You’ve heard us say it so many times, we’re beginning to sound like a broken record. LED lights not only shine brighter and last longer, they also save you money on your energy bill! However, did you know you save even more money on LEDs, thanks to reduced maintenance costs? It’s not often when we install lights that we consider the maintenance cost on top of the upfront cost of the bulbs. Yet, maintenance costs can eat away at our wallets if we don’t pay attention. Here’s how the maintenance costs of fluorescent and traditional lighting holds up to LED maintenance costs.
LED and Fluorescent Maintenance Costs
The table below lays out just how much more energy efficient and low maintenance LEDs are compared to traditional fluorescent lighting, which is often used in schools, offices, warehouses and more.
|Low Profile Canopy Fixture||30w||75-100w HID||50,000||6 years|
|Low Profile Canopy Fixture with Motion Sensor||30w||75-100w HID||50,000||6 years|
|Canopy Fixture||40w||100-150w HID||50,000||6 years|
|Canopy Fixture||55w||150-175w HID||50,000||6 years|
LED and CFL Maintenance Costs
CFLs were seen as the next big thing in lighting, before LEDs hit the mainstream market. While better off than fluorescents, they are still no match for LEDs.
|Canopy Fixture||130w||350-400w HID||50,000||5 years|
|Canopy Fixture||150w||400w HID||50,000||5 years|
LED and Incandescent Maintenance Costs
Incandescents are also commonly used in homes and businesses, however they last a shorter time than CFLs and fluorescents and require more maintenance cycles than CFLs, despite only lasting for half of their lifespan.
|Canopy Fixture||70w||250w HID||50,000||5 years|
|Canopy Fixture||45w||200-250w HID||50,000||5 years|
It is clear by these numbers that LEDs are the best, most energy efficient and low maintenance option. While CFLs and incandescents aren’t as troublesome as fluorescents, due to their lack of ballasts and strikers, they still require double digit maintenance cycles during their one year lifespan. On the flip side, LEDs last upwards of 30 years, with no ballast or striker maintenance!
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