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What Businesses Need to Know About LEDs

Go into any home improvement store and you will see entire isles dedicated to LED lighting.

However, not everyone has joined the LED revolution yet.  Until LEDs arrival, lighting options have been highly inefficient by comparison.

Lighting represents the largest portion of dedicated energy use, and LEDs can reduce electrical consumption on average close to half, depending on the quantity and quality of your lighting needs.

Often, four fluorescent 40 watt tubes can be replaced with just two 22 watt LEDs.

That’s a reduction from 120 watts per fixture, down to just 44 watts.

Do the math, and those 76 watts saved equates to a 63% reduction.  If your businesses lighting represents 70% of your energy consumption, well then…   you get the picture.

What Businesses Need to Know About LEDs Before Invest in Them

1 – LED Lighting Pays For Itself

As manufacturing has ramped up, costs have come down.  Some power companies are still offering rebates as an incentive, but as the savings alone to make the switch to LEDs have been realized, many of these programs are going away.

This means now is a great time to consider LED lighting, before these programs are totally gone.

Additionally, there are two federal programs for property/business owners called the Abandonment Tax Benefit and the 179D Retrofit Lighting Tax Deduction, that also give incentives.

Nevertheless, even without these programs, LEDs have a return on investment typically within one to two years.

A lighting audit created by a lighting professional will have the payback number of months calculated for you.

2 – Watts Don’t Describe LEDs Brightness

What Businesses Need to Know About LEDs - Increase Your LED Sales - DUMALUXAll light can be measured in lumens.

Lumens of your work space can be crucial, while some environments have too much lighting causing headaches and discomfort, other spaces may not have enough lighting creating a safety hazard.

A lux meter is used to determine the lumens of your existing lighting and a free consultation from any reputable LED lighting provider will let you know which and how many replacement bulbs you may want to consider.

Plus, most every light you see has an LED equivalent.

This means no new fixtures or construction is needed, however ballast removal from the circuit may be required.

Often a “one for one” exchange is made, but sometimes a simple retrofit adapter can be added to your existing fixture that reduces or modifies the number of bulbs required.

Additionally, “plug and play” LED tubes and bulbs are also available, and are most interesting because they are ballast compatible.

3 – LEDs Light Color

Often, when you look at fluorescent lights, the colors are different between bulbs in the same panel.

This is due to several factors, one is most fluorescent vendors don’t stress the light color you may already have, compared to your new purchase.

They just sell you what they have in stock.  Secondly, fluorescent light color and quality degrades with time.

So a new tube located beside an old tube, even though the tubes are equal wattage and color, will produce two distinct appearances.

Light color is expressed in kelvin, like the temperature unit of measurement.

If a piece of metal is heated to 5000 degrees kelvin, the metal will glow a certain color of white.

At 3000k, it will appear more yellow, and at 7000k is will look whitish-bluish.

Around 6000k is compared to natural sunlight.  Yellow light is softer and used mostly in home lighting environments.

While the 5000k white light is used in offices and many retail spaces.  Moreover, LED lighting does not erode with time, it retains its quality over years.

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4 – LEDs Offer a Far Superior Warranty

I reputable manufacture will offer a 5 year warrantee generally on the majority of bulb styles. You may also find 3 and up to 10 year warranties, depending on the product.

There is often return shipping cost involved, but overall, LEDs last as much as eight times longer than other forms of lighting.

This means given the number of hours you use your lighting per year, your LED lights may last longer than 20 years.

Plus, you will save money just by the reduction in maintenance cost, purchasing, storing products, and even BTU heat output of LED bulbs are drastically reduced.

However, not all LED lights are equal.  Like most products on the market, you have low, middle and high grade products.

Be sure to ask about the quality of the lights you are buying.  The LED lights you see in home improvement retailers are not industrial or commercial grade.

This is where you see the difference in a product rated for 20,000 or 80,000 hours of use, including warranty variances, if any warranty at all.

The engineering and manufacturing of an LED tube or bulb determines its quality and durability, and oddly enough, the high end products cost the same as low and medium end products.

In the end, you are already buying lights from a supplier now, and the conversion to LEDs is worthwhile.

Some initial consultation will help insure you are getting the best LED solution for your needs.

Regardless if you retrofit existing fixtures or are making a new installation, LEDs save you money.

What Businesses Need to Know About LEDs - Increase Your LED Sales - DUMALUX

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