Empowering Michigan https://empoweringmichigan.com Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:50:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 LED lighting: How LEDs can help your business https://empoweringmichigan.com/facts-about-led-lighting/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:27:00 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7487 Lighting is important. In fact, it’s so ingrained in our lives we hardly even notice or step back to appreciate it until it’s not there. Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light in 1879 and since then, there have been vast improvements to indoor lighting. Certain types of indoor lighting have even been known to […]

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Lighting is important. In fact, it’s so ingrained in our lives we hardly even notice or step back to appreciate it until it’s not there. Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light in 1879 and since then, there have been vast improvements to indoor lighting. Certain types of indoor lighting have even been known to have psychological impacts through light therapy, which is used to treat seasonal affective disorder and depression. The right type of lighting has also been proven to increase productivity and reduce workplace accidents.

Have you ever thought about what type of light your business is using? If it’s not a light emitting diode, otherwise known as LED lighting, you could be missing out on significant benefits.

Things to know about LEDs:

LEDs come in a variety of colors, otherwise known as color temperature. Typically, LEDS are separated into 4 categories based on the amount of lumen and kelvins (K). The higher the lumen and kelvin in a bulb, the whiter the light will be. The categories range from very warm white (under 2700K), warm white (2700K-3200K), daylight (4000K-5000K) and cool white (5500K-6500K).  This variety can give you more options when it comes to selecting the type of lighting you prefer in your workspace. One study found that the higher the color temperatures, the greater the results in terms of response times as well as verbal and spatial memory.   

If your business has dimmer switches, consider finding dimmable LEDs as an alternative to incandescent products, as not all LED lights are compatible with dimmer switches. Dimming switches work as a way of cooling the hot piece of metal that incandescent bulbs contain, resulting in dimmed light. However, non-dimmable LEDs do not contain that same type of metal and therefore cannot be dimmed. If non-dimmable LED bulbs were connected to a dimmer switch, the bulb would flicker causing strain on your eyes. Dimmable LEDs are made specifically for dimmer switches to avoid the flicker.

ALL LED light bulbs can however be used for occupancy sensors, which turn on and off lights automatically by sensing when an individual is in the room. By installing occupancy sensors, you can save energy by not leaving the lights on when its unnecessary and reduce maintenance costs by extending the life of a bulb.

Beyond the environmental and productivity benefits of LEDs, this type of lighting also will keep help lower your electric bills. As stated, LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use at least 75% less energy, meaning there are fewer overhead costs of replacing bulbs and you are getting better quality lighting, for less. Moreover, provides discounted pricing through rebates for those who make the switch. What are you waiting for?    

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MIGreenPower small business spotlight: Detroit Martial Arts Institute https://empoweringmichigan.com/migreenpower-detroit-martial-arts-institute/ Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:15:59 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7479 Reducing your carbon footprint is easier than you might think. Anyone and everyone can make adjustments that will reduce emissions and save energy.  We caught up with founder and owner of Detroit Martial Arts Institute, George Reynolds – a new member of DTE’s MIGreenPower program – with plans to make small changes to his building […]

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Reducing your carbon footprint is easier than you might think. Anyone and everyone can make adjustments that will reduce emissions and save energy.  We caught up with founder and owner of Detroit Martial Arts Institute, George Reynolds – a new member of DTE’s MIGreenPower program – with plans to make small changes to his building for a big impact on his carbon footprint.

Reynolds, a Grand Master in martial arts with over 50 years of experience, opened Detroit Martial Arts Institute in Detroit in 2004. At 7,500 square feet, it is one of the largest martial arts gyms in Detroit and houses instruction facilities for kids, teens, adults, and those with special needs. Over the years Reynolds’ gym has become a cornerstone for the community by providing after-school programming during the school year, various camps throughout the summer, and is a meet-up and eat location for kids. Detroit Martial Arts Institute is open year-round to assist parents in providing a safe, secure place for their children to go while they are at work or in school.

Beyond Reynolds’ dedication to his martial arts school, he has started a nonprofit to assist children who can’t afford martial arts programs and help fund travel to competitions. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. Reynolds has served in the Army and worked as an electronic repair man.

