Ford Invests in LED Lighting for Manufacturing Plants
In order to save a lot, sometimes you have to spend a lot. That’s exactly what Ford is doing by investing $25 million to install LED lighting at its global manufacturing facilities. While it might seem like a pretty big bundle to spend on light bulbs, the 25,000 new LED fixtures are projected to pay for themselves within four years.
That’s because the LED lighting that Ford is pumping all of that money into will reduce energy usage at Ford manufacturing facilities by 56 million kilowatt-hours a year. That’s around 70% less than current energy consumption from lighting, and an expected $7 million in annual energy savings.
Additionally, the LED lights will save money with regards to replacement. While LED lighting is more expensive in up-front costs, the fixtures will be good for up to 15 years. Comparatively, fluorescent and HID lights tend to burn out as frequently as every two years.
We are extremely pleased to install this leading-edge technology in our manufacturing facilities worldwide,” said John Fleming, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “This is a long term investment in our future that highlights our aggressive approach to lead in environmental improvements and achieve operating efficiencies.”
The measure is perfectly in line with Ford’s goal of reducing energy use per vehicle by 25 percent by 2016. As it stands, Ford is already at about 20 percent, meaning it could hit its goal well before that target date.
“Ford has a deep commitment to the environment,” said Donna Inch, chairman and CEO of Ford Land. “By creating outstanding products, investing in the facilities where our employees work, and using such technology as LED lighting, we are helping to promote a sustainable future.”