Industrial coatings shop saves on energy with Independence LED tubes

Jan. 29, 2016
Project: PAC – Premier Applied Coatings
Highlights: Retrofit of Shop Lights for 25,000 sq. ft. Facility
Address: 326 S. Franklin St. Boyertown, PA 19512
Owner: PAC (

Opportunity for LED tubes:
Shop lighting consumes a significant amount of electricity for specialty manufacturing facilities. PAC had inefficient T12 fluorescent tubes running 9 hours per work day totaling 2,340h/year. The old tubes each used 187.2 kWh per year. At a $.12/kWh electricity rate, the T12 tubes cost $22.46 per year to operate. PAC had invested in a major rooftop solar system, so reducing the waste in the lights made strong economic sense.

LED Lighting Solution:
Independence LED provided energy savings of 62% over the existing fluorescents with new LED tubes and helped bring the facility to a “Net Zero” cost of lighting with the solar photovoltaic panels. This combination of solar on the roof and LED tubes in the ceiling serve as energy intelligent siblings.

LED Case Study Results:
By reducing the wattage by an average of 62%, the annual savings per tube is 117 kWh and $14.04. Over the 25 year life of the LED tubes at 9h/work day, the lifetime energy savings is over $360 per tube. The project also earned $6,646, one the first LED Tube Rebates from Met-Ed, a First Energy Company. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Reports that there are over 2 billion fluorescent tubes in American ceilings, of which over 900 million are outdated T12s like those at PAC.

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