Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Commercial Electrician: Bad Ass Fan Reduces Energy Use

 Commercial Electrician: Bad Ass Fan Reduces Energy Use
Big Ass fans are the top of the line and highly engineered solutions to heat and cold.

We all know heat rises. Well, a Bad Ass fan is gonna change the equation.

When you use a Bad Ass fan in the colder months with its slowed technology, not reversed, it can efficiently transport large volumes of warm air off the ceiling without creating a draft.

In your business this fan is a perfect tool to balance the air flow. The steady mixing of air creates a uniform temperature throughout the room/space that supports your heating system maintaining a consistent thermostat setting. This boils down to reducing your energy costs and boosting the cozy factor.

A consistent temperature from the ceiling to floor, and from the wall to door, can also reduce corrosion, help mitigate mold, and reduce condensation.

Learn more about Bad Ass fans at our web site - click here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Layered Interior Lighting - What Is It?

Layered Interior Lighting
Layers of interior lighting can work together to illuminate an area according to function and style.

Ambient (top)
 – Provides overall illumination to the space.

Task (middle)
 – Provides auxiliary illumination, when needed, for specific tasks. Task  lighting should be free of glare and shadows but bright enough to avoid eye strain.

Accent (bottom)
– Provides a focal point of illumination that highlights products or features or adds drama to a space.

– Can help balance light or provide accent lighting in some applications.

The type of lamp, fixture and amount of light can vary significantly depending on
whether it is supplying ambient, task, accent or vertical lighting.

Lighting Fixtures Need To Be Considered

Light fixtures can deliver their light downward (called direct lighting), upward (indirect),
or a combination (direct/indirect).

Direct lighting typically uses reflectors to help direct light out of the fixture. A diffuser,  lens or louver also covers the face of the fixture to help guide the light and conceal the  lamp from view. Today’s designs for lenses and louvers are more efficient than  old-technology diffusers, which caused significant light loss.

Indirect lighting can make a space feel brighter with less light because it illuminates  the ceiling and tops of walls. When these surfaces are light-colored, little light is lost  resulting in even illumination. Indirect lighting works well with a task-ambient lighting  scheme. Indirect lighting or a direct/indirect combination also offers excellent glare  control and visual comfort.

Direct/indirect lighting combines both approaches. Fixtures can be specified to  provide a given percent of both direct and indirect lighting,

This information is provided by the Energy Trust Of Oregon. Aztec Electrical is a Trade Ally Contractor with the Energy Trust. We can help you receive rebates and incentives on your lighting and electrical projects.  #lightingdesign  #lighting

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Comprehensive lighting design can maximize energy savings

Comprehensive lighting design can maximize energy savings
Comprehensive lighting design is critical to the design of new buildings and major  renovations, and it is increasingly used during lighting retrofits because it goes beyond simply replacing lamps or fixtures. Comprehensive lighting design looks holistically at the lighting in your building.

A lighting designer prepares a lighting layout and a technology and controls approach that factors in aesthetics, how lighting integrates with other building systems, light levels suitable to each application and location, uniformity of light, available daylight, glare, safety, total operating cost of the lighting system, the appropriate integration of lighting controls and more.

Comprehensive lighting design can maximize energy savings, at home or your office, and provide better comfort, health and productivity for occupants.

Think beyond first cost. With rising energy costs, the decisions you make today will affect operating costs for years. Because lighting is so visible, quality lighting influences the aesthetics of your business as well as comfort, productivity, health and safety, and profit. Today’s lighting technologies are extremely long lasting and can lower maintenance costs by drastically reducing the need to replace lamps.

Successful lighting design begins with assessing how occupants use a space and their resulting lighting needs. The lighting system should deliver the quantity and quality of  light according to those needs.

The quantity of light needed, measured in foot-candles, varies by task. For example,  lighting professionals recommend a lobby have 10 foot-candles, a classroom 40 and a  retail space 50.

Good lighting quality requires an experienced lighting professional who takes steps to maximize daylight, minimize glare, provide appropriate color quality and address other factors. The most energy-efficient light sources mounted in the best fixtures will not offer value if they are not applied correctly.

This information is provided by the Energy Trust Of Oregon. Aztec Electrical is a Trade Ally Contractor with the Energy Trust. We can help you receive rebates and incentives on your lighting and electrical projects.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Lighting Technologies For Your Business - Part I

Lighitng Technologies For Your Business
In the typical U.S. commercial building, lighting accounts for close to 35 percent of electricity use, taking a bite out of profits.

Fortunately, recent technological  advances have launched a new era of energy-efficient lighting products. When you take advantage of the most advanced light sources, fixtures and controls, you could save up to 50 percent on lighting energy, while benefiting from the best in lighting quality.

With good design, energy-efficient lighting typically pays for itself in energy savings within a few years.

Opting for energy-efficient lighting offers additional benefits, including reducing the load lighting puts on air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration and your overall electrical system. Today’s options come in a variety of styles and functionalities, offering flexibility for your design and business.

