the fixtures’ high-quality construction using cast aluminum, composite and stainless-steel materials will ensure reliable operation.  We essentially built the last and final step anyone will have to take when designing with step and wall lights,” he said.
  • Lunetta – Creating a glare-free, gradated look in pedestrian lighting that reinvents the nightscape, Lunetta’s hidden LEDs allow both head and post to become illuminated as one in an appealing silhouette. “We developed Lunetta after a designer came to us in search of a pedestrian lighting fixture that would not only project soft light out from the pole, but cascade light to light under the pole, as well as see the pole itself,” Plageman explained.  “Designed as a two-piece pole and head system, Lunetta utilizes a top-down approach that serves both functional and decorative purposes.”
  • Evoke – This innovation was developed after one of Amerlux’s lighting designer customers expressed a desire for the smallest-aperture downlight possible that delivers a comfortable, glare-free, specification-grade lighting performance. Sporting just a 2.9-inch aperture, optics recessed deep enough so as to prevent glare, and flexible aiming capabilities, Evoke brought true performance and control in an LED round or square-fixed downlight, adjustable wall washer and pinhole. “Evoke proved ideal for high-end commercial hallways, entrances, foyers, and other high-ceiling areas that require a lot of lumens,” Plageman said.
  • Essenza – Amerlux developed this fixture to meet the unique design needs of hotel and residential high-rise apartment developers. “A building designer we worked with shared that he would be able to add additional floors in the building if manufacturers could just ‘squash’ their materials and design more compact products to fit between floors,” Plageman said.  “Based on the need for a recessed downlight shallow enough to fit in urban apartments, we developed Essenza in 2016.”
  • Quintetta – “The emergence of LEDs a decade ago allowed us to take a breath and consider what the technology should and could be,” Plageman said. “A typical lens resides at the bottom of a fixture, which limits light output, so we thought, ‘what about a fixture that has five lit sides?’  We ultimately designed Quintetta, which features five lit sides, out of this process,” he said of the innovation introduced in 2008.  As linear 4- or 8-foot fixtures that deliver a soft glow and are free of power cords, “Quintetta offers a more streamlined design for use in such applications as hotel/corporate lobbies, reception areas, conference rooms, coffee nooks, or any area you want to highlight with clean and aesthetically-balanced illumination.”

“During this time of disruptive technology in the lighting industry, we don’t just run with the pack at Amerlux,” Plageman said. “We listen hard and think very carefully before launching a product. We’re capable of developing any product. Our philosophy—‘It’s not the big that eat the small but the fast that eat the slow’—that results in delivering solutions when our customers really need them.”

 

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Top Pitfalls Lighting Designers Should Avoid When Selecting Step Lights

All qualified lighting designers know that lighting products are most effective when optimally matched to the unique conditions of the specific application. This is especially true as it relates to step or directional lighting, which, by illuminating the way forward is critical for helping to prevent injuries, while also enhancing a property’s architectural appeal.

According to Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents, slips, trips, and falls related to staircase/step mishaps are among the nation’s 10 most common worker’s compensation claims. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control report that each year, one in every three individuals older than 65 will experience a fall, at a collective cost of more than $31 billion annually to Medicare alone.  Whether a commercial/industrial building, hospital, school, resort, or hospitality setting, step and directional lighting enhances visibility and brings the critical elements of safety, security, comfort, and aesthetics to a range of indoor and outdoor applications, both new construction and retrofit.

