For years I have been hearing how LED will change the future and it was just around the corner. Try as I may though, I could never make the numbers work. I am here to say that is no longer the case. This past year, for the first time, LED is not only competitive with the other lighting technologies; many times it is by far the best choice from both a technical and monetary point of view. When utility rebates are factored in, LED becomes even more attractive. Here are some of the many advantages:
- Longer life. Most manufacturers guarantee 50,000 hours, though they are being conservative and estimate it will last even longer
- Cycling does not affect LED life. Fluorescent bulb life suffers dramatically if the bulbs are turned off and on more than 3 times in 8 hours frequently. There are special ballasts (programmed start) to help with this, but they are more expensive and use a little more electricity
- Less maintenance.
- No mercury.
- Better dimming control. The CFL and linear fluorescent dimmers are not very good.
- Quite operation. Though the fluorescent electronic ballasts are generally pretty quite, the CFL dimming ballasts can be noisy. HID ballasts are notoriously noisy.
- Good lumen depreciation.
- High efficiency
The problem is that many players have jumped into the game, and some have inferior products. Bad products and slick salesman are creating a “buyer beware” market. A 5-year warranty does little good if the company folds in 2 years! This is where EnergyMan LLC can help. We have established relationships with good reputable vendors that stand behind their products (actually, they usually design their own products too). Let us act as your independent 3rd party or we can do a project turnkey. Good LED products can deliver better quality light with far less energy; energy savings of 50% or more are not uncommon. With our knowledge of utility rebates, financing, and lighting, we are a natural fit for any organization wanting to upgrade to LED lighting. Call us so we can survey to find out if LEDs are a good fit for you and if there is any money available to help with your LED project.Google+