With LIGHTFAIR International underway and an abundance of exhibitors, manufacturers, designers, and industry experts gathering under the roof of the San Diego Convention Center, attendees start to notice that things seem to be a little bit brighter. It is not because of the vast display of products on the floor but rather the LED lights up above. Today’s success story has been a year in the making and is a collection of effort from Bright Ideas teaming up with the San Diego Convention Center operations staff to carry out an LED upgrade of all existing lights.
The major LED overhaul is being implemented across 3 phases of which 2 have already been completed. Already, utility bills show up to $90,000 in monthly energy savings.
Rather than opting for an off-the-shelf solution that uses one-size-fits all products found through traditional distribution channels, the Convention Center saw benefit in Bright Ideas’ creative approach to problem solving and product customization.
Phase I focused on the low hanging fruit and aimed to replace all back of house and Sails Pavilion lighting. The major challenge which we targeted was a wide variety of existing linear fluorescent fixtures, Hi-Bay Fixtures and very diverse installation methods. The inconsistency from one light to the next made it difficult to achieve uniformity and significantly affected installation price which was quoted at nearly $90/fixture. Our engineering team was able to narrow down the 1×4 and 2×4 LED Panel replacements into 4 product categories with their own installation methods. The manufacturing team was able to produce the panels with customized L brackets, piano hinges, seismic hooks, and built-in 10FT MC whips to standardize installation for all fixture type and cut installation time in half. With over 3,000 total panels, the labor savings were astronomical.
Each Bright Ideas LED Panel featured an integral motion sensor tucked away behind the reflector as to not impact aesthetics. The programmable motion sensor and dimming settings yielded 40% additional lighting savings without the customized controls.
As an added service, Bright Ideas created a custom control system for the Sails Pavilion high bay lights. Although Bright Ideas is not a controls company, we were up for the challenge of creating a solution that gives wireless dimming capability to the director of maintenance via an iOS app.
Phase II of the LED upgrade focused on the Loading docks, exterior lighting, Corridors, Meeting Rooms, Walkways, and Office areas and entailed replacing a wide array of inefficient lights. Faced with the challenge of a fixture schedule of over 400 types and multiple installation variations, Bright Ideas took an even more hands on approach to define a uniform solution across all areas consisting of downlights, PAR and BR bulbs, spot lights, panels, and a number of custom lights. Our rebate team was heavily involved in the planning and rebate maximization process in order to help drive the project cost down and increase ROI.