Lighting in commercial buildings account for over 70% of the overall lighting electricity used in the United States. Rising energy and maintenance costs are hurting the profits of commercial and industrial facilities. LED lighting offers significant energy and maintenance savings. When replacing existing lights with LEDs, with good lighting design and LED product selection, energy consumption in most commercial and industrial facilities will be cut 50-80% while also significantly improving the lighting quality.
There are three factors that are accelerating the deployment of LED products across the country:
1. Technology replacing an existing lighting system has significantly advanced with quality LEDs that make the facility more energy efficient and yield substantial savings. LEDs have the best return on investment (ROI) of any energy-efficient technology.
2. The aesthetic quality of a facility’s environment will be enhanced and productivity increased without sacrificing the lighting system performance. Federal and state governments are making laws regarding lighting thru utility company incentives and rebates and special loans and financing.
3. Rebates and incentives combined with energy savings, has created a situation where nearly every business and home owner would greatly benefit from switching to LED lighting.
LED bulbs use about 90% less electricity than standard bulbs. They have an unmatched even spectrum of light and last longer than ten years. LED’s provide us the most efficient way to save energy and conserve our natural resources. If LED’s were implemented right now universally, we would not need to build another power plant. LEDs would actually eliminate the need for over 30 existing power plants!
- Do LED light bulbs contain mercury?
No. LED bulbs do not contain mercury. They can actually be recycled because they do not contain hazardous materials.
How do LED light bulbs compare to CFL bulbs?
Studies have shown LED light bulbs use 50% less energy than CFL bulbs and in many cases last 10 times longer than CFL light bulbs. They are much more durable, environmentally friendly, and offer excellent light quality, both indoor and outdoor.
- Do LED bulbs produce as much heat as Incandescent or CFL bulbs?
LED light bulbs emit a lot less heat than an incandescent or CFL bulb. Unless using as a heat lamp, heat given off from a light is a water product. Much of the energy savings from LED lights are because LED lights do not generate near as much heat. You can feel the temperature difference just by being near the light. LED light bulbs will always operate at a lower temperature than a CFL or incandescent which has immediate benefits in reduced cooling bills in the summer months where we are paying for our Air Conditioning to cool our buildings and homes.
How long do LEDs for general lighting really last?
LED Lighting can last up to 100,000 hours. LED’s are Solid State devices (SSL – or “solid state lighting”); they will not burn out. Life expectancy for SSL lighting is upwards of 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more which means no maintenance costs for facilities workers to replace lights. Over time, the cost of the fluorescent or incandescent bulbs themselves can add up to a significant savings when converting to LED’s.
LED lights are typically rated to last about 100,000 hours. An incandescent light bulb is rated for about 1000 hours. CFLs or Fluorescent Tube lights are rated for 6-8000 hours.
Why are LED lights more expensive?
LED light bulbs actually use a circuit board to operate and are made of electronic components. Essentially, they could be considered a type of electronic device. This technology continues to gain advantages almost daily. The manufacturing and supply/demand of general lighting products are accelerating up today, and we will continue to see costs decline as the adoption rate of LED Lighting increases.
Is LED light a different type of light?
Yes, LED light is considered to be a safer, healthier light. LEDs do NOT produce any sort of ultraviolet radiation which causes fabric fading, color fading in Art, carpeting and other soft goods. There is none of the ‘buzzing’ of flourescent lighting or ‘flickering’ with LED Lights. Residential and especially commercial and industrial plants, stores libraries, galleries, and warehouses can immediately benefit from LED Lighting.