Monthly Archives: February 2017

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LED Lighting Retrofit: Your Path to Savings

Is your company spending more on lighting than it needs to—both in terms of energy and maintenance?  If so, it’s time to consider retrofitting your lighting to LED and put more of your profits back where they belong—in your business.

Retrofitting is a popular topic, particularly among our commercial and industrial end user customers. Converting existing fixtures to LED, either through the swapping of lamps or a fixture retrofit, is a way to transition to LED technology without the full financial investment of purchasing and installing new fixtures.

The demand is strong, and there are many manufacturers offering a cost-effective retrofit solution for just about any existing fixture.  Here are some options to consider:

Step into LED with a lamp retrofit.

The most economical move into LED technology is to swap your current lamps from conventional light sources to LED.  LED lamps can improve ambiance, energy efficiency and reduce maintenance.

  • Philips InstantFit is a truly compatible plug and play LED tube lamp that performs as expected, so you don’t have to go back and waste time and money redoing a job, and can instead focus on growing your business. Available in a variety of sizes and wattages, popular types include T8, 4-Pin Long Compact, U-Bent T8, and 4-Pin Plug-in.
  • Transform your environment while reducing lighting-related energy costs with Philips “Screw-in” LED lamps. The line includes popular A-type, candle, globe, MR16 and PAR lamps – all with smooth dimming technology.

Get rid of your florescent strip fixtures.

Linear fluorescent technology represents an estimated 80% of the installed equipment and 72% of total annual energy consumption for commercial lighting making it the perfect candidate to upgrade to LED with a retrofit. Universal Lighting Technologies’ EVERLINE® LED Retrofit Kit simplifies the transition from fluorescent to LED.  The EVERLINE® Retrofit Kit converts 2’, 4’ or 8’ fixtures to LED lighting.  The kits include everything needed for simple installation and are available in 2,300 lumens to 6,000 lumens with an 82 CRI and CCTs of 3500K, 4000K and 5000K.

Troffer Retrofit Kits

Are you looking for an affordable way to use LED lighting to cut back on energy costs, but don’t have a huge budget? Upgrading your traditional fluorescent in-grid ceiling troffers may be easier than you think.

    • The Universal Lighting Technologies LED General Purpose Fixture is a recessed prismatic LED Luminaire. Designed for replacement of fluorescent troffer and parabolic style luminaires. The GPA Series is installer friendly and comes in standard sizes for grid lay-in applications. Designed as an economical option for lighting indoor spaces with T-Grid ceilings, its high efficacy and excellent uniformity make it a great choice for most office and classroom environments.
    • Lithonia Lighting’s BLT Relight Series provides quick, easy installation into most
      existing luminaires. It provides look, feel and performance of a full fixture replacement at a fraction of the cost – reducing installation cost and materials. The BLTR series also provides control options to further enhance your space.

Got illuminated signs? Upgrade their lighting.

Now signs can be seamlessly converted from existing fluorescent to LED technology. Universal Lighting Technologies’ EVERLINE® LED Sign Tubes are an LED outdoor replacement solution for T12HO or T8HO lit signs. Designed for fast and easy installation, the Sign Tube uses the existing RDC sockets with minimal modification. It features 90° adjustable RDC style endcaps for correct lamp orientation in vertical or horizontal installations, regardless of how the socket was originally installed.

Think “outside” for even more retrofit opportunities.

Retrofits aren’t just for indoor applications. The Lithonia Lighting KADRD-LED retrofits any existing 100 – 400W metal halide or high pressure sodium KAD into a high-performance LED luminaire, while realizing typical energy savings up to 70% with expected service life up to 100,000 hours. The KADRD-LED retrofit door simply replaces the existing KAD door containing the glass lens and installs in minutes.  Part of the Contour® Series luminaires, the KADRD offers traditional square dayforms with softened edges for a versatile look that complements many applications.

Hazardous locations deserve LEDs, too.

It’s important for hazardous (classified) work sites to be equipped with proper lighting for their classification. Ratings are used by engineers and architects to determine where specific fixtures should be used under the specific conditions. Currently, there are a handful of classifications for explosion-proof LED lighting.

Dialight offers fixtures for installation and use in hazardous (classified) locations including: Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups A, B, C, and D; Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, and G; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G; and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2, in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.  Their Vigilant Industrial Solutions and SafeSite Hazardous Area Solutions offer a variety of LED retrofit and replacement products for classified spaces.

Start on your path to savings today! With LEDs you use up to 90% less energy than traditional sources and the longer lifespan reduces maintenance needs – saving you both time and money.  In addition, you may be able to take advantage of utility incentives available in most areas by retrofitting your facility’s lighting with LED.

Along with our manufacturer partners, French Gerleman can help you improve your facility with solutions to improve lighting efficiency and save on annual utility expenses.  Our lighting team is well versed in LED lighting products for use in commercial and industrial facilities.

To learn more about these products to for help with your next lighting project, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.  Our lighting team can help you identify any applicable utility incentives in your area and help with LED solutions to meet your project’s specifications.


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Get Rewards for Your French Gerleman Loyalty

We wanted to find a way to thank you for your loyalty to French Gerleman and what better way than with an exclusive rewards program! We’re happy to announce and give you a first look at our re-launched Counter Rewards program. We’ve had the Counter Rewards cards in the past, and due to popular demand, we’ve decided to bring it back.

