The Basics of LED Lighting

Did you know that lighting can affect your mood and concentration? With people spending more time indoors, at home, school, and work, the sun alone can no longer meet all their lighting needs. Because of this, many people invest in LED lighting to enjoy some of the many benefits it brings to the table.
What Is LED Lighting?
Short for light-emitting diodes, LED devices are considered solid-state lighting devices because they do not use gases to convert electricity into light. LEDs also tend to direct light in a specific direction, unlike other forms of lighting that tend to emit light in all directions. Most LED lights appear white due to the blue light produced and its combination with phosphor materials. Manufacturers may also use these materials to create red, green, and true-blue lights.
What Are the Benefits?
The most common benefit you may already know of when it comes to LEDs is that they are extremely energy efficient. In fact, they are considered the most energy-efficient option currently available. They can cut energy bills in half when switching from more conventional lighting options. LED lighting also lasts 20 times longer than other bulbs. Finally, they neither use, nor emit, harmful chemicals and they are 100% recyclable.
What About Mood and Concentration?
Light helps people to focus more, but it depends on the type of light. White light tends to wake people up, while amber lighting indicates to the body that it is time to slow down. Alertness, and the ability to retain important information, also improves with bright light. In addition to this, it helps treat depression. This is not only effective for people during harsh winter conditions, but also people who work night shifts.
Are you thinking of switching to LED lighting in your building to create a healthier environment and save money in the process? Contact Progressive Energy Solutions by calling 720-487-1521 or sending an email for more information on why LED lighting may be one of the best transitions you ever make.
  posted: July 25, 2019
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Make Over Your Commercial Exterior Lighting for More Efficiency and a Better Cost

Most property owners are aware of how much their exterior lighting makes a difference for business. Take a car lot for example, when someone shops during the evening, they want a good look at the car they’re considering purchasing. Without the right lighting, the vehicles may not look as shiny and new as the owner would like. It’s also an essential for safety and security. While commercial lighting is an important part of business, more isn’t always better. Did you know there are a few ways you can make over your exterior lighting setup to gain greater efficiency at a better cost? Check it out!
Audit and Design
Before you settle for what you already have, you may want to consider an energy audit. This service will give you a look at the energy your property consumes overall, as well as what your outdoor lighting is adding to it. With an audit in hand, you can have a professional design a new setup that will better control the amount of energy your exterior lights put out.
 Advances in Technology
With the advances in technology, you can reduce the amount of light fixtures you have on your property without having to sacrifice light. An optimized LED design gives you control over dimming lights when they need to be, lighting certain areas of the property more fully, and taking light away from the areas it doesn’t need to reach.
Let the Professionals Take the Lead
When you consider overhauling your exterior lighting, let the professionals take the lead. Someone who works with the latest and greatest in outdoor lighting will know where to cut back and where to add. They’ll know how to implement LEDs to make the most of the area you need to cover and which lighting fixtures will save you the most on your next energy bill. Contact Progressive Energy Solutions by calling 720-487-1521 or emailing us today! posted: June 21, 2019
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Energy Efficient Lighting: Save Money from Rebates and Utility Bills

When it comes to newly developed lighting solutions, technology has come a long way. There are now various ways to save energy and money, making lighting more friendly in both a business and environmental way. While this is highly beneficial to those who already have the new fixtures installed, there is a problem for anyone who still has older methods of lighting: the costs of upgrading.
Improvement Expenses
When it comes to any sort of upgrade or improvement in your building, the work and equipment involved can be quite costly. Many times, you can balance out the costs with a return on investment (ROI), but you may not be able to see such a positive change quickly enough to make the investment seem worth it. However, ROI is not the only way to offset the price of replacement.
Lighting Rebates
Due to the positive impact on the environment, many sources incentivize these helpful changes. The federal government can be an encouraging factor, while state and local areas may also offer their own rebates. These additional payments can come through a number of manners in order to offset the costs and allow you to make profit from going through with such a positive change.
How Do You Get Rebates?
There are a variety of different types of rebates that can involve some confusing specifications and paperwork, but it’s a great idea to take advantage of these financial benefits while you can. Saving money on installation followed by saving money on utility bills can be a great deal of help while also aiding the planet.
While the complexities behind state and local determined rebates can be overwhelming, Progressive Energy Solutions can help those in the Denver area and all throughout Colorado to find the best choices depending on what you require. With our help and knowledge of rebates, we can handle the paperwork and application processes involved. Contact Progressive Energy Solutions at 720-487-1521 or email Randy at to start working on reducing your energy usage while also saving money! posted: May 17, 2019
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Why You Should Look Into Delamping Your Commercial Lights

