L.E. Ballance provides one of the most comprehensive lighting programs offered in the industry. Strategic alliances with the world’s largest manufactures and unsurpassed design/maintenance experience set us apart from the traditional electrical contractor or distribution house. This philosophy, serves you and your facility well by saving TIME and MONEY BY CUTTING OUT THE MIDDLE MAN…..
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When retrofitting a lighting system, here at Ballance Electrical we consider two related system components: the ballast and controls. Replacing magnetic ballasts with basic electronic ballasts can save a minimum of 12 percent of energy consumption, more if you invest in premium electronic ballasts. Premium ballasts come in three main types: instant-start, program-start, and dimmable. Controls, which should be matched to the appropriate ballast, greatly improve efficiency and offer higher flexibility to the end user. Occupancy controls shut off lights in empty areas and photosensor controls dim or shut off lights when natural light renders these unnecessary. Either control system can also come equipped with a timer.
New technological improvements in fluorescent luminaires have also dramatically reduced energy consumption while improving light quality. Switching out T12 fluorescents for efficient T8 or T5 results in higher efficacy (i.e., fewer watts per lumen). The new T8 and T5’s last longer, requiring less maintenance over the useful life of the lamp as well as less waste in local landfills. Because light quality is also better, fewer fixtures per square foot may be needed, making delamping possible. Fewer watts per fixture and fewer fixtures per square foot result in lower cooling loads, which mean that related cooling costs from operating climate control equipment are also reduced.
Lighting Energy represents as much as 30 percent of a building’s operating cost. Now consider this: undertaking energy efficiency measures can reduce energy consumption – and thus, utility bills – by up to 30 percent. These savings add directly to the bottom line. A 30 percent reduction in energy consumption can lower operating costs by $25,000 per year for every 50,000 square feet of office space.