Category: Photometric Lighting Design

Pinellas County Fast Food Restaurant Finds Winner with LED Site Lighting

Donut shop sees multiple benefits from LED upgrade

The site lights were out at the Dunkin’ Donuts fast food restaurant in Largo, Florida. And that was not good for business.

“We knew that we had to replace some of the lighting,” Owner Estelle Valsamis said. “We thought LED parking lot lighting would save us money, and when Arkon Power showed us they would pay for themselves inside two years, it was a no brainer. It made good business sense.”

The savings on the company’s energy bill, it turned out, were just the beginning. According to Valsamis, the lights are even brighter and more daylight-like than she expected. That means her business’s effective hours have been extended—customers are drawn to the bakery not only during the morning rush but into the evenings, as well.

“We are really happy with it,” Valsamis said. “We are coffee and donuts, so much of our business is in the morning. For those off hours, the lighting helps the visibility from the street; it allows people to see the shop at night. We can definitely pick up some sales.”

Valsamis said the lights have also made the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot and surrounding area safer for employees during early morning and nighttime hours.

The restaurant parking lot previously was lit by 11 1,000-watt metal halide bulbs, most of which were out and needed either maintenance or complete replacement. The Arkon photometric team determined just five 280-watt LED streetlights and one 120-watt LED streetlight could provide even better illumination.

According to Arkon Technical Manager Graham Brown, where there were two lighting fixtures on five of the six poles around the parking lot prior to the upgrade, the new design required only one fixture per pole.

“Not only were the existing lights costing this business in maintenance and on its energy bill, there were clunky redundancies everywhere,” Brown said. “We were able to streamline the system and offer a clean looking layout in addition to saving the client significant sums of money.”

Valsamis said that throughout the lighting replacement process, from fixture selection to final installation, Arkon communicated clearly and performed beyond her expectations.

“Arkon was very good at discussing the process in terms of the contract, and the pricing was great,” she said. “The installation was seamless—nice and efficient. Arkon Power did a fantastic job.”

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Arkon Product approved for the FDOT Approved Product’s List (APL)

Arkon’s LED Street Light was recently approved by the Florida Department of Transportation to be listed as a Conventional LED Fixture on the State’s Approved products list (APL).

Our fixture was able to pass the many requirements of the FDOT, including the build/design of the fixture, as well as meeting the requirements in a Photometric Plan on AGI32.

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Arkon Completes Lighting Design for New Construction Site

Arkon Power helped Tarpon Senior Living achieve the look it wanted at the right price.

Joe Heidenreich needed lighting for a senior living housing project he was working on, but the local utility provider wasn’t up to meeting his needs.

“I don’t think they were progressive enough in what they were prepared to offer,” said Heidenreich, whose consulting firm was brought onto the Tarpon Senior Living project by PHG Builders LLC. “They pushed us into the private sector.”

As soon as Heidenreich met with Arkon Power, he knew he’d found the right lighting provider for his four assisted living sub-complexes with 95 units in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

“I met with Graham [Brown], and he did the photometrics,” Heidenreich said. “Arkon was very progressive and accommodating. They went beyond what we expected initially. We had other competitors come to us, but we stayed with Arkon based on what they did for us—the service, how they handled themselves.”

Brown’s photometric analysis led the Arkon engineering team to recommend Tarpon Senior Living install two 120-watt and 44 80-watt LED street lights, each with full 10-year warranties. The lights were mounted on 18 20-foot AGL direct burial fiberglass light poles for the parking lot areas and nine 14-foot AGL poles to illuminate the walkways. Nineteen two-way, 180-degree brackets were installed on poles requiring multiple LED fixtures.

Finally, the team selected a bronze color to ensure the light poles matched the existing housing design “and give it a more natural appearance,” according to Brown.

The goal, per Heidenreich’s specifications, was to make the complexes feel like upscale communities. He didn’t necessarily want the daylight-like glow of a big box store parking lot.

Heidenreich said Arkon delivered and then some.

“The end product we are tickled to death with,” he said. “We gave Graham some very specific instructions…and we were very impressed with him and the whole team. I think they did a great job.”

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Tampa Honda Car Dealership Trades up to LED Site Lighting with Arkon Power

Expensive maintenance and poor light quality were weighing the auto dealer down.

Dave Williams of the Williams Automotive Group knows good advice when he hears it.

So when Ralph Ghioto, owner of Century Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida, told him he loved his new LED parking lot lighting—and furthermore that he was very happy with the company that helped him with the project—Williams knew what to do. He called Arkon Power.

