In this article we will be taking a closer look at newer LED technologies versus current lighting solutions that are available. Until quite recently, a majority of large buildings, warehousing facilities, car parks and airports were using either metal-halide or fluorescent lighting for their premises. They were great options, until modern LED technology surfaced, which provides facility managers with more, both, cost and energy savings.
Comparing LED and Metal-Halide
The actual LED lamp itself is the first place where savings can be realised. Compared to metal or fluorescent, it is 40% to 60% more efficient. To explain this further, a metal-halide lamp that is located on the exterior of a building on average has an a 20,000 hour lifespan. This lamp provides a 60% lumen maintenance, resulting in a 30% loss of light output after just 5,000 hours worth of use. This means that for seventy percent of the lifespan of the lamp it provides light of lower quality.
A LED lamp, in contrast, has a 100,000 hour lifespan with a 92% lumen maintenance at 50,000 hours. So there is just an 8% loss throughout half of the lifespan of the lamp.
What do those figures really mean? Simply put, LED provides a much higher quality of light for a much longer period of time!
Added Advantages of LED
There is an added advantage that LED offers for all outdoor lighting. It minimises light pollution due to being able to target the surface of an object – like car park signage or a doorway. This is especially important for facilities that are in residential areas . By contrast, traditional outdoor lighting solutions cannot do this.
When this is combined with indoor lighting that is capable of recreating natural daylight much better, you are able to create an environment that is much more agreeable for both visitors and workers.
The second area where savings are realised is when an automated lighting system is used, it can help to simplify a facility manager’s life immensely. Being able to oversee the lighting of an entire facility from one piece of software, having much more control over energy distribution, being alerted on maintenance requirements and wattage output monitored for every areas – all means that these types of systems are able to save an extra 10% of energy output, which results in cost savings as well.
If you happen to be a facilities manager who would like to learn more about how to save costs, energy and time as well as create a better working environment – then get in contact with LiteNow to come up with the best solution to use for your premises.