Busting Fluorescent Lighting and Controls Myths


Today's lighting controls offer facility managers an effective means of reducing energy use while maintaining a highly productive and safe visual environment. These systems accomplish those goals simply by providing the right quantity of light where it is needed, when it is needed, and no more. Those who have implemented a comprehensive lighting control program have found that lighting energy use can be reduced on average by 50 percent in existing buildings, and by 35 percent in new construction when compared to traditional wall switches. Those reductions in lighting energy use are particularly significant when one considers that in a typical commercial facility, lighting is responsible for approximately 40 percent of the facility's total electricity use.

With such energy and financial benefits to lighting control systems, why don't all facility managers aggressively pursue all possible lighting control options? While such issues as installation costs and disruptions do contribute to the reluctance to install lighting control systems, much of the blame can be traced to longstanding misconceptions. Some are the result of misunderstandings about how the systems work. Others concern issues that may have been true at one time but that have been reduced or eliminated by advances in lighting components and lighting control technologies.

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The Bulb Eater®

When lamps finally do burn out, they need to be recycled to properly dispose of their harmful mercury content. The Bulb Eater® lamp crushing system from Air Cycle makes it fast and easy. The machine can save up to 20 hours of lamp disposal labor per 1000 lamps, and conserves valuable storage space by compacting lamp size by up to 80% for storage prior to recycling.

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