9 Reasons to update to LED Lighting today
LED or Light-emitting diode lighting has been around for a while now. Unlike the fluorescent lighting, these Solid-State Lighting devices give off more light, and are more efficient. In addition, there’s a multitude of reasons why you need to upgrade to LEDs. Here are nine reasons why businesses should switch to LED lights today:
Today’s LED lighting fixtures use less power while providing higher lumen output. In fact, today’s lighting technology is improving very rapidly. As a result, LED lights today use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Furthermore if you multiple that by total number of fixtures in your business the numbers start making sense. Evidently, the energy savings factor alone is a solid argument why you should switch to LED.
2. Goodbye HEAT!
The traditional lighting of the past is known to create excess heat, and lots of it. First, imagine a large hotel with lots of down-lights running twenty-four hours a day. Secondly, imagine the amount of that extra heat created. Finally, consider that your HVAC system will have to work longer to eliminate the extra heat. In addition, consider the extra wear on your HVAC system because of it. In brief, heat is not good for your business!
3. No more NOISE!
As has been noted, today’s lighting fixtures use the latest technology. As a result issues with lights buzzing is an issue of the past. Moreover, fluorescent lights are known for flickering and buzzing. On the other hand, their LED counterparts operate silently. In fact imagine a big conference center with a few hundred recessed troffer lighting fixtures just buzzing… In short, this is a serious issue associated with legacy lighting units. Luckily, LED bulbs do not have filaments or firing arcs, which means no moving parts that cause the annoying buzzing.
4. Design Flexibility
Considering the small size of the actual LED allows it to be used in just about any application possible. As an illustration suppose you’re working on a project where the lighting has to be hidden or the space is very limited. With the traditional lighting your options would be limited. For the same reason, the LED Tape Light or the LED Sheets can be highly customized.
5. Increased Uptime
Longer lasting fixtures means less maintenance is needed. In return, your company will spend less money to cover the labor costs. In return, less work interruptions means more uptime. Furthermore, uptime is what today business is all about. Many businesses have to adhere to strict SLA agreements that define the level of service that can be expected from the vendor. In fact, its a critical component of any technology vendor contract.
6. Long-Term Cost
Although LED lighting is still more expensive than the fluorescent lights, the initial price is continuously dropping. Moreover, an LED unit will usually last 50,000 hours (around 26 years if used 8 hours a day) while their incandescent sibling will only last around 1500 hours. In contrast, the higher initial cost will be offset by the longevity of the LED fixture. In addition, you’ll also save on the labor because you’re not paying to have it replaced every year.
LED lights last anywhere between 25,000-50,000 hours depending on the model. When you compare that to a traditional incandescent unit that lasts on an average 1500 hours, that’s HUGE. Surprisingly, the LED model will last about 33 times as long as the incandescent unit. In addition, as I write this there are units out that already come with a 100,000 hour lifespan. While the modern LED units come with a 5 year warranty, their traditional counterparts offer a 12 month warranty. Naturally the added warranty period makes these products more desirable.
8. Shock Resistance
LEDs or Solid State Lighting is very durable. As opposed to incandescent lighting that can be damaged due to physical shock. Another words, incandescent bulbs are very fragile. Their electronic counterparts are way more forgiving and durable.
9. LEDs can work with Low Voltage systems
LED lighting systems designed for the 12 volt system will not require 110V to operate. Moreover, these types of systems are perfect for wet locations such waterfront or beachfront properties where line voltage lighting is not desirable.
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Kichler Landscape Lighting