LED Ceiling Lighting
Discover how Commercial LED Ceiling lights are improving businesses culture and productivity while reducing energy consumption up to 75%.
Imagine the benefits of improved productivity and company morale with improved illumination that our commercial LED ceiling lights & solutions are providing to companies alike. With LED commercial ceiling lights, your indoor commercial ceiling lighting project is able to produce a positive ROI while improving the overall quality of workplace.
As you can imagine, commercial ceiling light fixtures play a big role into the health and well-being of employees plays out. Previously, older lighting technologies such as HPS or fluorescent caused eye strain, increased energy consumption, and more maintenance; increasing the operating costs associated with your commercial ceiling lighting system. Now with our commercial led ceiling light fixtures, it is possible to prevent excessive energy consumption and improve the workplace; producing the greatest ROI.
Commercial LED Ceiling Lights
The 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey shows that commercial buildings used 17% of electricity on lighting only. The commercial sector is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the country. Thankfully, commercial LED ceiling lights give building owners and facility managers a fantastic opportunity to significantly cut down energy use.
LED lights use 75% less electricity than traditional panel light fixtures. As at the time of the CBECS survey, the commercial buildings with lighting fixtures covered 83,569 million sq.ft. At least 93% of these buildings used standard fluorescent tubes for light while commercial LED ceiling lights were used in less than 10% of the buildings. The trend, however, is changing. LED light adoption is increasing as the price and efficacy rates improve.
A 2015 Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Savings Forecast predicts that by 2025, 90% of light installations will be LED and this figure will rise to 100% by 2035. If this prediction is true, energy used for lighting will be reduced by 75%, an estimated 5.1 quads by 2035.
This, the DOE says, is the amount of electricity expended by 45 million homes in the U.S. The cumulative cost savings by the penetration of LED lights from 2015 to 2035 will equal 62 quads, or $630 billion, in saved electric energy costs.
Types of Ceiling Lights
Commercial LED tube lights have a multitude of advantages over traditional fluorescent. The most significant of these benefits include increased energy efficiency and a longer lifespan. LED tube-lights do not have any mercury in them, so they do not degrade the environment when disposed.
Fluorescent lights work well in an environment where the climate is controlled, but LED tube-lights can function optimally in extreme temperatures. LED tube-lights also render colors much better and they have a wide range of color temperatures for different uses.
Fluorescent tubes are usually mounted on a ceiling, and their connection to electricity is direct. Replacing them, therefore, can be an expensive undertaking, and a difficult one, too. When a commercial building is upgrading from fluorescent T8 tubes to LED T8 tubes, an easier option is to swap the tubes – install the LED tube-lights in the old fluorescent fixtures.
When replacing your old T8 tubes, you generally need to look at their lumen output. The other consideration is the building’s ceiling height. A high ceiling, for instance, will need a higher lumen output.
Plug and Play Tubes
The LED tube-lights can work with the existing light fixtures without the need to remove or rewire the ballasts. These tubes are relatively easy to install and produce light without any downtime.
Direct Wire Tubes
These can be wired directly to the line voltage and the existing ballasts must either be removed or bypassed. The most common direct wire LED tube-lights today have double-ended designs and can utilize both shunted and non-shunted lamp holders. Direct wire LED tube-lights offer the highest amount of energy savings because there is no electricity dispensed to the ballasts.
Hybrid LED Tube-Lights
These can be used as plug and play and will work with the existing ballasts until they fail. Once the ballasts are no longer functional, they can be bypassed, and the same LED tube-lights will be used.
These commercial LED ceiling light retrofits can easily replace fluorescent tubes and they attach to any other linear lighting fixture very easily. They also eliminate the need for ballasts and tombstones. With them, you will not need to rewire your ballasts nor need hardware or screws.
LED magnetic strip retrofit kits have a magnetic backing that attaches the strips to older light fixtures. Their drivers quickly connect to the electricity mains to power the lights.
Magnetic strip retrofit kits can be mounted on any metallic surface and their use is not limited to applications with fluorescent fixtures. They come in 2ft, 4ft, and 8ft lengths and can be placed in any space that requires light.
Since they are highly flexible, they are commonly used to light the underside of ceiling joists, under cabinets, or the backs of interior soffits. They also have a very low-profile design and can be mounted on low ceilings and in rooms with minimal space.
