Our future is brighter in many ways thanks to new LED Technologies!

Dan Dawson Sr. By Dan Dawson Sr., 15th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Our future is looking brighter in so many ways thanks to the new LED technologies and we;re just getting started!
Changing to this new technology is one of our worlds most important and urgent responsibilities.
The benefits are more far reaching than most people are aware of.
And the cost/savings make it almost stupid to not make the change "NOW"!
Go green, save green and save the world!

Commercial LED lighting: The time to make the switch is now!

2015 has seen the largest migration to and investment in LEDs in history. Infrastructure costs related to energy have been targeted. Lighting costs are the dominant factor. The initial cost of LEDs has continued to drop as the market expands. Quality and dependability have become prominent.
Today, the cost of converting to LEDs is far outweighed by the immediate and downstream life cycle savings.
In response, Government agencies, large corporations and organizations around the world have specifically allocated resources and funds to move toward LED conversion in their infrastructure cost reduction plans for this year.

Here’s why:

More Efficient
LEDs use less power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens). For the same, equivalent light output, LED lights typically can consume less than 50% as much energy as fluorescent lights and less than 10% of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs.

Very Long Life Spans
Typical LED life spans in commercial applications range from 50,000 to 100,000 hours and up, as compared to typical life spans of 8,000 hours for fluorescent and 1,200 hours for incandescent lights.

Because of the long life expectancy of LEDs, warranties are exceptional as compared to other lighting technologies. This has been one of the factors that has aided in the initiation of this unfolding global conversion. Five to Ten year warranties are now common place.

Lease/Finance options
Old lighting technology had very little opportunity to receive financing. Short life expectancy and warranties, if any, made it almost impossible to get any form of financing.
Back in 2009, I approached a finance agent I had used and appreciated. When I asked him about financing LED lighting his response was quick and unwavering….”We don’t finance/lease light bulbs!”
I went into great detail on how LEDs were not “Light bulbs” that they are “Solid State technology”. “Semi-conductors”. He finally agreed to look at some educational information I was going to send him.
Around 2012, he started leasing/financing our clients. We were one of the first, if not the first, to do so in the U.S. Now, this is becoming as common place as financing computers, copiers and the like.

Insurance Discounts
So far, I seem to be the only one I know of that is pushing for my clients to receive discounts on their insurance for making the conversion to LEDs.

There are many reasons, but the top few are:

No glass: LEDs are almost always made of some form of plastic. This almost completely eliminates lacerations and other related injuries.

Not pressurized: Most old bulbs have some level of pressurization. This causes them to “POP” when broken. This multiplies the danger of injury by sending dangerous glass shards and pieces in multiple directions and to greater distances. Just the increase to ocular (eye) injuries is cause enough for concern.

No Poisonous gasses and/or chemicals: Fluorescent tubes are the number one danger and one of the highest used. They are pressurized and contain Mercury and other dangerous chemicals. I nicknamed them “Dirty Bombs”.
These lighting products need to be removed from production immediately to reduce their negative global impact.
Currently, in some locations in California, business owners are required to call Hazmat when a florescent tube is broken.
The isle is cordoned off and an inspection is performed. Contaminated products are often disposed of. Clean up is performed, then, if the area passes, it is reopened for service.
While this is not practiced everywhere, it should be considered indicative of the inherent dangers fluorescent tubes possess.
In The U.S., all fluorescent tubes must be disposed of as "Hazardous Materials" in accordance with the law. Sadly, only a small percentage are being disposed of properly. Most end up in landfills and seep into the aquifers. Some end up in incinerators, entering our atmosphere to be breathed in and contaminate our rain water.
We need laws passed on the fast track to put a stop to this global threat.
Even though we will eventually phase them out, which the process has already begun (T12s), even this process needs strict supervision and oversight. The amount of money to do so will be large.
The typical trend we see is for these products to just shift market locations as these laws are passed. They are just exported to places where they are still tolerated.
It would be best if there was some kind of “Buy Out” to help make this transition and keep the manufacturers and the economy healthy. Incentives to switch manufacturing to the new technologies would go a long way in helping too.

