Face it, technology is always changing. LED lighting is the new frontier in lighting design. We get many questions about LED lighting. Please read the following common questions and answers and then contact us for specific answers to your individual needs.What is LED lighting? LED (Light Emitting Diode) circuits have been around for many years. They have seen a variety of uses. Most recently they have pretty much taken over big screen television and computer monitor duties. But these LEDs are relatively small and do not have a large output of light.
Over the past few years, more powerful LEDs have been developed for a variety of uses: Flash lights, Police Car Light Bars, key fobs, Christmas lights and step lights to name just a few. They are small and use only a fraction of the energy of incandescent and HID fixtures to produce a similar amount of light. The main hold-back has been their cost, but that is changing.
Is LED ‘right’ for me? LED lighting is now getting very competitive with other similar light sources. For example, LED flood light fixtures using 96 Watts of energy can put out a similar amount of light of a 250 Watt Metal Halide light fixture. However, energy savings is only part of the story. The other part is the longevity of the typical LED fixture, normally 35,000 to 50,000 hours. For a homeowner longevity may not be important. To the commercial property manager, the labor savings in LED versus other technologies can bring the over-all energy+maintenance savings down to where a 2-3 year payback on investment is achieved.
However, even residential customers appreciate the energy savings over time. Not to mention using LED bulbs in light fixtures that are difficult to get to (ever see the recessed can light installed in a three-story entryway where the only way to get to it would be by scaffold or mechanical lift?) enhances safety by reducing or eliminating frequent trips up ladders to change bulbs.
LED lighting is also very pleasing to the eye. Gone are the days of that bluish-green color that pleased no one. Today’s LED lamps and fixtures can look like a crisp white halogen, a warm white incandescent, or many colors in between.
Contact us and explore the unique possibilities that could be yours with today’s LED light technologies.
If you are a property manager or plant owner/operator, many electrical utilities offer programs with rebates to help off-set the cost of switching your older technology lighting over to new, efficient, LED. Contact us for details!!