Facilities across the country are turning to LED (light emitting diode) bulbs to lighten their buildings. This is a major trend that has been going on in recent years and it’s probably had you considering the switch as well.
The reason is energy efficiency.
Is it worth it? Switching is something that definitely has long-term value but the initial cost is fairly high. That doesn’t mean that it’s the best option for every facility. To make the decision that has your facility’s best interest in mind, you should ask yourself the following questions:
How much energy are you using to light your facility?
The more energy you use to light your facility, the more you will likely save by installing LED technology. LED is one of the most energy-efficient lighting technologies to date. They last longer, are more durable and offer better light quality than most other bulbs. LEDs can burn up to 87 percent less energy than halogen and incandescent bulbs. But the separation between LEDs and some of the better fluorescents or high performance bulbs are marginally less. That’s why we suggest you explore your options.
What type of fixtures are installed at your facility?
If LED lights aren’t compatible with your current fixtures, expenses for switching can increase the costs even more. Are you willing to spend that extra money for the switch to LED? If you aren’t comfortable paying the premium for LEDs, you may be better off going for higher efficiency fluorescent bulbs.
How long are your bulbs on per day?
If your bulbs are on extended periods each day then LED may be the way to go. Keep in mind: you don’t have to replace all the bulbs in your facility. What area in or around your facility keeps lights on continuously? You might benefit more by only replacing those.
What are the maintenance costs for your lighting?
In cases where bulbs are in places where it may take extensive labor or money to replace; LED lights may be a more economical choice since they can last up to 20 times longer than incandescent lights and three time longer than standard fluorescents. With longer lasting bulbs, the less you pay on labor costs.
Before making the decision to switch, explore all your options. What’s best for other facilities, may not be best for yours. Evaluate current energy costs extensively and base your decision on the findings.