Here are some cool facts about LED lighting that might surprise you;
LED’s use at least 75% less energy than halogen bulbs
LED last 35-50 times longer than halogen and up to 10 times longer than CFL’s
LED’s are “instant-on” and require no warmup time
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.
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.
WIFI connected “smart bulbs” can be operated from a smart phone
LED don’t give off heat like CFL’s which helps lower your A/C bill
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
It is estimated that in 2014, the United States used approximately 412 billion kWh of electricity just for lighting
The United States uses approximately 23% of the world’s energy, yet it only holds about 5% of the world’s population
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
Lighting costs make up approximately 20% of all of the electricity used in the United States today
LEDs contain no mercury and have a much smaller environmental impact than halogen or fluorescent bulbs
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
Switching to LEDs can reduce electrical and maintenance costs of a commercial building by up to 30%
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.
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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.
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 .