Show Me the Lighting Savings
June 19, 2015
If there was an easy way to save money, everyone would be doing it. When it comes to lighting, there is an easy way for businesses to save money and many companies are jumping on board. The latest technology in lighting is revolutionizing the market—and businesses are taking advantage of an opportunity to save money for their companies through lighting savings.
There is one easy way to save money on lighting costs and put that money back into the bottom line: invest in LED lights. LED Lights save money in four main ways:
Lower Replacement Costs
LED lights last much longer than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)—more than five times as long according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Typically, the useful life of a CFL is around 8,000-10,000 hours. In contrast, a high power white LED lasts 35,000-50,000 hours. Some manufacturers even claim that the useful life of an LED can be doubled to 100,000 hours. That’s 11 years if running continuously, and over 10 times the useful life of a CFL.
Reduced Maintenance Costs
Considering the above stated life spans, it’s easy to understand the advantage of reducing the labor surrounding the maintenance issues of traditional fluorescent lights. Longer life and solid-state fixtures equals less maintenance costs and limits job site injuries of personnel climbing ladders and scaffolding.
Save Money on Your Initial Investment
LED lights produce more light and are brighter than incandescent lights. This means businesses can install fewer lights to produce the same amount of brightness in a space. Reducing the number of lights needed to illuminate a space means more cash in your pocket.
Lower Energy Consumption
LED lights consume about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Because other lights produce more heat, it costs more for building managers to cool their buildings. Companies can reduce these costs through the installation of LED lights.
The best way to cut lighting costs is to turn them off when they are not in use. Now, technology exists to monitor and control lighting. If building managers are able to program lights to reach a certain brightness, turn off when no one is in the room, and dim during the day when natural sunlight fills a room, they can save a ton of money on lighting costs.
Clearly, there is more than one reason to invest in LED lights. The future of lighting includes installing fixtures that will save money and utilizing technology to control energy consumption. The question is—will your business be ahead of the curve?
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