Why Should You Convert To LED? Find Out Here!
There are generally 2 reasons why you want to convert to LED.
Reason 1: you want to lower your utility bill
Reason 2: you want to reduce your maintenance on your lights and the cost associated with that
So if your main reason is #1, then you need to look at the following rules to determine if the conversion makes sense
Rule 1: How many hours do you run the lights?
This is important because if you are only running your lights an hour a day, or a few hours a week, then it may not make sense. If your lights are turned on 12 hours a night (outdoor lighting) or 24 hours a day (production facility), then you should consider LED
Rule 2: What is you cost of electricity?
The cost of electricity varies across the country. We’ve seen rates as low as 0.05 kw/h and over .25 kw/h. And what your rate is, coupled with usage, can determine whether you can prolong your conversion to LED or should be thinking of doing it right now. Anything over 0.10 kw/h, and you should seriously consider converting to LED
Rule 3: Does your utility provide rebates?
In some locations, utilities give generous rebates to convert to LED. Since you are concerned with payback (the length of time the LED savings will pay back your investment), this can be dramatically reduced by the rebate provided by the utility company.
Putting it all together
Let’s say you run a warehouse, containing 400W Metal Halide. These are on 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. You cost of electricity if 0.12 kw/h. Your utility will rebate you £60 per fixture to convert to LED. This is a perfect scenario for converting to LED. Hours of use is relatively high, as well as cost of electricity. Rebates per fixture is pretty good too! Payback can be under a year, depending on the fixture you choose.
However, if your cost is 0.05 Kw/h, you run your lights 2 hours a day and you have no rebates, then there should be a better reason to convert because if you are hoping payback is what is going to.
You also need to make sure that if you are going to be dimming LEDs that you purchase a dimmable LED and a compatible LED dimmer. Varilight are an industry leader in LED dimming and here at The Internet Retailer we are a gold award online re-seller of Varilight as we offer the whole range and fast delivery.
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