Have you ever felt like you’re constantly straining your eyes to see your computer screen or felt tired because the lighting was too low at your desk? These are just two of the many reasons to consider switching to LED lighting. LEDs not only save your eyes from undo strain; they also save money and energy while increasing productivity. Environmentally, switching to LEDs will reduce the use of hazardous mercury that is found in traditional light bulbs.
Many LED light bulbs are rated at a life of 50,000 hours. 50,000 hours is 27 years if the light is used for 5 hours a day or over 5 years of continuous operation. Compare that to a standard light bulb where typical life is 1,500 hours and need to be changed every year. With LED you may never need to change the light bulb again.
LEDs can output the same amount of light as a conventional light source while using significantly less electricity. For incandescent light bulbs the power reduction can be as much as 85% and for fluorescent bulbs/tubes as much as 50%. This translates into some significant energy savings over the long run. Yes LEDs are more expensive than incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs but what you pay for in cost you make up for in electricity savings. Annual power consumption for lighting in the USA’s commercial sector is estimated by the U.S Department of Energy to be 349 Twh. By converting all lighting to LEDs our power consumption would be reduced to 145 Twh or by nearly 58%. At $.13 per kilowatt-hour that is a saving of $26.52 billion dollars. What would the savings be for your organization? Significant for sure.
Some reasons to switch include:
- Lower overhead costs due to longer useable life and lower energy costs.
- Reduced maintenance costs.
- Reduced eyestrain leads to improved productivity.
- Safety – LEDs are free of hazardous lead, mercury & fragile glass, no damaging UV light, infrared radiation or CO2 emissions.
- Commercial Overhead LED lighting is available in 2ft-4ft-6ft lengths.
- LEED eligible.