Manny Lin

LED Project Funding

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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.

Recently retrofitted showroom with our 34 Watt retrofit kit
Recently retrofitted showroom with our 34 Watt retrofit kit

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.

 

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39 Month performance Lease with 15% cap cost reduction. Business entity must qualify.
39 Month performance Lease with 15% cap cost reduction. Business entity must qualify.

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:

sales@m-lites.com

(630)290-1319 (ask for Dave)

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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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How can 371 LED Retrofitted fixtures save one school $70,000 over 5 years

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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

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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.

 

Environmental Impact

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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

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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.

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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

 

 

New UL approved LED Troffer: How it can change our lives

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Our LED Troffer story:

When my good friend Manny Lin and I looked at how expensive it was to buy a New LED Troffer, we were shocked at the prices that we found. Many of the products that we were looking at to fill the needs on our lighting projects in Mississippi and Chicago were priced from $200 to $600 per fixture. The cheaper units actually didn’t give us enough light and the expensive ones were nice, but were putting our projects way out of budget.

So we went back to the drawing board and looked at out patented LED strip design and drivers. We met with our manufacturing arm and co-designed a NEW LED Troffer with UL approval. This is a huge step for M-Lite Solution, and Eco Lighting Designs being able to offer a LED troffer that retails for less than $100 a fixture, while producing over 5100 lumens of light.

Why is ours different?

The design is simple, and we are not recreating the lighting fixtures design. We have recreated what goes inside of the fixture. Our patented LEDs runs cooler, and our module provides an even flow of electrical current, which increases our LEDs longevity, and lighting output. We feel that the time has come that everyone deserves better light, and this New LED Troffer will do just that.

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What type of Return on Investment can we expect?

When you reduce a fixtures power consumption by 50 to 80 percent, and have a maintenance free fixture for years to come, you will position yourself to save money. The actual return on investment depends on a few efficiency measures.

  • How many hours are they in use
  • What type of fixture was it replacing or compared to
  • What is the cost per kilowatt hour from your current electrical provider
  • Current annual maintenance of the previous or comparable fixture

Once we know the above factors we can give you an actual estimate of what your savings will be.

However, we recently did a product test on 70 common light fixtures at a HUD apartment complex in Woodridge, IL. and we will give you an example of their cost savings over a 10 year period.

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Each lighting project is its own unique project. The reason I say that is, because this apartment complex has its own maintenance department that installed our products. So if you do not, we would have to factor that cost in.

If you notice from the graph, over a 10 year period they will save approx. $96,000 in energy consumption and maintenance. This project hits a return on investment at only 7 months of ownership based on there usage, and it cost them $823 a month not to do it. So as you can see, converting to an LED product from M-Lite Solution is a very wise investment. This is a small project, it gets really serious when we are talking hundreds, and/or thousands of fixtures.

What if we all made the switch:

Think about this? There are 500 million florescent troffers that need to be replaced or retrofitted in the U.S., not counting new construction.

What if we replaced them all and just ball parked what the savings would be?

We ballpark it at 685 Billion dollars in savings, and I think its much higher than that.

Do you think this could give our country or your business a shot in the arm?

Here’s a few things that I think it can do:

  • We could hire more teachers
  • fix more roads
  • reduce our overall debt
  • give your business more working capital
  • reduce our green house gases

Can you see how this is a doable future for all of us?

We just need to be educated of how these New LED troffers and retrofit kits can give us a brighter future.

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Please contact us to make the switch, and check out our new website, it is a work in progress and your input is welcomed.

www.M-Lites.com