For those reasons, it’s critical for lighting designers to fully understand the lighting application at hand and the needs of their client when recommending step light products. Following, lighting industry veteran and seasoned lighting designer Quentin Thomas, president of Douglaston, New York-based Quentin Thomas Associates, Inc., suggests top pitfalls that lighting designers should avoid when selecting step lights for a client project:

  • Avoid Incompatibility with LEED – If your client is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a globally-recognized symbol of sustainability achievement administered through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that provides a framework for the creation of healthy, highly-efficient, and cost-saving green buildings) and specifically LEED Light Pollution Reduction compliance, “be sure to avoid fixtures that don’t conform to the LEED Light Pollution Reduction credit,” Thomas said. While he confirmed that the credit offered for compliance with this category is very positive in the sense that it aims to reduce light pollution traveling up into the night sky or onto adjacent properties, Thomas notes that at this point in its evolution, that credit is extremely restrictive and difficult to meet. “You can’t uplight a flag or tree or have step lighting or lighting in handrails that has a glow of any kind—the lighting must face downward, be shielded, and light only the surfaces you’re looking down at in order to be eligible for the credit,” he said. “Luminous tubes, globes with opal or frosted faces, or decorative lights with a glow would all be completely disallowed. Overall, if you’re working towards LEED’s Light Pollution Reduction credit, you can’t select any step light that glows and the light source can’t be visible—it must be shielded.”

 

  • Don’t Overlook Lighting Placement in All Positions – Thomas advises lighting designers to consider the impact that the placement of a step light will have on users in all positions—not just on those standing upright but those in a seated position as well. “Step lighting can’t be perfect for people when they’re standing but then blind them when they’re sitting on a bench or driving along a pathway you’ve lit,” he said. “There must be no direct view of the light source from seated positions. You don’t want people looking directly into the step light when they’re sitting or driving.”

 

  • Avoid Products That Aren’t Well-Engineered – Thomas encourages lighting designers to select step lights that are durable, well-engineered and impervious to water and other elements. “Condensation inside the fixture can cause it to short out,” he confirmed. “In addition to the fact that these lights are often recessed into expensive materials, any fixtures that are malfunctioning, flickering, or burnt out will make the whole plaza or outdoor space look awful. LEDs last for a long time but they’re still electronic devices after all, so be sure to avoid products that don’t provide the highest protection against infiltration by water, bugs, or dirt/dust, as measured by the various Ingress Protection (IP) ratings.”

 

  • Don’t Overlook Practical Considerations – By the same token, Thomas said that a variety of other functional/operational issues should be taken into account when selecting a step light. Among those, “avoid products that don’t have an integral driver—it’s helpful to not have to locate a separate driver in a secondary location that needs to be waterproof,” he said. “Also, you’d need to determine whether the application is in a coastal location with salt water/air, because exterior step lights can get degraded by these elements and look bad over time. At the same time, is the paint finish on the fixtures either an anodized or stainless steel material or is it something less durable? And is the building’s location prone to flooding?” he said. “Thanks to the properties of LED technology, temperature issues have largely been done away with, but because step lights are sealed, the lighting designer must also ensure that the step light product has been engineered to dissipate heat backwards.”

A Step in the Right Direction

Delivering the benefits of energy efficiency, long life/low maintenance, consistency, reliability/durability, environmental friendliness, LED technology has revolutionized the step lighting category. And Amerlux’s Passo LED Step Lights take lighting and landscape design to the next level, providing landscape architects, lighting designers, and facility managers with an aesthetic detail that not only enhances indoor and outdoor safety and security, but adds a touch of beauty as well.

Available in louver, stainless steel louver, and tempered soft glow lens versions and round, square, and rectangular shapes for new construction projects and in 8-inch and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofit projects, Passo LED Step Lights are designed for flexibility, while their independently-sealed LED Optical Chamber (encompassing an LED array and heatsink enclosed in an IP66-rated sealed glass tube) eliminates water infiltration, the #1 cause of product failure, and ensures that they’re engineered for reliability.

Easy to install, Passo models designed for new construction projects feature an injection-molded PVC housing with integral machined brass anchor blocks that complement the sealed properties of the LED module and driver, ensuring added protection against corrosive environments.  Further incorporating a standard 0-10V dimmable driver for greater integration with today’s most popular controls, Amerlux’s family of Passo LED Step Lights represent a step in the right direction for lighting designers.

