The “Sunshine Factory” has gotten a little bit brighter and greener thanks to the addition of over 5,000 MSi iPAR LED lighting fixtures. Tucson, Arizona based furniture retailer Sam Levitz recently replaced all of the halogen spotlights in four of its five locations with super efficient MSi LED lighting.
All of the showroom’s 90-watt halogen spotlights were replaced with 12-watt iPAR LED lights. The conversion was a simple matter of unscrewing the old lights and screwing in the new ones, but the results were immediate and dramatic. Unlike hot burning halogen lights, the extremely efficient LED lights produce very little heat and within hours of installation store employees had noticed a drop in the showroom’s temperature. Management was able to raise the air conditioner thermostat settings by four degrees, which will result in an estimated annual savings of $80,000 in cooling costs alone.
“Many retailers are a little concerned about the initial investment of converting to LED lighting,” said Daniel Stein, MSi Western Regional Sales Manager. “But if they take the time to run the numbers, and take into account that Tucson Electric Power will pay up to 50 percent of the project costs, they’ll see that switching over produces a great return on their investment.”
LED lighting produces savings that go far beyond just cooling cost. MSi iPARs use a fraction of the power required by halogen spots while producing a no compromise beautiful light that enhances product displays. Sam Levitz will realize a savings of $162,000 yearly in electricity cost alone.
Additional savings are realized in the lower maintenance and replacement cost for LED lighting. The typical 90-watt halogen light burning 12 hours a day will need to be replaced approximately every four months. The 12-watt iPAR burning 12 hours a day will last for up to 12 years. For Sam Levitz that adds up to $24,000 annually they won’t have to spend replacing burnt out halogen bulbs.
These MSI iPAR lights are packed with state-of-the-art features that can’t be found in comparable LED lighting. Innovative POWERBAND technology allows users to fine tune their lighting by selecting either 10, 12 or 16 watt output with the simple twist of a band found on the back of the light. The iPAR is fully dimmable using most standard dimmers and its CrimpFin design uses multiple thin fins for greater heat dissipation with less weight. They are available in a variety of color temperatures and beam angles.
“When Sam Levitz totaled up all the savings – the reduced power consumption of the lights themselves, air conditioning savings, and the lower cost of maintenance and replacement – they were really quite shocked,” added Stein. “They discovered that over the 12-year lifespan of the LED lights they would save somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.1 million. When retailers see these kinds of savings, they quickly realize that it becomes negligent not to convert.”
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