How One LED Fixture Can Save You Big Time
We live in a energy conscious time. Many buildings now incorporate LED lighting over traditional light sources such as CFL. This usually translates into a large energy drop, any from 50-75%. But can we take this even further? What about the lights that are on 24/7, like in hall ways and stair wells. It would be safe to say that in a condominium, from 12AM – 5AM the hall ways arn’t being walked in that often, so why have the amount of light be on maximum? Even during the day, most people go to work at the same time and arrive back home around the same time. So, between 9AM-3PM, the hall ways arn’t being used much either. That’s just wasting energy and money, for no reason. Too many buildings around the world operate like this. Imagine how much wasted energy that is.
What is the solution?
Motion sensors and dimming capabilities. This is nothing new. Motion sensors, timers, dimmers all have been around for a long while now. But, many wall sconces and ceiling lights do not have this functions built in. This is because the idea of maximizing energy efficiency wasn’t implemented at the time of the buildings construction. I wouldn’t suggest updating the circuit and fixtures to have motion and dimming capabilities because that task would require more time, effort and money then it’s worth (technically it would be worth it over time, but there is a more simple solution).
When I visited China in October 2018, I was staying at an AirBNB condo. I noticed that in all the hall ways the light fixtures ALL were LED and had built in motion and dimming. If I had to guess, the fixtures would remain on max power if there was motion detected. Once there was NO motion for 10-15min the light fixture would dim to about 20-30% of its light output. How brilliant.
Here is a very basic example of how much the potential energy savings would be:
You have X amount of 32W CFL lamps in a building that are on 24/7.
After installing new 15W LED fixtures with motion and dimming that are on roughly 9 hours per day.
The potential energy savings is $8200 per year. LEDs last up to 5 years (in this case it would be longer because of the dimming) so 5 x $8200 = $41,000!!! Saved in 5 years. This is example is why I cannot stress enough the logic behind upgrading lights to LED. This is just a very small example to make a point. But in actuality, the numbers are generally much greater.
Introducing the first InnovaLED prototype residential/commercial LED light fixture with built in motion sensor and dimming functions. We are very pleased with the quality of the design and material. You can change the factory settings yourself if the parameters need to be adjusted. This model is one of many different styles.