Noribachi and Facility Solutions Group improve lighting technology at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Date Announced: 17 Apr 2012

Noribachi, leading innovator of smart energy LED and solar products, recently partnered with Facility Solutions Group and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), located outside of Austin, Texas, to complete a successful retrofit of the airport’s concourse lighting.

This project marks Noribachi’s third successful airport LED lighting retrofit and demonstrates Noribachi’s particular ability to provide crucial lighting solutions to the air transportation industry in airport facilities that demand lighting of the highest quality and reliability.

Austin-Bergstrom, or ABIA, has, since its commercial inception in 1999, devoted itself to maintaining an environmentally responsible facility. In recognition of these efforts the FAA Southwest Region recognized ABIA with the Environmental Achievement award in its first year of operation.

ABIA was introduced to Noribachi LED lighting through FSG’s outreach efforts and with a keen eye towards the future, tested Noribachi’s LED illumination products in a pilot installation earlier this year. After seeing the incredible difference of Noribachi LED bulb illumination compared with their previous metal halide bulbs the airport upgraded the concourse lighting that spanned across their terminals, security areas and baggage claims.
ABIA’s old lights, 1000W metal halides, had demanded an incredible amount of energy to operate and have merely one-fifth the lifetime of LED bulbs, making their replacement a maintenance issue due to accessibility.

In critical areas such as security areas, ABIA demanded a lamp that could handle extensive full time use. Metal halides, when run under such demanding conditions generate an incredible amount of wasted energy in the form of heat. ABIA’s new Noribachi LED bulbs deliver a brighter, longer lasting light devoid of toxic chemicals, and are so much more efficient at devoting their operational energy to illumination they require only 306W and operate more than 150˚ F cooler.

“We were very pleased with the performance of the Noribachi LED retrofit,” says James Parker, Project Manager for Austin Energy’s Energy Efficiency Services. “We increased light levels significantly while reducing the lighting load from 1,080 watts to 306 watts – a 72% reduction in energy use. We have also virtually eliminated the maintenance costs of a very difficult-to-maintain fixture. The project’s payback period is 3.6 years, and that doesn’t include any maintenance cost savings calculations.”

“The ABIA installation is a great example of Noribachi’s ability to retrofit even the brightest lighting demands. No one else can match the illumination of 1000W lighting with LED bulbs with the same degree of excellence in quality and performance as Noribachi,” says Luke Sutton, VP of Manufacturing at Noribachi.


ABOUT FACILITY SOLUTIONS GROUP:
Facility Solutions Group (FSG) is one of the nation’s largest single-source providers of lighting and electrical products, electrical services, electrical construction, energy management solutions, and signage. With a successful 29+ year history of serving customers, FSG develops, designs, markets, sells and supports all types of lighting, electrical, control, sign, and energy-saving products and services.

FSG customers include large property owners and managers, commercial businesses, retail chains, general contractors, property developers, healthcare, financial, hospitality, educational, government entities, industrial, and high-end residential as well as individual consumers.
FSG’s over 1500 dedicated employees support the company’s business in all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 2008, FSG posted over $300 million in combined revenues, ranking it among the top two percent nationally in both wholesale distribution and electrical contracting fields. For more information please visit fsgi.com.


ABOUT AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT :
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has been carefully planned to meet the needs of Central Texans well into the 21st century. A multi-use facility, the airport serves general aviation, commercial aviation, the State Aircraft Pooling Board, and the Texas Army National Guard.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has nonstop service to 37 destinations in the U.S. and Mexico and served a record 9.1 million passengers in 2011. A complete listing of all nonstop flight destinations from Austin and the airlines that serve them is available on www.abia.org, click on ‘airlines & flights.’

Using only wind-turbine electricity, alternative fueled parking shuttles, and reclaimed water for irrigation are among the ways that Austin’s airport is more environmentally friendly. The airport was inducted in the first Airport Council International’s Director General’s Roll of Excellence for ranking among the top five in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) for five consecutive years.

Austin-Bergstrom is entirely self-sustaining, generating its own revenue to cover its operating costs.


ABOUT NORIBACHI:
Noribachi defines the future of illumination and grid interaction with its suite of LED and solar smart lighting products, power management solutions, and engineering and design services.

Noribachi products challenge traditional relationships with energy and design, driven by a passion to advance lighting technologies while reducing grid dependence.

Noribachi embraces the idea of the modern artisan with products crafted of the highest quality components and hand assembled in Noribachi’s LA headquarters.

With over one thousand installations – including world class hotels and luxury automobile dealerships – representing a diverse variety of markets across the US and internationally, Noribachi drives the lighting industry forward.

Noribachi is a privately held company incorporated in the State of Delaware with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Albuquerque, NM.

For more information please visit noribachi.com.

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