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Focus on Longevity & Time Savings

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Residential_Press_ImageAccording to the trade publication “Remodeling” the average kitchen renovation costs $54,000. While lighting may only be a small portion of the cost on a kitchen renovation, it should still be looked at as an investment. Cabinetry and countertops are expected to last for 20 years so why not lighting? Check out our white paper to learn why LEDs are the better option for your kitchen renovation.

By Rebecca Vantatenhove
Customer Service & Marketing Associate

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Focus on Increased Product Sales & Savings

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Refrigerated_Meat_DisplayLEDs are often specified for retail applications due to their long life, and reduced energy usage. But what if they could extend the shelf life of store products? Read our white paper and find out how LEDs can not only save money but increase sales as well.

By Rebecca Vantatenhove
Customer Service & Marketing Associate

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The Ergonomics of Light

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

White_Maia_on_DeskIt’s common knowledge that proper seating and posture have a significant effect on worker comfort, but what about lighting? The ergonomics of lighting is just as important as your desk chair and many studies show that poor lighting can lead to headaches and eye fatigue. To find out more about the ergonomics and cost savings of LEDs check out our white paper.

By Rebecca Vantatenhove
Customer Service & Marketing Associate

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Living In Place

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Home_Health_-_ToiletBaby boomers are the most wealthy age group in the country. They are more active and physically fit than their parents generation and are changing the way we think about senior housing. According to a recent interview with Margaret Wylde in Long Term Living. Baby boomers don’t want to be called seniors and they don’t want to “Age in Place”. They expect and demand well designed facilities with attractive products like the IllumaGrip. Below is an excerpt from the interview:

“They want comfort. And what gives you comfort? A sense of safety and security, a sense of control. And we all want competance in our environment. This is where the architects come in [to foster] the feeling that we’re capable of doing what we need to do in our environment. Whether that’s taking a bath or getting from one room to another. Being able to take care of our environment, to change a lightbulb. Putting in good, attractive grab bars instead of those ugly guns you see in bathrooms, demanding manufacturers provide them”

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Aging in Place: How to Design an Accessible Shower

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Bath_Pic“Aging in Place” is one of the hot button topics as we continue to discuss baby boomer demands. Technology and resources makes this option a realistic one as opposed to generations past. With safety and mobility as the driving factors, John Whipple’s article targets one of the most important areas in the home of someone looking to age in place, the bathroom. He captures the melting point where design meets functions.

Please check out John’s article at the following link here. If you’re in the North Vancouver area, please connect with John Whipple and see how he can help transform your next renovation or project. We enjoy sharing this great information out there with you!


GSA Report: Occupant Responsive Lighting

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

gsa_logoLast month GSA released a report on the cost savings benefits of Occupant Responsive Lighting. The report emphasizes the enhanced financial benefit of occupancy sensor lighting in addition to the already apparent benefits of energy efficient lighting.

Article Excerpt:
“Through the use of advanced lighting controls, retrofits generally achieved energy savings of around 1 kWh/sf/yr, resulting in calculated annual savings by site ranging from 27% to 63%. The large variations in energy savings were attributable mostly to the way space was used. Spaces where the tenant required…”

To read the entire report, please click the PDF above. Article & download courtesy of GSA. Visit the GSA Green Proving Ground Program at www.gsa.gov/gpg for additional resources.

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ITC Lights Up New Industries with LEDs

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Mike_in_GR_PressAfter 30 years of designing and manufacturing lighting for boats and RVs, ITC Inc. is lighting up retail stores, offices, homes, health facilities and cruise ships.

The company’s new LED lighting division called Elio is producing products for Carnival and Princess cruise lines, which are replacing hundreds of thousands of energy-eating incandescent light fixtures with low-watt, high intensity LED lighting fixtures.

“The math for them was simple,” ITC founder and CEO Dick Camarota said. “Replace 35 watt bulbs that require frequent replacement with 9 watt LED lights that use a one-third of the energy and last two-thirds longer, and there is huge savings for every ship in their fleet,” he said, noting electricity at sea is generated from fuel powered generators.

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IllumaGrip Featured in November IIDA ADA Newsletter

July 22nd, 2014 by ifi-admin

Heathcare_IllumaGripsElio LED Lighting’s ADA Compliant IllumaGrip was recently featured in the Michigan chapter of IIDA’s November newsletter. The newsletter focused on ADA standards highlighting changes and new innovative products. Text from the feature can be read below:

The ADA Compliant LED IllumaGrip Assist Handle provides needed support in bathroom & bedside applications for the healthcare environment while providing needed illumination. The dual functionality of the product directly targets vital patient safety, vision, & support. Length & LED color options make the product a piece customizable to a variety of installations. The IllumaGrip is a top engineered product designed to enhance patient safety in a simple multifunctioning product.

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LEDS – Shedding Light on the Future of Retail Lighting

July 21st, 2014 by ifi-admin

mikeLighted merchandise will attract consumers and in turn yield greater sales than non-lighted merchandise. However, choosing the optimal light fixture for an application requires an understanding of options. Today, retailers have a whole new set of options stemming from the advancement of LED technology. Proper application of the new LED technology can increase profitability. However, improper application may lead to disappointment. This article will identify several key components and concepts to consider when selecting one LED light over another or replacing a halogen or fluorescent fixture with an LED fixture.

The three big common benefits of using LED lighting in merchandise displays are: lower heat, longer life, and lower power consumption. The value of these benefits to retailers are several fold. First, the lower heat generation reduces the risk of product degradation and injury to workers while retrieving product in cases. Additionally, the replacement of multiple halogen and PAR 30 and 38 fixtures can reduce the ambient operating temperature of a store and thereby reduce air conditioning costs. Second, LEDs in luminaires often have a life of 50,000 hours or five times the life of fluorescents and twenty-five times the life of halogens. Hence, there will be less bulb replacement and less maintenance cost. Moreover, the longer life of LEDs reduces the risk that a display will be dark during critical selling periods because of a bulb failure. Third, the substantial reduction in power consumption of LED luminaires over halogen bulbs and some inefficient fluorescent fixtures will lead to lower energy costs for the retailer. These lower energy costs will yield net profit increases.

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Reducing Mecury in Lamps Saves Money

July 21st, 2014 by ifi-admin

Ann_ErhardtMany organizations in West Michigan are affected by the increased cost of utilities and resources. They are also dealing with reduced operating budgets for their grounds and facilities. The current LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Version 2.2 (EBOM v2.2) standard proposes that by reducing or eliminating the mercury content of the lamps purchased for your facility, you will not only have a positive impact on the environment — you will also see a reduction in bottom-line operating costs.

The LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4 makes three valid points for your business case to replace conventional lamps with low-mercury lamps:

1) Low-mercury can be comparable or slightly higher in cost than conventional lamps, but they may also have a longer life and a higher lumen output than conventional.

2) Mercury-free lamps, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), can have a much higher lumen output and use significantly less energy. The cost per lamp may be higher, sometimes up to 10 times higher than lamps containing mercury, but overall there will be a positive impact on your bottom line with reduced utility bills.

3) The return on investment of purchasing LEDs or other low-mercury lamps can be justified, as they often outperform conventional, incandescent and even compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). For example, LEDs have a 10- to 15-year life span, which will keep re-fixturing costs down over their lifetime. Due to the lamp’s minimal heat output, energy costs to air-condition the area also will be reduced.

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