With our Counter Rewards Card, you will receive one (1) stamp for every $200 spent on in-stock products at a French Gerleman Sales Counter. Limit eight (8) stamps per order. Once you fill out your card (12 stamps), you can choose from a list of rewards, including gift cards to Bass Pro Shop, Best Buy, Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings, Target and Fandango (movie tickets); seasonal French Gerleman merchandise items (t-shirts, hats, mugs); and much more. Prizes are subject to availability, but there will always be a variety to choose from. As a part of the new Counter Rewards program, you will also receive advanced notice of promotions and events through “Members Only” e-mails.

Customers must register for the program to get their initial reward card. You can download the Enrollment Form HERE  or visit frenchgerleman.com/rewards for more information.

Simply fill out the enrollment form and turn it in at any French Gerleman Sales Counter to receive your Rewards Card. As a bonus, you’ll receive two (2) stamps just for registering! You’ll receive another one (1) bonus stamp for giving us your e-mail address. Sounds pretty good, right?

Keep in mind, every program has guidelines.  Please be sure to check out the back of the enrollment form for program details.  And, most importantly, make sure your employer is OK with your participation.

Thank you for continued support of French Gerleman! We hope you enjoy our Counter Rewards program.  Be sure to let us know what kind of gift cards and rewards you would like to see included. We’d love to hear your feedback!

The 2017 Counter Rewards Program is sponsored by the following vendor partners:


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Two Electrical Expo Events- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Spring is the season of renewal. A fresh start. Learning, growing and experiencing new things. This year, we will be ushering in Spring by supporting two informational and educational expos.

The first event is the Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois (EBMI) Electrical Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. This event will take place on March 21-22. As EBMI members, we are excited to be on hand for this event and to participate in the seminars and visit with many of our great vendors.

Following the EBMI Expo, we will be sponsoring the Electric League of Missouri & Kansas Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS, on April 11-12. Make sure to save the date, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet with vendors, hear the latest industry news and attend the popular seminars.

Here are the details on the upcoming Expos:

Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois Electrical Expo

March 21-22, 2017

St. Charles Convention Center – St. Charles, MO

Tuesday, March 21: 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

This EBMI Electrical Expo held only once every three years and attracts manufacturers from across the country to the area. At this event, you can visit more than 200 exhibits and take part in educational sessions to learn more about key products, learn about new industry codes and earn PDH/PEU credits.

Event Features:

  • 12 seminars are offered during the two-day event, offering PDH and PEU credits. Sessions cover a wide variety of topics including: preventive maintenance, plant cyber security, lighting, code changes and much more.
  • Visit with 200+ vendors for a first look at new products.
  • Network with associates from all segments of the electrical industry.

If you’re looking for a way to attend and don’t live in the metro area, French Gerleman will be offering transportation from Columbia, MO, and Quincy, IL, to the St. Charles Convention Center. As members of EBMI, we will be hosting a hospitality suite in conjunction with Expo, so feel free to stop by and visit with the French Gerleman team.  Watch for information coming soon.

The Expo is free to attend, but there is a cost to attend the educational seminars.  If you register early, you can save on the cost of the educational seminars. When you register for this Expo, please note French Gerleman as your referring distributor.

Featured exhibitors include: Appleton, Eaton’s B-Line Business, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, General Cable, Lutze, Dialight, Acuity (Lithonia Lighting), Philips Lighting, Fluke, Greenlee, Ideal, Universal Lighting Technologies, Panduit, Spectrum Controls, Nord, WEG and APC.

You can see the full list of exhibitors HERE. For more information, visit http://www.electricalboard.org/2017-expo-information/.

Electric League of Missouri & Kansas Expo

April 11-12, 2017

Overland Park Convention Center – Overland Park, KS

Tuesday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For our Kansas and western Missouri friends, this event is for you! The Electric League of Missouri & Kansas is hosting a free, two-day educational event at the Overland Park Convention center, and French Gerleman is proud to be a sponsor. This Expo is held once every three years, and features educational seminars, vendor exhibits, door prizes and much more.

Breakout sessions will be held in each morning and will include both educational seminars and premiere lighting sessions. Other training highlights include: arc flash compliance, CPR training and more to be announced over the coming weeks. Following the morning sessions, there will be a lunch break as well as a trade show networking event on Tuesday evening.

The list of exhibitors will be announced soon. For up-to-date event details, visit http://www.electricleague.org/tradeshow/trade_show.html

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you at one of these two upcoming Expos!


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French Gerleman Awarded the ElectricSmarts 2016 Distributor Top 10 “Smarty Awards”

We’ve once again won a “Smarty Award” from ElectricSmart! The awards were given to the top 10 distributors ranked by content page views on their network. In previous years, we won in the award in the Elite Status Quarter Million View Club, but this year, we made the Half Million View Club! This is a huge honor for us, and we are thrilled to see our growth this year. The ElectricSmarts Network continues to achieve millions of views in 2016, and with the increase in web traffic, they created the new Half Million Views Club.

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ElctricSmarts is a network created to provide web-based product marketing and education services. Their mission is to enhance communication and provide additional value across all levels of the supply chain and improving efficiency of already strong channels.

You can learn more about the Smarty Awards, other award winners and our past Smarty Awards HERE, and you can view the full list of distributors who have achieved the Half Million Views Club HERE. A big thank you to ElectricSmarts for their ongoing support and for this award. It’s always a great feeling to receive recognition for our hard work. We are excited to see how we do next year!