Auto Dealer Using Induction Lighting Featured-Distributed Energy

Posted by Jimmy Hovey on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 @ 15:11 PM

Energy Efficiency Project Featured in Distributed Energy

Hovey Electric's project at Crippen Automotive is featured in Distributed Energy-The Journal of Energy Efficiency and Reliability. Crippen recently upgraded all of the lighting both inside and outside of their facility.  One of the most drastic changes was utilizing 250 watt Induction lighting technology to replace 1000 watt Metal Halide Fixtures. 

Inductive-fluorescent-exterior-lighting-project-crippen-gmc-buick-mazda-volvoCrippen replaced (37) 1000 watt Metal Halide fixtures.  The replacement made one of the biggest changes in Crippen's energy demand. 

The switch saves Crippen 750 watts per fixture. 

Why Change?

Problem 1 -1000 Watt Metal Halide Too Expensive to Operate

We were able to show Crippen how to save 75% on his exterior lighting costs.  This was eye opening as the 1000 watt metal halide's accounted for a majority of his lighting costs. 

Problem 2 -Too Expensive to Maintain

Crippen spent between $2500 to $3500 per year on maintenance of his exterior lighting.  While the light quality was excellent after the maintenance was completed, he noted that it "seems like a few more burn out as soon as the truck leaves the driveway".

Problem 3 -Poor Lighting Quality

While the lighting was excellent after maintenance was completed, the quality of light still never equaled the lighting levels experienced when the lighting was completely new. 

Even after a Metal Halide is new, the light quality falls off nearly 70% in the first 3 years.  Lighting quality begins to fall off immediately after the fixtures are new. 

3 Expensive Problems, 1 Solution - Induction Lighting For Exterior Parking Lot

Hovey Electric replaced all (37) 1000 watt metal halides and resolved Crippens 3 primary problems. 

  1. The new lighting reduced the energy demand by 750 watts per fixture leading to significant energy savings for Crippen.
  2. The new inductive fluorescent fixtures are rated for 100,000 hours of operation so bulb replacement and ballast replacement are significantly reduced as the annual maintenance will not be required. 
  3. Because the inductive fluorescents have a Kelvin value of 5900 and a CRI index of 93+, the eye perceives the light to be brighter than a foot candle meter will indicate.  This provides a truer, daytime lighting quality that shows the real color of the automobiles at night.

Energy efficiency starts with understanding what type of lighting and fixtures that you currently have in place.  Not sure what you have?  We can help your company fix the expensive problem's related to 1000 watt metal halide fixtures. Contact us to schedule a FREE Energy Efficiency Analysis of your facility.

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