Why is everybody talking about LED lighting?

Going Green

Conserve More Energy

    • These days, many people are concerned about the affects of our energy habits on climate change.  Fundamentally, there are two ways to minimize the carbon footprint of our energy production. They are to develop and increase the efficiency of “clean” renewable energy sources on the supply side of the equation, and reduce the need for as much energy (conserve more) on the demand side.  Most of us can do little but cast a vote or write a letter in hopes of influencing the prior, but everybody can do something to conserve more energy in his or her own home or at work by switching to more energy efficient lighting.
    • LED lighting is already substantially more energy efficient than most traditional forms of lighting, and it continues to improve at a faster rate as well. 

For many applications LED lighting is…

    • ~40-70% more efficient than fluorescent lighting.
    • ~75-80% more efficient than metal halide and high pressure sodium lighting
    • ~80-90% more efficient than neon lighting
    • ~80+% more efficient than incandescent lighting

No hazardous waste

    • Many traditional forms of lighting such as fluorescent, metal halide, high-pressure sodium or CFL contain hazardous materials like mercury.  As such, these products need to be disposed of or recycled in accordance with EPA regulation.  Exposure to such hazardous materials is harmful to your health and the environment.
    • On the contrary, LED lighting products do NOT include any hazardous materials, instead adhering to an international directive know as Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) which has been used to regulate the highly competitive semiconductor and electronics industry for the better part of a decade.

LEDs help with LEED Building Certification

    • If building ‘green’ is important to your company, LED lighting can help to earn you credits towards the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  LED lighting is a significantly more energy efficient source of lighting.  The controllability of LED lighting, whether it be by dimmer, photocell, or occupancy sensor, can aid with certification.  LEDs also help to reduce light pollution and light spill, both of which are LEED considerations.

Saving Green

Save money on your electric bill

    • LED lighting is significantly more energy efficient than traditional forms of lighting.  Reducing the energy your lighting utilizes will reduce the amount you pay on your energy bills.  The higher your energy rate is, the more substantial your savings are and the quicker your payback will be.  The price per kW of energy has been increasing over the past decade and experts expect it to increase in the future, a trend that the U.S. Energy Information Administration also anticipates.

Save money by reducing lighting maintenance

    • When replacing lighting in your own home, the time it takes to change an incandescent light bulb to an LED bulb is pretty negligible.  However, for businesses or property managers to have an electrical contractor or facility manager safely service their interior or exterior lighting, the cost of maintenance often outweighs the cost of the replacement fixtures.  By switching to LED lighting and increasing the reliability and longevity of your lighting, you could save significant money by reducing the need for lighting maintenance.

Save money by avoiding down-time in high-value work spaces

    • Operating rooms, clean rooms, and many other working spaces play host to tasks that generate significant revenue for their respective organization.  As such, the money spent on having to replace the lighting in such a room is minimal compared to the costs associated with not having the space operational.
    • Many LED light fixtures are considered to be sealed fixtures, and as such are suitable for operating rooms, clean rooms, kitchens, etc.  Moreover, the light output of LED fixtures stays brighter for much longer than traditional light sources and they do not typically fail catastrophically (baring an issue with the LED driver), instead dimming gradually over time.  That means that your high-value work space stays operational for longer, sometimes as much as 10 times longer, between lighting maintenance calls.
 Increase your return on investment in high quality LED lighting
    • Visit the LED Rebate section of our website to learn more about potential tax credits or rebates that you might be eligible to apply for.

A Fundamentally Better Light Source

Vibration Resistant

    • Unlike traditional lighting sources like incandescent bulbs, LEDs do not make use of a filament that if broken renders the bulb useless.  Nor does LED lighting utilize any sort of inert gas inside a globe that if cracked makes the bulb unusable. 

Instant On/Off

    • LED Lighting products do not require any warm-up period before they reach maximum brightness, regardless of any cold ambient temperatures.  In fact, if the LED fixture has been designed appropriately for its intended environment, the general rule for LED lighting products is that the cold increases the longevity of the fixture by helping to reduce the temperature at the junction of the LED.

Easy to Control

    • The control advantages of LED lighting are two-fold.  Due to the directional nature of LEDs, luminaire manufactures have excellent control over the dispersion of light, enabling them to better shine light only where it is desired.  As such, the amount of light at the source of the luminaire (measured in lumens) might be less than traditional light sources, but the light delivered to a working surface (measured in foot candles or lux) may actually be equal to or greater than other lighting products depending on the application. 
    • The second control advantage is that LED luminaires are easily dimmable.  They can be controlled via a wall dimmer switch, or a central building control system.  LED fixtures can also often be controlled by a photocell or an occupancy sensor, and set to either dim or turn off altogether.

Longer Product Life

    • In many cases LED fixture manufacturers are changing the design paradigm of lighting fixtures by integrating the LED light engine with the remainder of the fixture in order to best manage the thermal characteristics of the LEDs. The result is a 2-part LED system consisting of the fixture and LED driver, as compared with the conventional 3-part lighting system that consist of a bulb, fixture and ballast.  Improving the thermal management of the LEDs helps to decrease the degradation of the diodes, subsequently increasing the life of the fixture.
    • Relative Photometry vs. Absolute Photometry testing helps to understand the different quality standards that LED products are held to as compared to conventional lighting fixtures.
    • Lumen Maintenance is a way for measuring an LED luminaire’s useful life.