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Martinaire Aviation Becomes 75% More Efficient with LED Lighting Upgrade

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jan 16, 2019 1:56:51 PM
 
Martinaire Aviation is a Texas-based air cargo carrier that has been providing delivery services and plane maintenance services for over 30 years. Their fleet consists of 29 Cessna Cargomaster planes servicing over 40 cities throughout the United States, which includes their facility in Lansing, MI that is located next to the Capital Airport. Pat Jemison, Martinaire’s Director of maintenance, top priority for the facility, is the safety of his crew and providing ideal working conditions. Jemison has a maintenance staff that works around the clock six days a week making sure the Aircrafts are in perfect working condition in the field.

The lighting in their aircraft hangar facility was poor, relying on 25, 400 Watt Sodium vapor lamps to light their entire 30,000 square-foot maintenance hangar. The orange glow from the lighting made inspections and repairs more difficult, also causing eye strain due to the low color rendering index. These old lights also wasted a lot of electricity, running 24 hours a day, six days a week, so Jemison turned to Electro-Matic to offer their expertise on an LED lighting upgrade.

After a photometric was done, EM concluded they could replace Martinaire’s 25 fixtures with just 20 ultra-efficient 150W LED fixtures. 
 
 
The aircraft hangar is now 40% brighter and 75% more energy efficient. Plus the 5000K color temperature of the LEDs make doing inspections far easier than before. Electro-Matic did all the paperwork to earn Jemison a rebate from the local utility company to pay for over half the project. He also estimates he is saving around $800 a month electricity costs alone. Between the rebate and monthly savings, Martinaire will see an ROI in under nine months.

Jemison couldn’t be more pleased. “I am so grateful for the work that Alan at Electro-Matic did with our facility. Our CFO loves that we are saving money every day and my maintenance team can’t believe the improvement in lighting quality. Thanks again for all your hard work and expertise!”

If you are interested in seeing what an LED upgrade can do for your facility, please contact Electro-Matic Visual at 866-998-0990 calculate your own ROI with our  ROI calculator or visit our website: visual.electro-matic.com
 
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Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Upgrades to new LED Display

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jan 16, 2019 1:54:51 PM
EM-Visual-Blog-DodgeMonroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Superstore, has been a family owned and operated auto dealership since 1966. Since their dealership is located on a busy street, with a lot of traffic, they wanted to take advantage of their location so they decided to explore the process of adding an LED sign to their current signage at the location. A couple of challenge’s they came to face were learning that they had to rezone some of their property to allow for additional signage, as well as wait for the city of Monroe to lift their ban on LED signage.
 


B34V0338Electro-Matic Visual wanted to make sure their new LED sign was clearly visible to the traffic passing by, so we, along with Mr LED proposed a 5x10’ pole sign, 20’ off the ground, for the best visibility and solution for their location.

This was no ordinary project for Electro-Matic Visual, or Mr LED:

"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike Richardson, from Mr. LED on a number of projects over the years, few have required as much leg work as Monroe Dodge.  Mike was at the fore-front as the sign code changed to allow LED Displays, but in this case, the project also required some rezoning processes to allow additional signage.  Mike handled it all with expertise and helped the dealership owner throughout the process."  Jason Sluyter

This sign is now proudly advertising offers by both the new and used car businesses at this location, as well as the service department specials they run. This new 16mm, double sided Fusion LED Display, allows for the messaging to be eye-catching and easily changed as often as they would like, making customers feel they are always seeing something new.


If you are interested in seeing what an LED upgrade can do for your facility, please contact Electro-Matic Visual at 616-250-4502 calculate your own ROI with our ROI calculator or visit our website: visual.electro-matic.com
 
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Favorite Metro Food and Spirits Hot Spot Gets LED Sign Upgrade

Posted by Electro-Matic on Dec 10, 2018 5:01:51 PM
 
Vivio’s II food & spirits is a sports bar in Warren, MI that features a full bar with their world famous Bloody Marys, 26 beers on tap with rotating craft brews, as well as a menu loaded with home-cooked comfort foods and daily specials.

When they were looking to revamp their image, showcase their new menu, advertise daily specials, promote upcoming events, and live music on the weekends, they looked into upgrading their sign out front. Vivio’s previously had a back lit, changeable sign that was only updated when someone climbed a ladder to change, by hand. They were looking for the ability to update their messaging, add images and logos to their new sign, without the manual labor behind it. That’s when they decided on a full color, 11mm LED Display from Electro-Matic, it allowed them to do just that.

