That’s the average portion of a company’s monthly power bill attribute to lighting costs.
As energy costs continue to climb, business leaders are searching for new ways to reduce power usage and the associated costs.
Who knew it could be as simple as changing a light bulb?
LED lighting systems are poised to become the dominant lighting solution in the coming years. Having overcome the challenges of previous generations namely; poor colour rendering and brightness levels, the newest iteration of LED lights are a welcome alternative to their energy guzzling cousins.
LEDs are designed to replace incandescent, fluorescent, high pressure sodium and metal halide lights operating at a fraction of the power levels. In some cases, savings up to 90% have been realized.
Long bulb life exceeding 80,000 operating hours reduces service and maintenance costs. That means fewer trips up the “cherry picker” to change a burned out bulb. And unlike traditional fluorescent, sodium or metal halide bulbs, there is no poisonous mercury or lead to contend with. LED bulbs -should they ever burn out – can be disposed of directly in a landfill without the need to be handled by specialty firms equipped to dispose of hazardous waste materials.
Lighting applications are growing to include office spaces, warehouses, building exteriors, parking garages, outdoor parking lots, streetlights, data centres and manufacturing floors.
To determine if LEDs are appropriate for your business, it is recommended a lighting audit be conducted. An examination of current lighting systems should be done and a written side-by-side comparison of existing and proposed lighting solutions produced. This audit would consider the actual cost to replace the fixture or bulb, maintenance costs to keep the lights burning and the energy costs to power the lights. The end result is an ROI calculation to determine the feasibility of installing LED lighting.
LED lighting solutions should be considered by any organization charged with the responsibility of reducing their carbon footprint, lowering energy consumption and championing a green sustainability initiative.