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Lighting Testimonial (36 posts)

Red Wing Schools Lighting Upgrade in Red Wing Minnesota, by Retrofit Lighting & Design

Maintenance Savings at Red Wing Schools [Lighting Before & After Video]

District-wide maintenance savings with LED lighting upgrade at Red Wing Schools, 800,000+ sq ft and $250,000 utility rebate through Xcel.

September 30, 2022

Jerry Gamble Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities- Lighting Project (with Video!)

Retrofit Lighting & Design upgraded the exterior lighting & interior lighting at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities. We were able to improve the lighting quality and create a better environment for the kids, while also lowering the energy costs for the building. This upgrade created a $7,000 a year savings on an energy basis!

August 9, 2022
Full color tunable LED lights in classrooms

Powerful Results of Full Color Lights in Special Ed Classrooms

Faribault Middle School, in Faribault, Minnesota, shared the powerful results of the full color tunable lights in their Special Education classrooms. Retrofit Lighting & Design upgraded the entire facility to LED lighting and installed full spectrum color tunable lights in both rooms, including a wall-mounted iPad and app based control systems. Teachers from Faribault Middle School share that they have observed reduced problem behaviors, increased patience in their students and staff, as well as more interest in their special education programs.

October 5, 2021
Warehouse lighting upgrade for manufacturing company Retrofit Lighting and Design

Warehouse Lighting Upgrade (Video)

Retrofit Lighting & Design upgraded the warehouse lighting & office lighting throughout a 30,000+ sq ft building for GNW Machine; a custom manufacturing business in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. The LED retrofit solutions have a payback on investment of approx. 1.7 years, include a large rebate from the utility company, provide increased accuracy, efficiency, overall productivity and a notable boost in employee morale.

September 3, 2021
Becketwood Cooperative Senior Living Lighting Before and After

Brighten Up Senior Living Lighting (Video)

The surprising ways we saved this Senior Living facility over 50% of their project costs while upgrading their lighting, relieving eye-strain, and reducing trip and fall hazards for senior citizens.

May 17, 2021
Color Tuning in Schools

Color Tuning Lighting in Schools (Video)

Color tuning lighting technology in schools, especially Special Education classrooms, have significant positive benefits for students and staff.

April 28, 2021
Lakeville Ice Arena Lighting Before and After

Ice Arena Lighting – Wireless Controls, Lakeville MN (Video)

Arena lighting and wireless controls, energy savings, reducing shadows on the ice rinks and energy reduction in Lakeville, MN.

March 22, 2021
Photohydroionization (PHI) from The Retrofit Companies, Inc. Minnesota

How to Disinfect the Indoor Air at Your Business (Video)

Ventilation, air purifiers and air filtration systems are part of a safe and proactive plan to protect yourself and your business in this new age of heightened. We worked with Northern Force Dance Company in Blaine, MN to install 2 types of airborne virus and pathogen defense, killing >90% of airborne and surface viruses in 30 minutes.

December 7, 2020
JDM Office Lighting LED Upgrade from The Retrofit Companies, Inc.

Office Lighting: Upgrading to LED During a Pandemic (Video)

The Retrofit Companeis, Inc. had the pleasure of working with Johnson, Doerhoefer & Miner P.A. (JDM), at their Owatonna location, to improve their interior office lighting with a simple LED refresh. The Partners at JDM recognized the importance of proper workspace lighting and during, what some are calling, an economic recession, these financial gurus easily concluded that this efficient lighting was a no-brainer.

September 24, 2020
Paffrath Jewelers Owatonna, MN

Retail Lighting: Small Business Owners Support Each Other During Pandemic (Video)

TRC supports a local small business in Owatonna, MN with improved retail lighting, finding the best options for their budget, excellent rebates from local utilities, and huge savings during a tough time for businesses both small and large.

August 7, 2020
Tunable lighting controls in an office

Tunable Lighting Improves Performance and Morale in Workplace

Advanced Masonry Restoration, of St. Paul, Minnesota, worked with TRC, custom Lighting and Design experts, to upgrade their office to the latest LED Tunable Lighting, fully equipped with customized controls in every room. Full color tuning available in every office allows employees to customize their settings to their personal preferences and increases productivity throughout the workplace.

