Why Installing LED Lighting in Commercial Buildings Makes Business Sense
According to Energy Star, about 30-40 percent of the power needed to operate the typical commercial building is wasted.
Aging HVAC equipment, leaks in building exteriors, and inattention to best practices for energy management are a few prime examples of inefficiency.
However, one of the easiest ways to lower operational costs quickly is to install CFL or LED bulbs and smart lighting systems throughout the building. Here’s how commercial owners and operators can use efficient lighting systems to realize energy savings month after month.
Overhead Incandescent and Fluorescent Bulbs
Traditional incandescent bulbs and older fluorescent fixtures not only use more energy than newer technologies, they also need to be replaced frequently. About 90 percent of the power used to light an incandescent bulb is released as heat, instead of light. By contrast, modern CFLs emit about 80 percent of energy used as heat, and LEDs very little heat at all. One of the results of this is that a CFL or LED bulb uses around 75 percent less energy in order to produce the same amount of light. Additionally, a CFL bulb should last about 10 times longer, and LEDs as much as 25 times longer.
Other Areas to Consider
However, while overhead lighting is the most obvious source of energy use, there are other places where CFLs and LEDs can make improvements as well. According to Energy Star, using LED exit signs can lower annual electricity costs by $10 per sign. Plus, the long life of an LED means fewer maintenance issues and potential safety hazards. Desk and floor lamps should also have bulbs switched out for more efficient models.
If you are looking for ways to improve your building’s energy efficiency and realize dramatic savings on your lighting bill, NextGen can help. Let us help you modernize your commercial property: contact us today at 301-804-2986 about receiving a comprehensive energy audit.