The Division of Compliance Assistance recently hosted a lighting workshop in Frankfort, Ky., to update those interested on newly changed lighting regulations. Representatives from Osram Sylvania, Siemens Industry, Inc. and Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) were on hand to give insight into legislation regarding lighting, the benefits of upgrading lighting, financial and implementation opportunities, the future of LEDs and facts about how to properly dispose of lighting.
John Eisiminger, KY EXCEL coordinator, started the day off by highlighting projects performed by KY EXCEL members to reduce energy usage and costs through lighting. Some highlighted projects include DCA’s removal of light bulbs from soda and snack machines, adding light sensors in all rooms that turn off when there is inactivity and the usage of LED light bulbs.
Brian James, an Osram Sylvania representative, discussed the legislation and regulations, such as the Energy Independence and Security Act issued in 2007, which called for a change to energy efficiencies in appliances and lighting to lower energy costs. Other pertinent things discussed were T8 and T5 technology, the future disappearance of all 40- and 60-watt light bulbs, advancement of LED lights in home use and for decoration and proper disposal of LED light bulbs
James also discussed the future of LED lights and how they have advanced since their initial release. LED lights one that were too bright and only available in a blue hue are now almost completely similar to their counterpart. They come in a variety of colors, are able to be used with dimmer switches, use less energy and last longer than normal light bulbs. The downfall to LEDs is if there is ever a power surge or lightning strike, they will most likely burn out due to their power set up.
Fred Byrd and Michael Azzara, representatives from Siemens Industry, Inc., provided information on ways to finance and implement lighting changes. They covered topics such as determining a budget for the upgrades, pressures that are put on the budget and the process of making the upgrades, including an audit on the current lighting and hiring a contractor. A lighting audit is typically done to evaluate the current lighting and see where changes can and need to be made to accomplish goals of cutting costs and energy use. Before making upgrades, it is critical to determine what factors might affect your budget, such as sustainability requirements, energy costs, energy reliability environmental issues and the attitudes of the demographic. Once those factors are established, the next steps include (if budget allows) hiring an engineer to plan out the changes, evaluate the budget to see how much can be allotted to the upgrades, hire a contractor to implement these upgrades and proceed with project.
Andrew Carter, a representative from KPPC located in Louisville, Ky., discussed how they help companies identify pollution prevention opportunities. He also covered some of their lighting upgrade success stories. One company that was using 1,042,702 Kwh/yr has cut back energy usage so much that they are saving $71,000 a year and the cost of the project will be repaid in one year. Another company that was using 445,323 Kwh/yr is now saving $31,618 a year and will have the project paid for in about a year.
With the recent lighting changes and regulation that have gone into effect, it is critical to be informed and find out what changes may have to be made to meet the requirements and to cut back on energy usage and costs. Links to KY EXCEL, Sylvania’s website, Siemens Industry Inc.’s website and KPPC’s website can be found below.
Siemens Industry Inc.: http://www.usa.siemens.com/entry/en/