ALEC SmartLighting of Triangle Research Intl Inc., manufactures smart lighting control products. With the SLC kit, the company converted 14 fluorescent tube fixtures to Smart LED in 200 ft of strata building emergency corridor. The installation of all 14 fixtures took just 1 hour 40 minutes and achieved energy savings of 95%, improved lighting, consistency and safety.
TO CUT LIGHTING ENERGY BILLS OF EXISTING FLUORESCENT LIGHTING BY AT LEAST 80% USING AN EASY-RETROFIT, CODE-COMPLIANT, QUICK ROI SMART LED SOLUTION
The management of a Vancouver multi-tenant industrial complex realized that the 24x7 lighting in the emergency corridors cost $1500/year in electricity cost. They selected the ALEC SLC option for its quick, zero-disruption installation, and quick payback. As a result, lighting energy cost was reduced to $80/year.
About the technology
The ALEC Smart LED conversion (SLC) kit comprises two strips of high-efficacy LED lamps, a LED driver and a powerful, configurable lighting controller with integrated occupancy sensor and daylight meter. The SLC is designed to convert any 2 or 4-ft fluorescent fixture into an intelligent LED light in under 10 minutes, with almost zero-disruption to day-to-day operations.
Without activity for 2 minutes, the converted Smart LED light automatically and gently dims down to a low but safe dim-level of 10-20% of full brightness, consuming just 4W electricity. Upon motion detection, each normally dimmed light immediately, but smoothly brightens up to full brightness. Timings and dim-levels are all configurable through trim-ports or the included USB port and phone app.
Note: Since this is an emergency corridor the utilization is < 1%, hence the energy savings come mainly from the low power used when the space is vacant.
When Occupied: 60%
When Vacant: 95%
The 4’ Smart LED Conversion Kit Image
"It was amazingly quick and easy to retrofit! It really helps that the controller can be preconfigured before installation and that the parts all stick on magnetically and firmly. Not having to remove the fixture or wire above the ceiling saved me a lot of time and disposal logistics headaches."
- Mark Kosloski of Dadsons Electric
The Emergency Corridor after conversion
With the lights mostly in dim mode, life-span of the working parts increase, maintenance need reduces. When applicable, the SLC also supports daylight harvesting with proportional dimming according to daylight amount detected.
The SLC can be used in any covered area still using fluorescent tube lights. Typical application, e.g :
- Corridors and stairwells, covered walkways
- Multi-user/public washrooms
- Store rooms, warehouses
- Open-plan offices, small offices
How it helps
As the project was relatively small and the savings easily justified without incentive subsidy from the utility company, the time and cost to apply for it under the BC Hydro process was deemed unnecessary. With DLC certification and inclusion under lighting controls, the SLC Kit would generally qualify under most provincial incentive programs.
"You and your company were very easy to work with. The proposal was detailed, the product works as advertised and the coordination and installation were smooth and effortless. Anytime I have a project for this type of lighting, I am coming to see you first."
- Building Property Manager
"The savings are GREAT." - Strata Council Member, Ben Roller