Sustainable LED Lighting Technology Also Delivers Substantial ROI
Norwalk, CT (April 30, 2013) – It would be incorrect to think there is little that can be changed in conventional buildings and structures to reduce energy consumption and lower operating costs. In parking garages for example, considerations such as natural ventilation (rather than mechanical solutions), ramp inclines less than 10% and the use of recycled construction materials can greatly increase sustainability. For existing structures, adding solar panels and replacing conventional fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient LED lights offer an immediate and extremely effective means of improving sustainability while reducing overhead expenses.
Of the many solutions available, LED lighting leads the way as a sustainable technology with proven Return On Investment (ROI). LED lights are mercury free and therefore do not require special recycling for hazardous waste and do not emit any ultraviolet rays or create toxic waste. They use less energy than conventional lighting and can reduce energy consumption and emissions by as much as 50-80%. LED lights also produce better quality light, are impervious to vibration, and are expected to last up to 50,000 hours.
Trans-Lux Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of LED lighting under the TL Energy brand for the financial, sports and entertainment, gaming, education, government and commercial markets. TL Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of LED lighting products supported by innovative sales programs that makes it easy, convenient and cost-efficient for organizations to upgrade to LED lighting. The turnkey program includes project management, survey configurations and engineering recommendations, rebates and incentives, removal and disposal of existing lighting, LED light bulb installation and ongoing maintenance.
According to Brian Laroche, President, TL Energy, the overall savings for a typical parking lot are easy to prove. For example, a parking lot with 250 overhead 400w lighting fixtures that are operational 12 hours per day consume approximately $58,968 (491,400 KWh x $0.12 per KWh) worth of energy a year and cost an additional $5,400 for maintenance. The same parking structure equipped with TL Energy LED lighting would use only $25,946 (216,216 KWh x $0.12 per KWh) worth of energy yearly for a savings of $33,022 and a total yearly savings of $38,422. Based on an LED bulb life expectancy of 50,000 hours, a projected $289,500 could be saved over the life of the bulbs.
Environmentally, the energy saved during the period utilized in the above example is roughly equivalent to removing 374 cars from the road, using 4,456 fewer barrels of oil, planting 49,617 trees, or reducing 4,220,772 pounds of CO2 from emission into the air.
“Retrofitting existing fluorescent lights with TL Energy LED lighting solutions has tremendous potential for cost savings and for helping the environment across a wide range of venues,” said Mr. Laroche. “Whether it is a parking structure or classrooms on a college campus or a distribution warehouse, our LED lighting technology and the programs we offer have the power to change and improve our client’s bottom line and the environment.”
In a specific example cited by Mr. Laroche, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has installed new TL Energy LED tube lamps designed exclusively for the university. The new lamps are expected to last 50,000 hours and consume less than 50 percent energy on a cost per lumens basis compared to fluorescents. Conventional fluorescent lighting costs the University approximately $550,000 per year to operate while TL Energy lighting installed to date is projected to cost approximately $267,000 per year.
Maintenance on conventional fluorescent lighting costs an additional estimated $55,000 per year. As a result, the savings provided by Trans-Lux TL Energy LED lighting totals approximately $338,000 per year for RIT. This savings is projected to go even higher with the continued deployment of TL Energy LED lighting at RIT moving forward.
The new lighting is installed in hallways and large common areas and in outdoor lighting applications throughout the campus. In many cases the number of lamps in the fixture were reduced from three florescent to two LED tubes – and in some cases from four to two tubes – due to the superior directional and light quality parameters of TL Energy LED tube lighting.
TL Energy lighting products include T8s, parking and flood lights, hi bays and street lights, all of which are covered under the unique LED lighting marketing program. TL Energy can potentially finance an entire LED lighting installation including actual product, if terms apply or a revenue sharing model is available based on actual energy savings.
“The LED lighting program is performance oriented and we are confident that end users will benefit from the convenience, cost and environmental efficiencies of our advanced LED lighting technology,” adds Mr. Laroche.