Air Cycle E-Newsletter

Air Cycle August 2005 E-Newsletter

Continuing our efforts to better communicate new products, services, industry news, and regulatory updates, Air Cycle provides the following E-Newsletter.

NEW EasyPak™ Recycling Containers

The EasyPak™ Recycling Program is offered for our many customers who generate spent lamps, batteries and/or ballasts and cannot meet our quantity minimums for bulk pick-ups. Small shipments are instead shipped through pre-paid FedEx Ground transportation services. The program is simple, requires little paperwork, and is a practical option for facilities nationwide.

When you need to dispose of lamps, ballasts, and batteries, simply order EasyPak™ containers. EasyPak™ containers make it easy to recycle and comply with today’s changing regulations. One price includes everything you need, the container, shipping to the recycling center, recycling fees, and certificate of recycling.

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Buying fluorescent lamps

By Randal Smith

Few things are less thrilling than shopping for light bulbs (aka lamps). But today some less-than-scrupulous companies are selling fluorescent lamps using less than completely forthright claims. Here are some facts to keep in mind when you are faced with a hard sell for fluorescent lamps. Most of these tips are from the ANSI standards for fluorescent lamps.

  • Rated Life

Unlike incandescent lamps, which burn out based on the amount of time they are operated, fluorescent lamps are rated based on how frequently they are started. The more frequently a fluorescent lamp is started, the more quickly it will wear out. In order to standardize life ratings, all fluorescent lamps are supposed to be rated on the "3 - hour burn". This means that the fluorescent lamp is run for 3 hours, turn off for a few minutes, then restarted. So, the life rating of 20,000 hours on a typical fluorescent lamp is based on it being on at least, but no more than 3 hours every time it is started. If a fluorescent lamp is started less frequently than 3 hours, it should last longer, or less long if started more frequently. But the 3 hour burn is the standard for testing fluorescent lamp life.

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Energy Efficient Lighting Project Saves 4.6 Million Kilowatt Hours

Suwanee Sports Academy (SSA), a world-class, multi-sport facility dedicated to sports development, has received Orion's Environmental Stewardship Award for an energy-efficient lighting project in their seven-court basketball and volleyball facility. Suwanee Sports Academy is saving more than 229,714 kilowatts hours (kWh) annually and more than 4.6 million kWh over the sustainable lifetime of the lighting fixtures. The project was sold and managed by Southpoint Solutions using products supplied by Orion Energy Services of Plymouth, Wisconsin.

"The sustainable savings of electrical consumption by Suwanee Sports Academy should serve as a blueprint for other Georgia companies and sports venues," stated Neal Verfuerth, President of Orion Energy Services. "By presenting the Suwanee Sports Academy with the Environmental Stewardship Award, Orion wanted to highlight the fact that this energy efficient lighting project was good for everyone: It was good for business, good for the environment and better quality of light for the athletes." In addition, Suwanee Sports Academy will take enough power off the electrical grid to provide enough electricity to power more than 23 homes, according to the EPA formula.

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High perfomance T-8s.

By Michael Lane LC

"Super", "Premium", "Enhanced", "High- Lumen" T8's. What are they? Who makes them? Should you use them, and most importantly what should you call them? High Performance T8's is the correct name. The basic definition is a lamp that produces 3100 or higher initial lumens and 2915 or greater mean lumens, a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of at least 82 and a rated life of 24,000 hours or greater.

The three major fluorescent lamp manufacturers make lamps that meet these specifications. The GE-Starcoat HL, the Osram/ Sylvania-Octron 800 XPS and the Philips-Advantage T8 are the lamps families that comply. There seems to be two main reasons to use this lamp - higher lumens per watt and longer lamp life.

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