LED Retail Lighting

Medieval Times – Saves over $9,000 a year by switching to LED light bulbs – 12 month ROI.

There’s a reason Medieval Times is the No. 1 dinner attraction in North America: Its unique combination of a medieval banquet and thrilling competition between Knights captures the imagination of all ages.  Putting on all this excitement comes at a cost however, and Medieval Times was seeking ways to reduce energy costs, specifically money and energy costs from lighting in its  immense, replica 11th century castle where the entertainment was hosted.

As a regular customer of Atlanta Light Bulbs they trusted  the expert advice from ALB Energy Solutions consultant Jesse Root and performed a full retrofit of all of their Par 38 Can Halogen lights and converted to more efficient LED lighting.

Medieval Times was  able to retrofit hundreds of lamps from a traditional 90 watt Par38 lamp with a lifespan on 2,500 hours, to a 20 watt LED Par38 with a lifespan of over 25,000 hours.  That’s 10X the lifespan for each lamp!

With so many colorful jousting knights in action, it was important to capture the authentic color reproductions, ambiance and look and feel of the pagentry. ALB Energy Solutions suggested high CRI (Color Rendering Index), dimmable, 2700 kelvin warm color Par38 LEDs. The end result was over 83% savings along with a nice $4,720 rebate from Georgia Power for using energy saving lighting.

The entire project cost less than one year operating costs and provided and excellent ROI, which paid for itself in just one year.  That’s enough to make one shout Huzzah!

Before (90 watt Par38) /  After (LED 20 watt Par38)

The advantages of the LED retrofit approach were numerous:

  • Long life: Average Lamp Life of  the 20 watt  LED is 25,000 hours, while 90 watt traditional Par38 lamp life is only 2,500 hrs.
  • Color Temperature: Available in 2700K, 3000K, 4000K and 5000K.  We used a 2700k lamp to maintain the warm light qualities of the traditional PAR38 Halogen.
  • Lower Maintenance: long life LED minimizes replacement and maintenance costs, as well as safety concerns associated with employees having accidents while on lifts or ladders.
  • Excellent Color Rendering:  82 CRI provides high quality and consistent color rendering.
  • Dimmable:  Dimmable to 5% for design flexibility.

Annual Energy Use Comparison

Previous Annual 93,506 kWh
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New LED Retrofit Annual 20,779 kWh
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GREENHOUSE GAS EQUIVALENCIES

Using the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, ALB Energy Solutions was able to determine that its recommendations reduced Co2 by 63.81 tons which equated to the annual output of: 13 passenger vehicles, or carbon sequestered by 52 acres of forests for one year.