In my last blog we spoke about Induction lighting and the benefits that this technology offers. This week I wanted to write specifically about a large project we are currently involved in to point out the huge savings that induction technology can offer.
A very good Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville residential lighting clients recently had us add some outdoor lighting fixtures to his house. I was aware that he is a co-owner of a very large manufacturing plant in our area. In our conversation I asked him if he knew about our commercial outdoor lighting, and to my dismay he said no. My next question was “would you like to save 60 – 75% of the energy costs associated with lighting your facility?” Of course that is a loaded question and being a very successful business man he said yes. We got involved and did an in-depth study. The results were staggering ……….
Within his plant they have over 300 High Bay Fixtures. About a third of them are 1000w Metal Halide and the rest are 400w Metal Halide lights. We are able to replace the 1000w fixtures with 250w Induction High Bay Lighting with Super reflectors, saving 75% of the energy costs associated with this fixture. The 400w are being replaced with 200w Induction fixtures with super reflectors, saving 50% of the energy costs. Although this plant is a 24 hour operation, we are also able to
offer Motion/Thermal detectors on about half the units to further reduce electricity consumption and only have the lights on when there is activity detected. This further reduces the electricity consumption although it is impossible to measure. Our induction bulbs come with a 5 year WRITTEN warranty and an expected life of 100,000 hours. Imagine not having to change out a bulb for 20 years!!!
One of the reasons we are able to reduce the wattage so dramatically is that Metal Halide bulbs degrade at an alarming rate. What starts out as a 1000w bulb is reduced by 50+% after a couple of years. Since induction technology is loosely based on fluorescent technology, there is very little degradation. What starts out as 250w only loses a small amount of its output even after 10 to 15 years.
Although the overall project cost is very significant, reducing their power consumption as proposed, qualifies them for very large Duke Energy rebates under their Smart $aver® Program. In addition, they also qualify for huge tax credits under the Federal Epact program. The bottom line is that the ROI is down to about 5 – 6 months in their case and they stand to save a just under 1 million dollars over the next 10 years in energy savings. Certainly not a bad deal!
Of course the overall savings will vary depending on the utility company, the federal programs and energy savings. There is no doubt that Induction Technology, while already being around for over 20 years, stirs the sleeping giant and companies are seeing the benefits and taking advantage.
If you would like to see what we can do for your company or application, call us and we would be happy to provide you the same service, and provide you a case study. You simply can’t lose!