Businesses, whether it is a retail shop or a office, there is one thing in common with expensive electricity bills. Lighting, it makes up a huge portion of any businesses electricity bills due to the long running hours of lights. Lights are normally on from the first moment a shop or office opens till it closes and for some offices, lights or normally left on for a large part of non operating hours as well. Restaurants especially take a huge blow from this because they use halogens for a warm white light and this can be tremendously inefficient.
Most businesses use fluorescent lights and while they may be alright in terms of efficiency, they still have many problems and a short lifespan.
Why LED Lighting for Businesses?
Welcome to the future, soon LED lights will be stock standard everywhere especially in businesses. This is because not only are they the most energy efficient light around, they are also the most versatile, safe, incredibly durable and comply with business regulations.
LED lights are not only more efficient then the fluorescent lights we see often but are nearly 5 times more efficient the halogens used in restaurants. Best of all is how many option they come with, most LED downlights come in a range of colours so they can easily replicate the look warm white halogens give off in restaurants along with the look of cool white fluorescent lights to give an office its professional look.
In terms of safety LED downlights blow other lights out of the water, compared to fluorescent lights (contain mercury), LED's do not contain any toxic materials and also have very little brittle glass which fluorescent and halogen lights have. If a LED light is to fall there is a high chance it would not break and shatter. Almost all LED downlights are also built to business standards to meet the necessary lighting regulations for offices.
Another major benefit of LED downlights is just how long of a lifespan they have, most LED's will have a lifespan starting around 25,000 hours and increase to upwards of 50,000 hours depending on the quality. Compared to CFL lights which last a max of 15,000 hours and halogens which only last 2,500 hours, a LED downlight will almost never need replacing compared to other lights. In a business where many lights are replaced and electricians are hired, this can be a very expensive job and switching to LED's could save you lots of money.
So simply put, you will save massive money and create a far safer working environment for you and your employees.
How to make the switch?
Here are a few easy steps to follow
1. Identify your lighting needs - colour and beam angle
2. Check to see what existing light fittings you have
3. Find the appropriate LED downlight which meets the above 2 needs.
4. Find a good online LED lighting retailer as they are often the cheapest, mention you are a business and see if you can get a good discount.
5. Look for good brands such as OSRAM, Philips and CREE
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