Retrofit : Retrofit Volume 2 Issue 1 2013
28 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 2 NUMBER 1 2013 | Company Profile What do Valvoline, Eilbeck Cranes, Southern Steel and 3M have in common? They all recently upgraded their power-hungry 400-watt high-bay lights to energy-efficient EELCO fittings. Apart from an immediate improvement in illumination levels, all four companies will also take advantage of significant government rebates now available for approved energy-efficient upgrades. Australian-made EELCO high- bays consume as little as 30 per cent of the energy used by their standard metal halide and mercury vapour counterparts. The result is a considerable reduction in electricity running costs, often completely recouping installation costs in as little as 12 months. Combine this with ongoing maintenance cost savings resulting from EELCO products' reliance on quality, readily available long-life and low-cost lamp systems, and you have one of the most viable ways for Australian industry to reduce both its carbon footprint, and its operating costs. With more than 30 high- and low- bay product variants, EELCO custom designs each retrofit project to ensure that a 'one-for-one' replacement of existing lights will maximise energy savings and, importantly, maintain Australian Standards AS1680 compliant lighting levels. For Valvoline, the upgrade of metal halide high-bays throughout their Wetherill Park New South Wales Consumer Lubricants Production facility in November 2012 has resulted in annual savings of $12,800 and 64 tonnes of CO2. Thanks to the inclusion of an automated daylight harvesting system, made possible by the 'instant ON' function of EELCO 48 series luminaires, the high-bay lighting upgrade at Eilbeck Cranes' Ingleburn New South Wales manufacturing facility in January 2013 will save the company more than $20,000 and 45 tonnes of CO2 annually. Mercury vapour low-bays throughout the external despatch area at 3M's Pemulway New South Wales distribution centre were upgraded in December 2012, resulting in annual savings of $7,800 and 36 tonnes of CO2. EELCO CEO Mat Fear says, 'Linear fluorescent technology used in our 48 series luminaires offers superior performance and longevity compared to emerging technologies such as LED and induction. LED has its place in residential and low roof commercial environments, but the high summer temperatures at roof level in most Australian industrial facilities mean that these imports are just not viable long-term in high-bay applications. Standardised T5 replacement lamps for EELCO luminaires are readily available and relatively inexpensive, resulting in a lighting system that remains viable well into the future.' Lighting for the future After the completion of a trial upgrade in March 2010, Southern Steel implemented the complete retrofit of metal halide high-bays throughout its Rigby Jones Engineering heavy steel fabrication facility in December 2012. Apart from a dramatic improvement in lighting levels, the company is now saving $29,000 annually in running costs and 130 tonnes of carbon emissions.
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Retrofit Volume 2 Issue 2 2013