Unlike most tales of entrepreneurial inspiration, Relamp
CEO and founder Jess Schaack's lightbulb moment actually involved lightbulbs.
"In some situations, building owners may have to rent a lift to relamp
certain areas, and they especially would want to relamp
in large groups so that they only have to rent a lift at that one point in time vs.
With only Phase I of the project complete, the company is already reporting a reduction of 50% in (kw) running costs and is now looking to relamp
the rest of the facility.
"Approach lights (only low intensity is possible with today's LEDs) on high masts are safe from winter maintenance and more expensive to relamp
than runway or taxiway edge lights.
The results of the test were so remarkable that Kmart's divisional management decided to relamp
all of its California stores, and the California Energy Commission awarded the retailer a $2 million Energy Reduction Grant to help expedite the relamping project.
It was difficult to relamp
the arch every 14 months, the problem compounded by the fact that the town's light rail line ran beneath the arch.
A major but relatively inexpensive change would be to relamp
your fluorescent fixtures with full-spectrum lighting, which provides the full balance of color energies across the spectrum, as does sunlight.
The actual savings are probably far greater because at 10 minutes per lamp in the group relamping strategy, the implication is that it would take 40 minutes to relamp
a four-lamp lighting fixture-an excessive time allowance.
The technicians used the opportunity to "group relamp
" the yellow and green incandescents, adding two minutes to the process.
Group relamping allows the maintenance crew to assemble all the equipment necessary to relamp
the whole system at once.
"Difficult access to relamp
, plus the excitement and appropriateness of color with the flowing roof structure, justified the added expense," Peck says.
"A key point that's often missed is the time and labor to continuously visually inspect and relamp
. Many times, energy savings costs are what's thought of, not the labor and time that goes into servicing the products."