LEDs for Businesses


When you are driving or walking down a street lined with various businesses, which of those stand out to you the most?

If you are like most people, the most eye-catching are those with electronic, brightly colored LED lighted signs. LED lights stand out and attract attention any time day or night. This is why it is a good idea to place one on the front of your business. To give you the visibility you want and need.

LED signs can also get you noticed from a further distance, especially at night. No matter what the weather, sunshine, rain or snow you can get your advertising out there. LED signs can be seen by pedestrians, bike riders and car riders.

Do you know how many cars pass by your business everyday? Probably hundreds if not thousands. Put a LED sign to work for you and get your name in front of all those missed customers. These type of signs are definite attention-grabbers.

LED Open signs are also one good way to attention from potential customers. These come in all colors and sizes. They can even be found with custom images specific to your business.

Basically, any idea that you have can be developed into a custom LED sign design. Add a motto or logo to your custom made image. It’s no problem for most companies. Custom made signs are a good idea for unique businesses. Or the company that just wants to stand apart.

Even if people don’t take the time to read your sign, an image will be obvious to them. For instance if you own a nail salon, a flower shop, or a pizza parlor, you can find an open sign with those images on them. Add vibrant colors and you’ve got an advertising overhaul.

You can say no to paper flyers and endless advertising in local newspapers and magazines. There’s no missing the message or the sale with a bright LED business sign. Plus over time you could save money on advertising your business.

Another excellent method of getting attention, is an animated LED sign. Certain lights on the animated LED signs flash and move. These signs also come with a variety of images and colors. If the lights themselves do not get you an extra glance, the animation will definitely do the trick.

Moving characters, funny characters, action images. All these options work together to bring your sign to life. Potential customers will find your signs entertaining and different.. A unique, quirky sign could be just what you need to set you apart from your competitors.

Having your text scroll across the screen draws the eye to the sign. You can crawl the text from left to right, right to left or up and down. The options are endless with an LED sign.

LED business signs are the most effective and affordable way to increase your customer traffic and sales. With one of these affordable signs, you are sure to draw customers into your store, bar, or restaurant. Your business is bound to grow with a simple sign upgrade!

Shop online today for an affordable LED Sign at a reputable online store like BrightLEDSigns.com…http://bit.ly/9HxhDr

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Last year, an Arizona company, Engenuity Systems Inc., is supplying McDonald’s with technology that will cut costs, save energy, and slash carbon emissions by ensuring that, among other systems, lighting operates at optimal efficiency.  More recently, on February 17, 2009, South Korean start-up SLD said it had signed a contract with McDonald’s to provide light-emitting-diode (LED) products to the company’s U.S. branches for the next five years.

McDonald’s has 32,000 locations and spends $1.5 billion (USD) on energy each year. 

In August 2008, McDonald’s opened its first targeted LEED®-certified restaurant in Chicago. The new fast food eatery is located at 4158 S. Ashland Avenue. 

4158 S. AshlandThe site was home to an older, corporate-owned McDonald’s which was torn down to make way for the new, greener establishment. McDonald’s calls the new site a “learning lab,” intended to help the company’s design team understand how new green technologies can be employed in both new restaurants and existing ones. The 24-hour eco McDonald’s includes systems that collect data continuously, giving the design team a large volume of data for comparative analysis for future sites.  Designers hope the site will earn LEED®-Gold certification. The project was the first fast-food restaurant to be granted a permit under the City of Chicago Green Permit Program.

The restaurant’s exterior signage is constructed around energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), just the second time such lighting has been used on a McDonald’s. By using signage with LEDs rather than traditional sign lighting, McDonald’s will consume less energy – perhaps as much as 50% less energy. The LEDs will last ten to twenty times longer than the average incandescent light bulb. 

Solartube skylights are visible throughout the restaurant to take advantage of natural light and reduce energy use. The indoor artificial lighting is controlled by a sophisticated system that adjusts the foot-candle illumination based on light entering through the skylights. Lighting controls will also sense and adjust energy use in lavatories and support spaces.store designs.

MANCHESTER – The Orvis Outlet Store has become a showcase for one of Efficiency Vermont’s latest energy-conservation experiments: Light-emitting diode lamps for retail stores.

Orvis personnel replaced about 300 lamps in the outlet store last summer. According to the company, the store has used 8,400 fewer kilowatt hours a month, which has saved almost $900 a month in electricity.

The LED lights are cooler than incandescent lights so the store also saved on air-conditioning costs.

Charles Clerici, with Efficiency Vermont’s business development services, said his group and Orvis, which has its headquarters in Sunderland and flagship store in Manchester, had determined last year that the project would provide enough energy savings that Efficiency Vermont could subsidize about half the installation costs.

“This LED project was one of the first of its kind in the state of Vermont. LED is a very promising technology but getting early adopters is always a critical path to getting success with the technology,” he said.

Orvis’ Director of Technical Services K. John Smith said the challenge was to find a lamp that was more efficient than incandescent lamps but also showcased the store’s products well.

“Everyone said, ‘Put (compact fluorescent) bulbs in your stores.’ Every time we did that, our retail design people said, ‘No, the colors aren’t right anymore. The color of the product inside isn’t the same as the color of the product outside.’ … What we found with LEDs is the coloring is much more true to natural light,” he said.

The LED lamps also fit into the store’s existing fixtures. Because of the width of compact fluorescent lamp bases, they don’t always fit into standard fixtures.

Smith said the LED lamps last an estimated 40,000 hours so they shouldn’t need replacement for nine to 10 years. Fluorescent bulbs lasted about 10 months in the outlet store.

