Retail Shopping Plaza Parking Lot Retrofit with BetaLED
Tremendous energy and maintenance savings anticipated
In its commitment to energy savings, sustainability and lowering energy costs, T.J.Maxx shopping plaza owner David J. Wahr has retrofit the retail mall parking lot with BetaLED luminaires. “We are projecting a savings of about 44,000 kWh a year,” said Wahr. “At the current cost of about $0.14 per kWh, this represents a savings of over $15,000 annually. We will virtually eliminate $10,000 in annual maintenance costs and we expect to recover our investment in equipment costs in three years.” Read more
Here’s a few fast facts about lighting in the parking industry:
- The brighter, white light from LED luminaires in parking facilities help contribute to fewer accidents, reduced vandalism, lower liability exposure and reduced insurance premiums.1
- By installing LED light sources in new or remodeled parking structures, up to a 40% energy savings can be achieved compared to typical HID technology. Installing LED luminaires with integrated two-level operation can achieve up to 30% additional energy savings compared to typical HID.2
- Parking structures in general have an operating life of 20-40 years, after which they require major reconstruction or replacement – meaning properly designed LED luminaires could last the lifetime of the parking structure itself.
1 Parking Today
2 California Lighting Technology Center
LED FAQ of the Month
Q: What are the advantages to using LED lights?
A: LEDs bring several advantages to the lighting industry, including high efficiency and durability, and, with superior life over other lamp sources, their required maintenance is greatly reduced. This translates into energy savings, maintenance savings and an overall reduction in cost of ownership over the product's lifetime.
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