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15 Surprising Facts about LED Lighting Industry

Here are some cool facts about LED lighting that might surprise you;

  1. LED’s use at least 75% less energy than halogen bulbs
  2. LED last 35-50 times longer than halogen and up to 10 times longer than CFL’s
  3. LED’s are “instant-on” and require no warmup time
  4. LED lights fitted with sensors can automatically know how much illumination is needed, and where it should be directed. The lights will adjust to a crowded party or to a dark parking garage.
  5. Specific light recipes have been shown to speed patient-recovery times in hospitals. Meanwhile, new home medical devices are reaching the market in Europe that utilize intense blue LED lights to ease back pain.
  6. WIFI connected “smart bulbs” can be operated from a smart phone
  7. LED don’t give off heat like CFL’s which helps lower your A/C bill
  8. Energy use in America is doubling every 20 years. LED’s can help reduce this number. Only about 10% of the energy used in a single lightbulb is used to create light, the rest is used to create heat. LED light bulbs, use about 80% less energy in total than standard bulbs
  9. It is estimated that in 2014, the United States used approximately 412 billion kWh of electricity just for lighting
  10. The United States uses approximately 23% of the world’s energy, yet it only holds about 5% of the world’s population
  11. K-12 schools in the United States spend more than $6 billion on energy use, or more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined
  12. Lighting costs make up approximately 20% of all of the electricity used in the United States today
  13. LEDs contain no mercury and have a much smaller environmental impact than halogen or fluorescent bulbs
  14. In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. — saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions
  15. Switching to LEDs can reduce electrical and maintenance costs of a commercial building by up to 30%

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025604/philips-lighting-the-way

http://energy.gov/articles/top-8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-leds

https://www.electricchoice.com/blog/50-surprising-facts-on-energy-consumption/

 

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Terms to Know in LED Lighting

As the LED lighting industry grows more mature, the lighting market is filled with LED lighting solutions. For customers, it is really difficult to figure out which LED lighting solution is most suitable for them in terms of various demands. This article will give you some tips on terminology you need to know. What used to be simple has become a bit complicated. However after learning these few terms, it will become much clearer and you will see the light!

T8 LED
LED T8 Tube

LED: LED’s, or light-emitting diodes, are a solid state technology that have no filament, glass envelope, gas, or mercury. LED’s produce light by the movement of electrons that results from applying an electric voltage difference across a semiconductor material.

o When looking at lighting and watts, you are not looking at how much light a bulb puts out when looking at watts, but how much energy a bulb uses to put out that amount of light.

Lumens– In traditional terms a watt is a measurement of how much electrical power a device consumes.

o a lumen is a measurement of the amount of light that is contained in a certain area
o A much simpler definition of a lumen would be that one lumen is equivalent to the amount of light put out by one birthday candle when you are standing one foot away from it. If a light bulb puts out 100 lumens, imagine standing one foot away from a cake with one hundred birthday candles on it.
o Lumens are more accurate way of measuring the amount of light a particular bulb is putting out, because lumens are a direct measurement of light output
o The true measurement unit of luminous flux (or brightness) is the lumen (lm). Lumen measurements are an acceptable method to compare LED’s to traditional light sources.
o Lumens Per Watt- Similar to Miles/Gallon in a car

Nurse Station
LED Lighting at a Nurses station

Driver– A LED driver is a device that manages power and controls the current flow for an LED lighting product. What makes a driver different from conventional power supplies, is that an LED driver responds to the ever-changing needs of the LED, or circuit of LED’s, by supplying a constant amount of power to the LED, as its electrical properties change with temperature.

Retrofit– A simple definition of a retrofits the renovation of your old lighting fixtures and/or bulbs that improves the lighting output and temperature of light all while emitting less heat and saving energy.

LED canopy parking example
LED lighting in a parking canopy

o Retrofitting traditional lighting fixtures harnesses the key properties that make LED’s unique. LED retrofit lamps are direct replacements for conventional incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps.

How Your Small Business can Save Money Today

 The bottom line is important to every business owner and each small business owner also understands the pressure of operating on a shoestring budget. Businesses hear the push to “Go Green” and say, “I have bigger concerns right now”. The initiative to “Go Green” helps the environment, but what does it do for my business, today? One change that can accomplish helping the environment, and also putting money back into your pocket is switching to LED lighting.

