Energy-saving bulbs continue to make inroads into the mainstream lighting market. A recent example is the Pali Momi Medical Center in Hawaii. This center has replaced more than 2300 fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps with LED technology, which has reduced their lighting bills over 50%!
While LED lamps have an initial cost estimate much higher than compact fluorescent lamps, LEDs’ life-cycle costs are much lower. LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours compared to compact fluorescent lamps which can last 10,000-15,000 hours. The higher cost of the LEDs is usually made up in the first year, depending on usage, with subsequent years being pure savings. A spokesman for the Pali Momi Medical Center expects its investments in LED to be repaid in about 15 months with the savings to continue for years to come.
Substantial savings to the airport in Honolulu were seen, when a large-scale retrofit of parking structure lighting saved $100,000 per month in electricity. When many airports follow the good example of Honolulu, the cumulative savings from airport parking structures alone and the benefit to the environment would be incredible. LED lights not only save considerable money in the long run, they are far more beneficial to the environment than CFLs or traditional fluorescents bulbs which contain mercury and emit UV light. LEDs do not contain toxic chemicals and cause no UV damage.
Airports are not the only places that can benefit from the LED lamps. Numerous businesses and governments are saving huge amounts of money by replacing incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with these energy-saving LED lighting solutions. In addition to saving money and electricity, switching to LEDs is a good way to demonstrate your commitment to green.