to Rob Lobitz, of the
Warehouse for providing this short write-up on lighting options
for commercial applications. His website has additional information
on LED lighting.
vs. Incandescent Lights
for Commercial Buildings
Whether you are a new or existing business owner, cutting costs is always
at the forefront of any owners’ mind in order to run a business that
is profitable. Consider switching out your old incandescent lights for
LED Lights that save roughly 90% energy. When comparing the two
light bulbs, first look at their life span, as well as cost per bulb.
Also, when considering the amount of light bulbs that your business
has, it’s essential to not overlook installation costs, as labor costs
can sky rocket beyond the cost of your lighting combined. For starters,
the average lifespan of an LED light is up to 60,000 hours, compared
to an average incandescent light that only lasts about 1,000 hours.
The 60 to 1 energy ratio, combined with the money save in bulbs and
labor, really make this a sound investment. The average cost for an
LED light is roughly $14.99, compared to the same value in incandescent
lights, for 60 bulbs at 0.67¢ coming out to $40.20. Secondly, factor
in the kilowatt electrical usage data. Although both bulbs typically
have a 0.17kwd, that doesn’t mean that they suck up the same amount
of energy. An average bill per LED light is $20.40, compared to an average
incandescent light bill at $652.20. Lastly, consider the labor costs
for installing your light bulbs throughout your business. Costs for
a handy man can range with an average of $65 an hour, that’s $350 a
day! With these ratios, it can be safe to assume, that you’d save up
to $415,405.01 a year in energy costs. Think of all the possibilities
that can mean for your growing business; new quality employees, more
machinery, better advertising so on and so forth.