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Upgrading your interior lighting, exterior lighting, and/or signage to LEDs may not seem like a big deal to a lot of businesses, but this one little upgrade can bring forth a lot of benefits. Here are 4 reasons why you should upgrade to LEDs.

ENERGY SAVINGS
The most obvious and perhaps most well-known benefit of LEDs is that they use less energy. Based on research by ENERGY STAR, LED bulbs use 75 – 85% less energy when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.

LEDs also give off much less heat than incandescent or CFLs, meaning less air conditioning in the summer to keep the heat down. While this may seem insignificant, the costs quickly add up for large retail stores; especially, if there are multiple locations.

MAINTENANCE SAVINGS
LEDs also have a much longer lifetime than incandescent and CFLs, often lasting 50 times

longer. They are packaged with 5-year manufacturer replacement warranties and a projected 10-year lifespan, meaning minimal replacement costs and service costs for at least 10 years.

You might think changing a light bulb is no big deal, but imagine changing the light bulbs of a 72ft outdoor sign. The service costs alone can run into the thousands; that is if you can find someone with the right expertise and equipment to perform the replacement.

COLOR RENDERING AND VISUAL ADVANTAGE
LEDs tend to place very high on the Color Rendering Index, meaning it presents a more vibrant color compare to other light bulbs. In fact, it’s often the go-to choice for many lighting designers. An emerging LED technology is color pumping, which boosts the output of selected color spectrums, creating more contrast and more vibrant colors.

LEDs also produce a more focused and directional light that accentuates and highlights brilliantly. Pairing that with the color rendering makes LEDs an excellent choice for retail. The North Face Vancouver recently upgraded their lighting to LEDs, you can check the difference and read their story HERE.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Upgrading to LEDs help businesses reduce tens of thousands kWh of energy each year. But what does that really mean? Based on provincial data, an average household uses ~11,000 kWh of energy each year, so if a business saves 44, 000 kWh energy annual, it’s the same as taking 4 households off the grid. On average, a Relight retrofit help businesses save 80,000 – 100,000 kWh of energy annually, equivalent to taking 10 houses off the grid for every retrofit.

We understand that an overall retrofit can be daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. We are here to offer our expertise and guidance to make sure your retrofit goes as planned. Feel free to contact us for more information or for a free lighting audit.

BC Hydro Power Smart Program is an incentive rebate program that promotes energy-efficient lighting solutions all across BC. The rebate program drastically offsets initial retrofit costs and enables businesses to retrofit their lighting and signs. Through the retrofit, businesses can expect to reduce energy consumption by as much as 85%, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of savings each year.

As of November 2016, BC Hydro has exhausted its budget for the Power Smart Energy Rebate Program for 2016. It has been announced rebate applications will begin again in January 2017, so there’s no better time to learn more about the BC Hydro rebates process. As a BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance member, Relight is here to guide you through the rebate process and teach you how to maximize your savings.

WHAT’S THE REBATE APPLICATION PROCESS?

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR BC HYDRO REBATES?
-All commercial rate business customers
-Small industrial sites that spend < $25,000 on electricity per year -Residential stratas (common areas) -Large enterprises that consume > 4 GWh per year

HOW ARE REBATE AMOUNTS DETERMINED?
Your rebates are determined by a combination of energy savings, project cost, and payback period. The estimate will be given along with the pre-approval. The larger the energy savings, the larger the rebate.

WHICH PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REBATES?
All products listed on BC Hydro’s e-catalog are available for rebates. For large enterprises (> 4 GWh energy consumption per year), all energy efficient products are available for rebates. *subject to BC Hydro inspection

WHEN TO SUBMIT THE PROJECT DECLARATION?
Project declarations must be submitted within a year of the project pre-approval.