Protecting our global environment is now top of the political agenda. Sustainability and the need to save energy and reduce carbon emissions is a key objective for all commercial organisations going forward.
Lighting accounts for around 25% of the energy bill in commercial buildings and approximately 15% in most homes. Supplied by electrical power plants using fossil fuels, it is responsible for a significant amount of carbon emissions, a leading cause of global climate change. Lighting has become a prime element in sustainable design, with a global movement developing and implementing lighting solutions that both meet the needs and concerns of the consumer and address environmental regulations.
LED lighting is a technological breakthrough that provides a highly effective solution, delivering energy efficient, long lasting, eco-friendly and powerful light.
Key advantages of using Light Emitting Diodes
- Energy savings of between 80% and 95% are the norm when comparing LED with conventional incandescent lighting and 50% when compared to CFLs, dramatically reducing energy costs. See Energy Savings Calculator
Heat Reduction – LED operating temperatures are around 60 degrees centigrade compared to the 300-450 degrees centigrade operating temperatures of conventional lighting thus reducing heat pollution to interior systems such as air-conditioning.
Low Carbon Emission – LED lighting systems are environmentally and ecologically friendly since they contain no mercury or polluting gases and are 95% recyclable.
Safety – All LEDs are free from harmful UV and IR emissions.
Quality of Light – The quality of the white light can be tailored to suit the human eye eliminating eye strain. LEDs can also be matched to a specific ‘colour index’. Unlike CFLs, LEDs produce instant, full light with adjustable beam angles and are dimmable.
Life Cycle – Typically LEDs operate a life cycle of 50,000 hours with minimal degradation, which equates to 5.7 years if left on continuously or just over 17 years if switched on for 8 hours a day. The life cycle will also lead to decreased maintenance costs.
ROI – In most cases return on investment can be achieved in year one.
Durability – LEDs are not subject to sudden failure or burnout and are shock resistant.