Utilities Paying Incentives But NOT Using Energy Efficient Lighting!

Posted by Jimmy Hovey on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 @ 09:12 AM

Utility Uses Inefficient 400 Watt Metal HalideBrand-new-400-watt-metal-halide-street-lights For New Street Lights

I was recently traveling in Kentucky near our new facility and I noticed some new street lights put up by the local utility in the area.  Since they were new, I stopped in to take a look to see what type of technology they are using. 

Afterall, utilities are paying out millions of dollars in incentives for customers to get rid of old inefficient fixtures.  I thought for sure they would be using some of the latest technology. 

This Qualifies As The"C'Mon, Man!" Moment of the Week

(Last week I wrote an article about the Commentators on ESPN who review the "C'Mon, Man!" silly moments of the week.  I decided that I would share with you some of the unbelievable things I see with regards to energy efficient lighting)

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that these brand new street lights, less than 30 days old, were 400 Watt Metal Halide Fixtures.....UNBELIEVABLE!  My first thought, seriously, was "C'Mon, Man!"

How can utilities not be the forerunner of new technology...especially when they are paying other to GET RID of 400 Watt Metal Halide?  All I could do is shake my head and walk away, I just couldn't believe it. 

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Metal Halide Fixtures Are Cheap.....Can You Imagine Why?

All I can figure is that the bean counters at the utility must only be looking at up front cost of the fixtures.  Since 400 Watt Metal Halide is so inefficient, they are very cheap to buy.  The problem is the long term cost to operate the fixture far outweighs the upfront purchase costs.

I think this would be a good spot to reference some of the past articles in case the folks at the utility need some help analyzing the amount of wasted energy they will be using:

Types Of HID Lights And Replacements For |Energy Efficient Lighting|

Metal Halide:The "Shocking Truth" In The Life Of A Metal Halide Bulb

TVA Incentives: 400W Metal Halide vs. T5 Fluorescent.

How To Find The Most Energy Efficient 400 Watt Metal Halide

I guess when you sell the electricity, you can afford to waste some.  Just doesn't make sense to me.

Want To Learn More About Energy Efficient Lighting?

Don't make the same mistake the utilities are making and use outdated technology that will cost you big time over the life of the lighting system.  If you are considering upgrading your facility or designing a new one, be aware of what your engineer, architect or utility is suggesting.

Sometimes it takes many years for these folks to changeover and they may have a good reason for specifying what they have designed for you.  But, it is worth a few minutes to educate yourself because you are the one paying the bill for the next 10-20 years!

Download our Free E-book, Business Owners Guide to Energy Efficiency - Lighting Solutions.  Read this and you will have a good understanding of what works and what doesn't work for energy efficient lighting. 

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Topics: energy efficiency incentives, 400 watt metal halide, energy efficient lighting