Why Now Is A Great Time To Start Thinking About Upgrading to LED Lighting

 

Commercial Lighting, LED Lighting, Industrial Lighting,

If you’ve been thinking about converting your older, less efficient fluorescent or incandescent lighting to the new, energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights, you’re not alone.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, between 2012 and 2014, LED installations increased in all applications, quadrupling to 215 million units.

The Benefits Are Clear

LEDs are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason.  As compared to other lighting sources, LEDs are:

  • Highly efficient and use up to 80% less energy
  • Long-lasting with a useful life of 50,000 hours or more
  • Mercury-free for smaller impact to the environment
  • Now priced lower than ever before

It has been estimated that over the next two decades, widespread use of LEDs could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions. That’s great news both financially and environmentally!

Why Now? The Price is Right!

The biggest reason to consider LED lighting now is because of the lower price. It used to be that LED lights were significantly more expensive than other lighting options, but that’s no longer true. They are more affordable than ever, which sets the stage for a quicker ROI, with some users finding LED lighting paying off in as little as one to two years. Not only that, but working with a seasoned lighting professional can help you locate and take advantage of incentives and rebates from your local power company, which can further lower costs.

Tips for Upgrading to LED Lighting

If you’re thinking about making the move to LED lighting in your commercial space or residence, there are some things to consider.

First, find a reputable lighting partner. LED bulbs are often manufactured in China and other countries where there aren’t many regulations or oversight. Quality and pricing can vary widely. A good lighting dealer has built solid connections with the manufacturers enabling him or her to source high quality lighting at a good price.

Second, create a plan. Doing due diligence and making a detailed plan and schedule to replace or upgrade your lighting will ensure you have a successful switch. Note that some new fixtures may be needed to accommodate the new bulbs. Your lighting partner will be able to help you schedule out your true costs as well as calculate your expected break-even point.

Third, act now to start realizing savings in energy costs as well as to take advantage of rebates and incentives from your local energy company. There are many cost savings programs out there now, but some of them may expire at the end of the year. If you’re planning to upgrade anyway, be sure to check out the current incentives and act in time to qualify.  Check out our last blog post for info about how to find local and federal incentives.

Fluorescent Lighting is on the Way Out

Although vintage incandescent light bulbs are enjoying a slight resurgence, traditional fluorescent lighting is losing ground.

Long a staple of commercial lighting, fluorescent lights boomed in popularity after their introduction in the 1930s and offered far superior lamp light and energy efficiency than incandescent lights. However, the irritating buzzing and flashing of fluorescent bulbs may finally be going the way of the dodo bird as LED lights begin to replace fluorescents much like fluorescents replaced incandescents.

In fact, T12 lamps already are being phased out by regulations and have seen a 39 percent year-over-year decrease.  T8 lamps saw a decline of 21.7 percent, which is less severe, but still telling. As more people realize the benefits of LED lighting, this trend seems poised to continue.

LED Lighting Keeps Getting Better

Since 2000, the U.S. Department of Energy has been funding R&D in solid-state lighting, and many new technologies and products have emerged as a result. Entrepreneurs have been quick to jump on these improvements, which has encouraged even more innovations.

One of the biggest commercial lighting trends of 2017 is connected lighting, which allows users to control their lighting remotely from a Smartphone or computer. LED lights are a great match for this technology, and often the upgrades go hand-in-hand or one brings about the other.

If you’re thinking of upgrading  your commercial or residential lighting to LED or to offer connectivity, Chuck Welegala at Heartland Light Bulbs can help you find the perfect lighting and fixtures to meet your needs at a great price. He can help guide architects, contractors, facilities managers, interior designers and even consumers through the process toward affordable and energy efficient lighting. Contact him today at charles@heartlandlightbulbs.com or 866-639-6574. Also, follow us on Facebook for tips and trends on lighting.

Sources:

U.S. Department of Energy

Hope Energy Group

DSIREUSA.org

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Two Ways to Save Money With New Lighting

cropped-cropped-dreamstime_m_7534400-cropped.jpgIf you’ve been thinking about upgrading your commercial or residential lighting to take advantage of new energy saving light bulb options, there’s never been a better time than now. Did you know that many states, power companies, and even the federal government offer programs like rebates and loans to help businesses and consumers update and replace their old lighting with more energy efficient lighting?

