Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 20, 2013
Lightficient has announced it recently introduced Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) technology through its installation at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, improving the organization’s outdoor lighting quality while reducing costs, boosting energy efficiency and increasing safety. LEP technology is a new patented lighting technology that is an energy-efficient, low-maintenance, high-lumen lighting solution ideal for illuminating roadways, parking areas, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Lightficient is the exclusive distributor of LEP technology in Illinois.
“We are excited to deliver this new, innovative lighting solution to Illinois businesses and municipalities looking to improve efficiencies and operate in an environmentally responsible way,” said Paul Burke, president at Lightficient. “With light intensity 200 times that of conventional LED from a bulb literally the size of a Tic Tac, LEP technology is a critical advancement toward energy efficiency.”
Lightficient recently demonstrated the effectiveness of its LEP technology when it replaced the metal halide lights in the parking area at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago. Lightficient reduced the number of lights in the three parking lots, accommodating approximately 100 cars, from 28 metal halide fixtures, to 16 of the P400 LEP fixtures, all installed into the existing light poles.
“With the reduction in number of fixtures, and the fact that each fixture uses less electricity, Mercy Home has cut its energy bill for outdoor lighting by more than 50 percent,” said Burke. “And if the savings alone were not enough incentive to switch to LEP, the light quality and longetivity has been greatly increased.”
Rev. L. Scott Donahue, president, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, noted, “Providing the 134 at-risk young people in our care with safety and support 24 hours a day, year round, is an enormous undertaking. The reliability of Lightficient's lighting, as well as the long-term savings on energy and maintenance costs, will help us allocate more of our resources to the ultimate benefit of Mercy Home’s children.”
What distinguishes LEP lighting from high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting found in many parking lots and warehouses, as well as light-emitting diode (LED) lighting often used along roadways, is that LEP technology uses less energy, is comprised of fewer materials and is more durable, all while providing higher outputs of light closely resembling natural light.
“The science behind LEP technology is brilliant in its simplicity, as it eliminates the need for ballasts, which require higher levels of electricity and fail more frequently than bulbs burn out,” Burke added. “For Mercy, prior to installing the LEP lighting, replacing the ballasts was the primary maintenance burden, even though those units were just seven years old. The safety concerns caused by these light outages have been virtually eliminated, as the average lifespan of the LEP sources is 50,000 hours or 11½ years.”
LEP lighting can be installed new or retrofitted to existing lighting sources. “The cost to retrofit existing lighting sources with the LEP lighting is surprisingly inexpensive, allowing business owners and property managers to realize a return on their investment within two years,” said Burke. “On average, retrofit installations result in a 50-70 percent savings – and that’s on the energy bill alone, not including savings on maintenance and repair. It is not surprising that this technology qualifies towards LEED certification credits, as well as many state and federal tax incentives for businesses choosing this effective alternative.”
Lightficient distributes LEP lighting solutions throughout the midwest, and is the exclusive distributor in Illinois. The firm has established relationships with several lenders specializing in lighting upgrades that are willing to loan up to 100% of the up-front cost of the upgrades.
About Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Through its residential, aftercare and mentoring programs, Mercy Home offers a safe home, emotional healing, education and life-changing opportunities for more than 600 young people every year. It gives children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty and even abandonment the therapeutic, academic and vocational support they need to heal from the traumas of their pasts and build success for their futures. Mercy Home is 98.7% privately funded and operates at two locations in Chicago – a home for boys in the West Loop neighborhood, and a home for girls in the South Side Beverly community. For more information, visit mercyhome.org.
Lightficient is the exclusive Illinois distributor of Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) lighting, a patented technology of LUXIM Corp. This revolutionary technology reduces energy usage and expense, requires less maintenance than traditional high-bay lighting alternatives and qualifies for LEED certification credits and some state and federal tax incentives. LEP technologiy is an ideal choice for high-lumen lighting applications such as roadways, parking areas, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. For more information, visit lightficient.net.
Editors: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Julie Liedtke at jliedtke(at)taylorjohnson(dot)com or (312) 267-4521.
Photos: Lightficient recently introduced Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) technology to Mercy Home Boys & Girls in Chicago, improving the organization’s outdoor lighting quality while reducing costs, boosting energy efficiency and increasing safety. (shown)