Monday, August 31, 2015

Residential Electrical: Four Key Services In Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass

Residential Electrical: Four Key Services In Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass
Aztec Electrical we can help you design, install, and maintain your lighting to reduce your energy expenses.  Because we are a Trade Ally with the Oregon Energy Trust, we can also help you receive cash rebates and/or incentives for your home or business lighting project. 

Call us today at 541.245-8560.  #homeimprovement

Residential Wiring

Need help adding a light fixture in your home? Need new transfer switches? At Aztec Electrical  LLC, we offer residential customers in the Rogue Valley area a wide variety of residential wiring and electrical services. We also specialize in trouble shooting any problems you may be having with your electricity!


Tired of losing power during power outages? Let the experts at Aztec Electrical  LLC in Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass install a standby generator for your home or business so you will never have to worry about power outages again! Call today for more information.

Circuit Panels

Does your house still work with fuses? Do your circuit breakers keep tripping? The experienced team at Aztec Electrical  LLC can help troubleshoot or install a better system to correct an overload problem. Call today for a free quote!

Home Remodels

Are you remodeling your home and need electrical work? Call Aztec Electrical  LLC today. We are experienced in working on home remodeling projects including moving switches, light fixtures, installing new switches, fans and much more!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LED: lighting that is durable and saves energy

LED: lighting that is durable and saves energy
LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models. The key to success: transistors made of the semiconductor material gallium nitride.

At Aztec Electrical we can help you design, install, and maintain LEDs to reduce your lighting expenses.  Because we are a Trade Ally with the Oregon Energy Trust, we can also help you receive cash rebates and/or incentives for your home or business lighting project. Call us today at 541.245-8560. #lightingdesign

Incandescent light bulbs are now banned in the EU, while energy-saving lamps remain a bone of contention. In 2016, it will be lights out for halogen bulbs over 10 watts as well. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) therefore have the best chance of becoming the light source of the future. Experts reckon that LED retrofit lamps for use in standard bulb fittings will overtake traditional energy-saving bulbs for the first time from 2015. By 2020 it is predicted that LEDs will have captured between 88 and 90 percent of the lighting market. The tiny diodes offer a whole host of advantages as the most environmentally friendly source of light – they contain no harmful substances, consume less energy and, with a lifetime of between 15,000 and 30,000 hours, last longer than conventional light sources. They also work at full brightness as soon as you flick the switch.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New lighting technology improved with cheaper manufacturing

New lighting technology
New research at Rutgers University has shown how to slash the cost of highly efficient light emitting diodes (#LED) and significantly reduce lighting’s energy requirements. The energy savings, however, will likely be eroded as people find new uses for the inexpensive lights.

LED lights use just 10 percent of the energy of incandescent lights and less than half the energy of today’s compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.  An LED that uses 6 watts of electricity, for example, produces the same amount of light as a 14-watt CFL bulb or a 60-watt incandescent bulb.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electricity used for artificial lighting in the U.S. could be cut nearly in half by 2030 through the adoption of high efficiency LEDs.  

The lights are commercially available today but haven’t been widely adopted because they are more expensive than either CFLs or incandescents. The high cost of LEDs is due in part to their reliance on rare earth elements for their phosphors, materials that shift the blue light emitted by most LEDs into a broad spectrum of white light.

A new class of phosphors made from earth-abundant materials could slash the cost of LEDs by as much as 90 percent according to their developers.

The work has been driven by a dramatic increase in the cost of rare earth elements -- by as much as 1600 percent over the past decade -- due to increased demand and decreased exportation of the materials from China, which has historically produced more than 90 percent of the world’s rare earth elements.

A 2010 study looked at lighting use around the world for the past 300 years as lighting technology improved from whale oil lamps to gas and kerosene lamps to electric incandescent bulbs. The study, conducted by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico found a direct relationship between decreased cost and increased consumption.

Looking at the current transition from incandescent lights to CFLs and ultimately LEDs, the authors concluded "there is a massive potential for growth in the consumption of light if new lighting technologies are developed with higher luminous efficacies and lower cost of light."

Aztec Electrical has helped businesses and home owners reduce their lighting expenses. Call our office today to learn more about how you can use new lighting technology to your advantage.

Monday, August 24, 2015

LED Research: LED lighting enhances mood and environment

LED Research: LED lighting enhances mood and environment
For as long as we can recall,  #lightingdesign has focused its product placement, design, and marketing on fulfilling visual needs. In the more recent past, issues of sustainability and a need for more efficient energy sources has sparked a further interest in creating green lighting technologies, with LED technology of course at the forefront.

LED lighting technology has just bumped into an entirely new dimension of possibilities and benefits with the help of a study and other research in the field of human-centric lighting (HCL).

A recent study of Lighting Europe and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer's Association (ZVEI) and A.T. Kearney led to surpurising findings regarding the mass potential of LED lighting technology in the field of HCL and mood lighting which promises to gain a significant portion of the global LED illumination market by 2020.

Human-centric #LED mood lighting enhances well-being in two distinct but related ways:

#1 it can be optimized to effectively stimulate the organism biologically which leads to improved cognitive performance, which already proves itself in various educational settings such as classrooms.

#2 LED-based human centric lighting can emotionally stimulate by creating emotionally appealing and stimulating atmospheres, leading to improved positive emotions.

Aztec Electrical is a leader in Rogue Valley for optimizing #lightingdesign in both the home and work environments. Call us today, 541-245-8560, to learn more about our services.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Project Sunroof: mapping the planet’s solar energy potential, one rooftop at a time

 map the solar energy potential power
Google's Project Sunroof is helping homeowners map the solar energy potential power to their home.

