Of all the environmental projects we have undertaken, from reducing water and laying green flooring, to installing solar panels and turning off computers at night, nothing compares to LED lighting in terms of an economic return, said Mike Sullivan, Owner.
Santa Monica, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 02, 2011
Qnuru™, the Noribach Group’s smart energy digital lighting division, today announced that LAcarGUY has retrofitted its Lexus Santa Monica dealership with Qnuru’s Vector line of high wattage LED retrofit bulbs. LAcarGUY, comprised of 10 award-winning dealerships and two state-of-the-art body shops, is the number one hybrid dealer in the world and widely acknowledged as the foremost leader in the green automobile dealership movement. By upgrading the high intensity discharge (HID) lamps at Lexus Santa Monica with Qnuru’s smart energy LED bulbs, the dealership’s lighting energy consumption was slashed by 80% and illumination levels increased by 38% in its new car lot. In the dealership’s used car facility, lighting energy costs were reduced 82% and light levels improved 25%. LAcarGUY will earn a 27-month return on its investment.
“Of all the environmental projects we have undertaken, from reducing water and laying green flooring, to installing solar panels and turning off computers at night, nothing compares to LED lighting in terms of an economic return,” said Mike Sullivan, owner of LAcarGUY. “The savings are large and quantifiable.” Sullivan selected Lexus Santa Monica for LED retrofitting because of the city’s environmentally conscious community and the dealership’s close proximity to residential areas sensitive to light pollution. “The increased energy efficiency inside the store is big, but the reduction in energy expenses in the outdoor lot where we operate our highest wattage lights is massive,” noted Sullivan. “We are saving money, making our neighbors happier and, most importantly, delivering on our commitment to lead our industry into a greener automotive future.”
At Lexus Santa Monica, Qnuru retrofitted the 750 watt HID lights in the dealership’s used car lot with 120 watt Vector Artesia LED bulbs. In the dealership’s new car lot, 400 watt HID lamps were retrofitted with Qnuru’s 86 watt Vector La Luz LED bulbs. Each light fixture was retrofitted in approximately 20 minutes by a licensed electrician and no building permits were required because the dealership’s in-place light poles were preserved rather than replaced. Lexus Santa Monica will have no lighting maintenance costs for a minimum of five years based on the 50,000 hour rated lifetime of Qnuru’s LED technology and the Noribachi-backed product warranty.
“As the car capital of the U.S., southern California has long been the bellwether for what lies in store for the automobile industry, so it is heartening to witness the commitment Mike Sullivan has made to the environmental sustainability of his facilities,” said Farzad Dibachi, President and CEO of Noribachi. “LED lights offer auto dealers a rare intersection of lower operating costs, better lit inventory and a tangible way to reduce their carbon footprint. LAcarGUY’s reputation as a leader in the green auto movement is richly deserved.”
LAcarGUY has been a leader in the Los Angeles automotive industry since 1964, with 10 award-winning dealerships and a state-of-the-art body shop. A local, family-owned business with over 700 employees, LAcarGUY is recognized as a prominent supporter of community events, charitable organizations and environmental causes. As the number one hybrid dealer in the world, LAcarGUY is proud to lead the industry into a greener automotive future. For more information, please visit LAcarGUY.com.
Qnuru, a division of Noribachi, is a digital lighting technology innovator. Our intelligent lighting solutions deliver unparalleled light quality while reducing grid dependency to positively impact your bottom line. We design and manufacture brilliant lighting solutions, including Vector high wattage LED retrofit solutions for the commercial and industrial markets; Prism low wattage LED bulbs for homes and offices; the Matrix product line of new LED-based luminaires, and the Helix family of solar-powered LED luminaires. Qnuru products are UL Listed, ETL-Certified and designed, assembled and tested in the U.S. Qnuru is part of the Noribachi Group, a clean technology firm. For more information about how we can take your lighting light years ahead, visit qnuru.com.
About the Noribachi Group
The Noribachi Group is creating next-generation smart energy applications for businesses and consumers worldwide. The Noribachi’s suite of low-power, self-powered smart energy solutions includes commercial, industrial and residential LED bulbs and luminaires; solar and hybrid solar/grid-powered consumer electronics; and industrial equipment that harnesses renewable energy sources. Using Noribachi’s smart energy applications, businesses and consumers can take control of their power consumption while reducing their environmental footprint. Noribachi is privately held with offices in Albuquerque, NM; San Francisco, CA; and Shanghai, China. To learn more about the Noribachi Group and how smart energy applications can empower your world, visit noribachi.com