LED office lighting makes business sense
Author: Jon Sharman
Published: December 2, 2013
It’s fair to say that fluorescent tubes and fittings have dominated office lighting for years. Problems with flickering and noise are mostly a thing of the past, but even the introduction of the energy-efficient T5 tube will not stop businesses upgrading to LED office lighting! Why you may ask? Well...
Main advantages of LED lighting in an office environment
An LED installation can improve energy-efficiency over older fluorescent lighting schemes by up to 50-60%. Plus there is the equally important matter of longevity. Many LED fittings have a 50,000 hour lifespan or more, so you’ll end up spending much less on maintenance. These differences alone can repay investment quickly.
LED focus provides double benefits
LEDs are like mini-spotlights. Their naturally directional light can be optically adapted to produce any beam angle. If widespread light is needed, LED chips can be tightly packed in multiple arrays and seated at varying angles for greater coverage and uniformity. This is in direct contrast to fluorescent, which needs a system of reflectors and louvres to work in an office environment, thus significantly reduces their efficiency.
LEDs are flexible and controllable, and lighting designers are exploiting that to produce neater, cleaner, more effective office lighting solutions. By installing LED office lighting you’ll maintain a healthy, happy, and productive workforce.
LED office lights
Lyco sells a wide selection of LED lights that are suitable for use in and around offices, including:
The Robus LED Light Panel is designed to slot into existing 600 x 600mm grids. Superbly energy-efficient, this is a great choice of replacement for a modular fluorescent installation, and unlike many older fittings it provides nowhere for dust, bugs, and bacteria to accumulate.
An attractive alternative to a square retrofit is the LED Circular Light Panel from PLS. This elegant lighting solution delivers a high 600 lumen output in a wide 113° beam angle and is an ideal replacement for compact fluorescent downlights.
The perfect replacement for standard halogen recessed downlights, the JCC Fireguard LED7 Downlight is fire-tested for 30, 60, and 90-minute ceilings, so it can be installed into a fire-rated ceiling whilst easily complying with fire safety regulations. Offering superb value for money, this IP65-rated fitting emits a smooth flood beam from its 6 top-quality LED chips. Even better, it boasts a 75,000 hour lifespan and comes with a 10-year guarantee.
A similar proposition to the LED7 is the Fireguard LED3 Downlight. This model uses 3 LED chips for a slightly lower lumen output. With less depth than the FGLED7, the FGLED3 is ideal for use in shallow ceiling recesses. The difference between LED3 and LED7 is that they are equivalent to 35W and 50W respectively.
For a versatile lighting solution, the FAT 1130 LED Downlight is tough to beat. Designed for reliable 8-hour-a-day commercial performance, this fitting can be customised with a range of separately available bezels and diffusers. The warm white light emitted by this model is ideal for office reception and hospitality areas.
The Prodisc LED Flush Fitting with Microwave Motion Sensor automatically triggers light when it senses movement. It can be wired up with standard models to create a ‘slave’ system, where a series of lights is activated by one sensor.
The compact nature of LEDs allows slim, unobtrusive designs, which is evident in the Slimline LED Emergency Bulkhead. This fitting has a built-in 6500K LED with a 25,000 hour lifespan. It is a maintained emergency light, with the facility for a non-maintained mode and remote switching. A set of exit path stickers lets you customise the light for escape route purposes.
With its modest 40mm diameter, the 3W LED Compact Emergency Downlight from Eterna blends discreetly with existing lighting schemes. This fitting is perfect for escape route lighting, where its 1.44 lux/4m output complies withBS 5266-7: 1999 light level requirements. This is a non-maintained fitting that only activates in the event of a power cut.
Out of the office
Moving outside then office building, the powerful Deltech 50W Slimline High Power LED Floodlight offers incredible 90% energy savings over its 500W halogen equivalent, and has a long 30,000 hour lifespan. This sleek fitting is ideal for lighting car parks, pathways, or landscaped areas.
Another outdoor light is the IP65-rated Robus Vulcan LED Batten, which is a good choice for building exteriors and covered or underground car parks. The Vulcan offers a 33% energy saving over fluorescent equivalents, together with a long 50,000 hour lifespan. Since it doesn’t radiate UV light, the Vulcan is also far less attractive to moths and insects than a fluorescent counterpart.
The future of office lighting is simply LED. It is increasingly more diverse, subtler, slimmer, smaller, and often just plain better than any other option.
For a wider selection take a look at our full range of LED office lighting
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