Why Your Commercial Facility Needs High Bay Lighting

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Large-scale buildings are used for many purposes, from manufacturing and storage to commerce, education, and recreation. Brightening up these types of sprawling spaces demands a certain kind of lighting, particularly when high ceilings are involved. High bay fixtures provide an effective means to illuminate such locations evenly, accurately and safely. Consider some of the primary advantages this type of lighting offers your commercial facility.
 
High Bay Basics
 
As the name implies, high bay lights are positioned far from the floor and are typically used in buildings with a large amount of vertical space. They are affixed directly to, or in some cases, hang from a building’s ceiling. Certain attributes are typical to these fixtures:
 
  • They are usually positioned between 12 and 20 feet from the ground level
  • In terms of power, high bay lights are usually 150 watts and up
  • High bay lighting beam angles are generally 90 degrees or narrower 
 Key Benefits

While their applications vary widely, the reasons for installing high bay fixtures are fairly consistent. They deliver light that is both evenly distributed and consistent throughout large spaces, which is vital to work accuracy, efficiency, and safety. This type of lighting is also usually designed to prevent glare or other harsh qualities, reducing the chances of eyestrain or headaches for those who spend long durations indoors.
 
As they are generally suspended or attached to ceilings, high bay lights do not impact your available floor space. In this way, they also reduce the number of potential obstacles that might inhibit employees, clients, and other visitors.
 
Outfit Your Facility
 
Doing business without proper visibility is never a good idea. Don’t neglect the safety of your staff or the efficiency of your operations; place a call to Progressive Energy Solutions in Denver today at 720-487-1521. Their knowledgeable technicians are proud to serve customers throughout Colorado, delivering cost-effective solutions for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. posted: February 28, 2019
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2 Great Reasons to Switch Your Parking Garage to LED Lighting

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It’s tempting to keep your eyes to the ground when considering the maintenance of a parking garage – that’s where the action happens. A poorly lit garage reflects badly on your property management and may be a magnet for crime. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to upgrade your lighting to LED.
 
The Quality of Lighting Is Improved
 
Metal halide lights emit a high-quality illumination when they are new, but they have a rapid decrease in light production, losing around 20% of their lumens in 6 months of normal use, and up to 50% by its half-life. And that life is short – 15,000 - 20,000 hours compared to perhaps 100,000 for LEDs. The lights are also aimed directly at the areas of use, instead of broadcasting 360 degrees, increasing efficiency and reducing light pollution.
 
LEDs are designed to direct their energy use to wavelengths visible to the human eye, whereas metal halide bulbs create a “dirtier” signal. Even worse, sodium lights create a harsh, yellow-orange glow. LEDs have a higher color rendering index than both, giving not only a more pleasant light to the viewer but reducing the number of watts needed to make an area seem well-lighted.
 
LEDs Save You Money
 
A parking garage has 24-hour lighting costs, meaning any per-kilowatt savings add up quickly. LEDs are 66% more energy-efficient than metal halide lights and last up to 85% longer, meaning fewer bulbs purchased but also fewer labor costs and hassles.
 
Plus, the price of LEDs has plummeted, falling about 85% in the last decade. But the curve is starting to level off, so this is the ideal time to balance replacement costs vs energy savings. You may also qualify for certain rebates if you retrofit. And the energy savings is great for the environment.
 
When you decide to replace your parking garage lighting, call Progressive Energy Solutions with any questions you have. Progressive Energy has been serving Colorado for years, successfully completing many major commercial lighting projects and garages around the state. Please call 720-487-1521 today for more information.  posted: January 24, 2019
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Debunking 5 Common LED Lighting Myths

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LED lighting is growing in popularity. While some businesses have made the switch to LED, some are still weighing out the pros and cons. In order to know whether LED lighting is right for your commercial property, you need to know the myths and the truth behind them. Here are five of the most common LED lighting myths.
 
LEDS Are Expensive
 
The truth is that LED bulbs and fixtures do have a higher upfront cost. However, the prices do continue to drop. In addition, the energy savings that you receive when using LEDs makes up for the cost. LED bulbs last 25 times more than incandescent bulbs.
 
LEDs Don’t Dim
 
In the past, dimmers only worked with incandescent or fluorescent light sources. The electrical properties of LED are different. However, power supply and dimmer manufacturers now cater to LED lights. You can dim your LED bulbs.
 
LEDs Are Too Dim
 
The electric current determined the light output of the LED. LED fixture installations provide the right amount of lighting for your building. This means that control is a lot higher than incandescent lighting. Lighting is customizable.
 
LEDs Don’t Generate Heat
 
LEDS may be more efficient, but they do generate wasted heat. Nothing can be completely efficient. The lighting fixture channels heat away from LEDs to reduce the temperature. This extends how long their lifespan is. Now, certain parts of the lighting fixture will be warm to the touch.
 
LEDS Last Forever
 
LEDs do last longer than the traditional incandescent or fluorescent lights. Some LED lighting fixtures have a lifetime of over 11 years! LED lights do dim over time, instead of burning out all at once. So, instead of waiting for the LED to burn out, you should replace it when you only see a fraction of the original brightness, such as at 70% or 50%.
 
When it comes to LED lighting, it is incredible versatile and more cost effective than traditional lights. To get help with your LED lighting, contact Progressive Energy Solutions at 720-487-1521 today!
 
posted: December 19, 2018
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40 and 60 watt bulbs — gone the way of the dinosaur

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After changing very little since the time of Thomas Edison, the common 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs are now illegal for manufacture  in the U.S..

