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Car Dealership has a 15 month return on investment – How much can your #Dealership #SAVE

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Car Dealer’s waste money everyday on Lighting up their Lots

It is not Rocket Science for a car dealership to know they have to light their lots to sell cars and that it cost them a lot to do so.  Car Dealers are huge consumers of electricity due to the nature of the business hours and the stage they have to work on – THE LOT.

In the past years I have worked on saving schools substantial amounts of capital by providing cost efficient lighting solutions. Now I am focused on the business I grew up in as a child – THE AUTO INDUSTRY.

So far every Auto Dealer that I have personally visited has had the same end result for their lighting return on investment – AMAZING.

THE SAVINGS

Let’s take a look at a recent car dealers LED lighting proposal highlights. Our upgrade is a NEW LED Shoe Box designed to replace existing car dealers parking and inventory lot lighting. This is not a cheap retrofit kit. They have CREE chips with a Mean Well driver, which are among the best in the world. So we are talking about a quality LED lighting fixture that is UL and DLC listed, which qualify’s you for your rebates.

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BEYOND CAPITAL SAVINGS

Of course energy saving with a good return on investments are key in our products success, but please do not over look the benefit of having maintenance free LED lighting that shows off your products to the customer.
Beyond the aesthetics’s, LED lighting provides cleaner video footage for security cameras and the brighter light induces more productivity in employees, which is why many hospitals and universities have switched over.

REBATES IN ILLINOIS – TIME SENSITIVE

When we put together our proposals we always understate the rebate since the amount rebate is beyond our control and when the rebate funds are depleted they are gone. After our clients agree to terms and finalize the procurement of goods we immediately pre-authorize the end users rebates with the assistance of local Electrical Contractors. Currently, we have .50 cents per watt reduction in rebate provided by ComEd (see attached snap shot), but the rebate only exists while funds are available so timing is key to hit the metrics used in our “Return on Investment” (ROI).

In this example we found that the rebate estimates is $1854 higher than what we used in our proposal. The way we see it, our client is pretty happy that we over delivered by job completion by not only providing a great product but the received more money back than anticipated.

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LED PARKING LOT LIGHTING  – LED SHOE BOX

 

As there are many variables involved putting together the efficiency measures for each proposal the information gathered comes directly from our clients. Every dealership is different and we feel we can hit a payback for most outdoor lighting upgrades in less than 24 months with our LED lighting technology.

For more details contact Dave Rozek at 630.290.1319

or email us at sales@m-lites.com

 

 

 

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Building retrofits could mitigate more than 600 million metric tons of CO2 per year

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 : A call to action on #Twitter and from actors and environmentalist like #

141,540 PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS HAVE CALLED FOR CLIMATE ACTION

#PresidentObama and the #EPA have announced carbon pollution standards for all existing power plants in America.

Will you join others around the country in saying you believe we must protect our children and future generations from climate change?

Submit a public comment to the EPA in support of strong carbon pollution standards. Click Here

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Reduce 40% of global carbon emissions: From the Rockefeller Foundation Report

Upgrading and replacing energy-consuming equipment in buildings offers an important capital investment opportunity, with
the potential for significant economic, climate, and employment impacts. In the United States alone, more than $279 billion
could be invested across the residential, commercial, and institutional market segments. This investment could yield more
than $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years, equivalent to savings of approximately 30% of the annual electricity spend
in the United States. If all of these retrofits were undertaken, more than 3.3 million cumulative job years of employment
could be created. These jobs would include a range of skill qualifications, and would be geographically diverse across the
United States. Additionally, if all of these retrofits were successfully undertaken, it would reduce U.S. emissions by nearly
10%. The potential employment and climate benefits presented by energy efficiency retrofits have led the Rockefeller
Foundation to explore a program initiative in this area, and to partner with Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors to
produce this research report as a publicly-available resource for all interested stakeholders.

For some time, advocates of clean technology have emphasized the market potential and rapid payback of energy
efficiency upgrades and retrofits in buildings.

Buildings consume approximately 40% of the world’s primary energy and are responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions.  Mature and proven technologies, designed and manufactured by established multi-national firms, can save energy and yield significant returns when replacing older, less efficient systems.

However, the apparently simple act of upgrading and replacing equipment in buildings – from upgrading lights to replacing
heating and cooling systems, or replacing building controls – has never achieved its full potential. In order to provide a clear
understanding of this opportunity, we use this paper to establish the potential size of the retrofit market in the United States.
We also examine the emergence of new financing models that offer the promise of overcoming historical barriers and
unlocking the true potential of this market.

Case studies and various analyses have shown that the energy savings from retrofit projects can offer the potential for
strong financial returns. However, a status quo bias, asymmetric information and structural barriers in the real estate
industry have traditionally resulted in low levels of demand by home and building owners. Over recent years, a number of
financing models have emerged which offer the potential to scale investment in these markets and overcome both the
supply and demand side barriers. Utilizing the work done by the World Economic Forum as a reference point, we profile
these models, including the Energy Services Agreement (ESAs), Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and On-Bill
Finance (OBF), in addition to examining the largest historical provider of energy efficiency upgrades, the Energy Services
Companies (ESCOs). #MLiteSolution

Each of these models merits consideration, and we believe that a robust market will offer multiple options to building
owners seeking third-party investment in building retrofits. The ESA model appears to be especially promising in the near
term, given its potential to scale without policy or regulatory requirements. A number of firms have already demonstrated
early traction utilizing this structure.

