What we Do
Initial meeting with customer
The initial meeting serves two primary objectives. The first is to introduce our company, its services and review applicable utility incentive programs. The second is to determine what constitutes a “good” project for the customer and preliminarily determine whether ADEC can meet the customer’s requirements. If so, a comprehensive facility-wide audit will be scheduled.
Lighting System Audit
A facility-wide lighting system audit may be performed the same day as the initial meeting, or at a later date. One or more ADEC representatives may perform the audit depending on the size and attributes of the facility. Every effort is made to inspect all areas in the facility including closets, storage areas, and restrooms. The following information is recorded for each fixture type found in each area.
Project Analysis and Design
Audit data is entered into customized software and then an analysis and design are performed. Instead of a “cookie cutter” approach to lighting design that is commonplace in the industry, every ADEC lighting project is carefully designed to strike an appropriate balance between energy savings, light levels, and light quality in each facility area.
Presentation Of Proposal
Customers receive all of the detail necessary to make an informed purchase decision. During the presentation, we methodically walk customers through all of the information contained in the proposal. If a customer demonstrates interest in proceeding with a project, ADEC will prepare and submit rebate applications on the customer’s behalf and perform technical reviews of applications independently and/or in conjunction with utility representatives, as required.
Energy Savings and Light Level Verification:
If a customer is prepared to move ahead with a project based on verified energy savings and light levels; test areas and fixtures are identified with the customer’s input and a test agreement is prepared. The test is designed to demonstrate the actual kW savings for a representative number of fixtures while matching or increasing light level. Our customers appreciate the opportunity to “test drive the car” before making a financial commitment to the full project.
Project installation times, particularly in industrial facilities, must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis including criteria such as the customer’s requested time-frame for installation, project size, and complexity. Upon receipt of a signed contract or purchase order under a master agreement, materials are ordered and shipped from distributors and manufacturers. As the project begins, the project manager keeps the client fully informed using fixture locations as reference. During construction, retrofitted fixtures and lenses are cleaned.
Warranty and Maintenance
Customers are encouraged to call ADEC if there are any questions or concerns related to the project. A small stock of maintenance material is left at the site. ADEC also prepares and submits to the customer a “Technical Specifications and Reorder Information for Lighting System Components”. Quality Assurance is guaranteed by ADEC the 1st year. An inspection by ADEC every quarter in the first year of installation will guarantee the customer the proper workings of the lighting system.
Lighting Retrofit F.A.Q
Advancements in lighting and energy efficiency move a step forward every day. More so now than before, the lighting industry and manufacturers are pushing the envelope and achieving what before was never thought possible. Retrofits consist from new bulbs to complete fixtures that get the most luminosity from your bulbs while saving you energy resulting in lower electricity bills. Changing from four bulbs to two with proper parabolic reflectors will match or increase the area of luminosity while lowering your energy use.
In addition to using less energy and saving tons of money on your utility bill there are added bonuses. The utility Co. along with the United States governments has programs in which large amounts of rebates and tax credits may be available. This allows the project to cost next to nothing allowing resulting in increase savings. Selected manufactures may also introduce a rebate program based on your overall energy savings.
Lighting retrofits can greatly reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills,
while maintaining lighting levels and quality by upgrading lighting components
to more efficient and advanced technologies. Upgrading technologies can also
offer employees greater control over lighting, allowing for additional energy savings.
Lighting retrofits can improve lighting quality by targeting problem areas with
specific design considerations to overcome common lighting issues.
Newer technologies also add increased reliability to the lighting system, so fewer short-term lighting-quality issues should arise. These newer technologies often have better lighting-quality characteristics, such as improved color, reduced flicker, greater light output, etc.
Improvements in lighting technologies have led to increased lifetimes for components
that will result in fewer failures and lengthen the time between maintenance activities. The implementation of a routine maintenance program in addition to your lighting retrofit will greatly simplify your maintenance practices and reduce the operational costs associated with maintaining your lighting systems.
By consuming less electricity, your facility will help reduce the demand and associated emissions from “off-site” power generation. These harmful emissions include CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
For those facilities served by photovoltaic or other green-power systems, efficient
lighting will help limit power demands. Using more efficient lighting will require
less power to be generated, stored, and used to accomplish the same tasks, making
alternative power systems more economically and technically feasible.
Linear fluorescent lamps are classified by their tube diameter based on a scale of eighths of an inch. For example, a T12 lamp has a diameter of 12/8 or 1.5-inches, and a T8 lamp has a diameter of 8/8 or 1-inch. Lamps have common markings near one of the ends of the tube, where a code indicates the size of the lamp.
T12/T8 lamps are an older technology and should be replaced with LED lamps in your facility.
LED’s provide superior lighting quality and last longer, while improving efficiency by 50% or more. They also operate on Drivers that are more efficient than older magnetic ballasts, which are common among fixtures using older technology.
Rebates and Tax Credits
Commercial Lighting Incentives and Rebates as well as Tax Credits are available through your local Utility Company’s and the federal Government. With our in house experience on tax credits and rebates Adec,Inc will provide answers on how best to qualify and secure these funds. We are proud to have secured more than $1.5 million Dollars in Rebates and Tax Credits to our Customers. Please click on any of the following links to find the latest information on Energy Saving Rebates in your local area of Southern California.
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