LED lighting technology is advancing rapidly, which can make it hard for the general consumer to keep up. It is the responsibility of the property management firm to keep your property maintained and operating within a budget. It is also their responsibility to keep the property up-to-date with the latest and greatest in energy-saving technology.
There is an LED lamp for virtually every traditional lamp out there. Two of the most popular and cost-effective lamps that are typically the first to be replaced, which are the A19 incandescent lamp and the MR16 halogen lamp.
The A19 lamp is the most widely used lamp overall and they are usually between 60 and 100 Watts and can last up to 1300 hours. These lamps are used in everything from tabletop lamps and chandeliers, to bathroom vanities. As you can imagine, the energy consumption can add up when using a 100 Watt light source with most applications using 3-6 bulbs at a time.
The LED alternative to the A19 lamp consumes between 8-12 watts and last for 50,000 hours. The math is simple. Reducing the wattage used by 75-80%, the Property Manager is saving energy and therefore saving money. Because the lamp can last for 50,000 hours rather than 1300 hours, there comes a point during the life of the lamp that it will end up paying for itself. This is referred to as Return on Investment or ROI.
MR16 halogen lamps typically consume 20-50 watts per lamp and only last 3000 – 4500 hours. They also usually run on a 12-volt transformer system for each lamp.
These lamps are used to accent artwork, recessed in the ceiling or are sometimes used in landscape lighting.
The LED alternative to the MR16 halogen only consumes 4-10 watts and is rated to last up to 50,000 hours. Once again, the math is simple. Saving energy equals saving money. The ROI on these lamps typically happens quicker than on most, due to the fact that they usually operate 24/7 in most applications.
As stated before, there are numerous other lamp styles on the market that can be retrofitted with money-saving LED technology.
In a high-rise condo the property management firm is responsible for operating the building on a budget, and saving money is at the top of their list of priorities. Money saved from the use of LEDs can go a long way to meeting the budget goals.
Stay tuned for future blogs where I will be discussing the replacement of fixtures and the rapid Return On Investment.
For more information please contact the LED lighting experts at LED Source. 866.900.4533.