Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are the future of lighting in this country and the whole world over. There is no question about that, since the amounts of energy LED lights save over conventional incandescent bulbs or other types, amounts to a lot.
In a home, the dynamic is much simpler: replace the incandescent bulb in every room with an energy-saving LED bulb and save as much as 80% in average bills and replacement costs. Incandescent bulbs are the conventional bulbs human beings have been using for centuries since Thomas Edison invented them.
Not the same calculations on commercial buildings
The dynamic for owners of commercial office buildings do not enjoy the same linear relation that residential homeowners do. Once the prices for LED light bulbs began on a path of slow but steady descent, many a commercial building manager ran to embrace the technology; hoping for a similar effect on their energy bills.
Inefficient technologies like incandescent bulbs and conventional fluorescent lighting saw replacement with the LED lamps, both within the building and on the external lighting systems. However, very soon they discovered they were not effecting the kind of change expected. But why, exactly was this?
Cost is everything
Commercial lighting needs are vastly different and much more demanding than lighting up residential homes. To begin at the outset, the amount it takes to replace all of a single mid-sized commercial space can be very expensive, prohibitively so. In addition, when you are dealing with commercial space cost is everything.
Therefore, many vendors began to run towards the energy-efficient fluorescent lights, which saw much higher sales numbers than LEDs for commercial spaces. Why was this? The reason is simple. A T5 Watt-miser fluorescent light from GE uses the same amount of energy as an LED, but costs significantly less. Moreover, when you are buying them by the thousands, rather than the one-per-room scheme of a home, the price difference becomes even starker.
However, all is not lost for LED lights, especially for smaller-scale retailers and shop owners. The two groups have been switching to LED bulbs since they provide a more customer-friendly ambience in the shop than stark fluorescents. Most of them were previously using halide and halogen lighting bulbs, which were not as efficient as LEDs.
LED lights are still the better option
The journey is not yet over of course, but it may take a little longer for commercial space owners/managers to be able to cash in on LED bulb savings. Overall, the benefits presented by the LED lighting system are something no one can lose by taking advantage of them.
For instance, LED lights add a kind of sophistication and stylishness when properly employed. More important though, LED bulbs unlike fluorescent lamps are free of mercury, whose hazards to the environment are well-known. Overall, they last longer – as long as 25 years – even though this is still a supposition; LED bulbs have yet to be around for that long.
Additional Energy Savings for Business
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In time, and with advances making the technology more affordable, everyone can finally cash in on the benefits presented by the elimination of 25 years’ worth of replacement supplies. But for now, making savings with LED bulbs for commercial spaces may still be a little way down the road.