LED panel-lights are designed with multiple LEDs and are not only highly luminous but also very energy-efficient. Their light has a bright, even appearance. These commercial LED ceiling lights have innovative features and a sleek look. The main purpose of their design is to enhance illumination, which is why they have excellent color rendering capabilities and high luminous efficacies.
LED panel-lights are also known for their long lifespan and are the perfect replacements for traditional and inefficient fluorescent lights that are widely used in many commercial spaces. For example, four T8 fluorescent tubes (18W each) can be replaced by a 40W LED panel-light which will cut down energy consumption by 32W. The LED panel-light will give off a higher quality of light than the T8 fluorescent tubes ever can. Panel lights are typically used in retail stores, offices, hospitals, and schools.
The importance of high-quality light in commercial spaces cannot be overemphasized. Lighting in a clothing retail store, for instance, can give a unique quality to clothing items. The lighting in a grocery store or a convenience store can also influence purchase decisions.
In the office, the light can increase concentration or adversely affect mood and amplify stress levels. In school, LED lights have been shown to influence learning efficiency and effectiveness amongst students and their teachers.
Position and Size
Your existing ceiling grid will dictate the LED panel size you are going to choose. There needs to be sufficient depth to fit the new LED panel. If you are retrofitting older lighting technology, a LED retrofit kit will give you an easier plug and play solution.
If the ceiling is narrow, then you might need to go for hanging panel lights. However, LED panel-lights can also be surface mounted onto a recessed fitter or suitable substrate into a plaster ceiling.
Commercial fluorescent lights lose over 40% of their light to their environment. They are multi directional lights, which means they direct some of their light to their surroundings. LED panel-lights, on the other hand, have a wide beam angle that ensures light is uniformly distributed in wide spaces.
You can choose to either retrofit your older panels with LED light technology or optimize the existing LED fittings. With optimization, you can cut down the number of panels in your commercial space, for instance, by utilizing 3 fittings where there were 4 – because LED lights have higher light levels than older light technologies.
Comparison of 600X600 Panel Lights
|Type||T8 Fluorescent Tubes (4)||LED panel-light (1)|
|Average life span||10,000||50,000-100,000|
|Color options||Cool white||Cool white, daylight quality, warm white|
|Lumens Per Watt||37||140|
It is worth noting that conventional fluorescent lights have ballasts that also draw energy. A fitting with four T8 tubes will have ballasts drawing 88 watts. Once the fluorescents are replaced with commercial LED ceiling lights, they will use 75% less electricity and give off better light.
When purchasing LED panels, also get emergency panels that will keep the building functional in the event of a power failure. These LED panels are usually placed near escape routes and have the potential to provide lighting for at least three hours in the event of light disruption. Since LED lights utilize very little electricity, they make the best emergency lights.
Top Considerations for Choosing the Right Ceiling Light
A lumen tells us how bright or dull a bulb is. A high number of lumens translates to a high output of light. When lumens are divided by watts, they tell us the luminous efficacy of a LED light – how efficient it is. The LED you choose should have a high lumen per watt ratio for efficiency. You’ll find this information indicated on the box.
When choosing LED lights, keep in mind that with LED lighting technology, more power consumption does not equal more light – as is the case with traditional bulbs. Newer LED lights are highly efficient and need very little electricity to produce more light than older LED lights – saving more energy.
When buying LED lights, buy those with advanced LED technology as they will offer more savings with their higher energy efficiency. Keep in mind that LED lights can last over a decade, so you’ll save a lot of money over the years. And while newer LED lights may cost a little bit more upfront, their biggest benefits will be the lower maintenance and energy costs they will deliver over the years.
The correlated color temperature of the commercial LED ceiling lights you’re going to purchase is sorely dictated by use and preference. The color temperature of light is indicated in Kelvin and it is basically the visual color of light. Cool whites range between 4000K-5000K and are ideal for commercial, retail spaces, offices, and schools.
Warm whites start from 2700K to 3000K and their comforting golden color is mainly used in the hospitality industry and relaxation spaces in commercial complexes. There are LED panels that are dimmable and allow for color adjustment. With these types of lights, you can choose cool whites or warm whites and other color options in between.
