New Lighting Technology Now Available!
The technology of lighting is moving forward at a very rapid pace, faster than the cost of the power is rising in Australia, and that’s saying something! Every quarter brings better performing and lower cost lights, mainly due to rapid development of LED technology. LED lights are now a serious challenge to most older lighting technologies, offering lower power, immediate switch on and a much longer operating life.
Every franchisor and franchisee has the aim to cut costs without damaging the customer experience, knowing that a dollar saved in expenses goes directly to improve the bottom line. Upgrading lighting can deliver substantial savings as well as reducing fire risk and saving on cooling costs.
Fraser Clayton, Managing Director of alphagreen says “By undertaking a lighting audit and upgrading lamps where appropriate, businesses can save between 50% and 90% of their lighting bill, achieving a payback period of 12 months or less.”
On top of that, he says that the life of the modern LED globes is between 5 and 10 times longer than the old incandescent they replace, meaning far less maintenance and replacement costs, especially when lights are in difficult places, or very high up.
Fraser also commented “the technology is moving forward so rapidly that your assumptions and calculations of 6 months ago are likely to be well out of date. Take another look at the numbers and engage a reputable company to work through the best options for your business. It is rarely ‘do nothing’.”
One of the best candidates for replacement is the common warehouse / bulky goods precinct lamps, the HiBay. These are commonly 450W units, mounted high up on the girders. In most cases they can be replaced with a 200W high-performance LED HiBay lamp, which can be switched on and off with a sensor, generate far less heat and last for 50,000 hours.
Lighting inside cool rooms, freezers and refrigerators especially benefit going to LED; not only are they substantially cheaper to run but the cooling system does not have to remove the heat generated by the old fashioned globes - payback is doubled.
Similar factors can be expected in retail shops in strips or shopping centres, and especially in fast food restaurants, where the lights are often on 14+ hours a day in the restaurant, and 24 hours per day in some specific areas – for security reasons. Fashionable downlights are costly to run and can be replaced by highly efficient LED lamps, giving the same light levels and matching the colour. Savings are typically better than 80 per cent in direct running costs alone. For shops running lighting 12 or more hours, 7 days a week, this is a no-brainer.