May 5, 2020

Customer Spotlight – Samaritan Bethany

PROJECT OVERVIEW Samaritan Bethany is a senior care facility in Rochester, MN. Coming up on their 100th Anniversary, Samaritan Bethany continues to serve the residents of their community by making sure their needs are met as they age. With the goal of having their facility feel like home, they strive to make the environment as […]

August 5, 2019

Customer Spotlight – Amesbury Truth

Customer Spotlight featuring TRC’s Carl Murray, discussing the recent lighting upgrades at Amesbury, Truth in Owatonna in both their office spaces and their production areas.   PROJECT OVERVIEW Amesbury Truth, a leading provider of window and door components, has a rich history dating back to as early as 1914 where Truth Hardware began in a […]

May 1, 2019

Case Study – ISD #299 Caledonia Public Schools LED Upgrade

ISD #299 Caledonia Public Schools prides themselves on empowering learners for life and their strong ties to the community. In a school district serving Caledonia and the surrounding areas, it became abundantly clear to superintendent Craig Ihrke and his team that providing a welcoming environment was a necessity.

September 24, 2018

Customer Spotlight – Crown Plastics

“We just took a look at our overall lighting, mainly from our production areas, and they were all either running T8 or T12 fixtures, some metal halide…and they were failing. I was done switching them over. I didn’t want to do it one by one…I knew there had to be a better solution out there,” -Matt Van Beusekom.

August 24, 2018

Customer Spotlight – Steve Grandgenett, Algona Municipal Utilities

“In the process we were able to reduce the amount of energy we use per fixture by 45-50%.”  – Steve Grandgenett, Algona Municipal Utilities Located in the small town of Algona, Iowa, approximately 3 hours south of the Twin Cities, the Algona Municipal Utilities (AMU) recently renovated their office building. AMU supplies electric, water, cable, internet, and […]

June 23, 2018

Customer Spotlight – Nate Cardin, Southern Hills Golf Course

The frustration of continuously changing and replacing burnt out light bulbs and ballasts is a maintenance nightmare for anyone, and Nate Cardin, the General Manager at Southern Hills Golf course, was experiencing this daily hassle before he decided to give TRC a call.

June 23, 2018

Lakeville School District – Lighting Case Study

Lakeville Schools (MN) and The Retrofit Companies, Inc. (TRC) recently partnered to discuss the district’s 2 and 10 year plans at Eastview Elementary School. Both of the strategic plans included goals of implementing energy saving lighting solutions across the entire district.

February 23, 2018

Another interview with Darin at Wausau Supplies : Exterior Lighting LED upgrade

Earlier this year, we completed his exterior lighting LED upgrade project, and Darin was nice enough to let us know how it went. “The outside of our building had traditional metal-halide bulbs on the building and on light posts. Very poor lighting and not cost effective at all…We were throwing money away!!”

September 23, 2017

Interview with Darin at Wausau Supplies : HID to T8 to LED

Central Regional Manager for Wausau Supply Darin at Wausau Supplies has five locations to watch over. He “really appreciates the value of TRC doing a complete job – something you’re going to stand behind, that you’re going to do it the way that we want it, and listen to us. We’ve found that to be true with The Retrofit Companies.”

March 23, 2017

Parking Garage LED Lighting Retrofit Case Study

This parking garage lighting project’s dramatic improvement in lighting came along with $23,634 in utility rebate incentives, plus a Green Business Cost Sharing program from the city of Minneapolis when this client upgraded the aging, inefficient high pressure sodium lighting.

December 23, 2016

Interview with Trent Lowe: Allied Parking LED Retrofit

Recently, we shared a new case study about an LED retrofit project recently completed at Allied Parking’s Gateway ramp located downtown Minneapolis. This facility is unique because the first floor is a layover terminal for MTC buses. Keep reading to find out why Trent felt that working with TRC was different than working with other contractors.

