& App Notes
Thanks to Rob Lobitz, of the
LED Lights Warehouse
for providing this short write-up on lighting options for commercial applications.
His website has additional information on LED lighting.
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 newer, more
energy efficient 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.
- Robert Lobitz