If you’ve not thought about commercial LED lighting for your business, then now is the time.
If you take control of the things that are within your power to change, you can equip yourself better for the future.
Your business not just about your brand, your products or services, or even your market share. It’s also about your infrastructure, your running costs, and how these impact on your bottom line.
LED lighting has these major business benefits:
High quality lighting
Lighting is also a major factor influencing workplace productivity. Overlit, or poorly-illuminated, offices and other places of work can affect employee motivation and wellbeing.
This is another area where commercial LED lighting can make a positive difference.
There are also environmental benefits to LEDs, which mean you can use them to reduce your carbon footprint.
We’ll look at these major benefits and aspects of LEDs but, first, we’ll explain the science behind them. This is what makes them such an ideal form of lighting.
LEDs are small lamps that fit into an electrical circuit. The name LED stands for light emitting diode.
A diode is a semiconductor component that has two electrodes. It enables current to flow easily in one direction, but restricts its flow in the opposite direction. Diodes emit energy-carrying photons. Light emitting diodes release this energy as light, rather than heat. The semiconductor material in an LED enables the diode to emit a large number of photons.
There are two broad categories of LED: indicators and illuminators.
Indicator LEDs are used for such low-powered applications as indicator lights in cars and on devices. But illuminator LEDs are high powered devices that can light up an entire room.
The plastic lamp that houses the LED concentrates its light energy in one direction, maximising the amount of light the diode emits.
LEDs can produce significantly bright light without either wasting much energy, or generating a lot of heat. They also have long lifespans. These qualities make LEDs versatile as sources of high quality, energy-efficient lighting and their energy efficiency and longevity mean that they can play a major part in reducing our carbon footprint.
Energy costs are a major business expense.
The cost of energy eats into profits and reduces margins. However, commercial LED lighting can offer you significant cost savings.
There are two reasons for this:
LEDs are more energy efficient, illuminating spaces with little wasted energy and limited heat generation
They are long lasting, which means you get more out of them before you need to replace them
In terms of power, LEDs can offer as much as a 90 per cent saving compared to traditional, incandescent lamps. Other forms of lighting lose lots of energy through waste, whereas LEDs don’t.
They offer a rapid return on investment, because of the lower cost in electricity, but also their overall durability.
The typical lifespan of commercial LEDs that Eco Lighting Specialists use ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 hours.
Alternatives such as CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) can manage around 6,000 – 20,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs have a range of between 750 and 2,000 hours.
Fluorescent lights can range between 20,000 and 36,000 hours, and their quality of light is inferior to that of LEDs.
LEDs are a long-term investment in energy efficiency that will still provide a rapid return on investment. This is down to their superior performance.
Not only are they long-lasting, but they also provide instant illumination.
Remember the first low-energy bulbs, which took minutes before they would light an area properly? LEDs are different, giving out light straight away, at the flick of a switch.
We’ve already talked about how the light LEDs produce is directional. This makes this form of lighting especially well-suited to task lighting in the workplace. But there’s more to the quality of light that LEDs produce than this.
Firstly, the level of brightness is extremely high. For this reason, it’s no longer relevant to measure lighting capability in wattage. A better measurement is in lumens.
A lumen is the measure of the total amount of visible light to the human eye that a lightbulb or lamp emits. The number of lumens an incandescent bulb emits is around 450. A CFL’s output is 2,600 lumens.
An LED can output 4,000 lumens.
Without relying on gels or filters, LED lights offer a range of colours and shades. The diode itself changes to alter the colour of the light that it emits.
Blending together basic red, green, blue and amber colour options provides multiple colour variations, making this form of lighting highly adaptable to range of commercial and industrial settings.
LEDs are manufactured in different forms, including backlit ceiling panels, downlights, continuous rows and even in tubes for retrofitting.
Whatever type of building your business occupies, there will be an LED lighting system that will work with it.
LEDs use less electricity than other forms of lighting. Most of the UK’s electric power still comes from fossil fuels. Therefore, the less electricity you use, the less fossil fuel is burned, generating less harmful greenhouse gases. Also, the extended lifespan of LEDs means that you use up less resources having to replace them.
The lights themselves contain no harmful gases, and do not emit harmful UV rays. They are a clear indicator of green credentials, because they offer such clear benefits when it comes to carbon reduction.
More and more customers are choosing who to buy from based on how green they are. Taking clear action to become more sustainable is starting to have definite commercial benefits.
LEDs provide energy efficient and cost-effective workplace lighting systems, but the benefits of good lighting extend beyond this.
There is plenty of evidence to indicate that the environment people work in affects their performance.
Key aspects of the workplace that impact on employee wellbeing and motivation include temperature, noise, air quality and lighting.
There is a clear correlation between light levels and productivity and a link between light and circadian rhythms.
The circadian rhythm is the natural internal clock we all have, going in cycles between wakefulness and feeling sleepy over a 24-hour period. When we become sleep-deprived, we can notice bigger swings between these two states.
Naturally, the optimum condition in the workplace is alertness. But poor lighting can have a negative impact on this. In fact, lighting can affect overall mood and concentration levels.
Increasingly, LED technology can work with circadian rhythms, enabling greater variations in lighting control in different areas of an office or workspace. Programming LEDs allows you to configure them for specific tasks. Again, this highlights the benefit of commercial LED lighting as a long-term business investment. And while energy efficiency and savings may be a more immediate and visible ROI, increased employee wellbeing and productivity are benefits that will more than repay the cost of investment in the long run.
Lighting is an essential part of your infrastructure, and you want the lighting system that will best suit your business needs.
LED lighting systems are highly adaptable to a wide range of commercial and industrial settings.
LEDs come in a variety of formats, and in multiple colour ranges.
They also provide advanced options in programmable lighting, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to deciding which areas you want to illuminate at any particular time.
LEDs are low maintenance, and have long lifespans. They are extremely durable in different workplace environments and applications.