Sarasota Outdoor Lighting Business, NiteLites, will meet with Eco Fest attendees and share information about their systems which were designed with the environment’s protection in mind. The landscape lighting contractors will be in booth G6 at this year’s Eco Fest, which is being held in Downtown Sarasota on Main Street adjacent to the Sarasota’s Farmers Market. This year’s celebration will be in honor of the 41st Anniversary of Earth Day and will take place from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday April 9.

The festival will showcase exciting solutions to reduce, reuse, and recycle. According to the Eco Fest website, the goal of their event is two fold: first to inform individuals about the environment by raising awareness about urban and global issues, and second to educate the public about realistic and modern solutions for a wide range of environmental problems.

The Sarasota Outdoor Lighting Business, NiteLites, will present their latest products that are environmentally friendly. The recently introduced LED modules offer tremendous energy savings over all metal halide, mercury vapor, and high pressure sodium lamps. With the integration of LEDs, many commercial applications which once required line voltage systems are now obsolete. An LED outdoor lighting system will use 75% less energy than a comparable halogen system.

The number one way a light fixture can impact the environment is to reduce its energy consumption. LEDs not only excel at this, they also conserve resources by lasting an extremely long time. Unlike traditional lamps, LEDs do not contain any hazardous materials and are recyclable. One LED can keep 12 or more halogen lamps and their packaging out of our landfills.

The strength of an LED lighting system is its extremely low power consumption. When you turn on the average halogen lamp, only 10-20% of the energy is used to produce light. The rest of the energy is wasted as heat. LEDs use a solid-state semiconductor to convert electricity directly into light, not heat. The average LED lighting system will only use a fraction of the energy consumption of their halogen counterparts.