Sparrow Enterprises, Leading Supplier to Foodservice Industry, Selects ThinkLite for Plant Wide LED Retrofit
A 52% reduction in lighting costs provides total project payback of less than one year.
May 10, 2016
Sparrow Enterprises enjoys a bright and clean work environment thanks to ThinkLite LED
Many companies today are taking steps to become more energy efficient, both to respect the environment as well as to control operating costs. And for Sparrow Enterprises, a Boston-based importer and distributor of chocolate and other items for use in the baking, confectionary and ice cream/dairy industries, product safety is also of critical importance.
“First and foremost, any time we perform an efficiency upgrade to our facility, we must ensure a safe, clean environment.” said Ed Bride, operations manager for the company.
“We import and warehouse many perishable food items, so when we began to look at energy efficient LED lighting, we were impressed with ThinkLite and their LED retrofit tubes. These tubes are mercury free and completely shatterproof.”
“But, as a smaller business, we discovered that safe and sustainable initiatives are not necessarily cost effective as the ‘cost of entry’ can be prohibitive.” Bride continued. “We contacted the Mass Save efficiency program through our utility company and were introduced to ThinkLite.”
“ThinkLite did not have to convince the Sparrow team about the benefits of sustainability.” said Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite CEO. “They fully understood the process and upside. So when given the opportunity to propose the next logical step in their ‘green journey’, moving from high efficiency fluorescent lighting to ThinkLite’s breakthrough LED lighting retrofit, they were very receptive.“
For cold storage operations, ThinkLite LED tubes are rated to operate at temperatures as low as -30F. And, because only ThinkLite offers a driverless tube design, these products generate only about 10% of the heat of a traditional LED, putting less of a strain on the HVAC system, which translates to even further savings on cooling. This additional savings derived from the HVAC can contribute a further 30% reduction on energy costs than projected in cool storage facilities.
ThinkLite’s breakthrough technology retrofits into existing fixtures, eliminating the need to replace and discard old fixtures. “We were especially pleased that our existing fixtures, which were very serviceable, did not need to be replaced. That’s saved significant dollars while eliminating the waste of discarded fixtures,” said Bride.
Importantly, a major advantage for the food distributor is that they could finally get rid of the light sleeves that are commonly used to cover fluorescent lamps due to their mercury content and ease of shattering. Maintaining fluorescent sleeves as they frequently yellow or purchasing shatter proof fluorescent lamps at four times the cost only worsens the objective of low operating costs and long term efficiency.
ThinkLite, 2015’s Inc. Magazine’s top “Under 30” company, designs, manufactures and distributes its own lighting products including the industry’s first ‘driverless’ LED tube, a breakthrough that improves light quality at an industry leading 131 lumens per watt. As well, ThinkLite driverless lamps operate cooler than traditional LED, extending each lamp’s life to 65,000 hours, or a projected 10 years.
The project scope for Sparrow Enterprises included replacing existing T8/T12 fluorescent tubes with ThinkLite tubes, resulting in an annual kilowatt (kWh) hour reduction of 52%. And with a ten-year lifespan, costs associated with replacing lamps and ballasts (bypassed by the ThinkLite solution), the overall savings are significantly improved. ThinkLite also secured a sizable cash incentive rebate from Sparrow’s utility company, resulting in significant overall cost reduction as well as a payback period less than a year an annualized ROI of 125%.
“To have a project be cash flow positive from the start, coupled with significant overall savings, a sizable reduction in energy consumption as well as supporting our desire to be ‘good stewards of the land’, going with ThinkLite was a great decision. “ said Bride. Henry Baybutt, Sparrow’s President summed it up by saying, “We believe the ThinkLite solution to be the best available today. Not only are we saving, but also aesthetically, you can’t beat ThinkLite. These LED tubes generate outstanding light quality, energizing the workplace and empowering our entire team. An improved atmosphere makes the environment brighter and safer for all.