Blog : Lighting

What are my LED Lighting Choices?

April 9th, 2014

Lighting represents 40 percent of the electrical consumption in a commercial building, affecting other building systems through its electrical requirements and waste heat production. Lighting retrofits can decrease lighting electricity consumption by 50 percent or more, which makes it one of the first considerations for reducing utility costs.


Commercial LED applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies. The electricity used over the life of a single incandescent bulb ends up costing 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself.  Replacing conventional lighting with LEDs will reduce lighting energy use over the lifetime of the bulb, (up to 50,000 hours), thereby reducing operation costs. LED technology has also made major advancements in color temperature, which results in a “warm” atmosphere that also maximizes lumen/watt output. Available features like dimming, motion sensors, and automatic daylight shut-off further increase LED efficiency.


LED bulbs are currently available in many forms such as LED Replacement  for 4-PIN & 2-PIN CFL making upgrades even easier and more affordable.

Other exciting new products available are 3-way LED bulbs which replace the 3-way incandescent counterparts found in most hotel guest rooms table lamps.

Additional LED bulbs are available include replacements for 40W, 60W, and 75W traditional incandescent, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lights.

Are you interested in purchasing LEDs? For more information on LED lighting, Contact us

IMPACT energy Lighting Audit Leads to Major Savings for Chateau Beaver Creek

April 3rd, 2014

The results are in from a recent IMPACTenergy lighting audit to Chateau Beaver Creek: increased comfort, while saving energy and money.  A lighting audit is the foundation of a cost-effective, energy-efficient strategy that enhances the lighting design in your building.  Our goal for the Chateau, as well as all of our lighting projects, is to make an existing lighting system more efficient while maintaining, if not enhancing, the quality of the lighting.

Sustainable Achievements:
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY  Following their lighting audit, Chateau Beaver Creek will now save more than $50,000 per year on energy bills and operating costs.  The lighting upgrade will save 75 percent in electricity for lighting.
  • COMFORT  Lighting audits evaluate factors such as under-lit spaces, color temperature, and architectural conditions before making recommendations for upgrades to ensure guest comfort.
  • VALUE  With aggressive rebates, LEDs have a better return on investment than CFLs and traditional bulbs.  The rebates available for LEDs are a positive tipping point for the investment, with payback seen in as early as three months.  Chateau Beaver Creek will receive more than $57,000 in rebates for upgrading to a more efficient lighting system.
  • ENVIRONMENT  Chateau Beaver Creek will, on average, save 75 percent on electrical lighting usage. The carbon emission savings is equal to reducing 100 cars on the road per year!

For more information on Lighting Audits and Lighting Design, contact us

Maximizing Commercial Lighting

February 19th, 2014

Lighting retrofits and upgrades are a great way to reduce energy consumption and save money.  However, lighting design is an often-overlooked aspect of lighting retrofits.

Attention to lighting design significantly increases customer comfort and satisfaction.  Additionally, good lighting design during a retrofit can save businesses energy and money over a simple light bulb to energy-efficient light bulb change.

 A thorough lighting audit should assess at least the three primary elements of lighting to determine the best upgrades: efficiency, design, and controls.

Lighting Efficiency  

Did you know that energy-efficient LED bulbs often provide a better return on investment than CFL bulbs?  While LED bulbs cost more, they have a much longer lifespan than CFL bulbs. The aggressive rebates currently available are another good reason to consider investing in LED bulbs.

Lighting Design

Lighting design audits evaluate factors such as lighting output and color, current foot-candles, and architectural conditions before making recommendations for upgrades to a new system.

Lighting Controls

A good lighting audit will assess each space for appropriate lighting controls, such as motion sensors and dimmers.  These can result in significant energy savings.


A great example is the The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek’s new LED lighting.  With help from Impact Energy, their LEDs are eligible for a $25,000 rebate.

Is your current lighting design efficient? Contact us for a lighting audit at