Harris Lighting has teamed up with SunOptics, a California skylight company, to offer a lighting system that provides daylighting through skylights with dimming lights attached under the skylight to kick in when sunlight is not adequate.
“This is a complete system that takes advantage of natural, free light, the sun, but automatically adjusts for low light or night time,” explained E.W. Dovel, Vice President – Public Sector for Harris Lighting. “Once the system is installed then you can forget about it. However, when you are using sunlight half the time, you’ll see the savings on your energy bill every month,” Dovel added.
Harris Lighting has been doing brisk business with the increased emphasis on energy efficiency and the green movement. The company, not only manufacturers replacement and retrofit fixtures, but they also conduct energy audits, design new lighting systems and install their products as part of their turnkey business model.
“We were able to overcome energy concerns and heat issues associated with the skylight strategy,” Dover said. “We began by using a skylight that diffuses the light and also uses a technically advanced insulating system to reduce the heat. We also replaced the 400-watt halide fixtures with fluorescent fixtures, which saves 50% of energy use.
“So if a manufacturer or warehouser were a 24/7 operation, we would save them 50% on the fixtures and then about another 25% using sunlight in place of electricity. For a facility that is a 12 hour operation, the savings percentage would be even more during daytime operations.”
Dovel projects that his company has helped his Jacksonville customers alone to save over $1million in energy costs over the past year. And if energy costs increase, so will their savings. “Every dollar we save our customers goes straight to their bottom line, giving them more capital for expansion, increased production or even research and development.”
The first contract for the Daylighting System is in an NAS JAX facility. The installation of the new system will start around the first of November and be completed around the first of January.
Harris Lighting is a member of the First Coast Manufacturers Association and more information about the company is available at www.harrislighting.com.
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Harris Lighting is a major national designer and manufacturer of energy efficient lighting systems, headquartered in Green Cove Springs, Florida.