Commercial and Office LED Lighting:
For the past few years we have been selling the benefits of T8 fluorescent lighting. T8 has been one of the cheapest options out there for high bay and office lighting retrofits. LED technology has been too expensive to purchase and installation was a significant cost as well. Now LED technology has really come down in price and there are a lot more options, plus you can't beat the lifetime of the LED fixtures, no matter how you compare to T8.
Residential LED Lighting
Residential lighting has continually changed. We have so many options when it comes to our home. Can or recessed lights have become extremely popular. They used to be mainly CFL or Halogen light bulbs, in the past couple of years LED replacements have come onto the market. They are a much brighter light source, save money and come with cool options like Bluetooth speaker/light inserts. Even more recently they are coming out with the disk light, which is much like the recessed light, but now they don't have to cut into your ceiling!
So not only do you get more light from a LED replacement bulb, they use less wattage. Our LED replacement bulbs only use 22 watts vs 28-32 watts with T8 making the LED 30% more efficient.
The LED replacement bulbs emits light at a 110 degree pattern vs the 360 degree pattern given off by T8 fluorescent bulbs. In this case, only 30% of the light given off by the t8 fluorescent is actually hitting the intended target.
This means you are not using all available light because the fluorescent bulb is also lighting the fixture. That’s why fluorescent fixtures are brighter with reflectors.
A LED fixture uses its energy to produce light. Most lighting sources including fluorescent use heat to generate light which is why traditional incandescent, metal halide and fluorescent are losing favor with property owners.
LED fixtures contribute little to none in regards to heat gain in a room or air conditioned space. The LED generate less heat. Less heat means that the Air Conditioning system does not have to work as hard.
This is vitally important if you are doing a new build or upgrade as you may be able to utilize smaller A/C systems to heat the same area.
A fluorescent bulb at the end of its life is very simple to spot, because it is DEAD, nothing left. A T8 bulb is considered end-of-life at 60% of its light output, which equates to roughly 14,400 hours.
LED replacement bulbs on the other hand, calculate the end of life at 70% which is approximately 50,000 hours.
In order to keep up with LED, you will have to replace the T8 bulbs 3.5 times
One of the most important differences lies in the fact that there is no Mercury or Glass Content with LED lighting.
Millions of lamps are disposed of in landfills each year. Per every 10 Million lamps hold roughly 400 lbs of toxic Mercury waste that gets deposited each year. It's estimated that only 2 out of 10 bulbs are effectively recycled.
LED replacement bulbs does not emit any light in the non-visible light spectrum (UV). UV/IR light causes colors to fade in fabrics, signage, while also being the leading cause for eye strain and eye fatigue.
Fluorescent T8 bulbs emit UV/IR light.
The beam angle of the LED replacement bulb is 110 degrees. This means that all of the light generated by the LED bulb is focused in the 110 degree area.
The T8 bulb on the other has a beam angle of 360 degrees. That means the majority of the light generated by the T8 bulb is going out the sides and top of bulb, which does not benefit the intended target.
Black Hills Energy (BHE) and West River Electric Association (WREA)offer a variety of energy efficiency rebates for commercial and residential projects.
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