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How Lighting Designers Determine the Best Step Lights

A step in the right direction, Amerlux’s Passo LED step lights safely and stylishly illuminate stairs.

When it comes to selecting the optimal step light for a commercial or residential project, a number of considerations prevail. Designed to illuminate the way forward or highlight an object in the path, identification of the appropriate step or directional lighting solution isn’t only critical for helping to prevent slips, falls, and subsequent injuries, but it can also help enhance a property’s aesthetic and architectural appeal.

Quentin Thomas, president of Douglaston, New York-based Quentin Thomas Associates, Inc. has amassed a wealth of experience in the art and science of step lighting. A seasoned lighting designer with more than 30 years in the field, he and his team have recommended lighting to clients in all segments—from hospitals, government facilities, hospitality outlets to museums—with a specialization in Class A office buildings and corporate headquarters throughout the world.

“These are typically extremely large, multi-building, multi-phase projects that extend over many years and involve multiple architects, landscape architects, and engineers,” Thomas explained. Along with expertise in the market’s range of lighting products and their applications, “we understand the scale and time frames of all of these types of projects and owners and developers respect our ability to recommend the appropriate lighting solutions and bridge all of the different players.”

Thomas shares some of the most important considerations for lighting designers to keep in mind when selecting a step or directional light for the application:

  • Is the Facility Pursuing LEED Certification? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, also known as LEED, is a globally-recognized symbol of sustainability achievement administered through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and provides a framework for the creation of healthy, highly-efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. A popular objective for an increasing number of buildings today, “LEED certification has become such an important component for marketing and goodwill purposes and an estimated 80 percent of our current projects are either LEED-certified or are pursuing LEED certification,” said Thomas, who added the pursuit of LEED certification can greatly influence the type of step or directional light selected. Interestingly, said Thomas, “the credit available for solutions meeting the LEED-Night Sky criteria is positive in the sense that it aims to reduce light pollution traveling up into the night sky but, at this time in its evolution, the credit is extremely restrictive and difficult to meet. For example, luminous tubes, globes with opal glass faces, and decorative lights with a glow will all be completely disallowed, so it might be easier for lighting designers not to go for that credit and to try to make up the credit elsewhere instead,” he advised.
  • Let it Glow. “If the facility isn’t necessarily pursuing LEED certification, a step light can be mounted in a vertical surface, can have a luminous face, and can be partially frosted or clear as long as it directs light downward to the walking surface,” Thomas said. “As long as you pick the appropriate fixture for the application, it can have a glowing or sparkling characteristic.”
  • Opt for LEDs. Thomas confirms that during the last few years, LED technology has evolved tremendously. With their high efficiency, sophisticated optical systems, and attractive price points, LEDs have become a go-to product for everything from downlighting to linear area lighting.
  • Consider Bollards. In exterior applications, some step lights can be recessed into walls or can be integrated into mini bollards, “which are very useful ways of delivering light and defining boundaries,” Thomas advised. While taller bollards can sometimes negatively impact an architect’s aesthetic vision, Thomas has found that architects and landscape designers are generally less resistant to shorter bollards—typically 30 inches in height—because they promote a sense of safety while being less intrusive. “In general,” Thomas noted, “designers should determine whether the facility’s step and directional lighting needs to be architecturally “neutral” or not. Some of the most successful manufacturer designs in the industry are the ones that are the most neutral and unobtrusive.”
  • Consider Walkover and Continuous Step Lights. Thomas advises lighting designers to consider round, square, or rectangular walkover step lights, which are recessed flush into the surface. “These are like runway lights that define the edge of the path, and asymmetrical versions are also available to light signs or architectural objects,” he said. Step lights that aren’t individual but continuous— similar to a cove light at the ground level—have the desirable effect of making the objects they highlight seem to float. “You can use these outside on low benches set in a niche around the bench or following a wall at the floor level to accent objects, deliver light, and identify the path,” Thomas said.
  • Be Aware of Code and Insurance Requirements. Code requirements dictate minimum light levels for building egresses and changes in grade such as stairs; “in that application, LED step lights integrated into a handrail are a fantastic solution,” Thomas said. “Lighting designers should also consider what their client’s insurance company requires in terms of how lighting is used to illuminate different parts of the interior and exterior of a facility at different times of day and night.”
  • Consider Practical Elements. Finally, Thomas recommends that lighting designers understand the conditions that the lights will reside in – from extreme temperatures/climates to the presence of flood zones, salt in the air, and other elements that could cause lights to degrade or fail.

