Why Upgrade to LED?
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is the state of the art of energy efficient lighting. Let’s define energy as “a source of usable power, such as gasoline, coal or electricity.” Most people understand energy as the electricity or gas they pay for monthly from their utility company.
Energy Efficiency is defined as “using less energy to produce the same, or more of what you using it to power.” This is most easily understood by utilizing energy-efficient products in your home which reduce your utility bill.
An example of an energy efficient product is a motor designed for a very specific application, like a refrigerator, that uses 30% less energy and produces the same desired output—cold food.
In the area of lighting, the most energy efficient type of bulb is LED. LED is the kind of lighting used in the current generation of flat screen TVs. LED light bulbs produce the same level of light as traditional light bulbs but can use up to 90% less energy! You spend less money to get the same amount of lighting. And because you’re using less energy, it’s better for the environment too.
Why It Makes More Sense To Upgrade With CES
It really is very simple to understand if you know and understand these 5 facts:
Typically, 40% of a business’s electric bill is for lighting of that business. The average US small business electric bill is $670 per month with $268 of that bill being paid just for lighting.
Installing LED lighting will save you 30-70% on the lighting portion of your business’s electric bill. The wide variance here is because different businesses use lighting in a wide variety of different ways but even the low end of this range is still very significant.
CES can show you how you can finance the LED lighting so that the monthly savings will cover that finance payment. Often, the savings is higher than the finance payment.
You are already paying for this every month by way of your electric bill. All we do is show you how to take part of the money you are already spending every month on your electric bill and use that to upgrade to LED lighting. The CES LED program pays for itself.
LED bulbs last 3 – 5 times longer than traditional lighting and by that alone, maintenance and replacement costs dramatically drop.
LED vs. Other Light Bulb Choices
A side-by-side comparison of a 60-watt incandescent bulb and its replacements shows that you can save energy and money with nearly the same light output with LED bulbs.
To put out nearly the same amount of light as the 60 watt incandescent bulb, all you need is a 13 watt LED bulb. This bulb uses 90% less energy than the incandescent bulb and typically lasts over more than 20 times as long as a traditional incandescent bulb!
And what of LED vs. fluorescent? There are two important differences.
The cost to run an LED bulb is about half that of a fluorescent bulb and fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and thus must be disposed of in special collection sites rather than the regular trash.
Any way you look at it, LED is your most efficient, cost-effective choice.
Replacing Fluorescent Tubes
The most commonly used light in commercial applications is the fluorescent tube. There are government regulations about disposal of these bulbs because they have harmful mercury gas which can get released into the environment. There are over 100 million fluorescent lights disposed of every year—so it’s a serious environmental concern. Additionally, the fluorescent light bulb is not recyclable and creates an increasing waste problem.
LED tubes have been developed which can easily replace fluorescent tubes. LED lighting is being promoted over fluorescent lighting in most commercial applications because it does not use mercury gas and is recyclable, is at least 50% more energy efficient and lasts 3-5 times as long, thus saves energy and significantly reduces the waste problem. There are other valuable commercial applications of LED lighting aside from tubes and we can help with those as well.
Using an LED tube with these qualities creates an LED upgrade project providing for substantial utility bill, replacement and maintenance savings with a minimized initial investment which more than pays for itself.