LED Lighting for the Office – A Wise Choice
October 16, 2012
Pardon the pun, but LED lighting in an office environment is a bright idea. More companies than can be easily counted have switched over to this type of lighting for its efficient, money-saving technology. The types of LED lights available for the workplace are just as adaptable as any other commercially available lighting product, with long-term benefits far outweighing any negatives.
First, it helps explaining how a LED light works. “LED” stands for Light Emitting Diode. These types of light function by creating an electrical charge with a semiconductor in an isolated space to create photons- in a word, light. The materials that LEDs are made from enhance the brightness of the light created. LED lights have been in use for over forty years. At first, they were used in smaller applications, such as illuminated displays on machines and items such as pocket calculators. As the quality of materials has improved, LED lights have become much more efficient and powerful for large scale lighting applications.
Of course, it’s natural that there might be concerns. Will there be extensive electrical work or costly retrofits? No. LED lights for the office are meant to work with existing sockets and fixtures. Unless your office is already in need of renovation, there should be no need to redo any part of your building. One fact that you will need to consider is the cost of LED lights. One single LED bulb meant to replace an incandescent light can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 (USD). However, many different retailers sell LED lights, so securing the best deal on a bulk purchase shouldn’t be any trouble.
Comparisons between LEDs and other lights show that the long-term savings of using LED lighting will more than make up for the high cost of replacement. Energy usage tests show that LED light fixtures often outperform traditional light bulbs, often working at least 50% more efficiently (more so depending on the product used). The lifespan of an LED light is much longer than typical fixtures and bulbs. For example, most incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of only 1000 hours. LED bulbs designed for the same fixture often have a lifespan of 100,000 hours. Also, traditional lights radiate heat as a byproduct of their energy usage. Although it may not be easily visible, traditional lights have a way of affecting the thermostat in an office as well. By comparison, LED lights emit much less heat, allowing workplace air conditioning to run more efficiently. This easily translates into money saved between your power bill, your heating bill, and the amount of lighting supplies your office will need throughout the year. In other words, your investment will pay for itself.