Energy Efficiency Alberta is a government agency designed to provide programs and services to help businesses and institutions save energy and money. Vibrant Solar Solutions provides installation services for the Energy Savings Program by retrofitting commercial lighting systems to energy efficient LED.
The chart below compares the energy and operating cost between one (1) fluorescent tube lamp and one (1) LED replacement lamp operating 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Long Lifetime: Long lifetime stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation of up to 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years at 50% operation. If you leave a LED fixture on for 8 hours per day it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the LED bulb. Lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright, while LEDs maintain their original brightness throughout their lifespan.
Efficiency: LEDs consume far less power than fluorescent tubes. LEDs use less electricity, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while 20% is lost and converted into heat. Because of the long lifespan of LED lights, the maintenance work is significantly less, meaning you’ll see big energy savings.
Eco-friendly: LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable; they’ll help you reduce your carbon footprint. One LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs.
Incentives: Energy Efficiency Alberta is now offering an incentive program to encourage organizations to choose high-efficiency products. Once your organization installs an approved heating or lighting product, you can apply for a rebate and receive a cheque to help cover the cost of the equipment. Please visit https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/
Also, TAME (Taking Action to Manage Energy) and TAME+ are pilot programs that provide financial incentives to Alberta municipalities who implement high efficiency lighting retrofits in existing municipal facilities or buildings on municipal land. Call us for more details.
Safety: By eliminating the high-risk maintenance and replacement requirements of your traditional lighting system, the potential for workplace accidents can be significantly reduced. No one is going to be burned by touching a hot light. Plus brighter lighting and even light distribution on the ground can lead to fewer slips, trips and falls and other safety incidents.
Durability: Because LEDs are not made of glass and are hollow inside, they are far less fragile than both fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. This makes them much more durable, less likely to be inoperable due to being dropped, and can withstand harsh conditions. Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites. For freezer rooms and iceboxes, they are the perfect bulbs.
No Emissions: LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions. Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials from artwork in museums to plastics in a kitchen.
Variable light: LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, color, flexibility and distribution. Well-designed LED illumination systems can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood. LED mood illumination is already being used in airplanes, classrooms and many more locations and we can expect to see a lot more LED mood illumination in our daily lives within the next few years, in homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, etc. Stores with LED lighting sell 30% more merchandise!
Light Disbursement: LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.
Instant Lighting: LEDs provide instant light and illumination. They brighten up when powered on which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as traffic and signal lights. LEDs work when an electrical current is passed through them - no flickering. In contrast, fluorescent lights don’t provide optimum illumination levels until they have been running for a few minutes and flicker
when switched on.
Frequent Switching: LED lights can switch off and on frequently and without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission, unlike traditional lighting that may take several seconds to reach full brightness. Also, frequent on/off switching of traditional bulbs drastically reduces operational life expectancy.
Low-Voltage: A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination, making it easy to use LED lighting outdoors by connecting to an external solar-energy source. This is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.
Long-Term Cost: LEDs are still more expensive than fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights, but they are far less expensive than they were a year ago and can provide huge long-term savings. While incandescent lights last for 800 to 1500 hours, and fluorescent lights last up to 10,000 hours, LEDs can last up to an outstanding 60,000 hours! This can provide substantial savings as a result of fewer replacements needing to be bought.
Less Heat: High powered lighting LEDs generate light at a much lower running temperature than hot filament bulbs. The hottest outside surface of an LED light bulb is often half the temperature of an equivalent incandescent or halogen bulb, and around 20% cooler than CFL bulbs.
Noise: Fluorescent tubes are notorious for being noisy, especially if they have been used for an extended amount of time. They tend to give off clicking sounds intermittently and produce a low buzzing sound. Since fluorescent tubes are often used in offices and working environments, this can be distracting. LEDs do not have this problem and operate silently with no annoying flickering noises.
Color: Fluorescent lights are infamous for their color profile. While some fluorescent tubes now use a different type of phosphorous powder to produce a warmer color, most fluorescents produce only a cold blue/white light which is not very welcoming. LEDs on the other hand provide a range of different colors for different purposes and needs. This is what makes LEDs so adaptable. They can be used in almost any environment or lighting situation.