Category Archives: energy savings

How Much Can You Save By Switching to LED Bulbs?

While our R&D department is constantly working to improve the efficiency and performance of our American-made LED lights, our IT department also strives to make it easier for you to find just what you need online! That’s why we’re updating the LED Savings Calculator, one of the handiest features at LEDWaves.com.

The LED Bulb Savings Calculator shows you how much you can save and how quickly you can hit the return on your investment. It compares replacement LED lights with the your current lighting technology, factoring in hours of use and electricity costs. And only LED Waves’ calculator includes additional (non-required) fields for the cost and time for maintenance team to replace burnt-out bulbs – making this tool especially useful for professional facility managers in addition to smart homeowners.

Here’s a snapshot at the value that the average homeowner can save by replacing four 75W halogen downlight fixtures with the new 6″ PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed 4-Light Kit:

LED Savings Calculator Results sampleWe’ve updated the calculator to supply the most recent average energy rates by sector supplied by the Energy Information Administration, and we’re also tinkering with the code to make it easier for you to share your findings. If you have any other suggestions to improve the Energy Savings Calculator, contact us!

The more information we spread about energy saving LED lighting, the greener our planet can be. That’s why, among other changes, we’re working to make it shareable across your favorite media platforms. In the meantime, please share our calculator with your friends and colleagues by including a link to this calculator on your website or blog. Spread the Green!

LED Wall Pack Costs Less Than Traditional HID

For as long as we’ve been in the business, we’ve seen LED lighting and components fall in price as the technology advances and as competitors get edged out of the industry. As a luminaire manufacturer, it’s been our honor to transfer these savings directly through to our customers in the form of affordable LED lighting.

The launch of LED Waves’ EZ40® line represents a significant development in the cost trajectory of LED technology: Retailing at $125 a unit, the EZ40 LED Wall Pack is more affordable than most wall packs using traditional HID bulb technology!

With its energy efficiency (97 lumens per Watt at 44 Watts) AND its 5-year warranty, the EZ40 LED Wall Pack is a total no-brainer of an LED upgrade for small projects. And for larger projects that are eligible for discounts by quantity, rebates, or other incentives; you might be looking at an instant ROI, right out of the box!

ez40 led wall pack
Retails at $125 per unit (or $128 with cutoff hood, pictured)

Check out the product page to learn more about the EZ40 LED Wall Pack, including the patented retrofit connector that assures a dramatically longer operating life compared to any other wall pack technology – even other LED E40 bulbs!

LEDs on Fleek? Shifting Trends in Lighting

Recently, Osram released the Socket Survey: an annual snapshot of consumer attitudes and buying patterns related to lighting. LED technology has been growing in popularity due to falling prices, increased awareness, and improvements in quality. Still, we were surprised to see such a significant jump this year, with more Americans recognizing LED bulbs (89%) over any other technology, and the majority of them (65%) reported having purchased at least one example of LED lighting for the home.

2015 Socket Survey findings
Click the image to download the report.

Since our specialty lies more in professional-grade, commercial and industrial LED lighting, you might think these findings are irrelevant to us. However, it is interesting and gratifying for us to read this report because these figures indirectly represent the fruits of our labor here at LED Waves.

Taking on these larger LED lighting projects has allowed us to effect the most change – and not just in mass savings on energy and replacements. By developing products on more ambitious scales, we are uncovering ways to improve the performance of LED lights – and playing a role in the overall advancement of LED technology. As with any technology, these advancements tend to start out in the commercial and industrial sectors before they make their way into consumer products. In this way, LED Waves helped shape the bulbs that so many American consumers now enjoy.

Look at these hipsters. Image via Wikipedia Commons.
Look at these hipsters. Image via Wikipedia Commons.

We can see this correlation when we compare Osram’s demographic data with our own from the past calendar year. 69% of this year’s Socket Survey respondents aged 18-34 had purchased LED light bulbs – indicating that millenials are largely on board with the LED revolution. The remaining 31% may include a certain brand of mustachioed hipsters clinging to their Edison-style exposed filament bulbs while riding their old timey bikes with the big front wheels.

Millenials represent a relatively small portion of our online customers (13% ages 18-34), which makes sense given the types of products we sell. Very few youngsters are in charge of buying decisions at facilities that need, for example, LED high bays.

However, while millenials may not buy a lot from us, the 18-34 age group does represent the largest segment of site visitorship at LEDWaves.com, at over 28% – presumably browsing the informational articles and guides about LED lighting in our Help section. (And we’re not the “Buy something or get out,” type; we’re glad that people are using us as a resource if it brings them closer to adopting green technology elsewhere in their lives.)

Statistics via Google Analytics

This jibes with the increased awareness about the benefits of LED lighting, which is manifested in the changing priorities of Americans shopping for light bulbs. LED technology reigns when it comes to what Americans consider the most important attributes, including lumen output at 97%, lifespan at 94%, and energy usage at 91%. Produced color is at an all-time high at 85%, which is significant as it is a factor that few lighting consumers could even control before the advent of LEDs.

