First we had the incandescent lamp. Then the compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) ‘came to light’. Now, as it turns out, the future of retail store lighting is the light-emitting diode (LED). When it comes to energy and cost efficiency CFLs were certainly an improvement over the incandescent lamp. However, the new ‘green’ kid on the block is the LED.
What Makes LEDs Cost-Effective in Retail Store Lighting
- The number one reason why LEDs are cost-effective lighting is the life of the lamps. These lamps last up to a record 50,000 hours. You could easily have to replace 1 incandescent lamp somewhere between 35 and 50 times to 1 LED. You would replace a CFL, on average, 4-10 times for each LED you replaced. This also means that your store’s displays are more likely to have a dark spot significantly more often by using CFLs and/or incandescent.
- Looking at it from the perspective of the labor costs necessary to replace each of these lamps, you’re spending 35 to 50 times more on labor changing incandescent lamps, and 4-10 times more labor changing CFLs than LEDs. One can begin to see that, although LEDs cost more at initial purchase, over the life of each lamp, they save on the store’s lighting budget in numerous ways.
- Another interesting point, is that LEDs do not break. Incandescent and CFLs are fragile and easily broken, which means they need to be replaced. LEDs are hearty and they hold up well over the long haul.
- LEDs don’t draw power when they are switched off. Whereas most fixtures use power even when turned off. LEDs do not have off-state power draw, which will reflect kindly on your electricity bill.
- The energy costs connected to LEDs tend to be significantly lower than any other of the alternatives. If we compare LED’s energy cost to the incandescent, you will discover that LEDs use an average of 60-90% less energy than its initial predecessor.It is because the LED uses less, that energy costs and operating expense are reduced significantly.
- There are other ways in which LEDs wind up being cost-efficient: they have no cost to dispose of or to recycle; as they don’t break, they’re not likely to injure an employee or customer; using LEDs makes it possible to use fewer lights in accent lighting for retail stores.
The Future Costing of LEDs
As I touched upon earlier, the initial purchase of the fixtures is higher than incandescent and CFLs. However, as this marketplace demand increases and other manufacturers enter this arena, you can be sure prices will drop and all manufacturers will become more competitive – that is already beginning to occur.
But even now you will find that lamp for lamp, upon close examination; cost-effective retail store lighting is most easily achieved using LEDs.
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