Reductions in energy consumption and operating costs can provide significant savings for organizations in both public and private sectors striving to balance their budgets. As businesses around the world struggle to cut costs, Chattanooga-based Global Green Lighting (GGL) has introduced low-energy lighting systems guaranteed to reduce energy consumption by 50-70 percent while lowering maintenance costs by at least 70 percent.
"We've combined low energy lights with advanced radio frequency energy control systems for cost savings as well as improved performance," says Don Lepard, co-owner of the 13-year-old Soddy Daisy partnership specializing in the design and manufacture of low energy lighting made of highly-efficient LED and induction light engines. "This is the future of street lighting management."
Outdoor lighting provides communities with improved roadway visibility, public safety and security for homes, public areas and businesses.
However, these benefits come with a cost as lighting represents one of the largest components of energy costs. Utilizing "green" low-energy light emitting diodes (LEDs) and induction lights, GGL features lighting solutions that are superior to current sodium-pressured bulbs.
In addition to reducing energy consumption and routine maintenance costs, GGL's products reduce CO2 emissions and pollution, providing an improved and more pleasant quality of lighting. GGL products are eco-friendly, energy efficient, and highly reliable.
"There is a paradigm shift happening in the world of lighting," notes Lepard. "What was once a traditional business for the big names in lighting is now wide open to electronic-based companies with a knowledge of solid state design. As a matter of fact, the little guys are teaching the big guys a thing or two when it comes to efficiency."
GGL recently announced production of its new FlexNet-Lighting, which utilizes the exclusively licensed Sensus FlexNet technology combined with GGL's low-energy lights. FlexNet is a wireless long range, point to multi-point communication network that operates on its own privately-owned airwave spectrum.
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"With FlexNet, we can privately communicate with our lights for up to 35 miles with no interference," says Lepard. "This allows the lights of an entire city to be monitored and controlled from a simple web-based command center. It can minimize the total life cycle cost of your network while enhancing safety, sustainability and services."
Lepard says the design stemmed from a restless sleep. "I literally woke up from a sleep at 2 a.m. and wound up reading the $780 billion stimulus package," he explains. "When I saw the $3.2 billion set aside for energy conservation, retrofitting and alternative energy to reduce the total energy demand, and improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors, I stopped reading and started to research the emerging market. We found that we already had a head start in that we were developing a LED power supply in our Taiwan office. From that design grew an entire line of low energy lighting."
"Imagine how good it would feel to live in a city with all of its street lights in operation at the same time," he adds. "If a light goes out for any reason, our FlexNet Lights will send an alarm along with a self-diagnostic report, and issue a work order request within 15 minutes from the time of the failure.
We can also communicate with the lights to schedule their usage, create daylight harvesting dimming, make them flash to indicate a campus lock-down, monitor energy consumption for billing purposes and determine carbon footprint savings for each light.
The company will beta test its FlexNet-Lighting system in both Chattanooga and in Cleveland this spring, making the area the world's first to enjoy this type of point to multi-point wireless management system. "Another goal is to finally see the manufacturing of our low energy lights happen in Chattanooga," says Lepard.
"We've already ordered the production equipment and will be assembling our first lighting products to be installed in the Chattanooga area. We've designed the products, made the production tooling, married it to the latest technology for energy management, and we're ready to start retrofitting entire cities at a time." GGL will assemble lights in Chattanooga that will be exported to Mexico and the Middle East later this year as well.