As more convenience stores are retrofitting older stations with LED lighting technology and installing them in new stores, the significant advantages of LEDs are becoming more obvious. Besides from their clear aesthetic advantages, LEDs offer some additional operational advantages.
Perhaps one of the biggest operational benefits for LEDs lies in their dependability. The operational life of LEDs is projected to be from 35,000 to 50,000 hours, compared to 750 to 2,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, 8,000 to 10,000 hours for a compact fluorescent and 20,000 to 30,000 hours for a linear fluorescent bulb. For this reason, LEDs hold their brightness longer and provide a longer life, offering a high return-on-invest through lower maintenance and replacement costs.
Another strength of LED technology is their reduced power consumption, which is a key consideration when trying to reduce energy costs. LED bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity and are designed to approach 80% efficiency, which means 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light energy.