The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs make them idea for commercial and industrial uses. With ROI averaging under two years, the new generation of low-energy lighting makes financial sense NOW. James Russell, technical development manager at the Energy Saving Trust, said: “If customers are prepared to pay the up-front higher cost they will quickly calculate that they will see a return on their investment within the first couple of years – and will go on making financial savings for many more years. Customers will also not have the hassle and expense of frequently replacing burnt-out halogen lamps.” ENERGY STAR qualified commercial LED lighting offers an unprecedented opportunity to save energy, maintenance and cooling costs and is a natural fit for cutting-edge renovation, new construction projects, or easy retrofits. LED lighting products use at least 75% less energy and last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lighting. LED’s also produce virtually no heat and provide optimal light color for any environment from parking lots to high-end show rooms. These lighting options can help reduce your budget immediately and provide measurable savings.

Lastly, the same message you are hearing about national and global green initiatives and the call to “go green” is being heard by your customers as well.  By switching to LED lighting your business can proudly demonstrate its desire to support the well being of the community and beyond.

If you would like to start saving money today, call Accurate Technologies Inc. at 813-623-2481 for a free energy audit or visit www.accuratetechinc.com for more information.

Examples of Products:
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Description: Commercial Can Light Module w/ Trim

Details: AT-ADL Series LED retrofit modules are suitable for direct replacement of existing halogen, CFL or HID recessed ceiling mounted can lights. Module can be fully installed into existing can light bracket from below existing hard ceiling. Lumen packages comparable to mean lumens for 26W, 32W, 42W, 2x13W, 2x26W, 2x32W, 2x42W, CFL and 39W, 50W, 70W CMH with energy savings up to 50%. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing lighting. Cast aluminum heat sink houses Cree chip for excellent thermal management.

Decription: Retrofit Module for Vertical Mount Socket

Details: AT-APR38 LED modules are suitable for existing light fixtures which feature a vertically mounted socket and are directional in light output. UL and FCC approved LED driver is made with long life components. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing HID lighting. Cast aluminum heat sink and active cooling system for excellent thermal management. 45 degree light output. 3 year warranty

Description: LED T8 Retrofit Lamp

Details: AT-T8 LED lamps are suitable for replacement of existing T8 or T12 linear fluorescent lamps. Emits high CRI light with no flicker. Existing ballast must be bypassed by a qualified professional. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing lighting. Cast aluminum body acts as integrated heat sink for excellent thermal management. UL and DLC listed, 3 year warranty.

Description: 360 Degree LED Retrofit Lamp

Details: Constructed with Samsung SMD5630 chips, ATCL360 LED modules are suitable for use in existing light fixtures which emit light in all directions, such as lampposts or area lights. UL and FCC approved LED driver is made with long life components. Available in multiple color temperatures to match existing HID lighting. Cast aluminum heat sink for excellent thermal management. 360 degree light output. 3 year warranty.

Additional Resources:

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=lighting.pr_what_are

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Many-Light-Bulbs-Are-In-The-Average-American-Household?&id=6486896

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/08/led-lightbulbs-save-energy-bills

How a Facility Executive Can Increase Their Budget

How a Facility Executive Can Increase Their Budget
Shrinking Capital Budgets are a trend that many facility managers are facing. It is difficult to get a “yes” from senior management, even though there may be a leaky roof that needs to be fixed. Facility managers understand that it is not about how much money is available, it is making sure money is available when needed. In order for a facility manager to have his budget increase in the future, they need to show that they are adding value to the organization today. The question is how?
The best way to add value to the company and deliver measurable results is to improve how a facility operates. Improving efficiency is something that can be measured and the savings can be built into the next year’s budget. One way to achieve savings and show measurable ROI is by moving to LED lighting systems. Saving energy means saving money-both in the present and in the future. LED lighting systems have proven ROI and the results can be seen in the power bill immediately. If a facility manager’s recommendation starts saving 25%-30% off the annual power bill, that is measurable money saved, and their budget is sure to increase in the future based on the savings.
When approaching the CEO or CFO, you want to remember the 4 P’s, Professional, Practical, Proof and Perspective. The presentation should be easy to navigate, include measurable data, benchmarks and include real world statistics. You also want to include their language. This includes ROI, Payback Period, Total Cost of Ownership and Net Present Value. The first place to start would be to get a free energy audit of your facilities. Once you have this data, you would be able to solve the other key performance indicators the executives would want to know. Energy audits offer a beneficial way to examine energy needs and measure their costs against the return on investment for all proposed improvements. Below are some helpful articles that should help you get the ball rolling after your audit. For your FREE ENERGY AUDIT, call Accurate Technologies Inc. at 813-623-2481 or enter your information online at http://www.accuratetechinc.com .

