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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%







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

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