Efforts to become more energy efficient can start with an LED lighting upgrade. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can produce cost-effective results and reduce energy consumption as well as carbon emissions.
In 2007, the government established the Energy Independence and Security Act to encourage federal agencies to achieve energy sustainability and install LEDs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, federal agencies that complete any upgrades to a building are required to use energy-efficient equipment. The DOE wants these projects to not only save the government energy and reduce its carbon emissions, but it also wants to implement more cost-effective energy solutions.
As a result of the government’s energy act, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, with manufacturing and importing of the bulbs in the United States completely stopping by the end of 2014, the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, reported. Stores are permitted to sell the remainder of their inventory.
When considering which new lighting installations to make, businesses have a variety of options to choose from. A lighting solution that may provide the most benefit includes LED fixtures. The lifespan of an LED is much longer than any other light bulb in the market and can last as long as 50,000 hours, the News & Observer reported.
LEDs produce a more natural light than other bulbs, eliminating that orange-ish glow seen with traditional light bulbs such as high-vapor sodium lights.
As technology in the LED market continues to improve, more businesses will gain interest in an LED lighting project. Energy efficient fixtures in warehouses, businesses and parking lot lighting are going to prove to be cost-effective for the commercial industry.
If your business is interested in how it can benefit from LED lighting, contact energy efficiency consultants at Lumenistics for an individualized discussion of available options.