A Step in the Right Direction

Delivering the benefits of energy efficiency, long life/low maintenance, consistency, reliability/durability, environmental friendliness, and discreetness relative to their more conventional halogen, incandescent, fluorescent, and HID counterparts, LED technology has revolutionized the step lighting category. And Amerlux’s Passo LED Step Lights take lighting and landscape design to the next level, providing landscape architects, lighting designers, and facility managers with an aesthetic detail that not only enhances indoor and outdoor safety and security but adds a touch of beauty as well.

Available in louver, stainless steel louver, and tempered soft glow lens versions and round, square, and rectangular shapes for new construction projects and in 8-inch and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofit projects, Passo LED Step Lights are designed for flexibility, while their independently-sealed LED Optical Chamber (encompassing an LED array and heatsink enclosed in an IP66-rated sealed glass tube) eliminates water infiltration, the #1 cause of product failure, and ensures that they’re engineered for reliability.

Easy to install, Passo models designed for new construction projects feature an injection-molded PVC housing with integral machined brass anchor blocks that complement the sealed properties of the LED module and driver, ensuring added protection against corrosive environments.  Further incorporating a standard 0-10V dimmable driver for greater integration with today’s most popular controls, Amerlux’s family of Passo LED Step Lights represent a step in the right direction for lighting designers!

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Amerlux Delivers: 10 Days or Less

Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today that it will ship all of its standard products in 10 days or less.

Five years ago, Amerlux launched a QuickShip program that pledged a short turnaround for a small handful of standard products that included recessed linear fixtures, recessed downlights and exterior floodlights.

Since embracing Lean manufacturing virtues in 2014, Amerlux has decided to disband the old program and offer a 10-day pledge for all standard products company-wide. The banner that hangs on the wall in the company’s production facility reads, “It’s not the BIG that eat the SMALL…it’s the FAST that eat the SLOW.”

“Time is money,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “We speak the same language as our customers. They plan, spec and maintain facilities and we do everything in our power to make sure that our products are shipped on time. No matter how complex the challenge, we take every opportunity personally until we exceed expectations.”

Thanks to thoughtful planning, employee feedback and continuous improvement, Amerlux has dramatically improved its manufacturing process, which continues to yield benefits for its customers through rapid efficiency. Consider a sample of progress:

  • Amerlux moved its entire production process from six buildings into one large 200,000 square-foot headquarters. In other words, one part would have to travel three-quarters of a mile or 3,960 feet before it became a fixture. Today, all parts are within five feet.
  • The company uses planning software so supervisors from production, planning and customer service departments can see orders visually move through the internal process, which eliminates constant “update” meetings.
  • Amerlux leverages a “supermarket” approach to production by organizing all the parts in bins behind the assembly lines so employees can turn around and quickly select what items they need.
  • Assembly lines were transformed into product lines instead of project lines so employees became more efficient in the process.
  • The company uses a vendor management inventory system to ensure that it’s never out of hardware (e.g. screws, washers, nuts), which is within 25 feet of the assembly lines.
  • Forklifts are relegated to traveling on “right of ways” or grooves built into the floor of the production facility to reduce the incidence of accidents, which cause down time for the pickers.
  • At daily assembly meetings, which last 5-10 minutes, issues are discussed that can be immediately resolved or they are elevated for more attention.

