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 to energy-efficient LEDs. Read this LED Monkey article to find out why…

Cost and Savings

Golden piggy bank

Once upon a time, if a company had a huge area to illuminate, it would need a budget to match.

That's not the case these days. Indeed, long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs have driven the cost of large-scale illumination right down. As a result, LED lighting has made it more affordable for businesses of all sizes to adequately illuminate their premises.

Plus, improvements to the technology and efficiency of the manufacturing process have become major factors in the amount companies need to pay initially for LED products. This is especially noticeable when compared to the costs 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 way they deal with heat.

Unlike traditional halogen bulbs that waste up to 90% of their energy on heat production, LEDs lose only around 10% of theirs. This means the remaining 85 to 90% is available to generate lumens (or brightness).

As a result, LEDs 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" chocolate bunnies!

It also means that LEDs are safer and less likely to cause skin burns or fires. AND, they also last a lot longer as well!

The parts of an LED bulb

You see heat is, for light bulbs, the enemy of longevity.

However, even the small amount of heat LEDs do produce is efficiently directed away from their components by their metal heat sink.

As a consequence, 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!

Better than CFL and Halogen Bulbs

This is around 5-times longer than an equivalently bright CFL and an incredible 20 times longer than a halogen bulb. Ultimately, this means that the number and cost of replacements and maintenance are significantly reduced over a long period.

Recently, the Energy-Saving Trust (EST) undertook a large-scale field trial.  The organisation studied the energy-savings made by inner London housing estates when they adopted new LED lighting systems

The findings were quite staggering! Indeed, the local authority actually realised savings of 402,183 kWh with a financial value of £56,104.00!

The study also concluded that the quality of light in the authority’s housing stock was significantly improved. In turn, this improved the living conditions and experience of the tenants themselves.

Light Quality & Productivity

While the rapidly falling cost of LED lighting makes it an 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 that from Small Business UK online magazine, assert that better quality LED lighting in the workplace can actually increase employee alertness and productivity significantly.

Fluorescent tube lighting in a factory setting

From the picture above, you'll recognise the conventional fluorescent tubes, used in offices and factories for years.

However, these outmoded fluorescent tube lights are infamous for flickering and humming. This can be annoying and can cause headaches and eye-strain in staff members.

LED T5 and T8 replacement tube lights, on the other hand, 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 they did when the technology was first introduced, with most LEDs having a CRI of around 80.

Colour rendering index infographic

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

LED Colour Temperatures

The three main LED colour temperatures in a room

As you'll see from the image above. LEDs are also available in a variety of colour temperatures. This means you can use them to accurately tailor the lighting ambience of your work space according to its individual function.

Thus, companies could equip the staff canteen or kitchen area with bright, clinical Cool White LED bulbs, the workplace or office might have a bright yet convivial Daylight White and the lobby or reception an inviting Warm White ambience.

More Eco-Friendly

Discarded fluorescent tubes

Old-school fluorescent tubes and CFLs weren't recyclable, so they'd often end their lives as landfill.

This wasn't idea as they'd invariably leak their mercury into the water supply and topsoil, thereby 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  environment for a reasonable cost, the only real choice you need to make is the date you’re planning to switch to LED!

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