The world’s largest owner and operator of self-storage facilities, Public Storage, has begun swapping its existing T12HO fluorescent lamps with GE Lighting’s LED sign lighting solutions at its more than 2,000 locations, and is expecting to save up to $1.9 million as a result.
“Each property is unique. We have multiple buildings at each location that can be single-story or multi-story buildings, which has made it difficult to standardize lighting and has led to varied repair and maintenance costs throughout our portfolio,” said Robbie Williams, vice president of facilities for Public Storage. “A third party maintains our LED signage lighting, which costs up to $1,000 per year per location including energy and upkeep. We really needed to standardize lighting and maintain information in one database while reducing our costs.”
With as many as eight signs at each storage location, the costs quickly added up for Public Storage. They initially looked at swapping to T8 fluorescent lamps but chose to swap to LED sign lighting as the technology became competitively priced and the light quality improved.
“We’ve had previous experience with other LED manufacturers, and a lot are now out of business. We wanted a stable company that would be here to be a partner for the longer term. GE Lighting is a pioneer in the industry and has an excellent reputation with quality, reliable LED systems,” said Williams.
Approximately 150 locations have already been fitted with the new LED lighting systems, and the rest will be retrofitted over the next three to five years.
Each property is subsequently expecting to reduce sign lighting energy consumption by 73 percent, earning them $799 per property over five years.
Source: GE Appliances and Lighting
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