A recent internal report revealed that the time it takes Amerlux to produce one downlight has been reduced from 330 seconds to 60 seconds since it has implemented Lean procedures. Since 2016, on-time performance has improved from 40 percent to 95 percent.

New Exterior Lighting Solutions

A large portion of Amerlux’s portfolio is available for shipment within 10 days, including its new line of exterior lights, which underscore its commitment to value and reliable performance.

Its eligible exterior lighting solutions include:

  • Avista, which is the company’s pedestrian lighting product, is designed for a particular kind of fixture that mimics a traditional New England-style globe or “acorn.” The fixture is prevalent in the northeastern U.S. on campuses at universities, corporations, private communities and municipalities. Avista is available in new fixtures provided by Amerlux and as a retrofit of old light sources for many decorative fixtures in the marketplace. Its lumen output doesn’t begin to depreciate until after 50,000 hours of use and retrofit installations take less than 15 minutes per fixture. Avista’s breakthrough IP66 sealed LED Optical Chamber prevents water intrusion and extends its useful life. The upgraded product meets new 4.0 standards of the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), which qualifies the product for rebates to shorten the payback period.
  • Passo, which is the company’s revolutionary step light, offers a sealed LED Optical Chamber that eliminates water infiltration, which is the No. 1 cause of light failure. Its advanced LED core uses significantly less energy than traditional fluorescent lamps and it’s available in a choice of two output levels to tailor the desired illuminance for the project. Passo’s faceplates are available in a choice of solid color composite, brushed stainless steel or painted cast aluminum. In addition, the step lights include louver, stainless steel louver, tempered soft glow lens offered in round, square and rectangular shapes for new construction projects, as well as 8-inch and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofits. A standard 0-10v dimmable drive provides more integration options with controls.
  • The Chaperone Garage Luminaire is designed to easily replace ceiling-mounted garage fixtures as a complete solution that can be seamlessly integrated with many different control system options so retrofits can be made with no fuss at all. The luminaire is an ideal energy saver, replacing linear fluorescent, HPS and metal halide fixtures decreasing your cost of operations. Chaperone LED fixture features an “instant-on” capability, which means it works when you need it to work. Unlike rival light sources, such as high-pressured sodium (HPS) or metal halide lamps, Chaperone doesn’t require an extended restart time in the event of a momentary power loss. Control options include a line voltage occupancy sensor that provides direct lighting control with the 0-10v LED driver to control energy costs. The product meets DLC standards, which means it qualifies for rebates

For more information about Amerlux, visit http://www.Amerlux.com.

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Amerlux creates bold lighting solutions that add warmth and brilliance to the world. The design-and-manufacture company builds long-term relationships with architects, facility managers and lighting designers by taking every complex problem personally. Its award-winning portfolio includes innovative interior and exterior lighting products that deliver striking aesthetics and rich performance through advanced engineering. For more information, please visit Amerlux.com or call 201.416.2284.

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Top Step Lights: Why Lighting Designers Choose Amerlux

PassoThe presence of reliable step lighting can enhance the experience by illuminating the way forward, reducing the odds of slips, falls, and subsequent injuries. On any project, lighting designers must consider the potential legal liability from the end-user’s perspective.

Consequently, it comes as no surprise that poor lighting, or the lack of orientation lighting altogether, can dramatically reduce one’s depth perception and has been identified as a key culprit behind more than eight million cases of stair and path-related trips and falls treated annually in the U.S., according to the All Injury Program, a cooperative program between the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission and shared in EHS Today, which is the magazine for environment health and safety leaders.

Falls and the injuries they cause spare no member of the population. Specifically:

  • Among children, a recent CBS News report revealed that each year, as many as 100,000 children younger than the age of 5—the equivalent of one every six minutes—require treatment at hospitals following a stair-related accident or fall.
  • Among elderly Americans, the Centers for Disease Control report that each year, one in every three individuals older than the age of 65 will experience a fall, at a collective cost of more than $31 billion annually to Medicare alone. With the Baby Boomer population coming of age and more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day—one American currently turns 65 every 10 seconds—the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities is expected to surge if preventive measures aren’t taken. This is particularly true in light of that fact that a recent AARP study revealed that nearly 90 percent of seniors report that they want to stay in their own homes as they age, a dynamic known as “aging in place.”
  • On the job, slips, trips, and falls related to staircase/step mishaps or the misreading of uneven surfaces inside or outside are among the nation’s 10 most common worker’s compensation claims, according to Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents.

