LED Lighting Project: Elementary School in Mississippi
One of the most rewarding things one can do is to bring a smile to a classroom of elementary students faces. We did just that in the Mississippi school system last fall, and we look forward to repeating that process of making children smile in a few thousand more classrooms this year in 2014.
Of course giving kids better lighting in their classroom is a huge personal reward for us at M-Lite Solution LLC, but the school district gained much more than just happy students from their LED Retrofit, and LED Troffer upgrades. (see chart below)
Monthly savings (cost of waiting) chart
To justify our school projects investment, we measure the return, and provided them with peace of mind by doing a comprehensive Client Impact Analysis that measures and quantifies the end results of our Energy Efficient LED Lighting upgrade based upon pre-process measurements and information provided by the school.
Our overall goal is the complete success of every LED Lighting upgrade for our projects, and their decision makers. To that end, we have outlined an anticipated ROI (Return on Investment) on our chart above, and below. This chart above provides a baseline for our expectations and framework for this projects.
Not only do we get smiles, and provide our clients with a positive return on investment, but we also get to reduce our planets greenhouse gases by lowering energy consumption with our Led products. It’s a Win-Win for all.
For questions regarding our energy savings products please contact Dave Rozek at 630.290.1319
or email me at Dave.Rozek@M-Lites.com
Case Study: Commercial troffer component upgrade to LED Retrofit
Hawthorne Ridge Apartments: Woodridge, IL. (Small Retrofit Project)
Component upgrade of 70 fixtures in common areas: 1 x 4 Florescent Troffer to 1 x 4 LED Retrofit Kit (pictured above)
When we reduce a fixtures power consumption by 50 to 80 percent, and we provided the consumer a maintenance free retrofitted fixture it does make you ask yourself, why hasn’t everyone done this yet? At M-Lite, we have often found that the most common reason why the change has not occurred is because the product has not been demonstrated properly as to how it can be cost effective, and pay for itself.
So let’s see how a little investment can become a huge cash savings over a short period of time.
The actual return on investment (ROI) depends on a few efficiency measures below:
How many hours are the lights in use
What type of fixture are we upgrading to LED
How many are we upgrading to LED
What is the cost per kilowatt hour from the current electrical provider
How much does it cost to maintain the current fixture annually
The MR14 retrofit kits are the perfect component upgrade for most commercial Troffers that are 1×4 in size. These 1×4 Troffers normally have a 2 fluorescent tubes, and ballast system. Depending upon the age, and type they will consume between 68 to 120 watts. Our MR14 LED retrofit kit consumes 34 watts, so worst case scenario it will reduce the fixtures power consumption by 50 percent.
As you can see from above the “Cost of Waiting” chart, it illustrates how it will cost Hawthorn Ridge apartments almost $900 a month not to retrofit. This is huge for such a small project, and considering HUD will give this apartment complex help with the majority of cost is another plus that we did not even factor in on our project proposal.
Another benefit that this project had was that the install was done by the maintenance staff at Hawthorn Ridge, which is one of the reasons why they will have a return on investment in less than 7 months. Since all projects are different we will customize our reports to factor in your variables, but in the case of this project, the cost of an electrical contractor to do the install would of still hit a return on investment in less than 12 months.
Overall, the goal is to save money, and investing in an LED Retrofit project can do just that. Hawthorn Ridge figures this will allow them to cut energy cost, and generate additional funds for other building upgrades in the future.
For further questions on this case study, please contact Dave Rozek at 630.290.1319
Our LED Troffer story:
When my good friend Manny Lin and I looked at how expensive it was to buy a New LED Troffer, we were shocked at the prices that we found. Many of the products that we were looking at to fill the needs on our lighting projects in Mississippi and Chicago were priced from $200 to $600 per fixture. The cheaper units actually didn’t give us enough light and the expensive ones were nice, but were putting our projects way out of budget.
So we went back to the drawing board and looked at out patented LED strip design and drivers. We met with our manufacturing arm and co-designed a NEW LED Troffer with UL approval. This is a huge step for M-Lite Solution, and Eco Lighting Designs being able to offer a LED troffer that retails for less than $100 a fixture, while producing over 5100 lumens of light.
Why is ours different?
The design is simple, and we are not recreating the lighting fixtures design. We have recreated what goes inside of the fixture. Our patented LEDs runs cooler, and our module provides an even flow of electrical current, which increases our LEDs longevity, and lighting output. We feel that the time has come that everyone deserves better light, and this New LED Troffer will do just that.
What type of Return on Investment can we expect?
When you reduce a fixtures power consumption by 50 to 80 percent, and have a maintenance free fixture for years to come, you will position yourself to save money. The actual return on investment depends on a few efficiency measures.
- How many hours are they in use
- What type of fixture was it replacing or compared to
- What is the cost per kilowatt hour from your current electrical provider
- Current annual maintenance of the previous or comparable fixture
Once we know the above factors we can give you an actual estimate of what your savings will be.
However, we recently did a product test on 70 common light fixtures at a HUD apartment complex in Woodridge, IL. and we will give you an example of their cost savings over a 10 year period.
Each lighting project is its own unique project. The reason I say that is, because this apartment complex has its own maintenance department that installed our products. So if you do not, we would have to factor that cost in.
If you notice from the graph, over a 10 year period they will save approx. $96,000 in energy consumption and maintenance. This project hits a return on investment at only 7 months of ownership based on there usage, and it cost them $823 a month not to do it. So as you can see, converting to an LED product from M-Lite Solution is a very wise investment. This is a small project, it gets really serious when we are talking hundreds, and/or thousands of fixtures.
What if we all made the switch:
Think about this? There are 500 million florescent troffers that need to be replaced or retrofitted in the U.S., not counting new construction.
What if we replaced them all and just ball parked what the savings would be?
We ballpark it at 685 Billion dollars in savings, and I think its much higher than that.
Do you think this could give our country or your business a shot in the arm?
Here’s a few things that I think it can do:
- We could hire more teachers
- fix more roads
- reduce our overall debt
- give your business more working capital
- reduce our green house gases
Can you see how this is a doable future for all of us?
We just need to be educated of how these New LED troffers and retrofit kits can give us a brighter future.
Please contact us to make the switch, and check out our new website, it is a work in progress and your input is welcomed.