Did you know that LED lighting can not only increase your business’ energy efficiency and cut your energy costs, but it can also improve employee productivity, support employees’ health and boost office morale? Here are some of the advantages of making the switch to LED light bulbs in the office.
Are LED Lights Better?
According to many energy experts, the health benefits of LED lighting, combined with their environmental benefits, make them a superior choice for modern office buildings.
Why are LED lights better? Here are some of the benefits of led lighting in offices.
Health Benefits of LED Lighting
Lighting and health are most closely intertwined than you may realise.
#1 LED lighting mimics natural light and increases mental wellbeing
LED lights typically have a Kelvin colour temperature between 5000K and 10,000K. Studies show that working under light bulbs within this range (which mimics natural light) can increase work productivity and alertness, support mental wellbeing, and even decrease fatigue.
#2 LED lighting is better for headaches
LED lights can help reduce headaches due to their similarity with natural light. Unlike fluorescent light bulbs, LED lights do not flicker, which makes them much better for people who suffer from migraines and headaches.
#3 LED lighting is better for circadian rhythms
Light has a huge impact on our circadian rhythm — the natural, internal process that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Unlike halogen and incandescent lights, modern LED lights are designed with this circadian rhythm in mind.
Why is this beneficial for an office or workplace? Circadian lighting plays an important role in employee productivity and health. A study showed that office workers exposed to circadian lighting perform between 10% to 25% better than their counterparts on tests of mental function and memory recall.
#4 LED lighting produces less UV light
A 2012 report by the European Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) suggests that LEDs may provide a great alternative for people with photosensitive skin disorders, since LED lights produce little to no UV radiation.
Environmental Benefits of LED Lights
The environmental benefits of LED lights are many.
#1 LED lighting have lower carbon emissions
LED lighting are high in demand among environmentally-conscious businesses, who seek them out for their low emission carbon footprint. Here, we are talking about the amount of CO2 created to generate the electricity that a light bulb consumes.
Assuming that the electricity is generated by a coal power station, a LED light contributes approximately 22.23 kilograms of CO2 per year for each KWh of electricity generated: a conservative amount compared to a staggering 152.42 kilograms for an incandescent light bulb.
#2 LED lights are energy efficient
Electricity costs are rising globally. For this reason, LED lighting are a blessing for offices and workspaces. How? LED lighting have very high electricity to light conversion efficiency. In fact, LED lights are up to 80% more energy efficient than fluorescent or incandescent lights, making them both environmentally-friendly and budget-friendly.
LED lights convert about 95% of the energy consumed into light, compared to incandescent bulbs, which convert only 10% of that energy into light. In our experience, most LED lighting retrofit projects result in a 60-75% improvement in the energy efficiency of an office’s lighting.
#3 Most LED lights do not contain harmful toxins
Most LED lights are made using non-toxic materials. In comparison, fluorescent light strips can contain high levels of harmful chemicals such as mercury. Check with your energy specialist to ensure the LED lights you purchase for your office do not contain toxic materials.
Economic Benefits of LED Lights
#1 LED lights increase employee productivity
Studies show that effective lighting is critical for employee productivity, influencing employees’ perception, mood and performance. Harsh and inadequate lighting can erode and hinder productivity. By choosing LED lights that imitate natural light and have a higher color rendering index (CRI), businesses create the ideal work environment
#2 LED lights have a long lifespan
The average lifespan of an LED light is 50,000 to 100,000 operating hours, compared to 1,000 hours for a typical incandescent bulb. Because they last more than 50 times longer than incandescent lighting, LED lights require replacement much less frequently.
#3 LED lights are sturdy
Resistant to vibrations, impact and weather, LED lights are incredibly durable.
#4 LED lights generate less heat
LED lighting can indirectly save you money on energy costs because they generate less heat. How? The more heat generated by the electrical appliances in your office space, the harder your air conditioner will need to work to achieve a cooler temperature. LED lighting will increase the efficiency of your air con and decrease your energy costs.
Other Benefits of LED Lighting
#1 LED Lights Do Not Attract Insects
LED lights’ lack of heat reduce their appeal to moths and insects.
#2 LED Lights Reduce Noise Pollution
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED lights do not generate any vibration or humming noise. Updating your office with LED light bulbs will bring the benefit of fewer disruptions and reduce noise pollution.
#3 LED Lights Are Smart Lighting
Smart lighting continues to gain popularity in modern office spaces. They provide many practical benefits, including the ability to schedule, dim and remotely control lighting and influence the atmosphere of your office with a single click.
Interested in exploring the benefits of LED lighting for your business? Peak Voltage’s team of experts will be happy to provide advice on energy efficient lighting. Give us a call on (07) 3272 7325 or contact us through our website.
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