Washington Market in Indianapolis Selects Induction Lighting for Parking Lot Upgrade
By Kyle Leighton
Washington Market, a Sandor Development-owned shopping center in Indianapolis, recently partnered with facilities-maintenance company Cherry Logistics Corp. (CLC) and EverLast Lighting in an effort to lower its energy consumption and upgrade its parking lot lighting.
Tom Cashman, CLC Manager of Energy Solutions, said, “Sandor Development currently owns and manages more than 8 million square feet of commercial retail space in 25 states and continues to grow. They asked us to provide a solution for a property in need of a substantial lighting upgrade.
“Cherry had completed other similar lighting projects, and with the help of KSA Lighting and EverLast, we quickly had the proper solutions sized and ordered for this application,” Cashman said. “Our network of installation contractors allows us to be competitively priced and still offer all of the ‘on the ground’ legwork to make sure the project goes smoothly and performs as expected.”
Washington Market replaced all of its 1,000-watt high-pressure-sodium (HPS) fixtures with 300-watt induction “shoebox” fixtures, commonly used in surface parking lots, which produce an equivalent light output, allowing it to achieve maximum savings, Cashman said.
Induction is often considered a superior choice for high-illuminance lighting applications, because it boasts 100,000-hour lamp life vs. 50,000 hours for LED, plus having considerably lower luminaire prices. Also, induction luminaires can be easily re-lamped, while many LED fixtures can’t.
Induction technology is said to typically offer better lumen maintenance over the lifetime of the fixture. Also, it does not have a harsh glare because of its spherical light source and visually comfortable color rendering, typically ranging from 2,700K to 6,000K lamps.
Furthermore, induction light fixtures reportedly offer a virtually maintenance-free, 100,000-hour lamp life, with a two- to four-year return on investment, seemingly making the technology an especially energy-efficient and cost-effective lighting solution.
The preliminary design analysis for Sandor’s Washington Market project indicated a savings of more than 50%, with a 15% increase in illumination in the parking lot area. The 300-watt induction shoebox fixture installation was intended to replace all of the 1,000-watt HPS fixtures. The developer also was eligible to receive a rebate from Indianapolis Power and Light.
The local utility’s rebate program entitled Sandor to a return of $200 per fixture. Federal, state and local tax incentives are intended to offset the cost of implementing energy-efficient lighting.
A lighting specialist also said that the federal tax incentive for installing induction lights is 60 cents per square foot. He added that a number of utility companies also offer incentives, such as credits and rebates, for energy-efficiency upgrades.
Cashman, of Cherry Logistics, said that “when it was determined an induction system would be used [for Washington Market], EverLast’s reputation for quality and performance left little doubt in my mind as to the clear choice. Our client [Sandor] was looking for improved lighting performance, as well as energy savings.”
EverLast induction fixtures are 50% to 70% more energy efficient than metal-halides, said Bryan Schultz, West Coast Regional Sales Manager, and last up to 100,000 hours, making them virtually maintenance-free for up to 15 years. Its 300-watt induction shoebox fixtures utilize enhanced optics, improving fixture efficiency 30% and increasing overall light distribution by 35%, Schultz said. He added that they also provide “a more natural and high color rendition light quality than traditional metal-halide or HPS fixtures.”
“All feedback regarding the installation of the new fixtures has been positive,” Cashman said, and the elimination of the HPS haze has been welcomed. [We were] very pleased with the look of the Sandor property during our night audits of the performance and visual aesthetics.”
Kyle Leighton is PR coordinator with Everlast Lighting.
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Article Abstract from October, 2013