The ROI On changing metal halide to LED Sports Lighting

We have received inquiries from several customers about the return on investment of replacing their sports metal halide lamps with led sports lighting.

First of all, we need to know that replacing metal halide lamps with led sports lights is not meaning that replace one watt with one watt. What we need to consider is that luminous flux replaces luminous flux. In retrospect, luminous flux is the unit parameter that considers how bright a sports lighting fixture is. The luminous efficiency of a led sports lighting is higher than 120lm/w (AIKO’s sports lighting is more than 140lm/w) generally, while the traditional metal halide has the luminous flux of about 70lm/w, so the metal halide lamp can be replaced by lower wattage led lighting. This is also one of the important advantages of using led lighting, which is energy saving.

The most common project we have helped our clients finished is to replace the Philips MVP series metal halide lamps. Let’s make a comparison with this. Replacing 2kw Philips MVP lamp, if using Aiko’s sports lights, need 140lm/w ‘s 1200w Aiko Ares or Harmony sports lighting. Some manufacturers claim that their led sports lighting are 160lm/w or 170lm/w, so using their products to replace Philips MVP, can achieve better lighting performance.

At this point, we need to look at the sports lighting with a larger perspective, rather than just looking at the sports lighting themselves. For the lighting project of a stadium, sports lighting actually account the cost for only 5% and 8% of them. The most is in the pole, labor cost. 

For replacement projects, in order to reduce costs, we use existing lamp posts as much as possible. In the past, the lamp poles used for metal halide lamps only can bear low weight, so led sports lighting must also be light in weight and small in wind resistance. Many led sports lighting manufacturers  pursue high light efficiency and make the lamps incomparably large, so it can not be used on the existing lamp pole, so in the end, the lamp poles are have to be replaced together. This is an unbearable cost. For new projects, For new projects, if you use small and light stadium lights, you don’t need to order sturdy poles and save a lot of money.

labor cost:
The  labor cost here includes electricians and high lift apparatus.
I don’t need to emphasize how high the labor cost of an electrician is. In order to save labor costs, sports lighting that are easy to install and maintain are necessary. The power supply can be separated, and it is necessary to consider whether the bracket hole is common to the bracket hole of the metal halide lamp to save the time of drilling the mounting hole on the lamp pole. For many rural towns,  the distance of high lift apparatus may be several kilometers, which greatly increases the cost. Therefore, the quality of sports lighting must be placed within the scope of important consideration. Imagine a country football club that needs to rent high lift apparatus every month to repair led lighting. That would be disastrous.

After reviewing, do you not know the return on investment(ROI) of LED lighting in the playground? In fact, it is necessary to replace the metal halide lamp with led sports lighting, so you don’t have to worry about it. What do you need to think more about is how to minimize the cost when replacing it with led sports lighting. The costs here include sports lighting (accounting for a small portion), lamp poles and labor costs.

Contact AIKO for your led sports lighting projects.


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