“We knew Century had the lights installed and they were pleased, from Arkon’s service, to the installation, to the energy savings and the operation of the lights afterward,” said Graham Hill, Williams Automotive Group’s general counsel. Hill also praised the work of USA Lighting, Arkon’s automotive sales representative that originally worked with Century Buick GMC.

The Williams Group’s first LED site lighting installation with Arkon, at its Tampa Honda dealership in Hillsborough County, brought with it a double-dose of savings. On top of the more than 75% Arkon was able to reduce the auto dealer’s energy bill, Tampa Honda eliminated a monthly maintenance contract it needed to keep up with all the lights that had been going out.

Arkon replaced those legacy lights—178 1,000-watt metal halide shoeboxes, 34 mid-pole lights and 18 wall packs—with 48 320-watt LEDs along the front line of the dealership and 121 280-watt LEDs throughout the lot.

In addition to positioning the high-powered lights where customers could see them and eliminating the redundant mid-pole fixtures, Arkon Technical Manager Graham Brown was able to use a photometric analysis to focus the new LED lights even further. By implementing four different lens types, Brown and his team eliminated the light pollution the sidewalks and streets around Tampa Honda.

“This was an extensive one because of the number of lenses and wattages,” Brown said. “We also used shielding on the side of the lot because it’s next to an apartment complex.”

With the lights in place, Hill said Tampa Honda is already seeing energy savings, and the brightness and lighting quality is everything the group hoped they’d see.

“It’s such an updated look and consistent light output,” he said. “Graham’s analysis of the photometric plans were spot on. It gives our whole facility an updated feel.”

Arkon specialists have also helped Tampa Honda access energy company rebates, Hill said. “Arkon has been great, being flexible and on time and expense,” he said. “It’s a great company, and we plan to keep in touch and look out for new opportunities.”

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Arkon, Hybridge Team Up to Brighten Publix with LED Site Lighting in Central Florida

When the expansive Alafaya Square Shopping Center needed a lighting upgrade, LEDs were the ideal choice.

Real estate advisor and developer Hybridge had to deliver for the anchor tenant at one of its Florida shopping centers in Seminole County.

The high-volume Publix grocery store in the Oviedo-based Alafaya Square Shopping Center needed improved lighting for the safety of its many after-dark customers. The solution, provided by Arkon Power, was high-powered, sunlight-like LED fixtures.

“The brightness from the existing metal halides just wasn’t adequate,” Arkon Technical Manager Graham Brown said. “The safety benefit of LED lighting, for Publix, is immeasurable. And the end result looks fantastic.”

Working closely with Hybridge Director of Asset Management Chris Dowd, Brown and his team were able to drill down on Alafaya’s requirements and deliver a solution that would pay for itself in just over two years while providing significantly more light than the shopping center previously enjoyed.

Arkon replaced Alafaya’s 63 1,000-watt metal halide fixtures with 68 320-watt LED streetlights. Even with the addition of five lights, Hybridge expects to see its power bills reduced by nearly 70% for the property, in addition to significant savings on maintenance costs.

Arkon developed custom bracketing to optimize the position of each of the 68 new fixtures, increasing efficiency and eliminating light pollution. The LED provider was able to save Hybridge on up-front costs by using Alafaya Square’s existing light poles.

“It’s really quite a large area to light,” Brown said. “We enjoyed the challenge of dialing in the photometric plan throughout the parking lot and near the retail areas.”

According to Arkon Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis, Hybridge has been pleased with the results.

“They’re a great customer and told us how happy they were with the service,” she said. “We’re already quoting another project for them that we’re excited about.”

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Boos Development Designs Efficient New Office Space With LEDs

Energy savings were just the beginning when this leading real estate developer looked to install efficient lighting.

Boos Development Group prides itself on giving customers from Miami to San Francisco the most comprehensive, thoughtful real estate service on the market. So it was no surprise the company thought of every detail—right down to the heat coming off the lighting—when it designed new offices in Clearwater, Florida (Pinellas County).

“It was a brand new space, so we were able to do exactly what we wanted to do,” said Eric Lindsey, the company’s senior vice president of real estate development. “And what we wanted was for it to be as cool and efficient as possible.”

Boos did its due diligence and decided LED lighting would give the company the combination of cool lighting and ambiance it wanted. The next step? Find a lighting provider who could live up to Boos’ own project management standards.

Enter the Arkon Power team, which performed a detailed photometric analysis and suggested a sophisticated array of 12-watt recessed lights and 40- and 50-watt LED flat panels to optimize quality and efficiency. Two dozen of the panel lights are fitted with backups to ensure persistent lighting in the event of an emergency.

“It is a much bigger space than our old office, so we thought, ‘how do we drive down costs?’ and LEDs were a no brainer,” Lindsey said. “Before, we had fluorescent lights throughout, and utilities and maintenance were a concern. We were doing a lot of replacement for sure.”

