For more than 50 years, families have rolled strikes and spares at Hanscam’s Bowling Center in downtown Klamath Falls. Open every day for recreational and league bowling, the center’s lights are on for long hours at a time, fueling energy and maintenance expenses.
When owner Barry Hanscam discovered parts of his lighting system needed to be replaced, he learned they were so old they were no longer being manufactured. Then he learned that his older light bulbs were also on the way out.
“I suddenly found myself thinking that if I couldn’t replace light bulbs, the whole place was going to go dark,” Hanscam said. “Then what would we do? Our business depends on good lighting. A clean, well-lit space shows customers that we have a quality place to bowl for recreation and competition.”
Scheduled to host several high-profile statewide bowling tournaments, Hanscam wanted to fix his lighting problem quickly. With the help of Consolidated Electrical Distributors and Quality Electric, the Pacific Power customer upgraded the center’s old lighting to a combination of LEDs and high-performance compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Hanscam chose LED bulbs because they last up to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, reducing replacement and maintenance costs. And because they use up to 75 percent less energy, his energy costs would shrink. To reduce energy use even further, he upgraded the exterior lighting from high pressure sodium lights to CFLs.
Energy Trust incentives of $9,284 made the lighting improvements affordable right away. The upgrades are expected to save 50,900 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and nearly $4,000 in annual utility costs. Because the bulbs last so much longer, replacement bulb and maintenance costs will shrink, too.
For Hanscam, reducing lighting costs means he can allocate more money for other business needs. “The economy has been tough on small businesses so anything we can save money on is a good deal,” he said. “By planning now for the future, this is one less thing that we have to worry about.”