Zyloware Completes LED Lighting Installation at the Headquarters
Sep 19, 2011 Zyloware Eyeware, a global supplier of high-quality eyewear, has installed energy-efficient LED lighting in its new 50,000 square foot facility. The retrofit began at the end of last year and now Zyloware's offices and distribution center shine with 700 clean, energy-efficient Seesmart LEDs. A total cost of the project came to $125,000 according to company's CEO James Shyer and it allows the company to save over 40% in energy costs and creates a "better and happier" work environment.
Port Chester News reports that the conversion from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting began at the end of last year, but the idea was decided upon in August 2010 when Zyloware moved from its 87-year corporate headquarters in Long Island City to 8 Slater St. in Port Chester. After speaking with an electrician, Shyer, along with other officials, chose to install the eco-friendly lighting throughout the 50,000-square-foot facility.
Seesmart's LED lighting is 50%+ more efficient than fluorescent lighting and is rated for up to 50,000 hours of operation. LEDs produce far less heat than fluorescents, decreasing the demand on air conditioning systems. Thus, the transition to LED lighting reduces Zyloware's energy expenditure and consequently its carbon footprint. In fact, the retrofit reduces Zyloware's CO2 footprint by over 146,000 lbs annually, a dramatic step in becoming a more environmentally responsible company. Zyloware has even installed motion sensors throughout its facility to further reduce energy use.
The retrofit has also positively impacted employee comfort and productivity. Since switching to Seesmart products, Zyloware employees have experienced a reduction in eye strain and glare caused by fluorescent lighting. Their facility is now absent of the constant humming noise produced by fluorescent ballasts. Some areas of the facility are even achieving 27 more footcandles with LED lighting than they were with fluorescents. The color temperature of the LED lighting is also important to Zyloware's manufacturing. At 5,800 Kelvin, the day white LED lamps mimic the color of sunlight, which allows employees to see colors much the same way they appear in natural light -- a great benefit for designing eyewear.
Author: Alice Jones
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