These lights enable the customization of color, which is a great feature in any commercial application. People may give their best when they can control or choose the quantity and intensity of light for various activities.
Tunable LEDs can also be utilized to enhance the aesthetics of a space, improve the architecture, and increase a building's energy efficiency. Above all, they offer a very efficient method of improving the quality of life of workers who spend most of their time indoors.
Advantages of LED over Traditional Ceiling Lights
Commercial buildings should have sufficient light that eliminates shadows so that people can perform their activities safely and efficiently. High-quality commercial LED ceiling lights can also help minimize the eye fatigue – and other conditions – that accompany many of the operations performed in these spaces.
When fluorescent tubes are utilized to supply light, the intense, flickering light they produce – accompanied by glare – can tire the eyes, causing migraines and increasing levels of stress.
LED lights also have a high color rendering index, which is a very critical lighting feature for spaces that require highly accurate color discrimination. The lights render colors almost as well as the sun's light at midday and are perfect for use in retail stores and businesses that make sales off product displays – like jewelry stores.
In addition, LED lights do not have warm up or restrike times, unlike their HID counterparts. They have no ballasts and can turn on instantly. This is a critical aspect not only for convenience but for the security of the commercial spaces as well.
The design of LEDs maximizes light output, and some have a lightweight aluminum frame that not only assists in dissipating heat but also ensures minimum light leakage. Some light fixtures have diffusers placed at the front.
Diffusers ensure uniform light distribution they soften light by decreasing harsh shadows and glare. Reflector plates are also placed at the back of LED fixtures to enhance the lighting effect of the installation.
Commercial LED ceiling lights can be designed to retrofit older fluorescent lights. They can be suspended from hooks or installed in ceiling grids. They come in a variety of color temperatures and you can choose from different sizes.
Unlike fluorescent tubes or HID bulbs that are weighed down by their protruding yet fragile glass bulbs, LED lights are tiny and compact. They have small profiles that give off an effortlessly stylish look. Their aluminum frames also enhance their durability and function.
Commercial LED ceiling lights can offer 50,000-100,000 hours of use, unlike fluorescent bulbs that have a maximum lifespan of 15,000 hours. This means your LED ceiling lights will be in use for at least a decade. These lights do not only have inherent long lives, but they also offer high performance throughout their lifetime.
They are shock-resistant since the LED chips are made from a hard resin whose toughness is incomparable to that of tungsten filaments or fluorescent tubes. Therefore, in areas where the commercial LED ceiling lights will be subjected to vibration, impact, or blunt physical force, they will not get damaged easily. This very unique feature of LED lights could potentially drop a commercial building's light maintenance budget to zero.
It is estimated that at least half of humanity's carbon footprint comes from electricity. 17% of these carbon emissions arise from electricity used for lighting. Electricity is generated from a wide range of energy sources, including wind, hydro, solar, gas, nuclear, geothermal, coal, or gas.
The electricity produced by non-renewable energy sources – from fossil fuel burning – releases weighty Co2 emissions per kWh of electricity consumed. LED bulbs offer an environmentally-friendly solution as they cut down carbon emissions from lighting by at least half a billion tons (the figure in 2017).
A study done by HIS Markit, information analysis and solutions provider for businesses, showed that 570 million carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by the growing widespread usage of LED lighting technology.
This amount of carbon emissions is comparable to what 162 coal-fired energy generating plants would produce annually. LED lights require minimal energy to work as they use 75% less electricity than traditional bulbs – at times even less. They also produce negligible amounts of heat energy, unlike HID bulbs that produce 90% of the energy they consume as heat.
LED bulbs also have no toxic chemicals like mercury. HID and fluorescent light sources contain mercury and other toxic chemicals, which makes their disposal quite difficult. Some LED bulbs are made from recyclable materials, meaning they may not end up in a landfill and further degrade the already damaged environment.
LED lights easily integrate with smart light control systems to help increase energy efficiency. You can use lighting controls such as wireless occupancy sensors in your commercial application to ensure that rooms are only lit when they are occupied.
The lights can also be coupled with daylight sensors that analyze the levels of natural light in a space at any time of the day and adjust the brightness based on the natural light. This ensures that energy is conserved as much as possible. Since these systems are wireless, they are easy to install and use. Smart lighting controls make energy conservation almost effortless.