Once Arkon was onboard for the new construction project, Lindsey said installing the lighting “was seamless,” and the new fixtures are performing exactly as expected, delivering high quality light with no heat production.

“It has definitely been a positive experience,” he said. “We have already recommended Arkon to our commercial clients.”

Arkon Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis likewise had positive things to say about working with Boos.

“It’s so nice to go into a project with a group that has explored all available lighting technology and decided on LEDs,” she said. “We know a company like Boos Development can choose to work with anyone in lighting, and we’re happy they decided Arkon was best suited to their needs.”

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Brightwork Finds Bright Solution For Shopping Center in Tampa

Arkon LED teams with real estate developer to satisfy commercial tenant needs

Brightwork Real Estate is quickly becoming an experienced LED buyer. And its senior project manager, Tom Williams, said the company has been very pleased with Arkon LED’s work on its latest development, a commercial center in Hillsborough County.

“We’re using LEDs in some other places, and the cost savings and pricing are great,” he said. “Obviously we are happy with the work Arkon did.”

For Brightwork’s latest project, Arkon was able to add value by performing a detailed photometric analysis and delivering custom LED light fixtures and light poles that perfectly suited the tenants of the shopping center.

“We’ve worked with the anchor tenant on this project, WOW! That’s Fast, in the past,” Arkon President Eleni Lelekis said. “We know exactly what they want in their lighting design, and we were able to deliver that same level of customer service to each of the businesses that will make this center home.”

Arkon was involved in the design, photometric planning to ensure optimal light distribution, and sourcing on the lighting install for this new construction project at 10902 North Dale Mabry Highway. The commercial center includes Eyeglass World, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and Outback Steakhouse in addition to WOW! That’s Fast (WOW). Design work began in February 2015, and the job was awarded in April after several layout revisions. Arkon delivered the lights and poles for installation in August.

For this shopping center, Arkon engineers recommended 41 270-watt LED shoebox lights—10 silver fixtures for WOW and 31 bronze heads for the other tenants. WOW received five of its signature orange poles, and 19 bronze poles completed the center.

“We were able to give WOW and the other tenants poles and fixtures that were consistent with their overall branding,” Arkon Project Manager Graham Brown said. “Not only did the customer prefer the aesthetics of our options, we were also to save them a great deal of money.”

Brightwork Real Estate specializes in commercial development for their own accounts and private and corporate clients. From initial concept and vision, to site acquisition, to plans and construction, to finished product, the Brightwork team leverages its knowledge and experience to deliver professional service. Arkon LED executives said they were proud to be involved with the developer.

“Brightwork is a savvy real estate company, and we knew we could help them with this project,” Lelekis said. “We look forward to working with them in the future.”

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Arkon Dips Into Fresh Market With PDQ Fast Food Restaurants

Major chain teams up with Arkon for latest in LED Site lighting solutions.

Arkon LED installed the first in a series of lights purchased by fast casual restaurant group PDQ in early July. The lights were installed at the chain’s flagship restaurant in Tampa, Florida.

Arkon has been contracted to provide upgraded exterior site lighting for multiple locations operated by PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality), one of the fastest growing fast casual restaurants in the country. Industry-leading LED light fixtures, along with hurricane-rated direct-burial fiberglass poles with a durable acrylic coating that matches the restaurant’s color scheme, were installed at PDQ’s location on Waters and Benjamin in South Tampa beginning on July 1. Arkon suggested LED fixtures with multiple optics, along with proper pole placement, to ensure maximum light at the least cost to the individual store location.

“You can’t just throw up any light and hope it works. Every location is different,” Arkon’s VP of Business Development Eleni Lelekis said. “Whether it is meeting the challenge of local ordinances or overcoming the challenges of the location’s footprint, we are able to improve upon a site lighting design where most could not.”

Arkon has received the go-ahead to upgrade the lighting at 10 more PDQ locations, as well as at the first Wow That’s Fresh (WOW) concept, which will soon be launched by PDQ’s parent company, MVP Holdings in Hillsborough County. According to executives, the Arkon team is currently being introduced to MVP’s engineers, general contractors and architects, and installations at the 25 new PDQ stores the group will open in the next 18 months are possible.

“We look forward to handling PDQ and WTF on a national level just like we manage our other national accounts,” Arkon President Greg Papandrew said. “Whether it is a real estate investment company, large automotive retailer or restaurant chain, Arkon can travel anywhere and communicate with all parties involved to provide the best site lighting at competitive pricing.”

Arkon’s photometric expertise and cost-effective solutions made the company PDQ’s LED and pole vendor of choice. Please email for information about our parking lot solutions and more.