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Calgary’s Canadian Bio-Systems replaces plant and office lighting with LEDs

February 8, 2019 – Canadian Bio-Systems, which develops enzyme supplements, feed enhancers, flavours and pellet binders for the agricultural sector, recently updated the illumination in its Calgary manufacturing plant to achieve substantial energy savings.


February 8, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders

Established in 1984 and headquartered in Calgary, the company was using metal halide high bays and T8 fluorescent fixtures in its manufacturing area before the update. Krisjan Jones, operations director, turned to Nedco, an electrical wholesale supplier, for assistance in specifying more energy-efficient products.

“We looked at various lighting suppliers,” says Darven Smetaniuk, lighting specialist at Nedco. “We went with Sylvania LED products from LEDvance because of their solid performance and ease of doing business. The team at Canadian Bio-Systems liked what they saw and gave us the green light to move forward with the installation.”

The metal halide high bays and T8s were replaced with 24 vapour-tight (example pictured) and 26 high-bay LED luminaires, yielding energy savings up to 67%.

“The hook-to-hook feature of the high-bay luminaire made it really easy to install, since it could just be hung from convenient spots on the ceiling,” said Smetaniuk.

In the office and common areas, meanwhile, fluorescent troffers were replaced with 57 edge-lit LED panels, providing up to 47% energy savings; T8s were replaced with 28 ‘SubstiTube’ IPS LED T8 lamps, which could operate on existing ballasts; 54-W fluorescent T5HO lamps were replaced with 18 25-W SubstiTube LED T5HOs, saving up to 40% energy; and 50-W MR16 halogen lamps were replaced by three 9-W Ultra LED ‘halogen-equivalent’ LED lamps.

“We appreciate how clean and crisp our facility looks under the new lighting,” says Jones. “From start to finish, analysis to installation, everything went as planned.”

As a result, Canadian Bio-Systems is benefiting from annual energy savings of 43,019 kWh and cost savings (partly due to reduced maintenance) of $4,400.