RENTON, Wash., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are considering a retrofit of your fluorescent fixtures with ballast compatible LED T8 tubes, getting the utility rebate should be a no-brainer, right? The answer will surprise you. Recently a few utility rebate programs began offering rebates for ballast-compatible LED tubes only, and some go as far as dictating that you must install a new ballast to get these rebates. This not only increases your initial installation cost (compatible ballast and labor), but also increases future energy usage (ballast draws additional power) and long term maintenance costs (compatible ballasts require maintenance/ replacement). Many times these additional costs are not considered in "Total Cost" calculations. Other factors to consider:
- Burn hazard due to ballast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSX0L6s4oWE
- Additional energy draw on ballast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvJVgrjyef4
- Ballast incompatibility: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ppZrz4jpY
Figure 1 shows the energy and maintenance costs over 5 and 10 years when using Aleddra SureFit DBA Plus tube on either line voltage or ballast. This LED tube works in both modes.
EXAMPLE: If the ballast is retained, there is an additional cost of $18.14 over (5) years and $39.28 over (10) years. Can you afford to take a rebate at $5.00/tube with these additional costs? Ask your CFO.
Tutorial video on the comparison spreadsheet: http://youtu.be/FLueRZh4PUQ
To download a copy of the spreadsheet: http://www.aleddra.com/AleddraSpec/OperationCostComparison.xlsx
Don't forget to contact Aleddra at email@example.com or 425-430-4555 for the best ROI on your energy efficient lighting projects. Contact your local electrical distributor or Aleddra for information.
Matthew Maa, 425-430-4555