Through these experiences, Reynolds has become very conscious of his energy intake, and after having lived in Germany for a period where everything was on a switch, he realized he doesn’t like to be an “energy hog.” Once he learned about MIGreenPower through Motor City Re-Store, he knew it was the right move for his business. He enrolled and chose to attribute 25 percent of his energy use to local wind and solar projects.

He also is taking advantage of DTE’s energy efficiency programs and is working with DTE to cut his electricity usage by 50 percent by swapping out his fluorescent lights to LEDs, in and around his building.

He is committed to making his community a better place and believes that “well-lit places make people feel more comfortable, like it’s a safe, good place to be.”

Reynolds appreciates knowing he has taken steps to make his business greener. He believes in doing what he can to not only reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy use on his end, but also encouraging others in his neighborhood to do the same thing through programs like DTE’s MIGreenPower.

Reynolds encourages everyone to understand the opportunities available to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether you are a business owner, homeowner or a renter, joining MIGreenPower can help you go green easily and affordably.  Learn more about the MIGreenPower program online or by calling the dedicated MIGreenPower customer service center at 855.613.4445.

 

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Local voices talking about wind energy in Michigan https://empoweringmichigan.com/local-voices-talking-about-wind-energy-in-michigan/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:39:06 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7454 Wind energy is helping Michigan’s rural communities thrive. When a community hosts a wind project, everyone who lives there wins. Farmers still have most of their land available for planting, and the extra income from lease payments provides some added security, especially in difficult growing years. The wind turbines generate substantial tax revenue, which can […]

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Wind energy is helping Michigan’s rural communities thrive. When a community hosts a wind project, everyone who lives there wins. Farmers still have most of their land available for planting, and the extra income from lease payments provides some added security, especially in difficult growing years. The wind turbines generate substantial tax revenue, which can be used to support and improve essential community services such as roads, schools, emergency services and libraries. Listen to what landowners and township officials in Huron and Gratiot counties have to say about what it is like to have wind parks in their communities.

 

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Compare prices to make the right choice https://empoweringmichigan.com/compare-prices-to-make-the-right-choice/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:16:21 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7435 Before making a purchase, one of the first things most people do is compare prices to find the best deal. If you’re considering making a change to your natural gas supplier, however, do you know where and how you can compare prices? The Michigan Public Service Commission has a site that allows you to do […]

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Before making a purchase, one of the first things most people do is compare prices to find the best deal. If you’re considering making a change to your natural gas supplier, however, do you know where and how you can compare prices?

The Michigan Public Service Commission has a site that allows you to do just that so you can see if DTE Energy or an alternative gas supplier is offering the best deal for you. By visiting Compare MI Gas, you can see how DTE’s rate, which is regulated by the MPSC, compares to rates offered by alternative gas suppliers, which can vary based on contract length and other factors

The site also provides access to DTE’s historical rate cards, allowing you to see how DTE’s price has changed over time, as well as additional information on the gas customer choice program, customer rights and responsibilities and contact information for alternative suppliers.

Whether you choose an alternative supplier or DTE Energy as your natural gas provider, it’s important to be informed on your options to make the right choice for your home or business. No matter who your supplier is, DTE Energy will still be there to respond to gas leaks, maintain your gas meter and provide your monthly bill.

Got more questions about the gas customer choice program? Watch this video for more details.

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A spotlight on the Great Lakes Bay Region https://empoweringmichigan.com/spotlight-great-lakes-bay-region/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:31:32 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7442 In Michigan, we are fortunate to be surrounded by one of the largest groups of freshwater lakes on Earth. Our Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s fresh water supply. These lakes are part of what makes Michigan such a great place to live and […]

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In Michigan, we are fortunate to be surrounded by one of the largest groups of freshwater lakes on Earth. Our Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s fresh water supply. These lakes are part of what makes Michigan such a great place to live and visit. One particular region especially benefits from the beauty and resources these lakes provide – the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Made up by six cities – Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Saginaw – it is considered one of the best vacation spots in the state. With each city providing something different from the next, the Great Lakes Bay Region makes for a wonderful weekend getaway. Planning a visit? Take a look inside each city’s must-see sights to build your to-do list.

