Lighting is an important part of business and everyday life. Without it we are blind. As a necessity it is ever present on the bottom line as light bulbs need to be changed and electricity bills paid. Statistics indicate that about 40% of the electricity bill of a standard company is due to the usage of lights. Thus reducing the cost of by at least 50% would be extremely lucrative. Enter LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting. LED lighting can cut your lighting electricity bill by at least 50% and at most 90%.
LED lighting is not only cost efficient but it is also better than other forms of lighting such as incandescent light bulbs. LED lighting can cause the immediate reduction of the electricity bill of between 50-90% and also has the long term annual maintenance costs reduction of about 80%. The LED lightings are also environmentally friendly so not only do they save you money but they also help towards any Carbon Reduction commitments for the company. Global warming and Carbon reduction is currently receiving more press due to high profile celebrity’s bringing it to the public attention therefore there are an increasing number of zero interest funding from schemes such as The Carbon Trust that can help in the replacement of your old lights to the more economically friendly and carbon neutral LED lights.
LED lighting can be used for a wide variety of different business. They can be used in the standard desk top lamps and ordinary office lighting. They are also applicable for usage outdoors as street, car park and other forms of outdoor lighting. LED’s are more resistant than other types of light bulb so they can be safely be used in such areas without having to be as regularly maintained or replaced like other forms of lighting.
The comparisons between LED’s and other light bulbs are huge. LED’s have an average life span of 50,000 hours this is significantly greater than that of the Incandescent light bulb 1,200 hours or Compact Fluorescent (CFLs) 8,000 hours. LED’s use less power (6-8watts) compared to that of incandescent 60 watts and CFLs 13-15watts. This statistic is direct proof that LED’s will cut electricity bills. A statistic that provides further definitive proof is the cost per year of the respective lighting sources when using a basis of requiring the power of 30 incandescent light bulbs; LEDs $33/year, Incandescent $329/year and CFLs $77 per year when rounded up to the nearest dollar.
LEDs are not only cost effective but they are also carbon friendly. They offer businesses a great way to reduce both their electricity bills and their annual lighting maintenance costs. They are also clearly significantly better than other forms of lighting. Companies might be against the initial cost of replacing their lights but there are schemes that can be used to help reduce the initial cost of changing to LED lighting which can make the investment all the more lucrative.