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How High-intensity lights reduces energy costs

Posted on: July 14, 2009

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The enormous facility — with almost 16 acres and seven indoor sports fields — has replaced 10 of its 400 magnetic light fixtures with new, high-intensity electronic light fixtures from HID Laboratories, based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Sportsplex Chief Operating Officer Terry Peckham is pleased.

“So far I really like it,” he said.

Each lamp uses a quarter to a third less energy than the lamp it replaced. Another bonus: Each new lamp generates 150 degrees of heat instead of the current 300 degrees, which has a direct impact on the Sportsplex’s air conditioning system.

The small test has enormous implications for the nation’s energy use. For decades, high-intensity discharge lamps have been a mainstay for lighting warehouses, distribution centers, factories, retail stores and streets. Today, there are about 120 million HID lamps installed across the United States. In the average commercial facility, lighting can account for up to 60 percent of a business owner’s energy costs, said Antonio J. Espinosa, chief executive of HID Laboratories.…Read More...

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