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Everyday lawyers are throwing away money and don't even realize it. I am not referring to buying nice cars or expensive suits. I am speaking of wasted heat. The heat that is produced incandescent light bulbs is an 80% waste of electricity. Most of the energy spent lighting a room is wasted by producing heat as a byproduct. This in turn requires the air conditioner to do more work keeping the room cool.
So what is the solution? How do we light our law offices while producing less heat? The answer is LED technology. LED or Light emitting diode is 85% more efficient then your standard incandescent bulb and last 50 times longer. So if both bulbs were switched on for 1000 hours continuously the incandescent bulb would cost $6.60 and the LED bulb would have run about 99 cents. This may not appear to be that expensive initially but even the smallest offices require at least 10 bulbs to work. More money is saved the higher the scale. Let's compare an office with 100 LED bulbs to an office with 100 incandescent bulbs and both workplaces use all the bulbs for 1000 hours. The office with the incandescent lights will have a pricey electric bill of $660.00 where the LED equipped office will have only $99.00 bill.
There are some business owners who truly care about the environment and try their best to reduce waste and conserve energy. The most common reason a businesses would switch to more energy efficient lighting would be to save time and money. That's exactly what the people over at Orlando Car Accident Lawyer have done. I spoke to Attorney Charles Franklin about how the new technology has affected his Florida law office and it was clear he was happy about the time and money he was saving.
"When we moved into the new law office it spent a little extra money to replace the incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Eighteen new LED bulbs cost me about $324.00 at home depot." Said Mr. Franklin. He continued on about the benefits.
"I consider it just another appliance that will last me for many years to come. I know I could have bought the same number of incandescent bulbs for $36.00 but I don't have time to be constantly running to the store to buy new ones. As a Florida accident attorney, I want my office to look as professional as possible. Everyone here wears a nice suit and tie and the right lighting is important for us to see what we are working on. A burnt out light bulb would not look professional. When I found out how much money/time I could save it was a simple choice, I went with the LEDs"
Let's explore further. How much money can they really save in the long run?
The average lifespan of a incandescent bulb is 1000 hours (This is about 41 days straight without being turned off) before they burn out and need to be replaced. They typically cost about $2.00 per bulb. In comparison, the average span of a LED is 50,000 hours but they cost about $18 per bulb.
There are 8760 hours in a year so ($6.60/1000 hours) x 8760 hours = $57.81
It would cost $57.81 to run 1 incandescent bulb for 8760 hours. That bulb will have to be replaced 8 times so this brings the cost up to $18 since each one is $2.00 bringing it a total cost to $75.81. Our large scale office had 100 of this bulbs so the cost for the year would be $7581.60. This is not taking into account the physical time that was taken to replacing the bulbs every 1000 hours. If we do take into account the time we can probably estimate the it would take 5 minutes per bulb depending on the location. Since we are replacing 800 bulbs it would about 66.66 hours of time to complete. If you are paying $8 an hour to do this it would cost the business owner an extra $533.33 for the labor which brings our total to $8114.33.
Now how does the LED compare? ($0.99/1000 hours) x 8750 hours = $8.66
It would cost $8.66 to run 1 LED bulb for a whole year or 8760 straight hours. Let's assume the initial cost of the bulb would be $18 so that brings our total up to $26.66. Since this bulb is just getting started on it's life span we will not have to worry about paying anyone to replace it more than once. We will just charge the cost for a single installation which at 5 minutes per bulb would be 500 minutes or 8.66 hours which puts our labor charge at $66.66. Since there was 100 bulbs the year cost would be $2666 plus labor would be $2732.66. This does not include that amount of money on labor that was saved for not having to replace the bulbs for 50,000 hours or 5.7 years.
Just for kicks let's see how much money would be saved on labor alone for the entire life span of the LED bulb. Remember there is a 50 to 1 hours ratio since our LED bulb lasts 50,000 hours to the incandescent 1000 hours. This means you would need to replace the incandescent bulb 50 times for each one time you replace the LED bulb. Also the technology is getting better each year so the bulbs are probably going to be lasting even longer.
Math time! Each bulb takes 5 minutes to replace. You will need to replace that incandescent bulb 50 times so 50 bulbs multiplied by 5 minutes is 250 minutes or 4.16 hours per one lighting area. Multiply that by 100 lighting areas you need and you have 416.66 hours to replace 5000 total bulbs. At $8 an hour that would cost the business an extra $3333.33 in labor alone.
Although large businesses would save the most money from the switch all home owners and renters alike would benefit from the change as well. Renter Steve Payne talked about his experience with LED lighting.
"I have owned the same 10 Phillips LED bulbs for the past 3 years and each year I have moved into a new apartment. I originally bought them at walmart on clearance for about $15 a piece back in 2011. They are one of the first things I make sure to pack up before I move. I have always been a night owl so they get used. I would estimate they save me about $20 a month on my electric bill. I think it's great that I never have to worry about changing bulbs. I will probably own these for another 10 years before I have to replace them."
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for lighting. LED bulbs are getting cheaper each year and are producing more lumens for less electricity. Phillips has been working on a prototype that puts out 200 lumens per watt which is expected to be available for purchase by 2015. This is double the amount of lighting produced by the common household LED.
Switching to LED bulbs could save over 3k in labor alone. Here is how.
01-22-2014 by Admin