Transformation from Conventional Lights to LEDs

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Every Country does its bit towards the betterment of society and the environment. The Government of Canada made an announcement in 2007 to increase performance standards for lighting. Ever since there’s been no turning back. 

  1. In 2011, consumers and industries were given time to prepare for new lighting standards. The standards shared one main goal – to improve energy efficiency. 
  2. The amendment allowed a bevy of efficient lighting options, including an incandescent light bulb. This change was introduced so industries would have a great power-saving solution. 
  3. Lighting options provided were Halogen Bulbs, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs), and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), to reduce energy consumption. 

This has become Canada’s standard for efficient lighting and will help every business and individual consumer in effective energy management. Let’s look at the differences between traditional and newer bulbs. 

Energy Efficient Bulbs vs Incandescent Bulbs  

The Incandescent Bulb 

An incandescent light bulb is one that has a wire filament inside that emits light once completely heated. They’ve been in use for over 100 years, and Thomas Edison is widely considered to be its inventor.  

  1. It typically consists of a glass enclosure and tungsten filament. 
  2. Once an electric current pass through the filament, it heats up and emits light. 
  3. A stem or glass mount is attached to the base. 
  4. Electric currents run through this envelope without air leakage. 
  5. The stem consists of small wires that support the filament. 

Primary advantages of these bulbs were their low manufacturing costs; they also worked on alternating and direct current. They’ve been used indoors and outdoors, in households and commercial properties. However, they weren’t known for their energy efficiency, which is why they’ve been phased out slowly since 2014.  

Energy-Efficient Bulbs 

Energy-efficient light bulbs are those which consume significantly less energy than the incandescent bulb. They come in two types: 

a. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) 

A CFL bulb is one that use a folded or curved tube that’s made to fit into the space of an incandescent bulb, with a compact electronic ballast at its base. It was invented in the 1970’s, but picked up in the early 2000’s. 

  1. They emit the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. 
  2. Energy consumed is 1/3rd that of an incandescent bulb. 
  3. They have 10-15 times longer lifespan. 
  4. It’s slightly more expensive than a regular bulb. 
  5. They contain toxic mercury, so can’t be discarded with regular trash. 

They could emit different colors of light such as Soft White or Yellow because of their form factor and materials used.  

b. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) 

This type of electric bulb produces light using LEDs. It consists of an LED driver circuit, which acts as the brain of the bulb; it operates the main power lines. They’re becoming a market leader due to their many advantages. 

  1. They turn on immediately, without any delay, at the push of a button. 
  2. Temperature remains low despite long usage hours. 
  3. Lifespan is 35-50 times longer than an incandescent bulb. 
  4. They’re made with non-toxic materials. 
  5. Reduce energy costs by 50-75 percent. 

Once very expensive, their increasing demand has reduced prices significantly, and they’re now becoming a staple in households and commercial properties. 

This was just a comparison between traditional light bulbs and those which save energy. Still not convinced they’re the way to go? We’re just getting started! 

 
Comparisons between Traditional Incandescents, Halogen Incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs 
  
60W Traditional Incandescent 
43W Energy-Saving Incandescent 
15W CFL 
12W LED 
60W Traditional  
43W Halogen 
60W Traditional 
43W Halogen 
Energy $ Saved (%) 
– 
~25% 
~75% 
~65% 
~75%-80% 
~72% 
Annual Energy Cost* 
$4.80 
$3.50 
$1.20 
$1.00 
Bulb Life 
1000 hours 
1000 to 3000 hours 
10,000 hours 
25,000 hours 

Why Industries should switch to LED Lights 

Commercial properties and industries are bubbling with people and work throughout the year. They must be well-lit in order to keep employees productive and the environment safe. This means sky-rocketing electricity bills throughout the year, with no way out. Actually, there is one way – by switching to LED lights. They will provide you with a plethora of benefits that we’re going to explain here: 

LEDs Last Longer 

  1. LED Lights lifespan is up to 50,000 hours. 
  2. After this, they don’t emit light at full capacity, but continue to work. 
  3. In essence, 1 LED light can last as long as approximately 35 incandescent bulbs. 

Increased Profits due to Lower Outgoings 

  1. They reduce electricity consumption by 50-75% 
  2. Maintenance costs slashed as they don’t have to be replaced for long. 
  3. Work will not get affected as they do not die. 

Can be used in different conditions 

  1. LEDs do not heat up like traditional lights. 
  2. Therefore, they can be used in hot, cold, and humid conditions. 
  3. Suitable indoors and outdoors 

Wider Area of Light Disbursement 

  1. LEDs cover a wider range than traditional lights. 
  2. As a result, you require fewer light fixtures. 
  3. LED’s have tremendous design flexibility for all your needs. 

