Friday, June 29, 2012

GE LED Lighting Solutions

Brookshire Brothers operates  72 retail supermarkets in the Texas and Louisiana area. The company have recently launched a lighting upgrade in their establishments, including their exterior signages and refrigerated case fixtures. One of the technologies used is GE  LED lighting solutions. Their mission is to reduce their annual operating cost, while establishing  energy and lighting efficiency. 

GE Evolve™ LED Area Lights were installed in some of the supermarkets’ parking lots and company headquarters that provided high-quality white illumination to the said spaces. Brookshire Brothers will be able to save more than $14,000 every year in electricity costs. Maintenance  time and expense will also be diminished. GE Tetra® LED Lighting Systems were also incorporated to several locations that complemented the exterior appearance of the stores. Reduced maintenance, long service life, and up to 80 percent of energy will be saved. Also, wine displays in two stores were lit using GE’s energy smart® LED Replacement Lamps that are ideal for applications wherein narrow and focused beam spread is preferred.

The company has been getting very positive comments because of the changes made by the new LED technology that they are now using. Nevertheless, the store directors were also impressed. They are now planning to use GE’s LED lighting solutions to more of their convenience store locations.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

GE Introduces New 25 Watt Replacement Bulb

GE Introduces New 25 Watt Replacement Bulb

Fourth of July is coming up.  My birthday (July 7) is almost here too.  Maybe this year…well, a new LED bulb would be kind of a weird birthday gift, wouldn’t it?  When my mom asked, I went with funny for a moment, although it was probably anything but.  I lost my full-time job, but I’m bouncing back.  Jokingly, when she asked what I wanted, the first two things out of my mouth were 1) money and 2) a job.  Especially since we’re still settling into the house we just moved in to.  If I don’t get something soon, we’ll have to move – again.  And I hate moving, don’t you?  But our recent power bill has me thinking a couple LED bulbs might be the perfect gift.  Mind you, since my husband and I both work out of home – either part or full time – our computers and other such devices are always on.  Added to that, there’s a lot of natural light in this house, so we barely ever have the lights on during the day.  But pretty much every bulb in this place is either a money-sucking incandescent or halogen bulb.  So I turned to our website for help.  Thankfully, there are two new solutions to one of my problems (that job thing is a whole other animal).

The possible answer: the GE Energy Smart ® 25W Replacement (4.5W) PAR16 LED Light Bulb in warm white.  It’s Energy Star rated and comes in two versions – a dimmable and a non-dimmable.  It’s perfect for accent lighting, but does just as good in a floor or table lamp.  Like other LEDs, it has a 25,000 hour lifespan.  It cranks out 200 lumens of light (which is what makes it comparable to an incandescent 25W) while using only about 5.5% of the wattage of the incandescent bulb.

This bulb would really cut back on my energy bill.  This one bulb can knock off nearly $57 from my bill over the life of the bulb.  That, of course, won’t pay an entire bill, but it puts that much more money in my pocket, and if I installed eight of these around my house, by the end of the life of the bulb, I could pay my entire electric bill that month.

Now, however, it’s lights out in this house.  Sadly, none of the lights I’ll be turning out is one of these.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

GE Decks Out New Zealand Landmark in LEDs

GE Decks Out New Zealand Landmark in LEDs

None of my experiences over the past couple of days have included LED lighting.  Except for maybe the baffling puzzle of why my LED reading light keeps flickering.  LEDs aren’t supposed to flicker – especially LEDs which have only been around less than 2 years.  My husband seems to think it’s the on/off rocker causing problems, and he might be right.  It seems that whenever I keep my finger on the rocker button, the light stays bright and true, but the moment I stop manipulating it, it starts to go on the fritz again.  I hope this doesn’t dissuade you from the LED changeover – because this is a blip that has only recently showed up after our move, and seems to have nothing to do with the light itself.

I couldn’t find any US news regarding LED lighting, so I looked around the world (or the Internet, rather) and stumbled upon some work GE is doing Down Under.  In New Zealand, the company is helping to light a landmark.  The country’s Whanganui River is the third-longest river in the country and holds special significance in Māori culture.  At the mouth of the river is a cultural hub full of heritage and tradition.  Also located there is the Wanganui City Bridge.  It’s one of the few road bridges that span the river.

