VT Hard Cider finds the sweet side of lighting design

Controls just make sense in a warehouse. Really the only time we need lights is doing inventory or getting product for shipments. Now they’re on when we need them, and off when we don’t.

Ron Coble, Warehouse Manager, Vermont Hard Cider, Brandon
Brandon, Rutland County -

Vermont Hard Cider’s warehouse is a clean, sweet-smelling space stacked high with cider (including their flagship brand, Woodchuck). Until recently, though, outdated, inefficient lighting was slowing them down.

“The bulbs were burning out faster than we could replace them,” says Warehouse Manager Ron Coble. “And the fixtures hung so low we’d occasionally clip one with a forklift.” The hard-pressed warehouse workers relied on headlamps to do inventory, and the few lights that did work were left on, wasting energy and money.

These days, all that has changed. Working with Efficiency Vermont and a certified lighting designer, Vermont Hard Cider has transformed their warehouse into a well-lit, well-functioning space. Controls on overhead lights turn them on as soon as they detect motion, then off again ten minutes later, providing safe, efficient working conditions and saving energy, too.

Inventory is faster and more accurate, and missed shipments (incorrectly filled orders) are down. Plus, it just feels better – inside AND out. New high-efficiency lighting in the parking lot (courtesy of the building owner, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont) means employees can enjoy a well-lit working environment from the moment they park their car in the morning to the moment they drive off at night.

Efficiency Vermont Partners:

  • CED Twinstate
  • Adams Electric
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$25,800
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196,000
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