American-made Tubular LEDs Lead the Way in Cost, Energy, and Time Savings

By April 11, 2017Energy Efficiency
Investing in high-quality products from the start results in long-term savings in the most demanding of applications.

Making the Most of Ever-Shrinking Budgets

Simply by changing its lightbulbs, the U.S. Navy is saving $50.7 million each year in reduced fuel costs and maintenance.1

How is this possible? Lighting accounts for roughly 20 percent of all electricity used in a facility. With 2.2 billion square feet of facilities in the Department of Defense (DoD), energy consumption is the single largest threat to energy resiliency—consuming 26 percent of the energy budget, totaling over $4 Billion. 2,3

Based on these numbers, switching from fluorescent lamps to Tubular LEDs (TLEDs) could save upwards of $800M a year in DoD electricity costs alone.

TLEDs also reduce lighting energy consumption by up to 60 percent and provide energy managers and public works officers a simple way to improve their energy efficiency. The U.S. Navy is reaping the benefits of these energy and maintenance savings today in the surface fleet. As of January 2016, 30 percent of U.S. Navy ships had been retrofitted with TLEDs that were manufactured in the United Sates.

Time Equals Money

Retrofitting fluorescent lights with high-quality TLEDs nearly eliminates the need for maintenance—saving time, reducing costs, and providing a safer work environment.

It might seem like a fairly simple task, but imagine changing a single commercial CFL or incandescent bulb 6 to 49 times over the course of 20 years. Now multiply that scenario by shipboard lighting requirements which are in the thousands. Unlike it’s Compact Fluorescent (CFL) or incandescent bulb counterparts, LED lighting doesn’t need to be replaced nearly as often resulting in significant decreases to maintenance requirements and man hours.

MAINTENANCE/BULB REPLACEMENT
 5 YEARS 10 YEARS20 YEARS 
# of Bulbs NeededMaintenance/Bulb ReplacementSubtotal # of Bulbs NeededMaintenance/Bulb ReplacementTotal # of Bulbs Needed
LED1-112
CFL21336
Incandescent Bulb1312252449
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Domestic Manufacturing Provides Increased Safety

When managing funds becomes of critical importance and the DoD must source reliable products built and tested to last the rigors of battle—domestic-made LED products are the way to go. Third-party certifications such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) require strict adherence to standards and specifications especially for products involving electricity in the US.  Additionally, governing bodies such as DesignLights Consortium (DLC) standardize energy efficiency, recognized by BAA and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) for Department of Defense applications, ensuring quality-focused manufacturing for reliable, mission-ready operation. 4,5

American-made LED lighting products source high-quality Trade Agreements Act (TAA) and Buy American components. Designed and tested domestically, they provide substantial long-term cost savings when compared to competitors who source lower-quality non-TAA compliant components for their products. U.S.-based companies also provide assurance to customers for service and warranty support. The resultant energy security from converting fluorescent lighting to TLEDs decreases non-tactical energy, allowing funds and precious energy to be prioritized for mission-essential requirements. TLED retrofitting is the fastest, easiest way for the DoD to reach their goals of continued energy reduction.

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  1. Harress, Christopher. “Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Outlines A More Self-Sufficient, Efficient Future For The Fleet” International Business Times 15 May 2014 http://www.ibtimes.com/navy-secretary-ray-mabus-outlines-more-self-sufficient-efficient-future-fleet-1589620
  2. OSD Facilities Energy Brief, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Installations and Environment). November 2011.
  3. US Department of Defense. “Base Structure Report – Fiscal Year 2015 Baseline.” 2015.
  4. Underwriters Laboratory. “What You Should Know About UL Certified Retrofit Kits” http://industries.ul.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/04/Certified-Retrofit-Kits-What-you-should-know.pdf September 2016.
  5. Whole Building Design Guide: Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) https://www.wbdg.org/ffc/dod/unified-facilities-criteria-ufc