LED light fixtures are considered by many to be the future of retail lighting. Most store managers have heard of this. However, when they see the price tag of an LED lamp, many feel that the time to switch to LED lighting is still far down the road. Don’t be so fast to dismiss LED light fixtures.
These lamps are not only more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, they can also increase your store’s bottom line, improve safety standards, and create better working conditions for your employees. When you consider all the benefits these lamps offer over traditional lighting, suddenly they make a lot more financial sense.
The Real Cost of LED Light Fixtures versus Incandescent Light Fixtures
If you just compare the cost of buying one incandescent lamp to one LED lamp, LED lamps look terrible. An LED lamp costs around $30 to $50 while an incandescent only costs $1. That is an unfair comparison. First of all, an LED lamp lasts about 20 to 30 times as long as an incandescent. Right there, the gap closes significantly, but LEDs are still a bit more expensive. Is that it?
No, you need to consider electricity. The Washington Post recently did a calculation comparing the total cost of one $50 LED lamp to 30 incandescent lamps. With both electricity and purchase costs, the incandescent lamps cost $228 while the LED lamp only cost $83! Each time you replace an incandescent lamp with an LED lamp, you are saving your store about $140. Not a bad investment for your bottom line.
Make Your Store Safer with the Right Retail Store Lighting Fixtures
Installing LED light fixtures will also make your store safer. Do you have any hard to reach lights in your store? Are there places that are complicated to reach, even with a ladder? Every time you or your employees need to replace these lamps, you are taking a risk. All it takes is one slip and someone could get seriously injured. Since LED lamps last so much longer than other light fixtures, they don’t need to be replaced often. Putting these light fixtures in hard to reach areas will significantly reduce workplace injuries.
In addition, LED lamps also give off a clear, brighter light than other types of lighting. This will make it easier for both your customers and your employees to look around the store. If someone gets badly hurt in your store because of poor lighting, the liability falls on you. Compared to the cost of a lawsuit, the price of an LED lamp suddenly looks pretty good.
Improve Productivity with Retail LED Lighting
The bright light from LED light fixtures not only would make your workplace safe, it would also make it more productive. For your employees to do a good job, they need to see what they are doing. This is especially important for tasks that require a lot of precision. Marussia F1, an up and coming Formula-1 team, recently upgraded its lighting to LED lamps for precisely this reason. The cost of employee mistakes adds up. With LED light fixtures, you’ll keep these mistakes to a minimum.
Switching to LED light fixtures is a sizable investment, but when you consider the return of lower costs, a safer workplace, and better productivity, it’s an investment that will pay for itself many times over.
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