Why change to L.E.D with Smart controls?
The answer to that is simple; to save money and cut your carbon emissions and we can address both these points.
Government legislation will soon require companies to report their carbon usage and are expected to ask businesses to account and be responsible for their carbon footprint. During this year’s 20/20 summit the following has been agreed:
All businesses listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange will have to report their levels of greenhouse gas emissions from the start of the next financial year under plans announced by the Deputy Prime Minister at the Rio+ 20 Summit. The new regulations will be introduced from April 2013. They will be reviewed in 2015, before extending the approach to all large companies from 2016. (source Defra.gov.uk)
With this in mind carbon cutting and energy usage has become a priority to large and small business alike and current trends show LED lighting will be the future of all commercial lighting.
Do LED’s do the Job?
LED lighting is revolutionising the lighting industry. Until recently, LED light bulbs did not produce enough light and often the light output was very harsh with a strong blue tint.
Technology has moved on and now our bulbs are direct replacements for halogen fittings and come in a choice of colours; warm white and cool white, and even an array of colours!
Not to mention the life span of LED bulbs this in most cases is around 50,000 hours!
Are they cost effective?
The price of an LED is higher than other bulb types in general use, but the payback in both light quality and bulb life far out ways the initial cost. A couple of these are:
Long Life: The life of a high-power white LED is projected to be from 35,000 to 50,000 hours, compared to 750 to 2,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, 8,000 to 10,000 hours for a compact fluorescent and 20,000 to 30,000 hours for a linear fluorescent bulb.
Lower Temperatures: Conventional light bulbs waste most of their energy as heat. For example, an incandescent bulb gives off 90 per cent of its energy as heat, while a compact fluorescent bulb wastes 80 per cent as heat. LEDs remain cool. In addition, since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like conventional bulbs.
If that’s not enough for you here is a few facts that show the effects LED lighting will have in the future not only for you, your company and your companys energy usage but the world as a whole.
Lighting accounts for 20% of the world’s electricity consumption.
LED’s achieve 50% to 70% energy savings and can reach 80% savings when coupled with smart controls.
LED penetration into the global market is expected to rise from 7% today to 64% by 2020 reaching at least 45 billion pounds , that means the LED market will grow by 800%.
If just 40% energy savings were unlocked by LED’s across the world it would save 821 billion pounds or the carbon emissions from 670 million tons of CO2 which is equivalent to the emissions released from 642 coal power plants.