Did you know?:  As of January 1st, 2014, the Federal government has placed a moratorium on the manufacture or import of most incandescent bulbs.

Why?:  90% of an incandescent bulbs energy is wasted as heat, not light. Think of them as good little heaters that just happen to give off a small amount of light.

Did you know?:  Certain types of newer bulbs, such as LED and Ceramic Metal Halide, can save up to 80% of the energy used in comparable incandescents.

Why?:  The bulk of energy powering this new technology goes to providing light, not heat.

Did you know?:  At an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, you may need to include the new bulbs in your will!

Why?:  If you put a 50,000 hour bulb in your lamp and run it 4 hours a day, 7 days a week, you won’t need to replace it for over 34 years!

Fun facts all, but what’s the bottom line you ask? Most of us should consider the savings and improvement in quality of light that the new technology offers. When the first CFL’s (you know, the squiggly tubes) came out a few years ago, many people ran out and bought them only to be disappointed with the quality of light. They were too bright, too white, and had a terrible glare. Not so with todays offerings. You can enjoy the ambience you want and still realize big savings. The City and County of Denver offers a no-cost energy advisor’s program for residential customers to inform you as to how you can save on lighting and other energy efficiencies.

If you’re a business owner, the savings can be even greater. Commercial applications of the new bulbs and technology yield large energy and cost reductions,  often saving thousands of dollars for businesses, non-profits, schools and churches. Xcel Energy is now offering great rebates and incentives to help defray the costs involved with an energy efficient upgrade project. Plus, Xcel Energy recently affiliated with TIP Capital to offer financing for energy saving projects.

To find out more about the commercial energy savings opportunities, contact Progressive Energy Solutions, a local Colorado company that has worked closely with Xcel on these types of projects for years. They will conduct a no-cost energy audit to propose the best and most cost efficient upgrades to your facility.  You can reach Progressive Energy Solutions at 303-916-6433 for more information. Cut your costs while Going Green!

  posted: January 9, 2014
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3 Reasons to Use LED Lighting in Your Office Space

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Creating a pleasant environment in your office helps boost productivity as well as improve your mood. Although lighting is one aspect of office workspaces that is often overlooked, lighting has a big impact on a work environment. There are several reasons to use LED lighting in your office instead of traditional fluorescent lights.

1. Customizable

Lighting in an office often affects the overall atmosphere in the workspace. Flickering lights or lights that are too harsh or too dim sometimes be a distraction to employees or to guests who visit your office. However, LED lights give you the opportunity to choose the perfect, consistent type of lighting for your specific environment, which might help employees improve their levels of productivity.

2. Durable

When you spend an extended period of time in an office daily, having frequent issues with the office’s lighting can become frustrating. Unlike traditional fluorescent lights, LED lights are often long-lasting and simple to install. LED lightings generally do not need to be replaced as frequently as fluorescent lights, and the ease of installation means that you and those around you spend time on other important tasks that are unrelated to the lighting.

3. Cost-Effective

One reason LED lights have become popular recently has to do with energy efficiency. LED lights use significantly less energy than fluorescent lights, making them a good choice for your office and for the environment. Over time, LED lights help to lower your office’s energy bills and energy consumption. In addition to spending less on the lights themselves, you are likely to spend less on maintenance since LED lights are also less likely to need frequent repairs when compared to fluorescent lights.

LED lighting can be beneficial in the office due to its customizable features, long lifespan, and a lower monetary and environmental cost. If you are considering installing LED lights in your office, Progressive Energy Solutions can help make the installation process easy. Contact us today at 303-756-1938!
 
posted: November 20, 2018
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Light Up 2017 With LED's

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Progressive Energy Solutions ended 2016 with the completion of the 200,000 sq ft lighting project at Dartmouth Industrial Warehouse.  The 400 watt metal halides were retrofit with energy efficient fixtures. Colliers International took advantage of the Xcel rebates to offset the energy project costs.  Save energy and maintenance costs in 2017.   posted: January 8, 2017
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Edna parties with Elvis in San Diego!

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There was a whole lot of "shakin' goin' on" at the 2016 International Light Fair in San Diego.  On display were the best and brightest LED products.  LED tubes, LED wall packs, LED cooler lights, LED garage lights and LED flat panels.  These new LED's can be retrofitted to reduce energy and savings by 75%. Call Progressive Energy Solutions for a no-charge energy audit. posted: May 8, 2016
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Colorado Charter School Sponsorship

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Progressive Energy Solutions has been a working partner with Charter and Private schools.  We have lowered energy costs by retrofitting classrooms to LED lights.  These energy efficiency projects have included financing and submitting all rebates to Xcel Energy. posted: April 1, 2016
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LED Wall Pack

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Retrofitting exterior wall pack fixtures to new LED's not only saves energy and maintenance costs, but also increases security and safety. Take advantage of Xcel Energy rebates for these energy efficient upgrades. posted: March 19, 2016
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade Benefits Charter School

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Progressive Energy Solutions completed the lighting retrofit project at Early College of Arvada charter school.  TIP Capital, an affiliate of Xcel Energy, financed the entire energy upgrade.   The energy efficiency project included retrofitting old style T12 bulbls to T8's and LED's. 
To support educational excellence, PES donated a check in the amount of $2,000.00 to ECA. posted: March 19, 2015
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