New energy efficient lighting systems can offer large dollar savings to a customer. In a commercial or industrial facility lighting becomes an even higher priority because of work efficiency, productivity, and safety. Although large savings can be achieved by investing in high efficiency lighting systems, their maintenance issues can become more frequent and much more expensive. Whereas the old magnetic ballasts could last for 40 years or more, new energy efficient systems with LEDs and/or electronic ballasts often come with replacement rates that are not close to the estimated life advertised by the manufacturers.
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Lighting systems are more sophisticated with electronic circuits in lighting controls and in the LEDs and compact florescent bulbs and electronic ballasts. Now that we now have hundreds if not thousands of computer chips in a lighting system, the need for protecting lighting panels with Total Protection Solutions surge suppression and power filtering has become much more important today than in the past. The communication of these computer chips within a system can be improved and peak performance can be maintained for many years when properly protected.
The following information is from the City of London Ontario Surge Suppression Case Study.
“The following is an estimate calculation of replacement and maintenance costs of florescent tubes and ballasts annually:
|1,404 Fluorescent tubes @ $2 per bulb||$2,808.00|
|375 Ballasts @ $17 per ballast||$6,375.00|
|Maintenance costs estimated $5 for every 4bulbs||$1,755.00|
|Maintenance costs estimated $15 per ballast||$5,625.00|
|Surge Suppression install: $16,800.00|
Obviously we will have tubes and ballast fail but not on the scope we had.
With the results currently seen with the TPS equipment installed it is estimated that 75% life has been added to our fluorescent lamps and ballasts. Our payback will be 12 months for our entire facility.”
Maintaining the performance and life of equipment your customer has invested in allows for the energy saving system to do its job. On paper these solutions look wonderful, but maintenance, downtime and repair all need to be factored in. Although some locations have more failures than others, premature failure will happen without proper protection. Energy saving devices are green for the environment, but if they are going to end up in landfills because of premature failure we missed the sustainability part of the solution.
Sustainability means future savings!