Lighting Roundup: Plumen Designer Bulbs, Qatar and a Project to Drool Over
Energy-efficient lighting maker Plumen will begin selling its designer bulbs into the U.S. market. The Plumen 001 (pictured left) has been available in Europe but will debut in America in April, the Sustainable is Good blog reports.
The 11 watt-001 produces 680 lumens and has a lifespan of about eight years. Its design has made such an impression that the bulb is on permanent display at MoMA.
The expansion of the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha will use 4,750 high-bay LED fixtures from Lusio Solid-State Lighting, a division of LightWild. The project called for fixtures that could be mounted at 40 feet, withstand ceiling temperatures of 115 to 131 degrees F, deliver at least 50 footcandles of overall illumination and still meet energy requirements.
Lusioâ€™s fixtures are built in the U.S. and use up to 80 percent recycled aluminum for their housings. The 850,000 square foot extension is due to open later this year.
Olin College of Engineering in Boston, Mass., cut lighting-related energy consumption by 81 percent in what the collegeâ€™s energy manager called â€śthe kind of energy efficiency project I drool over.â€ť The college used Qnuru LED lighting from the Noribachi Group to retrofit street and parking lot lights throughout its 75-acre campus.
Olin achieved a 26-month ROI and qualified for a 40 percent rebate on its investment from Massachusetts utility NStar.
â€śOur administrators love the cost savings and increased security, our students are proud to be seen as environmental leaders among their university peers, and I appreciated having finally found a high quality LED retrofit solution after a disappointing two-year hunt,â€ť the collegeâ€™s certified energy manager, Stephen Durfee, said.
New Mexico Highlands University cut lighting-related energy consumption by 76 percent, also using Qnuru LED lighting from the Noribachi Group. The university replaced 78 400-watt high-intensity bulbs with 168-watt high-bay Vector Luna LED luminaires, at a 74,000 square foot physical education complex.
The university achieved a 36-month ROI and substantial increase in lumen output and quality, Noribachi said.
Capital projects operations manager Jorden Grimm said the new bulbs â€śsave my maintenance team from the vertigo-inducing ordeal of replacing burned out bulbs and broken ballasts suspended 50 feet in the air over wooden sprung basketball floors that canâ€™t accommodate heavy lift equipment.â€ť
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