Monday, 15 August 2016
The Bottom Line of LED Lighting
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The myriad financial benefits of a well-designed LED lighting system can be organized into 2 categories - obvious and non-obvious.   

Obvious
The obvious financial benefits include lower utility and maintenance expenses (i.e., for lighting and HVAC) as LED fixtures consume less energy, last longer, and radiate less heat than their legacy counterparts.  These cost reductions are magnified when intelligence features are added.  

Non-Obvious
The non-obvious financial benefits include increased workforce and workplace productivity.  A workforce operating in an optimized environment tends to be healthier, shows up for work more frequently with a higher capacity to focus, making fewer costly mistakes.  

A well-lit workplace attracts more customers, retains employees and tenants, and commands higher base rents.  To be clear, the non-obvious benefits are derived entirely by good design; quality LED light fixtures just give the designer significantly better tools with which to work.

Benefits to Value
The obvious benefits boost net profit by reducing operating expenses (e.g., utility and maintenance costs), of course.  The real value, however,  is that they pay for the quality LED system that puts a company in position to realize the value of the non-obvious benefits with very little risk.      

In terms of impact to the bottom line, the non-obvious benefits are higher leverage by a couple orders of magnitude.  A workplace and workforce improvement as small as 1% can widen the gap between revenue and operating expenses as much as the obvious benefits combined, which is why Valet places major emphasis on design.

In sum, both sets of benefits work in concert to reduce expenses and boost revenue, ultimately increasing profitability.  

 

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Posted on 08/15/2016 2:46 PM by Valet Energy
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Monday, 8 August 2016
Light Shame
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Valet is introducing a tongue-in-cheek blog thread called "Light Shame".  The purpose is to bring attention to blunders we stumble across in the wild, and use them less as opportunities to shame those responsible than to educate folks on lighting efficiency principles.  Topics will be left up to chance as our team bumps into light shaming opportunities in daily life. 

Please view this as a disclaimer - the principle objective is to educate with only a dash of shame.  We will use every effort to keep shamed parties anonymous.  First post to follow.

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Posted on 08/08/2016 2:41 PM by Valet Energy
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Monday, 1 August 2016
Lights as Dumb as a Rock
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What's wrong with the image?

All the lights are on and no one is home.

This is a massive corporate campus on a Saturday morning with about 6 cleaning personnel on site, yet all the lights were on.  It makes you wonder if they ever turn off.  Maybe they're controlled by a panel with a timer.  Maybe not.  What a waste.   

The use of occupancy sensors can turn these lights on when people are present, and either dim or turn them off when no one is around.  Pretty simple.  Lighting a space without an observer is like using money as kindling to burn a tire in the front yard - well, almost.  Grace your lights with intelligence and feel good about avoiding unnecessary operating costs and emissions. 

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Posted on 08/01/2016 2:54 PM by Valet Energy
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