Newsletter for Frontier Lighting - Fall / Winter 2008

This Newsletter is dedicated to providing you with helpful information on your lighting needs plus other items of interest.

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Benefits of retrofitting.

What is a Retrofit?
Main Entry: ret·ro·fit
Pronunciation: \’re-trô-’fit, ‘re-trô-’fit\
Function: transitive verb
1 : to furnish (as a computer, airplane, or building) with new or modified parts or equipment not available or considered necessary at the time of manufacture
2 : to install (new or modified parts or equipment) in something previously manufactured or constructed
3 : to adapt to a new purpose or need
4 : to save a lot of money on energy costs!
5 : to update your current lighting system

Innovation and continuous improvement in the field of lighting have given rise to tremendous
energy-saving opportunities. Lighting is an area in which there is enormous energy-efficient potential, starting at the design stage by incorporating modern energy-efficient lamps and luminaries. Following responsible operational practices also can significantly reduce associated energy costs.

Lighting is not only a very high priority when considering facility retrofitting, but also is a high-return,
low-risk investment. By installing new lighting technologies such as dimmers, photo sensors, occupancy sensors, and timers, facilities can reduce the amount of electricity consumed and energy costs associated with lighting.

There are several types of energy efficient lighting and affordable lighting technology:
compact fluorescents lights, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and lighting controls.

Below are a few examples of energy-saving opportunities with efficient lighting!

• Installation of energy-efficient fluorescent lamps in place of conventional fluorescent lamps – for example converting to T8 or T5 lamps from T12 lamps.

• Installation of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in place of incandescent lamps.

• Installation of high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps for applications where color rendering is not critical. Metal halide lamps should also be considered when correct color is important.

• Installation of LED exit signs to replace incandescents.

• Installation of high frequency (HF) electronic ballasts in place of conventional ballasts.

• Installation of occupancy sensors, an inexpensive way to ensure that unused lights do not remain on.

• Installation of microprocessor-based controllers.

• Installation of photocells, devices that automatically detect the natural light level in a room and adjust the intensity of the artificial light accordingly.

• Replacing incandescent wall lights and exit sign lighting with CFL or LED-lit units will not only save a considerable amount of energy, it also will significantly reduce labor costs associated with changing light bulbs, since CFLs and LEDs last much longer than incandescent bulbs.

• If the HVAC system is being upgraded or replaced, the lighting system, too, should be reviewed and the loads attributed to lighting recalculated. When the air conditioning system is optimized, the air conditioning loads will be calculated based on existing lighting systems. If a facility plans to upgrade the lighting, it is best to do so at the time of the HVAC retrofit since the lighting and HVAC systems have a large effect on each other.

Contact Frontier Lighting today for a free energy analysis
to see how retrofitting can save you money!

Did You Know?
The Facts
of Light

• The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.

Four engine plane with contrail.

• The first credit card was issued by American Express in 1951.

Nessie, the Loch Ness monster is protected by the 1912 Protection of Animals Acts of Scotland. With good reason - Nessie is worth $40 million annually to Scottish tourism.

Loch Ness Monster

• There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world’s population has never made a phone call.

ringing telephone

Light Saving, Sight Saving, Energy Saving

Inventory Management Made Easy!

Efficient and appropriate lighting is a major factor in all successful and cost-effective facilities. As a Facility Professional, how do you find the time to keep track of all your light bulbs? We can help you.

Buyers Guide imageWe can produce for you a custom Buyers Guide which contains the lighting products most often used by your organization and is broken down by type for easy reference. The photos along with descriptions make it easy to identify those “mystery” bulbs and fixtures!

It gets even better! Our Lighting Consultants will be happy to come to your property, do a lighting survey, and create a Lighting Buyers Guide customized for your facilities at no cost to you! This guide will save you time and money by helping you to manage your inventory (no more ordering a case of the wrong bulbs!). In fact, we’ll even inventory your existing stock for you and recommend changes you can make to conserve energy, saving even more money!

Each guide also includes reference materials, a trouble shooting guide, our catalog, a line card, and a handy fax order form to make ordering easy for you. We can even provide you with the capability to go on our website and order directly from your Lighting Buyer’s Guide 24/7!

You encounter many challenges during the course of your day -- lighting doesn’t have to be one of them. Give us a call today, we’re ready to help!

The Frontier Lighting Buyers Guide:

Helps manage your lighting needs!
• Helps to save you time and money!
• Helps to allow easy ordering by anyone!

The Buyers Guide is a “Living Document.”
As lighting items are added to your facility we can update your Buyers Guide accordingly.

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Free Things to do in Florida!
De Soto National Memorial

8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, Florida 34209
941-792-0458 ext 108
Open: 7 days a week 9am - 5pm
You can park outside the gate and walk the trails until sunset.

“De Soto National Memorial commemorates the landing
and legacy of the 1539 expedition of Hernando De Soto.”

De Soto National Memorial Park Map

University South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

4202 E. Fowler Ave. CAM 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-7360
(813) 974-4133
Open: M-F 10am - 5pm, Saturday 1pm - 4pm

“University South Florida Contemporary Art Museum maintains the university’s art collection, comprised of more than 3,600 art works. There are exceptional holdings in graphics and sculpture multiples by internationally acclaimed artists.”


Manatee Viewing Center

6990 Dickman Road
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(Nov thru April 15)
Colder it is better for Manatee viewing.

See also the following website for more:

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