December 23, 2016

Why Invest in a Lighting Study? (Video Interview)

Sweet Harvest facility manager, Brian Pleschcourt talks about his experience with an aging and inefficient lighting system, and tells us how the Lighting Redesign Study process worked for his facility.  Read the interview now. Why did Sweet Harvest decide to replace the lighting in your facility? What were the issues you faced and what were some […]

November 23, 2016

The Surprising Impact of Lighting Redesign

Primary issues with the old lighting, aside from being inefficient and expensive to operate, included cones of light and many shadows within the arena area. The customer began working with The Retrofit Companies to have a new lighting system designed and installed. Consultants from The Retrofit Companies designed a system where interior and exterior metal halide and incandescent fixtures were replaced with new LED fixtures.

October 23, 2016

Retrofit Case Study: Interior and Exterior Lighting Upgrades

This church and school decided it was time to update the look of their facility and invest in energy-efficiency by implementing this full facility lighting upgrade and retrofit. The areas addressed in this project ranged from office and classrooms, to a gymnasium/auditorium, and a sanctuary space that required a dynamic lighting control system.

March 23, 2016

Auto Sales Lot LED Lighting Retrofit

Many lighting projects focus on the inside of a facility, but there are many businesses that require high-quality, energy-efficient lighting for their exteriors. Auto sales lots are a great example of a business that needs exceptional exterior lighting. Their “sales floor” is the entire parking lot.

March 23, 2016

VIDEO of LED Motion Sensor Test in Warehouse

This space was redesigned to include energy-efficient LED fixtures on a system of motion sensors that control the on/off of fixtures as people and equipment, like the forklift seen in the video, move through the spaces. Take a look to see the both the rapid movement and slow movement tests.

February 23, 2016

Instant 400 watt reduction with LED retrofit

This recent lighting retrofit case study comes from a larger project completed by The Retrofit Companies. We thought this was not only a visually impactful set of before & after photos, but energy use was reduced over 400 watts for each fixture replaced!

January 23, 2016

Case Study: Test Fixtures & Exterior Lighting

For this exterior lighting project, the client is a company with facilities located nationwide. Their savings goals take into consideration the entire network of facilities, but we can see in this single project area how much of an impact that an HID to LED retrofit can make, visually and in energy savings.

January 23, 2016

Lighting Redesign Using LED Technology

A lot of the time, we judge lighting projects on the very dramatic before and after photos we see. That’s certainly a very interesting and immediate way to judge success of a project, does it look better afterward? Well, not all projects look dramatically different before and after, even in the case of this lighting redesign. However, the results for this project are dramatic and easily measured.

October 23, 2015

Case Study: Exterior LED Lighting

Well designed lighting will create inviting spaces around the exterior of your business, such as statues, monuments, green spaces, or other landscaping highlights that are lit during non-daylight hours. By completing these projects, you can address an area that is essentially running half of every day.

August 23, 2015

How a Single Variable Can Ruin a Lighting Project

it’s important to do your homework for every project, to look at photometrics, understand the products that are being specified in your project, and know how they will perform in real life. This knowledge is paramount to project success.

July 23, 2015

Case Study: Hallway Lighting Retrofit

Deciding to take control of their maintenance costs by upgrading their hallways was a pretty simple decision for this school. An area with aging fixtures and astronomical replacement costs was a great target to start saving. The major problem? Fixture lenses were brittle, easily broken, and no longer manufactured meaning they cost a ton to replace.

October 23, 2014

Lighting Before and After – Manufacturing Facility

Due to the nature of their business, Northern Iron & Machine required a fixture that would handle a more than 100 degree Fahrenheit ambient temperature. They wanted to redesign their lighting system with a long-term solution for optimum efficiency and minimal maintenance. 

March 23, 2014

Parking Ramp Lighting Retrofit Case Study

This client qualified for more than$23,000 in utility rebate incentive when they upgraded. They now have better light quality in their facility, increased safety for their patrons, and they are saving money and resources at the same time!

April 23, 2013

Warehouse Retrofit Case Study: Why more lights aren’t always better

In today’s business climate, consumers require their products and materials faster than ever. Factories and manufacturers must meet this demand in all industries while keeping employees safe and continuing to provide quality products. How then, can a factory or a manufacturer remain competitive, contain costs and retain productive employees, all while being lean and green?

March 23, 2013