In addition to helping individuals more safely navigate residential or commercial/industrial stairs and other dark or potentially hazardous areas—such as walkways outside of buildings and home or recreational spaces such as patios, pools, tennis courts, parks, and garden areas—optimal step and wall-based orientation lighting can also add design and curb appeal to outdoor landscaping, as well as help enhance security/deter crime.

The LED Revolution in Step Lighting
Previously dominated by more conventional halogen, incandescent, fluorescent, and HID light sources in years past, step lighting has been revolutionized and enhanced by the emergence of LED technology during the last 10 years. Specifically, LEDs deliver the following benefits:

  • Energy Efficiency: Often consuming single-digit wattage, LED step and pathway lighting draws only a fraction of the power of its more conventional lighting counterparts, reducing energy bills by anywhere from a third to as much as 90 percent while enhancing sustainability.
  • Long Life: While conventional light sources require more frequent change-out and maintenance due to their more limited lifespan, the up-to-100,000 hours of rated life available on many LEDs ensure years—even decades!—of maintenance-free operation.
  • Consistency: While conventional light sources can suffer from significant lumen depreciation over time, LED technology maintains a significantly higher level of light output for much longer (per the industry’s L70/LM-80 measures) and is not subject to performance issues, such as color shifting and hot spotting
  • Reliability: While conventional light sources may not always be able to withstand certain types of harsh environments, extreme weather conditions, or temperatures below or above specific thresholds, the properties of LEDs render them extremely durable and weather-resistant. In fact, LEDs tend to gain efficiency in colder temperatures, ensuring their reliable operation (and owners’ peace of mind) in colder climates
  • Environmental Friendliness: Unlike fluorescent and HID sources, LEDs contain no mercury or other hazardous substances and run much cooler and more efficiently, emitting far less light in the form of heat relative to their predecessors.
  • Discreetness: Powerful yet flexible and low-profile, LED stair and wall/directional lights are unobtrusive and are available in a range of popular shapes and styles to match and/or enhance any interior or exterior design or décor.

Passo Step Lights Take Lighting, Landscape Design to the Next Level
Ideal for use in steps, staircases/stairwells, and in walls to light walkways and add ambiance to building facades, Amerlux’s Passo LED step lights provide landscape architects, lighting designers, and facility managers with an aesthetic detail that not only enhances indoor and outdoor safety and security, but adds a touch of beauty as well. From commercial/industrial buildings to hospitals, schools, single residences/residential communities/multi-dwelling units, resort and hospitality destinations. Passo step lights enhance visibility and bring the critical elements of safety, security, and design flexibility to a range of indoor and outdoor applications, both new construction and retrofit.

Passo will keep you one step ahead, whether you’re looking to increase visual acuity to avoid injury and related costs/liability, reduce energy and maintenance costs and concerns, elevate the aesthetics of your interior or exterior setting and contribute to greater sustainability. Among other benefits, Passo step lights are:

