LED lights not saving money?


Officials at two Michigan municipalities were shocked to learn that after installing energy efficient street lights, they would not receive a savings on their electric bills.

It turns out the utility company has not established a rate for LED lights.

Union Township and Alma officials were surprised when they found out.

John Barker, supervisor for Union Township, said that Consumers Energy told him the reason was because the LED (light emitting diodes) lights “are experimental.”

Terry DeDoes, spokesman for Consumers Energy, said that at this time there is no LED rate. However, the company submitted a request for approval to the Michigan Public Safety Commission “to participate in a pilot (program) with customers who own metered (street) lights.”

Source – The Morning Sun News

According to the Department of Energy…

Many of the LEDs produced in the 1970s and 1980s are still in service today. Typical lifetimes quoted are 25,000 to 100,000 hours but heat and current settings can extend or shorten this time significantly.

Now, from what I have learned, there really isn’t a “rate” difference. So these Michigan municipalities may not get what they are asking. The thing about LED lights is they still use the same amount of electricity. The benefit of using them is how long they last. And the life of an LED bulb versus a regular bulb is how you save money.

Example: With an initial investment of $50.00 per LED light bulb, you will break even mid-way through your second year, and you will save over $400 per bulb over the course of the bulb’s entire lifespan.

So they can and will save you money…just not necessarily on your electric bill.


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