FAQ: LEDs and Energy Conservation
It’s no secret that LEDs and energy conservation go hand in hand, but do you know why? If you think it’s just about lower utility bills and longer bulb life, think again. We’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) we hear from our clients.
What is an LED?
LED stands for light emitting diode. They are a small mixed compound that emits light when charged with a flow of electrons.
How do LEDs conserve energy?
They use 80% – 90% less electricity to light the same number of lumens (the measure of the level of light) as an equal lumen standard bulb. By reducing the amount of power needed to light our houses, businesses, neighborhoods, shopping centers, sports fields, etc., we cut our carbon footprint and save resources.
What about light quality?
LED lights not only consume less energy, but they also distribute light more efficiently—further lowering their carbon footprint. They utilize high-quality light and design to direct lumens in very controlled manners, allowing for less light pollution (unwanted and wasted light).
Why is energy conservation important?
The United States has the largest, most reliable, and consistent supplies of electricity in the world. We also use an enormous amount of energy compared to other countries. To maintain the standard of quality that we have, it is critical to use the most efficient and up-to-date lighting technology to decrease energy consumption.
The larger we grow and the more technologically advanced we become, the more energy we use. Reducing the amount of energy by up to 90% also relieves the need to upgrade the power grid.
Why can’t we just increase our energy supply?
In this age of Not in My Backyard (NIMBY), it is very expensive and cumbersome to try and build new power generation facilities. More and more people are opposed to constructing the power plants that would be needed to supply the ever-increasing energy demand, which adds up to more costs and legal fees.
Renewable energy is one way to offset the demand, but there isn’t enough of it. Additionally, there is also similar NIMBY opposition to things like windmills and solar panels.
Why are LEDs so important to conservation?
We need cost-efficient ways to keep our power grids maintained with enough supplies is to reduce and conserve energy. LED lighting is the fastest and most cost-effective way to accomplish this.
Are there other LED benefits?
Yes! There are numerous benefits to switching to LED light beyond energy savings, including:
- Lower Operating Costs: Using less energy lowers energy bills. It also reduces administration costs because they last much longer.
- Safer Homes and Workspaces: Less time handling and replacing bulbs is safer for everyone, eliminating hazards. And better lighting reduces injuries and increases security.
- More Comfortable Environments: LEDs reduce glare, which can cause headaches and eyestrain. Clearer, more consistent lighting makes people more comfortable.
How can I afford the initial investment?
America is a leader in energy conservation, and most utilities across the country offer programs to assist businesses and homes with programs that help find ways to save energy and help pay for some of the programs. Additionally, some states offer incentive programs, as well. We can even help you with (and often handle) the application process.
Where can I get help?
We are dedicated to helping our customers find the right energy saving solutions for their spaces. Our knowledgeable specialists and engineers are well versed in the latest trends, technologies, and conservation programs. We’re here to help you solve all of your energy conservation needs. Contact us today!