LED lighting technology is fast replacing other types of legacy bulbs, and it’s time for commercial organizations to take notice. LEDs last longer, provide better light, cost less to maintain, and consume much less energy than those older lighting fixtures. Imagine a car dealership that replaced its external parking lot lighting, without altering any of the interior lights – the energy and financial saving would be enough to finance the LED retrofit for the interior!
The retrofit we are in the process of completing for the National Western Stock Show Complex is a great example of why your organization should switch from older lighting to LED lighting. We are dramatically reducing their energy footprint with the replacement of their metal halide (HID), high pressure sodium (HPS), and fluorescent lamps to see these results:
Energy Reduction: 58% Reduction over existing lighting energy consumptionKilowatt Hour Reduction: 3,013,244 kWh ReductionAnnual Maintenance Savings: $318,145 dollarsGreenhouse Gas Reduction: 75,067 lbs
By replacing almost 7,000 lighting fixtures throughout the entire complex, they were able to reach their goals of decreased energy consumption and improved lighting quality. But before we get into the merits of one bulb versus the other, take a look at the before and after:
While these pictures are a great example of how completing an LED retrofit can dramatically improve the quality of lighting in a facility, it is not the only benefit…
How are LED bulbs better than lighting from years past – especially for commercial lighting? Here are some significant drawbacks of HID, fluorescent sand high pressure sodium lights when compared with LED commercial lighting fixtures. For example:
HID lights have good lifespan relative to some bulbs but not compared to LED lighting. Typical lifespan values or LEDs range from 7,000 hours to 15,000 hours before a bulb requires replacement. Sometimes, however, HID and fluorescent lights need to be changed out before the end of their useful life to preempt serious degradation effects like flicker or light color changes. These are non-issues with commercial LED lighting.HID and fluorescent lights actually produce UV radiation. They generate visible light because the bulb is coated with a layer of phosphor which glows when it comes into contact with UV radiation. Roughly 15% of the emissions are lost due to energy dissipation and heat…which results in higher consumption and higher energy bills.HID, HPS and fluorescent lights are omnidirectional. This means that they output light in all directions, so lighting fixtures are required to direct the lighting footprint where it needs to go, resulting in decreased efficiency, and increased costs.HID and fluorescent lights also experience efficiency losses as the fixture ages and additional current is required to achieve the same lighting output. Efficiency losses are greater and the degradation time shorter in the case of fluorescent bulbs when compared to LED lighting solutions.
Bottom line is this: commercial LED lighting is changing the way organizations operate by helping to accomplish three basic goals. 1) Improved lighting quality; 2) Decreased energy consumption; and 3) Decreased maintenance costs. These objectives are particularly important for organizations that have tenants, high customer traffic, or a large footprint.
BriteStreet Energy Group offers innovative financing, lighting service agreements, and we also have a huge inventory of LED products. BriteStreet Energy Group is truly your one-stop-shop LED solutions provider.
If you have questions about whether an LED retrofit is right for your organization, please reach out today. BriteStreet will provide you a complete energy analysis to see what the results would be if you switch from the lighting of days past to commercial LED lighting… it will be time well spent!