LED lighting is by far the most energy efficient type of lighting available. Changing over your old lighting for LEDs can save hundreds of dollars on energy bills per year, so it’s a no-brainer. Although they can cost more to install the savings stack up in a very short time frame and there are several mechanisms in place to help businesses with the initial upfront cost.
LEDs last longer than incandescent lights
LED lights are good for up to 50,000 hours of illumination, compared to just a maximum of 2,000 hours for older lights. For a business that means they not only save on energy usage but on maintenance and replacement costs too.
- Upgrading incandescent, CFLs, and fluoro tubes to LEDs at the end of their asset life is important (not necessary beforehand) and should form part of a business’s asset management plan
- Correct disposal of CFLs and fluoro tubes important (due to mercury as well as other materials)
- Old incandescent lamps often 75-100 watts and also emit lots of heat. 90%+ reduction in energy use swapping to LEDs
- Older fluoro tubes typically 36 watts; new LED tubes 10-20 watts typically – a 44% – 72% reduction
- You can also de-lamp old twin fluoro fittings to single tube with reflector to maintain lumen output
LEDs can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
LEDs use less electricity, so if your power still comes from fossil fuels then using LEDs is a win for the environment.
LEDs can provide a more appealing light and increase productivity
Studies show that ensuring your business has adequate and pleasant light levels can improve concentration and productivity from your team.
Help with the upfront cost of replacing lighting
Under state government schemes in both New South Wales and Victoria certain businesses qualify for varying levels of rebates on lighting replacements.
The following categories of businesses that qualify are:
You may also be eligible for funding through Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs). EUAs are a council based funding mechanism in Victorian and NSW. EUAs are set up to help building owners, tenants and investors finance environmental upgrades such as LED lighting, insulation and solar energy.
- Building owner agrees to upgrades
- Building owner, council and finance provider enter into an EUA
- Finance provider advances funds for the upgrade
- Council collects repayments through a rates based system and then passes the repayments through to the finance provider
- The building owner can ask the tenants to contribute or cover the cost of the upgrades through the savings made on their energy bills and running costs
EUAs can offer excellent ways for businesses to:
- Reduce running costs
- Install renewable energy systems, such as solar
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Improve working conditions
At present, council areas offering EUAs include:
- City of Greater Bendigo
- Hobsons Bay City Council
- City of Melbourne
- Moreland City Council
- Wyndham City Council
New South Wales
- Blacktown City
- City of Newcastle
- North Sydney
- Lake Macquarie City
- City of Sydney
- Parramatta City