Both Steve Alanis, Owner and Beau Johnson, GM had the exact same to thing about their new LED Display ‘We couldn’t believe the immediate impact the display had on our business. We had customers coming into the bar and telling us, they didn’t even know we were here, even though they may have passed us everyday! It is exactly what we were hoping for and needed out of this new sign’.
Now, when you pass by this Vivio’s location in Warren, you will be sure to notice their full color display.
 
 
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Dow Event Center Gets an LED Upgrade

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Dec 10, 2018 5:00:59 PM
 
The Dow Event Center is an entertainment venue in Saginaw, MI, managed by SMG. The venue hosts a multitude of events. From banquets, to sports, and from conferences to concerts, this venue can support any function for entertaining.

With the Dow center hosting many events, they want to make sure that their customers feel safe entering, and exiting the event they are attending. They started receiving complaints about the parking lot lighting levels, so they started looking into options on how to improve the lighting as well as save on energy as well.

Electro-Matic came in to do a light survey in the parking lot, and the results were the below the foot candle and IES standard. Their current lighting was outdated, and the poles were placed very far apart. The Dow Event Center, SMG and Electro-Matic needed to work together to increase the light levels and decrease the energy usage and obtain safe entrance for customers attending events.

Next Steps:
Electro-Matic had to design, a lighting system using various optic controls to spread the light and reach the IES standards. A photometric design was created and presented to both Saginaw County and the Dow event Center. Once the drawing was approved, the lights were manufactured, permits were pulled and the lights where installed.

Outcome:
The Dow Event Center increased the Foot Candle levels by a third and decreased their energy by two-thirds and the customers now have safe light to attend events. A season ticket holder of the Saginaw Spirt hockey team, was more than impressed with the improvement: “As a season ticket holder, I have never felt safer entering the arena to watch a hockey game with my kids’.
 
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Harvest Barn Word of Life Church Reduces Energy Bill by 75% With LED Lighting

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Jun 13, 2018 1:16:30 PM
 
Harvest Barn Word of Life Church in East Jordan, MI decided that it was time to move on from Incandescent lights and install LED lighting. Electro-Matic Visual , A+ Lighting Solutions, and City Sign Erectors were able to supply and install their new LED lights to cut their energy bill by over 75%.

The significant energy savings comes from Harvest Barn Church removing their previous 108 – 500 Watt incandescent lights and replacing them with 40 high efficient 178 Watt LED lights. This is where LED lighting makes traditional light look silly. LED lighting is able to use significantly less energy, with less fixtures and provide a better quality and brightness of light.

Electro-Matic Visual found A+ Lighting Solutions to be the best fit to supply the lighting fixtures for Harvest Barn Church. After the correct fixtures were chosen, the lights were installed by City Sign Erectors to complete the job.

"A+ Lighting assisted Electro-Matic in finding the best product for the customer - the fixture that was selected provided excellent light with no shadows, reduced the energy use by over 75%, and includes a 10-year warranty, insuring that the customer will not have to think about lighting for many years." – Chad Nienhuis, A+ Lighting Solutions

Not only is Harvest Barn Church going to benefit financially from the future years of energy savings, but they also experienced an outstanding rebate incentive from Michigan Saves and Consumers Energy by switching to LED lighting. Their rebates totaled to be approximately $15,000. Harvest Barn Church may use their rebate money to continue to improve their Church by adding an LED sign in the near future.
 
If you would like to learn more about LED Lighting and how it can save you money try our ROI calculator or visit our website: visual.electro-matic.com
 
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Starbucks of Saginaw, MI Includes LED Lighting On New Building

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Feb 15, 2018 10:23:35 AM
 
Starbucks is known for their premium coffee, espresso, lattes. With over 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, Starbucks has become one of the most recognizable brands today. The Starbucks located in Saginaw, MI was recently opened, but before it was ready for its grand opening, Starbucks wanted the inside and outside of their building to welcome and comfort customers. That’s where Electro-Matic Visual came in to provide Starbucks with LED lighting to meet their requirements.

