A Bright Idea – LED Light Bulb Exchange
WVa Electric, in conjunction with the Marshall University Sustainability Department, will be hosting a light bulb exchange at the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair. Bring your incandescent bulbs to the MU Sustainability Dept. booth to exchange them for LED bulbs. We will begin at 10am and continue the exchange until we run out of LEDs.
The following is some information from WVa Electric regarding LED bulbs. W.Va. Electric Supply Co. is a full-line electrical distributor, supplying the West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio region through our eight locations. They serve the region with an inventory of over 20,000 products from over 160 manufacturers. Whether assisting a contractor project, industrial facility, or the home remodel, they serve their customers’ electrical needs through our offering of high-quality products, comprehensive selection, and superior service. For more information, contact Jeff Floyd at (304) 638-7932 or JEFF.FLOYD@WVAELECTRIC.COM.
Why Switch To LED ?
Let’s look at the benefits. LEDs are most well known for their extremely long life and energy efficiency. LED useful life is based on the number of operating hours until the LED is emitting 70% of its initial light output. Top quality LEDs in well-designed fixtures are expected to have a useful life of 30,000 to 50,000 hours, significantly higher than the 1,000 hours for a typical incandescent bulb and 8,000 to 10,000 hours for a comparable CFL. LEDs usually don’t “burn out” like incandescent bulbs do. Instead, they get progressively dimmer over time. This can be helpful in critical lighting areas. They also tend to use less than one-sixth as much energy as their incandescent or halogen counterparts, and 2-3 times less than most CFLs.
Environmentally, the reduction in electricity consumption translates into a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, LEDs have an advantage in that they don’t contain mercury like CFLs do. Reducing harmful emissions (including mercury) from power generation, and eliminating the chance of it getting into the waste stream when the bulb is disposed is very good news for the environment.
When used in a commercial application, the longer rated life also translates to lower maintenance costs. The cost of a lighting setup is often thought of only in terms of bulb cost and electricity cost. While these are definitely important, they are not the entire picture: HVAC and labor costs play into the equation as well. The longer your bulbs last, the less time and money you spend paying someone to swap them out. Commercial customers may also consider their enhanced durability to be a plus, especially in areas prone to vibration or other stresses.. LEDs are generally dimmable, providing yet another advantage over standard CFLs. One last potential consideration is that LEDs do not emit any UV or IR radiation and are therefore very well suited to applications like retail stores, art galleries, and museums, where these emissions can cause damage or fading.
And Remember- W.Va Electric Supply’s Free Energy Audit Service can help some Facilities cut their lighting expenses by as much as half their associates will coordinate with your local power company to determine which cost-savings programs are available to you.