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12 Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting

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16/03/2023
7 benefits of switching to led lighting

LED lights are seen as the natural successor to incandescent bulbs. But not everyone knows why, exactly, and it’s important to be aware of the benefits to make sure you’re making the right decision for your business.

Read on as we discuss the several ways LED outshines traditional lighting.

1. Energy efficiency

If you replaced all of your workplace lighting with LEDs, you would see a 60-70% improvement in energy savings. This is down to the simple fact that LEDs use significantly less energy. They are 4-5 times more effective than other lighting, such as fluorescent or incandescent lights.

2. Durable and long-lasting

There is no comparison when it comes to LED versus incandescent bulbs. An average lightbulb can last around 1,000 hours, whereas an LED light lasts around 50,000 hours. This clearly leaves incandescent and fluorescent bulbs in the dust. And even when LED lightbulbs ‘wear out’, they lose effectiveness gradually, rather than a quick burn out.

3. Very affordable

Switching to LED lighting saves a huge amount of energy which in turn, saves you a huge amount in costs. Many people think that because they pay more for an LED lightbulb that the switch to LED is going to be expensive. But the long-term savings far outweigh the initial cost of the bulbs.

UK homeowners save £240 annually on average, if they switch from incandescent lighting to LED. And the cost of replacing bulbs is much lower as you will have at least 6 years before you need to think about it.

4. Versatile

LEDs are extremely versatile and can be used in the following settings:

  • General lighting
  • Architectural downlighting
  • Strips under cabinets and kitchen counters
  • Staircases and hallways
  • Lamps, appliances and electronics

5. Environmentally friendly

Using LEDs lowers energy use, which cuts down electricity costs and is better for the environment. This helps businesses become more eco-friendly and save money. LEDs are great for companies that care about being green and reducing their carbon footprint.

LEDs produce a minuscule amount of ultraviolet (UV) light and contain zero toxic chemicals. This makes them much more attractive than fluorescent lighting, which contains mercury (a hazardous substance).

Additionally, the mere fact that LED light bulbs last so much longer than average bulbs means they produce far less waste and are easy to recycle. They can provide a variety of light ‘temperatures’, mimicking natural sunlight, which allows them to be much gentler on the environment.

6. No wasted energy

If you start to change an incandescent lightbulb right after it goes out, you’ll notice how hot it gets.  This is because traditional lighting systems turn at least 90% of their energy to heat, only using 10% of energy to light.

LEDs are practically opposite. They create almost no heat at all, so no energy is wasted.

7. Dimming capabilities

When you use a smaller amount of power to light an LED bulb, it operates more efficiently. That means that modern LED lighting is extremely in sync with electronic dimmers. This gives you options not only in terms of lighting moods but also saving energy and costs as you are increasing the lifespan of the bulb even more.

8. Advanced colour rendering

The Colour Rendering Index (CRI) shows how well a light displays true colours compared to natural light. LED lights offer superior colour rendering compared to traditional lighting solutions.

This means they can reproduce colours more accurately, which is crucial in settings such as art galleries, various retail settings and anywhere else where colour representation is key.

9. Smart lighting integration

The integration of LED technology with smart systems is revolutionising how we interact with light. Smart LED systems can be controlled remotely through smartphones or smart home systems – allowing users to adjust brightness, colour temperature and even colour.

This integration offers customisation and ease of use beyond what traditional lighting systems can provide. For businesses, this translates to better energy management, improved control over the atmosphere and the flexibility to adjust lighting.

This is a huge benefit, as it will give the option of changing lightning according to specific requirements or different times of the day.

10. Impact on health and productivity

The impact of LED lighting on human health and productivity is a growing field of study. LEDs, unlike conventional lighting, can be tailored to produce certain wavelengths of light, which can beneficially influence human circadian rhythms.

This is particularly beneficial in workplaces and educational settings where proper lighting can enhance concentration, improve mood and regulate sleep patterns – leading to increased productivity and well-being.

11. LED in outdoor and public spaces

LED lighting is becoming increasingly popular in outdoor and public space applications due to its durability and energy efficiency. Streetlights, park lights and exterior building lights are transitioning to LED to save energy and reduce maintenance costs.

Moreover, LED lights offer better control over light pollution, preserving the night sky and reducing negative impacts on wildlife.

12. Economic and global impact

Globally, the shift to LED lighting is playing a significant role in reducing electricity demand. As more countries adopt LED technology, the cumulative energy savings contribute significantly to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This shift not only has environmental benefits but also economic ones, as reduced energy consumption means lower operational costs for businesses and households alike.

Shine bright by switching to LED lighting

Making the switch to LED is an excellent way to reduce costs, increase your efficiency and go green. When you’re ready to reap the rewards, Volta Compliance is on hand throughout Yorkshire. Our local specialists can advise on and install LED lighting for your office, warehouse or commercial facility.

To find out more, contact our team on 0113 397 1361 or by emailing [email protected].

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.
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