Commercial LED Lighting Conversions Result in Serious Savings

Penna Electric

Electrical bills don’t need to skyrocket during the sweltering summer months – or really ever – and there’s no need for employees to feel hot, sweaty and just all around uncomfortable while working in the office.

We recently did a commercial LED lighting conversion on the second floor of the Masterson Building in El Monte, which houses businesses such as Mid Valley News and All State Insurance. We met a lot of wonderful people during our work day, and felt really good about how much our client, along with the businesses residing in the building, will reap the benefits.

Commerical LED Lighting Conversion El Monte

“It looks really nice, it’s brighter. Our papers look whiter!” said Irma Serrano, a licensed insurance representative of Allstate Insurance Company. Prior to the conversion, half of the office space was dark. Customers frequently asked why half the lights were off. After the LED lighting conversion, the staff at All State Insurance were able to turn on the lights in the other half of their space without repercussions.

“The lights emitted so much heat before. When you put your hands up near them you could feel it, now you can’t feel anything,” said Serrano. Traditional light bulbs waste a lot of energy generating heat, but LED lights generate more than 50 percent less heat, they in turn use much less power.


With greater efficiency and a longer life-span, LED lighting not only drastically reduces general electrical costs up to 80 percent, they help to reduce maintenance costs, and the cooler LED lights reduce the number of times and duration the air conditioner has to kick in to maintain a cool indoor temperature during the more balmy months.

“It will probably make at least a 50 percent reduction in our electrical bill,” says staff writer and photographer of Mid Valley News, Andrew Bettridge. It was Bettridge who presented the idea to the building owner after learning about the advancements of LED lights in cars. “In November of this year it will be the Centennial for the city. We want to be role models for El Monte, and we couldn’t think of a better time to do so.”


LED lights last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. They are four times more efficient and use about 80 percent less energy, resulting in a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

If all goes well, the owner of the building will convert the rest of the building to LED lighting, with the primary objective being obtaining LEED certification. There is currently only one LEED Certified building in El Monte. We’re hoping to help make the Masterson Building the second. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

If you have any questions about how LED lighting could impact your business please give us a call at (800) 259-9070 or post a comment below. We’re happy to help.