September 1, 2008

Plant Services Magazine

Boating supplier boosts lighting efficiency

Since its inception in 1977, West Marine of Watsonville, Calif., has become one of America’s top retail and wholesale recreational boating products suppliers. When the metal halide lamps in its 476,000-sq.-ft. South Carolina distribution center reached the end of their useful life, the company sought a more energy-efficient lighting system.

Pat Murphy, vice president of logistics for West Marine, compared several options and determined that a system from Westinghouse Lighting Solutions best met West Marine’s specifications. The Westinghouse system uses a reflective aluminum technology called Miro, which reflects nearly all the light the fixture generates.

According to the Eneref Group, using the right combination of lamp, reflector, optics, and ballast can achieve 75% energy savings compared to older T12 or metal halide systems, making buildings eligible for the full Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) tax credit.

Read the entire article HERE.

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