The year was 2008. The ‘great recession’ was brand new. And the future lay unknown…
That year, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average would lose over 30% of it’s value en route to the crash that was the housing crisis and the mortgage crisis and the banking crisis. It was a time of great uncertainty. And it divided America into two camps: Those ready to invest in recovery and those ready to retreat.
At the same time, 2008 also gave rise to a great evolution in energy production. Of course, in all times of economic weakness, conservation assumes paramount importance. However, 2008 saw the intersection of something new: Solar power was looking up, oil was looking down, and–as an election year–it was clear that the path to the Presidency would be illuminated by smart approaches to energy use, such as LED lighting over incandescent.
One night, lost in contemplation on a cross-country flight, Gary Mart, Jr. found himself looking down on the city of Chicago. Mart—at the time, the owner of a lighting distribution outlet—struck upon an epiphany. It wasn’t the magnificence of the city that inspired him; rather, it was the city’s orange glow, and what that glow meant for traditional light build technology: Orange, in the world of lighting, is the color of old. It is the color of inefficient, wasteful, and unreliable. And with rebates on the horizon for LED lighting solutions, orange indicated the inevitable replacement of traditional lighting technologies. Expensive LED fixtures were already starting to take their place in the market. “Most of these fixtures are in good working order,” thought Mart; “why would you throw them out for a new expensive LED solution?” And it was at this moment that Mart came up with the concept of an LED retrofit that could replace any HID lamp (bulb) without replacing the fixture.
To answer the challenges posed by the emergent shift toward more efficient lighting alternatives, Mart developed and now leads Global Tech LED, the world leader in universal, USA-made LED retrofits for HID replacement. Global Tech LED provides retrofitting services that facilitate the replacement—and improvement—of lighting technologies. The company, the creator and owner of many patents in the industry, delivers ingenious solutions for replacing traditional high-output light bulbs with LED. Global Tech’s innovations in self-regulated, cooling control technology can fuel an L70lifespans of up to 260, 000 hours (TM21 calculated at 90ºC).
One of the newer Global Tech LED products achieving successful retrofits today is the MiniAC. The small footprint of the MiniAC facilitates the replacement of existing halogen and HID Par38 lamps in recessed cans, track lighting, low bay lighting, and other down light fixtures configurations. An easy-to-use screw in product with a built in driver, the MiniAC enables retrofitting across a broad, versatile range of applications and use-cases. And it’s cooling-controlled design enables the MiniAC to run at lower temperatures, in turn extending energy life to 50,000 hours—a lifespan that translates into over eleven years of standard operation.
The MiniAC is LDL certified, and in process for star certification. The rebates these certifications afford—joined with exponential improvements in efficiency—have driven significant adoption of the new technology. Energy Star certified commercial lighting like the MiniAC lasts 35-to-50 times longer and uses over 75% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. Rebates vary by location, but installing MiniAC units in a commercial facility powered by CPS Energy in San Antonio, for example, receives a rebate equivalent to up to 60% of the cost of material, labor, and disposal costs. A similar business located in the La Plata, CO area can earn $250 in tax credits per kW of lighting load reduced, up to a total of $20,000 in tax savings, for retrofitting the MiniAC. Now imagine what the savings for your business will be. Global Tech LED not only produces the product, but they will help you estimate your savings, both environmental and economic, for your project and specifications.