LED Strip Kits
When we designed our UL and DLC listed LED Light Bar and Mini Light Bar retrofit kits, we built them to last long, provide energy savings, while being easy to install. These are a Win-Win for building owners, electrical contractors, and our environment.
Below is a step by step install guide for a better understanding of how easy they are to install. Click the link below to view our PDF attachment for easy install and our product overview flyer.
For more information visit online at M-Lites.com
LED Lighting Terminology
Color Temperature and Color Rendering (Kelvin and CRI): There are two standard measurements for the color characteristics of light: “color rendering index” (CRI), a term used to describe the extent to which an artificial light source is able to render the true color of objects as seen by natural outdoor sunlight which has a CRI of 100, and “color temperature”, which expresses the color appearance of the light itself.
Color Rendering Index (CRI): Incandescent is used as the base reference of 100 CRI. Compact fluorescent lamps are graded at 82-86 CRI, which is considered high quality color rendering. CRI is a more important consideration for retail lighting design than it is for office lighting. Any CRI rating of 80 or above is considered high and indicates that the source has good color properties. Incandescent lamps and daylight have a CRI of 100, the highest possible CRI. The higher the CRI of the light source, the “truer” it renders color. At M-Lite we strive to manufacture our LED lighting at 80 CRI or better.
Color Temperature (Kelvin): Refers to the way color groups are perceived – the psychological impact of lighting. Color temperature is how cool or warm the light source appears. The color temperature of a light source is a numerical measurement of its color appearance. This temperature is based on the principle that any object will emit light if it is heated to a high enough temperature and that the color of that light will shift in a predictable manner as the temperature is increased. This system is based on the color changes of a black metal as it is heated from a cold black to a white hot state. As the temperature increases, the color would shift gradually from red to orange to yellow to white and finally to a blue white. Color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin (K). Colors and light sources from the red/orange/yellow side of the spectrum are described as warm (incandescents) and those toward the blue end are referred to as cool (natural daylight). The sun, for example, rises at approximately 1800 Kelvin and changes from red to orange to yellow and to white as it rises to over 5000 Kelvin at high noon. It then goes back down the scale as it sets.
Luminous Flux – the flow of light measured in lumens. With light bulbs, it provides an estimate of the apparent amount of light the bulb will produce. Depending on the application, much of an incandescent’s light is wasted because it’s emitted in every direction. LEDs on the other hand, put out directional light, sending all of the light exactly where it’s needed. This is why an LED producing 500 lumens might be equivalent to an incandescent producing 900 lumens.
Lumens measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. The more lumens means it’s a brighter light; fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.
Lumens produced is just one factor of the performance of a light, and sometimes it is misleading. To understand how to fully evaluate the LED product, we need to look the overall system efficiency, optical control, thermal management of the LEDs.
Another factor that can also be very misleading is the life of an LED lights, the life time is defined by how long will the light last before the fixture reaches 20 percent lumen depreciation.
For example, most of the time an LED Light has a life time of 50,000 hours, it does not mean that after 50,000 hours, the LED lighting product will not work at all. It will still be working, but the Lumens it emitts is factored at 20% less than when it was first used.
For more LED Lighting Facts, visit our website at http://www.m-lites.com
Rieke Office Interiors : A Green building making the jump to LED
Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) is Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council
LEED®, the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” Green Building Rating System, is the nationally accepted standard for green buildings developed by the USGBC membership. Full details from the US Green Building Council website. Contact an ROI sales representative for more information about breakthroughs in building science, technology and operations that are available to designers, builders and owners who want to build green and maximize both economic and environmental performance.
The Environment- We care!!
ROI recycles all of its paper, cardboard, plastic stretch film, wood scrap, wood dust and metal. Annually, this is the equivalent of 12 semi-trailers that is being kept out of land fills. So making the switch to LED lighting is a welcomed change for ROI.
To justify our clients investment, we measure the return, and provide our clients with peace of mind, we always provide a comprehensive Client Impact Analysis report that measures, and quantifies the end results of our Energy Efficient LED Lighting upgrade based upon pre-process measurements and information provided by our clients team.
M-Lite Solutions overall goal is the complete success of every LED Lighting upgrade. To that end, we have outlined an anticipated Return on Investment (ROI) in our Analysis. This analysis provides a base line for our clients expectations and the framework for their decision-making.
