As a growing emphasis gets placed on adhering to environmentally friendly lifestyles, organisations, big and small, are under increasing pressure to adapt to more sustainable practices. The design of premises plays a leading role in how green and sustainable an organisation is, and none more so than lighting.
Due to its incredible efficiency, LED lighting technology is transforming the lighting sector. What was once considered too expensive to install for many private and public sector organisations, has recently come down in price, making it a more affordable and realistic option.
You might be the manager of an engineering plant premises in Birmingham, or are in charge of an education sector refurbishment in Liverpool, if you are considering exchanging more conventional forms of lighting with LED alternatives in your workspace, take a look at some of the pros and cons of this modern form of lighting to help you decide whether LED technology is right for you.
With the price of energy bills going one way only, organisations of all sizes and industries are constantly thinking of ways to make savings on energy and bring down the cost of bills.
With an estimated energy efficiency of 80 – 90%, LED lighting loses a small amount of electrical energy as heat. This compares to traditional bulbs, in which as much as 80% of energy is lost as heat.
By requiring a fraction of the energy to produce the same amount of light, it stands to reason that LED lighting can help organisations save a significant amount of money on energy bills.
Furthermore, LED bulbs have a longer lifespan than traditional lighting. Consequently, not only does this energy-efficient form of lighting have to be purchased less frequently, but it also requires less maintenance work. This can be a huge plus if you are involved with overseeing the design project of a large space, such as a school classroom design in Manchester, or a school design in Liverpool, for example.
The size of your space will therefore need considering when you are deciding whether to use LED lighting or not. With considerably less maintenance required with this type of lighting, bigger spaces in particular reap the cost-saving benefits of not having to replace large quantities of bulbs.
As well as having economically sustainable advantages, LED lighting is also more ecologically sustainable. Unlike many conventional light bulbs which contain a high number of environmentally-damaging chemicals such as mercury, LED lighting is free of toxic materials.
They are also 100% recyclable, meaning with LED lighting installed you can immediately reduce the carbon footprint of any type of public or private sector premises design project, such as education sector design in the North West.
So what about the cons, are there any disadvantages to LED lighting?
A bigger immediate investment
Whilst the cost of LED lighting has come down in recent years, it is still more expensive than other sources of light and therefore requires a larger initial investment. However, when you consider the energy-saving qualities and fewer maintenance costs, this initial investment is soon offset by ongoing savings.
Requires some electronic expertise
Another potential drawback of LED lighting technology is that it must be supplied with the right voltage and have the current at a constant flow. Subsequently, this requires some electronics knowledge to design the electronic drivers.
Generally speaking, the pros of LED lighting outweigh the cons, namely due to the sustainable nature of this modern form of lighting.
If you are involved with a design or refurbishment project of any public or private space, such as a school design or education sector design, Manchester based Amspec, specialists in workplace design and build, will be able to offer you advice on every aspect of the project, including installing lighting that will work best for you.