Long life: Due to their long life, LEDs require a lot less maintenance. This means less people on ladders, handling hot, electric, dangerous products and situations.

Liabilities: For all the reasons listed above, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the reasoning for insurance companies to provide discounts for switching to LEDs. They should even be offering rebates and/or incentives to make the switch.
They are, for now, just reaping the rewards of “Status Quot” as payments to them remain stable while at the same time, their odds of paying claims are reduced.
Don’t let this dangerous/expensive dirty little secret continue!
Make sure you call or write your local officials, insurance companies and discuss & share this information as much as possible. Our future is being affect by this now.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

LED’s reduced power consumption and higher efficiency saves on the direct cost of lighting; there is less heat to dissipate, and this reduces the impact on air conditioning, an additional "By product" savings.
LEDs are Energy Star compliant.
The extended life span of LEDs directly reduces the number of maintenance events. It costs a company to pay for a skilled, licensed technician, insured, on a lift, to service each fixture- once every 1200 hours PER fixture for incandescent lights vice once every 50,000 hours with LEDs- a reduction in maintenance events due to replacements of over 40 to 1.
LED lights can be integrated into existing lighting infrastructures. Retrofit kits install fast and minimize conversion/business downtime because they are installed into the existing fixtures.
Governments, power companies and even some areas of the private sector are providing cost recoupment incentives, reducing the cost of changeover. Check out: www.dsireUSA.org for starters.

Inherently Safer

LED lights do not contain poisonous gas or mercury. LED lights are not fragile. Therefore, the risk of cuts, exploding glass and poisonous toxins from breakage is reduced relative to fluorescent or incandescent lights. Check with your insurance provider for potential rate reductions for going with LEDs.

More than pay fo themselves!

The Lease/Finance Options
Lease/Finance options are available as well. Organizations can substantially reduce their initial cash outlay, keeping funds available for other uses. With the “Cash Positive” financing we offer, clients only pay a portion of the monthly savings they enjoy. This allows them to enjoy savings while the products actually pay for themselves. Then, after the short period required to achieve their ROI…it’s all completely savings!

The Future with LEDs?

The Future with LEDs?: With the emergence of this new solid state, semiconductor technology, we are able to be so incredibly specific in all areas of lighting application and science that we are actually changing our future for the better.
We are now transitioning to indoor multilevel in-city farming which:
Reduces shipping, trucking, carbon foot print, pesticide use, all seasonal availability, controlled everything for higher, constant yields. Bug reduction and even eradication in some cases, far lower water usage.(This is becoming a major global crisis/danger day by day) and a lot more!
We can even, right now, broadcast 0s & 1s (Binary code) through LED lighting so that we can broadcast boradband anywhere LED lights are being used! This is all still in the works, be prepared to be amazed at what comes from this new life/world changing technology!

No more reasons to wait!

Right now, we are at the time where it is truly foolish in most cases not to make the switch.
Reduced power costs, reduced maintenance costs, potentially decades of product life before replacement, potential rebates and incentives can combine to potentially provide millions of dollars in savings in total ownership cost- especially for large commercial organizations- compared to other lighting solutions.
And sooo much more!
It's time to stop spending and invest now.
How can you afford not to make the switch?
The time to make the change is now!

Dan Dawson Sr.
President 4 Green Solutions


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Dan Dawson Sr is a Native South Floridian and a very diverse writer. He has a love for poetry, outdoor, spiritual, health, design and fiction.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jun 2015 (#)

I agree. LED lights are the best. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
15th Jun 2015 (#)

Your welcome!

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author avatar Graceful
26th Jun 2015 (#)

A lot of great information there, Dan! Thanks for sharing!

In 2009 Norway implemented the EU directive for the Phase-out of incandescent light bulbs.

Phase-out regulations effectively ban the manufacture, importation or sale of incandescent light bulbs for general lighting. The regulations would allow sale of future versions of incandescent bulbs if they are sufficiently energy efficient.

Not a bad thing at all! :-)

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
26th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you your Grace!
Your input is always valued!
Only the best,

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