How Businesses Are Going Green with LED LightsPosted by admin on Feb 11, 2017 in Commercial LED Lighting | 0 comments
As a business owner, it is important to reduce your energy emissions as much as possible. You can easily make a conscious effort to do this by reducing packaging, using sleep mode on all your electronic devices and shutting down everything at the end of the business day. Another good way to reduce your emissions and your electricity bills is to use LED fixtures in your buildings, offices, and even parking lots.
Here’s how businesses around the world are taking a step towards reducing their environmental impact using commercial LED lighting.
Why LED lights?
There are a number of reasons why LED lights make a better choice for the environment and sustainability. The lifespan of a LED bulb is up to 80,000 hours, whilst halogen bulbs are only estimated to last between 2000-6000 hours. The bulbs also gradually lose lumen output at a rate which is almost undetectable to the human eye, in comparison to a metal halide or halogen bulb which depreciates in lumens much faster (and overall more).
LED lighting also creates light by running a current between two electrodes. This is more efficient than the MH / halogen method which heats up tungsten filaments, generating heat. In these other types of bulbs, only 10% of the energy produced is used for light, whereas LED lights use up to 80% to generate light. They also use much less energy than a fluorescent light. For example, a 84 watt fluorescent light can be replaced by a 36 watt LED light.
LEDs are also technically a lot safer option in general. They don’t contain any toxic substances, unlike fluorescent light, and they are less likely to catch fire than halogen bulbs.
How LED tech can benefit businesses
There are a number of different ways that LED can benefit a business of any size. Firstly, if a business makes the switch from fluorescent strip lights to LED tubes, the first thing they will notice is that there is no waste disposal required. Due to the chemicals in fluorescent lights, waste disposal or recycling of the tubes has to be arranged through a registered waste carrier. With LED tube lighting, this is not necessary as they contain no chemicals.
Additionally, LED lighting distribute light better, and focus the light in a single direction, requireing less fixture needed to give off the same levels of light as fluorescent or other types of lights. Other types of lighting emit light in all directions and in areas where it is unnecessary, such as the ceiling. Fewer lights reduce the energy consumption of the premises which in turn will reduce the electricity bill in your building.
As previously mentioned, LED lights have a lifespan of 80,000 hours. This means that you hardly ever have to replace them comparative to other technologies which have a much shorter lifespan. So, whilst commercial LEDs may seem more expensive on the surface, never needing to replace them saves you money in the long run.
When you switch on a halogen or fluorescent light bulb, you may find that the light takes a couple of seconds to come on. With LED, the light comes on pretty much instantly – the couple of seconds makes all the difference especially in time sensitive environments.
LED lights work well in low temperatures, which make them ideal for environments which are typically very cold, such as warehouses. It ensures businesses working in such environments will never find that their lights have stopped working.
As only a small fraction of the energy that a LED bulb generates is converted to heat, they are much safer than standard bulbs, which are often very hot to touch. There is less risk of burning yourself should you accidentally come into contact with an LED. This is also a benefit when it comes to temperature sensitive environments.
Which industries should use LED in their fixtures?
LED bulbs are ideal for offices as the light is focused in one direction. This means that the bulbs make ideal desk lamps. The quality of light also improves the ambiance of your office, something which will impress your clients and make your employees more alert.
Restaurants and hotels will benefit from switching to LED lights as a result of the reduction in energy bills. Hospitality businesses often need to pay a lot of overhead costs such as rent and will already have high electricity bills due to the number of appliances.
This article has already discussed why LED lights are ideal for warehouses as a result of their low temperature, but there are other benefits. LED bulbs make an ideal security light as they focus the light in one area, allowing for clearer pictures on CCTV.
Leila Jones is a content writer for Light Supplier in the UK. Leila is a Public Relations graduate from Sheffield Hallam University.