There are also some weird outlier statistics and interesting social commentary to be made from the Socket Survey report, like 54% of women and 72% of men claiming to be the sole decision maker of lighting purchases in their homes (how…?) so it’s worth a download. And for other lighting-related information, you can always contact LED Waves – regardless of your demographic.

Genesys LED T8 Tubes On Sale

Clear and Frosted Genesys LED T8 Tube Light image
Now 50% off with free FedEx Ground shipping within the continental USA. Enter code WAVES at checkout to apply.

LED Waves is pleased to announce that the 20W and 38W Genesys 3.0 LED T8 Tubes are now 50% off!

We’re as proud of the performance of these tubes as we were when they were first added to our line of exclusive products made in-house in the USA. We’re phasing them out as more of our customers are specifying complete 1×4′ or 2×4′ LED panel lights for new constructions. However, the Genesys is still a high quality, money-saving lighting solution for those who want to retrofit existing fluorescent fixtures with LEDs.

Such a significant price drop is to be expected as advances in chip manufacturing continue to drive costs down, making LED lighting more competitive with traditional lighting technologies. COO Ayn couldn’t help but remark on the current day low price of the Genesys, compared to the Challenger: the first 4ft LED T8 we carried, which retailed at over four times the cost!

4ft LED T8 Tubes 2010-2015Whatever their prices may be, we stand by every product sold by LED Waves. In fact, we haven’t gotten a single return on the Challenger, in the 5 years since we sold that product. Those early adopters love their investment, and we think you will, too, when you shop today at LEDWaves.com!

How LED Tech News is Shaping Our New Industrial Lights

We’ve slowed down on updates recently, and that’s because all hands are on deck here at LED Waves HQ! We’ve got tons of American-made industrial LED lights coming down the pipeline – undergoing design tweaks, in situ testing, and even re-naming! (It’s hard nailing down impactful, relevant names for our unique products.)

While we can’t reveal too much about these new products, we did want to take a moment on this Social Media Day to let you know what’s going on in the greater LED world. Everything in this industry is related: All advancements, no matter where in the technology and in the supply chain, lead to better performance and lower prices on LED lighting everywhere.

Case in point: Taiwan is stepping up their bulb standards, with the Ministry of Economic Affairs requiring manufacturers to test all new bulbs coming to market starting July 1st. Taiwanese manufacturers will be fined a minimum of NT $0.2 million (US $6,669.33) if found in violation of this mandate. This measure protects consumers against the mislabeling and confusing labels that had gone unchecked in the LED industry.

This doesn’t relate to LED Waves directly, as we haven’t imported any new bulbs from the East since we launched our American-made LED bulbs in 2012, and our specialty lies in higher end, commercial and industrial lighting anyway. But if other manufacturers – particularly those with historic strongholds in the industry – are held to a higher standard, consumers will be better informed about lighting technology, have better user experiences, and are more likely to adopt earth-friendly LED lighting in other walks of life.

Pictured: the driver that comes with each dimmable Midtown LED Recessed Light
Pictured: the driver that comes with each dimmable Midtown LED Recessed Light

In related news, IHS Technologies reports that 25% of all driver revenues in 2013 went towards LED light sources.

A driver is an component that regulates the current from a power source to an electronic device. Since this can cover such a huge range of consumer products – especially those experiencing rapid growth (Do you know anyone who hasn’t bought a new phone, tablet, or computer in the past year?) – these LED driver sales paints a promising picture in the adoption of this advanced lighting technology.

This topic was on the minds of many at LIGHTFAIR International earlier this month.

LFI2014 Bigshots
We can only imagine what was on the minds of THESE trade show crashers.

With record-breaking numbers of attendees seeking out LED lights and exhibitors selling them year after year, it’s become clear there’s no question if LEDs will achieve worldwide adoption, but when. This year, some were even wondering why: Is this technology really the go-to solution? With some industries – particularly agricultural settings – traditionally reliant on incandescent lighting for inherently incandescent qualities, are LEDs really capable of penetrating all lighting applications? With our upcoming line of rugged, industrial LED lights, LED Waves is setting out to answer these questions with a resounding YES.

Midtown 2.1 LED Recessed Light Now in Clearance

Due to market response, we are liquidating our stock of the Midtown 2.1 LED Recessed Light. It is now 20% off in our Clearance section – making it a better value than ever!

Like its lower-profile predecessor (the Midtown 2.0, which we’ll continue to stock) the 2.1 is made in the USA with Cree XT-E LEDs. Each 9W fixture replaces a 50W halogen spot, and comes with your choice of dimmable or non-dimming LED driver. Built to last, we recommend the 2.1 for any down light application with ~3.5 or more inches of clearance above the ceiling.

