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H.T. Hackney: A Case Study in LED

Contemporary Energy Solutions is known for helping clients eliminate waste from their operations and improve their bottom line. We typically look at facility lighting and energy supply first as these are the lowest hanging fruit for most companies.

LED high bay lights are specifically designed for taller ceilings and larger areas. They focus light more directly to create powerful illumination at a long range. This makes them perfect for commercial and industrial applications such as warehouses and retail stores. Quality LED bulbs can last 100,000 hours or more compared to the typical metal halide light bulb used in high bay applications with a rated life of around 20,000 hours. Energy savings can have the most significant impact as a 400-watt metal halide bulb can be replaced with a 180-watt (or less) LED. Implementing an LED replacement program should result in a 55% reduction in annual energy use (kWh) costs while additionally lowering electric demand (kW) charges.



H.T. Hackney Co., headquartered in Knoxville, TN, is one of the largest wholesale distributors in the United States, Hackney services over 20,000 retail customers and stocks more than 25,000 products. With strategically located distribution centers, Hackney provides a distribution network easily covering 21 states.

Project Scope: H.T. Hackney Co replaced 104 existing 400-watt HID light fixtures with 56 173-watt LED high bay fixtures. Motion sensors were also integrated on the new light fixtures to further reduce energy consumption in the facility.

LED savings stats

Before and After:

LED before and after


“We are pleased with the work and the freezer lights are a big hit with our employees and our insurance company.”

– Scott Fitch, General Manager, H.T. Hackney Company

“Everyone is pleased with the workmanship and your professionalism.”

– Mike Moore, Operations Manager, H.T. Hackney Company


Each facility has its own unique challenges and needs. Our energy saving solutions are custom tailored based on individual facilities needs and requirements to ensure they receive the maximum savings. With changing regulations and rising energy costs, Contemporary Energy Solutions has helped companies on over 800 projects realize their energy efficiency opportunity and improve their bottom line.

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