2 Unique Ways LEDs Outshine the Competition
With lighting accounting for about 18 percent of energy usage in commercial buildings, commercial property management professionals are turning to LED lighting. With bulbs that can last more than 10 years compared to incandescent bulbs, and less wasted energy, LEDs save money significantly. Imagine- less changing lightbulbs!
These are the characteristics of LEDs that everyone is talking about. But, LEDs are efficient beyond the inherent energy-saving abilities of the bulbs themselves. Read on about some of the other ways LEDs reduce operating expenses.
LEDs help decrease the operating costs for exterior lighting systems by turning off or dimming lights when sensors indicate that the area is unoccupied. This is tremendously beneficial in regard to walkways, parking lots and garages of commercial buildings, some of which may not see any activity on weekends or holidays. Municipalities can also benefit from the lower monthly budget that accompanies the reduction in street light output.
Daylight sensors contribute to more efficient energy output by dimming lighting in commercial buildings when there is sufficient natural light, even during high traffic times. This technology gives LEDs the ability to provide optimal lighting in addition to conserving energy and money.
At the present time, LED lighting is the technology with the greatest potential to reduce energy consumption on a global scale in the future. It is so promising, it has become the driving force behind solid-state lighting, a new field of technology.
Researchers are working with LEDs and similar types of lighting in the development of luminaires that use solid objects, (rather than filaments, plasma or gas) to emit light. This is a potential game changer, as it will further encourage general-use application for products in this category.
NextGen serves as your energy management partner by starting with a complimentary whole-building energy audit, and ultimately providing a turnkey energy savings solution. Call NextGen LED today at 301-804-2986.
How an Energy Management Company is Different from a Lighting Company
When you think of commercial lighting, your mind may not automatically go to “savings”. But, that is exactly where energy management can start. With new advances in LED lighting technology, conserving energy can add up to real savings on your bottom line.
Finding advice on how to conserve energy, and thus save money, through lighting is making buildings more environmentally sustainable as well as more economically viable.
NextGen provides creative energy management solutions to the commercial and municipal marketplace. As partners, we bring experience in real estate development, property management, sustainability, and green tech finance. The answer to comprehensive energy management requires a turn-key system packed with custom solutions and services for your portfolio.
A Lasting Partnership
By finding an energy management company, you are choosing a partner in your financial future. Regardless of your industry, there is an LED lighting solution that will be able to provide measurable return on investment compared to your current commercial lighting. The right partner can help source high quality equipment while taking advantages of rebates and other savings available. If done correctly, reducing your building’s energy consumption will reduce your long-term energy and maintenance costs, so it is important to find a partner who understands your business needs.
More than Installation
While a lighting company is able to help you choose and install new fixtures, the goal of energy management is to partner with clients to help them get the best results and long-term savings through lighting. This is about more than choosing new fixtures, and an energy management partner will likely want to begin by conducting an analysis of your property’s current usage. Together you will discuss what your building needs internally and externally, and how that can be achieved through cost and energy-saving LED lights. The right management company will be able to walk you through the different options for your properties, what the upfront costs and logistics of transitioning your building’s commercial lighting to a lower-energy LED lighting system will be, and what that means for your future savings.
Take the next step in controlling your business’ financial future by learning how NextGen goes above and beyond just installing new lights. Give our team a call at 301-804-2986 and let’s start with a complimentary energy audit.
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.