LED Lights are environmentally safe 

  1. Made with non-toxic materials. 
  2. LEDs reduce carbon dioxide emissions. 
  3. Consume fewer natural resources due to energy efficiency. 

As you can see, LEDs are beneficial not just to your pocket but also to the environment. In today’s day, when Mother Nature has to bear the brunt of all human activities, this is a small way that we can give back to her.  

How LEDs are Different 

LED Lights are a truly novel invention and are very different from the original incandescent bulb. It’s true – technology has come a long way! Here, we’ll show you how: 

  1. Light Source
    LEDs are as small as a peppercorn, but that doesn’t stop them from being the brightest bulb out there – quite literally! A mix of Red, Blue, and Green LEDs are used to make White Light. 
  2. Direction
    LEDs emit light in one direction, and at a certain degree of wide angle. This removes the need for objects like reflectors which divert light and absorb a fair amount. 
  3. Temperature Control
    LEDs stay cool despite long usage hours, which makes them perfect for different temperature conditions and more power efficient. 
  4. Versatility
    LEDs can be used in large-sized lights, bulbs, or even rice lights, making them super versatile in nature! 
  5. Durability
    LEDs are made with high-quality materials, thereby making them highly resistant to breakage and vibration. 
  6. Color Variety
    LEDs can emit different colors without using any filters, that results in undiminished light output. 

You’ve read about the benefits and novelty of LED lights. It’s time to see how they’ve benefited a few of our clients in ways they couldn’t have imagined! Here goes. 

Case Studies 

Many companies claim to do things but haven’t delivered. We, on the other hand, claim things only after we deliver. Discover in this section, how LED lights from EnerSavings have helped brands conserve energy, increase profits, and reduce their carbon footprint. 

Jebco 

  1. About: 
    Jebco is a pioneer in the welding industry. Their engineering and automation teams helped create proprietary weld overlay technologies. 
  2. Problem:
    Rising electricity bills needed to be tackled. Dimly lit areas in the production plant needed to be illuminated. 
  3. Solution:
    All T8 fluorescent tubes were replaced with efficient LED tube lights, metal halide bulbs were replaced with LED fixtures, and LED lights were installed outdoors. 
  4. Result: 
    441,000kWh of annual energy savings
    $70,560 in annual electricity cost savings
    $10,000 saved in maintenance costs
    228% return on investment
    2.2 years simple payback 

Victoria Manor 

  1. About: 
    Victoria Manor is a rehabilitation and nursing care service provider catering to the old and needy. 
  2. Problem:
    Increased patient injuries and electricity bills due to ineffective traditional lighting. 
  3. Solution: 
    All existing lights were replaced with LED tubes that have an incumbent fluorescent system. 
  4. Results:
    508,006 kWh in annual electricity savings
    $81,281 of annual electricity savings
    $24,107 in annual maintenance savings
    39.90% return on investment
    1.3 years simple payback 

If you want your energy-saving numbers to look like these, give us a shout and we’ll be happy to schedule your energy assessment absolutely FREE of cost! 

Certifications that you should look for 

Many brands claim that their products and services are compliant to energy efficiency and safety standards. However, there’s only one way to verify that – look out for the below certifications on the product. 

  1. Energy Star
    An Energy Star certified product means that it has met specifications for energy efficiency set by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and that it truly is an energy efficient product. Achieve top performance by saving energy, money, and the environment.  
  2. UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
    Underwriters Laboratories, or UL, is a third-party American safety testing organization that certifies a product has met with certain electrical safety standards. When you see the UL logo, rest assured that the product is safe to use. 
  3. CE (Conformité Européenne)
    Conformité Européenne is the European counterpart to Underwriters Laboratories. Seeing this logo means that products have met European safety standards. 
  4. DLC (Design Lights Consortium)
    Similar to Energy Star, the Design Lights Consortium certification focuses only on energy-efficient lighting for commercial applications. 
  5. RoHS (Restriction of  Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic Equipment)
    RoHS is a body that restricts the use of certain substances in the manufacturing process of commonly used electronic equipment. This includes lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. 
  6. FCC (Federals Communications Commission)
    The US Federals Communications Commission has set limits below which a bulbs electromagnetic interference should fall. Every product with the FCC logo complies with this standard. 

Make sure to look out for the above logos while making your transition from traditional to LED lighting. Needless to say, we’ll handle this for you when we take up your project (hoping you’re convinced enough by now to make the switch). 

Let’s make the Earth greener together 

We believe there’s only a few ways to go about life that reduce the impact on Mother Nature. Moving to LED lights is a smart way to reduce your electricity bills, increase savings, make the property brighter, and do justice to the environment. Call on (765)-123-4567 or email us on info@enersavings.com for any information, or to schedule a FREE assessment! Here’s to making the Earth a greener place – together! 

 

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