Bay City

Known as an urban, eclectic waterfront escape, Bay City sits along Saginaw Bay which feeds into Lake Huron. When visiting you can look forward to:

Birch Run

Most people have heard of or visited the Birch Run Premium Outlets – one of the largest outlet malls in the Midwest – but there is plenty more to do besides shop. While you’re in Birch Run, make sure to:

Chesaning

This city is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle & bustle and enjoy the simplicities of life again. When you’re visiting Chesaning, you should:

Frankenmuth

It’s like visiting two places at once when you’re in Frankenmuth thanks to the German inspirations all around. In Michigan’s Little Bavaria, don’t forget to:

Midland

Seamlessly blending nature and cityscapes, Midland is filled with beautiful views all around. There is so much to see, but you should consider:

Saginaw

From Riverfront Saginaw to Old Saginaw City (or “Old Town”), enjoy a diverse mix of old and new when visiting Saginaw. You have to:

There is plenty to see and experience while visiting the Great Lakes Bay Region. Whether you only have a weekend or can stretch it out over a week, you’re guaranteed to enjoy one of Michigan’s most beautiful, diverse regions. For more happening in your neighborhood, check out Empowering Michigan.

 

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Where to fall for Michigan fishing – hook, line and sinker https://empoweringmichigan.com/michigan-fishing-hook-line-and-sinker/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:30:24 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7450 If there’s one thing Michigan isn’t void of, it’s calming, beautiful locales where Michiganders can become one with nature. This is especially true for fishermen and fisherwomen who have the great fortune of access to the state’s 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. Whether you’re an avid angler, or will be […]

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If there’s one thing Michigan isn’t void of, it’s calming, beautiful locales where Michiganders can become one with nature. This is especially true for fishermen and fisherwomen who have the great fortune of access to the state’s 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

Whether you’re an avid angler, or will be casting your first line, there’s no better time than National Fishing Month to partake in one of Michigan’s most popular outdoor activities. Plan your next fishing trip at one of these state fisheries:

  • William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (Detroit): Situated along the Detroit River, Michigan’s first urban state park offers shoreline fishing for city dwellers looking for their next catch. As an added bonus, visit the nearby Outdoor Adventure Center for fun hands-on activities and exhibits or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Belle Isle, the jewel of the city.
  • Elizabeth Park (Trenton): Also on the Detroit River, Elizabeth Park has over 1,300 feet of river walk for fishers to claim their perfect spot and catch fish such as perch, walleye and rock bass.  
  • Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron): Found in the waters of Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay is one of the nation’s top walleye fisheries but also has a great amount of yellow perch, channel catfish and small-mouth bass.
  • Coldwater Country (Branch County): Branch County has more than 100 lakes for anglers to choose from for their next catch. Coldwater Country’s largest lake, Coldwater Lake, sits on 1,650 acres and has a variety of fish, including northern pike, catfish and large- and small-mouth bass.
  • Hubbard Lake (Alcona County): Hubbard Lake, the state’s 12th largest lake, is home to fish such as perch, pike and muskie. Walleye lovers, take note – this lake is prime for your favorite catch.

If you can’t get enough of Michigan’s great outdoors, visit these Empowering Michigan blogs to get inspiration for your next outing. 

 

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Skip the afternoon slump and stay energized https://empoweringmichigan.com/skip-the-afternoon-slump-and-stay-energized/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:26:20 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7447 Some days just seem to drag on forever. You’re chugging along, being productive and then BAM. You run out of steam. Your battery runs out of juice. You hit a wall. You…well you get the point.  The truth is this is completely natural. Your body requires an adequate amount of rest, which is why napping […]

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Some days just seem to drag on forever. You’re chugging along, being productive and then BAM. You run out of steam. Your battery runs out of juice. You hit a wall. You…well you get the point.  The truth is this is completely natural.

Your body requires an adequate amount of rest, which is why napping can be beneficial. Naps have been proven to increase brain functions such as memory, focus and creativity. But if you’re like most of the working world, naps are not always an option. So, what can you do? There are several ways to keep you out of the afternoon slump and stay energized throughout the day.

