Month: March 2014

Cost savings can improve your bottom line!

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Can your bottom line use a boost? 

Cost savings from a lighting component upgrade project are derived from both savings in energy usage and also savings on future maintenance costs in both the capital expenditure on replacement lamps in addition to the man hour costs involved in making the replacements.

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Component upgrading is the term used to describe the process of replacing lamps and tubes in your business premises with new LED retrofit products or LED troffers. The LED lighting upgrades are undertaken to reduce lighting energy costs, maintenance costs, and associated carbon footprint.

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Uniquely, We provide a comprehensive and complete commercial component upgrade service, migrating our clients from their existing lighting to high specification, low cost LED retrofit kits, light bars, or troffers to significantly reduce both energy and maintenance costs as well as making a substantial reduction to their carbon footprint.

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We have designed and manufactured a complete range of high specification LED products to meet the requirements of any commercial component upgrade project.

We are able to undertake commercial component upgrade projects for all sectors of business and industry as well as meeting any, and all local, and federal government requirements.

Typically, based our projects completed to date, energy cost savings alone fall between 50% and 90% of current lighting energy spend giving a project pay back time of between 6 to 36 months (at typical current energy costs).

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To find out what a lighting component upgrade or lighting retrofit for your business will save you please request a survey at

(630) 290-1319and we will produce you a comprehensive report at NO CHARGE.

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LED Retrofit Project at Hawthorn Ridge Apartments: Case Study

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Case Study: Commercial troffer component upgrade to LED Retrofit

 Hawthorne Ridge Apartments: Woodridge, IL. (Small Retrofit Project)

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Component upgrade of 70 fixtures in common areas: 1 x 4 Florescent Troffer to 1 x 4 LED Retrofit Kit (pictured above)

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When we reduce a fixtures power consumption by 50 to 80 percent, and we provided the consumer a maintenance free retrofitted fixture it does make you ask yourself, why hasn’t everyone done this yet? At M-Lite, we have often found that the most common reason why the change has not occurred is because the product has not been demonstrated properly as to how it can be cost effective, and pay for itself.

So let’s see how a little investment can become a huge cash savings over a short period of time.

The actual return on investment (ROI) depends on a few efficiency measures below:

  • How many hours are the lights in use

  • What type of fixture are we upgrading to LED

  • How many are we upgrading to LED

  • What is the cost per kilowatt hour from the current electrical provider

  • How much does it cost to maintain the current fixture annually

Looking above at our snap shots will give you an idea how our recent case study and project came to be.
The maintenance superintendent at Hawthorn Ridge apartments had contacted us after researching multiple LED retrofit solutions, but unfortunately he could not find a cost effective approach that would offer them a decent return on investment. He was referred to us by a retired Dupage County employee, whom had worked with us on a previous energy saving project. We knew this would project would be a challenge due to a limited budget, but we also knew that one of our retrofit systems would provide them with a cost effective solution. After months of testing different solutions, Hawthorn Ridge Apartments selected our MR14 model.
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The MR14 retrofit kits are the perfect component upgrade for most commercial Troffers that are 1×4 in size. These 1×4 Troffers normally have a 2 fluorescent tubes, and ballast system. Depending upon the age, and type they will consume between 68 to 120 watts. Our MR14 LED retrofit kit consumes 34 watts, so worst case scenario it will reduce the fixtures power consumption by 50 percent.

As you can see from above the “Cost of Waiting” chart, it illustrates how it will cost Hawthorn Ridge apartments almost $900 a month not to retrofit. This is huge for such a small project, and considering HUD will give this apartment complex help with the majority of cost is another plus that we did not even factor in on our project proposal.

Another benefit that this project had was that the install was done by the maintenance staff at Hawthorn Ridge, which is one of the reasons why they will have a return on investment in less than 7 months. Since all projects are different we will customize our reports to factor in your variables, but in the case of this project, the cost of an electrical contractor to do the install would of still hit a return on investment in less than 12 months.

Overall, the goal is to save money, and investing in an LED Retrofit project can do just that. Hawthorn Ridge figures this will allow them to cut energy cost, and generate additional funds for other building upgrades in the future.

For further questions on this case study, please contact Dave Rozek at 630.290.1319