As a commercial energy specialist and LED lighting service provider, we work with companies to increase their capacity for commercial energy optimisation and cost saving. A lighting upgrade to LED bulbs is an effective solution in commercial and industrial spaces that offers significant benefits above and beyond the financial bottom line. Here are some important aspects to leverage for your operation.
Reduced Energy Bills
The lighting portion of your energy bill can be significant, especially if you operate or manage large commercial or industrial spaces like retail shopping centres, office buildings and manufacturing plants. With traditional filament and fluorescent bulbs, a significant portion of the energy that goes into the bulbis used to heat the bulb rather than light it. LED bulbs require much less heating in order to operate, using 70-85% less energy than traditional bulbs and 65% less energy than halogen bulbs. This translates into solid commercial energy savings for businesses that need lighting for extended periods of time, reducing overall energy expenses by 20-55%.
This also impacts significantly in cold working environments, where traditional bulbs will draw even more energy in order to heat the filament to create light. LED bulbs work very efficiently in these environments as they are well-suited to cold temperature operation – in fact, their performance can even increase in these environments. This makes them critical to commercial energy saving in organisations that utilise cold storage, refrigerated spaces and outdoor applications.
Access to Governmental Energy Savings Incentives Programmes
The Australian government is dedicated to helping businesses of every size achieve their commercial energy savings goals through a range of incentive schemes and rebate programmes, making the process and benefits of a lighting upgrade accessible and affordable. These programs are offered by the state government and aim to help businesses save energy and money through a wide range of different discounts and offers on energy saving products and systems, including LED lighting services.
Reduced Lighting Maintenance Expenses
An LED lighting upgrade effectively assists organisations in reducing time and money spent on lighting maintenance. Good quality LED bulbs offer between 50,000 and 150,000 operating hours depending on their quality and how they are utilised in a commercial or industrial environment. Comparatively, incandescent and fluorescent bulbs typically last 750-2,000 and 24,000 to 36,000 hours respectively. Due to their solid mounting on circuit board and lack of filament and glass/quartz enclosure, LED bulbs are also very durable and resistant to breaking, which means they perform well even in demanding commercial or industrial settings.
This effectively off-sets the initial higher cost of these bulbs, delivering long-term benefits in terms of maintenance savings in two areas – namely, the expense of replacement bulbs and the cost of maintenance having to replace bulbs within the facility on a regular basis.
Diverse Application in Multiple Settings and Environments
LED technology allows a wide range of LED bulbs and lighting types to be developed, so it’s usually a simple job to find the right bulb for specialist as well as general applications. This is because the lights themselves are very small, making scalability easy and allowing organisations to use them in many different applications, from single bulbs up to clusters of thousands.
These bulbs also sync well with lighting control systems, making it easy for commercial environments to achieve an exact level of control over lighting systems. LEDs offer directional control and focussed, 180-degree light, so you can point a light exactly where you need it to be without wastage. They can be dimmed, change colour and set to automatic controls (adjusting lighting as daylight fades, for example), giving organisations an ability to customise lighting according to demands while gaining greater commercial energy savings.
Low UV-Emission and Low Heat Emission
LED bulbs run at very cool temperatures and emit little to no UV or infrared light, unlike traditional incandescent bulbs. This makes an LED lighting services upgrade ideal for environments where bulbs are required to run for a long time or constantly, or where objects can degrade if exposed to UV, like museums, laboratories and art galleries.
By emitting very little heat, organisations also effectively lower risks of fire or scorching, which exist with traditional lighting options.
Rapid Cycling and Instant Light
The lifespan of traditional bulbs is severely reduced by how often they are turned on and off. However, LEDs are unaffected by rapid cycling and can even be used effectively for flashing lights without any noticeable impact on their lifespan.
In addition, LEDs offer light and full brightness instantly as they do not have to heat up in order to switch on and reach their full operational capacity. With LEDs, you get 100% brightness almost instantly with no re-strike delay.
This is a great advantage in terms of safety and security application, as well as allowing for the rapid restoration of operations after a power outage or at the beginning of the workday.
Meet Sustainability Goals
For many organisations, commercial energy saving is as much about reducing carbon emissions as it is about saving on operational costs. By applying a lighting upgrade throughout the facility to reduce energy usage, organisations are actively reducing their reliance on fossil fuels and giving back to the environment. In addition, because these lights last significantly longer than their counterparts and do not use toxic components like mercury, organisations are actively reducing their waste and protecting the environment.
If you would like to find out more about LED lighting upgrades for commercial and industrial businesses, speak with Quality Energy today. Our team of LED lighting services specialists can assist you with every aspect of this commercial energy saving project.