Noribachi installs ultra-efficient, cold temperature compatible LED lighting at Agro-Jal Farms’ new cold storage facility

May 15, 2012
Date Announced: 15 May 2012 Noribachi, a leading smart energy LED and solar lighting company, recently saw its ultra-efficient, cold temperature compatible LED fixtures successfully installed by Mark Pereira of C.I.M. Electric at Agro-Jal Farms’ new cold storage warehouse. Agro-Jal, one of the largest farming and cooling operations in California’s Central Coast region, has consistently been ahead of the curve with energy efficiency and cutting edge cooling technology – enabling the distinction of being the exclusive berry provider for the Kentucky Derby for many years. The cold storage facilities service not only their own produce, but aid many other regional farms in cooling and processing their products. Agro-Jal’s new state of the art cooler takes advantage of the latest technologies, including ammonia-cooled wind tunnels, an ice packing machine originally conceived to make ice for zoo penguins to eat, and the new Noribachi LED fixtures. Combined, these save the facility significant amounts on monthly cooling and lighting energy costs. Noribachi’s exclusive HIGHBAY.M fixtures deliver an astounding bright, natural white light that allows fruit and vegetable inspectors to determine ripeness without taking a trip outside, a serious inconvenience that their previous HID lighting had necessitated with its yellow tinge. The new LED lighting is also completely unaffected by the freezing temperature of the 34˚F environment, whereas traditional lighting suffers serious lifetime shortages and turn-on delays.The Noribachi HIGHBAY.M fixtures provide so much clean light that in one room Agro-Jal Director Eric Gamble was able to scale back from 25 fluorescent fixtures to only 7 LED fixtures while achieving superior light output and quality. This not only made the Noribachi solution as cost competitive as fluorescents, but yielded the further benefit of keeping the toxic fluorescent bulbs away from food products. With FDA regulations already tightening around the use of fluorescents near consumables, Gamble notes, “It’s only a matter of time before the FDA says we can’t have fluorescents anywhere close to food due to their mercury content. I’m staying ahead of the game by installing LEDs now. Clearly LEDs are the future of food safe lighting. It is an obvious choice.”Most of the LED fixtures at Agro-Jal are also equipped with motion sensing on/off technology, further reducing energy use. “It’s an incredible value for light output versus wattage,” says Mark Pereira of C.I.M. Electric, contracted to complete the installation. With the spring harvest just around the corner at the time of installation, it was imperative for Agro-Jal to finish their new cold warehouse quickly, a task that the Noribachi LED fixtures were more than up to. “The ease of installation was an 8 out of 10, and I was very impressed by the quality of the fixture itself– it’s really well put together,” notes Pereira. The HIGHBAY.M is an indoor highbay solution of which Noribachi is the exclusive distributor in the United States. It is quickly becoming a customer favorite due to the reasons Pereira noted. “With Agro-Jal’s incredibly enthusiastic response to Noribachi LED lighting’s impeccable performance in the demanding applications of cold storage and commercial food production, we anticipate LED lighting will dominate these areas even faster than other general lighting categories,” concludes Celestyna Brozek, Noribachi’s VP of Marketing. ABOUT NORIBACHINoribachi 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 AGRO-JALIncorporated in 1988, Agro-Jal Farms is a family owned company specializing in the cultivation, harvesting, and storage of natural produce. Located in the fertile Santa Maria valley, Agro-Jal also works with other area farmers to help cool and store their fruits and vegetables through Agro-Jal Cooling.

Celestyna Brozek

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