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Getting the Savings You Intended

Getting the Savings You Intended

Lighting projects can save big money. But sometimes the savings evaporate after some time. Or never happen. Sometimes, the lighting project produces huge, unexpected costs. The blame does not lie with the lighting system. Here are some common sources of lighting project losses: Poor power quality. LEDs are especially vulnerable to power quality issues. The […]

Balance Efficiency Against Other Goals

Balance Efficiency Against Other Goals

If we define efficiency as the amount of work accomplished per given unit of labor input, we can implement effective ways to boost efficiency. But we can also come up with ineffective ways to boost efficiency. The effective ways typically improve on the inputs to labor, so include such things as: Company-provided assets. (e.g., company-provided […]

LED Strip Lighting Projects

LED Strip Lighting Projects

Many spaces can benefit from LED strip lighting. In the typical industrial or commercial setting, these include: Trophy cases. Poster displays (e.g., OSHA mandated posters). Dispensing stations for earplugs. Operator stations. Storage closets, storage rooms, and stockrooms. Stairways (supplement the existing lighting with these strips). Document filing areas. Areas that have shadows created by objects […]

Protecting Your Back, Part 3

Protecting Your Back, Part 3

How much can you safely lift? The wrong answer to this question has caused a lot of back pain. Under ideal conditions, a male electrician in good physical condition can safely lift a box weighing half his lean body weight from ground to chest. Two problems with this concept are determining your lean body weight […]

Use Occupancy Sensor Lighting to Promote More Controls

Use Occupancy Sensor Lighting to Promote More Controls

Let’s say you have traditional wall switches in a business that someone must “open” each day. Someone probably walks through the semi-dark to get to those switches, unless you create a lighted path to those switches. With occupancy sensors, that path need not waste electricity. You could also use a series of occupancy sensors to […]