Open the curtains: Whether it’s artificial or natural light, working in a well-lit area helps align your body clock and stay awake. If there is no natural light around you, using LED lights with “blue or cool light” temperatures can help increase concentration and reduce sleepiness.

Watch what you eat and drink: While drinking an extra cup of coffee or reaching for an energy drink can lead to short-term energy boosts, caffeine consumption can lead you down a cycle of reliance or, in harsher terms, addiction. Consuming sugar can also provide short-term energy boosts but also leads to a crash shortly after. Instead, try eating foods that give you a prolonged sense of energy naturally. Foods that will help provide long-term energy boosts include almonds, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, bananas, and oatmeal. These foods are rich in protein which is known to help regulate your energy levels to boost concentration.

Give your eyes a break: People tend to stare at screens a lot throughout the day. This can put an immense amount of strain on your eyes and result in blurred vision, difficulty keeping your eyes open and headaches. To give your eyes a break and allow them to relax, try the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from a screen for 20 seconds and focus on something roughly 20 feet away. Do this every 20 minutes you’re working on a screen.    

Take a walk: If you’re having trouble keeping your eyes open, getting up and walking around can reduce fatigue and also help improve fitness, cardiac health, mood and circulation.

Whether you’re able to fit in a nap during the day or not, following these simple steps can keep you alert and refreshed all day. Your body and mind will thank you, and so will your boss for being less sleepy and a bit more productive!

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Casting a safety net https://empoweringmichigan.com/casting-a-safety-net/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 01:20:44 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7401 Catching the world’s fastest bird wasn’t in the job description when Ryan Wisniewski joined DTE Energy as a summer co-op at the Monroe Power Plant. But he didn’t mind. “Not at all, I enjoy it,” said Wisniewski, who is studying environmental engineering at the University of Toledo. Wisniewski and several fellow Monroe Power Plant employees […]

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Catching the world’s fastest bird wasn’t in the job description when Ryan Wisniewski joined DTE Energy as a summer co-op at the Monroe Power Plant. But he didn’t mind.

“Not at all, I enjoy it,” said Wisniewski, who is studying environmental engineering at the University of Toledo.

Wisniewski and several fellow Monroe Power Plant employees teamed up earlier this summer to save four peregrine falcon chicks that were nesting on the building’s roof. Perched on a ledge about 100 feet above the ground, the chicks hatched in late spring and immediately grabbed the attention of plant personnel who were concerned the birds would fall out of the nest before they were able fly. So they hung a large net below the nest, and alerted coworkers of the situation.

“Just about everyone (was) aware of what’s going,” said Tom Foxworthy, a work management specialist at Monroe who also volunteers on environmental and wildlife projects at the plant. “We roped off the area to keep people away so no one would get hurt.”

The preparation and teamwork saved the chicks’ lives as each one – three females and one male – fell out of the nest over a 10-day period in late May and early June and landed safely in the net below. The chicks were then turned over to professional falconers Mark Tomich and Dave Hogan, who have helped rehabilitate other sick or injured wildlife, including bald eagles, rescued on the plant’s property in recent years.

“We would have lost all of the chicks if it wasn’t for their efforts,” Hogan said.

That’s an important contribution to the recovery of bird that was nearly extinct in the U.S. in the 1970s because of the effects of DDT and other persistent pesticides. Today, the population is steady and there are an estimated 1,650 breeding pairs in North America. An adult peregrine falcon is one of the world’s fastest birds – flying up to 200 miles per hour – and preying on other birds in the sky.

Hogan kept the chicks in captivity for two to six weeks depending on their condition, providing a steady diet of quail and time to practice flying and landing. He returned to the Monroe plant in late June with the chicks to release them near the area where the nest was located; the parent peregrine falcons were still nearby.

In order to be tracked by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the chicks were photographed, banded and named – Houdini is joined by his sisters Kristen, Ginger and Wanda – before being released.

