Development of a Distributed Advanced High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting System with Instant Light to Directly Replace Incandescent Accent Lighting

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER83956
Agency Tracking Number: 76111S04-I
Amount: $99,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 36
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Small Business Information
32000 Aurora Road, Solon, OH, 44139
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Buelow
 (440) 836-7421
Business Contact
 Roger Buelow
Title: Mr.
Phone: (440) 836-7421
Research Institution
76111-Efficient accent lighting systems using distributed lighting do not have instant light when turned on. Until this instant light function is added, incandescent and halogen accent lights, which use about 0.2 quads of energy, will remain one of the last lighting applications without a cost effective, energy efficient solution. This project will develop a distributed lighting system that can run eight points of light from one high efficiency metal halide lamp and ballast. The improved system will use 80% less energy, have instant light capability, and be cost competitive with halogen systems by splitting the cost of lamp and ballast over eight points. In Phase I, a series of lamp and ballast design tests will be conducted to determine the starting characteristics required to have instant light starting while preserving 80% of system efficiency. Lamp parameters to be tested include electrode design, fill gas type, and fill gas pressure. Ballast characteristics to be determined include starting pulse voltage, pulse width, pulse repetition, and minimum warm up drive current. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The lighting system should provide the energy efficiency of a metal halide lamp at the cost of a halogen lamp. Applications include: supermarkets, where the lack of infrared and ultraviolet radiation would permit food to stay fresh longer; clothing and jewelry stores at malls, where savings in energy usage and the costs of lamps will be significant; and office buildings where low fixture costs and an 80% savings in installation costs will be a factor. Altogether, about 0.06 quads of energy per year could be saved as this product is used in new installations and energy retrofits.

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