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Can A Lighting Retrofit Save You Money?
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Are you achieving the highest level of energy efficiency in
your facility? Lighting represents a significant percentage of your overall
energy consumption and should be analyzed as part of any energy audit. Choosing
the right lighting may not only pay for the new equipment necessary in a
lighting retrofit, but produce an additional return on investment. How do you
know if a lighting retrofit is worth the initial investment?
- Compare apples to apples. Compare your existing system to the
proposed retrofit system, which should include more energy efficient lamps and
ballasts at a comparable light output.
- Remember your key statistics. Take into consideration hours per
operation each year, wattage per fixture, and energy consumption per year to
determine your annual energy savings with a retrofit.
- Determine your payback. Net installation cost over annual energy
savings will determine your years to payback. You can find more useful formulas
like these in this article by lightsearch.com.
- Present a variety of options. Increase your chances of receiving
the green light from senior management by presenting these numbers for a
variety of retrofit options. Some utilities offer programs that reward lower
energy consumption with rebates that can make a retrofit even more attractive.
- Recycle post-retrofit.
A lighting retrofit can leave you with a great deal of spent
fluorescent lamps and ballasts, which may be regulated under State and Federal Universal Waste Regulation
. Does your retrofit plan also include a recycling
plan that documents your recycling activities? The EasyPak program
Cycle provides easy-to-use packages for safely mailing in spent lamps and
ballasts, pre-paid for recycling at one of our many partner facilities in 48
With VaporShield technology
, our pre-paid mail-in
fluorescent lamp recycling containers are designed to make recycling your spent
lamps faster and safer than ever before. Learn more about safely packaging your
VaporShield boxes by watching this quick video on our blog.
And, if you are dealing with a large retrofit, involving thousands
of lamps, our Bulb Eater
lamp crushing systems can eliminate the need for boxing, labeling, and palletizing
hundreds of boxes of lamps. A single drum can contain as many as 1,350 four
foot linear fluorescents.