As more consumers become environmentally conscious, businesses have taken a stance in doing their part to care for the environment as well. While most businesses have already implemented practices that include recycling and proper disposal of waste, there is still a lot that can be done to reduce the carbon footprint we’ve left behind. Technologies have evolved with the hopes of reducing carbon emissions. As such, there are new products that will not only help to improve the environment, but to save consumers a great deal of money. One concept/product that is becoming increasingly popular is the use of LED (light emitting diodes) lighting in commercial properties.
LED Lighting vs. Traditional Lighting
LED lighting might seem like a significant purchase for your business to consider, however, it has been proven to be worth every penny. Unlike other forms of lighting such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lighting has several environmentally friendly characteristics including:
·Non Toxic Materials
·Better Light Distribution
According to Energy Star, LED lights are about 80 to 90 percent more efficient than other types of lighting. To create light, the average light bulb will burn out more than 90% of its energy on heat alone. LED lighting on the other hand uses approximately 90% of its energy for light and uses only 5% of its energy to heat. LED lights also absorb a lot less electricity than other types of lighting. For example, an 84 watt fluorescent bulb is about equivalent to a 36 watt LED bulb. Because there is less need for power, LED light bulbs decrease power plant demands as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Non Toxic Materials
Many commercial properties use strip lights that have harmful chemicals like mercury. Such materials can cause a lot of damage to the environment when they’re discarded in landfill waste. In fact, proper disposal of various lighting has to be arranged by a registered waste company. On the other hand, LED lights have no toxic materials whatsoever. This helps to protect the environment, and also saves companies the hassle of having to arrange for disposal services.
Better Light Distribution
Traditional forms of lighting waste a lot of energy by distributing light in all directions. LED lights however are designed with a better quality of light distribution and focus. They are created to light in one direction. Therefore, you will need fewer LED lights to accomplish the same level of brightness you would receive from fluorescent or incandescent lighting. As such, fewer lights mean less energy consumption which benefits the environment and your wallet.
LED lights can last six times longer than other forms of lighting. Longer life expectancies mean less carbon emissions. It is also important to point out that you’ll have to change the lights a lot less often than other types. This means fewer demands for more lights. As such fewer resources are needed to manufacture package and transport new lights for your office.
Purchasing LED Lights
If you’re considering LED light fixtures for your business, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Vendor: When looking to purchase energy efficient lights, be sure you’ve done your research to make sure you’re picking the right kind of lighting. For example, induction lighting and LED lighting are different.
Fixture Type: Unless you’re looking to redesign your office, you’re going to want to purchase LED bulbs that will fit your current fixtures. You can find LED bulbs in just about any shape and size so check out the various styles before making a selection.
Brightness: Visibility is certainly important in the workplace. When looking for LED lights for your commercial property, be sure to check out the brightness. The brightness of a bulb is measured in lumens. Look for LED lights with at least 10 times more lumens than bulbs you’re replacing. For example, if you’re replacing 40-watt bulbs, you’ll need at least a 450 lumens LED bulb for the same brightness and consistency.
Color: Believe it or not, LED lights come in various shades. If you’re looking for warm lighting, you’ll want to look for LED bulbs that have about 2,700 Kelvin (color temperature). However, if you’re looking for a brighter white light, then you’ll want to find bulbs that are 3,500 Kelvin or higher.
Finding ways to make your business more environmentally sound does not have to be challenging or expensive. In closing, it is also recommended that you hire a professional to properly install your lights and discard of the old light fixtures to ensure efficiency and to protect the environment.