LEDs are able to save you money from the get go. With their reduced wattage yet brighter light, they use less energy to power, reducing your energy bills. Plus their long lifespan means you won’t have to buy new bulbs every few years. But, LEDs save you and your business money in less obvious ways. One of those ways is reduced labor costs. A lot of maintenance workers spend their time replacing fluorescent tubes or bad ballasts, just to do it all over again the next month when another bulb goes bad. LEDs can help your maintenance staff focus on larger projects, saving you time and money.
As a business, you want to know you are spending money wisely. So why spend money on maintenance costs for lighting when those man hours could be better spent? Lighting is important in every building, for every business. Sources say lighting consumes 38 percent of a building’s total electricity cost. That’s no small number!
By installing LED lights, you’ll not only see money saved on each month’s energy bill, you’ll also have a more focused maintenance staff. LED lights last upwards of 50,000 hours, while fluorescent bulbs only last around 1,000. Your maintenance staff would have to change a fluorescent tube 50 times where you would only have to install an LED light the one time.
You might be wondering, “But LEDs are more expensive to buy compared to traditional lighting. Are the energy savings worth it?”
Yes! Not only are you saving money on your energy bill, but you save more money than you might think on maintenance.
For example, the time it takes to replace a fluorescent tube is around 15 minutes. The average labor cost per hour is $12. That starts to add up. Whereas replacing one LED bulb would only cost you $3. It is more costly in the long run to purchase incandescents and fluorescents due to maintenance costs than it is to simply install LEDs once and let them run for 50,000 hours.
Now you may be wondering, “Why does maintenance cost so much?” When it comes to maintaining lighting, maintenance costs pop up in three primary ways.
The first is the cost of the replacement lamps and fixtures, the second is the cost of labor to replace the aforementioned lamps and fixtures, and third there is the warranty protection and duration to take into account.
With LEDs, this maintenance math is taken out of the picture! In a lot of cases, labor savings can practically double your project’s overall savings.
Make the switch to LEDs to save money on energy bills and labor costs. Give us a call at (319) 653-2123 or send us an email to learn more!
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