Annual Lighting Costs Down to $4,078 or 3.9ȼ per Square Foot
Boston, Mass., July 10, 2012 – Digital Lumens today announced that Silver Beauty, a Chicago-area company that builds and leases warehouses, has upgraded a 177,413-square foot facility to the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System and is saving 90% on its annual lighting energy costs. The system features wirelessly networked intelligent LED fixtures and LightRules lighting management software designed to maximize energy efficiency.
Since installation, the new LED-based industrial lighting system has reduced the facility’s $78,335 annual lighting costs by 90%, to just under $4,078 or 3.9ȼ per square foot, while delivering brighter, higher quality light for its tenant’s 24×7 warehousing operations. Previously, the facility used 1,000-Watt high-intensity discharge lamps, which were replaced with the Digital Lumens 18,000-lumen intelligent fixtures, all with integrated occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors. The project rebate was provided by ComEd under its Smart Ideas program.
“Our goal was to find a lighting solution that consumed a lot less energy, performed well with little or no maintenance, performed in unheated warehouses in cold climates, took advantage of natural light coming from our extensive skylight system and could be easily dimmed or turned off to further increase the savings,” said Gary Raymond, Managing Partner for Silver Beauty. “With Digital Lumens, we found that solution in a smart lighting system that can be easily tailored to meet the specific needs of our tenants. Unquestionably, this level of control and efficiency gives us a competitive edge in the very crowded marketplace for leased warehouse space in Chicago.”
To aid in the design, evaluation and lighting selection process, the Silver Beauty management team turned to Green Light of Chicago, IL, an energy-efficiency consulting team. According to Michael McAlinden, President of Green Light National, “We recommended the Digital Lumens system for its unsurpassed energy efficiency, superior operation in all temperature environments, as well as for the level of control it provides over facility lighting. The results from the Silver Beauty installation are remarkable, and reflect what is possible with intelligent LEDs.”
In the Silver Beauty facility, the Digital Lumens system automatically provides the target illumination required when the space is occupied, then dims to 40% in well-traveled aisles, and 10% elsewhere for security purposes, when a space is unoccupied. Lighting instantaneously turns back on when personnel, such as a rapidly moving forklift operator, trigger an occupancy sensor. Because the Digital Lumen fixtures have integrated daylight sensors, they assess available ambient light and dim or turn off when enough natural light is present. On sunny days, skylights provide up to 40% of the lighting needed to illuminate the warehouse.
“From high energy and maintenance costs to poor performance and light output, facilities are wrestling with a whole host of lighting-related issues that are eminently solvable with today’s generation of intelligent LEDs,” said Michael Feinstein, Digital Lumens Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Nothing pleases us more than working with market-leading organizations like Silver Beauty and Green Light to solve persistent lighting challenges in a way that vastly improves both operational and energy efficiency.”
About Silver Beauty
Founded in 1914, Silver Beauty is a Chicago-area warehouse management company that builds and leases state-of-the-art warehousing facilities. With more than 391,560-square feet of space under management, the company recently added two new facilities to its warehouse inventory in the Clearing Industrial Park, located on the outskirts of Chicago, IL, with easy access to transportation routes. The new warehouses are the home of the Midwest warehousing operations for Graham Packaging, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of rigid plastic containers.
About Green Light
Green Light helps tenants and property owners reduce the operating expenses associated with energy consumption. By taking advantage of the technological advances in efficient lighting, environmental controls, and building envelope efficiency, Green Light provides ROI-focused, cost-effective solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of its clients, while capitalizing on financial savings incentives. With offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, Green Light is equipped to handle projects in every region of the country.
About Digital Lumens
Digital Lumens develops Intelligent LED Lighting Systems that are proven to reduce industrial customers’ lighting-related electricity expenses by up to 90%. With this System — smart lights, wirelessly networked together and centrally controlled — the company is defining a new class of networked LED lighting that maximizes both delivered light and energy efficiency. Digital Lumens has been recognized as a 2011 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a 2011 Global Cleantech 100 Company. For more information, please visit https://www.digitallumens.com/.
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