When we think of the amount of energy consumed, lighting is not a source that springs to mind. According to edie ‘Typically, lighting accounts for 20% of all power used in commercial and industrial buildings.’
With rising costs and third-party external forces, small changes can have a big impact on finances. Investing in new LEDs and replacing old lamps will go a long way in improving cost efficiencies as well as reducing energy consumption for your business.
Alternatives such as fluorescent lighting reduce energy use by 50-60% but replacing incandescent, and halogen lights with LEDs can improve energy savings by 80-90% (International Energy Agency, IEA). LEDs are by far the most cost-effective solution to save costs and energy.
A company’s savings can be substantial when considering applications, square footage, and duration of the light left on.
Some examples of applications
- hospitals require reliable and effective lighting 24 hours a day
- industrial units require outdoor lighting for security and internal lighting for storage areas and packing.
- wider industry applications in retail, shopping centres, stadiums, stations, residential homes, social housing, schools, Universities and colleges.
When it comes to selecting the right light for the job, there is a multitude of choices whether it is a simple LED that functions when the light is switched on or a light that is activated by a microwave or motion sensor or an emergency light (3hrs non-maintained), we have a range of lights that will facilitate your business needs.
Motive To Change
During COP26 the UK upped its commitment to a 78% reduction in carbon emissions by 2035, relative to the 1990 base level (the Climate Group). With such ambitious targets, can the UK deliver?
Buildings account for around 40% of global emissions, but renovation rates are still far too slow to meet the Paris Agreement goals, now 7 years old. Energy efficiency improvements can deliver over 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet global climate goals. (International Energy Agency, IEA).
All large and small companies have a huge role to play in meeting these targets. No matter the size of the organisation every business should be considering itself on the much larger issues of emissions. Not only to meet internal energy targets for reporting, but for the much wider global goal of reducing emissions to benefit the next generation.
External forces are a factor that can impact a business at any time. By reducing costs early during construction, refurbishment or simply improving the company’s sustainable goals, your business can strengthen costs in the long run. Not only by replacing your lights to reduce costs, but the hours required to maintain effective and secure lighting throughout your building will also be significantly reduced.
Save costs switch to a Microwave Sensor
Whether you need the light to activate within a building, such as a warehouse, hospital, commercial building, sports centre, residential housing or office. The rising costs of energy are a crucial element in running your business so why throw money away by leaving lights on when they are not required? One simple and effective way to do this is to replace lights in areas that are in constant use with Microwave Sensor lights.
Keeping the lights on when in use, and ensuring they are off when not required. Icebreaker
Light up the dark when you need it and reduce light pollution at the same time. Drake
With 50,000-hour longer lifetime LEDs, our lights, when used 24 hours a day, can function for almost 6 years.
For traditional usage, during normal business hours, our LEDs can last 10 years and in most cases much longer.
LEDs provide a quick return on investment because of these lower costs in electricity, replacements and manhours to maintain the lighting.
For example, 40 watts consumes 0.04 KWh for one hour. Multiply this number 0.04 x the amount paid per kWh. If the light switch controls more than one light multiply this number by the amount of units to understand how much it costs.
The higher the wattage the more it costs to run and the more you will save if replacing with a lower wattage lamp. On average 90% of the energy an incandescent lamp emits is heat, and only 10% results in light. The equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb in LED terms is around 6 watts.
LEDs increase this saving not only by lifetime efficiency but the efficacy of the light itself. The higher the efficacy of an LED chip, the fewer number of chips required when manufacturing a fitting. This also means lower costs during manufacturing and weight costs for shipping.