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Help conserve energy with lighting products like halogen, linear fluorescent and LED bulbs from Grainger. Here you'll find thousands of more energy-efficient lighting solutions including compact fluorescents and recycling kits to help dispose of old light bulbs. Install lighting controls, including dimmers and occupancy sensors, to help reduce your electric bill and take even more costs out of managing your facility.

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Lighting Legislation

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The Department of Energy has raised the minimum efficiency requirements for many categories of lighting. Learn how you can save on utility and replacement costs.

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LED Lighting

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Energy is often the largest line item on an operation's facility management bill. Monitoring and reducing excess energy use throughout your facility can lead to savings, as well as help reduce your energy costs on an ongoing basis.

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You'll find a broad selection of lighting solutions from the top manufacturers in the industry. Grainger has all the lighting products you need to keep your workplace bright.

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Light Bulb Comparison

See how replacement options for a 60W incandescent lamp (used three hours per day at $0.11/kWh) stack up.
 
  Halogen Lamps Compact Flourescent Lamps LED Lamps
 
 
 
HALOGEN
Incandescent

About $7 per bulb
 
 
 
 
CFL (Compact
Fluorescent)

About $8 per bulb
 
 
 
 
LED (Light-
Emitting Diode)

About $48 per bulb
 
 
 
  Life
Span
 
 
 
1 to 3 years
(up to 3 times as long)
 
 
 
 
7 to 11 years
(up to 10 times as long)
 
 
 
 
23 years or more
(up to 25 times as long)
 
 
 
  Savings*  
 
 
Around $2
 
 
 
 
Around $53
 
 
 
 
Around $137
 
 
 
  Must-Know
Info
 
 
 
Great for spaces where lights are turned on and off frequently.

But halogens just meet new standards, using only 28% less energy. You won't see a dramatic savings here, but they should last longer.
 
 
 
 
Great for spaces where lights are left on for 20 minutes or longer at a time.

But CFLs take a little while to warm up to full brightness. Frequent on-and-off switching can shorten life. Be careful if this lamp breaks, it contains mercury and should be handled with care.
 
 
 
 
Great for spaces where lights are hard to reach and usually kept on. LEDs also emit less heat and are harder to break.

But LEDs cost more up front and should not be used in enclosed fixtures.
 
* Energy cost savings over the life of the bulb compared to incandescent lamps. Sources: Department of Energy and ENERGY STAR

Lighting Sensor Comparison

One way to reduce lighting consumption is to simply turn lights off when they are not needed. Another approach is to install lighting controls such as occupancy sensors. You can reduce lighting energy use by 50% in existing buildings and by at least 35% in new construction, according to the New Buildings Institute.

 
  Halogen Lamps Compact fluorescent Lamps LED Lamps LED Lamps LED Lamps
 
Hybrid or Combination Sensors
 
 
Integrated Daylight Sensors
 
 
Wall Switch Sensors
 
 
Wall or Ceiling-mounted Sensors
 
 
Specialized Sensors
 
 
Description
 
 
Two or more technologies minimize false detection, usually passive infrared (PIR) and ultrasonic, or PIR and audio.
 
 
PIR or ultrasonic sensors with a light-level sensor.
 
 
PIR, ultrasonic, or combination/hybrid sensor and control circuitry packaged into one unit. Sized to fit in a standard wall box.
 
 
PIR, ultrasonic, or hybrid sensors designed to be mounted separately from the control unit(s), usually in high locations.
 
 
PIR or ultrasonic sensors designed specifically for bathrooms, hallways, and stairwells.
 
 
Advantages
 
 
Can be very reliable, allowing wide coverage and applications.
 
 
Can be wired to a dimming circuit to control room lighting based on available light and occupancy.
 
 
Small, inexpensive and easy to install.
 
 
Can cover wide areas effectively; switching units can control a variety of equipment.
 
 
Specifically designed for these spaces.
 
 
Recommended Application
 
 
Large, open areas and areas with unusual occupancy patterns or work requirements.
 
 
Areas that receive large amounts of daylight.
 
 
Smaller meeting rooms, individual offices, and storerooms.
 
 
Large areas.
 
 
Specialized areas.
 

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