FAQs

Energy Savings

The big cost for switching to LED technology is the initial cost.  LEDs pay for themselves over a 1- to 2-year period depending on your cost of electricity and how much you use the lights.

Your eligibility for rebates depends upon what the utility company in your area is offering consumers.  Most states in the United States offer rebates.  Contact you local utiity company for details.

Because LED lights produce significantly more light per watt consumed you don't require as many lights to produce the same level of comfort, convience and safety as with older lighting technologies.  This means fewer fixtures with a corresponding reduction in capital costs.

Both State and Federal governments are offering rebates for implementing energy savings technologies.  These rebates frequently come in the form of tax credits.  Utility companies also offer one-time rebates as an incentive to switch to LED energy-saving technologies. The theory in both cases is that reduced demand from the lower power requirements of LED's means less demand on the power generating capabilites of the utility.  This means they can serve an increased customer base without adding generating capabilities thereby saving capital expenditures.

One of the popular options for lighting is flourescent bulbs.  They release various kinds of gas which are harmful to the environment and require special handling.  Most Home Depots and Lowe's accept some lenghts of flourescen bulbs for recycling.  It is very difficult, if not impossible, to find someone to take longer than four-foot bulbs.  This places a hardship and increased costs on the end user.  LED lights contain no harmful gases or byproducts so they can be dsipose of without cost or hassle.  In addition, their useful life means you are faced with disposal issues fewer times- once every ten (10) years.

Wild Ideas LED lights last, on average, ten (10) years versus regular lights at one (1) year.  The LEDs Wild Ideas Light Company uses are rated for 100,000 hour of life.  Our calculations are based on a life of 75,000 hours giving you a 25% margin on light life. 

Many metal halide street light manufacturers sugges the ballast be changed when the light is changed.  This means that approximately every year you are facing the expense of hiring a bucke truck and replacing both the light and the ballast.  Wild Ideas Light Company's 12-volt power pack used to power our LEDs is rated at 300,000 hours or three (3) LED changes.  Our product reduces lighting equipment changes from once a year to once every ten (10 years) - a significant savings.

LED lights require less power to produce the same amount of light.  On average there is a 60% savings in power consumption for LED lights over the standard incandescen bulb.  The significance of this savings goes up as the kilowatt-per-hour rate goes up.

Using LED technology provides real savings to the consumer.  Savings occur in the following ways:
1.  Reduced electrical power usage costs.
2.  Reduced lighting maintenance costs.
3.  Reduced recycle / disposal fees.
4.  Potential for government and / or utility rebates.
5.  Improved lighting output requiring fewer lights.

General

We recommend using a licensed electrician because of the hight voltage present in commercial applications.

No, the typical homeowner can install the lights themselves.  Most lights are screw-in or use plug-and-play connectors similar to those used in stero systems.  Connecting the power supply to a 110-volt AC power source requires three (3) wire nuts.

We believe in giving extra value.  If you are expecting 75,000 hours of life and you get 100,000 hours you get a bonus and are pleased at the extra value.  We are always pleased when we get more than we expected or something lasts longer than expected.  We save extra money.

All bulbs lose some of their brightness over time.  The industry standard is no more than a 25% loss over time.  LED bulbs exceed the industry standard by producing essentially the same amount of light over their expected life (100,000 hours).

A lumen is a measure of light birghtness.  A lumen is roughly equal to the light put out by a single candle measured one (1) foot away.  See "How to lumens compare to bulb watts?"

Lighting comparisons

Typical metal halide bulbs last 7,500 hours.  At 24 hours a day that is less than one (1) year.  Wild Ideas Light Company/s LED bulbs are rated at 100,000 hours.  At 24 hours per day that is over nine (9) years.

You will get approximately the same amount of light when measured with a light meter.  However, your eyes may perceive a difference due to the color of the light (metal halide is pink, LED is white), the reflective surface the light is shining on (concrete shows birghter than asphalt) and the distance from the ground.  Because LEDs disperse the lithe better they are sometimes perceived as less bright directly below the light source while providing improved area lighting.

Technical details

The LEDs themselves are dimmable; however, a special dimmer is required to produce smooth light-level transitions.  Wild Ideas Light Company has available two (2) dimmers for their lights - one that works in the 12-volt DC environment and one that works in the 110-volt AC environment and converts the power line to DC.

Not by basic design.  They need to be specially treated to assure the connections are protected from water infiltration.  Wild Ideas Light Company's lights are so treated.

A conditioned power source keeps the LEDs in the optimum power range resulting in their achieving their projected life and lumens.

They actually run on DC voltage.  All installations use some form of power pack which converts AC power to DC power.  Wild Ideas Light Company uses IED drivers which produce a "conditioned" DC power.  conditioned means the power varies less than 1% from the requested DC power output.