The increasingly energy aware person is demanding better value for money and greener options for lighting solutions. With continued advances being made in the design and production of LEDs, achieving this can be as easy as changing a light bulb.
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) not only meet vital environment targets to save on energy supplies, they are also cost-effective, come with Government incentives and have excellent lighting properties. With the phasing out of incandescent bulbs and the unpopularity of fluorescents, industry experts, environmentalists and politicians are championing LEDs as the way forward. To encourage people further, LED lighting installations are also subject to 26% Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA).
“Energy and cost efficiencies have become big priorities with organisations across the board” said Clyde Roberts, Director, LEDtec (UK) Ltd. As budgets are squeezed tighter, businesses are keen to reduce overheads. LED lighting is around 88% more efficient than standard halogens and 50% more efficient than fluorescent tubes, so there is an immediate reduction in energy bills after switching”.
LEDtec is receiving more and more enquiries from top organisations wanting better, longer-lasting lighting including the David Lloyd Leisure group which is now saving around £200,000 annually in energy bills and reduced maintenance costs. The organisation requested a new ecological lighting scheme that would replace the group’s existing spotlights in their 90 clubs across Europe.
In addition to saving money and reducing overall carbon footprint, LEDtec specially tailored the new lighting to better improve both the visiting experience for members and the working environment for employees. The lights are cool to the touch and do not contain any harmful ultra violet rays or mercury. “We have a commitment to reduce our CO2 output in 2014 by 20% from our 2010 baseline consumption” said a David Lloyd spokesman “and the work with LEDtec is an important part of reaching our targets. Member and staff comfort are of paramount importance to us and we have received a positive response to this lighting from both groups.”
Although consideration for greener options can take a backseat during times of economic austerity, with LED lighting, saving money and environmental benefits go hand in hand. Researchers estimate that a nationwide conversion to LEDs would save 15% of the electricity currently generated by power stations, resulting in a similar reduction in C02 emissions.
LEDs last for up to 50,000 hours at a time compared with 1,000 hours offered by tungsten filament light bulbs and fluorescents”, said Clyde Roberts, “so companies see an incredible return on investment in much lower energy bills”.
As well as being cost effective and kinder to the planet, LED lighting is beneficial in many other ways. Unlike fluorescent tube lighting, common in many offices, LEDs do not flicker; instead they emit a constant source of light that won’t cause painful eye strain or headaches. LEDs also have an excellent colour quality, the shade of which closely matches natural light and is consistent over time.
Far from being restrictive, LEDs are available in a wide range of styles with many designed for specific uses. As they do not get hot, LED lighting can be employed in workplaces, gyms, theatres and retail venues without causing discomfort. Dimmer switches and colour temperature control can be adjusted to suit numerous atmospheres, making LEDs the perfect choice for restaurants and hotels. “Thanks to advances in design, the lighting range is far greater now than it was when LEDs were first introduced”, said Roberts. “Some of our most popular solutions include down lights as well as flood, recess, floor and shelf lighting”
When considering lighting solutions, Roberts advises: “LED lighting should provide a stable light output throughout the lifespan. The light should be of good colour with a brightness that equals conventional light sources. LEDs should light up immediately when turned on; they should not flicker when on a dimmer setting and should not consume energy when turned off. Poorly designed LEDs will not be as long lasting or efficient, so when sourcing lighting solutions, it’s important to do your research and always buy from a reputable provider.”
LEDtec (UK) Ltd. (www.ledtec.co.uk) offers a free survey to calculate your lighting needs and is happy to give any technical advice. It also offers a seven year guarantee on its lamps, which are easy to maintain and slot into existing light sockets.