Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Save Your Restaurant Thousands Per Year



If you’re a restaurant owner or manager, there may be a major money drainer in your midst. It’s constantly around you, picking your pockets every second. And you haven’t the slightest idea the larceny is taking place. No, it’s not the waiter you suspect of sneaking pastry samples when your back is turned. The perpetrator in question is your ever-present supply of light bulbs. Lighting seems like an unlikely culprit to use up a significant amount of energy, but according to they are responsible for roughly 24% of a restaurant’s energy costs.


Standard incandescent light bulbs are the most popular and yet the least efficient bulbs on the market. If you’re illuminating your eatery with these, you’re definitely taking revenue out of your bottom line. Any owner or manager, who prefers restaurant profits to electric company profits, can benefit from energy efficient light bulbs.

Exactly How Much Will an Energy Saving Light Bulb Save You?

To get an idea of the extra wattage you’ll get from this environmentally friendly bulb, it’s best to compare it with the conventional incandescent bulb to an LED (one of the best energy savers on the market today). When the two go head-to-head, the LED light bulb is a staggering 75%-80% more efficient.

To break this down further, an average restaurant light bulb that is used for twelve hours a day will burn around 385.4 (kW/h) per year, compared to 61.7 (kW/h) for an LED bulb. With a $.20 cost per (kW/h) an LED bulb with save a restaurant $361 over a five year span. The number of lights per restaurant varies, but if a restaurant were to change 25 of their light bulbs to LEDs, that energy efficient would translate to $9,014 over five years or $1,803 a year. And an LED bulb has a lifespan of 50k hours, so after those five years, it will likely still have half it’s lifetime remaining.Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 1.18.49 PM


After partnering with Lighting Science Group, Applebee’s replaced over 3,000 incandescent and halogen lamps with Lighting Science’s 8W A19 LED, 14W BR30 LED, 8W Par20 LED, and 6W MR16 LED. Following the project’s completion, Applebee’s reported an 88% reduction in total energy usage for lighting, sparing an average of 820 kilowatts per year.

LED light do cost more than conventional incandescent bulbs, but they generally last anywhere from 20-25 times longer. Because they don’t cost 25 times as much as the traditional kind, they’re still a major bargain. Not to mention, you won’t have to break out a ladder to change them nearly as often.

Appliance Friendly, Too!

Interestingly enough, the Department of Energy revealed that approximately 90% of conventional incandescent light bulb energy is expended in the form of heat. This might be welcome in the thick of a snowy winter. But during a sweltering summer, all that bulb heat will put an added strain on your air conditioning system. And the harder your air-conditioning works, the higher your bills rise.

Clearly, restaurant owners and managers have every reason to go with energy efficient light bulbs. Environmentally friendly and wallet friendly, they have it all over the conventional type.


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