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May 27, 2024
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LED Vs Incandescent Energy Savings

If you've been looking for a way to cut costs and improve efficiency, it can be as simple as switching to LED lighting

LED Vs Incandescent Energy Savings

Illuminating the Benefits: LED vs Incandescent Energy Savings

As a business owner or property manager, you're always looking for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. One area where you can make a significant impact is in your lighting choices.

By switching from traditional incandescent lighting to LED, you can save money, reduce maintenance, and decrease your energy consumption.

The Bright Side of LED Lighting

Exceptional Energy Efficiency: LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology has come a long way in recent years, offering a superior alternative to incandescent bulbs. LEDs are highly efficient, using up to 90% less energy than their incandescent counterparts.

This means that by switching to LED lighting, you can significantly reduce both your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

Long Life Span: Not only do LEDs use less energy, but they also last much longer than incandescent bulbs. While a typical incandescent bulb may last around 1,000 hours, an LED can last up to 50,000 hours or more. This means less time and money spent on replacing bulbs, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Cost Savings: Despite the higher initial purchase price, the combination of lower energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs, and few replacements result in considerable long-term savings for many businesses.

Let's compare the cost savings of switching from Incandescent to LED lighting over the first year:

  • Incandescent Bulb: 60 watts, $0.50 per bulb, 1,000-hour lifespan
  • LED Bulb: 10 watts (equivalent light output), $2.50 per bulb, 25,000-hour lifespan
  • Electricity Cost: $0.12 per kilowatt-hour (kWh)
  • Usage: 10 hours per day per bulb
Cost Analysis for One Bulb Over One Year:

1. Energy Consumption:

  • Incandescent: 60 watts x 10 hours/day x 365 days/year = 219 kWh/year
  • LED: 10 watts x 10 hours/day x 365 days/year = 36.5 kWh/year

2. Energy Cost:

  • Incandescent: 219 kWh/year x $0.12/kWh = $26.28/year
  • LED: 36.5 kWh/year x $0.12/kWh = $4.38/year

3. Bulb Replacement Cost:

  • Incandescent: Given a 1,000-hour lifespan, each bulb lasts about 100 days (1,000 hours / 10 hours/day). So, over one year, you'd need approximately 3.65 bulbs (365 days / 100 days), costing $0.50 x 3.65 = $1.83.
  • LED: Given a 25,000-hour lifespan, each bulb lasts about 6.85 years (25,000 hours / 10 hours/day). Over one year, the cost is $2.50 / 6.85 = $0.37.
Total Cost Over One Year Per Bulb:
  • Incandescent Bulb:
    • Energy Cost: $26.28
    • Bulb Replacement Cost: $1.83
    • Total Cost: $28.11/year
  • LED Bulb:
    • Energy Cost: $4.38
    • Bulb Replacement Cost: $0.37
    • Total Cost: $4.75/year
Savings in the First Year Per Bulb:
  • Savings Per Bulb: $28.11 (Incandescent Total Cost) - $4.75 (LED Total Cost) = $23.36/year

This is of course a general estimate of a basic bulb that would be used in a residential setting for example. For commercial settings, the price of the lighting would be higher, but this gives you an idea of the cost savings of LED vs standard lighting. For a more accurate energy analysis, our team will provide you with one during your project.

The Dimming Light of Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs have been the go-to choice for lighting for over a century, but their inefficiency and short lifespan make them a less attractive option in today's energy-conscious world.

These bulbs work by heating a filament until it glows, which means that a large portion of the energy they consume is wasted as heat rather than light.

In addition to their energy inefficiency, incandescent bulbs require frequent replacement due to their short lifespan.

This not only adds to your maintenance costs but also contributes to environmental waste, as the bulbs end up in landfills.

Calculating Your Savings with Our Lighting Calculator

If you're curious about how much you could save by switching to LED lighting, we've got you covered.

Our website features a user-friendly LED Savings Calculator that allows you to input your current lighting setup and see the potential savings you could achieve by making the switch to LED.

Whether you're a business owner looking to reduce overhead costs or a property manager aiming to increase the value and efficiency of your buildings, our lighting calculator can help you make informed decisions about your lighting choices. You can use the calculator here.

Illuminating the Way Forward

Making the switch from incandescent to LED lighting is a bright idea for any business or property owner. By embracing the energy efficiency and long lifespan of LEDs, you can save money, reduce maintenance, and contribute to a greener future.

Don't let the upfront cost of LEDs deter you – the long-term savings in energy and replacement costs more than make up for the initial investment. Plus, with our handy lighting calculator, you can see exactly how much you stand to save by making the switch.

If you’re considering upgrading your lighting, our team can help you. We’ll come to your site to review your current lighting set-up and design a custom lighting solution and comprehensive proposal. Reach out to our team to discuss your project!

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