Your business needs proper lighting. It attracts customers, it helps you do your job properly and it brightens up your image. Do you have too much going on though? Are there some things you can do to keep that image and that attraction without so much light?  Delamping is a process in which you upgrade your commercial property by removing or replacing light bulbs and fixtures that are giving off unneeded illumination. Why is it important?
Energy Reduction
Anyway you can effectively reduce energy consumption on your commercial property should be done. After a lighting assessment, you’ll know where you can cut back in order to sustain light but reduce energy. For example, a light fixture with a place for four light bulbs can often give off just as much light with two LED light bulbs.
Improved Aesthetics
It’s possible to have an area that’s too bright. As was previously mentioned, a light will brighten up an image and attract customers, but if there’s too much light it could make your products or advertisements look wrong. Instead of five lights surrounding one sign, you could install one spotlight to shine on the sign, offering just the right amount to make it stand out without being washed out.
Financial Savings
Anytime you reduce energy consumption, you’ll see financial savings on your next energy bill. It’s not just good for the environment; it’s good for your company’s bank account. If you remove certain fixtures, you can sell them for an even greater profit all around. With that savings, you can focus on other improvements, build your inventory or complete a variety of other smart business endeavors.
Contacting the Professionals
Looking at your commercial lighting a little differently can help you reduce energy consumption, improve aesthetics and save money. When you are ready to look at delamping and how it can benefit your business, contact the professionals at Progressive Energy Solutions by calling 720-487-1521posted: April 5, 2019
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Why Your Business Needs Proper Exterior Lighting

When it comes to maintaining commercial spaces, there’s a lot to think about. Business owners must consider everything from product presentation to interior design elements, though it’s crucial to maintain sight of outdoor areas. The right kind of exterior lighting can make a business more attractive to customers. It can promote safety, reduce energy costs and even deter criminal activity. Consider the advantages of reoutfitting your business’ outdoor space today.
Safety and Security
Like homeowners, business proprietors must protect against liability in the case of an accident. A smart starting point is to ensure that your location’s entrances and surroundings are well kept, and of course, well lit. Fixtures that provide more illumination decrease chances of accidental injuries on or around your property, an important aspect of protecting any commercial endeavor.
Meanwhile, brightening up your establishment can also serve to deter would-be thieves from targeting your property. Dark corners and out-of-sight positions make it easier for burglars to do their deeds unnoticed, so try to limit their availability whenever possible.
Efficiency and Appeal
Has it been long since you’ve updated your lighting fixtures? If so, there’s a decent chance you’re not utilizing the most efficient types of technologies available. An upfront investment in better-performing products could save you money in the long-term, boosting the overall viability of your enterprise.
Updating outdoor lighting rigs can also be a great way to attract customers. Whether you’re running a retail shop, an eatery or another type of establishment, fresh visual additions can catch eyes and attention just as effectively as a big sale.
Commercial Solutions in Colorado
It’s clear that businesses in Denver and throughout Colorado can benefit from exterior lighting improvements. Progressive Energy Solutions offers quality products and services for a wide range of outdoor needs, from commercial exteriors to parking lots. Get in touch today by calling 720-487-1521 and discover how your business can benefit. posted: March 22, 2019
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Why Your Commercial Facility Needs High Bay Lighting

Large-scale buildings are used for many purposes, from manufacturing and storage to commerce, education, and recreation. Brightening up these types of sprawling spaces demands a certain kind of lighting, particularly when high ceilings are involved. High bay fixtures provide an effective means to illuminate such locations evenly, accurately and safely. Consider some of the primary advantages this type of lighting offers your commercial facility.
High Bay Basics
As the name implies, high bay lights are positioned far from the floor and are typically used in buildings with a large amount of vertical space. They are affixed directly to, or in some cases, hang from a building’s ceiling. Certain attributes are typical to these fixtures:
  • They are usually positioned between 12 and 20 feet from the ground level
  • In terms of power, high bay lights are usually 150 watts and up
  • High bay lighting beam angles are generally 90 degrees or narrower 
 Key Benefits