While parts of the market are poised to grow independent of government policy, an enabling policy environment could
further accelerate adoption and facilitate greater, or more rapid, scale. Enabling policies go beyond subsidies to include
measures such as building data disclosure requirements.

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Buildings consume approximately half (49%) of all energy used in the United States and three quarters of all electricity,
according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Building energy retrofits, or the application of energy efficient
or clean generation measures to existing building stock, represent a significant opportunity to save money, reduce climate
impacts and generate or maintain jobs. However, the U.S. building stock is heterogeneous and the building retrofit market is
actually comprised of a number of underlying market segments and sub-segments. The three main categories of segments
include residential, commercial and institutional, as depicted above. The finance models and other market development
strategies needed to realize energy efficiency measures at scale will vary by market segment, although a number of models
and strategies can be applied in one or more segment. Due to the limitations of publicly available data at the segment level,
this Market Scan does not include any information and analysis about the 21 segments within the Industrial category (not
shown).
1 This economic impact is a directional estimate, which converts the volumetric energy savings to dollar savings using sector specific energy prices from the U.S. EIA, as well as EIA estimates for sector specific electricity price escalation. It does not incorporate the feedback loop of reduced demand via energy savings affecting prices.
2 Source: http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/usinventoryreport.html


 

 Saving energy Starts with You and M-Lites.com is ready to help you

M-Lite Solution manufactures high end #LEDLighting products that are the most cost effective LED lighting technology in the marketplace for schools, nursing homes, government buildings, and other commercial properties. We specialize in LED Retrofit kits that will significantly lower your energy consumption, provide years of maintenance free lighting , are UL approved, and easy to install. 

Click here to view a few cost saving projects by #MLiteSolution

 

LED Terminology – Kelvin, CRI, and Luminous Flux

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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.

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LED LIGHTING COLOR CHART

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

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LED Lighting Retrofit install Video

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Through proven leadership, M-Lite remains in the forefront of the design, engineering, manufacturing, and distribution of LED lighting technology.

  • Unique in design with maximum capacity of lightning

  • Significantly less energy consumption than fluorescent lamps

  • Most cost effective LED technology in the marketplace

  • Maintenance free, UL approved, and easy to install

In less than 10 minutes you can reduce your fixtures consumption with our LED lighting technology.  Enjoy better lighting, while saving money with our easy to install retrofit kit from M-Lites.com

 

LED Retrofit Project at Chicago Motor Cars

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140 1×4 troffers upgraded to our LED Retrofit Kit

Before and after with LED
Before and after with LED

Our project at Chicago Motor Cars was very cut and dry. Owner Frank Sacco wanted a green showroom regardless of the Return on Investment (ROI). He wanted great lighting for his exotic, luxury, and vintage sports cars that are hand-picked by some of the nation’s top buyers. The lighting quality at Chicago Motor Cars must be exceptional, and M-Lite Solution was ready to make it happen with one of our LED retrofit kits.

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We had a few different lighting solutions for Chicago Motor Cars, but our 1×4 LED retrofit panel fit the clients request perfectly. Chicago Motor Cars current troffers consumed 94 watts per fixture.  Each troffer put out a yellow colored light with the standard humming noise that would prevent a small child from napping. Our 1×4 LED retrofit kit only consumes 34 watts, will push out 34oo lumens in a pure white light without any light flicker, or that annoying humming sound.

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To justify the investment of Chicago Motor Cars, we measure the return, and we create a comprehensive Client Impact Analysis that measures and quantifies the end results of our Energy Efficient LED Lighting upgrade. This is based upon pre-process measurements, and information gathered by us and the team at Chicago Motor Cars. Below is a chart that shows the “Cost of Waiting” report.

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Reducing green house gases is a big concern of Mr.Sacco’s, and he was happy to see how doing a small job like his Chicago Motor Cars west showroom would reduce their fixtures green house gases production by more than 63 percent. This is comparable to saving 3,283 trees or 8 acres of trees planted.

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Chicago Motor Cars is one of many commercial propriety owners in Illinois that are making the change to more efficient LED lighting, which is why Illinois leads the nation in “Green Buildings”. However, small jobs like this one do not have a fast rate of return due to the limited hours of operation compared to a factory that uses their lighting 24/7. Chicago Motor Cars will see a return on investment in less than 16 months of the LED lighting retrofit.

 

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Of course this was not a large project of ours, and the larger the project, the more the energy usage would yield, thus a higher rate of return. Our overall goal of reducing our clients energy usage was attained by reaching a 64 percent reduction. (see chart below)

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So next time you look at all the lights in your office, school, or warehouse ask yourself how much you could be saving with an LED retrofit by M-Lite Solution. For questions, and details regarding this energy-saving post, please contact Dave Rozek at dave.rozek@m-lites.com.

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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.

LED Troffer

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