RSI Member Spotlight: Southern Lighting Company

Southern Lighting Company is a Service Disabled Veteran owned business located in Clayton, NC specializing in providing the rail industry with the energy efficient lighting products and superior installation services. Started solely as a lighting distribution company in 2003, SLC has evolved and found its niche as a turnkey installer for the rail industry.

Reducing energy consumption and lowering material and maintenance costs is our focus. In September of 2013, the lighting train left the station with Norfolk Southern and hasn’t stopped since. With 37 completed NS yards in 2015 alone, SLC saved them over 2.3 Million Dollars and offered an average payback of 2.6 years for each job. Using premium grade products and lowering energy costs gets the company noticed but premium customer service is what separates them from the rest. Below is a testimonial from Andy Paul, the Senior Manager of Energy and Facility Services at Norfolk Southern:

“Southern Lighting is Norfolk Southern Energy Service’s valued partner for all lighting retrofit projects.  Southern lighting was selected over their competitors in an extensive best value competitive process that involved finalists performing lighting retrofits at similar rail yards.  Southern Lighting’s price, responsiveness and quality were' head and shoulders above the field.

Additionally, in an environment of rapidly changing technology Southern Lighting provides turnkey practical, long view, value added solutions that maximize light quality while providing cost effective standard configurations that support future material sourcing support and maintenance.  Southern Lighting is attuned to railway operations and tailors execution of each retrofit project to eliminate or minimize impact to railroad operations. 

With over 60 yards completed I have received extensive feedback from safety committees and railway police departments attesting to improvements in worker safety and security.  Southern Lighting understands railway safety standards and operations and has seamlessly blended in with the railway workforce.  I have received positive feedback from terminal superintendents on the refreshing ease with which the lighting retrofit projects are accomplished.

Southern Lighting stands by their work and they have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to exceeding Norfolk Southern Energy Services expectations.”

Their benchmarking service allows them to determine which lighting fixtures you are using, its energy usage, the state of the art lighting replacement best fit your given situation, your payback period as well as your ROI. With over 85 completed rail yard installations under their belt, their “cookie cutter” installation process greatly reduces installation time, does not interrupt daily rail operations and most importantly, is safety oriented.

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