Tired of skyrocketing electricity bills? Exhausted from always changing your light bulbs? Worried about how you can reduce your environmental footprint?
Did you know that simply switching to LED lights could already shed light on your problems?
Lighten Your Load
When you are a commercial space owner – regardless of whether you own a small deli in the corner or a huge office building – you have most probably come across concerns regarding your power bill and other overhead expenses.
Generally, office buildings and other commercial spaces consume vast amounts of electricity. These are normally caused by inefficient electrical systems that waste too much energy. Common culprits are inefficient lighting and air conditioning systems that contribute to the spike in your power consumption and, ultimately, to your power bill.
If you want to be more efficient in managing the use of electricity in your building, you can start by looking into what kind of lights you use. For example, traditional incandescent lights consume 60 watts of electricity. Meanwhile, if you switch to using light-emitting diodes or LED lights, their mere 12.5 watts will certainly translate to better savings for you.
It is fortunate that these days, LED lighting has become available for everyone to enjoy. The new LED lighting technology has brought about benefits that are not confined to simply minimizing costs.
Here are three benefits you can expect to enjoy when you flip the switch and use LED lighting systems to brighten up your commercial space:
1. Health Benefits
Studies conducted for Lighting Europe finds enough evidence that LED lighting has several health benefits. It has led to the term Human Centric Lighting, which states that combining the biological, emotional, and visual benefits of light can support the health, performance, and well being of humans. It can affect mood, alertness, and even a person’s sleep-wake cycle.
Old-school lights tend to flicker and buzz, and these can cause eyestrain and headaches. Since LED lamps are not prone to flickering, these conditions can be avoided. Also, because of better light quality, especially when using task lighting in offices or jobs, people tend to demonstrate higher productivity when using the lighting point of view.
LED lights are also less prone to shattering because of their excellent durability, minimizing the risk for injuries caused by broken lamps.
2. Economical Benefits
Coming from the perspective that Human Centric Lighting can improve productivity, this also has a correlation to costs. Based on the report Quantified Benefits of Human Centric Lighting by LightingEurope & ZVEI released in April 2015, an increase in productivity leads to significant labor cost savings.
In retail displays, for example, the report Energy Savings Estimates of Light Emitting Diodes in Niche Lighting Applications shares that a 100% market shift to using LED lights in retail displays can promise savings of 7.87 TWh/year. This is equal to 84.9 TBtu/ year of primary energy consumption, which has the equivalent of a large 1,000-megawatt electric power plant.
LED lights also have a longer lifespan compared to traditional bulbs. For this reason, frequent replacement of lights can be avoided, thus lowering maintenance and life cycle costs. Additionally, since LED lights don’t generate as much as heat as incandescent lights, the cost of air-conditioning your space will also be minimized.
3. Environmental Benefits
Because LED lights have a longer life, this also means that they have lower carbon emissions and less material waste. At the same time, LED lights contain no mercury or other toxic substances that can be dangerous to humans and environment alike.
Light pollution is reduced with the directional qualities of LED lights as well. The less light is scattered around areas that need no lighting, the less energy is consumed.
In addition, LED lamps are considered energy-efficient replacements to traditional lighting. You can light up a space with an LED lamp using only 36 watts compared to wasting 84 watts when using a fluorescent lamp. This helps lessen the demand from power plants and reduces greenhouse emissions.
A Light Bulb Moment
With these benefits in mind, it is now easier to see the advantages that LED lighting systems can bring into your business. Make use of this information to implement changes that will not only mean a lot to your bottom line but, more importantly, will also help make our world a healthier and greener place to live in.