  • Engineered for Reliability: Weather-proof Passo step lights feature game-changing innovation, including an independently-sealed LED Optical Chamber (encompassing an LED array and heatsink enclosed in an IP66-rated sealed glass tube) that eliminates water infiltration, the #1 cause of product failure. Such innovation minimizes the risk of outages and the subsequent high-labor costs associated with burn-out or other maintenance.
  • Designed for Flexibility: Passo is available in a wide selection of sizes, faceplates, color temperatures, and light output levels to meet the needs of most any project. Specifically, Passo step lights come in louver, stainless steel louver, and tempered soft glow lens versions and in round, square, and rectangular shapes for new construction projects, and 8-inch and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofit projects. A choice of solid color composite, brushed stainless steel, or painted cast aluminum faceplates provide additional flexibility and design versatility that will meet the needs of even the most discerning lighting or landscape designers.
  • Light Output-Flexible: Passo luminaires are available in a choice of two light output levels to tailor the desired illuminance for the specific project and ensure the optimal visibility and aesthetic effect.
  • Connected and Compatible: Passo’s standard 0-10V dimmable driver ensures greater integration with popular controls.
  • Easy to Install: Passo models designed for new construction projects feature an injection-molded PVC housing with integral machined brass anchor blocks that complement the sealed properties of the LED module and driver, ensuring added protection against corrosive environments. Constructed with installers in mind, Passo’s retrofit models are specially designed to easily and quickly replace costly, high-maintenance step lights driven by conventional lighting technology, enabling users to enjoy the benefits of LED technology that much sooner.
  • At Your Door: Most Passo step lights can ship in 10 days or less from the time they’re ordered to quickly advance any new construction or retrofit project. Existing customers with special requests about their orders can contact Amerlux’s renowned concierge services.

Offering innovative and durable design, outstanding efficiency, long life, appealing aesthetics, and enhanced safety to support the market’s broad range of step and directional lighting applications, Amerlux’s family of Passo LED step lights represent a step in the right direction.

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Amerlux’s Passo Seals LED Optical Chamber To Eliminate Water Infiltration

OAKLAND, N.J. – Oct. 3, 2017 – Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today it has launched a step light with game-changing innovation that prevents water seepage, which is the No. 1 cause of light failure.

Weather-proof Passo step lights boast an independently sealed LED Optical Chamber that eliminates water infiltration, which cause headaches for lighting designers, landscape architects and energy service companies who recommend step lights and end users, such as facility managers and city managers who are responsible for addressing the on-going, maintenance issues and safety problems associated with subpar fixtures. The luminaire is typically used for steps, staircases and in walls to light walkways and add aesthetics to building facades.

“When the rain comes down, Passo stays on,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “Our advanced-engineered product, which features top-shelf aesthetics, adds warmth and brilliance to any project. Amerlux continues to solve problems in the marketplace by delivering value and reliable performance.”

Passo’s advanced engineering increases its return on investment in two ways. First, its advanced LED core uses significantly less energy than traditional fluorescent lamps. Secondly, its sealed optical chamber eliminates the high cost of labor associated with burnt-out, water-infiltrated light sources common to even the priciest competitors.

Passo offers a wide selection of sizes, faceplates, color temperature and light output to meet the specifications of many projects.

  • A choice of solid color composite, brushed stainless steel or painted cast aluminum faceplates provide many options.
  • The Passo step lights include louver, stainless steel louver, tempered soft glow lens offered in round, square and rectangular shapes for new construction projects, as well as 8-inch and 12-inch rectangular shapes for retrofits.

Each luminaire is available in a choice of two output levels to tailor the desired illuminance for the project.

A standard 0-10v dimmable drive provides more integration options with controls, which can dramatically magnify an LED lamp’s energy reduction and savings by 10-fold, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Passo’s retrofit models are specifically designed to easily replace the costly, high-maintenance step lights that have already been installed. Passo models made for new construction projects feature an injection molded PVC housing with integral machined brass anchor blocks that complement the sealed properties of the LED module and driver, ensuring protection against corrosive environments.

Most Passo step lights 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, visit Amerlux.com.

About Amerlux
Amerlux creates bold lighting solutions that add warmth and brilliance to the world. The design-and-manufacture company builds long-term relationships with architects, facility managers and lighting designers by taking every complex problem personally. Its award-winning portfolio includes innovative interior and exterior lighting products that deliver striking aesthetics and rich performance through advanced engineering. For more information, please visit Amerlux.com or call 201.416.2284.

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