The leader in LED technology
Spring 2016

Souvenirs from LIGHTFAIR®

What’s new from the world’s largest commercial lighting show

Matt Honson and I recently returned from a week in San Diego at LIGHTFAIR®, the world’s largest commercial lighting show and conference. To say that we were “enlightened” is an understatement when describing all the information we took away from this huge event!

Advancements in lighting controls were a major theme, and I learned a great deal during an 8-hour class dedicated to this subject. For example, after an overview of the new ENCELIUM® Energy Management System—a scalable, wireless lighting control system that operates with the click of a mouse—I can confidently recommend this technology to Thayer customers.

I also attended a full-day workshop on the exciting new directions in which the lighting industry is headed. Lighting powered by Ethernet cable was one highlight; while this technology is still in development, imagine how cool it will be to simply plug in a light fixture like we would a phone or computer!

Another attention grabber was “smart lighting” that has already started revolutionizing entire cities. Outdoors, sensors and cameras installed in streetlights monitor pedestrian and traffic flow, and can even identify open parking spaces. Indoors, smart lighting tracks the traffic patterns of shoppers so that retail businesses can better position their products.

When we weren’t in the classroom, Matt and I walked many miles through the expo, talking with reps about the latest products for Thayer customers. Everywhere we turned, we saw improvements: from more lumens per watt, to tunable white light, RGB color-changing lighting, LED tubes going to great new lengths, and much more.

Too much, in fact, to report here—so give us a call and learn how what we’ve learned can improve your business!

Karl Arvidson, Operations Manager

Unhealthy lighting: Kick the habit!

If you repeatedly purchase something that makes you look bad, feel bad and waste your money…that’s a bad habit, right? Well, a recent article by one of our trusted manufacturers gave the Thayer team a fresh viewpoint on the business world’s “addiction” to outdated fluorescent lighting, and why it’s time to kick the habit once and for all.

According to our friends at Lunera, it’s time we all recognize that for the past several decades, commercial lighting has been unhealthy. Yet, many businesses continue to consume large quantities of unhealthy “light tubes” despite their negative effects, including:
  • Flickering and buzzing that cause eye strain and head pain
  • Washed-out colors and failure to capture natural skin tones
  • Inflated energy consumption, resulting in higher bills and frequent bulb replacement
Lunera goes on to compare the addiction to unhealthy commercial lighting to harboring a smoking habit—you know it’s not good for you or for those around you; you just have to break the cycle and switch to vastly superior LED technology.

“For forward-thinking property owners, developers and operators, the time to invest in LED lighting technology starts now,” says author Tom Quinn. “Think about investing in the health of a building for the benefit of all occupants.”

Something to think about, indeed!
Read the full article here.

Utility incentives available June 1

Utility program incentives for Program Year 9 will become available on June 1, 2016. These incentives are provided on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended. To take advantage of these incentives, we strongly recommend contacting Thayer ASAP to lock in your PY9 savings before it’s “lights out!”

In the market for a brilliant parking lot?

We’ve seen a surge in parking lot lighting projects that increase visibility and safety while saving property owners big money. Rockford’s Valli Produce recently upgraded their customers’ grocery shopping experience with a Thayer outdoor retrofit. Our team replaced 1,000W metal halide fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs, producing 80% energy savings and a brilliant result.

“Everything out there is perfect—the lighting AND the reduction in expenses at the end of the month!” says Valli Building Manager Ike Trickie. “All shopping malls should do this.”

Movin' on up

Thayer Lighting announces the promotions of Matt Honson (L) to assistant operations manager and Raphael Gonzalez to site manager. We’re pleased to spotlight these two team members who play key roles in our company’s growing success. Keep up the great work, guys!

in this issue

souvenirs from lightfair®
unhealthy lighting
utility incentives
brilliant parking lot
movin' on up

bright lights in our community

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Thayer Lighting Inc.
959 Industrial Court
Loves Park, IL 61111

Phone: 815-282-1112
Fax: 815-282-1120

From the initial project design to incentive rebate application preparation and the final disposal of replaced equipment, Thayer Lighting, Inc. can coordinate your entire project.

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  • Savings analysis
  • Energy saving systems
  • Turnkey installation
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