The first thing a visitor to LED Source does is take a pop quiz.
Matthew Byrne and Nathan Byelick point to three identical framed photographs on the wall of the company conference room and ask which one is illuminated by an LED light.
Byrne and Byelick then spend a few minutes telling the newcomer on the differences between the three bulbs and the advantages of LED.
The brothers-in-law are co-founders of LED Source-Raleigh and are passionate about educating others on the economic and environmental benefits of LED lighting.
LED, or light-emitting diode, has a lifespan and electrical efficiency that is significantly better than incandescent or fluorescent lighting. Rather than filaments or electrodes, LED lights have a tiny chip on a heat-conducting material, usually enclosed in a lens.
One of their advantages, Byrne said, is that LED emits directional light rather than dispersing it in all directions.
Byrne and Byelick opened LED Source in October and are focusing on commercial customers. They decided on a franchise rather than an independent operation because they say it better serves their clients. They note that their products differentiate from unregulated products from overseas.
“The franchise offered a good relationship with proven companies,” Byrne said. “It also offered financing. We can offer a finance solution to those who don’t have the cash in hand. With financing, you can do this today and immediately have a positive cash flow.”
Companies who install LED lighting see huge cuts in their power bills, Byelick said.
“It emits virtually no heat, reducing air-conditioning bills,” Byelick said. “The savings are such in a line item that installation doesn’t have to be in the budget. It can come off the line item.”
Duke Power further offsets costs with sizable rebates.
The initial investment can be a hard sell, Byrne said, and often includes more than simply replacing bulbs. In the end, though, he says there will be minimal maintenance and sharply reduced power bills.
Grace Christian School on Buck Jones Road has hired LED Source to light its football field by the beginning of next season.
“They are being good stewards,” Byrne said.
Byelick notes that based on the expected use of the lights, they could last for 250 years.
“Generations could play under the same Friday night lights,” he said.
The flexibility of LEDs benefits companies, schools and churches, Byelick said. Light color changes and dimming functions can be accessed through a computer program.
For homeowners considering changing over to LED, Byrne offers a helpful tip.
“LEDs do not attract insects,” he said. “If you want to change one bulb to LED, it should be your front porch light.”
Byelick says the goal of LED Source is to outfit everyone from the mom-and-pop store to high rises.
“We feel every day we’re helping people,” he said. “We think it’s a no-brainer. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for the bottom line.”
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About LED Source
Location: 1135 Kildaire Farm Road, Suite 108, Cary
Contact: 844-533-7687 or www.LEDsource.com
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday