Chandelier Bulbs Are Costly.
Traditionally chandelier bulbs come in varying sizes of incandescent lamps. Typically they have the shape of a torpedo. The fancy ones have a 'flame-tip' where the glass has been molded into the shape of a flame.
These lamps (aka bulbs) burn-out frequently thus requiring daily inspection/attention - particularly in any commercial environment.
Just think: The hotel owner installs an Amazing chandelier to make their business more welcoming.
Now - in you come - a guest arriving at this 'up-scale' hotel. Just how welcoming is it when you notice a bunch of lights that are burned-out? Would you wonder where-else anticipated Service might have also been cut-back? Well, you are not alone with such thoughts.
We are aware of at least one restaurant chain where surprise inspections occur regularly. If there are more than 2 burned-out bulbs, there are reprimands/fines levied.
Let's consider the Owner's situation
Isn't the chandelier pictured below beautiful? The iron work is magnificent.
Mounted near the entrance,
the chandelier gives a welcoming glow.....or .....?
Consider the Operating Costs
Examining the chandelier closely, we note there 12-candles.
If each is a 25W bulb, the fixture consumes 300W (same as 3 x 100W bulbs.)
This particular fixture consumed less on the day the picture was taken.
"Good - and then....?" did you ask?
Well - let's look at it this way -
At 10-cents per kwh, What will be the energy cost over the next 25,000 hours?
Here's the calculation:
Hrs/1000 x Watts x $/kwh: or: 25,000/1000 x 25W x $0.10 = $62.50. That's $62.50!....
and that's for only 1 lamp.
This chandelier has 12 lamps) .... Now we are talking $750.00!!
Wait - Wait ! there's more.....
These incandescent lamps have a rated lamp life of 1000 Hours.
Many times they burn-out sooner for a variety of reasons. - But, let's say they do last 1000 hours.
Can we assume they cost $1.00 each and maintenance time, (frequently ladders are required to access the bulbs. Staff at $8.00/hour will be adding substantially to lamp changing costs) but let's just say: purchasing, handling etc... adds another $1.00 - The total cost over 25,000 hours is closer to $1,350.
The calculation: [12 Lamps x 25 lamp changes x $2.00] + $750.00 = $ 1,320.
ALORS....what's a poor Owner to do??
Did you know this can be cut to under $400 ! with a 2-year warranty against any failure!
This is an area that EELCO specializes in helping Owners hold on to more of their profits.
Now - how many chandeliers might your facility have?? Is this something that you'd like to remedy sooner than later? Call on us.