While LED technology is rapidly taking over the light industry, traditional lighting is still the most common lighting source in commercial and rental properties. Electro-Matic Visual’s LED lighting has been a major asset for many property management businesses regarding maintenance, energy expenses, and performance. With LED technology, property management businesses have the opportunity to promote a bright, safe, and clean environment. Enhancing the overall appearance of your business will pique the interests of customers while also promising them a good experience making LED lighting one of the best upgrades for rental property.
Meadows Crossing is student housing and retail complex located just steps away from Grand Valley State University Campus in Allendale, MI. The retail portion of Meadows Crossing includes Mully’s Bar & Grill, HIP Party Store, Gentleman’s Quarters Barber Salon, Cottage Inn Pizza, and Insomnia Cookies.
Student housing in Allendale is an extremely competitive market. The window of opportunity to attract a student and get them to commit to a housing situation is very slim. Also, the retail segment can be challenging for tenants located near a college campus. Outlets often need to make a years-worth of revenue in an 8 or 9-month span due to the school calendar. For that reason, maximizing exposure to potential customers is extremely important.
Originally, Meadows Crossing had an outdated static monument sign on a long, large brick base (see below). The original sign didn’t seem to match the brick base, and also offered limited signage for each tenant. The sign didn’t feature any changeable messaging options.
Old Signage at Meadows Crossing
Benefits of New LED Sign
The goal of the project was to upgrade the signage for Meadows Crossing that would outshine every other sign nearby, bringing maximum exposure for student housing and their retail outlets. Meadows Crossing enrolled the help of Universal Sign Systems to come up with the perfect solution. To bring maximum exposure and create that WOW factor Universal decided to install the first ever 6mm LED display in all of west Michigan. Universal supplemented the LED sign with new tenant signage in a sleek black cabinet that tied the entire sign together.
Because of the high pixel density of the LED sign, Meadows Crossing was able to show any image, graphic, or video with breathtaking picture clarity while complying with the size limitations of the local jurisdiction. All of the other signs in Allendale were mostly 16mm displays which were only good for simple text. Because of the 6mm pixel spacing Meadows Crossing could now show high-def images of their townhomes, delicious cookies from Insomnia cookies, delicious pizza from Cottage Inn, and more. The new sign brought immediate buzz to the area, resulting in more renters and higher sales revenue for their tenants.
"When Glenn came to me with a request for a replacement multi-tenant sign that would be a cut above the rest, I knew the recently released 6mm Electro-Matic display was the perfect fit. The quality of the display and tight pixel pitch allowed for detailed advertisements in the limited space that we were allowed. Thanks to Alan and the Electro-Matic team for knocking it out of the park!"
— Nate Zevenbergen, Universal Sign, Inc.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed having the new 6mm, high-density, LED sign at Meadows Crossing. It helps us to market our brand to the college student community every day. It enables us to market our retail tenants and their businesses as well. Our student apartment community is the best off-campus housing option for GVSU students and this elegant sign beams our superb brand 24/7."
— Glenn Turek, President at Silveri ManagementList products and services EM used
4ft x 8ft / 180x360 Pixel / 6mm Electro-Matic Fusion Display
The owners of the Islandia and Suffix property, Namdar Realty Group, invest in office building and commercial retail threw out the United States.
Fori Automation offers Global Design and Build of Automated Material Handling, Assembly, Testing and Welding Systems for the automotive & non-automotive industries. Their USA Global Headquarters are located in Sterling Heights, Michigan the company was looking to upgrade their lighting to LED’s.
Fori Automation’s previous Halide lights were not energy efficient. They had a long list of halide lights including:
135 1000w Metal Halide
8 468w T5 8 Lamp Fluorescent
16 250w Metal Halide wall packs
2 250w Metal Halide canopy fixtures
Their current lighting solution generated 1,012,585 annual kWh, 153,787 watts.
Objective for Situation
1) To reduce the electrical usage while improving light levels and working conditions.
2) To use the Made in Michigan 15% utility rebate bonus to give Fori a larger rebate than other companies could provide.
A pre-site visit was performed to take existing light levels to verify what the client was looking for. A photometric analysis was performed on the space to ensure that the correct fixture was specified to provide the correct light levels. EM Visual found that 300w fixtures with a combination of T1S and L5W lenses fit the application and achieved high light levels on the ground and even light on the walls.
For this solution, EM Visual was able to include the same mounting and electrical plug that their existing fixtures used, to ensure easy installation. The installed sample fixture was chosen because it delivered the best spread of light with the least amount of glare. The transparency with the customer on cost, performance, and potential rebates set Electro-Matic above the competition.
Electro-Matic Visual was able to stage the installation so that Fori’s daily operations were not affected. After installing 141 LED High Bay fixtures, Fori Automation’s energy consumption was reduced by 72%.
Final Rebate: $76,971.80
Return on Investment: 0.9 years
Products and Services Used on this Project
4-Bar AR Series (120w)
• 150w Housing
• 3’ Pendant Rod
• HBL4770C (15A 277 Vac) Plug
10-Bar AR Series (300w)
• 300w Housing
• 3’ Pendant Rod
• HBL4770C (15A 277 Vac) Plug
It is not uncommon for a property manager to view their utility bills as a nonadjustable, necessary price to running their business. However, keeping operating expenses as low as possible could mean the difference between staying afloat and going under. How does one eliminate unnecessary utility costs to keep operating expenses at a minimum? With a commercial energy audit done by an expert. A good building energy audit will point the way to reduce your energy costs by 10% to 40%.
The Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools located in Cardington, Ohio are committed to leading all students to college, career, and civic readiness. To give the students the best chance of success with their athletics, Cardington was preparing to install a new gym floor. They were disappointed in their current lighting situation and wanted to make drastic improvements. Cardington High School felt that their gym lighting was not adequate.
To achieve a lighting level that met NCAA requirements, EM utilized photometrics to evaluate the lighting needs of the gym and make the recommendation that met Cardington High School's objective.The new floor and lighting created a whole different atmosphere in the gym. Cardington now showcases one of the most attractive gyms in the conference!
List products and services EM used:
Skylark High Bay
The Village of Hazel Crest is a diverse, 3.4 square mile community of 14,075 people located just 25 miles from Chicago that were building a new municipal center. Knowing they had very little visual communication with their residents, they thought the new municipal center would be a great opportunity to add some LED displays to act as entrance signs into the town. The customer was originally looking at a 16mm sign but after the demo/investigation process, they immediately said they need the 11mm LED display and added two locations to the job.
The city of Hazel Crest also wanted to use the displays to post emergency alerts, news, and events going on in the town. With our Fusion product and Lifetime Cellular contracts we were able to provide the city with three 11mm signs. With the Electro-Matic LED display they are now able to provide current and updated village announcements across all three different locations all from one place.
“We chose to go with Elector-Matic Displays based on their ability to act fast with replacement parts, and their industry leading 5 year Labor Warranty.” - Brian Mazurek, President/CEO,
List products and services Electro-Matic used:
Fusion 11mm 108x216
As online shopping has skyrocketed over the last 7 years, Brick-and-Mortar retail across the U.S. have been significantly declining. Shopping centers need to find ways to increase their net operating income to keep properties operational. Energy projects are one of the most effective ways this can be done. But what energy projects have the best rate of return? What is the lowest hanging fruit available that will have an immediate impact on property maintenance costs? The answer is upgrading to LED lighting.
Whether someone is going for a casual dinner or a more upscale meal, proper lighting plays a major role in your guests’ dining experience. The lighting in a restaurant affects many elements, including food presentation, mood, and overall gratification.
Not all restaurants are created equal, and for that matter, neither is the lighting. In the contemporary world of lighting, perhaps one of the greatest debates is Incandescent bulbs versus LED bulbs, two main types of lighting utilized in restaurant establishments. Each type of lighting performs differently, creating different results in return. What are the differences and why choose one over the other?
Incandescent Lighting for your Restaurant
Not long ago, there weren’t any types of light bulbs. There wasn’t any choice other than the wattage, and the lighting technology had not changed in over a century. The reason incandescent remained popular due to the main factors: cost and color.
Price is the main factor that attracts people to buying incandescent lights. Even though the cost of LED light bulbs is dropping rapidly, incandescent bulbs have the lower up-front cost and that continues to drive their desirability.
The color of lighting wasn’t something people thought about a decade ago, but now with the wide array of string lighting options, consumers are seeing cool white lights, warm white lights, daylight lights and numerous other tones. Traditional incandescent bulbs though are the ones that have the familiar warm glow that most people associate with home lighting. It has an element of tradition or nostalgia to it, and is still the most common light bulb sold.
Benefits to Using LED Lighting
There’s a reason that you’re seeing more and more LED lighting options. LED has become the next major wave of light bulb that will be used for the foreseeable future. While more expensive than incandescent bulbs up front, they have numerous advantages and with prices dropping, they are quickly becoming the most popular and preferred choice.
Lower energy usage is another distinct advantage with LED bulbs. For example, with string lights, a 25-watt incandescent bulb can be replaced by a 1 to 2-watt LED bulb. That lower wattage means lower energy usage which has a direct correlation with energy costs, particularly with multiple bulbs and save money.
While LED bulbs may cost more to begin with, the combination of the low energy usage and the longevity of the bulb, means that they are actually less expensive than incandescents in the long run. With roughly 10 times the life span, and one-tenth the wattage consumed, LED bulbs will pay for themselves within a couple years.
Because they don’t use the same fragile components, LEDs are much better able to stand up to vibration, shock and temperature extremes. Also, many LED lights have a plastic shell rather than glass making them much more durable.
Safety and Environment
A couple other advantages are safety and environmental benefits. LED bulbs expel most of their energy as light (hence the lower wattage for the same brightness), whereas incandescent light give off energy as heat. That means LED bulbs remain cool to the touch. Additionally, LEDs are made from non-toxic materials and don’t contain any mercury or other hazardous chemicals. When it comes time to dispose of them, they won’t require any special handling.
LEDs are a product of semiconductors, and by adapting the semiconductors in the chip, the color of the LED can be adjusted. That means that LEDs can be made to emit a wide range of colors similar to the warm light of an incandescent light, as well as other hues of white light that many people find more appealing.
Ultimately, when it comes to comparing incandescent and LED lighting, the latter is the best choice for installation. Contact Electro-Matic Visual for a quote today!