- Incandescent and fluorescent lighting consumes a lot of power and produces a large amount of excess heat, which is an inefficient use of electricity
- Most businesses, organizations, and institutions can obtain significant savings by undergoing an LED lighting retrofit
- The payback period can be relatively short, making LED lighting retrofits a great choice for energy conservation
Generally speaking, older lighting fits into two categories: incandescent and fluorescent. Incandescent lighting dates back to the earliest forms of lighting. Unsurprisingly, these lighting systems are incredibly inefficient. Still in use in many buildings, a 60-watt bulb puts out about 95% heat — and only 5% light — using the electricity it consumes. Fluorescent is an improvement upon those metrics, but both are inefficient technologies.
The electricity you’re using is either being wasted or used to heat your building, which is terribly inefficient and costly. And where there’s energy waste and inefficiency, there’s room for savings.
LED Lighting: Efficient and Easy
The benefits of LED lighting compared to incandescent and fluorescent are astounding. LED lighting only consumes about 14 watts per bulb for the same amount of light. LED lights also put out a lot less heat, with about 15% -20% of the energy going to lighting. Overall, the total electricity consumption is 70% less than incandescent.
On top of that, LED lights require much less maintenance, have 25,000-hour lifetimes, and you get an incredible quality of light with more options than older technologies.
If you’re wondering whether you can install LED lights, the answer is: probably! There are LED versions of all kinds of lighting, from simple office lighting to high bay lighting for use in warehouses and gymnasiums. There’s even LED lighting available to replace high performance metal halide arena lighting. In short, if you’re lighting something, there’s an LED option.
How Much Power can LED Lighting Save?
You can understand how the savings can really stack up when you look at your kilowatt hour energy consumption. The formula is simple. Power x Time = Kilowatt Hours. Doing a lighting retrofit on a broom closet that sees an hour of lighting a week won’t save you too much. Truly effective savings come when the variables are higher.
For example, an office environment with lights on 10-12 hours per day. Rec centres, warehouses, hockey arenas, or any businesses that run 24 hours a day. Community leagues and outdoor rinks. Any time lighting is required to operate for long periods or light up large areas or at high power, it’s a prime candidate for an LED lighting retrofit.
What Does an LED Lighting Retrofit Look Like?
A lighting retrofit does take more effort than just changing a lightbulb — unless you’re lucky enough to already be using T8 fluorescent lighting, in which case, you can just make the switch!
In any case, working with an LED lighting retrofitter is still a simple process. They’ll help you understand your goals, analyze your current energy usage, and optimize the retrofit.
You’ll also get help really understanding the potential of your new LED lighting. More flexible than previous options, you’ll be able to customize your actual lighting deployment and enjoy different levels of lighting as well as variable lumen outputs. Have a wedding hall? Wouldn’t it look stunning if you could switch through multiple kinds of mood lighting? With LED lighting, not only are you saving money and consuming less energy — you’ve also gained a competitive edge.
Getting Help for your LED Lighting Retrofit
There are two things you can do right now in order to get started on your LED lighting retrofit. One is to investigate what rebates are available. If you’re in Alberta, you’ll want to check out the BES rebate program, which can help offset the cost of an LED lighting retrofit.
You’ll also want to get into contact with your retrofit partner. That’s where Generate Energy comes in. We help organizations get through their led lighting retrofit from assessment to installation. We’re able to implement a comprehensive and optimized plan that saves you money, reduces your greenhouse gas consumption, and provides excellent lighting with payback periods as low as 2-5 years.
Interested in getting started? Find out more about our retrofit services here.