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Parking Lot Lighting Tips for Car Dealerships

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jul 12, 2021 10:23:18 AM

Car dealership parking lot lighting is more important than you think. LED lighting is rapidly becoming the obvious ideal option for a variety of applications, including your outside parking lot at your car dealership. That being said, LED lights are without a doubt the most energy efficient choice that is readily available on the marketplace. LED lighting for car dealerships are unrivaled in their life-span and efficiency, in comparison to traditional lighting.


Why Choose LED Lights?
LEDs can discharge an extremely high quality of light with a great series of varieties. LEDs are little lights which keep in a stable state, implying that they do not include the very same recycling or breaking concerns which is typical of other lighting applications.
LEDs supply a far better financial investment for your dollars, as the longer life-span, ease of usage and series of control will eventually conserve you running expenses in the long term, develop you a much better and more noticeable parking area.
Here are five tips in maintaining your car lot of your dealership:

Adequate Lighting
The first step that you should follow when trying to provide lights to a parking lot is to ensure that there is adequate lighting. Having adequate lighting in a parking lot is important as it will make it much safer.
Your car dealership parking lot lighting should be as energy efficient as possible. Keep in mind that your dealership will see its share of nights, dark days or severe weather conditions. LED lights will supply a much better light quality with less, so it is both more expense reliable and a better alternative. To summarize, less is more.
The parking lot should be well lit to invite and provide your dealership appropriately, and supply a reassuring, safe and clean environment which to get your clients, while motivating and impressing your personnel when they get here for their regular shifts. The quality and kind of the requirements that enter into your dealership lot’s environment will generally set the tone concerning professionalism and security for your dealership, image, and brand as a whole. Also, the lighting will heavily compliment the new cars, making the colors shine tremendously. LED lighting will significantly alter how your consumers communicate upon their impression of your business.
Not only does it need to have adequate light, but it needs to be evenly distributed throughout the lot for safety and security reasons. Not having evenly distributed light can make it very hard to see and drive, which could lead to accidents. Ideally, you should have automated lights that will turn on once it starts getting dark. Having lighting that is evenly distributed will also make any onsite security cameras much more effective at picking up images in the lot.

Dealing with Harsh Weather
With LED lighting, the parking area that is being lit up throughout the harsh weather conditions or throughout night time look like a lot more carefully to how they are throughout the day. Instead of the orange or yellow-colored tint, LED lighting supplies the natural white color which lights up the lot, dealership, and the foliage. “Dead” locations are a lot less typical, as the power of LED lighting can shine through and offer broader protection of the lot.

Energy Efficiency
When you are looking to improve the lighting in your parking lot, you should also focus on a lighting solution that is energy efficient. Parking lot lights are frequently illuminated up to 13 hours per day. Because of this, it is very easy to quickly burn through standard light bulbs and run up expensive utility bills. A more affordable and environmentally friendly option would be to invest in LED bulbs that can cut your energy usage in half.

Use Control Systems to Automate Processes and Save Energy
Many auto dealerships keep some type of lights on 24 hours a day, and while this is useful for security and for highlighting your vehicles both day and night, it can lead to some rather hefty energy bills. One way to counteract some of these costs is by combining the lights with a control system that automatically optimizes lights and only uses the minimum amount needed.

Consider Lighting Height
The height of your parking lot lighting is just as important as the type of fixtures you choose. If you choose a light pole that’s too short, the light will end up being focused on a tight area, which means having to place more light fixtures to compensate, ultimately leading to spending more money. On the other hand, using a light pole that’s too tall will cause the light to be too spread out, appearing dim as a result.


While light poles come in a variety of sizes, (such as 16 feet, 20 feet, and 25 feet) your choice will ultimately come down to the size of the parking lot. A good rule of thumb is to use taller light poles and brighter bulbs for larger parking areas.