These programs can be a real boon to buyers who can save money in two ways. First, rebates and loans reduce the initial cost of purchasing the new lighting or make it easier to find the investment funds. Second, new lighting is much more efficient (up to 75 percent!), than the old lighting. This translates into less energy use and reduced energy costs, which benefit both the user and the environment. There is even more good news in that the Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) makes it easy to find programs in your region, so it’s a great starting point for anyone wanting to move toward energy efficiency.

The Energy Independence and Security Act, passed by Congress in 2007, called for higher efficiency standards for light bulbs by requiring them to be at least 27 percent more efficient than traditional, and popular, incandescent bulbs. In the years since, light bulb manufacturers have been scrambling to produce new bulbs that meet and exceed these requirements and have been very successful with a new crop of halogen, fluorescent and LED (light emitting diode) bulbs that not only use less energy to run, but last far longer than the incandescent bulbs they often replace.

If you’ve been wanting to update your commercial or residential lighting and enjoy the energy and cost efficiencies, why not start today? Working with a trusted lighting partner can streamline the process. You’ll want someone who is knowledgeable about commercial and residential lighting options and regulations, as well as someone who has reliable, high-quality manufacturing sources.

Chuck Welegala, with Heartland Light Bulbs, has much experience with guiding buyers through the process of choosing the right lighting to meet their needs, functionally, financially and aesthetically. Heartland carries a wide range of LED, fluorescent and incandescent lights and fixtures to fit all purposes and budgets for commercial, residential and architectural clients. Customers are often surprised at how quickly they start to see cost savings with their new efficient lighting, so if you’ve been on the fence about improving your lighting, contact Chuck today and you can soon be enjoying the benefits of new efficient lighting.

Sources:
http://www.ncsl.org/research/energy/energy-efficient-lighting.aspx
http://www.dsireusa.org/
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-110publ140/html/PLAW-110publ140.htm

Many service-disabled veterans own small businesses. Supporting them is good for everyone.

SDVOSB-Member-Badge-3-300x177It’s hard to overstate the debt Americans owe to our servicemen and women, and even more so to those who have given their lives or sustained life-altering injuries during their service to our country.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, some veterans struggle with re-entering the workforce, adjusting to a different pace of life and work, joining or creating community, returning to a job and more. In fact, a study released in 2015 indicated that up to 61 percent of post 9/11 veterans reported facing difficulty in returning to civilian life, including unemployment.

However, many vets have found success in starting their own businesses. To encourage this, the federal government created a number of programs to help them get started. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB)  are one such example. Business with this designation are eligible for set-asides for government contracts, which can help them be more successful. But beyond that, many private companies also like to support veteran or SDVOSB designated businesses to give back to those who have served our country, but also because many veterans are principled, team-oriented, hard-working  and service-minded due to their military training.

While there are many ways to support veterans, doing business with a SDVOSB positively impacts a vet’s business and livelihood. Chuck Welegala is a one such business owner. Disabled after serving in the infantry in Vietnam, Chuck followed up a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry by starting his own small business providing new technology lamps and fixtures that greatly reduce energy usage and slash energy costs, while often improving lighting performance. His company, Heartland Light Bulbs, is SDVOSB certified, a distinction that is noted on their website.

Given the choice, Chuck would choose to do business with a business owned by a veteran. “I served and my sons have served – we’re a very pro-military family,” he says. “I believe people recognize that veterans have a strong work ethic and commitment to integrity and customer service that makes them great business partners. Supporting small businesses in general is good for the country, and dealing with a veteran not only helps their business, but it’s usually good for the consumer, too.”

Meeting the SDVOSB criteria is an exacting process. Chuck handily met those requirements. While the SDVOSB program is self-certified, all information submitted in order to receive this certification is reviewed and scrutinized. Submitting fraudulent documents for the purpose of receiving an approved certification could result in jail time. To attain certification, the criteria listed below must be met:

  • The Service Disabled Veteran (SDV) must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense
  • The SDVOSB must be small under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement
  • The SDV must unconditionally own 51% of the SDVOSB
  • The SDV must control the management and daily operations of the SDVOSB and hold the highest officer position in the business

To know whether a company is certified as SDVOSB, look for the certification logo on their website, letterhead or even in their office. To search for SDVOSB near you, go to www.veteranownedbusiness.com for a directory by state. More information about the SDVOSB program can be found online at the U.S. Small Business Association, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.