It Ain’t Marriage: Five Reasons to Diversify your LED Lighting Technology + Solutions Approach

Published by Restaurant Facility Management Association


This webinar will introduce restaurant operators to the concept of taking a diversified technology and solutions approach to achieve optimal results for their LED lighting retrofit. Presenters Tony Johnson and Ed Carney will explain why traditional approaches of looking for one brand/supplier for all of their retrofit's lighting product (which often is because of pre-existing distributor and/or manufacturer relationships or affinity towards certain brands) can be to the detriment of:

1. Lighting aesthetics
2. Energy savings
3. Product characteristics (including availability and longevity)
4. Utility savings
5. Project payback

Webinar attendees will also learn how a diversified approach maximizes the value and return on investment (ROI) of restaurant operators’ LED lighting retrofit, while ensuring the best possible products for each of their lighting applications.

Learning Objectives/Take Aways

The webinar will address the impacts new LED lighting technology innovations have on lighting maintenance and product inventory replacement rates.

Tony and Ed will also share how utility incentives and rebate programs can significantly offset project costs. Attendees will learn about the critical roles rebates and incentives play in LED lighting projects and how they vary by vendor/product/geography and custom versus prescriptive opportunities.

Attendees will learn how end of life, warranty management, and rapid technology evolution considerations into a future-proofed, best-in-class lighting retrofit project.

Finally, Tony and Ed will show how all of these considerations become factors in an equation that can help restaurant operators prioritize sites for their retrofits:

Project Costs – Incentives Energy Reduction (kWh) x Operating Hours x Utility rate = Payback

The equation takes project costs and subtracts any utility incentive programs that can be applied to the project. Next, it takes the energy reduction the retrofit will achieve and multiplies it by the number of hours the facility is in operation and the utility rate. Divide the top number by the bottom. By doing this for each location, restaurant operators can see the difference in each location’s payback and prioritize accordingly to make the most of lighting project dollars and deliver the bottom line savings needed to stay competitive in this tough climate.

Ed Carney
Ed Carney, National Sales Executive for Energy Management Collaborative, has long served the restaurant facilities management industry with the asset, maintenance, facility, energy and remote monitoring solutions it needs to successfully compete in...More
Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson is Energy Management Collaborative’s Customer Solutions Specialist. In this role he combines his background in lighting & controls design and solid state light fixture design with his expertise in energy savings to evaluate emerging...More

Originally Published

June 16, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • It Ain’t Marriage: Five Reasons to Diversify your LED Lighting Technology + Solutions Approach - Video
  • It Ain’t Marriage: Five Reasons to Diversify your LED Lighting Technology + Solutions Approach - Paper

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


This program has not been submitted for credit in any jurisdiction.

Registrants will receive a Certificate of Attendance/Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in various jurisdictions.

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