Lighting is important. In fact, it’s so ingrained in our lives we hardly even notice or step back to appreciate it until it’s not there. Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light in 1879 and since then, there have been vast improvements to indoor lighting. Certain types of indoor lighting have even been known to have psychological impacts through light therapy, which is used to treat seasonal affective disorder and depression. The right type of lighting has also been proven to increase productivity and reduce workplace accidents.
Have you ever thought about what type of light your business is using? If it’s not a light emitting diode, otherwise known as LED lighting, you could be missing out on significant benefits.
Things to know about LEDs:
- As stated above, LED is proven to increase productivity. In one recent study, researchers found that the use of LED lighting has led to 8 percent improvement in visual and cognitive tasks, faster reaction times, reduced sense of fatigue, as well as lower rates of depression.
- LED lighting is extremely energy efficient compared to other lighting options. It uses more than 75 percent less energy and lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. According to a study form the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs have a significantly lower environmental impact due to its energy efficiency. Some brands even boast LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lighting. By switching to LEDs, you could be helping your business stay green and eco-friendly.
- LEDs also emit light in one specific direction. This means less energy is used to light unwanted areas and less money is spent on reflectors or diffusers that are meant to drown out the unwanted extra light.
- Another key difference is LED lighting, compared to a traditional incandescent bulb, emits less heat. In fact, 90 percent of incandescent lighting’s energy is wasted through emitting heat which typically run at 327 degrees. LEDs run around 107 degrees.
LEDs come in a variety of colors, otherwise known as color temperature. Typically, LEDS are separated into 4 categories based on the amount of lumen and kelvins (K). The higher the lumen and kelvin in a bulb, the whiter the light will be. The categories range from very warm white (under 2700K), warm white (2700K-3200K), daylight (4000K-5000K) and cool white (5500K-6500K). This variety can give you more options when it comes to selecting the type of lighting you prefer in your workspace. One study found that the higher the color temperatures, the greater the results in terms of response times as well as verbal and spatial memory.
If your business has dimmer switches, consider finding dimmable LEDs as an alternative to incandescent products, as not all LED lights are compatible with dimmer switches. Dimming switches work as a way of cooling the hot piece of metal that incandescent bulbs contain, resulting in dimmed light. However, non-dimmable LEDs do not contain that same type of metal and therefore cannot be dimmed. If non-dimmable LED bulbs were connected to a dimmer switch, the bulb would flicker causing strain on your eyes. Dimmable LEDs are made specifically for dimmer switches to avoid the flicker.
ALL LED light bulbs can however be used for occupancy sensors, which turn on and off lights automatically by sensing when an individual is in the room. By installing occupancy sensors, you can save energy by not leaving the lights on when its unnecessary and reduce maintenance costs by extending the life of a bulb.
Beyond the environmental and productivity benefits of LEDs, this type of lighting also will keep help lower your electric bills. As stated, LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use at least 75% less energy, meaning there are fewer overhead costs of replacing bulbs and you are getting better quality lighting, for less. Moreover, provides discounted pricing through rebates for those who make the switch. What are you waiting for?