A great example of the plethora of benefits gained by Bright Ideas’ sophisticated ability to combine lighting controls with customized lighting products can be seen in Wycom’s Warehouse lighting solution. Bright Ideas co-founders, Alex Kamergorodsky and Morgan Smith, were brought in to help Wycom save money on its utility bill. Morgan and Alex visited the site and began their analysis. One area in particular that stood out was the warehouse. A space about 10,000 square feet with 22’ ceiling was lit by several long rows of 4’ 32 WattT8 Tubes that ran from 5:00am to about 9:00pm Monday through Friday and occasionally on weekends.
The first thing Alex and Morgan noticed in the warehouse is that huge expanses of the space were lit, but were unoccupied. There were several switches in the front of the warehouse space that controlled the lighting for the whole room: employees would turn them on first thing in the morning and shut them off last thing before heading home. Meaning that 16 hours a day the lights were burning, but maybe 1 hour a day the lights were needed.
The second critical flaw they found in their previous lighting solution is that due to the nature of linear fluorescent lamps, only a small fraction of the light that was generated 18 feet up reached the ground. The beam angle of a fluorescent lamp is 360 degrees in a spherical pattern meaning that the walls and ceilings were being light as well as the aisles of products. Employees had trouble reading the fine print on product labels (i.e. model numbers, SKUs, etc.).
Bright Ideas had the right solution for their lighting woes. All of the suspended fluorescent fixtures were removed and proper High Bay light fixtures were installed. What were needed were not new LED tubes because the same issue would come up, whereby the light would be too dispersed before it reached the ground. Therefore what was needed was directional High Bay Lighting. Twelve 120 watt LED High Bays were installed; these would be equivalent to 500 watt Metal Halide fixtures. Also, installed with each High Bay was a fixture mounted occupancy sensor unit. When a worker reached the proximity, the LED High Bay would instantly turn on and reach full illumination, then stay on for 20 minutes this way workers can see down the aisle after they passed.
Performance wise, employees gave rave reviews on how they can finally read the product labels and SKUs. Management was thrilled when they found out that their lighting consumption in the warehouse will be reduced by around 95-98%. Their 10,000 square foot warehouse is now consuming virtually nothing when compared to its past performance. Wycom is a fantastic example of a Savvy Saver and showed how using the right type of lighting product along with advanced control can have a huge impact on your bottom line.