8 Common Questions asked about Lighting for Schools
Educational institutions fulfill a very unique role in society. They are places of learning, interacting, and community cohesion.
Cost-effective LED lighting can improve the learning environment in any institution, help students to feel safe, and boost a school’s brand and reputation.
With that said, some decision-makers in learning institutions put off switching to LED technology because they have many questions and no ready answers. Today, we are answering 8 of the most common questions on LED lighting for schools.
1. LEDs Cost More Than Traditional Lighting Systems – Are They Worth The Money?
Absolutely. LEDs may cost a little more than conventional lighting technologies, but they consume very little electricity and can lower energy consumption by up to 75%. This means that the payback period will be much shorter than
for traditional lighting.
LEDs have the longest lifespan of all lighting systems (they last 10 times longer than conventional options)
and also decrease maintenance costs.
2. Are LEDs Made Equal? Do I Go For the Cheapest Quote?
The LEDs sold on the market are as different as night and day. Since the invention of LED technology, many manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. They create both low-quality and high-quality LEDs and price them differently.
Because there are so many LED products on the market, it can be very difficult to pick the right ones for your application. If you happen to choose the wrong LEDs, you may get shortchanged in terms of quality, light output, lamp life, and light color.
High-quality LEDs have a high luminous efficacy, even light distribution, low glare, excellent color, lengthy warranties (5 years and above), and an average lifespan of 50,000 hours.
3. Can I Expect LED Lighting To Lower Light Maintenance Costs?
Yes. Traditional lighting systems have high maintenance costs because they have short lifespans. If these lights are installed in places with high ceilings (like gymnasiums), changing them out can be a costly, labor-intensive procedure.
LEDs have/school-lighting long lifetimes and maintain 70% of their brightness for their entire lifespans. They are virtually maintenance-free and drastically decrease the costs associated with light maintenance.
4. Don’t LEDs Generate a Cold Light Color?
No. LEDs have the best light color range of all lights and different color options to suit any space – warm white, natural white, cool white, daylight, among others. We have installed LED lighting in numerous schools and know the best color temperatures for different spaces – classrooms, cafeterias, offices, sports halls, and so on.
5. I Have Heard That LEDs Cause More Glare Than Conventional Lights. Is This True?
Low-quality LEDs can cause glare. This is mainly because LEDs produce light differently from conventional lights and each chip’s intensity can make glare a serious problem.
High-quality LEDs incorporate lenses that are made of silicone or clear acrylic. The biggest benefit of lenses is that they cover the light source, reducing the harsh glare.
6. The Price of LEDs Keeps On Going Down, Should I Wait For a Few More Years?
Sure, the price of LEDs has significantly gone down since the time they were introduced. And as the technology becomes more advanced, small reductions and technology upgrades are introduced. This doesn’t mean you should wait to upgrade to LED.
As you wait, you will still have to spend a lot of money on electricity and you may have to replace your traditional lights several times (because of their short lifespans). If you install LEDs right away, they will immediately lower energy consumption and help you to save money. In addition, utility companies keep on reducing their rebate values as the cost of LEDs keeps going down. If you decide to wait, you may fail to get a good rebate check.
7. Are LEDs As Bright As Fluorescent Lamps?
LEDs are brighter than fluorescent lamps. The brightness of LEDs is usually measured in lumens. These help you to know how bright a bulb is as they measure the total visible light produced. The good thing about LEDs is that they need very few watts to produce a lot of lumens – unlike fluorescents and other traditional lights. Lumens can also tell you which LEDs will make perfect replacements for older lights.
8. Do We Have To Change The Lighting Infrastructure When We Install LEDs?
No. you don’t. Retrofit fixtures can directly replace older lighting systems. These fixtures come in a variety of designs and can replace any traditional lights – from indoor to outdoor.
Ask Us Any Question on LED School Lighting
If you have any other question on school lighting that we may have missed, contact us. We are always ready to offer help and advice on converting to LED.
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