Why Investing in Industrial LED Lighting Pays Off Quickly

3 min read - Savings

There are many opportunities for cost savings in the industrial setting.

If you’re still using traditional fixtures, it’s time to save on the high expense maintenance costs associated with metal halide, high intensity discharge (HID), fluorescent, and other inefficient lighting by retrofitting your facility with LEDs.

Let’s look at some of the numbers to demonstrate what makes industrial LED lighting such a smart investment.

Outdated Lights = Wasted Money 

Incandescent, halogen, metal halide, HID, and fluorescent lighting may be less expensive than some LEDs up front, but the fact is they’re costing you more in the long run due to their shorter lifespans and greater energy usage. Let’s take a deeper look:


Halogen lights typically offer around 2,000 hours of life, while you can find some incandescent lights that last between 10,000 and 25,000 hours, according to their manufacturers. You’ll also see that many commercial fluorescent lights usually last 20,000 to 24,000 hours. Sounds impressive, but these ranges fall short of the longevity of LED lighting as LEDs typically last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours.

Example: Say your facility runs at maximum capacity for 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. An LED light that has a 50,000-hour lifespan will run for about 4,167 days, or a little over 11 years. And remember — 50,000 hours is the lower end of an LED’s typical lifespan. 

Under those same 12-hour, 365-day operating conditions, a fluorescent light that lasts 24,000 hours would make it to 2,000 days, or a little over 5 years. An LED light lasts almost twice as long. Multiply that by the number of lights in your facility and the savings add up quickly.

Energy Efficiency

While the initial installation and retrofitting process to rid your facility of old, inefficient fixtures is an added expense, those costs will be repaid in short order. 

Retrofit projects swapping out fluorescent lights for LED fixtures often create over 50% in energy savings and payback in just 1 to 3 years. Those paybacks mean additional funds that can be allocated elsewhere in the budget.

LED products are more efficient by their very nature: less energy input and brighter light output — with the bonus of very little heat. Along with that efficiency, you’re getting better lighting that improves the safety, satisfaction, and performance of your employees.

Integration with Controls 

When you connect LED fixtures to a control system, you can program the lights to switch on or off at specific times, and set the appropriate light levels for a space. Sensors allow lights to only switch on when people are around, ensuring energy isn’t being used when it’s not needed.

Equipping lighting controls means better overall use of facilities, enhanced energy reduction, better data/insights, and a well-optimized facility — to name just a few of the benefits.

LEARN MORE: LED Lighting Control Systems

Other Benefits of LED Fixtures

  • Fewer Replacements. This allows you to allocate your facility budget elsewhere

  • Worker Safety. Improved lighting allows for better visibility, minimizing quality control issues and lowers the risk of accidents that could lead to costly issues such as increased employee turnover, lawsuits, insurance premium increases, OSHA violations, and more

  • Employee Morale. Inadequate lighting can contribute to a less-than-ideal working environment, which could push valuable employees to look elsewhere. That, in turn, leads to the added expenses of recruiting, hiring, and training.

READ MORE: See How Orion’s Customers Saved by Switching to LED Lighting

You Get What You Pay For

Finally, getting your LED fixtures from the right partner is key to seeing a significant return on investment with your LED retrofit. Not only will you get expert guidance in helping you select the best lighting for your specific needs, but you’ll also get higher quality, longer-lasting products. In other words, not all LED products are created equal. Orion manufactures and assembles most lighting fixtures in the U.S., adhering to strict regulations and high standards. 

We’re eager to discuss the potential savings – and productivity improvements – you could see from an LED retrofit in your facility. Contact us today!

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