Light up your retail business with energy-efficient options and save

Window displays and lighted signs are often-overlooked sources of potential energy savings. In addition to a lower monthly electric bill, your business may qualify for an FPL incentive, depending on the lighting you choose.

Energy-hungry quartz halogen lamps are commonly used for display lighting, including window displays, because they showcase merchandise in a bright column of light. Despite their effectiveness, halogen lamps are costly to operate. Metal halide track lighting and light-emitting diode (LED) tracks or spotlights offer light levels similar to those of halogen systems while consuming about one-third as much energy and lasting up to 16 times the lifespan of halogen lighting.

Metal halide and LED lighting systems have higher up-front costs than halogen setups, but they deliver savings over time. LED lighting offers other benefits for display lighting, too: it can infuse color, highlight sparkle and provide precisely directed light. Additionally, LEDs emit no ultraviolet or infrared radiation, so they can be used around UV-sensitive objects and merchandise that’s sensitive to heat.

Your total savings potential depends on the lighting you choose and usage patterns. Every 10-watt LED used to replace a similar, 40-watt halogen (MR16) light used eight hours per day saves approximately $11.50 per year. The same halogen lamp replaced with a similarly effective ceramic metal halide bulb saves about $7.00 per year.

You can get a better idea of how much your business stands to save by switching to more efficient display lighting by using this Energy-Efficient Track Light Savings Calculator.

  Halogen (MR16) Ceramic Metal Halide LED
Efficiency (lumens per watt) Approximately 20 40-60 40-70
Lifetime (hours) 3,000 9,000-12,000 30,000-50,000
Wattage 40 Watt 20 Watt 10 Watt
Cost to operate 8 hours/day at $0.12 per kWh $14/year $7/year $3.50/year

If your business uses neon signs, consider the savings you stand to gain by switching to LED-lit signs. While both draw attention with similar levels of brightness, LED signs are cheaper upfront, last four times longer and cost less to operate.

On average, an LED sign ranging in size from 22″x10″ to 37″x20″ costs about $30 less to purchase than a comparably sized neon sign. With neon signs costing an average of $222, you would spend about $888 buying signs over the lifespan of one $190 LED sign.

LED signs use less energy than neon signs, each saving roughly $14 per year over a neon sign (based on 12-hour-per-day use, 365 days per year).

FPL can help you choose lighting systems that are right for your business. Our Energy Experts can help you identify additional cost-saving ideas through a free energy audit and report. Schedule your Business Energy Evaluation today and start saving.