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What You Need to Know About Commercial Lighting Efficiency

updated_infographic_led_efficiencyWhen considering the choices for lighting a commercial space, it is important for consumers to be able to determine which lighting solution best fits their space and application. Between initial costs, annual energy expenses, frequency of replacement, lumen output, and color rendering accuracy, choosing the ideal product can quickly become overwhelming for business owner and project managers. Luckily, Deco has devoted its resources to developing the best LED lighting engine on the market. Delivering superior performance and cost savings across all lighting applications, Deco’s LED solutions exceed the highest standards in lighting design and technology.

Whether you are looking to illuminate a parking structure, manufacturing warehouse, or outdoor space, some common lighting options include metal-halide, fluorescent, and LED. Some version of a 400 watt metal-halide high bay fixture is frequently used in many warehouses and outdoor parking areas. While this has been a traditional choice in the past due to its bright output, the high energy consumption and quick decay of lumen output in metal-halides have motivated many consumers to begin using more durable and longer-lasting LED technology. For example, the lumen output for a metal-halide fixture can decrease by up 50% once 40% of its rated lifetime has passed, yet it will still continue to consume 100% of the energy.

Upgrading to LED lighting lessens the impact a business has on the environment and saves on annual energy expenses as well as maintenance costs, amounting to thousands of dollars when entire warehouses or offices are upgraded. With cost being a primary concern for most consumers, some are startled at the thought of replacing entire fixtures or lighting systems since the initial cost of upgrading to LED lighting is often slightly more expensive. However, retrofitting traditional lighting systems with energy-efficient LED lighting is an investment that will quickly pay for itself, especially as LED prices continue to decrease.

LEDs can be installed in a wide range of styles that enable you to customize the look of your space without having to renovate, and with Deco Lighting, you do not even have to replace any fixtures. Deco’s unique, patented LED board allows us to custom retrofit any existing lighting fixture to LED. For instance, Deco’s Linea family of retrofit kits is designed to easily upgrade any existing fixture to state-of-the-art LED technology. Because fluorescent and HID lamps are so rigid in the way they need to be installed, your options for moving or adjusting them are limited. Thus, an LED lighting solution can also save you money by giving you more flexibility in your lighting design. Deco also offers a convenient Payback Calculator, which allows business owners and project managers to calculate how much money they will save by switching from traditional lighting to energy-efficient LED technology.

For example, a company choosing to upgrade its warehouse fixtures from 400W metal-halide high bays to the equivalent 120W LED solution would experience roughly 75% in electricity savings. Additionally, LED fixtures emit far less heat than traditional metal-halide and fluorescent fixtures, subsequently lowering cooling costs. The driver components of Deco LED products are positioned on the circuit board in a manner that prevents the build-up of heat, removing the need for fan cooling. In fact, Lightsearch estimates that this reduction in cooling costs often equates to as much as 30% of the energy saved from upgrading to LED lighting alone. As the number of light fixtures being replaced in a building increases, so will the building’ total energy savings. The graphic above compares the Deco Digital LED board to its equivalent traditional counterparts, a metal-halide lamp and T5 fluorescent tube, across several variables, highlighting the incredible benefits of upgrading to LED.

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Safety is another major concern for consumers. Increasing lighting in dimly-lit industrial parking lots and commercial buildings helps employees and customers feel safer at night, and LED lighting provides higher levels of light output and visibility for employees without drastically increasing a business’ energy bill. LED lighting is the most energy-efficient technology on the market and the optimal choice for any commercial lighting application. Environmentally-friendly and cost efficient, LED lighting removes the headache of constant maintenance associated with traditional lighting fixtures, and no other lighting product comes close to the level of innovation that LED technology provides to consumers.

Consumers interested in making the switch and upgrading to energy-efficient LED lighting can turn to Deco Lighting. Partnering with Nichia to develop LED products that use only the highest-quality components, Deco Lighting offers industry-leading lighting solutions that are made right here in the USA. Consistently developing long-lasting, superior LED solutions, Deco is so confident in their products that they have backed all of their LED luminaires and retrofit kits with an unmatched 10-year, 100,000-hour warranty, which includes labor and the LED driver, an industry first. You can learn more about Deco Lighting’s full line of LED products and retrofit kits here.

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