LED Lighting

What is an LED?

LED is a light emitting diode, it’s the most efficient way of providing lighting, using 70- 90% less energy than a halogen bulb. The typical lifetime of a LED light is up to 20 years. The typical pay back on LED installation is just 2 years. As lighting represents an average of 40% of a building’s total energy consumption, whether using in the home, workplace or outside, LED’s will dramatically reduce your electricity bills and save you money. Technology has advanced rapidly in the last two years and LED can now be used in all aspects of lighting.

If you are a commercial organisation, who already have significant lighting usage, please talk to us about an LED Feasibility Study.

The pace with which LED lighting is moving is amazing. Although LED light bulbs have been available for many years as display or accent lighting, the technology has moved forward and now greater light output has become available from LEDs. The Stong, durable light bulbs contain no filaments or mercy so there is no chance of shattering or breakages, there is lower disposal costs and no hazardous waste.  With superb rated lives of up to 77,000 hours and reduced energy costs up to 90%, LEDs have already proven that they are the future of lighting. They provide robust, durable and massively energy efficient solutions compared to any other lighting currently available.   High powered LED light bulbs have opened the door to extremely low energy consumption without compromising on top quality light output. This is in addition to amazing life spans, showing that LED lighting will become a fit-and-forget solution, with huge reductions in energy and maintenance costs. Without any doubt the future of lighting is LED.   Lighting counts for a significant amount of an average electricity bill and therefore it also has a significant impact on the carbon footprint of a home or business. With the increased efficiency associated with LED lighting, this presents itself as an excellent opportunity to substantially reduce carbon emissions and help the environment. The Energy Saving Trust advises that if everybody in the UK changed their lights to LED where possible, we would be able to save enough energy to light 5 million homes!

Advantages of LED Bulbs
The operational life of a LED lamp (up to 77,000 hours) is in contrast to the average life of an incandescent bulb, which is approximately 1,000 – 3,500 hours. For lights in very inaccessible places, using LEDs would eliminate the need for difficult bulb replacement for many years. It really is simply a case of fit-and-forget!

High Bay LED LightThe main advantage of LED lighting is clearly in the energy savings (and therefore money savings) which are achieved. The way in which LEDs achieve this energy saving is by the amount of heat they create. Traditional incandescent lamps lose up to 90% of their power as wasted heat. LEDs save on power consumption by generating considerably less wasteful heat.   The cost savings are considerably higher than just the energy saving if you consider the cost of 30-50 replacement incandescent bulbs. With LEDs, there would be no replacement bulbs required for many years and they often pay for themselves in energy savings in less than a year of use.   For commercial premises like retail outlets, hotels and offices, there is a significant maintenance cost in replacing light bulbs which can be virtually eliminated. This is an important point, especially where there are a large number of bulbs in place. Eliminating the constant need to replace bulbs by changing to LED options can be very attractive, and after the cost of replacing halogen bulbs is taken into account, LED bulbs really are the ultimate energy saving bulb.

Practical Advantages
LED light bulbs represent the safest form of lighting and even when they go wrong, they are still not dangerous to be around, unlike incandescent bulbs which generate lots of heat when in use and have even been known to explode when things go wrong.

Pulsar LED Sports LightingLEDs are not strictly light bulbs, they are an electrical circuit (semiconductor). They do not contain filaments and therefore are not prone to the usual light bulb problems associated with incandescent bulbs. LEDs will invariably last 30 to 50 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, whilst using an average of 90% less power which makes them ideal for places where lights are switched on for lengthy periods of time. More durable with no fragile parts, the bulbs generate virtually no heat and are therefore safe in almost all areas around the home. The cool running temperature of LEDs could reduce air conditioning costs, and the fire risk associated with overheating incandescent bulbs is not an issue with LEDs.   As LEDs are very strong and durable, they are able to endure vibration so they are appropriate for use in many places where existing bulbs are subject to regular failure, e.g. around heavy machinery. They are also able to tolerate low temperatures and therefore allow more flexibility in their use.   LEDs do not produce any UV (ultraviolet) or IR (infra-red) radiation, and can thus be used to light paintings or other precious artefacts without causing any fading. Unlike CFL or fluorescent lighting, LED lighting also does not flicker, and this reduces eye strain and other problems associated with flickering lighting solutions.

Taking Care of the Environment
Taking care of the environment has become a way of life in the 21st century, and we all have a duty to try and reduce our carbon footprints, be it at home or in our businesses. An easy way to make a start in improving the efficiency of our homes and businesses is through LED lighting.

Environmental specialists list improving energy efficiency as an important factor to reduce our impact on the environment. LED lights use up to 90% less electricity than standard halogen bulbs and have an extremely long lifespan which equates to considerably reduced carbon emissions. A longer lamp life means fewer lamps are required over a period of time, this reduction in consumables results in conservation of raw materials and reduced manufacturing energy.