We’ve written blog after blog about how much energy and money can be saved with LED lighting. But as with just about everything, you have to do it right to get the most out of LED lighting’s advantages.
What Are the Benefits of LED Lighting?
Not only is LED lighting more attractive and versatile than other types of lighting, the savings are tremendous.
Less Maintenance: The maintenance is virtually eliminated. Lamp replacement and labor is a huge cost that often isn’t taken into account.
Using Less Energy: LED lighting use far less energy and, depending on your situation and set-up, can fairly easily save you 50% on your power bills, and sometimes closer to 90%.
Lower Cooling Expense: This lighting generates far less heat and, consequently, can also save significant amounts on air-conditioning, often the most expensive element of power consumption.
Use Less Energy with Controls: LED systems are also easily integrated with controls that ensure the use of the lighting is very efficient – the controls sense daylight and lower the interior lighting, they can tell when a room or part of a room, or even individual work stations, are unoccupied and lighting isn’t needed, the controls can monitor the amount of power being used an adjust the lighting and other electronic elements to keep the usage within specified limits – the list goes on and on.
But if you get a product that isn’t up to par or is retrofitted incorrectly, those benefits can be lost.
How to Prevent Loss on Your Investment
You don’t want to lose money on any investment, but it’s especially important when you’re talking about something that has such potential. Here are a few guidelines that will help you get your ROI and more:
- Buy products from a reliable source. As with every other industry, ‘you get what you pay for’ applies. So, don’t just go for the least expensive. That isn’t to say that those who charge less aren’t reliable, many are. But how solidly the LED lamps are manufactured and how they are shipped can make a difference in their longevity. And sometimes that costs more money.
- Find out how the lamps are tested. You wouldn’t buy a car that hasn’t been very well tested first, or even a toaster, so don’t do it with LED lamps. Make sure they’re going to last.
- Search for correct certifications and qualifications. Check with both Design Lights Consortium (DLC) and the free UL Online Certifications Directory.
- If you’re doing a retrofit, make sure you understand what’s really needed. Sometimes you need entirely new fittings, and sometimes all you need is to switch out the existing bulbs for new LED bulbs. Don’t do more than is necessary, but do it right.
Of course, if you’re working with a good lighting company they’ll make sure all of the above is in place. They’ll take care of it all for you.
And that’s where we come in. Ask us all the questions above. We’ll make sure you have the answers and get the results you’re looking for.
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