Monday, September 19, 2011

Dialight LED Lighting Solutions Help Prison Systems Save Money, Improve Safety and Sustainability

Ultra-Efficient Lighting Systems Dramatically Reduce Energy Consumption and Maintenance Needs with Extremely Durable, Reliable Lighting for All Areas

Farmingdale, NJ (September 19th, 2011) – Safety, security and operational efficiency are the top priorities at correctional institutions across the country, many of which face significant overcrowding and budgetary constraints that make meeting these mandates even more difficult.

High-efficiency LED lighting products by Dialight (LSE: DIA.L), the innovative global leader in LED lighting technology, provide an energy- and money-saving solution to help penal institutions of all sizes meet increasingly stringent environmental, economic and energy requirements. Offering significant cost and carbon savings, converting from existing conventional technology to LED could save more than $22.5 million a year in energy and slash CO2 emissions by more than 165,000 tons annually at the federal level alone. In addition, many Dialight products qualify for energy efficiency rebates offered through local utility providers, offering another powerful financial incentive to make the switch to LED that could even offset the cost of installation.

“Both state and federal correctional facilities are under increasing pressure to improve energy efficiency, both for the environmental benefits and the cost savings,” said TJ Struhs, Dialight Government Affairs with Dialight. “Dialight LEDs cut energy consumption by as much as 70 percent compared to conventional lighting and also offer long-life reliability that virtually eliminates maintenance for up to 10 years.”

Exceptional Energy and Maintenance Savings
With extremely low power consumption and low heat output, Dialight’s LED luminaires offer dramatic cost savings in both lighting expenses and reduced HVAC load. A major savings comes as a result of the LEDs’ instant-on capabilities—the units can be equipped with motion sensors to come on only when needed, eliminating the need to keep the lights burning 24/7 (as is common with conventional metal halide and fluorescent units) to avoid the warm-up time that may jeopardize inmate and personnel safety.

Backed by the company’s five-year full-performance warranty, Dialight products typically offer a decade of continuous, worry-free operation. This long-life reliability not only eliminates the cost of frequent bulb changes associated with conventional lighting but also the hassle and safety risk of moving inmates out of the work area to perform maintenance.

Rugged Durability to Withstand Harsh Conditions
With numerous products certified for hazardous locations, including High Bay, Area Light, Wall Pack and Linear fixtures, Dialight’s LED lighting solutions are the safest and the most dependable on the market. Offering superior shock and vibration resistance—including the ability to withstand an explosion inside the fixture—Dialight’s ruggedized fixtures are exceptionally durable and resistant to vandalism.

“Our Class I Div 1 and Div 2 units are engineered to perform in the most extreme conditions on Earth, including oil platforms, fuel refineries and other highly-volatile environments,” Struhs said. “And, we’re one of the only companies to carry products that meet these stringent standards.”

To further improve safety and comfort inside the facility, Dialight’s low-energy fixtures virtually eliminate the EMI/RFI “noise” common with traditional ballast systems to improve radio communication reliability between personnel and reduce interference with inmates’ personal AM/FM.

LEDs Offer 55% ROI, Less than 2-Year Payback at Snake River
At the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Snake River, OR , the Oregon Department of Corrections replaced 464, 400-watt metal halide units with Dialight’s 150-watt LED High Bay fixtures in the gym, kitchen, freezer, warehouses, loading dock, interior/exterior common areas, cell blocks and hallways. In just one year, the changeout saved the 3,057-inmate facility $150,000 in energy costs alone and reduced carbon emissions by more than 1,100 tons—the equivalent of taking 201 cars off the road each year.

“The total cost of ownership savings at Snake River is more than half a million dollars—an impressive figure that already has other institutions looking at their own LED options,” Struhs said. “Imagine if those savings could be applied across the 150+ facilities under the federal Bureau of Prisons, not to mention the hundreds of state institutions. The cost reduction alone could be massive and cut carbon emissions that would equate to eliminating tens of thousands of cars from the road each year.”

Solutions to Suit Every Need
Dialight’s broad product line offers a wide range of options to meet virtually any lighting application in minimum-, medium- and maximum-security facilities. Low Bay fixtures are designed to deliver broader light distribution at a mounting height of just 10-20 feet, ideal for low clearance and mezzanine applications. Dialight’s linear fixtures are well-suited for replacing fluorescent lighting in 2- or 4-foot lengths at up to 20-foot mounting height. High Bay and Area Light units offer superb light quality and distribution for interior and exterior applications at mounting heights up to 35 feet.

For more information about Dialight’s industry-leading line of LED-based lighting solutions for correctional applications, visit www.dialight.com.  Dialight’s products are listed on the U.S. federal government’s GSA Schedule 56, contract number GS-07F-0664X.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dialight SafeSite® LED Area Light Now Class I Div 2 Certified for Hazardous Location Use


T5 Rated Fixture Joins Growing Portfolio of LED Lighting Products for Hazardous Location Applications, Delivers 79 Lumens per Watt to Replace up to 250W HID

Farmingdale, NJ (September 8th, 2011) – Dialight (LSE: DIA.L), an innovative global leader in LED lighting technology, today announced its SafeSite® LED Area Light has achieved Class I Div 2 certification for use in hazardous locations where gas and vapors may be present, including applications in oil and gas, power generation, chemical, pharmaceutical, mining, water and sewage.

With a low T5 temperature rating and available in 180 degree forward-throw or 360 degree optics, the new Class I Div 2 Area Light offers a wide range of applications with exceptional energy efficiency. Drawing just 70 watts to deliver 5,500 lumens, the SafeSite Series luminaire is designed to replace up to 250-watt HID light sources with a lighter weight and more compact illumination source. Operating voltage range of 100-277VAC and a wide assortment of mounting options offer flexible installation and easy changeout from existing fixtures.

The solid-state fixture is highly resistant to shock and vibration with a polycarbonate lens and a rugged epoxy polyester finish for superior durability in corrosive environments, long-lasting aesthetics and performance. A CRI greater than 70 delivers exceptional visibility for improved safety in harsh environments, and the certified Area Light is available in both cool white and neutral white CCT options. Backed by Dialight’s five-year, full performance warranty, the new SafeSite Class I Div 2 Area Light offers up to 10 years of worry-free , maintenance-free performance, even at operating temperatures from -40°F to +149°F.

“We are very pleased to offer this latest addition to our hazardous location-certified portfolio that’s now the largest in the industry,” said Roy Burton, Dialight’s Group Chief Executive. “Our fixtures are now installed with every major oil and gas provider in the world, and we intend to continue meeting the industry’s needs with the most advanced, efficient and reliable illumination products on the market.”

In addition to the new Class I Div 2 certification, the SafeSite Series LED Area Light is also available in Class I Div 1 (Groups B, C and D) and Class II Div 1 (Groups E, F and G) classified versions, and the fixture meets the specifications of CSA 22.2 No. 137-M7981 with IP66 and NEMA 4X pending.

For more information about Dialight’s SafeSite Series LED Area Light and other hazardous location classified lighting solutions, including IES files and technical datasheets, visit Dialight's website. Dialight’s products are listed on the U.S. federal government’s GSA Schedule 56, contract number GS-07F-0664X.