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Monarchs and milkweeds https://empoweringmichigan.com/monarchs-and-milkweeds/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:00:03 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7381 Looking across acres of Michigan countryside on DTE Energy property in St. Clair County, Matt Shackelford, a company biologist, sees what most others can’t – a field of natural treasures. Sprinkled among the grassy meadows and tracts of bittersweet and Queen Anne’s lace, is a rare plant species called Sullivant’s milkweed. It is a threatened […]

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Looking across acres of Michigan countryside on DTE Energy property in St. Clair County, Matt Shackelford, a company biologist, sees what most others can’t – a field of natural treasures.

Sprinkled among the grassy meadows and tracts of bittersweet and Queen Anne’s lace, is a rare plant species called Sullivant’s milkweed. It is a threatened species in the state of Michigan, and the main habitat for Monarch butterflies, which have seen an alarming population decline in recent years due to habitat loss and climate change.

“If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can walk right by it,” Shackelford said.

Fortunately, Shackelford and his colleagues from DTE’s Environmental Management and Resources (EM&R) team do know. And this summer, before any construction equipment could roll on to the property to break ground on a new natural gas-fueled plant, called Blue Water Energy Center, that will supply low-emission electricity to approximately 850,000 Michigan homes, EM&R staff conducted a “wandering survey” – zig zagging across the fields discovering more than 400 Sullivant’s milkweed plants, marking each location with a GPS device.

“This plant is very rare, and we want to save as many as we can,” Shackelford said.

And on a recent overcast day in August, they did just that. DTE biologists working with a local company, Marine City Nursery, relocated the Sullivant’s milkweed plants to an area where they will not be disturbed by the future construction activity. The new location was selected based on the type of soil and habitat that best suits Sullivant’s. Each plant was provided with an overlay of fresh top soil, watered and flagged.

“We will monitor them for three years,” Shackelford said. “We’ve moved them off the project area and we will fence them in just be sure.”

Nearby a monarch caterpillar rests peacefully on the branch of a milkweed plant. And that’s what it’s all about – doing the right thing by assisting in the conservation of plants and animals.

Monarchs, specifically, contribute to the health of the planet by pollinating many types of wildflowers. They are also an important food source for birds, small animals, and other insects. Their migration every fall is remarkable, taking up to two months and flying 50-100 miles a day from the U.S. and Canada to Mexico for the winter.

“Just because it’s not a direct benefit to humans doesn’t mean it’s not a benefit to the environment in your area,” said Shackelford. “As a company, we’re very conscious of that.”

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The future is now https://empoweringmichigan.com/the-future-is-now/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:42:08 +0000 https://empoweringmichigan.com/?p=7338 This article originally appeared in DTE Energy’s EnergySmarts for Michigan Business, a free publication for our customers. Savvy business owners know a 20-percent energy bill reduction is easily achieved by replacing incandescent bulbs and high-intensity discharge lighting with highly efficient ENERGY STAR®- or DesignLights Consortium°-certified LEDs. LEDs produce superior light without generating heat and deliver numerous benefits. […]

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This article originally appeared in DTE Energy’s EnergySmarts for Michigan Business, a free publication for our customers.

Savvy business owners know a 20-percent energy bill reduction is easily achieved by replacing incandescent bulbs and high-intensity discharge lighting with highly efficient ENERGY STAR®- or DesignLights Consortium°-certified LEDs.

LEDs produce superior light without generating heat and deliver numerous benefits.

  • Reduce overall cost: While LEDs cost more initially, they last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, making them a significant­ly better value.
  • Lower air conditioning costs: Because LEDs run cooler, air conditioning systems don’t work as hard in warm weather.
  • Superb lighting: LEDs enable enhanced and focused retail display lighting that attracts attention and builds sales volume.

LEDs have saturated the market and are widely available in a variety of shapes, sizes, lumen ratings and color temperatures, ranging from white and cool to golden warm. LED popularity has grown tremendously in a relatively short period of time, the technology has advanced exponentially, and prices have declined.

We recently spoke to lighting expert Jim Colantoni III, national account manager at Lunera, to learn what’s on the horizon for LEDs. According to Colantoni, LEDs will continue to advance. They’re becoming more refined and will soon deliver features and benefits one can only imagine. Connectivity and specialized applications are key.

Connectivity and Lighting Control

“One of the major trends we’re seeing is in the area of advanced lighting controls and Wi-Fi capability,” said Colantoni. “At Lunera, we’ve developed technology that connects LEDs and other devices within range to networks and the cloud.”

