Less Energy Destroyed – LED Lighting

Posted on May 9 2012 - 3:17pm by Garret Stembridge

Last month I talked about the different things Extra Space Storage is doing to reduce its consumption of electricity. This week I want to highlight a kind of lighting that we use at our facilities to reduce energy consumption – LED lighting.

Even though LED doesn’t stand for Less Energy Destroyed, it might as well. LED lighting is at the cutting edge of lighting technology. Only until recently has this type of lighting become more widely used and recognized. LED lights outperform incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescents (CFLs) in the following areas:

  • Life Span
  • Environmental Impact
  • Light Output

And when I say outperform, I mean SIGNIFICANTLY outperform the others. Design Recycle Inc. has a great chart that shows the direct comparisons between the three different kinds of light bulbs mentioned above and just how much better LED lights do than the others.

With a longer life span, brighter light output, and less energy consumed, LED light fixtures were a no brainer for Extra Space Storage. In fact, as part of its lighting retrofits, Extra Space Storage has LED wall packs installed on the exterior of its facilities to provide sufficient and convenient lighting to those who access their units early in the morning or late in the evening. These lights also serve as an extra security measure, serving as a deterrent for thieves and vandals throughout the night.

To further illustrate how effective these lighting retrofits have been, let’s take a look at a few examples:

The Extra Space Storage facility on Old Columbia Rd. in Columbia, MD has been fully retrofitted.  12 months after the retrofit’s completion, this facility has seen a 23% reduction in electricity – the equivalence of 9 cars removed from the road or 52 tons of Carbon Dioxide (Co2) removed from our air.

Another great example is the Extra Space Storage facility on Slauson Ave. in Santa Fe Springs, CA. In the first 12 months of having the lighting retrofit done, this facility reduced its electricity consumption by 24% – the equivalence of removing 4 cars from the road or 160 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Although this facility initially used less energy than the facility in Columbia, MD, the lighting retrofit still had a significant impact.

As Extra Space Storage continues to retrofit more and more of its facilities, it will continue to reduce its impact on the environment. As we all do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, we will ultimately have a significant impact on the reduction of energy consumption and waste production – making our planet a cleaner, better place.

Garret Stembridge