LED Lighting FAQ
An energy audit is an on-site assessment of your current energy usage. An energy audit determines each individual savings opportunity, allowing us to tailor an energy cost savings plan.
Our replacement bulbs can easily retrofit into existing light fixtures and will consume less than half of the current wattage the current lighting requires.
LED is the common abbreviation for “light-emitting diode.” Each individual LED consists of a semiconductor diode that emits light when voltage is applied. The electronics industry has utilized LED technology for several decades as indicator lights for various devices. More recently, LED technology has progressed to the point that it is viable for general lighting applications.
There are many differences between LEDs and incandescent or CFLs. LED technology is considered to be more durable, multi-functional, longer lasting and most important- more energy efficient. LEDs are “directional” light sources, meaning they emit light in a specific direction. This reduces the unnecessary spread of light and heat and uses light and energy more efficiently. Incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs emit light — and heat — in all directions.
LEDs were first used in the lighting industry in the late 1990’s. It was typically employed in aesthetic, effect, or specialty lighting applications such as architectural highlighting. Today LED luminaires are also used for street lighting, area lighting, parking structures, security lighting and general lighting for interior spaces.
While the initial elevated cost of LED lighting systems may create the impression that the technology is too expensive, LED lighting offers a true “value-engineered” solution for modern building practices. When“total cost of ownership” is calculated from a global perspective, LED presents savings in infrastructure construction costs and a leaner operating profile. Modern design-build and construction professionals who embrace solid-state lighting stand as the most forward-thinking members of the construction community. Projects that incorporate this technology yield tremendous long-term economic benefits to building owners.
Yes, most of our clients finance their lighting solution. We have partnered with many local financial institutions to provide competitive financing rates for all our customers. Often the cost of financing is less than the amount saved on your electric bill.
The amount of light emitted from light bulbs is measured in foot candles. There are standards for how bright your area should be. We can measure your building’s current foot candles and compare that to what we recommend.
Light Emitting Diodes are cleaner, safer, longer lasting and reduce energy costs by up to 85% when compared to alternative lighting sources.
We partner with architects, engineers, general contractors, design / build firms, developers, management, and most importantly, the end user.
We will conduct a site survey to calculate your current energy consumption and compare that to what your lighting solution consumption will be.
State Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) set energy savings goals. Energy savings are an alternative to the capital expense of expanding power plant capacity. Utilities in almost every state offer some rebates for LED lighting. Details on these programs are aggregated in the federal DSIRE database and individual utility sites.
Prescriptive rebates provide a specific predetermined dollar amount for each fixture replaced. While it may appear to pay more per fixture, is does not account for any savings that can be achieved by reducing the number of fixtures through redesign.
Custom rebates are based on the total energy savings for a specific project. It is intended for approved fixtures not covered by a prescriptive program as well as select high efficiency fixtures not listed with ENERGY STAR or DLC. The application process requires pre-approval and often more documentation than its prescriptive counterpart. It can pay up to 75% of the total project cost. Incentives vary by location and customer type.
If you have a question that you do not see above, contact us and a member of our staff will be happy to help.