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Topics: Going Green, Electro-Matic Sign News, LED Lighting, LED Parking Lot Lighting, News, Parking Lots and Structures, Property Management, Shopping Malls

Lakes Mall Reduces Energy Costs with LED Lights

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jul 12, 2021 10:18:19 AM

The Lakes Mall is a 600,000 sq. ft regional shopping mall located in Muskegon County. The mall sits on a 101-acre property line and has over 40 stores and 4 anchor stores located on its premises.  

Situation
General Manager, Jonathan Pittman, pays the initial energy cost for common areas and the inline spaces in the parking lot. The energy challenge at this property, however, was that the landlord did not have separately metered spaces. Although the retailer reimburses landlords for their space energy consumption the common area had high wattage lighting throughout the mall which created an expensive lighting system.

The common area of the mall had CFL and Metal Halide lights ranging in wattage consumption from 15 - 1,000-watt bulbs.

Objective
The objective was to find a way to lower energy costs for the landlord by reducing the wattage of each fixture in the common areas of the mall starting with the parking Lot Lights.

Solution 
EM resolved a problem by diagnosing the mall's common area energy usage. They created a plan of action and implemented a project to remove high-wattage CFL and Metal Halide lights and replace them with lower-wattage LED light bulbs and fixtures.

The mall has benefited from this lighting project because the energy usage is lower causing an energy cost savings for the land lord. The mall's lighting is also brighter and gives it a cleaner and crisp look that customers and retailers can enjoy.

"The lights brought life back into the mall. Foot traffic has increased in the mall since the lights have been installed. “ Jonathan Pittman, Lakes Mall General Manager

List products and services Electro-Matic used:
We used 55 Different LED products for both inside and outside.

Any external companies that helped on the project or solution and their services provided:
Tri-State Light did the install.

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Topics: Going Green, Electro-Matic Sign News, LED Lighting, LED Parking Lot Lighting, News, Parking Lots and Structures, Property Management, Shopping Malls

Crystal Gardens Upgrades to the Modern Technology of EM Fusion Series

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jul 8, 2021 4:59:31 PM

Crystal Gardens is a premier banquet center that has offered elegant and spacious banquet rooms, custom table settings, and the perfect menus for more than 40 years. However, their Southgate, Michigan location had an Optec unit so out-of-date that replacement parts were no longer available.

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Mike Richardson, at Mr. LED had sold them their old unit so Electro-Matic knew a replacement project with them was on the horizon for years. Through Mr. LED, EM Visual scheduled a demo with Crystal Gardens for operation and ownership. The demo featured the modern technology of our Fusion Series. Following the demo, Crystal Gardens decided to move forward with the project.

Electro-Matic upgraded the resolution significantly from what they had previously. We were able to meet the project budget and Mr. LED was able to coordinate the project efficiently.

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“Working with Mike at Mr. LED Signs is always a pleasant experience. After a couple of years of consideration, Once he was able to set up the demo, the project closed very quickly. It’s a primetime installation for EMV on the main hub in Southgate on a highly viewable intersection.” 

– Visual Sales Team

Products and Services Electro-Matic used:   

  • Fusion 5’ x 11 m/s 16 mm – 84 x 192
  • AAA Signs, Flat Rock, MI performed the installation.
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Topics: Going Green, Electro-Matic Sign News, LED Lighting, LED Parking Lot Lighting, News, Parking Lots and Structures, Property Management, Shopping Malls

Pro Auto Care Upgrades to Full-Color LED Sign

Posted by Molly Austin on May 10, 2021 3:15:16 PM

Pro Care Auto is an Automotive Services small business. The owner, Greg Jarossy, contacted Electro-Matic in January of 2018. They were moving to a new property and had an old, mono electronic message center that had failed. He wanted to replace and upgrade to full color, then take his sign along with him and make the upgrade once the property closed.

