Day-Brite CEO: Save energy with better lighting

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Government officials were encouraged Friday to think about saving energy through better lighting options.
According to Jim O’Hargan, CEO of Philips Day-Brite Group, lighting makes up 33 percent of all energy used in commercial buildings. O’Hargan used an open house at the company’s Tupelo facility to educate local and state leaders about energy-efficient lighting and products that Philips makes in Tupelo.
O’Hargan also reminded the attendees of the company’s deep roots in Tupelo.
“When Day-Brite came to Northeast Mississippi, we were the Toyota,” he said, comparing the significance of the two industrial announcements.
Day-Brite, which opened in Tupelo in 1947, now has about 600 employees at its South Green Street facility.
O’Hargan said the government officials were targeted specifically at the event because the government occupies most of the commercial space in the country.
Commercial lighting also represents the No. 1 opportunity for potential energy savings in a building, O’Hargan said, citing industry research.
He recommended several easy upgrades, including better fluorescent lights and lights that are engineered to cast light in areas where it is needed.
He suggested that Mayor Jack Reed Jr., who was at the open house, could get a sensor installed in his office so the lights would go off automatically when he had been gone for more than 30 seconds. The sensors also work in bathrooms, O’Hargan said.
After visitors went on the tour, Brandi Sears, director of the Philips Day-Brite Lighting Institute, gave a demonstration about various lighting fixtures and techniques.
O’Hargan said the Lighting Institute and officials at Philips Day-Brite Group are available to help commercial and industrial representative learn about better lighting. The company also can give demonstrations.
However, the demonstrations are geared toward commercial and industrial uses, not residential.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.