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Lighting Controls (31 posts)

Color-Tuning Lights App Tutorial

App-Based Color-Tuning Lights Tutorial [Video]

Check out this step by step tutorial on how to use the app-based wall controls for the Casambi color-tuning lighting system that Retrofit Lighting & Design installed in a school district.

July 12, 2023
Prairie Island Ice Arena Lighting Retrofit

Prairie Island Ice Arena- Lighting Upgrade [Video]

A lighting upgrade at Prairie Island Ice Arena created maintenance savings, energy savings, and improved light quality.

December 28, 2022
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
Boys and Girls Club Case Study

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
Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities Lighting Sneak Peek

Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities Lighting Upgrade Sneak Peek (Video)

Retrofit Lighting & Design upgraded the exterior lighting & interior lighting at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities! The costs for this project were cut in half through rebates, grants, and partnerships. We were able to not only improve the lighting quality and create a better environment for the kids, but also lower the energy costs for the building.

July 27, 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
Tax incentives for energy efficient lighting Retrofit Lighting & Design

Tax Benefits for Installing Energy Efficient Lighting

These tax benefits on installing energy efficient lighting are sometimes overlooked and can really make an impact to the bottom line.

June 22, 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

Reasons Why Exterior Lighting Should be Installed in the Summer

Scheduling exterior lighting work during the summer can greatly reduce the time it takes to install a project versus doing it in the winter.

April 8, 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
TRC Top 10 FAQs

Top 10 FAQ (List)

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.

October 5, 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
5 ways to save money with an empty or semi-occupied building

5 Ways to Save Money When Your Building is Empty [checklist]

The Retrofit Companies, Inc., Lighting Designer and Contractor out of St. Paul, Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides suggestions on how to save money with a temporarily empty or semi-occupied building.

March 30, 2020

Advanced Lighting Controls: CLCP Certified

TRC’s Team of Lighting Professionals Recognized by NALMCO   CLCP Official! TRC’s entire Project Development team has received their Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) designation, placing them at the top of the competitive market within the lighting professionals industry.   As lighting and controls become increasingly complex, TRC is proud to provide our customers with […]

March 13, 2020

Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Renewed Through 2020

An enormous and much needed boost to domestic green buildings was just pushed through congress, most notably supporting energy efficient commercial buildings.

January 20, 2020

5 Ways Lighting Reduces Operating Costs

Reducing Operational Costs Through Lighting Plans By: Bret Wobschall   Despite cost savings being just one of the many benefits of an LED retrofit, it is typically the primary justification of an organization doing an LED retrofit.  What many people don’t know is that there are still many cost savings that are not typically accounted […]

November 6, 2019

Importance of Proper Light Levels

Whether in industrial or office settings, lighting in your workplace is very important. Believe it or not, proper light levels may increase productivity and alertness in the workplace, whereas poor light levels could cause less productivity, along with health concerns. The perfect level of light can be measured by using foot-candles. Making sure the light-levels […]

September 16, 2019

Flicker Effect with LED Lights

Thought the days of flickering lights were over? As lighting sources have evolved from fluorescent lighting systems to the highly efficient LED lighting systems, many thought the days of light flickering were over, but that’s not the case. Although LED lights have less flickering than fluorescent lighting systems, there are so many different LED tubes […]

September 3, 2019

Annual Peacock Open 2019

TRC Keeps Company Culture and Customer Relations a Top Priority at Annual Golf Outing     Southern Hills Golf Course The Retrofit Companies, Inc. has hosted an annual golf outing for nearly 20 years, bringing employees, customers and vendors together to celebrate successful partnerships. For nearly the past decade we have held our Peacock Open […]

August 30, 2019

LED Lighting – Understanding Color Temperature

Have you ever noticed multi-colored light coming from a light fixture and wonder why part of the fixture is yellow and part is blue, or white?   Being in the lighting industry, the staff here at The Retrofit Companies, Inc, notices far too often, that the color temperature of lighting solutions is overlooked. Lighting color […]

August 16, 2019

Supporting The Interior Lighting Campaign

The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a recognition and guidance program from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of energy-saving opportunities from high-efficiency interior lighting solutions. TRC is a proud supporter of this campaign!

May 20, 2019

Xcel Energy Efficiency Award Recipient – 2018

Energy Efficiency Partner Award Once again, The Retrofit Companies, Inc. is proud to accept the Energy Efficiency Partner Award as a Business Lighting Efficiency Program Winner. It is always an honor to be recognized as a top-tier trade partner and to be considered one of the most effective lighting trade allies.     Thank you Xcel […]

April 29, 2019

TRC Lighting Experts Receive Prestigious Certifications

Digger Anderson, TRC’s Lighting Project Development Director, and Chris Wendling, TRC’s Project Developer, receive Lighting Certified (LC) Professionals certifications in January, 2019. Digger is one of approximately 62 individuals with this certification in the state of Minnesota, and Chris Wendling is one of 41 individuals in Iowa.

January 9, 2019

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

7 Great Energy Saving Tips You Can Use Today

We talk a lot about how businesses can start saving energy and resources by retrofitting their lighting systems. This can seem like a humongous project if you aren’t a business owner, or if you aren’t the person at your company who is responsible for finding this type of savings opportunity.

May 23, 2013

Safety & Savings: Parking Ramp Lighting Retrofits

There really should be a funnier punch line to the joke, “how many lighting contractors does it take to change a light bulb?” – But in all honesty, every single lighting contractor you talk to will likely have a different answer for how to save energy and reduce your overhead.

April 23, 2013

5 Ways to Control Lighting for Maximum Energy Savings

These five ways to control lighting for maximum energy savings are all relatively easy to implement alongside your lighting upgrade to increase savings, but most of them can also be installed or carried out after a lighting project is completed.

April 23, 2013