At Aztec Electrical, we will help you design the right solution for your business lighting. We have been helping businesses in Rogue valley receive rebates and incentives to help their ROI, call today at 245-8560.


Think lumens not watts. The total quantity of light produced by a lamp is measured in lumens.

Lumens per watt, also called lumen efficacy, measures light delivered per watt. Today’s technologies deliver more lumens per watt than incandescent bulbs.

A foot-candle is the amount of light that falls on a surface and is equal to one lumen per square foot as measured by a light meter.

Lumen maintenance is the standard lighting term for the percentage of initial lumens that a
light source maintains over time.  Lumen maintenance is often specified as L70, L80 or L90.  In eachcase, “L” stands for lumen maintenance and the number is the percentage of light output remaining.

Lighting power density  is calculated as watts per square foot and varies by how a space is used and its occupancy.

Fixture efficiency  accounts for how much of a lamp’s light gets out of the fixture. A fixture that’s 90 percent efficient delivers 50 percent more light than one that’s 60 percent efficient.

This information is provided by the Energy Trust Of Oregon. Aztec Electrical is a Trade Ally Contractor with the Energy Trust. We can help you receive rebates and incentives on your lighting and electrical projects.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Need Electrical Services? Call A Trusted Electrical Contractor

Need Electrical Services? Call A Trusted Electrical Contractor
For all your electrical needs, count on an experienced, professional electrician at Aztec Electrical.

Our skilled electrical contractors are second to none, and you'll also find our rates to be surprisingly affordable. No project is too large or too small for Prestige Electric. Trust a seasoned electrical contractor and master electricians (EC0002452 and EC13003699) with all your electrical service work.

For years Aztec Electrical has been serving its' customers' electrical needs with the highest quality products and service. We specialize in residential electrical services, and we are dedicated to setting the standard for quality and service in electrical work.

From single family homes to condominium complexes, we are one of the Rogue Valley's trusted electricians. Our experience includes new construction (home or business), existing homes and businesses - along with upgrades.
  • New Construction, Residential Remodels and Additions 
  • Complete Solar Electric System Installation
  • Electrical Panel Upgrades 
  • Upgrades on Switches, Outlets 
  • Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms 2-Stage 
  • Whole House Surge Protection  
  • Generator Installations  
  • Ceiling Fan Installations 
  • Complete Home High-Efficiency Bulb Installation
Call us today, 245-8560, to discuss your question or project.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Upgrade your home or office energy usage- we'll help you find the rebates and cash incentives

Upgrade your home or office energy usage- we'll help you find the rebates and cash incentives
Aztec Electric is a Trade Ally with the Energy Trust of Oregon. This specialized training means we are current on all available cash rebates and incentives available to homeowners this fall to make energy-efficiency upgrades.

Here are some of the available energy saving programs - offering rebates and incentives ranging from $300 - $1,000:

- Gas fireplace FE 70.0-74.9
- Windows U-Value 0.25 or less
- Heat pump upgrade  HSPF 9.5+
- Heat pump replacing electric resistance heat HSPF 9.5+

There are too many programs to list here. Send us an email - click here - to receive more specific information.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

LED: energy efficiency - saves energy and expense - get on board

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

It’s a classic example of how a solution to a problem may cause more problems, or at least nullify the solution.

"I am doubtful that we will save any energy by going to LED lights," said Thomas Theis, director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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.

Aztec Electrical will help you with #lightingdesign and all your electrical needs. Give us a call today at (541) 245-8560.

Friday, September 4, 2015

LEDs help grocery stores save money reduce energy use

LEDs help grocery stores save money reduce energy use
Lighting Design

Supermarkets use lighted refrigerator and freezer cases to display a variety of foods and beverages.

These cases account for nearly half of a supermarket’s annual electricity costs, with interior lighting systems using a quarter of the electricity required to operate the case.

Nearly all commercial refrigerators and freezers use linear fluorescent lamps. Although fluorescent lamps provide superior energy efficiency in many lighting applications, their use in commercial refrigeration is not ideal. Fluorescent lamps in this application exhibit a reduced light output of up to 25% and uneven lighting on the products. These problems are a result of ineffective lamp operation at cold temperatures, the lack of optics to direct the light, and poor configuration and mounting location within the freezers.

Average illuminances across the freezer shelves at the time of the installation.
Measurements were taken on the face of the products inside the freezers.
  LEDs at 100%
light output
 2470 lx 2148 lx   2871 lx

(Shppoer Surveys)
LEDs may provide a better solution.
  • LEDs do not suffer the same drop in light output under cold temperatures that fluorescent lamps do. 
  • The current luminous efficacy (the amount of light per watt of energy used) of LEDs—45 lumens per watt (lm/W) in 2006—is similar to the application efficacy of fluorescent lamps in commercial refrigeration. 
  • LEDs also can be customized to provide several distributions of light to provide more even lighting across freezer shelves. 
These differences mean that LEDs potentially can provide more efficient lighting.