LED fluorescent tube replacements provide a range of cost, maintenance, and performance benefits to facilities utilizing fluorescent light fixtures. Managers often ask how they can integrate LED lighting into their existing fixtures. Meaning do they use LED tubes in their current lighting configuration, or instead do they replace the entire fixture? We’ll look at the primary drivers to migrate your current lighting to T8 LED bulbs.
For most facility managers energy costs are a significant line item in the monthly budget. Finding creative ways to reduce these costs while not affecting the lighting for customers can be challenging.
Migrating your fluorescent lighting to LED can be one easy way to reduce energy costs. For example, a 4 foot LED tube wattage typically ranges from 12 watts to 20 watts. If we contrast this with conventional fluorescent lamps of 28 watts to 40 watts, we see that converting to LED will result in a 40% to 60% drop in energy costs immediately.
Additionally, it’s common for indoor LED fluorescent lamp applications to utilize between two and four lamps per fixture. By using LED fluorescent tube replacements in these fixtures, it is possible to save up to $2,692 per year for a room currently using fluorescent light fixtures.
Maintenance Cost Reduction
In addition to the dramatic savings in energy costs, lowering your maintenance costs is another “less visible” way to save money. LEDs reduce maintenance costs by the way that they generate light, and the way they progress through their functional life. Without going into the granular details, the result is a much longer operating life compared to conventional fluorescent light fixtures.
Another advantage realized from LED replacements is that they are not negatively affected by cycling the lights on and off. So they are more reliable in scenarios where lighting may be turned on and off frequently.
When it comes to lighting performance LED lights outperform their traditional fluorescent lighting counterparts. This is because LEDs distribute light using a multi-point design which provides a more even foot candle (measure of light intensity on the intended surface).
In addition to the even distribution of light, LEDs are available in a range of color temperatures, and as a result provide a range of options to increase the visual perception of “brightness." This is something that traditional fluorescent lights just cannot offer.
To learn more about how LEDs can save you in maintenance time and energy costs while simultaneously boosting the overall lighting performance reach out to Stouch Lighting. We would be happy to provide you a no obligation consultation. We look forward to working with you.