If you’re the owner or manager of a commercial property, you’ve almost certainly had your fair share of near-panic attack moments when the dreaded electric bill has arrived. That’s because aside from HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), commercial landscape lighting is far and away the biggest user of energy in your industry. So without some sort of energy efficiency solution, the prices you’re paying in that department are likely to stay more or less the same. And that’s where LED lighting comes in.
For years, LED lighting has gotten something of a bad rap, and to a large degree, that’s had a lot to do with the initial cash outlay of the bulbs themselves. LED bulbs are not cheap, especially when you compare their price tags to those of the filament or florescent bulbs your property probably uses now.
The price of LED lights has recently dropped, however, and some of their other well known downfalls, including their harsh light output and general inability to properly dim, have been improved. Keep reading to discover other reasons you should consider making the switch to LEDs where your commercial landscape lighting needs are concerned.
Believe it or not, LEDs are currently estimated at an 80-90% energy efficiency rating when compared with standard or traditional bulbs. In layman’s terms, that means that roughly 80-90% of an LED bulb’s electrical energy is converted to light, with only the remaining 10-20% being turned into heat.
Only about 20% of a traditional bulb’s electrical energy is converted to light, which is why they’re always so hot to the touch. Those numbers also explain why LED bulbs last so much longer than traditional bulbs. And why, after you get past the initial investment of the LED bulbs themselves, you’ll soon start to see very generous savings on your electric bill.
There are probably a few keys spots in any of the commercial buildings you own or manage where lights get turned on and off throughout the day with frequency. Restrooms, for instance, are one such spot. The lifespan of typical florescent bulbs becomes greatly shortened when it’s repeatedly turned on and off, but that isn’t the case with LEDs. In fact, neither the bulb’s lifetime nor its light emission will be affected in such a situation. For you, that means less bulbs to buy, which means money saved.
While it’s true that LED bulbs are more expensive than traditional fluorescent bulbs, it’s also true that because they last for such extraordinarily long periods of time, switching entirely to LED lighting will save you big money in the long run.
Consider, for instance, that the average fluorescent light lasts for about 10,000 hours. That’s pretty good, especially when you take into account that an incandescent bulbs generally dies after only about 1,000 hours. LEDs, however, can run for as much as 60,000 hours. So as long as you’re paying less for one LED than you would for six fluorescent bulbs, the savings will start to add up quickly.
Noise and Lighting Control
Just about anyone who has worked in a corporate office atmosphere has become well acquainted with the annoying, low-end buzzing sound that fluorescent bulbs give off. This buzzing tends to grow louder or even turn into a clicking sound as the bulbs reach the end of their lifespan. LED bulbs, meanwhile, give off no sound whatsoever.
The ability to dim LEDs is also a big plus, especially in retail or office environments. The color and distribution of the lights can also be manipulated, making them an especially flexible lighting choice no matter what your need. Indeed, it’s been reported that retail locations that take advantage of what is known as LED mood illumination move upwards of 30% more merchandise than stores with standard fluorescent lighting.
The truth is that when it comes to the various benefits of LEDs for commercial property lighting, we’ve really only scratched the surface. And as the technology continues to improve and the prices continue to drop, you’ll have even more reasons to consider the switch to an all-LED lit property.
If you’d like to schedule a lighting consultation for your property, contact Realty Landscaping. One of the largest privately held landscape contracting firms in the region, and with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we’ve been offering quality, service-oriented landscape construction for both residential and commercial clients since 1985. Contact us today.