While their applications vary widely, the reasons for installing high bay fixtures are fairly consistent. They deliver light that is both evenly distributed and consistent throughout large spaces, which is vital to work accuracy, efficiency, and safety. This type of lighting is also usually designed to prevent glare or other harsh qualities, reducing the chances of eyestrain or headaches for those who spend long durations indoors.
As they are generally suspended or attached to ceilings, high bay lights do not impact your available floor space. In this way, they also reduce the number of potential obstacles that might inhibit employees, clients, and other visitors.
Outfit Your Facility
Doing business without proper visibility is never a good idea. Don’t neglect the safety of your staff or the efficiency of your operations; place a call to Progressive Energy Solutions in Denver today at 720-487-1521. Their knowledgeable technicians are proud to serve customers throughout Colorado, delivering cost-effective solutions for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. posted: February 28, 2019
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2 Great Reasons to Switch Your Parking Garage to LED Lighting

It’s tempting to keep your eyes to the ground when considering the maintenance of a parking garage – that’s where the action happens. A poorly lit garage reflects badly on your property management and may be a magnet for crime. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to upgrade your lighting to LED.
The Quality of Lighting Is Improved
Metal halide lights emit a high-quality illumination when they are new, but they have a rapid decrease in light production, losing around 20% of their lumens in 6 months of normal use, and up to 50% by its half-life. And that life is short – 15,000 - 20,000 hours compared to perhaps 100,000 for LEDs. The lights are also aimed directly at the areas of use, instead of broadcasting 360 degrees, increasing efficiency and reducing light pollution.
LEDs are designed to direct their energy use to wavelengths visible to the human eye, whereas metal halide bulbs create a “dirtier” signal. Even worse, sodium lights create a harsh, yellow-orange glow. LEDs have a higher color rendering index than both, giving not only a more pleasant light to the viewer but reducing the number of watts needed to make an area seem well-lighted.
LEDs Save You Money
A parking garage has 24-hour lighting costs, meaning any per-kilowatt savings add up quickly. LEDs are 66% more energy-efficient than metal halide lights and last up to 85% longer, meaning fewer bulbs purchased but also fewer labor costs and hassles.
Plus, the price of LEDs has plummeted, falling about 85% in the last decade. But the curve is starting to level off, so this is the ideal time to balance replacement costs vs energy savings. You may also qualify for certain rebates if you retrofit. And the energy savings is great for the environment.
When you decide to replace your parking garage lighting, call Progressive Energy Solutions with any questions you have. Progressive Energy has been serving Colorado for years, successfully completing many major commercial lighting projects and garages around the state. Please call 720-487-1521 today for more information.  posted: January 24, 2019
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Debunking 5 Common LED Lighting Myths

LED lighting is growing in popularity. While some businesses have made the switch to LED, some are still weighing out the pros and cons. In order to know whether LED lighting is right for your commercial property, you need to know the myths and the truth behind them. Here are five of the most common LED lighting myths.
LEDS Are Expensive
The truth is that LED bulbs and fixtures do have a higher upfront cost. However, the prices do continue to drop. In addition, the energy savings that you receive when using LEDs makes up for the cost. LED bulbs last 25 times more than incandescent bulbs.
LEDs Don’t Dim
In the past, dimmers only worked with incandescent or fluorescent light sources. The electrical properties of LED are different. However, power supply and dimmer manufacturers now cater to LED lights. You can dim your LED bulbs.
LEDs Are Too Dim
The electric current determined the light output of the LED. LED fixture installations provide the right amount of lighting for your building. This means that control is a lot higher than incandescent lighting. Lighting is customizable.
LEDs Don’t Generate Heat
LEDS may be more efficient, but they do generate wasted heat. Nothing can be completely efficient. The lighting fixture channels heat away from LEDs to reduce the temperature. This extends how long their lifespan is. Now, certain parts of the lighting fixture will be warm to the touch.
LEDS Last Forever
LEDs do last longer than the traditional incandescent or fluorescent lights. Some LED lighting fixtures have a lifetime of over 11 years! LED lights do dim over time, instead of burning out all at once. So, instead of waiting for the LED to burn out, you should replace it when you only see a fraction of the original brightness, such as at 70% or 50%.
When it comes to LED lighting, it is incredible versatile and more cost effective than traditional lights. To get help with your LED lighting, contact Progressive Energy Solutions at 720-487-1521 today!
posted: December 19, 2018
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40 and 60 watt bulbs — gone the way of the dinosaur

After changing very little since the time of Thomas Edison, the common 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs are now illegal for manufacture  in the U.S..

