TEP and MSi LED Lighting Delivers Huge Savings for Tucson Retailer

Retail Furniture Chain Replaces Showroom’s Hot Halogen Spotlights with

Super Efficient, Cool Burning LED Lighting. Estimated Annual Energy and Maintenance Savings of $268,000 Produces $3.1 Million in Savings Over Lifespan of the MSi Lights.

TUCSON AZ (July 19, 2011) – The “Sunshine Factory” has gotten a little bit brighter and greener thanks to the addition of over 5,000 MSi iPAR LED lighting fixtures. Tucson, Arizona based furniture retailer Sam Levitz recently replaced all of the halogen spotlights in four of its five locations with super efficient MSi LED lighting.

All of the showrooms 90-watt halogen spotlights were replaced with 12-watt iPAR LED lights. The conversion was a simple matter of unscrewing the old lights and screwing in the new ones, but the results were immediate and dramatic. Unlike hot burning halogen lights, the extremely efficient LED lights produce very little heat and within hours of installation store employees had noticed a drop in the showrooms temperature. Management was able to raise the air conditioner thermostat settings by four degrees resulting in an annual savings of $80,000 in cooling costs alone.

“Many retailers are a little concerned about the initial investment of converting to LED lighting,” said Daniel Stein, MSi Western Regional Sales Manager. “But if they take the time to run the numbers, and take into account that Tucson Electric and Power will pay up to 50 percent of the project costs, they’ll see that switching over produces a great return on their investment.”

LED lighting produces savings that go far beyond just cooling cost. MSi iPARs use a fraction of the power required by halogen spots while producing a no compromise beautiful light that enhances product displays. Sam Levitz will realize a savings of $162,000 yearly in electricity cost alone.

“With utility rates on the rise and rebates dollars disappearing quickly there is no better time to convert to LED lighting than right now.”

Additional savings are realized in the lower maintenance and replacement cost for LED lighting. The typical 90-watt halogen light burning 12 hours a day will need to be replaced approximately every four months. The 12-watt iPAR burning 12 hours a day will last for up to 12 years. For Sam Levitz that adds up to $24,000 annually they won’t have to spend replacing burnt out halogen bulbs.

These MSI iPAR lights are packed with state-of-the-art features that can’t be found in comparable LED lighting. Innovative POWERBAND™ technology allows users to fine tune their lighting by selecting either 10, 12 or 16 watt output with the simple twist of a band found on the back of the light. The iPAR is fully dimmable using most standard dimmers and its CrimpFin™ design uses multiple thin fins for greater heat dissipation with less weight. They are available in a variety of color temperatures and beam angles.

“When Sam Levitz totaled up all the savings – the reduced power consumption of the lights themselves, air conditioning savings, and the lower cost of maintenance and replacement – they were really quite shocked,” added Stein. “They discovered that over the 12-year lifespan of the LED lights they would save somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.1 million. When retailers see these kinds of savings, they quickly realize that it becomes negligent not to convert.”

For more information on the iPAR-38, iPAR-30 or iMR-16 or any of MSi’s other fine products please visit the website at www.msissl.com or call 888-778-9864.

About the company

Founded in 2000, MSi is dedicated to the design, development and manufacturing of application specific solid-state lighting products. With warehouse and distribution facilities in California and Florida, multiple site drop shipment requirements are facilitated on a complete and on-time cost efficient basis.

Cognizant of the rapidly changing developments and improvements of high performance white LED products, MSi maintains a strong ongoing relationship with CREE, a leading manufacturer of LED components. Product design, engineering, testing and rapid prototyping at their Florida headquarters provides the ability to develop and test products for quality and performance, allowing speed to market for specific application demands.