Opportunity4 Sons’s tedious and costly maintenance plan made simple with Cree LED lighting solutions.With twenty-one food and petroleum stores in the local Phoenix, Arizona area, Eric Seitz, Owner of 4 Sons Food Stores, Inc., was paying for a lot of lighting maintenance.“I was growing tired of the maintenance and expense involved with our lights and I wanted to lower the power bills at all of our locations,” said Seitz.That’s when Seitz contacted Treve Gibson, Owner of DemandDrop about upgrading his existing lighting to a more efficient lighting solution that wouldn’t alter his current lighting plan. Enter Cree.“We worked together to create a phenomenal cost-saving solution using Cree® LED lights,” said Gibson.SolutionIf you plan it, savings will come. Interior and exterior lighting upgrades completed over time.With multiple locations of various sizes and layouts to upgrade, Gibson developed a plan to upgrade two to three locations per month.“Each location has strict lighting rules and the existing lighting plans were already compliant. The Cree® luminaires savedus time, because they worked great as one-to-one (or less) replacement solutions. So, we didn’t have to redesign the entire lighting plan,” said Gibson.Throughout all of the stores, the canopy lighting was transitioned from 400W metal halide to the high-performing CPY Series which allowed Seitz to reduce the number of luminaires needed. Around the C-Store, 42W XSPWTM Wall Packs replaced 175W metal halide. For stores with car washes, the XSPWTM Wall Packs or CPY250TM Canopy/Soffit luminaires were used.Inside the stores, 12W CR6TM Downlights were used to replace 32W CFL fixtures, and the ZR Series Troffers replaced 3-lamp fluorescent T8 fixtures. ZR24TM luminaires provide 90+CRI to make merchandise colors and brands pop at 4,000 Kelvin.“I was skeptical about reducing the color temperature because I’ve always used 5,000 Kelvin at my stores, but it worked – the lighting is so much brighter and uses less energy,” said Seitz.In some locations, 2-lamp fluorescent T8 bulbs were easily switched to LED with the UR Series Upgrade Kits — using the existing housing allowed for reduced fixture waste.BenefitsSwitch to Cree® LED Lighting yields an impressive ROI that leads to significant energy savings and an overall pleasing outcome for 4Sons and their customers.By upgrading their light fixtures to Cree LED luminaires, 4Sons Food Stores, Inc. was able to save $1,500 to $1,800 per month per location on energy costs – about one third of the energy bill. In addition, each location saves thousands of dollars annually on maintenance costs since Cree LED lights are virtually maintenance-free for 10 years. For example, the Cave Creek location is estimated to save $3,500 in annual maintenance costs. By upgrading, each location was able to secure between $8,000 to $16,000 in utility rebates. In Cave Creek’s situation, the payback was brought down to 1.7 years.The cost savings doesn’t end with the lighting upgrade. “The money we have saved on energy and maintenance costs from the lights, allowed us to install programmable thermostats.Since the Cree® LED lights generate less heat than traditional lights, we were able to adjust the set temperature allowing us to keep the c-store comfortable, while our HVAC system uses less energy,” said Seitz. “The temperature change really pays off since it can be 115° or higher in the summer.”The benefits of Cree LED lighting doesn’t stop at cost savings – 4 Sons Food Stores, Inc. is also benefiting from the crisp white light creating excellent visibility and an inviting, safe atmosphere.“Our stores are so bright now that they bring in customers from the highway,” said Seitz. “Neighboring stations end up getting lost in the dark and we stand out in the crowd.”“The lighting is very comfortable,” said Gibson. “It’s bright, but not piercing to the eyes.” Plus, the interior LED lighting helps make the store merchandise and displays pop without being overbearing.“We are very happy with our decision to upgrade the lighting in all of our locations to Cree® LED lighting. From the crisp white light to the energy and maintenance savings – it’s a win for us,” said Seitz.
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Argonauts Finish Second at Golfweek Spring Invitational Blake Olson (Photo by Jim Hogue) Share ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s golf team had an excellent start to the 2010 spring season, taking on the highly competitive field of the Golfweek Spring Invitational to finish in second place and just two strokes behind tournament winner No.13 Nova Southeastern. Freshman Blake Olson (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS) shot a career-low 68 during the final round, finishing three under for the tournament.West Florida shot a combined score of 880, matching Nova Southeastern for the tournament low single round score of 289 after the final day. Third place No. 4 Chico State and No. 16 Lander finished with a score of 886, six strokes back from the Argonauts while No. 6 Lynn ended the tournament in fifth place shooting 892. Of the 18 teams in the field, 10 are ranked in the top-25 of the nation according to the most recent GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll, five of which are ranked in the top-10 with the remainder of the field all receiving votes.“Everybody fought hard and played well,” said UWF Head Coach Steve Fell. “All in all I’m pretty pleased. It’s a good way to start off the spring. We’re kind of a young team, but we’ve been working hard and it’s starting to pay off. This will give our guys confidence that we can play with anybody; we just need to keep working hard and improving, and we’ll see what happens.”Olson had a stellar final round, carding five birdies and 12 pars going into the 18th hole before having his single bogey of the round to finish with a 68. He jumped from his tie at seventh place from the beginning of the third round to contend for the lead for the remainder of the day after back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes, but finished tied for second (75-70-68-213), just two strokes behind individual winner Roberto Nasalli-Rocca of Lander. “I was really impressed with the way (Blake) composed himself,” said Fell. “He had a really good chance to win it outright – he was right there. I expect a lot more of this out of him, and I think he’s going to be one of our top players.”The remainder of the West Florida team also held their own during the final round, as sophomore Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) came in with a 74 after the final round to tie for fifth place with a total 218 (73-71-74). Black went three-for-three in birdies, again scoring his only three birdies of the round on the back nine to match his first two rounds. Junior Otto Bonning (Skanor, Sweden/Sundsgymnasiet) finished in the top-15, tying for exactly 15th after a total score 222 (74-73-75) with a birdie on the final hole of the tournament. Sophomore Robbie Van Riper (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon HS) had the second lowest score for UWF after the third round, improving on his previous day score by 10 strokes to shoot an even-par 72 putting him in a tie for 39th (75-82-72). The round is his lowest as an Argonaut. Sophomore Jake Bradley (Milton, Fla./Pace HS) finished the tournament placing in a tie for 76th (79-80-81-240).West Florida will hit the road again in one week to travel to Lakeland, Fla. to compete in the Matlock Collegiate Classic hosted by No. 10 Florida Southern February 15-16. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version