Lunera’s cloud-connected commercial LEDs are now available with embedded networking and control functions. This advanced technology allows LEDs to connect to each other seamlessly via Wi-Fi or guest networks. Because they also have Bluetooth capability, these LEDs deliver a wealth of benefits to small-business owners.

“With small businesses, lighting control is typically handled via a light switch or perhaps with occupancy sensors. These new LEDs can track occupancy, switching on and off as employees enter or leave a room. They can handle time tracking, notifying you when employees arrive or leave. This is accomplished with Bluetooth employee badges that cost about $1,” Colantoni said.

Other systems within the facility can be interconnected, allowing business owners —including those with multiple locations spread across a large geographical area — to have greater control of overall energy usage.

“Let’s say that based on the system sensors, a business owner notices there aren’t many customers or employees present on a given day,” said Colantoni. “The lights can be dimmed 20 percent, and because the LEDs can communicate with a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, the business owner can adjust the HVAC system a couple of degrees and reduce energy usage.”

In addition to the added savings from networked lighting controls, occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and automatic demand response, the Smart Lamp Platform can also deliver occupancy-based HVAC control, making this an affordable Building Management Services (BMS) solution for existing small- and mid-sized facilities.

Beyond energy savings and building management, the software-configurable Smart Lamp Platform can be configured as an open Internet of Things infrastructure (see callout on page 12) without any additional installation cost or maintenance burden.

Imagine using these energy- saving lights for indoor GPS, asset tracking, proximity messaging, space utilization mapping, occupancy-based security and more. For example, businesses with expensive equipment, such as a doctor’s office, can use the Bluetooth-enabled LEDs to monitor an area and sense if equipment is removed — reducing misplacement and theft.

The Bluetooth capability of the new LEDs delivers further conveniences. When paired with devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Assistant, a voice command can switch lights on or off. When coupled with an app, the same can be accomplished from anywhere in the world with a smartphone or tablet.

Horticultural Lighting

Specialized businesses are benefiting from advanced LED technology. Horticulturalists, for example, are increasingly relying on the latest LEDs to help them grow a better product using less energy.

Some LEDs engineered for horticultural use can emphasize desirable plant traits, resulting in better taste, fuller leaves or enhanced coloring, for example. Studies have shown that LEDs can help plants grow faster and with better overall health than those illuminated by high-pressure sodium lighting. Because LEDs produce less heat and evaporation, water requirements are reduced. Less heat also means lower cooling costs. For companies with limited space, the relatively small LED grow lamps make plants more accessible.

An Abundance of Features

As LEDs have become connected and capable, their usefulness has increased, and numerous control features are possible.

  • Lights can be programmed to turn on and off at preset times.
  • Triggers can respond to predetermined situations, such as motion around a building.
  • Parking lot lights can be dimmed or brightened depending on ambient lighting.
  • Interior lights can be programmed to mimic sunlight, warming as the day progresses. This is a natural cycle, and it creates a pleasant working environment.

Enlist the Aid of a Specialist

To maximize the benefits that LEDs provide and ensure they’re suited to your requirements, Colantoni advises that business owners work with a supplier who employs an LED specialist, whose assistance can be invaluable.

Where you purchase your LEDs is also important. Products listed by DesignLights Consortium° (DLC) carry an assurance of high quality. DLC is a nonprofit that works with utility companies and suppliers to establish goals for energy efficient lighting. DLC maintains a list of qualified products that business customers can review when selecting a product. DTE Energy and others recognize the organization as the new standard in energy efficiency for commercial lighting. DTE offers instant discounts at participating lighting distributors on a number of DLC-listed products. See the Toolbox for more information.

Working with a DTE Designated Trade Ally who specializes in lighting is another good option. These energy experts have knowledge of DTE incentive programs and can help ensure you’ll receive as much incentive money as possible.

Learn more about how the latest LEDs can benefit your business. Talk to a Designated Trade Ally or a participating lighting distributor today. With applicable discounts and incentives from DTE, there’s never been a better time to upgrade lighting.

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