November 24, 2016
Upgrading your interior lighting, exterior lighting, and/or signage to LEDs may not seem like a big deal to a lot of businesses, but this one little upgrade can bring forth a lot of benefits. Here are 4 reasons why you should upgrade to LEDs.
The most obvious and perhaps most well-known benefit of LEDs is that they use less energy. Based on research by ENERGY STAR, LED bulbs use 75 – 85% less energy when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
LEDs also give off much less heat than incandescent or CFLs, meaning less air conditioning in the summer to keep the heat down. While this may seem insignificant, the costs quickly add up for large retail stores; especially, if there are multiple locations.
LEDs also have a much longer lifetime than incandescent and CFLs, often lasting 50 times
longer. They are packaged with 5-year manufacturer replacement warranties and a projected 10-year lifespan, meaning minimal replacement costs and service costs for at least 10 years.
You might think changing a light bulb is no big deal, but imagine changing the light bulbs of a 72ft outdoor sign. The service costs alone can run into the thousands; that is if you can find someone with the right expertise and equipment to perform the replacement.
COLOR RENDERING AND VISUAL ADVANTAGE
LEDs tend to place very high on the Color Rendering Index, meaning it presents a more vibrant color compare to other light bulbs. In fact, it’s often the go-to choice for many lighting designers. An emerging LED technology is color pumping, which boosts the output of selected color spectrums, creating more contrast and more vibrant colors.
LEDs also produce a more focused and directional light that accentuates and highlights brilliantly. Pairing that with the color rendering makes LEDs an excellent choice for retail. The North Face Vancouver recently upgraded their lighting to LEDs, you can check the difference and read their story HERE.
Upgrading to LEDs help businesses reduce tens of thousands kWh of energy each year. But what does that really mean? Based on provincial data, an average household uses ~11,000 kWh of energy each year, so if a business saves 44, 000 kWh energy annual, it’s the same as taking 4 households off the grid. On average, a Relight retrofit help businesses save 80,000 – 100,000 kWh of energy annually, equivalent to taking 10 houses off the grid for every retrofit.
We understand that an overall retrofit can be daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. We are here to offer our expertise and guidance to make sure your retrofit goes as planned. Feel free to contact us for more information or for a free lighting audit.