4. LED lights emit very little heat.
Unlike traditional conventional lighting, LED lighting technology emits very little heat. This means LED lights can be safely left on for extended periods of time. In addition, they reduce the need for cooling in an environment, whether it’s air conditioning in an office or fans in a manufacturing facility.
Safety should always be the top priority of any organization, and when it comes to lighting, the safety risk is heat and fire. The vast majority of power that is used by incandescent bulbs is producing heat vs. light. And the heat intensity increases the longer the bulb is in use. LEDs, on the other hand, emit very little heat no matter how long they’re used.
The reduction in cooling loads offered by LEDs adds to their energy cost savings. In the example of WattLogic’s commercial clients, they experience energy savings in the range of 35% as a result of reduced cooling loads.
In addition, LEDs can operate on low-voltage electrical systems, which adds to their safety aspects.
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Energy production is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the energy efficiency benefits of LED lighting help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With energy savings of up to 80% compared to traditional lighting, LEDs help commercial enterprises operate in a more environmentally sustainable way while simultaneously saving them money.
Studies show that running a “green” business is good for business. In a report by market research firm Nielsen, 72% of Baby Boomers (age 50-64), 79% of Gen Xers (age 35-49), and 85% of Millennials (age 21-34) say it’s “extremely important for businesses to implement programs to improve the environment.” So, in addition to cost and energy savings, installing commercial LED lighting in your facility is a great PR and marketing move.
One of the simpler benefits of LED lighting for commercial spaces is that it can emit a white color that’s similar to sunlight or a warm color like a sunrise or sunset. So, the quality of lighting offered by LEDs can create a better overall experience for employees and customers alike.
LEDs provide instant brightness to an environment without any flickering. They work extremely well in environments where lights are turned on and off continually within short periods of time. This operational speed coupled with superior controls makes LEDs work especially well with motion sensors, such as those used outdoors, or in warehouses, office spaces, and hallways.
7. LED lighting is easily controllable.
Another advantage of LED lighting is directed at commercial environments due to the higher level of control it gives to users. LEDs provide precise directional control, so you can point lights in exact locations without excess energy being wasted where you don’t need lighting. LEDs emit more “focused” light at 180 degrees vs. traditional lights, which emit light at 360 degrees.
LED lights can also be dimmed or can be adjusted to the ideal level of brightness and color desired through a process called color tuning. As natural sunlight changes throughout the day, LEDs can be put on automatic controls that adjust as lighting demands change, thus adding to the workplace mood and environment. The ability to dim LED lights means that businesses have added control over how much energy they use according to lighting needs.
LEDs have superior color rendering capabilities, which makes them extremely flexible for use in a variety of commercial environments. The color versatility means LEDs can be used in a range of applications, such as in signage, displays, overhead lighting, colored spotlights, and more.
LED lights are very small, so they can be used in an array of applications, either as small, single units or in clusters of thousands or more. This presents an unlimited variety of applications in which they can be used. This proves to be one of the vital benefits of LED lighting.
Unlike traditional lighting, which can take time to warm up, LED lights can be turned on in nanoseconds, so users get adequate lighting immediately. This makes LEDs ideal for outdoor lighting, lighting in hallways and office spaces, manufacturing facilities, traffic and warning lights, and elsewhere. In addition, frequently turning LED lights off and on doesn’t degrade their life expectancy in the way it does traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
LED lighting is particularly useful in environments where objects can degrade under ultraviolet lights. This is because the illumination from LEDs produces little to no UV light and very little infrared light. For example, museums can benefit from LED lighting, which helps to preserve the colors in paintings, tapestries, and other objects.
The use of LED lighting in facilities of different temperatures is a key area most get confused about. One of the common benefits of LED lighting is that it can function perfectly in high-temperature environments, but on the flip-side systems work well in extremely cold environments, even sub-zero temperatures because they don’t need any time to warm up once they’re turned on.
While LEDs do contain some lead and other chemicals, they’re free of mercury, which is toxic and can be found in traditional light bulbs. LEDs are not considered toxic by current U.S. laws and can be disposed of in the landfill.
LEDs contain electronic components, including semiconductors, as well as glass and different metals, which can all be recycled. While most municipal recycling centers do not yet have specific programs in place for recycling LEDs, Energy as a Service LED lighting retrofit contractors, like WattLogic, have their own recycling programs in place. This takes the responsibility of recycling off of clients’ shoulders.
LED lights can come in extremely small sizes, smaller than 1/10th of a square millimeter. And because they emit so much light, even in small sizes, they take up less surface space, which makes them ideal for commercial environments that are trying to conserve space.
When we think of the benefits of LED lighting, noise is usually not at the top of the list. However, traditional fluorescent lighting can actually be quite noisy, and the buzzing noise level escalates the longer these lights are in use. LED lights operate silently, thus minimizing the distraction of non-essential noises that can detract from workers’ productivity or your customer experience.
It’s not common for a technology to come along that offers wide sweeping benefits for commercial enterprises. But LED lighting is one of those rare exceptions. They definitely fall under the category of no-brainer for all kinds of businesses and other organizations that want to run more efficiently at less cost, while providing an optimal environment for workers and customers.
Those are the key benefits of LED lighting, proving why they are considered an impactful lighting solution and why the audits for LED lighting retrofit projects have been rising.
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Check out how one of our customers Swift Transportation – the largest full-truckload motor carrier in North America, saw the real benefits of LED lighting and hence have made substantial energy savings after partnering with us, not to mention have taken a positive step towards reducing their carbon footprint which is a bonus.