LED lamps from Verbatim, owned by the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, are delivering significant energy savings at the Bilbao Berria restaurant in Barcelona. Situated in one of the city's busiest tourist areas, Bilbao Berria has an excellent reputation for quality food and has two floors with very different atmospheres.
With its rich and varied colours, the main bar's display of food immediately draws the attention of guests, so any change in lighting needed to retain this appeal. The owners decided to replace the original incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps with Verbatim LED lighting. More than 250 Verbatim LED lamps were installed in the restaurant, including AR111, Classic A and B, E27, PAR16 and MR16 products. The installation was simple and quick because all Verbatim LED lamps are retrofit. It took just a few hours to successfully complete the upgrade.
With such a large number of fixtures in use for at least 16 hours every day, LED lighting has helped the restaurant's owners make savings of £4,000 a year. Given that each bulb lasts for more than 30,000 hours, or about 10 times longer than halogen lights, those savings will be enjoyed for at least six years. Switching to energy efficient lighting has also considerably reduced the carbon footprint of the restaurant's operations, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by at least 100kg a year.
The old bulbs also raised the temperature in the dining areas and diminished the quality of the tapas under them. In contrast, the LEDs do not cause heat build-up and the food under the lamps maintains its quality and appearance for longer. This reduction in heat also reduces the air conditioning required in the restaurant and its associated cost.
"We are very satisfied with this change. With the savings in electricity and maintenance costs, we calculate the switch to Verbatim LED lighting will begin to pay off in around four months," said Pedro López, managing director and co-owner of Bilbao Berria.
"Besides saving money on our bills, the LED lighting provides a warm and comfortable illumination in different areas of the restaurant."
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