LED’s or Light Emitting Diodes, have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their availability and falling prices. It’s said that these lights can have a dramatic impact on your energy consumption, for the better, but how true is this and do you need to be using LED lights?
LED lights first rose to prominence after their big win at the 2014 Nobel Prize ceremony, in the physics category. What separates LED lights from standard light bulbs is that they are instant, meaning that they don’t need time to warm up and start performing as they should as soon as you switch them on, effectively giving you more bang for your buck.
This leads us to another benefit of LED’s, the cost. According to Big Green Switch, by implementing LED lights across your business you could save up to 85% on your energy bills. Considering that lighting accounts for 20 percent of all UK energy consumption this not only helps your carbon footprint, but the footprint of the nation as a whole.
Similarly, where standard bulbs typically burn out their filaments in a relatively short time, LED lights last much longer, and in extreme cases they can go for as long as two decades without needing to be replace. So not only will you keep your energy costs down, you’ll be able to reduce your maintenance by a significant margin to boot.
On Average, LED lights will last up to 100,000 hours.
Not only are LED’s more reliable but they’re also more resilient, because they’re made of much less glass and contain no filaments. They can withstand a greater amount of wear and tear before they give up the ghost and can withstand more severe weather than fluorescent or halogen bulbs. There’s a reason they’re used by not only the US police but the US military as well.
In addition to this resilience, the lack of filaments actually gives them another tick in the eco-friendly column as this means they no longer contain mercury and other harmful chemicals. Now, when you eventually do have to replace them, you can be sure that you’re not causing more problems for the environment than you need to.
Previously LED lights were only available in the clear colour, but now, with the advent of red, blue, and green, LED’s you can replicate almost the entire spectrum of colours. So, if white is not your thing then you can customise the colours until you find the right one for you.
As you can see LED lights, whilst they may have a slightly steeper adoption price, can dramatically reduce your costs overall, as well as help to placate some of the damage done to the environment. If you’re looking for a more sustainable and cost-effective way to light your business, then why not give LED’s a try and see what they can do for you.
LED lights can be used in practically any existing lighting socket from warehouses, to offices, to sporting events.