How are LED lights sustainable, and why are they important?

Sustainable lighting is important in today’s fast-moving world. The question is, are LED lights environmentally friendly and will they make a difference to your business?

How we light up the places we work has a significant impact on our global environment. The type of bulbs, fixtures, power, and habits we have, can all add up and substantially alter the environment around us.

The same can be said about our businesses and carbon footprints. Finding sustainable lighting for your work premises can have many benefits. The question is, are LED lights environmentally friendly and worth investing in? Here’s everything you need to know.

What is sustainable lighting?

Sustainable lighting is a lighting system that has a reduced environmental impact, accredited to qualities which may include energy efficiency, sustainable energy powering or non-toxic materials. This could be characterised as any part of the lighting system, such as power, fixtures, and light bulbs, that all have a reduced environmental impact.

UN Climate Change News says we have until around 2030 to reduce our collective carbon footprint, or we may find ourselves amid an irreversible climate catastrophe. Cue the need for LED lighting.

How are LED lights sustainable?

One of the most effective ways to help your business become more environmentally focused (and reduce costs) is to switch to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting. Compared to traditional bulbs, LEDs require 90% less energy to emit light and are well known for producing bright, good quality lighting in any colour.

LED lighting uses significantly less wattage than traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs, and are still able to emit a high level of lumen output. To put that into context, a 6-watt LED light bulb can produce the equivalent output as a 40-watt incandescent light bulb. Pretty mind-blowing when you think about it.

How long do LED lights last?

LED lights can last up to 25 times longer than a regular halogen light bulb. In some cases, LED lighting has been known to last for up to 50,000 hours, spanning across a decade. In contrast, a traditional light bulb usually needs replacing within a year.

While there are various energy-efficient bulbs on the market, switching to LED lighting will be a decision you will never regret. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Advantages of LED lights

Long-lasting
As we mentioned a moment ago, one of the biggest advantages of LED lights is their long-lasting properties. The components of an LED and how it generates light significantly extend the lifespan of these bulbs. Where the lifespans of other bulbs are shortened through both proper and improper usage, an LED light bulb’s low heat levels, durability, and energy efficiency make it possible for it to outlast other types of bulbs by thousands of hours.

Energy efficient
Thanks to their high lumen output per watt, LED lighting is capable of turning about 70% of their energy into light. This makes them much more efficient than other bulbs, which waste a lot of energy by turning them into heat.

Safer usage
While an incandescent bulb operates by heating its filament to a temperature that produces light, an LED light bulb emits electromagnetic energy as light when electrified. By turning energy into light instead of heat, LEDs can operate at a significantly lower temperature than other types of light bulbs.

This factor is especially beneficial for commercial and industrial environments where lights are left on for the majority of the day. LED light bulbs are also fantastic at keeping the environment around them cooler when compared to other light fittings.

Better reliability
LED lighting is a very durable and reliable form of lighting. It can operate safely in colder and/or warmer temperatures and withstand more impact and vibration than other light bulbs. This added stability makes them ideal for use in areas subject to temperature fluctuations, inclement weather and jostling, such as outdoors or in-ceiling fan fixtures.

Seamlessly implement sustainable lighting with Mid-Tech

Now you know how LED lights are sustainable, it’s time to take action. We thoroughly understand that lighting costs can accumulate over the calendar year, especially if your operations continue through the night.
However, with the help of a qualified electrician, you can keep installation, maintenance and repair costs to a minimum.

At Mid-Tech, we can replace existing light fittings with the latest, cutting-edge LED technology and advise you on how to maximise light exposure without the need to install extra lights. Overall, helping to make significant quantifiable reductions in electric consumption and costs, while maintaining existing lux levels. That’s a win, win for your business.

We can also help you make further cost cutbacks by conducting regular maintenance work to ensure lighting systems are fitted with replacement ballasts, starters, and other elements. If you are still unsure about your current lighting system or have more questions about LED lighting, please contact us, and a member of our team will do everything they can to help.

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