In this guide, we’ll review the benefits of switching to LED lighting for your business then outline five simple steps to make the transition simple.
LED lighting is seen as a natural progression from incandescent bulbs. But like many improvements for business sites, it can be hard to tell whether it’s worth the cost and hassle of making the upgrade. In other words, are the advantages of LED lighting really that significant?
The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. LED has many benefits including:
It is easy to assume that changing your lighting system could be a hassle that you don’t need. As a business owner or site manager, you’re no doubt thinking about the time it will take away from your other responsibilities.
However, it couldn’t be more straightforward to switch your lights to LED and you will be reaping all the benefits outlined above before you know it. Here are five simple steps to make the transition…
Begin by finding an experienced professional who you are able to easily research for reviews and details on their qualifications. You should look for accreditations like NICEIC, specialist experience with LED lighting installations, and plenty of good reviews from previous customers.
Online searches and directories are obviously a popular way to search but don’t forget the importance of word of mouth. Many contractors rely on recommendations and work hard to build a good reputation. Ask around for suggestions for a contractor who works to excellent standards.
Once you know which contractors you are considering, request a detailed quote. It is important to be clear on what your requirements are, the style and scale you are working with and whether the contractor could fulfil those requirements. Quotes may require a site visit so contractors can gain a better understanding of what’s needed. However, they should still be without charge or obligation.
Don’t be shy about shopping around for quotes. It’s good sense to check that you are getting the best deal for your lighting needs. Asking for a quote from 2 or 3 different electricians or companies will give you a broader understanding of what is involved when switching to LED and the going rate for the services you need.
Crucially, don’t just pick the cheapest price. Make sure you compare the different quotes based on:
The contractor you have chosen should be able to take control, to ensure there is minimal disruption to your business. They’ll explain how long the job will take and agree on dates and times when access to your site will be needed. For larger projects, this could include specific days or timeframes for each part of your site.
Make sure that you have picked someone who has experience in the specific lighting you want and knows exactly what is needed in terms of safety and compliance. It is also important to be extremely clear on your requirements, budget and layout for your new LED lights. If your electrician is sure of what is needed, then they will be able to work independently and finish the job without having to double-check details. This may allow them to work out of hours in order to minimise downtime for your business.
There are various factors to take into account when estimating how long a full lighting upgrade can take. On average, switching to LED can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on customer requirements, building specifications, contractor availability and any issues that may crop up.
This is where the quality and capabilities of your chosen contractor really come into play. An established electrician will be able to send multiple members of their team to get the job done quickly without cutting any corners.
LED lights have the potential to last for up to 11 years. But only if they are used correctly and cared for to give you optimal use. It’s a good idea to factor regular maintenance of your lighting system into your health and safety checklist to help your lights work for longer.
As discussed in our guide to planned preventative maintenance, this approach will help you improve safety, stay compliant, control your budget and maintain an effective working environment.
Thinking of switching to LED? With Volta Compliance, it is an easy and straightforward installation process that will help you save energy and costs at the same time.
With 20 years of experience, our trusted professional team will be happy to talk you through the benefits of LED lighting and help you make the switch.
Request a quote or call us on 0113 397 1361 today.