As a Clearance item, the Midtown 2.1 will not be restocked once our current units sell out. For real-time availability for large quantity orders, call us at 1(800)986-0169.

Owl Pack™ Outdoor LED Flood Series Now DLC Qualified

You asked and we delivered: the Owl™ Outdoor LED Wall Pack series has made it to the DesignLights Consortium Qualified Products List! A resource for the commercial, industrial and public building sectors, the DLC QPL is comprised of retrofit and replacement lights eligible for rebates through energy incentive programs.

Owl Pack LED flood DLC listed LFI14Make sure to check out the entire series for your next building project, as every Owl Pack model – from 10 to 200 Watts – has made the cut for the DLC QPL in the Outdoor Wall-Mounted Area Luminaires category. (Note that some LED floods qualify driven at 120 VAC only, and the others qualify at both 120 and 277 V AC. Speak to a representative at 1-800-986-0169 for voltage compatibility for your specific DLC project.)

The DLC-qualified Owl™ Outdoor LED Wall Pack series is on view this week at the LIGHTFAIR International 2014 trade show & conference – along with yet another upcoming outdoor light we’ve been developing. If you’re at the show, stop by booth 2237 at the Las Vegas Convention Center for a sneak peak! If not, stay posted here for more details on this exclusive new product coming soon.

MVP LED Light Bulbs Under $20

We want to thank all the LED Waves customers who helped make our Earth Day sale a success. We’re cooking up more LED lighting deals for the month of May, but in the meantime, check out the year-round savings in our Clearance section!

Our Clearance LED lights include tons of energy-saving bulbs – both halogen and incandescent replacements – all reduced up to 75% from their original prices. It’s a pretty impressive selection, featuring quite a few big name LED bulbs under $20!

These MVP LED Light Bulbs under $20 include:

The Los Angeles 2.0 LED MR16
Originally $21.95 NOW $8.99
Made in the USA with Cree XB-D LEDs

The A11 Globe Dimmable LED Light Bulb
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.55
Great for modernizing chandeliers, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A15 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.00 NOW $12.95
6W replacement for 40W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The A19 Mark II Dimmable Incandescent Replacement
Originally $28.95 NOW $11.57
9W replacement for 60W incandescent, made with Cree MX-6 LEDs

The Olympia PAR20 LED Light Bulb
Originally $39.95 NOW $15.95
An IES Progress Report Selection made with Cree XR-E LEDs

Shop today; all Clearance sales are final, so items will not be restocked once they sell out. For real-time availability, specification help, or bulk pricing for any of our LED lights, call our sales team at 1(800)986-0169.

Only Three Days left on our Earth Day Sale!

Our Earth Day promotions are the best value yet! Shop today for free shipping (FedEx Ground, continental US only) plus 15% off select American-made LED lights.

There is no minimum order value to be eligible for these Earth Day offers; any order shipping within the continental USA automatically qualifies for free FedEx Ground shipping. Enter coupon code EARTH at checkout online to activate the 15% discount on all applicable sale items. These offers expire on Sunday, April 27th 2014earth-day

We’ve discounted our American-made products because, in addition to the energy-efficiency they share with all our LED lights, they also represent our most cost-efficient options. Each one is designed, assembled, quality control tested, and shipped from our one office in Brooklyn, New York. This eliminates steps in the supply chain that result in higher priced products one would expect from a company as small as LED Waves.

Give a specialist a call at 1-800-986-0169 to get in on the this limited time sale. We wish you a happy Earth Day, and we thank you for helping us save the planet, one bulb at a time.

Earth Day Sale + Three Fresh Faces in LED Lighting

Just in time for Earth Day, we’re pleased to introduce you to the three “greenest” new members of our team! Meet Kevin, Nick and BJ; three recent hires representing how LED Waves has advanced with the SSL industry.

Nick Gallina (not pictured) will be joining the sales team. Gallina is a St. Francis graduate who majored in Business Management, with a minor in Psychology. He has great interest in the Andromeda XM-L High Bay LED Light Unit because of its “High quality and sleek design,” which appeal to his personal interest in Mechanical Engineering. Gallina possesses a strong understanding of LED products and the SSL industry.

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Kevin Masterson will assist with the maintenance of social media outlets and other current marketing campaigns. Masterson graduated from the University of North Texas with a major in Marketing and a minor in English studies. His background in video production, SEO and writing copy will help propel our marketing campaign while bringing a new look to future strategies.

Untitled-1BJ Oladeji will be joining the production team. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Mountain State University. Oladeji has been working in construction for the last four years and will use these skills to uphold the quality of LED Waves’ American-made production line.

These guys may be green, but not as green as our Earth Day promotions! Shop today for free shipping (FedEx Ground, continental US only) plus 15% off select American-made LED lights. We wish you a happy Earth Day, and we thank you for helping us save the planet, one bulb at a time.