plugged in with the prez
It’s clear that LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are revolutionizing the lighting industry and the economy as businesses everywhere realize the advantages. From our staff’s perspective – based on our combined 86 years of lighting experience - we can say that this is an exciting time for our profession!
According to a 2012 report by The Climate Group, “LEDs are ready to be brought to scale in outdoor applications.” A drive around the Rock River Valley proves that this prediction is coming true.
Thayer’s team has been busier than ever conducting large-scale outdoor LED retrofits for clients like Valli Produce, JMK Nippon, Alpine Bank, North Towne Mall, and – as you’ll read below – the Rock River Block.
Further proof that LEDs are all the rage? Tourists can now see Lady Liberty in ALL her nighttime glory thanks to a customized LED system installed this past July. As reported in LEDs Magazine, Musco Lighting developed and donated the system to make the freedom monument shine brightly once again after her metal-halide lighting from 1976 was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The article says that although the primary goal of the LED upgrade was to enhance the viewing experience, the National Parks Service was pleased to report that energy consumption has been reduced by a whopping 62%! Let freedom ring, indeed.
Give us a call to learn more about LEDs—or, road trip to the Big Apple, anyone?
Patti Thayer, President
"WATT" a result – It took a team!
Recently, we completed one of our most rewarding projects yet: retrofitting the outdoor lighting on the Rock River Block (corner of E. State & Alpine in Rockford).
Before, the car lot was dimly illuminated by outdated metal halides that lost 60% of their light output in just the first year. After replacing them with LEDs, light levels and output are drastically improved, with no light spillage onto the streets.
Best of all, our client anticipates saving $40,000+ per year thanks to reduced energy consumption and maintenance costs!
Completing any project of this magnitude gets us thinking: It takes a TEAM to pull off results that wow! A shout out to the “extended team” of Thayer Lighting…
Our business outlook would be pretty dim without top quality lighting from trusted suppliers like Cree Inc., who stands behind their products.
Once an installation gets underway, we rely upon team members like Rockford’s own P&H Electric Corp. to get our lighting where it needs to go!
Behind the scenes, you’ll find Brian Thomas Photography helping us tell the before-and-after story with the assistance of his aerial drone.
What it’s really all about: achieving brilliant results for our ultimate team members, our valued clients!
“We found Thayer to be prompt, professional and a pleasure to work with,” says Rick Beale, COO of Anderson Automotive Group. “The new lights are twice as bright, use a third of the energy and have a very large utility company rebate—it’s a no brainer.”
Thanks for the glowing review, Rick, and thanks to ALL who play vital roles in the success of our projects. Remember, business does not exist in a vacuum—it takes a TEAM!
Who invented the first cost-effective light bulb? What’s the brightest light in the sky besides the sun? Who originally wrote and recorded the 70s hit, “Blinded by the Light?”
Businesses "kill it" at the Chamber Expo
These are just a few of the questions that challenged visitors of the Thayer booth at the Rockford Chamber’s Business Expo who played our new, light-inspired trivia game, “Can You Kill-a-Watt?”
We’re always happy to support great events that bring the local business community together, and this expo did not disappoint! Attendees lined up to take our quiz—learning a thing or two about the lighting industry, pop culture and, of course, Thayer Lighting—for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Alchemy, Rockford’s first “convertible” restaurant!
It’s no coincidence that this awesome eatery is also a valued Thayer client, because we believe in the power of supporting one another.
Congratulations to our lucky prizewinners and thanks for playing along:
Mary Jo Hare – Owner, SERVPRO of Rockford
Jarid Funderburg – Executive Director, Growth Dimensions Economic Development for Belvidere-Boone County