Commercial LED Spotlights
Commercial LED spotlights are some of the most effective and versatile lights available
These spaces include offices, shops, warehouses and public institutions.
LED spotlights are different to alternative forms of lighting because of their energy-saving qualities, their long lifespan, and their sheer adaptability.
What Are LED Spotlights?
LED spotlights are like halogen or incandescent spotlights, except they use LED technology as their light source.
These spotlights are small but versatile, coming in a variety of fittings, including:
- GU10 – the most widely-used LED spotlight fitting, with two small pins at the base, making it suitable for retro-fitting in most halogen fixtures
- MR16 – similar fitting, but with two pins that are narrower in diameter
- G9 – narrow in shape and smaller, mainly for appliances or electronics, usually casting a dimmer light
- G4 – another specialist spotlight LED, for smaller light fixtures or appliances.
With some halogen fittings, if you want to retro-fit with LEDs, you will need an LED compatible transformer.
What Makes LED Spotlights Different?
LED stands for light emitting diode. This is the semiconductor that transforms electricity into light in a LED spotlight.
This type of spotlight contains no filament, because the light in a LED bulb comes from passing electrons through the semiconductor.
LED spotlights are extremely energy-efficient, wasting less energy and lasting longer than other spotlights.
The reason why LEDs are so energy efficient is that they transform around 70% if their energy into light, whereas other bulbs turn more of their energy into heat, which is wasted energy.
Also, because they contain no fragile parts like filaments, LED spotlights are hardwearing, so they will withstand a certain degree of vibration or impact.
The quality of light you get with LEDs is different too. They emit a high level of brightness, outputting around 4,000 lumens.
They emit this light in one direction, which also reduces the amount of energy they consume, and makes them a good choice for workplace task lighting.
What Advantages do LEDs Have Over Other Spotlights?
The principle way of measuring output in lightbulbs used to be watts. It followed that if you wanted a more powerful lightbulb, for a spotlight for example, you would require a higher wattage.
A brighter bulb, 100 watts for example, would cost significantly more to run than a dimmer, lower watt bulb.
LED technology has changed all this. Due to their naturally low wattage, their measurement of light output is in lumens.
When you measure their output in lumens, typically LEDs will outperform other types of lighting. An LED bulb can output 4,000 lumens. An incandescent bulb will output around, 450, a CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) 2,400.
A good quality 100 watt halogen bulb will produce around 1,900 lumens. Compare this to a 100 watt LED light, which can produce 11,500 lumens.
Then there is the lifespan factor to consider.
The expected lifespan of a halogen light is around 2,400 to 4,000 hours. For a CFL it’s between 8,000 and 20,000 hours.
For an LED, however, it’s 35,000 to 50,000 hours.
Halogen lights are more energy efficient and cost-effective than incandescent bulbs, but LEDs are by far the longest-lasting type of lightbulb.
And while halogen spotlights do give off the type of cool white light that is good for task lighting, LEDs are capable of matching this with their own output.
What Are the Most Effective Uses for LED Spotlights?
In a commercial setting, LED spotlights provide versatile but economic illumination. This applies across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors.
LED spotlights are effective for various forms of task lighting, but also work well as an aesthetic form of lighting for the workplace.
Here are some examples.
- In restaurants, you might expect to see predominantly ambient lighting in eating areas for customers, but for food preparation, clear, bright lighting is essential. This is the perfect setting for LED spotlights.
- In buildings with lobbies, hallways and reception areas, spotlights provide clear lighting to heighten visibility, but emit a light that is not overly harsh.
- Where you have entrances and exits, spotlights provide the right level of clear illumination for safety purposes.
- LED spotlights are perfect for task lighting, whether this in an office, factory or workshop location. LED is a directional form of lighting, which makes it ideal for these types of application.
Versatility and Colour Temperature
The colour temperature of a bulb refers to the colour of light it emits.
With incandescent lightbulbs, their colour temperature matches their technology, since they rely on heat forced through a metal filament, which heats up and glows. This gives incandescent bulbs a warm colour temperature of around 2,700K (kelvins).
Halogen bulbs have a colour temperature of around 3,000K, while fluorescent lights are typically around 3,500K.
The lower the temperature in kelvins, the warmer the light.
This is why many offices and workspaces opt for fluorescent bulbs, with their cooler white colour temperature.
But modern LED technology means that LED spotlights can offer a whole range of colour temperatures, from the warm light of traditional bulbs to extremely bright lighting that emulates daylight.
This makes them especially adaptable and versatile for different work locations and applications.
Why Invest in LED Spotlights for Work?
LED spotlights can come in at a slightly higher initial cost, but they soon pay for themselves in reduced energy costs. With Eco Lighting, you can opt for a no capital outlay plan to pay for the installation with the cost savings themselves.
They can last anywhere between 20 and 50 times longer than other spotlights, so you can also save on lighting replacement and maintenance.
They are a flexible and long-lasting alternative that can help to future-proof your business lighting.
Contact us today to discover more about the benefits of commercial LED spotlights.