Do your part this Earth Day by switching to LED
Author: Kyle Yeomans
Published: April 19, 2017
April 22 marks Earth Day, a global event that focuses on fighting for the protection of our planet. One of the main aims of Earth Day is to educate people on ways they can make changes to reduce their environmental impact.
As a business, one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing energy consumption is to switch from standard bulbs to LEDs. Lighting typically accounts for 20% of the total electricity used in commercial and industrial buildings, so making the switch can not only help save the planet, it can also save a lot of money.
Why switch to LEDs?
LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than incandescent lighting (including halogen) and 60% less than fluorescent lighting, making them extremely energy efficient. But energy efficiency is not the only benefit when making the switch to LED lighting; LED light bulbs have a much longer lifespan than traditional bulbs, lasting up to 50 times longer in some cases. This means the bulbs don’t need to be replaced as regularly, which saves on maintenance costs.
In addition to the long term savings that can be achieved by making the switch to LED, the bulbs are also much safer than traditional bulbs, due to the fact they give off very little or no infrared heat. While LED bulbs may still be hot to touch after a sustained period of use, the heat given off is very low when compared to halogen or incandescent bulbs, making them less of a fire risk.
LED bulbs are also very durable in comparison to regular bulbs, being able to withstand more shock and vibration, as well as being able to perform well at extremely low temperatures.
How can businesses make the switch to LED?
When looking to convert a commercial premises or office from traditional bulbs to LEDs, it pays to address the most important areas first. The initial cost of LED bulbs is higher than most traditional lighting solutions, so converting an entire workplace at once could carry high upfront costs, particularly for large or multi-site businesses. Instead, we advise focusing on the areas within a premises that use the most electricity or places where lights are kept on most frequently. Once an initial test area has undergone an LED conversion, and the benefits start to be realised, business owners can look at other areas which may benefit from a more energy efficient lighting setup.
If you are looking for a way to do your bit this Earth Day, and beyond, switching to LED bulbs is a great place to start. If you’d like free expert advice on converting your business’s lighting to LED, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.