New Survey Releases Energy-Efficient Lighting Trends In 2013

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Precision Paragon [P2] Survey Results Predict Continued Fluorescent Popularity, Show Industry Growth

Whether you're looking at the available technology or the opportunity for energy savings, this a great time for the industry, and for end users who benefit from the savings.

Today, energy-efficient lighting manufacturer Precision-Paragon [P2] released the results of its 2012 Energy-Efficient Lighting Industry survey, distributed to over 4,000 energy efficiency professionals.

The survey results show that 77% of survey respondents expect their energy-efficient lighting revenue to grow in 2013.

In past years, respondents’ predictions have been proven accurate. For example, in the survey that [P2] conducted at the end of 2011, 69% of respondents surveyed expected moderate or substantial growth in their revenues from energy-efficient relighting projects in 2012. In this most recent survey, conducted in December of 2012, 67% reported actually experiencing either moderate or substantial growth during 2012. That's a difference of just 2% between expected and actual growth.

"The lighting professionals who take our survey know the industry," explains [P2]'s vice president and general manager Joe Martin. "Based on our past experience, I think it's fairly likely that we'll see their predictions come true between now and the end of the year."

The survey also established that automated lighting controls are being specified in nearly half of all retrofits. Survey takers indicated that, on average, 48% of their energy-efficient lighting retrofits use automated lighting controls. Automated lighting controls respond to occupancy conditions and light levels, making sure that lights are turned off when they’re not needed, and turned on when they are.

In terms of energy-efficient lighting technology, the survey predicts that fluorescent lighting will continue to be the predominant technology installed in 2013. 68% of survey takers expect that linear fluorescent will represent the primary lighting technology they install in 2013.

It’s no surprise to see linear fluorescent remain the most popular energy-efficient technology among lighting professionals.

"Even as LED technology continues to improve, advances in fluorescent lighting technology have helped to keep it a very attractive option," said Martin.

Just this year, major lamp manufacturers began to offer fluorescent lamps with 80,000 hour rated lifespans. For a fluorescent lamp operating 12-hours a day for 365 days a year, that’s a rated lifespan of more than 18 years. Combined with the lower initial costs of fluorescent lighting and the technology’s other benefits, it’s not surprising to see that survey takers predict that fluorescent will be the dominant energy-efficient lighting technology of 2013.    

"Our survey results back up what most people in the industry already know," Martin concludes. "Whether you're looking at the available technology or the opportunity for energy savings, this a great time for the industry, and for end users who benefit from the savings.”

About Precision-Paragon [P2]: For over 20 years, [P2] has made high-quality, indoor-and-outdoor light fixtures for just about any setting—including retail, commercial and industrial spaces. [P2]’s energy-efficient lighting drastically cuts energy consumption, creating big cost savings and significant environmental benefits.

Over the last two decades, [P2] has earned a reputation for going the extra distance in customer support by producing high quality, American-made products. [P2] products are manufactured in Gainesville, Fla., Hudson, Wis., and at the company’s headquarters in Yorba Linda, Calif.

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