As you may have noticed, most Starbucks have great architecture and other high quality aesthetics. LED lighting is the perfect compliment for great architecture, as it highlights the buildings strongest points and gives customers and guests a sense of welcoming and comfort.

To meet Starbuck’s goals Electro-Matic Visual engineered a solution with better lighting, better energy efficiency and more cost effective. The project included a list of several different Electro-Matic Visual products to complete the job in full including:
  • (9) LED AP Pole Lights - ranging from 120W to 300W depending on location
  • (12) 2x4 LED Panel Lights - powered at 34W
  • (14) LED Wall Sconce Lights - powered at 15W
  • (12) LED AP Wallpack Lights – powered at 25W
The Starbucks of Saginaw, MI has been enjoying and benefiting from their LED lighting, provided by Electro-Matic Visual, since late 2017. Starbucks is amazed by how the building looks and will be benefiting from the LED lighting for years to come.
 
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Wilson Town Center Receives Big Rebate on LED Lighting and Sees an Impressive ROI

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Dec 14, 2017 1:19:20 PM
Wilson Town Center is a premiere power center located in Wyoming, MI that features some impressive tenants including: Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshall's, Michael's, Subway and many more. The large property had traditional lighting and was expensive to operate. Wilson Town Center made the switch to LED lighting with Electro-Matic Visual to reduce operating costs, improve customers’ experiences, and overall safety.

Electro-Matic Visual was prepared for replacing a total of 55 fixtures that needed to be replaced with high quality LED parking lot lighting. The LED parking lot fixtures now illuminate the 230,506 square feet that Wilson Town Center resides on. Wilson Town Center previously had (40) 10,000 watt metal halide fixtures that were replaced with (40) 270 watt LED parking lot lights. In addition, they replaced (15) 400 watt metal halide lights with (15) 120 watt LED parking lot lighting fixtures. In both cases, they are seeing increased lighting levels and significantly reducing their energy usage.
 
The benefits don’t stop there. Wilson Town Center’s energy provider gave them a $17,000 rebate on the LED parking lot lighting fixtures to help cut initial costs of the fixtures. Also, Wilson Town Center was given an additional 20% off since Electro-Matic Visual builds all of their LED fixtures in Michigan. Wilson Town Center will see immediate financial benefits on their energy usage and will see an ROI of just over one year! 
 
If you would like to learn more about LED Lighting and how it can save you money try our ROI calculator or visit our website: visual.electro-matic.com
 
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Fashion Square Mall Converts to Interior LED Lighting to Boost Customer Engagement

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Nov 15, 2017 4:05:24 PM
 
Fashion Square Mall of Saginaw, MI, as we have talked about before, has installed both interior and exterior LED lighting to improve their facility and reduce their operating costs. In this post we will focus on just the interior application and what benefits are being seen from converting from LED lighting.
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Fashion Square Mall Converts Interior & Exterior Lighting to LED and Sees Huge Savings

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Oct 18, 2017 4:01:14 PM
 
Fashion Square Mall of Saginaw, MI employs over 1200 retail employees and has been doing so since its opening in 1972. Fashion Square Mall is home to popular department stores, apparel stores, fine jewelry, specialty stores, and sporting good stores for people in the Great Lakes Bay Region. With the expensive operation costs that running a shopping center brings,Fashion Square Mall decided to
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Electro-Matic Visual's Smart Wireless Lighting Designed to Improve ROI on LED Lights

Posted by Jesse Cameron on Sep 13, 2017 3:30:16 PM
 
Smart lighting is designed for ultimate energy efficiency and is a great compliment to LED lighting. Smart lighting wireless controls are the next big step to further benefit from LED lighting. Electro-Matic Visual’s wireless controls and application experience can enhance energy savings with LED lighting. These wireless controls allow dimming profiles to optimize energy consumption with lighting requirements and is just one of many ways smart lighting can optimize your ROI on LED lighting.

Smart lighting also includes motion-sensing controls and when integrated correctly with LED lighting the savings can be even more substantial. Motion sensing can be paired with wireless on/off control to automatically turn off individual lights or sections of lights. Motion sensing is also an ease of mind technology. Since the lights are turned on with motion and turned off with lack of motion, you no longer need to worry about shutting down after the day or setting up timers.

Smart lighting allows you to get numbers and reports on current draw, hours of usage, voltage functions and other data so you can see what areas you can improve on to maximize your lighting efficiency for your application.
 
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