Monday, July 11, 2011

Hats in the Belfry goes Green With LED Track lights.

Philly Business Goes Green!!

Replacing 50watt GU-10 MR16 halogen lamps with 2watt GU-10 Par 20 Led bulbs.

Hats in the Belfry, a South Street a specialty hat store has taken the leap and outfitted their store with LED bulbs in all of their spot lights. This change will lower the power usage of every bulb by 48watts. That is a 96% savings on their electric bill for the same light. They will also be lowering the Air-conditioning bill because the new LED bulbs burn cool. The old halogen light bulbs wasted energy in the form of heat.

Here is a look at the 2 watt GU-10 LED installed up on the track light. The light is a clean white.  This will become the new standard for lighting America. In 2012 the older energy consuming halogen lamp are going to start to be phased out because of new energy consumption standards set by congress. The new LEDs are still expensive but as production increases the prices should start to drop. Hats in the Belfry welcome you to come in to their store to check out the light (And Hats).  

The bulbs fit in to the existing track lights. There was no problem with the voltage. They use the same sockets that our current light use. We only had one easily fixed problem. The shape of the LED is slightly different from the older Halogen MR-16. To get them to fit into the track head we needed to raise the socket by 3 turns of the screw driver.  That is Chad Jefferies making that adjustment in the pictures below.

Here is a close up of the LED inside the existing track light. The bulb gives the fixture a very clean look. It fits the fixture like it was designed with LED lighting in mind. 

 We think that hats in the belfry have made a good investment. They deserve your business for going out of their way to install these green energy saving bulbs. I  believe  that it is important to support your local business. I think it is doubly important to tell them they are doing the right thing by voting in with your dollar.  Beside their hat will make you look good.

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