Energy Savings Calculation for Lighting
How to Calculate Energy Savings for Lighting: Is there any difference in the energy savings if I replace light bulbs in a regular 120 volt fixture or in a 12 Vac low voltage fixture?
Calculating Energy Savings
Electrical Question: Is there any difference in the energy savings calculation if I replace light bulbs in a regular line voltage (120Vac) fixture or in a low-voltage (12Vac) fixture?
- I am replacing an MR16, 20W halogen with an 8W LED in a 12Vac lighting fixture.
- I want to calculate energy savings. Do I just use the difference in bulb wattage times my electricity cost ($0.08543/Kwh), or do I need to include the power rating of the low-voltage transformer in the savings calculation.
- The LED bulb has integrated driver. I can just swap out the bulbs, with no additional wiring or equip modifications.
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Background: Doug, a Homeowner from West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Energy Savings Calculation
Note: It is important to note that watts are watts, no matter what the voltage will be.
How to Calculate Energy Savings for Lighting
- The Energy Saving Calculation for Lighting is produced when we know the following:
- The total number of watts of the light fixture for all the lamps.
- The number of hours the light fixture will be turned on.
- The cost of electricity, which is the KWH rate as provided on your electrical utility invoice.
Watts x Hours x Cost Per KWH /1000 = Cost/Savings
Note: Keep in mind that the KWH Rate is Cost Per 1000 Watt Hours so you will have to divide the results by 1000.
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