Did you know?:  As of January 1st, 2014, the Federal government has placed a moratorium on the manufacture or import of most incandescent bulbs.

Why?:  90% of an incandescent bulbs energy is wasted as heat, not light. Think of them as good little heaters that just happen to give off a small amount of light.

Did you know?:  Certain types of newer bulbs, such as LED and Ceramic Metal Halide, can save up to 80% of the energy used in comparable incandescents.

Why?:  The bulk of energy powering this new technology goes to providing light, not heat.

Did you know?:  At an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, you may need to include the new bulbs in your will!

Why?:  If you put a 50,000 hour bulb in your lamp and run it 4 hours a day, 7 days a week, you won’t need to replace it for over 34 years!

Fun facts all, but what’s the bottom line you ask? Most of us should consider the savings and improvement in quality of light that the new technology offers. When the first CFL’s (you know, the squiggly tubes) came out a few years ago, many people ran out and bought them only to be disappointed with the quality of light. They were too bright, too white, and had a terrible glare. Not so with todays offerings. You can enjoy the ambience you want and still realize big savings. The City and County of Denver offers a no-cost energy advisor’s program for residential customers to inform you as to how you can save on lighting and other energy efficiencies.

If you’re a business owner, the savings can be even greater. Commercial applications of the new bulbs and technology yield large energy and cost reductions,  often saving thousands of dollars for businesses, non-profits, schools and churches. Xcel Energy is now offering great rebates and incentives to help defray the costs involved with an energy efficient upgrade project. Plus, Xcel Energy recently affiliated with TIP Capital to offer financing for energy saving projects.

To find out more about the commercial energy savings opportunities, contact Progressive Energy Solutions, a local Colorado company that has worked closely with Xcel on these types of projects for years. They will conduct a no-cost energy audit to propose the best and most cost efficient upgrades to your facility.  You can reach Progressive Energy Solutions at 303-916-6433 for more information. Cut your costs while Going Green!

  posted: January 9, 2014
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3 Reasons to Use LED Lighting in Your Office Space

Creating a pleasant environment in your office helps boost productivity as well as improve your mood. Although lighting is one aspect of office workspaces that is often overlooked, lighting has a big impact on a work environment. There are several reasons to use LED lighting in your office instead of traditional fluorescent lights.

1. Customizable

Lighting in an office often affects the overall atmosphere in the workspace. Flickering lights or lights that are too harsh or too dim sometimes be a distraction to employees or to guests who visit your office. However, LED lights give you the opportunity to choose the perfect, consistent type of lighting for your specific environment, which might help employees improve their levels of productivity.

2. Durable

When you spend an extended period of time in an office daily, having frequent issues with the office’s lighting can become frustrating. Unlike traditional fluorescent lights, LED lights are often long-lasting and simple to install. LED lightings generally do not need to be replaced as frequently as fluorescent lights, and the ease of installation means that you and those around you spend time on other important tasks that are unrelated to the lighting.

3. Cost-Effective

One reason LED lights have become popular recently has to do with energy efficiency. LED lights use significantly less energy than fluorescent lights, making them a good choice for your office and for the environment. Over time, LED lights help to lower your office’s energy bills and energy consumption. In addition to spending less on the lights themselves, you are likely to spend less on maintenance since LED lights are also less likely to need frequent repairs when compared to fluorescent lights.

LED lighting can be beneficial in the office due to its customizable features, long lifespan, and a lower monetary and environmental cost. If you are considering installing LED lights in your office, Progressive Energy Solutions can help make the installation process easy. Contact us today at 303-756-1938!
posted: November 20, 2018
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