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!

New PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light Kits

PR15 4in and 6in LED Recessed Light kitsOur best-selling line of PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Lights just got even better! The 4-inch and 6-inch diameter units are now available in dimmable kits featuring three to nine lights.

The low profile and soft, even light output of the PR15 collection makes it a versatile, eye-pleasing ambient lighting solution for any home or business. Since our customers typically specify the 4″ and 6″ units in multiples, we bundled these lights into kits with dimmable power supplies to make it even easier to order and install these elegant recessed lights, regardless of the dimensions of your room.

The 6-inch PR15 is available in kits of 3 or 4 lights, while the 4-inch PR15 comes in kits ranging from 5 to 9 lights. Each kit comes with serial cable connectors and a dimmable LED driver for quick, streamlined installation. (See product pages or call us at 1-800-986-0169 for details.)

If you liked the PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Light collection, we think you’ll love these kits!

Appreciating Lumen Depreciation

You might have heard the terms “lumen maintenance” or “lumen depreciation” or (if you’re more advanced) “L70” in reference to lighting – particularly LED lighting. These terms have to do with lifespan, which is particularly important for lighting for commercial, municipal, educational, healthcare, or industrial applications, where short operating lives come at a higher premium.

Like the metal halide (MH), high pressure sodium (HPS), and fluorescent/compact fluorescent (CFL) technology typically used in these settings, LEDs decrease in brightness over time. L70 is a calculation of when the output of a light source dips down to 70% of the initial lumens – after which point, the bulb or luminaire is considered no longer useful, and should be replaced.

L70 values for LED lighting are determined by testing samples at different temperatures for thousands of hours, then multiplying the damage exponentially. LED drivers/power supplies generate heat, and if not managed properly, they can dramatically accelerate lumen depreciation. This is why we place such heavy emphasis on the heat sinks and other thermal management systems on all products designed and assembled by LED Waves.

Lumen-Maintenance-Curves.allThe above chart maps the typical trajectory of lumen depreciation across many professional-grade lighting technologies compared to LEDs. L70 at 50,000 hours is the baseline for everything we carry; however, most of our newer industrial products such as LED high bays are rated to last two to ten times longer.

(Note that halogen/incandescent bulbs fail suddenly, or catastrophically, rather than slowly fade in brightness. This is because their light comes from filaments, which simply burn out, rather than from the gas-based chemical reactions of the ballasted lighting technologies, or from the electricity conducted through solid state Light Emitting Diodes.)

The slow lumen depreciation of LEDs is significant for several reasons. The most obvious one is that it supplements energy savings towards a return on investment. By saving on bulb replacements and on maintenance workers’ time – which is an especially important consideration for the workplace – LED lights pay for themselves. And the advertised lifespan of, say, a fluorescent T8 tube, is not as relevant if one third of it is spent transmitting dim, flickering light.

Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

Secondly, lumen maintenance is worth noting when comparing the brightness of different lighting technologies. People are slowly disabusing themselves of the idea that Wattage measures brightness, and instead they are looking at lumen counts.

However, the advertised lumen output of a MH, HPS or fluorescent bulb is not an accurate indication of how bright it will be, since that value declines so drastically and so quickly. Occasionally, fluorescent lighting suppliers advertise a mean (average) value in addition to initial lumen output. When this is not available, one should determine their own value based on their needs and capabilities. For example, if you replace bulbs at the L70 mark, the lumen output at 85% initial lumens (or the halfway point between 100% and 70%) may provide a more accurate picture of how bright a fluorescent, MH or HPS light source will be.

Thus, exact matches in lumen output or advertised lifespans are somewhat irrelevant when comparing other light bulbs with LEDs.
Navigating this information may be a little confusing at first, but satisfyingly powerful with just a little bit of research. And our experts here at LED Waves are happy to help you make the proper lighting evaluations and choices along the way.

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

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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!

Free Shipping Offer Starts Today for LED Waves Subscribers

We’re launching a Free Shipping offer through the rest of the summer, and LED Waves subscribers are the first to know!

summer2015 free shipping offerNow through August 31, 2015; enter coupon code WAVES at checkout to apply this special offer.

Free shipping via FedEx Ground, continental US only. Free shipping cannot be applied to past orders, or combined with other offers.

There is no minimum, and this offer applies to all items sitewide – both to fan favorites including the commercial quality Midtown and PR15 UltraThin LED Recessed Lights, and brand new industrial luminaires like the Marquee Outdoor LED Flood Light collection.

As always, professional specifiers can get steep, factory-direct discounts by quantity by calling us year-round at 1(800)986-0169. So whether you’re replacing OR retrofitting, for the home OR on the job, there’s something for everyone!

Holiday Hours

We hope you have a warm and happy holiday season with your loved ones. Please note the following schedule changes in the coming weeks:

  • Thursday Dec. 25th through the weekend: Closed
  • Thursday Jan. 1st through the weekend: Closed

We’ll be open on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and all other weekdays excluded above. Our normal Mon-Fri schedule will resume on Monday, January 5th 2015. Here’s to a happy and efficient new year!

 

Meet the Newest Member of the LED Waves Team

We are proud to introduce you to Lily Kinner, the newest employee here at LED Waves. As part of our business development team, Lily will play an integral role in expanding our reach in the commercial and industrial LED lighting market – while upholding the positive shopping experience all our existing customers expect and deserve.

Photo by Nikhita Venugopal via DNAinfo.
Photo by Nikhita Venugopal via DNAinfo.

Lily’s expertise in high end lighting is informed by professional experience in commercial retail environments, and her passion for sustainability fuels the active role she plays in community gardens throughout New York City. Click here to connect with Lily on LinkedIn.

Please join us in welcoming Lily to the LED Waves family.

Lighting Up Communities After Elections

While the country is still divided over the results from last week’s mid-term elections, the Wall Street Journal has reported on at least one outcome that everyone can get behind: West Virginia nonprofit New Vision Renewable Energy is recycling campaign signs into LED lights they are then donating to energy-deprived countries such as Liberia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
image by Seth Anthony via Wikipedia Commons
image by Seth Anthony via Wikipedia Commons
The donated campaign signs are of the corrugated plastic variety typically bought and distributed by candidates to be displayed on lawns and along city intersections. This material works well as the weatherproof backing for the license plate-sized LED lights, which must be solar-powered so they may serve communities living off the grid.
New Vision Renewable Energy has distributed more than 2,200 of these lights in over 30 countries in the past year and a half. As we’ve reported for similar projects on the LED Waves blog, this humanitarian work is indispensable for rural communities which traditionally relied on candles or kerosene lanterns (which pose fire and breathing hazards and are expensive to fuel) for nighttime illumination. With a more reliable source of light, users can maximize their nighttime hours by working and studying – empowering students to give back to their communities.
We also benefit back at home by reducing plastic waste which would have gone to landfills across the United States. This gives us all a reason to look forward to the next election (re)cycle.