Commercial LED lighting
LED lighting offers significant benefits to a business when it comes to energy saving, energy efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint.
Who benefits from LED lighting?
Because of its versatility, LED lighting cuts across industries and is suitable for a broad range of commercial and industrial buildings.
Sectors currently benefiting from commercial LED lighting include:
- Warehousing and logistics
- Manufacturing and engineering
- Professional services
- Hospitality and leisure
- Retail and consumer
- Pharmaceutical and life sciences
In short, if your enterprise or organisation is using energy for lighting, then LEDs can provide you with an effective, energy-saving and economical alternative.
See the difference for yourself
How LED lighting works
A traditional incandescent light bulb emits light as energy when a current passes through the metal filament inside it. The filament, made of tungsten, glows. It also produces heat.
An LED light is different. It contains no filament. Instead, LEDs pass electrons through a semiconductor.
LED stands for light emitting diode. All diodes emit photons, which carry energy, but light emitting diodes emit their electromagnetic energy as light rather than heat.
Illuminator LEDs are high-powered devices which will emit enough light to illuminate a room.
LEDs can produce light in a variety of colours, and the quality they emit is directional, rather than all-around. This reduces the energy consumption of LED lighting, since it wastes none of its light, and no light is trapped within diffusers or reflectors.
Affordability of commercial LED lighting
Commercial and industrial lighting can be inefficient, and eats up energy. Not only that, frequently it provides light that is harsh or ill-suited for work purposes.
Switching to LEDs can provide cost savings, reducing energy consumption substantially. LEDs are extremely energy efficient.
Incandescent bulbs, on the other hand, will use up a lot of energy turning it into heat. LED bulbs will run at significantly lower temperatures than other lights.
Not only do they waste less energy, but LEDs last longer too, so you save on not having to replace them as frequently.
In other light bulbs, the filament will weaken over time and prolonged use. This causes the light bulb to burn out.
This is not the case with LED lighting. They do not burn out in the same way, but instead the light they give off gradually decreases. This is a process known as lumen depreciation.
How long it takes the lumen to depreciate to 30 per cent of its output determines the lifetime of an LED bulb.
Some LED lamps will only last around 5,000 hours and should only be used for domestic properties. Choosing the correct lighting is a minefield which is why it is crucial to seek trustworthy, professional advice so you can properly research what you need.
The range of a commercial LED can be between 50,000 and 100,000 hours.
Compare this to other lights:
- T8 Fluorescent bulbs, an average of 10,000 hours
- T5 Fluorescent tube 24,000 – 35,000
- Incandescent bulbs 750 – 2,000 hours
- CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) 6,000 – 20,000 hours but an average of 10,000 hours
- Halogen lamps 2,000 – 4,000 hours
Reliability and durability
For illuminating a workplace, you require lighting that is efficient and cost effective, but also that is durable and reliable.
Along with having a longer range of useful life than other bulbs, LEDs are also hard-wearing.
- You can expect them to operate safely and reliably in different environments, including cold temperatures.
- Commercial LED lighting can withstand a certain amount of impact and vibration because it contains no fragile filaments. This adds to its robustness, making LEDs suitable for outdoor lighting and busy workplace locations.
- LEDs emit a low radiated heat, and a heat sink mechanism dissipates what heat they do emit. Therefore, you can use them in areas or near materials that are heat sensitive, as LEDs will not cause fading or other forms of damage.
Quality of light
You can get extremely high levels of brightness with LED bulbs.
Instead of measuring wattage, look at the lumen output. An LED bulb can output 4,000 lumens to an incandescent bulb’s 450, or a CFL’s 2,400.
Lumens, measured in lm, are a measure of the total amount of visible light that a bulb or lamp emits. This is light that is visible to the human eye.
Therefore, the higher the lumen output, the brighter the light will appear.
- With LEDs, you get more light while consuming less energy, because the diodes in these lights convert energy into light rather than heat.
- LEDs emit their light in one direction. This reduces the amount of energy they consume, and it makes LEDs ideal certain settings and specialist applications, such as recessed downlights and task lighting.
- With commercial LED lighting, you can easily create different colours and shades without the use of filters. The diode itself determines the colour of the light, which ensures consistency over the bulb’s lifespan.
How LEDs reduce your carbon footprint
The Carbon Trust defines a carbon footprint as:
The total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation or product.
Commercial LED lighting can reduce the measure of an organisation’s carbon footprint.
There are two forms of carbon footprint:
- Primary, and
The primary carbon footprint is the measure of CO2 that comes directly from the activity of a person, organisation or product.
The secondary carbon footprint comes from the indirect CO2 emissions created across a product’s lifecycle.
Most UK electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, which emit greenhouse gases. If you use less electricity, you lower your carbon footprint.
LEDs use considerably less energy than other light bulbs, therefore you reduce your primary carbon footprint because your lighting is requiring less fossil fuel.
But LEDs also last longer than other light bulbs, so by using them you can also reduce your secondary carbon footprint.
What are the business benefits of carbon reduction?
It can help you to:
- Reduce your operating costs
- Meet customer demands for a greener approach
- Improve your brand image.
LED Lighting for Business Premises
Commercial LED lighting is both versatile and adaptable, and suitable for a broad range of workplaces and commercial settings.
It covers a broad spectrum of lighting, and can closely approximate natural light. Along with the programmable aspects of commercial LED lighting, this can enhance the work environment.
There are various things to consider when designing your commercial lighting system:
- Type of building, including its layout
- The lighting requirements of its occupants
- Energy efficiency.
The main objective for lighting in commercial and industrial premises is to enable people to carry out tasks effectively.
There are also lighting requirements for health and safety purposes, and to help ensure the overall wellbeing of staff.
Types of building and building areas requiring commercial LED lighting include:
- Retail spaces
- Reception areas.
There is a wide variety of LED lighting available, including:
- Backlit ceiling panels
- Flat panels
- Continuous row lighting
- Square bulkhead lighting
This range of lighting solutions provides plenty of choice, including the option to retrofit LED tubes to replace existing fluorescent lights.
How do you make the right choice?
It is important to maximise the effectiveness of your commercial lighting system, while minimising your energy costs.
We can help you make the switch to cost-effective commercial LED lighting.
Working closely with leading LED lighting manufacturers, we can provide your workplace with the latest lighting technology at competitive prices:
- We will carry out a comprehensive assessment of your lighting, on site at your premises
- This will enable us to calculate your current annual energy and maintenance spend, and your carbon wastage
- Then we will provide you with a detailed, fully costed proposal for upgrading your lighting system to LED, with the option for you to provide a no upfront sum as capital outlay, should you want to.
Installing your commercial LED lighting
Installing or upgrading your entire lighting system might seem daunting, but we will make sure the entire process is streamlined while minimising disruption to your business.
- First we carry out a thorough on-site logistics assessment, and create a schedule for the installation work
- Then when work is underway, we ensure your premises has sufficient lighting during the LED installation.
Work comes with a five-year guarantee.
Experience the benefits of LED lighting
LED lights can last between five and 50 times longer than conventional lighting. You could be making savings on your energy consumption of between 70% and 90%.
Eco Lighting Specialists offer a no capital outlay option whereby you will use a percentage of your savings each month to pay for the cost of installation.
LED lighting makes perfect sense in the longer term, but where you can also see rapid returns on your investment.
Make this change to your lighting and experience the financial, operational and ecological benefits.
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