– Steven Williams

Helpful Articles

http://www.facilitiesnet.com/facilitiesmanagement/article/How-to-Get-the-CFOs-Ear-Facilities-Management-Facilities-Management-Feature–2013
http://www.eyesonsales.com/content/article/selling_to_the_cfo_what_the_cfo_needs_to_believe/
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/facilitiesmanagement/article/How-to-Get-the-CFOs-Ear-Facilities-Management-Facilities-Management-Feature–2013#Justify
http://cdmsmith.com/en-US/Insights/Industrial-Outlook/Getting-the-Most-Out-of-Your-Facilities-Budget.aspx

LED canopy parking example
LED canopy parking example

Why you should Switch your T8 Fluorescent Lamps with T8 LED Tubes

 

Infographic for LED
Infographic for LED

Why you should Switch your T8 Fluorescent Lamps with T8 LED Tubes

  • Energy Savings
    • T8 LED tubes are up to 30% more efficient than Fluorescent Lamps
    • Our AT-T8 uses only (blank) Watts compared
  • Improves Fixture Efficiency
    • LEDs offer directional light (illumination exactly where you need it). Compared to Fluorescents which have multi-directional light, which mean some of the light is lost into the fixture and unnecessary places
  • Air-Conditioning Savings
    • LED’s run cooler than fluorescent lamps which could lead to money savings and makes air-conditioning more efficient
  • Mercury-Free and RoHS Compliant
    • There is no mercury or glass content with LED’s, which makes them environmental friendly
  • Longer Life and Sustainability
    • Because the light-emitting diodes don’t degrade in the same manner that the gas escapes a fluorescent or the filament burns out in an incandescent, LED lamps have a much longer lifespan than either of those lighting technologies. Some of the newerLED lamps generally have an expected lifespan of over 50,000 hours.
  • LED Does Not Give Off UV
    • LED replacement bulbs does not emit any light in the non-visible light spectrum (UV).  No UV reduces fading
    • Fluorescent T8 bulbs emit UV/IR light.

 

If you would like to start saving money today, call Accurate Technologies Inc. at 813-623-2481 for a free energy audit or visit www.accuratetechinc.com for more information.

Accurate Technologies Products

 AT-T8 Series

LED T8 Retrofit Tube Lamp

 Description: LED T8 Retrofit Lamp

Details:

  • Emits high CRI light with no flicker
  • Input Voltage 120-277
  • Instant-on at 100%
  • High lumen output
  • Rated lifespan 50,000 hours
  • Lumen Output 1050/1950, 4350 lm
  • Power Consumption Features 10w (2ft), 18w (4ft), 40w (8ft)

Subdivision Entrance Looks Spectacular at Night

This palm tree is the centerpiece of the design. Two 50 watt LED flood lights are located at the base of the tree.
This palm tree is the centerpiece of the design. Two 50 watt LED flood lights are located at the base of the tree.
Two 50w LED flood lights are equivalent to two 175w metal halide fixtures.
Two 50w LED flood lights are equivalent to two 175w metal halide fixtures.
The signs, columns and small trees are evenly and consistently lit. Matching the color of all the lights is important for a well planned look.
The signs, columns and small trees are evenly and consistently lit. Matching the color of all the lights is important for a well planned look.
30 watt fixtures (AT-FL30W) were placed under the smaller trees throughout the area.
30 watt fixtures (AT-FL30W) were placed under the smaller trees throughout the area.
The entire entrance consumes 730 watts using LED lighting. Metal halide or high pressure sodium fixtures were consuming 2,050 watts and required more frequent maintenance.
The entire entrance consumes 730 watts using LED lighting. Metal halide or high pressure sodium fixtures were consuming 2,050 watts and required more frequent maintenance.
Call Accurate Technologies today at 813-623-2481 for a Free Energy Quote and solutions on how to make your subdivision entrance look spectacular.

Accurate Technologies is a full service supplier of LED lighting solutions.  Our clients include commercial contractors, electricians, building maintenance departments and property management firms.  With the latest lighting technology platform we can facilitate lighting packages for many settings including: medical, retail spaces, street lighting, parking garages, office buildings, resorts, and schools.  We can also ease the process of installation by recommending qualified technicians through our service network.

We focus on highly efficient lighting technologies, but just as importantly, we make sure that our recommendations are visually appealing and effective for the end user.  We provide only high quality LED lighting products which have passed rigorous safety, performance and efficiency standards, and we are committed to serving our clients with responsive, helpful service.

Browse our catalog and contact Accurate Technologies for price quotes. We’re your team of LED lighting specialists, so call us today. We want to assist you with making the shift to LED technology.