Sustainability is a big focus here at Ambit Creative Group, so when the opportunity to save on energy by installing LED lights came up, we jumped on it. Our focus was on creating a better lit environment while also saving energy and money with more efficient lighting, all using local contractors and vendors.
At the end of 2014, we undertook a huge lighting project with the help of World Energy of Worcester and Boustris and Sons Electricians of Watertown, converting our 8′ T8 fluorescent bulbs to LED bulbs. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a bright, energy-efficient lighting component with no moving or fragile parts.
With this conversion, each fixture at Ambit Creative Group went from 118-watt power usage to 32-watt power usage. And we’ve got a lot of fixtures.
What kind of energy are we saving? The conversion saves us 42,000 kilowatt hours per year. To put that into a bit of perspective, the average household uses 10,000 kilowatt hours yearly, so the energy savings at Ambit alone is enough to power four American homes.
To provide an even greater efficiency, we installed motion sensors throughout our facility to ensure that if an area isn’t being used, it’s also not being lit. And there’s a big benefit for our visual business as well: the LED lights we’ve installed are closer to daylight color than the flourescent lights we had, allowing for a better look at our printing projects as they come off the presses.
We’re excited to contribute to a larger movement of modernizing lighting solutions and saving energy in the business sector. Here are some fun facts about LED lighting that we took into consideration when starting our project.
- Replacing existing lighting with LEDs can save between 50% and 90% on energy costs (source)
- LEDs create very little heat, meaning less of a load on your air conditioning system. In a business with as many fixtures as ours, this is something to consider! (source)
- LEDs may last up to 11,000 hours… or 11 years of continuous use (source)
- LEDs contain no mercury, and are far more environmentally friendly than traditional incandescent bulbs, according to a Department of Energy study (source)
- In 2012, 49 million LEDs were installed in the US, saving about $675 million in energy costs. Switching over to LEDs entirely in the next two decades could save the US $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50% and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions! (source)
If you’re a Massachusetts business interested in increasing the energy efficiency of your facilities, we’ve got a few resources for you to check out.
- MassSave information for businesses
- Massachusetts energy incentive programs
- A list of energy efficiency programs by state from the Small Business Association
- Northeast Energy Efficient Partnerships
We’re proud to be part of a movement to save energy costs and increase our environmental sustainability here at The Ambit Works.