Schaake explained that Nardelli’s restaurant and deli in Union Plaza in Southbury wanted to replace T8 florescent tube lights with T8 LED tube lights because the ballasts within the florescent T8 tube lights continually failed. “The reward of eliminating these ongoing failing ballasts was a reduction in energy consumption by 4,119 kilowatt-hours per year, plus a saving of $743 on energy costs.” The new LED lights in Nardelli’s produce 10% more lighting then the previous fluorescent lights.
Nardelli’s owner, Pat Flick commented, “Within the first eight months of operating our new deli, we needed to replace six florescent ballasts. We noticed that the ballasts emitted a burning plastic odor as they failed. It was an unpleasant odor that should not be around food service. We are more than pleased that we replaced the florescent lighting with LED T8 tubes lights. Of course, we’re also very pleased with the cost savings.”
USA LED also replaced the lighting within Nardell’s walk-in freezer. “In order for employees to see what was inside the freezer,” explained Schaake, “they needed to keep the freezer door open for sufficient lighting to supplement the poor lighting installed when the freezer was originally brought into the store. Our 9W A19 LED bulb now allows employees to close the door and keep the freezer continually cold without wasting energy.”
Nardell’s Flick reports the restaurant is saving approximately $1,000 each year with the new higher performance LED lighting. Their investment payback during the next 3.6 years will offer a total savings during the course of over 50,000 hours is estimated at nearly $11,000.
The facilities committee of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Oxford contacted USA LED in Southbury to reduce power consumption and increase the lighting in the parish hall, while reducing overhead operational costs. “By installing PAR 38 recessed LED lights,” stated Schaake, “our 15W bulb replaced 300W incandescent bulbs and we reduced power consumption by 95%, plus the light level tripled. The energy savings are $2,147 each year, and the church will enjoy a return on their investment into LED lights within one year. Their total savings during the course of over 50,000 hours is $60,900.”
Borden Brooks, facilities committee chair for Immanuel Lutheran Church explained, “We feel blessed to find such a great solution to our lighting needs. The parish hall lights were very low levels. The LED lighting now offers us exceptional energy and cost savings, provides the hall with three times more lighting, plus the lighting will be enjoyed by our congregation and young people for the next 17 years or more. With what we will save in energy costs, we will pay back our investment in just one year.”
LED Lights consume 80 to 90% less energy when compared to the equivalent incandescent light bulb. It is predicted that with the average life span of approximately 15 years for LED’s, incandescent bulbs will soon be obsolete. “The Energy Independence Act of 2007,” explained Schaake, “requires that incandescent bulbs be 28% more efficient by 2012. Today’s LED lights are drastically more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. A typical 60W incandescent light bulb has a useful life of 1,000 hours and can be replaced today by a 10W LED bulb with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours.”
Schaake stated that, “What’s even more remarkable than the fact that use of LED lights reduces energy costs as much as 80% is that LED bulbs require no care or maintenance for over 10 years, operating at 12 hours a day. Plus, LED lights do not contain lead, mercury or other harmful heavy metals, which eliminates disposal and health concerns. While the upfront purchase of LED light bulbs is more expensive than common incandescent bulbs, the average payback is 1 to 2 years. A company can save both money and time with reduced electrical consumption and time not wasted on replacing existing bulbs.”
Launched in August 2009 USA LED Lighting Solutions owned by Scott Schaake is a division of Tiger Technologies, LLC, a provider of green and energy efficient products to consumers, businesses and affinity groups. To learn more, visit www.usaledsolutions.com or contact Scott Schaake directly at 203-262-6420.