Studies in success

There are so many ways to approach a lighting project. It can take a lot of work to figure out the best lighting solution for your customer’s situation. What applications are ready for LEDs? When is it better to redesign the space and put in new fixtures? What about a controls solution?

To make the process easier, we’ve gathered stories from the field and streamlined current best practices from industry experts. You’ll find smart ways to reduce waste and risk, increase your profitability, and sustain the growth of your company with the most up-to-date lighting methods.


  • Lynnwood Honda LED Lighting Upgrades Case Study

    Dealership upgrades to LED lighting for improved product visibility, security, and lower energy costs.

    Conservation and energy savings are important to Erik Nelson, president of Lynnwood Honda. At the same time, high-quality lighting is critical to showing their products on the lot, even though it uses a substantial amount of energy. After seeing LED lighting at another car dealer’s lot, Nelson became interested in learning how LED lighting might provide energy cost savings and high quality lighting for his facility. Download the PDF to read more.

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  • Hillsboro School District Upgrades Light Quality, Reduces Costs

    While the ideal solution for a customer may be LED retrofit kits or brand new fixtures, sometimes the best solution available can be to replace their existing 32-watt T8 lamps with reduced wattage lamps. They’ll save energy, manage their costs, and see little to no impact on their staff.

    In July 2016, Oregon’s Hillsboro School District provided staff with better light quality and reduced costs by switching to low-wattage lamps in its administration services building.

    “Staff let us know that they were having issues with our older parabolic 32-watt T8 lamps,” says Jeffrey Hamman, resource conservation manager for facilities and support services at Hillsboro School District. “There was simply too much light and glare coming off of the lamps.”

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  • Northwest Grocer Rings Up Energy Savings

    FiestaFoodsAn ambitious lighting upgrade at Fiesta Foods’ four locations in Oregon and Washington is expected to reduce the specialty grocer’s energy consumption by approximately 1.33 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and save more than $79,000 in energy costs annually. And with the help of cash incentives offered by utilities in each store’s local community, Fiesta Foods is looking at a payback of less than two years for its energy-saving investment.

    According to Craig Gaylord, Fiesta Foods CEO, he was influenced by a lighting upgrade implemented by a retailer friend. “I could see how the new lighting changed the look of his store and appeal of the merchandise,” explained Gaylord. “That made an impact on me so I pursued a similar project in my own stores.”

    Gaylord’s first goal was to reduce his energy bill, and his second was to freshen the look of merchandise in individual stores. “Energy is a huge expense,” he said, “so anything we can do to reduce operating costs is critical. I couldn’t have done it without the incentives. We’ve heard nothing but positives from our customers who noticed the difference right away.”

    The chain replaced a total of 3,636 older T8s and HIDs with 100 percent LED products. While the scope of the upgrade varied by store, generally it included improvements to overhead lighting, refrigerated case lighting, and interior and exterior lighting.

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