HID Labs Unveils Smart Green Industrial Lighting

HID Labs Unveils Smart Green Industrial Lighting

HID Laboratories officially launched its SmartPod Luminaires, a high intensity discharge lighting solution that mates IT with high-tech design and energy efficient performance, the firm says.

The company unveiled its SmartPod Luminaires to the public on Tuesday. They have been deployed in a handful of sites in California during the past eight months, including the family-owned Pet Extreme chain in Woodland Hills, a warehouse for the regional nonprofit theater company TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, and the Silver Creek Sportsplex in San Jose, a spokesman told GreenerBuildings.com. Pet Extreme is using 55 lights and TheatreWorks and the sportsplex are each using 10.

Performance at those sites reflected the company's expectations, another spokesman said. The lamps are expected to deliver a general 40 percent reduction in energy use compared to traditional Magnetic Metal Halide HID lamps. The SmartPods also provide an additional 20 percent to 30 percent savings when paired with advanced intelligent control systems involving dimming, occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting. Sites using the SmartPods saw an average energy savings of around 38 percent in 1-to-1 replacements of traditional HID lamps; energy savings rose to 56 percent, with a high of 68.5 percent, when using advanced controls.

HID Labs' SmartPods provide roughly 15,000 more mean lumens per lamp than the traditional metal halide fixtures, which means building operators can use fewer lamps or lower-wattage ones and save energy while delivering more light -- and a better quality of light. The SmartPods are also designed to be "plug and play," so they can be integrated into existing HID lighting systems in 1-to-1 replacements without requiring rewiring, the company said.

"High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps provide the highest efficacy and longest service life of any lighting type," according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and can save from 75 percent to as much as 90 percent of lighting energy when replacing incandescent lighting.

With their intense light, HID lamps are often used for lighting outdoors and in large indoor areas, such as commercial and light industrial settings. They are best deployed in situations where they are on for hours.

The underlying technology for HID lighting has been around for about 70 years. And in announcing its updated version of the technology, HID Labs noted that analysts have projected the market for new HID lamps to grow from $4.9 billion in 2007 to $7.4 billion by 2011.

HIDs Labs' investors include American River Ventures, California Clean Energy Fund, Sempra Energy, Potomac Investment Fund, Greenhouse Capital, and Big Sky Partners. 

SmartPod Luminaire Image -- Courtesy of HID Laboratories.