How to Lower Your Church Lighting Bills with LED
published onApril 27, 2011

Leading a church that is dependent on tithes from congregation members can be a test of faith for any pastor. This is especially true in today’s economic climate, when many churches are struggling to serve their communities. Money must go toward outreach efforts, church marketing, ministry programs, and everyday expenses.

Houses of worship all over New York are looking for new ways to stay within their church budget – and especially to reduce recurring expenses, like electricity and heating and cooling bills.

Did you know that by replacing your church’s incandescent, halogen, or stage lights with LEDs, you can lower your electric bill — and enjoy other benefits and more flexibility with your lighting programming, too.

Yes, you may be thinking LED lights are currently more expensive to buy than other types of light bulbs. But they will actually save you more money in the long run that you can use to fund other ministries.

LED Lighting is Energy Efficient

LEDs use almost 80% less power than incandescent bulbs, which operate at only 20% efficiency. And each LED bulb only costs pennies to operate. So, for each 100-watt incandescent light replaced by an LED light, you can save about $65 a year (based at a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt hour).

Plus if your church uses stage lighting, a standard PAR 64 light typically uses a 300 to 1,000-watt incandescent lamp compared to a PAR 64 light with LED that uses only 20 to 75 watts on average, depending on the type and number of LEDs in the bulb.

Just think of how much lower your monthly electric bills will be based on energy efficiency alone by converting to LEDs! And your congregation will find it’s easier to read with LED lights since they produce a brighter light that’s closer to daylight.

LEDs Last Longer

LED light bulbs can last from 50,000 to 100,000 hours compared to about 2,000 hours for incandescent bulbs and 10,000 hours for fluorescent bulbs. That’s up to 11 years of continuous use or 22 years at 50% use with LEDs. So, you’ll no longer have to get out the ladder, rent a lift, or set up scaffolding to change those hard-to-reach lights due to high ceilings or struggle with the fixed-seating issue.

Since LEDs come in a variety of colors, you also won’t have to worry about replacing burned out gels on your stage lights either.

LED Lighting Produces Less Heat

Incandescent bulbs lose about 80% of their energy as heat, and stage lights can get very hot. Because LEDs generate very little heat, you’ll save on your church’s air conditioning costs as well. And your congregation will stay cooler and happier.

JD Pro Can Help Your Church

The professionals at JD Pro can help your NY or NJ-based house of worship determine the right LED lighting solutions for all your building and service needs. Call us today for your free estimate. From a stewardship standpoint, it makes sense to lower your lighting bills with LEDs.

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