LED Lighting Case Study – Netherlands

 

 

 

Kitchen of a family

 

(Netherlands) This case is about a family in Netherlands, the house owner wanted to install some new down lights in the kitchen. These lights will be mainly used for accent lighting to light the oven, the water sink and the cupboard. The owner considered incandescent lighting and fluorescent lighting, but both of them were denied since they were not energy efficient and eco-friendly enough. And EU has planned to phase out incandescent lights, so they decided to find a new type of lighting which is not only energy efficient, but also eco-friendly. Finally they decided to employ LED lighting.

 

Since the existing fixtures are down lighting fixtures, and the owner did not want to replace them, LED down lighting solution will be the best option for him. He developed a set of requirements for any potential solution. He wanted a solution that would meet or exceed the light output and light quality of incandescent and fluorescent lighting. And he wanted a solution that could be easily installed without having to replace the existing fixtures.

 

After communicating with FOBSUN sales person and engineer, they determined to use FOBSUN LED lighting solution, and FOBSUN FCL-D9076-3W-H LED down light was chosen as the final solution.

 

Installation

The house owner installed 6 FOBSUN FCL-D9076-3W-H LED down lights in the kitchen as shown in the table below. The table also shows the hours of operation for each installation.

 

#

Incandescent Wattage

Location

Hours/year

6

20w

Kitchen

4380 hours

 

Business Case Analysis

The house owner conducted an analysis to determine the economic feasibility of using FOBSUN LED lighting. This analysis considered several factors including,

 

*Energy savings

*Capital cost

*Maintenance savings

*Reduction of hazardous materials

 

Energy Savings

Energy savings was the original driver for this project, and the savings were expected to be significant using the latest LED lighting technology. Compared to incandescent bulbs, each of the FCL-D9076-3W-H lights consumes 3 watts. Using the hours of operation and incandescent wattage from the table above, the energy savings are as follows:

 

Incandescent lamps: 526kwh/year

FOBSUN FCL-D9076-3W-H LED lights: 79kwh/year

Savings: 447kwh/year

 

The house owner pays $0.17/kwh for its electricity yielding an annual savings of $76.

 

Capital Cost

The capital cost of the LED down lights for this project was $210.

 

Maintenance Savings

The long service life of the FCL-D9076-3W-H down lights eliminates the maintenance cost associated with changing light bulbs (the replacement bulb cost and the associated labor). The approximate maintenance cost savings is $150/year using very conservative estimates for the labor and lamp costs.

 

Payback

Using the estimates above, the calculated time to payback for this project is slightly more than 0.9 years. Using only the energy savings, the time to payback is slightly more than 2.7 years.

 

Future Plans

The house owner is very pleased with the light quality and the appearance of the FCL-D9076-3W-H lights, and has identified additional applications for the product in order to increase energy savings.

 

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