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Induction lighting technology reduces energy and maintenance costs

I’ve been interested in induction lighting since first reading about them. We were lucky enough to have the chance to install a couple of them in the main waiting room area of Bridger Orthopedics. It’s been over a year now since the install and we have not had any issues with them.

For that project we selected the Phillips QL 85 light. The complete package includes the generator, the antenna and the vessel. You can see those devices in this short youtube video.

The project at Bridger Orthopedics was actually a retro-fit job on two separate fixtures. The fixtures were existing and used a 400 watt metal halide lamp to provide up-lighting on a wood ceiling. We removed the metal halide lamps, disconnected the ballast and installed the Phillips QL 85 system. The light output of the QL 85 was not quite as good as the 400 watt metal halide but was certainly sufficient for the task. Unlike a HID style fixture, the QL 85 had a very slight warm up period and will re-start almost immediately if power is cycled.

Now to the really good part… the QL 85 unit has a rated lifespan of 100,000 hours. A typical metal halide lamp might last 15,000-20,000 hours. Servicing these lights required the use of a lift and could not be done during normal business hours so, by removing the metal halides and replacing with the induction lights, we have greatly reduced maintenance cost. We also dropped the electrical load 630 watts (315 watts per fixture). That’s not only 630 watts of direct savings on the utility bill it’s also 630 less watts of heat the cooling system had to offset during the summer months. The reduced maintenance needs and the reduction in electrical usage by these fixtures and the HVAC system makes this retro-fit a real winner.

The bad part? If I keep putting these I might just work myself out of a job!

Luca LED Light install at the Bozeman Public Library

We recently completed a job installing Luca Light LED strip fixtures on the book stacks at the Bozeman Public Library. Today, in the Bozeman Chronicle there was an article mentioning the install and the efforts of Tyler Electric in the project. The Bozeman Public Library is a LEEDS certified building…

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How much does it cost to leave the lights on?

Ever wonder how much it really cost you to leave the light on? If, like me, you want to know then here is a great energy expense calculator to help you figure out the answer to this question as well as what it really cost to run other common electrical…

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How much energy do lighting dimmers save?

Here is a short video discussing the how lighting dimmers can help save energy and as we all know, saving energy equals saving dollars on your electric bill!

Reduce energy costs with lighting dimmers and sensors

Another great way to reduce energy cost is with lighting dimmers. Lutron has released a whole line of eco-home dimmers, occupancy/vacancy sensors and timers. These energy saving products are designed with one thing in mind…..squeezing every bit of waste out of your home lighting needs. The eco dimmers are designed…

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