How [P2] Builds Energy Efficient LED And Fluorescent Lighting
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At three manufacturing facilities in California, Wisconsin and Florida, Precision-Paragon [P2] is building energy efficient lighting that can reduce the energy costs for lighting systems by up to 60 percent in commercial and industrial buildings. The company built its first fixture in 1992, and some things haven’t changed in nearly 20 years.

“We’ve never sold a ‘standard’ fixture,” says Joe Martin, vice president and general manager. “Every fixture that’s come out of our doors has been customized for a specific application.”

[P2] doesn’t maintain an inventory of finished lighting fixtures. Instead, it has a catalog of designs which are then customized and manufactured to meet the exact needs of the company’s customers. That was true when the company was operating out of a garage in Placentia, California in 1992, and it’s still true today. As it’s grown, Precision-Paragon [P2] has adapted its custom manufacturing processes to its current scale, while also working to compete on price and turnaround times.

For the first 15 years of its existence, [P2] sold energy efficient fluorescent lighting almost exclusively. Then, just a few years ago, the company found that LED lighting began to become a viable energy efficient option.

“In just a few years, LED lighting went from being a novelty to representing a large part of our business,” says Dan Rodr…………… continues on Manufacturing.net

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Significant number of lights burned out on Murray Baker Bridge
News from Peoria Journal Star:

Like a bad bulb on a strand adorning a Christmas tree, these decorative lights need changing.

Unlike a festive evergreen that merely illuminates someone’s house during the holidays, though, these burned out lights are affixed to the main bridge leading into Downtown Peoria.

“They do burn out now and then,” said Nick Stoffer, traffic engineer with the city of Peoria.

The Murray Baker Bridge is darker these days thanks to an unknown number of lights that are not working or are burned out.

The city is investigating. Stoffer is coordinating his crews with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s bridge inspectors to see when the bridge’s next inspection will take place. The next scheduled review is the week of Oct. 15.

“It’s very cost-prohibitive to do lane closures just to replace a light,” Stoffer said, adding that the lights are fixed whenever the state does its routine bridge checks. “It’s a major deal to close a lane of the intersection on that bridge.”

The city isn’t responsible for all of the lights on the Murray Baker, but local taxpayers do pay for a majority of the maintenance of the decorative, or ornamental, lights that illuminate the bridge.

During the Upgrade 74 project about seven years ago, the city spent $ 50,000 on new traffic lights, some of which went toward improving the bridge’s lighting.

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