Founded by a Florida immigrant, LED USA is a new Florida enterprise that provides commercial lighting solutions with the goal of reducing costs and environmental impacts for your building. ImmigrationSarasota.com recently spoke with Ric Robideau of LED USA to learn more.
The company was formed in April 2014 by Giovanni Giannini, an architect from South Africa. Ric, an electrical engineer who’s worked on projects for Tervis Tumblr and other major corporations in Florida, is the projects manager.
Ric and Giovanni noticed a problem. Commercial building owners were wasting money on outdated and inefficient lighting (lighting costs can reach up to 70% of a building’s electric bill). Moreover, owners were going to have to switch their lighting eventually as the government is actually phasing out incandescent and fluorescent lights. But there were few providers with the expertise and business savvy to properly help them. They decided to become the solution.
For their first project, they took on the landmark Palm Towers in downtown Sarasota. Palm Towers was using a combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting. With a free energy audit, LED USA found that the building could save $.9 per lightbulb. In addition, LED USA found they could introduce smart technology to further lower energy costs. They estimated the retrofit would cost $60,000 but the savings would begin immediately; $39,000 in savings per year to be exact. In only 2.1 years the savings would pay for the initial investment. What’s more, LED lights have a warranty of 10 years so the savings would continue. By the end of 10 years the building should save a net of about $312,000 on its energy bills.
LED USA has also performed an energy audit on a nearby restaurant. The bill for that retrofit would come to $3,000 but the savings would start at $4,300 per year; producing an even quicker return than the Palm Towers.
Today, LED USA is quoting companies on projects of up to $250,000.
LED USA rests on the quality of its products. They offer GE or Cree LED lights, which meet the highest underwriting standards. There’s no compromise on the amount of light. In fact, some would argue that switching to LEDs improves the light quantity and quality in a building, as these before and after photos show.
LED USA is also a LEED qualified lighting provider, the most widely-recognized environmental vetting a company can achieve.
Financing is available for projects up to $3 million. Even with financing charges, companies still see positive cashflow after their building starts saving energy.
For more information feel free to contact Ric (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Giovanni (LEDGiovanni@verizon.net).