The cost of solar power is at a record low. A typical solar home can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year on their electricity bill.  But, as a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that “my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,” or “solar is just too expensive.” Certainly many of them are missing out on a chance to save money and be green.

Check out the blog for the project here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lighting Design: California DMV in Sacramento goes LED

Lighting Design: California DMV in Sacramento goes LED
Pre Retrofit
This project was designed to achieve significant energy savings to meet code requirements which required both the general lighting and task lighting loads be reduced without sacrificing occupant satisfaction and visual comfort.

Task-ambient lighting provides an estimated 40 – 50%  energy savings over current energy codes. It has the potential for 600 – 700 MW demand reduction statewide, and  2,000 – 3,000 GWh annually. It should provide an annual  energy savings of about 15 – 25 cents per square foot of building space, meaning  $300 million to $400 million annual energy savings for California. The simple payback is immediate  to one year when used in new construction projects. It has a four- to seven-year simple payback in retrofit projects.

Lighting Design: California DMV in Sacramento goes LED
Post Retrofit
  • High-quality ambient and task lighting for an aesthetically pleasing office environment
  • Energy-efficient LED task light components that can be customized to the individual workspace
  • Optional personal occupancy sensor to control  task lights
Read the study click here.

#electrician #lightingdesign

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LED lighting makes all the difference in classrooms at one elementary school

How beneficial is LED lighting? At Cherokee Elementary School in Scottsdale, Ariz., new-fangled LED lighting fixtures not only save energy, they also prevent special education students with autism from being bothered by fluorescent lighting. Researchers maintain that individuals with autism are more vulnerable to the sub-visible flicker of direct fluorescent lighting, which can cause headaches, eyestrain and increased repetitive behavior. 

Call Aztec Electrical today at (541) 245-8560 to learn more about using our #lightingdesign services in conjunction with rebates and incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

In this pilot project, Scottsdale Unified School District replaced 69 2x4-foot fluorescent lighting troffers in four special education classrooms with 60 2x2-foot flat-panel LED fixtures from lighting manufacturer MaxLite. The install has the added benefit of energy savings.

The new lighitng used MLFP22D4535 2x2 Direct Lit Flat Panels. These panels each emit 3,850 lumens of brightness while using just 45 watts. The lumen power is far less than the 8,000 lumens the school’s previous fluorescent troffers offered, but those classrooms had been overly lit. 

Source: adapted from material at the K12 TD web site.

#electrician #lightingdesign

Monday, August 10, 2015

Research: dimmable lights, done correctly, save energy

Research: dimmable lights, done correctly, save energy
Call Aztec Electrical today at (541) 245-8560 to learn how our services can assist your project with new lighting technology

We can assist you with understanding the available rebates and incentives to improve your lighting project ROI.

Our #electrical and #lightingdesign services include #ledlighting.

Recent studies estimate more than 800 million recessed downlights are in operation in the United States, split nearly equally between residential and commercial applications, with about 83% still using incandescent lamps. Inexpensive compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) downlights are commercially available, but most of these units are not dimmable, which is a desired attribute for many downlight applications. Therefore, energysaving CFLs often are overlooked in lieu of the functionality of incandescents.

Research: dimmable lights, done correctly, save energy

Bidwell Mansion Visitor Center,
Chico, CA

Installation of LED downlights in retrofit and new construction situations is almost identical to typical incandescent or CFL recessed downlights. The exception is that many LED downlight housings can be in direct contact with insulation. Replacement scenarios are generally one-to-one in retrofit applications. Equipment costs range from $100 to $300 depending on the manufacturer and distributor, but costs may  be offset by maintenance savings and utility rebates. 

  • The HALO LED recessed downlight is the first ENERGY STAR-rated LED downlight and exceeds the high efficacy requirements set by energy regulations
  • High color rendering and warm white color temperature: 80CRI at 3045K
  • Delivers light equivalent to many standard incandescent sources used in recessed downlight applications
  • Dimmable to 15% of total light output with standard AC incandescent dimmers, 5% with low-end trim adjustment
Article Source: UC Davis

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LED Retrofit: Local business installs new lighting tehnology (video)

LED retrofit
The Rrrink in Medford, a popular skating rink, took advantage of rebates and incentives to install 400 watt metal halide, to LED lighting. See more information and pictures here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

New Lighting Technology: What Are Benefits To Small Business?

New LIghting Technology
The owner of Mishka’s café, had two  goals for the recent lighting upgrade in his café: create a cozy, inviting  atmosphere for customers and save energy. In the main seating area  alone he was able to cut his lighting energy use 85% by upgrading to LED lighting.

Throughout the rest of the café, energy consumption for lighting  has been cut in half, reducing Mishka’s annual energy use by over 10,000 kWh and saving nearly $2,000 every year in energy  costs. The lighting upgrade will have paid for itself after just eight  months, and because LEDs last up to fifty times longer than older light sources, the lighting retrofit is producing others savings too.

“It’s not just the cost of buying the light bulb, but needing to drive to the store, spending time to install it, the inconvenience to customers...

Time and maintenance savings are vastly undervalued,” says the cafe owner.  LED lamps can last more than 50,000 hours, meaning there is less time changing lamps and more time focusing on the customers. It also means less waste sent to the landfill every year.

Call Aztec Electrical today at (541) 245-8560 to learn how our services can assist your project with new lighting technology. We can assist you with understanding the available rebates and incentives to improve your ROI.

#electrical  #lightingdesign  #ledlighting