In today’s financial climate, no business can afford to squander money on things like too-high energy bills. That’s why so many businesses are beginning to think smart and switch their lighting sources from the wasteful old fluorescents and halogens, to energy-efficient LEDs, so read this LED Monkey article to find out why…

Cost and Savings

Of the two main factors a business has to consider when deciding on what type of illumination to use is its cost and any savings it may bring about.

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Once upon a time, if a company had a huge area to light, it would need a budget to match. This isn't the case these days, because long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs have driven the cost of large-scale illumination right down and made it much more affordable for businesses of every size.

Plus, leaps and bounds in the technology and the efficiency of the manufacturing process has also hugely reduce the initial outlay for LED products, especially when compared to a decade ago!

Why LEDs are More Cost-Effective

If you know how LEDs work, you’ll appreciate why this price drop has occurred. LEDs consume a great deal less energy than traditional halogen lights, simply because of the efficient way they produce and dissipate heat.

Unlike traditional halogen bulbs that waste up to 90% of their energy by producing heat, LEDs lose only around 10% of their energy to it, leaving the remaining 85 to 90% available to generate lumens (or brightness).

As such, they consume around 90% less energy than their halogen counterparts resulting in massive financial savings on energy expenditure. 

Check out this video showing the effects of LED vs Incandescent on two "Dude" bunnies!

This means that LEDs aren’t just safer and less likely to cause skin burns or fires, they also last a lot longer as well.

You see heat is, for light bulbs, the enemy of longevity, but even the heat LEDs do produce is efficiently dissipated away from their components by their metal heat sink. Thus, they suffer much less from wear-and-tear and can last as long as 50,000 hours, or 17.2 years if they’re switched on for 8 hours a day!

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This is around 5 times longer than an equivalently bright CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp), and an incredible 20 times longer than a halogen bulb, meaning that the number and cost of replacements and maintenance are significantly reduced over a long period of time.

A large-scale field trial was undertaken by the Energy-Saving Trust (EST), which studied the energy savings brought about by the replacement of the lighting systems of a number of inner London housing estates. The findings were quite staggering in that the local authority realised energy savings of 402,183 kWh with a financial value of £56,104.

The study also concluded that the quality of light in the authority’s housing stock was significantly improved, which segues nicely into the second consideration for your business, the…

Light Quality & Producivity

While the rapidly falling cost of LED lighting makes it a very attractive and viable option for businesses, as stated in the EST’s report, LEDs offer a better quality of light too. Indeed, articles such as the one from Small Business UK online magazine assert that better quality LED lighting in the workplace can actually increase employee alertness and productivity significantly.

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Unlike the conventional fluorescent tubes that have been installed in offices and factories for years and are known to flicker and hum, LED T5 and T8 replacement tube lights run silently and produce a constant, non-flickering light.

This reduces the incidences of staff sickness due to eye-strain and migraines and generally makes for a much pleasanter working environment.

The light quality of LEDs is also a big improvement over their fluorescent counterparts. For example, they have much higher colour rendering indices (CRI) than when the technology was first introduced, with most LEDs having a CRI of 70 to 80.

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Consequently, colours are more accurately perceived when lit by LEDs as their light is much more natural, whereas those same hues would appear dull and “washed out” under fluorescent tube lights.

LED Colour Temperatures

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LEDs are also available in a variety of colour temperatures, which means you can accurately tailor the lighting ambience of your workplace according to its individual function. Thus, the staff canteen or kitchen area could be kitted out with bright, clinical Cool White LED bulbs, the workplace itself might have a bright yet convivial Daylight White and the lobby or reception an inviting Warm White ambience.

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More Eco-Friendly

Old-school fluorescent tubes and CFLs weren't recyclable, so they'd often end their lives as landfill, where they'd leak their mercury into the water supply and topsoil, contaminating them.

LEDs will reduce your company’s impact on the environment because they’re manufactured from 100% recyclable materials and contain no harmful elements like mercury.

So, if you’re a business owner and you want to create a productive, healthy and cost-effective environment, the only real choice you need to make is when you’re going to switch to LED!

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