Why LED?


There are numerous ways LED lighting is safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective than traditional lighting. Combine all of the benefits of LED lighting and the result is an improved business for you.

- No mercury, cadmium, or lead
- No UV or infrared rays to degrade artwork or fabrics
- Up to 50,000 hours (translates to almost 6 years running 24/7, and almost 12 years at 12/7)
- Eliminates disposal fees on fluorescent and CFL bulbs
- Direct light beams compared to light lost in fixtures
- No glass to break
- UL listed
- Reduces maintenance bills on lamp replacement
- Reduces overall carbon footprint by eliminating mercury-laden lighting
- Positive cash flow back to your budget and measurable ROI

 

Energy Efficiency & Costs

Energy Efficiency & Costs Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Compact Flourescents (CFLs) Incandescent Light Blubs
Average Life Span 50,000 Hrs. 8,000 Hrs. 1,200 Hrs.
Watts of Electricity Used
(equivelant to 60 watt bulb. LEDs use less power (watts) per unit oflight generated (lumens) and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lower electric bills)
6-8 watts 13-15 watts 60 watts
Kilo-watts of Electricity Used
(30 Incandescent Bulbs per year equivalent)
329 KWh/yr 767 KWh/yr 3285 KWh/yr
Annual Operating Cost
(30 Incandescent Bulbs per year equivalent)
$32.85/yr $76.85/yr $328.59/yr

Source: DesignRecycleInc, 2010

Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Compact Flourescents (CFLs) Incandescent Light Blubs
Contains Mercury
(Toxic)
No Yes- Mercury is very toxic to your health and the environment No
RoHS Compliant Yes No - contains 1mg-5mg of Mercury and is a major risk to the environment Yes
Carbon Dioxide Emissions
(30 bulbs per year)
451 pounds/year 1051 pounds/year 4500 pounds/year

Source: DesignRecycleInc, 2010

Important Facts

Important Facts Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Compact Flourescents (CFLs) Incandescent Light Blubs
Sensitivity to Low Temperatures No Yes - may not work under negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit or over 120 degrees Fahrenheit Some
Sensitive to Humidity No Yes Some
On/off Cycling No Measurable Effect Yes, can reduce longevity significantly Some
Turns on instantly Yes No - Takes time to warm up Yes
Durability Very Durable! Not very durable - glass can break easily Not very durable - glass can break easily
Heat Emitted 3.4 BTUs/hour 30 BTUs/hour 85 BTUs/hour
Failure Modes Not Typical Yes - can catch on fire, smoke and emit odors Some

Source: DesignRecycleInc, 2010

Light Output

Important Facts Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Compact Flourescents (CFLs) Incandescent Light Blubs
Lumens WATTS WATTS WATTS
450 4-5 9-13 40
800 6-8 13-15 60
1100 16-20 23-30 100
2600 25-28 30-55 150
Heat Emitted 3.4 BTUs/hour 30 BTUs/hour 85 BTUs/hour
Failure Modes Not Typical Yes - can catch on fire, smoke and emit odors Some

Source: DesignRecycleInc, 2010