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Technical Situation/Analysis
Electro-Matic was able to find the sign on Google Maps to get a feel for the structure and overall design of the sign. We were able to easily recommend 2’ x 8’ m/s both at 11 mm & 16 mm for Greg’s review. We also recommended he trade places with the EMC going to the ID cabinet space, and the ID to the EMC space. This would provide him with a bigger EMC allowing him more space for his variable messages and graphic options. 

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We were able to position ourselves as an asset for Greg as he reviewed both EMV and our Fusion product against some other options. He relayed that we were at the head of the pack. The project took just over a year from the first contact to close, which is a very consistent time period for a retail opportunity.

“We love it. Easy to program as well. Plus...your customer service is top-notch!”

Greg Jarossy, Owner of Pro Auto Care

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Chapin's Banquets Utilizes New LED Electronic Message Center

Posted by Molly Austin on Apr 5, 2021 12:19:57 PM

Located in Minooka, Illinois, Chapin's Banquets and Catering is a beautiful banquet hall perfect for hosting a variety of events including weddings, receptions, fundraisers, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, holiday parties, graduation parties, sport banquets, off-site caterings and much more. On top of the banquet hall they have an exquisite full-service restaurant called Twin Rail Pub.

Chapin's Banquets found themselves in a predicament when water began to leak into their electronic message center which caused all sorts of troubleshoot problems. The overseas vendor they purchased the sign from years ago was not delivering adequate customer service in regards to providing new parts to replace those with water damage, or any other assistance for that matter. Chapin's wanted a new EMC from a company they could depend on. It was then they reached out to Electro-Matic Visual for some help. With Twin Rail Pub being on the back side of the building many people don’t know that it is.

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When presented with the project, EM Visual knew the first step was to find a size to fit, and type of resolution that would best fit the needs of this application. The Electro-Matic demo trailer made it easy to present the owner with both an 11mm and 16mm option. 

Solution: After the demo the customer had decided that he only needed a 16mm full color based on his location. With the customer up on a hill and the cars below the 16mm was the best option while keeping price in mind. Once that was decided Visions Signs took care of all installation and permitting.

Benefits: With the new 16mm fusion message center Chapin’s and Twin Rail Pub with now have full exposure to promote their events. Chapin’s will use the message center as a way to advertise their services, but also advertise what event is going on. As far as Twin Rail Pub they now will gain street exposure and use this to promote food and beverage specials.

List products and services EM used:
16mm 60x144 LED Display.

External companies that helped on the project or solution and their services provided:
Visions Signs was the sign company that sold and installed the project.

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EM Visual Greatly Impacts Vassar Schools with our Turnkey Approach

Posted by Molly Austin on Nov 9, 2020 5:06:17 PM

Vassar schools are a pre-K through 12th grade public school district, with four buildings in total.

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Topics: Going Green, Electro-Matic Sign News, LED Lighting, News

Upgrade Your Properties with LED Light Solutions

Posted by Electro-Matic on Oct 14, 2020 2:30:30 PM

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.

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Topics: LED Technology, Electro-Matic Visual Solutions, LED Lighting, Property Management

New 6mm LED Sign at Meadows Crossing Results in Higher Sales Revenue

Posted by Molly Austin on Sep 15, 2020 2:09:13 PM

 

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.

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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.

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"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 Management

List products and services EM used
4ft x 8ft / 180x360 Pixel / 6mm Electro-Matic Fusion Display
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Topics: Going Green, Electro-Matic Sign News, LED Lighting, News

Islandia & Suffix Increases their Light Level by 33%

Posted by Molly Austin on Sep 15, 2020 1:45:19 PM

The owners of the Islandia and Suffix property, Namdar Realty Group, invest in office building and commercial retail threw out the United States.

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Fori Automation Energy Consumption Reduced by 72%

Posted by Molly Austin on Sep 3, 2020 9:09:15 AM

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.

Check out Electro-Matic’s process for upgrading Industrial Facilities and Warehouses to LED Lighting.

Technical Situation/Analysis
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.

Solution
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.

Benefits
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

Electro-Matic's LED Lighting Turnkey Process

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