Lochmoor Club, a family-oriented country club located in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, was seeking to reduce utility costs by replacing almost four-decade old lighting fixtures in their four indoor tennis courts. Recently celebrating their centennial year, they sought to improve light distribution and quality of their lighting on their indoor tennis courts for their members and tennis pros
Lochmoor Club’s board of directors was seeking a solution to save on energy costs at their facility. Through this exploration, they identified their indoor tennis courts were a large source of their monthly energy expense. They knew that upgrading to LED lighting would help reach their cost savings criteria, but sorting through the options of LED solutions was a challenge. The general manager of Lochmoor Club decided to reach out to Future Energy Group, a full-service energy solutions provider, to help them decipher the best LED solution
LED High Bays
Flex Lighting Solutions was Future Energy Group’s top choice given Flex’s past successes with sporting facility applications, overall fixture performance and 10-year warranty. Lochmoor Club replaced (58) 1000W MH with 236W Flex LED High Bays, Wide Distribution 480V 5000K.
“The reason we selected Flex was because they had the superior LED high bay for Lochmoor’s application,” explained Michael Abraham, Jr., Co-Founder and President of Future Energy Group. “We choose the particular Flex LED high bay light for the wide angle of light optics of lumens per watt, knowing this was going to be installed indoors where you have a higher ceiling. Where Flex shines, is they have a very high lumens per watt but we were able to keep the wattage down and give them more light output – while maintaining even distribution of light.”
Utility savings were the main motivation for Lochmoor Club to embark on a LED lighting upgrade at their facility. “As we looked at our utility bills, it became obvious that we needed to upgrade to the LED lights to get some cost savings in that arena. Working with Future Energy Group, they provided us with criteria to consider when narrowing down the choices,” shared Tom Hauff, General Manager of Lochmoor Club. “Although the bids varied, Future Energy Group’s recommendations for Flex’s LED high bays were the right product for our application with substantial cost savings.”
The new Flex LED high bays were estimated to provide a 78% energy savings with a 244,236 annual kWh savings for Lochmoor. Factoring in all costs for the LED upgrade, including labor, their payback period was a quick 1.1-years. Despite this significant cost savings, what swayed the board of directors was all the fringe benefits that accompanied selecting the Flex LED high bay as their solution.
Virtually eliminating any maintenance costs coupled with a 10-year warranty were important factors of consideration for the board. “Flex’s LED high bays are rated at 150,000 hours. Given the operating hours of the club, they shouldn’t need replacement for 20-30 years,” shared Abraham. “The cost and time of replacing their old bulbs and disruption to the members is virtually eliminated. We were not just interested in selling them any LED lights but a long term solution.”
“…and the differential was Flex Lighting Solutions was backed with a 10-year warranty not to mention the risk of my maintenance crew having to climb tall ladders to replace the bulbs was eliminated too,” added Hauff. Even distribution of light and improved light quality were some of the most noticeable benefits Lochmoor Club also gained by selecting Flex Lighting Solutions.