The LED lamps were purchased from Maine-based Eco-Story. Most of the company’s LED bulbs sell for between $45 and $85.

According to Smith, Orvis expects to recoup its costs on the lamps in a little under a year and may expand the use of LED lamps to its flagship stores and other retail stores in its chain.

Orvis has made a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2020 because many believe that manmade carbon waste in the atmosphere is creating global warming.

Efficiency Vermont Senior Project Manager Dan Mellinger said the independent nonprofit was “not necessarily supporting (LED lamps) across the board” but wanted to continue to test their performance, the lamps’ longevity and other factors because it had shown promising results to date.

Orvis is a globally-known retailer of outdoor lifestyle products, especially fishing equipment.

Rohm Semiconductor will introduce LED lamps to replace incandescent or fluorescent products.

 

In March 2009, Japanese component manufacturer Rohm Semiconductor will begin selling LED-based lighting fixtures for offices and commercial facilities.

Prototype LED light

The company will sell five types of LED light fixtures, each shaped like an incandescent or fluorescent light and containing several hundred of Rohm’s 1-3 mm sq. LED chips.

The company had prototype versions of the fixtures on its booth at the Electronica tradeshow in November 2008 (see photo).

On the strength of the energy-conserving nature of such fixtures, Rohm is aiming for $110 million in sales in fiscal 2010.

 

U.S. Pentagon to Install Cree Recessed LED Luminaires – Projected to Achieve Better Than Four-Year Payback.

Cree Inc., a market leader in LED
lighting based in Durham, NC, will install more than 4,200 recessed
  LED luminaires at the Pentagon as part of a major renovation
currently underway.  "The U.S. federal government is taking a
leadership role in energy efficiency for federal buildings both through
existing mandates, as well as President-elect Obama's American Recovery and
Reinvestment Plan, which calls for the renovation of public buildings to make
them more energy efficient," said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and chief
executive officer. "Installations of highly efficient,
low-maintenance LED lighting, like these in the Pentagon and in the U.S.
Federal Reserve, demonstrate that the future of energy-efficient lighting is
here today."

The
Cree LED luminaires have undergone extensive government testing and
business-case analysis, including a preliminary installation at the Pentagon to
meter the fixtures and compare the results to the alternative fluorescent
technology. This comparison demonstrated a
22-percent
reduction in energy usage
and improved light
quality
.

The
analysis also proved a
payback of less than four
years
. The payback analysis considered energy savings, lifetime
maintenance savings, savings from reduced load on the HVAC system, and
elimination of hazardous waste disposal fees for mercury-laden fluorescent
bulbs. Extensive modeling was also performed to determine optimal lighting
design -analyzing the light distribution and spacing to ensure superior
lighting and energy efficiency.  The Pentagon installation is estimated to
save 140 tons of CO2 emissions per year. 

At www.LEDinsider.com, we are proud to carry
Cree LED light
s.
 Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to
obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient,
environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of
lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting solutions, and semiconductor solutions for
wireless and power applications.

Cree's
product families include recessed LED down lights, blue and green LED chips,
high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and
radio-frequency/wireless devices. Cree solutions are driving improvements in
applications such as general illumination, backlighting, electronic signs and
signals, variable-speed motors, and wireless communications.

Go to http://www.LEDInsider.com to buy your ENERGY STAR lights for your business


ENERGY STAR qualified LED lighting offers energy-saving options for commercial spaces, such as shelf-mounted and recessed lighting, as well as outdoor lighting. A fixture with LEDs is a seamless unit, built to last for many years. Find ENERGY STAR qualified LED lighting at home centers, lighting showrooms, and specialty stores.

What do I need to know before I buy an LED lighting product?

  • Ask for ENERGY STAR — tell your supplier or procurement official to only buy ENERGY STAR qualified — for good quality and a minimum three-year warranty.
  • Make sure you have a compatible dimmer switch if you want to dim your lights. Fixture manufacturers can provide a list of approved dimmers switches.
  • Make sure the color of the light is appropriate for the space — ask your supplier what colors are available.
  • Check back every few months — to see what new types of LED lighting products will be eligible for ENERGY STAR. Like the early days of computers, LED lighting technology is advancing at an incredible rate.
Commercial LED lighting applications

DID YOU KNOW?

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates there are at least 500 million recessed lights installed in U.S. homes and more than 20 million are sold each year!

ENERGY STAR qualified LED recessed down lights can decrease energy use by 75 percent or more.

Go to LEDInsider.com to buy your ENERGY STAR lights for your business

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Boston’s first official skyscraper, the Marriott Custom House Tower, beautifully and cost-effectively shows how well LEDs are replacing incandescent fixtures. This upgrade is gorgeous, as you can see from the picture, and will REDUCE ENERGY COSTS by ONE-THIRD.

Conceptualized by Lam Partners Inc, the 125 new LED fixtures were chosen from Philips Color Kinetics. The lights will last about 20 years, and will need less maintenance than the old fixtures. The tower is lit from the 17th floor all the way up to the peak of the tower and it makes a beautiful sight on the night skyline.

The improvement goes to underscore how far energy-efficient building has come in just the last few years. Brad Koerner, Project Designer at Lam Partners:

“To achieve this kind of architectural application with white LED technology would have been unthinkable even just a year ago. Today the long life and efficiency of white LED sources will open up new possibilities for sustainable urban lighting.”

LEDInsider can retrofit your offices as well as your homes. Go to http://www.LEDInsider.com and check out our commercial and residential solutions.

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