Energy efficient commercial lighting: Advantages of LEDs
Having more energy efficient commercial lighting is one way to create energy savings in grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores. However, you may not know how to go about reducing the energy usage of your lighting systems. Luckily, there’s a team that can help you take advantage of the benefits offered by light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
Our Energy Optimization team is dedicated to helping many types of businesses find the most effective energy retrofits, and we’ve remained true to this mission since 1995. Our team has helped many businesses across the U.S. create energy savings by completing more than $750 million in energy reduction projects. One service we’ve used in many of these projects is our LED lighting installation service, and this is because LEDs offer several advantages, including making commercial lighting more energy efficient.
Three ways LEDs help create more energy efficient commercial lighting
The first practical LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr. in 1962. Since then, LED bulbs have come a long way and offer many advantages to business owners looking for more energy efficient commercial lighting.
One advantage of LED lighting is it uses significantly less energy. Many commercial light fixtures still use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and these bulbs use about 14 watts to create the same amount of light as a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. While this is a significant energy savings, LEDs take this even further by only using about 6 watts to create the same amount of light.
Another advantage of using LEDs is they last longer on average than CFLs. A standard CFL bulb is designed to last approximately 10,000 hours. This means that if you had the lights in your building on for eight hours a day on average, a CFL would likely last for a little under 3 1/2 years. However, LED bulbs are designed to last even longer than this. In fact, most are intended to last up to 50,000 hours, which means an LED bulb could last more than 17 years if you continued using your lights for eight hours every day.
Lower overall costs is a third advantage LED lighting offers. One source claims that the cost to operate a CFL for 25,000 hours, or about nine years if the bulb is used eight hours per day, is about $48 dollars per bulb. On the other hand, the operating costs of an LED over the same time frame is about $38 per bulb. It’s true $10 difference may not sound like much, but keep in mind that it’s $10 less for every bulb. This means that if you have this savings for 1,000 bulbs being used in your building, you’re saving $10,000 in operating costs by switching to LED lighting.
Are you ready to make your commercial lighting more energy efficient with LED bulbs? Energy Optimization is here to help you. All you have to do to get our help installing LED lighting in your building is take one initial step to begin the installation process.
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