When you walk into a public building—a restaurant, an office, or what have you—you hardly notice the lights. In fact, most of us will never give a thought to lighting unless it doesn't work. Whoever's paying the bills notices, but most of the time their only consideration is whether they can switch from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent.
However, replacing fluorescent lighting with led as well as other types of lighting will give you some immediate benefits and in most cases will pay for itself quickly.
With that in mind, let's discuss a new type of lighting system: LEDs.
Of course, LEDs in and of themselves are not new. Most people know LEDs as the little pinpoints of light they on computers, smoke detectors, or even from old Lite-Brite toys. Only recently, however, have they grown to become a commercial option.
Because LEDs are still physically small, they can be used more flexibly than older lighting methods, especially fluorescents. You can spread them across the ceiling in a dot pattern; stretch them across a large area as track lights; or place them in bundles to create one large light source with a filter across them, as seen here.
These are only a few possibilities; your LED installer will know many more ways to set up the new fixtures, and can work with you to determine which one creates the aesthetic you want in your building.
From a long-term savings perspective, LEDs are unquestionably the way forward. Large-scale LEDs are seventy-five percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs, where as fluorescent bulbs are only twenty-five to thirty-five percent more efficient.
In terms of life before replacement, if an incandescent bulb lasts 1,000 hours, a similar wattage fluorescent bulb might last 5,000, while an LED lasts 15,000 to 20,000 hours. In short, the monthly reduction in electricity bills is noticeable immediately once an LED lighting system is installed, and when an LED needs to be replaced, it's often a shock because of how rarely it happens.
And from a quality perspective, LEDs are equal or better in quality to other options. This is a measurable fact, thanks to CRI—the Color Rendering Index. CRI measures how close a light comes to mimicking natural daylight, and how well the light renders color. Outdoor light is defined as having a CRI of 100.
Incandescent and halogen lighting, by design, are also near 100. However, anything over a CRI of 80 is generally considered decent. Over 90 is very good, frequently indistinguishable from higher rated lights. LEDs can rate all the way up to 98 CRI; in other words, they're capable of providing the same lighting as less efficient light sources.
However, the right light for your establishment is not necessarily a question of highest CRI. Because they render colors differently, and every building has a different look, it's possible that in your specific case, a lower CRI option may be a better choice. Look at the numbers, but also speak with your LED installer to decide which LEDs will make your place look the best.
Finally, let's talk about upfront costs. Putting cash out for any type of remodel inherently gives business managers and owners the chills. They have to be convinced to spend now, no matter what kind of savings that money will offer later.
And LED installation, while not excessively expensive, is a legitimate business cost. Your monthly savings will catch up to the cost, and sooner than you might think, but will it be soon enough?
MultiSite LED takes this worry into account with its LightShare LED program. If you want LED lighting, but can't justify the immediate cost, MultiSite created this solution for you.
With no money down, you can take a portion of your electricity savings each month from your new LED lighting and use that to pay for the installation. In other words, 'the savings will pay for itself' isn't a promise designed to talk you into buying the product; you are literally paying for the product with the money it saves you.
There's no better way to move your lighting into the future, and increase your profits by hundreds of dollars each month. If you'd like to know more about LED lighting in your business, contact us today.
Check out the case studies ebook below to see how LED light conversion worked for some QSR restaurants. The results there are typical of other multi-location businesses and will give you a good idea of the benefits that you will acheive replacing your conventional lighting with LED.