LED Economics Make Sensible Solutions

November 19, 2010

A year ago, Eco-story LED Lighting Solutions was selected by The Timberland Company (NYSE: TBL) to “help its stores make an eco-friendly shift in lighting.” The results are impressive – both economically and environmentally.

Timberland, an outdoor footwear and apparel company, opted to use Portland, ME-based Eco-story to create special LED track lights that would improve overall ambiance, while saving money. According to a recent press release, 10 months after the LED system installation, the company has saved approximately $100,000 in electricity costs for 50 U.S. Timberland stores that were retrofitted.

Generally this meant that Eco-story replaced up to 150 50 to 90-Watt halogen spotlights in each store with 10-Watt Par 30 color-matched LED bulbs.

“Eco-consciousness led the way in our endeavor to make lighting changes, but with the Federal tax incentive and our lowered electric bill, the financial savings has been a significant advantage,” said Al Buell, Timberland store planning and construction project manager.

According to the release, Eco-story LED bulbs are predicted to last 6 to 10 years. As for failure rate, less than one percent of over 5,000 lamps failed and replacement was not difficult.

The Eco-story ECO-PAR-30-WW LED lamp features lighting-class Cree XLamp LEDs. For more information about Eco-story and its products, visit its website.

On its website, LED product advantages are listed:

  • Incredible energy reduction
  • Long bulb life which leads to lower maintenance, replacement, and safety costs
  • Reduced A/C costs because of the lower heat output form the bulbs
  • EPAct tax credits of up to .60 per square foot
  • Potential utility rebates
  • Direct screw in replacement means no hardware wiring changes
  • Dimmable
  • Custom manufactured for your application including wattage, beam disbursement, and Kelvin color

Eco-story LED Lighting Solutions, based in Portland, Maine, was founded in spring 2007. Eco-story bulbs contain no mercury or harmful substances and can duplicate current lighting specifications.


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Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.
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