Customers turn to Tampa Electric for outdoor lighting needs
TAMPA, November 3, 1999
When businesses want to install or enhance their outdoor lighting, they turn to Tampa Electric’s outdoor lighting program for a quick, cost-effective solution.
Currently, Tampa Electric is installing 101 lights for the Woodlands Square Shopping Center in western Oldsmar in Pinellas County.
One hundred metal halide 1,000-watt lamps, plus a single 400-watt lamp, will take care of all the center’s outdoor lighting needs, said Tampa Electric field engineering specialist Jim Norris.
Lights were added to encourage nighttime activity, since the center plans to have several new eateries, including Sans Pizza, Beef O’Brady’s and Carvel Ice Cream.
Norris said metal halide lighting is the preferred choice in most commercial applications because it casts a brighter, clearer and whiter light than high-pressure sodium. The center previously had 82, 400-watt high-pressure sodium lights.
Richard Swann, a principal with Florida Commercial Properties, the shopping center's owner, said the center chose Tampa Electric because of many advantages, such as a lease program with no initial capital investment, worry-free maintenance, and 24-hour access to help if there is a problem.
The lighting system has made it possible for AMC movie theaters to move into Woodlands Square. AMC wanted the center well lit so people coming to the movies late at night would feel secure.
The existing center also includes K-mart, Beall's and Kash n’ Karry.
Brandon Regional Hospital
Tampa Electric had already been providing high-pressure sodium lighting to Brandon Regional Hospital for the past 15 years.
Recently, however, the hospital wanted to brighten up dark spots in its parking lot, and it wanted the work done quickly.
The hospital turned to Tampa Electric’s program. Thirty lights are now being upgraded, most from 400-watt to 1,000-watt lamps.
"We wanted our patient parking lot to be as bright as day at all hours, to help our patrons and employees feel safer at night," said Susan Saunders, assistant to the facility director at the hospital.
For both Woodlands Square and Brandon Hospital, choosing Tampa Electric’s lighting program lets them concentrate on their customers and patients, without worrying about managing their outdoor lighting.