Retail Furniture Chain Replaces Showroom’s Hot Halogen Spotlights with Super Efficient, Cool Burning LED Lighting. Estimated Annual Energy and Maintenance Savings of $295,000 Produces $3.4 Million in Savings Over Lifespan of the MSi Lights.
LAS VEGAS (Aug. 18, 2010) – The “City of Lights” has gotten a little bit brighter and greener thanks to the addition of 4,500 MSi iPAR LED lighting fixtures. Summerlin, Nevada based furniture retailer RC Willey recently replaced all of the halogen spotlights in its 50,000 square-foot Las Vegas showroom with super efficient MSi LED lighting.
All of the showrooms 90-watt halogen spotlights were replaced with 10-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 instillation store employees had noticed a drop in the showrooms temperature.
Management was able to raise the air conditioner thermostat settings by four degrees resulting in an annual savings of $90,000 in cooling costs alone.
“Many retailers are a little concerned about the initial investment of converting to LED lighting,” said Bruce Johnson, MSi managing partner. “But if they take the time to run the numbers, 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. RC Willey has realized a savings of $182,000 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 10-watt iPAR burning 12 hours a day will last for up to 12 years. For RC Willey’s Vegas showroom that adds up to $21,000 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 POWERBANDä technology allows users to fine tune their lighting by selecting either 8, 10 or 12 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 CrimpFinä design uses multiple thin fins for greater heat dissipation with less weight. Its PIC DATA PROä intelligent communications allows the use of a hand-held device to receive data from the light including hours of use, date of manufacture and wattage. They are available in a variety of color temperatures and beam angles.
“When RC Willey 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 Johnson. “They discovered that over the 12-year lifespan of the LED lights they would save somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.4 million in this one showroom alone. When retailers see these kinds of savings, they realize that investing in LED lighting is like putting money in the bank.”
Source: MSi Lighting
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