Project: Applebee’s

Highlights: Pilot in the chain with Independence LED Tubes

Address: 2 West Rd, Newtown, PA 18940

Owner: The Rose Group

LED Installation: 2010





Opportunity for LED Lights: Lighting consumes a significant amount of electricity for Family Dining Restaurants. This Applebee’s had 2’x4’ troffer fixtures with four 32 watt T8 fluorescent tubes in each, totaling 128 watts per fixture. At an average of 14.14 hours of operation per day totaling 5,161h/year, the fixtures each use 660.6 kWh per year. At an electricity rate of $.103/kWh the lighting cost was $68 per fixture per year.

SOLUTION: LED Lighting Solution: Independence LED provided a 60 watt LED Retrofit Kit solution that saves 68 watts per fixture for over 53% savings. The neutral white 4000K light also creates an appealing look for the support areas. The external driver and aircraft grade deep fin aluminum heat sinks on the linear modules of the LED retrofit kits provide the robust thermal management to ensure color consistency and longevity.


Study Results: By reducing the fixture wattage from 128 to 60, the annual savings is 351 kWh and $36.15 per fixture. Over the 60,000 hour 11.62 year life of the LEDs at 14.14h/day the lifetime energy savings is $420. With historical 3% average annual increases in energy cost and reduced bulb replacement and maintenance labor, the savings is over $607 per fixture. This project set the family dinning efficiency benchmark in 2010.



It’s time to change the lights. With change comes choice, and choosing authentic American Made light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, sensors, and controls delivers cost-effective and reliable energy savings that also creates more American jobs and improves the places where we live and work. Start saving 50% or more on energy and creating 500,000 new jobs on the path to American Energy Independence.