The advent of Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) systems has ushered in a new era of potential savings for both businesses and homeowners who use these systems,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Garry Stanard, owner of Gosch Supply & Lighting Centre.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ For homeowners, Energy StarÃ‚Â®-qualified CFL fluorescent fixtures use 75% less energy, generate less heat and last up to ten times longer than incandescent lighting,Ã¢â‚¬Â Stanard said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And LED systems are more compact, can last up to 40,000 hours (15+ years) and are cool to the touch with a pure, even flow of light. These systems are perfect for better lighting from your kitchen to your entertainment center. In fact, the Oct. 2009 issue of Consumer Reports said: Ã¢â‚¬ËœOur tests confirm that CFLs use far less energy and last longer than regular incandescent bulbs. That can save you about $56 over the life of each CFL. ThereÃ‚Â are also CFLs for most fixtures, indoors and out.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â
Stanard said these energy savings extend to lighting systems for business and industry as well: Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is a six-inch recessed LED dimmable light, for example, that replaces a conventional 65 watt incandescent bulb with just 12 watts in a standard six-inch housing. That pays for itself in less than three years and lasts more than 20 years (15,000 hours).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In addition, T5 and T8 High Efficiency (HE) fluorescent systems typically used in industrial applications can also reduce costs. In fact, the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers a broad range of incentives that give dollars back per fixture for replacement, retrofit or new construction,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Patricia Davis, Gosch sales consultant. Ã¢â‚¬Å“These incentives cover everything from $10 incentives for replacing each EXIT sign with an Energy Star LED sign to $20 incentives per fixture on High Performance T8 fluorescent lamps and ballasts. T5 High Bay replacements have a $75 per unit rebate and use 45% less wattage. We help our customers get the maximum benefit from this opportunity.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Another area affecting homes and businesses is federal, state and local regulations concerning spent lighting and electronic equipment as hazardous waste.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Much of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lighting and electronic equipment contain hazardous materials such as mercury, lead or PCBs,Ã¢â‚¬Â Stanard said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In Oswego County, there are opportunities for residents to dispose of their spent lighting through special hazardous waste collection arrangements. For businesses and industries, we offer a variety of packages for disposal of fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, computer electronics, and dental waste that meet all state, local andÃ‚Â Federal regulations. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s simple, safe and convenient.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For further information, contact Stanard at 315=598-4592 orÃ‚Â [email protected].