Getting the Best Price For Lights
By James Franklin
Imagine for a moment the possibility of starting a grow operation. In today's world the money to be made can be quite staggering, as can the number of options to be decided upon. What is the best way to prepare the soil? Are my plants at the right temperature? What kind of lighting should I use? The answers to these questions—along with many others—can mean the difference between success and failure. The focus of this article is lighting.
Proper lighting is essential. It feeds and nurtures your plants, and the correct amount of light is crucial. Researching and installing the best lighting can be a lengthy process—costing your operation countless hours and dollars. Beyond determining what lights are best for the plants, selecting the correct energy-efficient lights can ultimately reduce the amount of money spent on lighting through rebates. One problem related to rebates is that each electrical utility company across the US may have different rules, regulations and rebates. Knowing what paperwork to file and who to speak with can drive even the most motivated person into a state of frustration and helplessness.
Rob Van Diest, an electrician from Lightning Electric in Washington, has been working with utility rebates for the past 15 years. Since marijuana was legalized in Washington three years ago, Rob and his team have been dealing specifically with grow operations, helping them decide which lighting setup to select and obtaining rebates for those fixtures.
“Some customers know exactly what kind of lighting they want; however, a lot of them don't, and need some assistance. We see and hear what is working best for other growers, so we can advise our customers on what fixtures are producing great product. We handle any type of energy efficient lights; LEDs, ceramic metal halide, plasma—whatever light growers want. Once we determine which fixtures meet the customer’s needs, we figure out the layout that will optimize the rebates their power company [provides and get] the lights to the customer at bottom dollar pricing.
“We deal straight with the power utility companies, and most of them have rebates of some kind. Because we’ve done so many of these projects, we’ve learned the ins and outs of the programs that are offered so, often, we can take, for example, a good flower LED costing around $1200 and, after applying the rebate, drop that price down to just $150 for the customer. Our company buys the lights at full price—so we would pay the $1200 in this case—and then we sell the lights to our customers for the $150 price and collect the rebate directly from the utility company. The customer doesn't have to worry about coming up with the full amount for the fixture, then wait the three to six months for the rebate check; doesn't have to worry about paperwork; and doesn't have to worry about dealing with the utility company. We take care of all of that; the only thing that the customer has to do is pay the rebated cost.”
Over the last few years, Lightning Electric has completed many projects in Washington. However, recently they have gotten projects in Oregon as well as in California and even Kentucky and Washington, DC. They have been branching out across theUS and are not limited to a particular area.
With years of experience in getting the best deals, Lightning Electric is worth calling. Or go to growrebates.com and let them help you set up your operation and save you some money.