What is LED Lighting?
An LED light is a solid-state lighting device that fits in standard screw-in connections but uses Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to produce light. LEDs have been around for some time, but only recently have improvements in efficiency, cost and output made them viable for the larger-scale lighting used in businesses and other commercial environments.
Although at first, LED lights may seem slightly more expensive to install, the benefits gained over time far outweigh the extra cost at installation.
Here are our top 5 benefits of LED Lighting from a recent GE survey:
1 | Reduced Overall Costs Through Greater Energy Efficiency
LED lights can use up to 70% less electricity than traditional incandescent, fluorescent and halogen options, resulting in substantial energy cost savings, especially for spaces with lights that are on for extended periods e.g. factories that run 24/7, hotels, car parks, hospitals and care homes.
2 | Extended Life Span
Unlike incandescent lighting, LEDs don’t “burn out” or fail, they merely dim over time. Quality LEDs can have an expected lifespan of up to 50,000 hours compared to approximately 1,000 hours for an incandescent light bulb.
3 | Durability
Without glass enclosures, LEDs are breakage resistant and largely immune to vibrations and other impacts. Traditional lighting is usually contained in a glass container, which can be susceptible to breakage. LEDs, on the other hand, tend not to use any glass, instead they are mounted on a circuit board and connected with soldered leads.
4 | Instant on
Most fluorescent and HID lamps do not provide full brightness the moment they’re switched on, with many requiring three minutes or more to reach maximum light output. LEDs come on at 100-percent brightness almost instantly.
5 | No Infrared or Ultra Violet Emissions
Less than 10 percent of the power used by incandescent lamps is actually converted to visible light; the majority of the power is converted into infrared (IR) or radiated heat. Excessive heat and ultraviolet radiation (UV) presents a burn hazard to people and materials. LEDs emit virtually no IR or UV. Rapid advancements in LED lighting technologies, with more improvements on the horizon, have resulted in lowered costs and increased reliability of LEDs. And while it may be tempting to assume LEDs are the right choice for all applications because of their energy efficiency, selection should be based on a combination of factors, including light quality and distribution, dimmability, and expected lifetime.
Also, integrating LED lighting with intelligent sensors, controls and energy management systems can help build smarter, more sustainable solutions for businesses that want to reduce overall costs and increase efficiencies.
At Glas Éireann Solutions, we are committed to reducing commercial, agricultural and industrial energy usage, energy overheads, carbon footprint as well as exposure to future energy price increase risk. We offer a variety of solutions in order to achieve this, including LED Lighting upgrades. To find out more on how we can help your business, why not contact us here, or phone on 061 - 633 298.
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