LEDs Help Provide a Solution to Global Pollution
These days, the onus really is on us all as individuals to be as environmentally-friendly as we possibly can. However, here at LED Monkey, we've been looking into ways that the industrial and manufacturing sectors can combat issues such as toxic air and waste contamination. So read on and find out more…
The WHO Report
According to a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a staggering 90% of the world’s children are breathing toxic air. This shocking statistic means that around 1.8 billion children are exposed to respiratory issue-causing levels of pollution on a daily basis!
Not only that, these levels of air pollution are also known to cause chronic heart disease, as well as damaging developing organs and the nervous system, with some children becoming affected before they’re even born!
Indeed, according to the WHO, regular exposure to pollution during pregnancy is linked to premature births and underweight babies, while increasing occurrences of chronic disease later on in life.
Tiny Adjustment = Huge Impact!
While we can all do our bit to live in a more eco-friendly way, environmental responsibility is also especially incumbent upon the industrial and manufacturing sectors. These, by their sheer volume of consumption and output, have a massive effect on worldwide pollution levels.
It may come as a surprise to many of our largest companies, but simply switching from High-Intensity Diode (HiD) lighting like the high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures they’ve used for years, to more up-to-date, high-efficiency industrial-grade LED lighting, is one of the most effective environmental measures they can take. These measures deliver both financial and ecological benefits. All from a relatively small initial investment.
As with a switch to domestic LED lighting, a large scale industrial LED replacement operation can have profound effects.
LEDs can reduce energy-consumption by up 90% in comparison with conventionally-used light sources. Because LED fixtures are considerably more energy-efficient than the HPS and other HID lighting that’s been used for so long in industrial settings, the savings can be astronomical.
As in domestic settings, energy-consumption can also be greatly reduced. This is thanks to the addition of dimming systems, motion sensors and smart controls.
Indeed, by implementing modern trailing-edge dimming systems, avoidable light and energy wastage can be reduced by up to 50% per day, which is a formidable figure when considered on a large scale!
Reduce Unnecessary Lighting
Many conventional industrial and domestic lights and bulbs take a while to reach full brightness. However, LED lights illuminate instantaneously. In industrial settings where HPS lights are often left burning to avoid this warm up period, now the new LEDs can be switched on only when they’re needed, radically cutting down on unnecessarily bright rooms or areas.
In the US where the study was focused, there are roughly 144 million industrial light fixtures in place at 455,000 facilities around the country.
Converting each to an LED fixture would save 52 terawatt hours which would be sufficient to light 37 million homes for a year!
Reduce Harmful Emissions
As high-efficiency LED fixtures in industrial settings consume just a fraction of the energy of their predecessors, far less energy needs to be generated to power them. This could potentially cut carbon emissions by up to 30 million metric tonnes a year; the equivalent of removing 6 million passenger cars from the roads.
Making the switch would also eliminate 67,000 tons of toxic nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide. These are the compounds responsible for acid rain, smog and respiratory harm, from the atmosphere.
Reduce Water Consumption
Replacing conventional industrial lighting with LED would also save a great deal of water. Indeed, producing the 58 terawatts of energy consumed by industrial lighting takes one heck of a lot of water. Switching to industrial LEDs would save 5 million gallons each year. This is enough to supply more than 17,000 households for a whole year.
Reduce Mercury Contamination
Switching to industrial LED lighting would also virtually eradicate the dangers of hazardous waste contamination. It’s horrendous to think that a single HPS lamp contains as much as 50 milligrams of mercury. This is sufficient to poison an entire classroom full of children.
With millions of these lamps in operation around the world, the cumulative amount of mercury they contain is sufficient to contribute significantly to environmental contamination on a truly grand scale.
You Can Do Your Bit Too
As stated earlier, the industrial behemoths do have an enormous responsibility in this regard. But we as individuals have a part to play as well. Simply switching your wasteful, old bulbs for LEDs represents and excellent start and one that’s very easy to achieve.
There are now LED replacement bulbs in all shapes, sizes, bases and wattages. They generate the same number of lumens as the bulbs they’re designed to replace. And what’s more, they last between 10 and 20 times longer!
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