LED Retrofit Benefits for Distribution Centers and Warehouses
April 20, 2020
Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has become an industry standard for all kinds of businesses. This is especially true for facilities with large spaces, such as distribution centers and warehouses. One of the primary reasons for this is due to the costs savings afforded by LED lighting.
If you are considering retrofitting your distribution center or warehouse with LEDs, the experts here at Action Services Group explain how this can help your company save across the board.
LED lighting has become the industry leader in energy efficiency. It is, hands down, the most efficient type of lighting you can have on residential or commercial properties of all types. In fact, the Department of Energy reports that LEDs use roughly 75% to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent lamps. When compared to halogen-based lamps, LEDs use approximately 65% energy to operate. If you are like many of us, however, percentages may sound like Greek to you so let’s take a closer look at how this translates to actual costs.
A traditional 60-watt incandescent lamp costs roughly $4.80 per year to power. A 15-watt compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), which is equivalent to the 60-watt incandescent, costs $1.20 per year. The 12-watt LED counterpart, however, costs only $1.00 annually.
The $3.80 difference between a 60-watt incandescent and the 12-watt LED may not seem like much. However, this is a “per lamp” difference. If you have 100 lamps within your warehouse or distribution center complex, the LED upgrade could save you $380 per year on your power bill. For even larger, more power lamps – the savings is even greater.
Add in a lighting control system, and you may be looking at even more energy savings! For more information on lighting controls, their benefits, and commercial strategies, we suggest reading our series on Lighting Control Systems.
In addition to that, incandescent and CFL lamps are omni-directional and require reflector plates to re-direct light downwards. This not only diminishes the quality of lighting but also means you waste money on lights you are not able to fully capitalize on. LEDs, for the record, focus light in a single direction so you get the light you pay for.
Furthermore, LED lamps emit very little heat. This is not true for both incandescent and CFL lamps. In fact, both incandescent and CFLs require heat to work. Much of this heat is lost through the glass encasement, which can make your workspaces warmer than usual and require additional air conditioning during warmer months.
The cost savings for LED warehouse lighting does not stop with simple energy efficiency.
LED lights do cost more than your average incandescent and CFL lamps. That cannot be denied. However, they last much longer than any other type of lamp on the market today. In keeping with our initial comparison, a 60-watt incandescent lamp will last between 750 and 2,000 hours. A 15-watt CFL, on the other hand, will last between 8,000 and 10,000 hours for the screw-in type or 10,000 to 20,000 hours for the plug-in style. A 12-watt LED, however, lasts between 40,000 and 150,000 hours. This means you must replace the 60-watt lamp 54 to 75 times before you have to replace your LED. (A CFL will need to be replaced 5 to 8 times before your LED would require replacement.)
In addition to the standard life of these lamps, LEDs do not require a warmup period to reach full illumination. Other types of lights do; this means you waste a portion of your lights’ lifespan simply warming up and not even being used for the intended reason.
Furthermore, LEDs are some of the most durable types of lamps you can invest in. Glass-encased and gas-based lamps, like incandescent and CFL, are more susceptible to damages from drops, shocks, and even minute vibrations. This can lead to increased maintenance costs due to damages.
Depending upon what type of lamp your facility currently operates, you can see different maintenance savings. Our LED vs. Non-LED Lamp series covers the different maintenance savings you can achieve by retrofitting to LED. You can find out more about your savings, Here.
LED lights are renowned for their performance. This includes accolades for flexible configurations, custom lighting control systems, color variations, and brightness.
Different spaces require different types of lighting. Because LEDs come in a wide array of colors and brightness levels, this is easily accomplished. From providing the best lighting for computer screen readability and eye safety in your office spaces, to fully illuminating warehouse storage rows – LEDs are able to provide the ideal light for every situation.
LEDs can also be used in your parking lots or parking garages to help increase visibility and safety! Find out more in our blog: Parking Lot and Area Lighting, Where Illumination Makes a Difference.
When combined with a custom lighting control system, LEDs provide responsive and accurate light as needed, without wasting energy. From motion detection-based lighting to that which adapts to ambient light levels, LEDs can be merged into any smart lighting system to ensure you capitalize on all cost-savings benefits.
When looking for added benefits for retrofitting to LED, understanding LED specs is a great place to start looking for savings. In Buying LED – A Buyers Guide to Understanding LED Lighting Specs, you get a better idea of what your facility would need for optimal savings.
Well-planned LED warehouse lighting meets with all types of regulations, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements to environmental ones. Slips and falls are the most cited types of accidents when it comes to workers compensation. This is completely preventable, and your lighting is one of the leading ways to stop slip and fall incidents. Investing in an LED retrofit can ensure you minimize the potential for slips and falls, while still saving money on energy and maintenance costs.
For more in-depth information on your options, we suggest reading Warehouse Lighting Best Practices for 2020. It covers everything from Must-Haves to benefits and best practices for any commercial warehouse or distribution center.
LED Retrofits with Action Services Group
LED energy savings for distribution centers capitalizes on the efficiency, durability, and illumination benefits of these lights. If you are interested in retrofitting your distribution center or warehouse, contact the experts at Action Services Group today to learn more about how we can install the perfect LED light system for you! Call 800-223-0982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.