Making Money in Lighting Requires more Than Bulbs

The LDR From Orion Systems

Congress passed a law in 2007 stipulating that bulbs that produce 100 watts' worth of lighting need to meet certain efficiency guidelines beginning in 2012. Since most incandescent bulbs do not meet the prescribed guidelines, many of them face a production or import ban. In 2014 bulbs producing 40 watts' worth of light faced efficiency standards. While a few manufacturers have come out with more efficient incandescent and CFL bulbs, most lighting companies have shifted their focus to alternative lighting technologies.


The new technology is the LED bulb and there is a heated race to get as many old technology bulbs out of circulation as is humanly possible. While LEDs are the new darling in the lighting industry they do not solve all problems. Technologies like the compact fluorescent light, or CFLs, are probably the most obvious choice after incandescent bulbs, in terms of costs and adaptability. But the disadvantages of CFLs include a shorter life span and slightly higher cost of usage than LEDs. The CFL's lifespan declines more in daily home usage where one needs to switch them on and off frequently.


Philips lighting was among the first major lighting companies to offer LED lights in the LED A21 which used only 17 watts of power but glows like a 75 watt bulb. Use of LED bulbs cut electrical costs and lowers the carbon foot- print on behalf of the environment. According to Philips, one can plausibly generate a lifetime savings of $160 on power bills and reduced carbon emissions due to reduced energy consumption using these bulbs.


General Electric has captured a sizable market share sine entering the LED market.  GE has   showcased its LED Edge lighting fixtures. According to GE, these lights will have longer lives in addition to lower power consumption than incandescent bulbs. The fixtures would also include a textured optical screen.


Perhaps the biggest player to enter the lighting market is the LED chip maker Cree.  The company not only offers an LED light that is a replacement of the 60-watt bulb aimed at the mass market but Cree is a major player in municipal lighting.


Orion Energy solutions has revolutionized the office troffer; the LDR and is expected to take that segment of the LED market by storm.

Anyone expecting to make real money in the lighting retrofit industry must understand that companies are not retrofitting because they are enamored with the latest technology, companies retrofit because it saves money or solves some other problem.


Its a wonderful  thing to have something so revolutionary that it gets you excited trying to tell others about it. The Orion Systems LDR is such a product. Literally a picture is worth a thousand words and a video says it all. As you watch this short video consider just how many office buildings, schools, municipal buildings your can retrofit all by yourself with this great industry first.

Explanation of Terms


Kilowatt (kW): A kilowatt equals 1,000 watts – a unit used to measure

the electricity required to power electrical devices. For example, if an electric clothes dryer requires 5,000 watts, this equals 5 kilowatts.


Kilowatt-hour (kWh):


The standard unit of measure used to determine the amount of electricity a customer uses. Running a 5,000-watt electric clothes dryer for one hour

consumes 5 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Now you can make the calculations.


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