Since 2004, the USBP Service has investigated using Magnaray® products at Border Patrol Stations because of the improved quality of light, its “Instant-On” ability, and lower energy costs. The first night of operation, at a California station, 6 would be illegals that normally wouldn’t have been seen, were caught. It is estimated that it would cost $100,000 to catch and prosecute each, so the system saved them $600,000 its first night of use! In 2006, the system at Eagle Pass, Tx was determined to be beyond repair, and a new Magnaray® system was procured. The old system used 400 watt HID luminaires, which were replaced, 1 for 1 with the #W4PL5096, @ 212 total watt units. Hourly savings is 56%, but since the Magnaray® units are “Instant-On”, a control system allows the lights to be on only when needed, while the HID had to operate 24/7. BP Agents are very happy with the results, stating they can “see” better, and claim to have “more light”, even though fewer rated lumens are being used.
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