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Top Energy Statistics from 2012

Wrap up 2012 with the top energy statistics from the year. It was a big year for energy efficiency with the ban of T12 fluorescent lights, the rise of natural gas, and the steady adoption of renewable energy.

So here’s a quick list of some of the top statistics of 2012:

  • 96% increase in electricity generation capacity from natural-gas power plants in the U.S. between 2000 and 2012
  • In 2017, the U.S. will become the world’s largest oil producer
  • 56.2% of energy is wasted by the U.S. economy each year
  • 2012 was the warmest years ever recorded in the contiguous United States
  • The average fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the U.S. during the first half of 2012 was 23.8 miles per gallon

Statistics are provided by Clean Technica

Common Misconceptions about Lighting Retrofits

Business owners are beginning to see the benefits of retrofitting their lighting systems to more efficient ones.

The lighting retrofit industry is quickly evolving, improving, and gaining traction. Business owners are beginning to see the benefits of upgrading their lighting systems to more efficient ones.

And while you plan for energy efficient solutions next year, there are still some misconceptions among those who are unfamiliar with products and the technological advances that have been made in recent years.

Three of the most common misconceptions about lighting retrofits are:

Misconception #1: Existing light levels are what they should be

The truth: existing lighting levels may be what employees are used to but very rarely are they what the light levels need to be. In fact, adjusting to higher lighting levels can help boost productivity.

Misconception #2: Light levels should be even throughout an entire facility

The truth: typically when a building is designed, the same light fixtures are installed throughout the building. In reality, light levels should be adjusted for the type of activity being performed in specific areas throughout the facility.

But lighting levels are not the only factor; usage plays a big role as well. For example, one side of the building, such as an office area, may be used more often than the other side of the building, such as a warehouse or storage area. Motion detection or sensors on lights are a great way to reduce the usage and levels of lighting in a facility.

Misconception #3: Existing lighting fixtures need to be replaced

The truth: With emerging technology, there’s virtually a retrofit for every existing fluorescent fixture out there. Retrofitting lights to a more efficient option is relatively low cost in terms of materials, labor, and disposal.

In some cases, replacing old lighting fixtures is the best way to save on utility usage and costs.

Do you have a lighting retrofit question? Contact us at info@worldwideenergy.com or call our office at 913-310-0705 and let us help you in your search to dubunk lighting retrofit misconceptions.

LED Replacement of 100W Bulbs Hit Stores

This image, provided by Osram Sylvania, shows what the company says is the first LED bulb that shine as brightly as regular 100-watt incandescent bulbs.

Missing the 100 watt light bulbs that are notorious energy hogs? Now you can get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy according to the Associated Press.

Since the 100W bulbs have nearly disappeared, compact fluorescent bulbs seemed to be the only alternative. But “most people see the light quality as less pleasing, and the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury that’s released if the glass breaks.”

By contrast, the LED bulbs do not contain any hazardous substances, are much more durable, and last longer. These bulbs use 20 watts of electricity, and are slightly larger than a regular 100-watt bulb, so it may not fit in all fixtures.

The federal government banned the manufacture of regular 100-watt bulbs on January 1 because of new energy-efficiency standards. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs use less energy, and are quickly becoming the efficient technology of the future.

Source: Associated Press

LED Offers Powerful Light Sources

There are many varieties of LED lights so it is best to have a professional install your new lighting system.

You’ve heard of their benefits, but do you know enough about installing light emitting diodes (LED)?

Unlike fluorescent lamps, LED light fixtures contain powerful LED light sources that include plastic lenses to reduce glare. And some light sources are already becoming too bright to look at directly.

As LED technology continues to grow, fixture manufacturers still need to find better and more energy efficient solutions to reduce the glare.

In all commercial spaces, it is best to have to have a professional install new lighting systems to ensure accurate lighting levels, and proper wiring.

Source: Sustainable Industries

CRI Differences in T8 Lamps

These four types of T8 lamps show a variety of color rendering index or CRI.

Color rendering index (CRI) is a light’s ability to produce all the colors of the spectrum. This quantitative measure is used for lighting fixtures to determine how closely the light can produce the colors and a bright white light.

T8 lamps, the efficient counterpart to the obsolete T12 lights, have four types of CRI: 835, 841, 850, and 865. You can see the differences in the photo on the right.

The lamps with a higher CRI provide a bright white light, and the ones with a lower CRI do not. Because of the varying light differences, all four lamps are ideal for a variety of applications. And with their 5-year warranty, require very little maintenance.

For example, the CRI 865 lamp would be great for offices to increase productivity. The CRI 835 lamp shines well for bathrooms, or any area that requires a soft glow.

Do your lighting fixtures look like these? Consider more efficient lighting with T8 lamps and ballasts.

Quick Facts about LED Lights

LED lighting is quickly becoming the must-have lights when it comes to energy efficiency. Here are some quick things to know about LED bulbs:

  • Incandescents are dead. Inefficient lighting such as the T12 are being phased out and are no longer being produced or manufactured in the U.S. There are other substitutes for incandescent, but LEDs will take you straight into the future of lighting.
  • Long live LEDs. On average, LED lightbulbs are rated to last 25,000 hours, and use about 80 percent less energy than incandescent. Plus they are maintenance-free up to five years.
  • They’re not cheap. LED lighting is an investment but rebates and tax credits are available to subsidize the cost of energy efficient retrofit projects.
  • What you’ll like. LED bulbs can cast a bright white light and enhances visibility. They do not emit ultraviolet radiation and produce very little heat.
  • Research your investment. You can learn more about LED lights by visiting a variety of websites. But you can get specific information about your building and how much you can save by finding the right energy efficient partner.
  • Start slowly. Retrofitting a building’s lighting system, including bulbs and ballasts, can become complicated and requires technical expertise. Worldwide Energy provides a turn-key package, so we take care of everything including filing for rebates.

Efficient Replacements for T12s

Energy efficient lampsDon’t wait until your lights go dark to find your business needs to upgrade its lighting technology.

The recent phase out of T12 lighting is sure to catch a lot of businesses off guard, especially now that the common lamps will no longer be imported or manufactured in the U.S.

“Right now inventories are still available, but as they deplete, replacement lamps will become extinct in the U.S. market faster than many anticipate,” said Hunter Kasten of Worldwide Energy.

So, now what? Energy efficient fluorescent and LED replacement lamps are a better alternative. These lamps provide better light, create a substantial energy savings, and provide a long life up to 60,000 hours.

Read the Worldwide Energy press release about T12 lights.

Upgrade to Better Lighting

recent article claims that more efficient lighting could save the U.S. $10 billion by replacing existing fluorescent lighting.

According to a study commissioned by the Department of Energy, commercial buildings were found to have the largest share of lighting energy use, about 51%, followed by residential and industrial buildings.

The two largest commercial lighting energy users are fluorescent and incandescent, which accounts for 56% and 32% of annual energy usage respectively. But with the recent Department of Energy mandates, the commonly-used T12 lamps will no longer be manufactured effective July 14, 2012.

Replacing outdated and inefficient lighting not only saves money, but can be a significant step in reducing energy use and cost.

In his article encouraging government facilities to consider lighting retrofits, Kurt Vogel wrote, “Lighting retrofits are an ideal solution to achieve energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing luminaries while also supporting sustainability goals.”

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