Cost of Waiting
Retrofitting 57 fixtures to LED Light bars is not a huge undertaking. Our reward comes in many ways. Reike office interiors saves $2000 a year with our upgrade, and together we reduce green house gases along the way. M-Lites gets to show off our LED products to hundreds of commercial building owners, and help them save too.
For more information please email us at Sales@M-Lites.com
Below is a link to a Great Post on: Too big to save: why commercial buildings resist energy efficiency from the guardian.
Below is our comment to the Article:
Creating change in business for commercial buildings like this can be partially done by public awareness, but it will really come down to government agencies establishing more green laws that force building owners into making their buildings more energy efficient.
You see, I am an Inventor, I make my own patented and UL approved LED lighting for schools, and other commercial properties. I have a lot of frustration when I walk into a building with old inefficient lighting that is consuming more energy than needed, and my inventions can reduce their lighting cost by 60 to 80 percent per fixture.
It further bothers me when I have over 10 Billion Dollars of performance leasing funds to fund these types of projects. I have recently offered our services to many city, and state government agencies to do free building case studies to show how we can put money back into the our building owners pockets by converting to better lighting.
The biggest objection I hear is that it is fantastic that we will save all this money, but we don’t have the money to pay for it. That is why, I provide performance based leasing options to all types of organizations, whom qualify, and are seeking to reduce their own energy use.
New, more efficient LED Lighting should lower energy bills, and maintenance cost, and with our performance based leasing programs being calculated so that they can be offset by these anticipated savings, the leasing option is designed to pay for itself. Excuse has been removed!
The savings assessment is undertaken by Eco Lighting Designs (ESCO), and your staff while the equipment lease is provided by M-Lite Solutions. So when I hear we don’t have the funds to pay for it, you haven’t tried us yet.
I welcome the challenge to make every building in our country more energy efficient, so if you are your buildings Champion or LEED coordinator contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Investment in energy-efficient LED Lighting makes sound business, and good environmental sense, especially with the Energy Efficiency Lease options provided by M-Lite Solution LLC.
M-Lite Solution is offering performance based leasing options to all types of organizations, whom qualify, and are seeking to reduce their own energy use. New, more efficient LED Lighting should lower energy bills, and maintenance cost with the performance based leasing payments being calculated so that they can be offset by these anticipated savings, the leasing option is designed to pay for itself. The our savings assessment is undertaken by Eco Lighting Designs (ESCO), and your staff while the equipment lease is provided by M-Lite Solutions.
In the above example M-Lite has provided a performance based equipment lease payment option that is $325.00 lower than the estimated savings.
The LED retrofit was for 360 fixtures for a school that uses it lights for approximately 2000 hours a year, and the initial cost of the project included installation. If this was a building that consumed energy 24/7 the energy savings would have been much higher. Please take in consideration that each building has different efficiency measures, and payments do vary depending on the exact terms of our Energy Efficiency Lease.
For further information on any of our products or services, please contact us at:
(630)290-1319 (ask for Dave)
LED Lighting Project: Elementary School in Mississippi
One of the most rewarding things one can do is to bring a smile to a classroom of elementary students faces. We did just that in the Mississippi school system last fall, and we look forward to repeating that process of making children smile in a few thousand more classrooms this year in 2014.
Of course giving kids better lighting in their classroom is a huge personal reward for us at M-Lite Solution LLC, but the school district gained much more than just happy students from their LED Retrofit, and LED Troffer upgrades. (see chart below)
Monthly savings (cost of waiting) chart
To justify our school projects investment, we measure the return, and provided them with peace of mind by doing a comprehensive Client Impact Analysis that measures and quantifies the end results of our Energy Efficient LED Lighting upgrade based upon pre-process measurements and information provided by the school.
Our overall goal is the complete success of every LED Lighting upgrade for our projects, and their decision makers. To that end, we have outlined an anticipated ROI (Return on Investment) on our chart above, and below. This chart above provides a baseline for our expectations and framework for this projects.
Not only do we get smiles, and provide our clients with a positive return on investment, but we also get to reduce our planets greenhouse gases by lowering energy consumption with our Led products. It’s a Win-Win for all.
For questions regarding our energy savings products please contact Dave Rozek at 630.290.1319
or email me at Dave.Rozek@M-Lites.com
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.
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.
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.
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).
To find out what a lighting component upgrade or lighting retrofit for your business will save you please request a survey at
(630) 290-1319, and we will produce you a comprehensive report at NO CHARGE.