Recently, the Wanganui District Council set out to try different LED light sources as an alternative to conventional technology in order to light the Wanganui City Bridge.  The council is interested in LED, because, as with in most other cases, LED would increase illumination along the important thoroughfare while also conserving precious energy resources.  

The solution includes GE’s 80W R150 LED lamps.  The 14 new fittings have the backing of a local supplier in New Zealand, as well as the support of GE Lighting.  The new lighting will save about NZ$9,000 – or $7,400 USD – in terms of reduced power and maintenance costs over the life of the fittings.  

The lights replace the bridge’s old system of Sodium Lights.

Friday, June 22, 2012

GE Evolve™ LED Scalable Cobrahead

GE has been one of the top companies in the lighting industry over the years. Today, GE offers a fitting solution to illuminate the streets of any city. Introducing, the next evolution of GE Lighting’s LED roadway lighting technology, GE Evolve™ LED Scalable Cobrahead. It reduces energy use up to 50 percent compared to those high-intensity discharge or HID systems. LED systems last up to five times longer than HID lamps. The frequency and expense of maintenance are also reduced so it’s really convenient.
After winning Best-in-Class in the Street or Roadway Lighting Category in the the U.S. Department of Energy 2009 Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition, the company asked its top engineers to enhance it. 

The new Evolve LED Scalable Cobrahead offers increased light output and more pavement distribution patterns that will suit a wider range of roadway classifications, while using up to 25 percent fewer watts than the original LED Cobrahead fixtures. It has a unique reflective optical design that uses less light and efficiently aims it precisely where needed. Thus, reducing glare and wasteful spill light.It is available in 4000K or 5700K color temperatures, and can provide more than 11 years of reliable service. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Seeing the Road Ahead with LED

Seeing the Road Ahead with LED

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while!  Has anyone been sick recently?  I have, that’s why I’ve been MIA.  When I got the sore throat and the stuffy head last Sunday, I knew I was in trouble.  It all hit full-force Monday, and I could barely get out of bed Monday night to call in to work.  It’s been a rough week.  Added to that, we can say call in to the place where I used to work.  Yep, they devastated me by laying me off on Friday (the 15th).  The doom and gloom surrounding that, I think, made me even sicker.  Today’s the first day I’ve been feeling well enough to do much of anything, so I figured this should be one of them. 

One of the things we did was go to our local Boy Scouts of America Council to look at uniforms for our son.  He’s joining his friend’s den as a tiger cub.  The stuff is expensive, so we settled for getting the neckerchief and slide.  We wandered through the store, looking at the various badges and pins and awards he could earn.  There were also various hats, including a very cool one – LED-wise.  It’s the BAS® 3D Logo Power Cap, which features two ultra-bright LED lights concealed under the brim of the hat. 

The two, 5 mm lights are larger and stronger than the previous model of the hat and are angled at 7.5 degrees to help light the path ahead.  They also cast a wider beam, apparently, than the previous model (which I’ve never seen).  The LEDs also produce a light output of 47 lumens, and you’ll be able to light your travels for 50 hours before replacing the batteries.

The microfiber cap features the BSA® raised 3D logo emblem and “Boy Scouts of America” embroidered in white on the black cap.  Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Note: my husband is holding the hat, my son is off to the left.  This is a picture we took ourselves and does not need to be credited to another source.

Friday, June 15, 2012

‘No Dot’ About It!

GE’s new LED lens technology has inspired retailers to make the switch. Retailers have been relying on halogen and CMH technologies to maintain the color and light integrity of their merchandise, but a patent-pending GE LED lens has made the retailers view LEDs in a whole new light! The new GE Visual Comfort Lens™ diffuses an ultra-efficient LED tecnhology in such a way that it eliminates the light dots or spots often seen when using LEDs in lighting merchandise. It also brings out the bold and vivid colors of merchandise. Thus, creating a stronger customer experience.It is really important to have a great color quality of lighting so that the appearance of the products will be enhanced. Lighting shouldn’t also compete with the merchandise for the customer’s attention. GE’s LED Retail PAR38 and PAR30 both offer great color that greatly enhances red tones (sometimes muted under other light sources), and hide bright spots. A 50,000-hour rated life outlasts other lighting tecnology. What more can you ask for?

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