LED lighting solutions are about more than just energy saving. Businesses can cut costs through better energy management. This is something the CBI is very much supporting, with securing investment, managing costs and developing a vision for the future as its main concerns.
While LED technology has certain key benefits, how to apply it matters too. For businesses to get the best out of these benefits, they must look at energy saving strategically.
As specialists in LED lighting solutions across the North West, we know how much of a difference taking a fresh approach to energy management can make.
Energy Saving as an Opportunity
For businesses, looking at saving energy need not be reactive, but rather be part of a proactive business strategy.
Reducing overheads is a key factor in competitiveness. What this requires is that businesses do not simply focus on their turnover, but also look at their infrastructure.
One of the fundamentals of infrastructure is energy, and one of the fundamentals of energy consumption is lighting.
Two key elements for businesses when it comes to lighting are responsiveness and capacity.
For example, a warehouse space continually lit solely by traditional sodium lighting is wasting large amounts of energy, and the cumulative cost, month on month, will be eating into its bottom line.
A combined solution of LED lighting and motion sensors, so that only the areas requiring lighting at a given time are lit, can offer huge energy savings.
Furthermore, LEDs vastly reduce maintenance costs.
This sort of approach combines a strategic plan for lighting with results that offer a phenomenal carbon reduction.
Lighting is not a short-term fix but a long-term investment.
The LED Revolution
LEDs are rapidly replacing older, more traditional lighting technology. This is not just about their energy efficiency however, because LEDs are also extremely adaptable and hardwearing.
With further refinement and improvement of LED design, this is revolutionising all sorts of forms of lighting.
This means you will find LED streetlights, stadium lighting, lighting in appliances, as well as providing smart lighting for a diverse range of workplaces.
Conventional light bulbs convert around 20% of their energy into light. For LEDs this is typically between 80 and 90%. LEDs last a lot longer too, with an operational life of 100,000 hours.
In terms of years, this is an active, continuous lifetime of 11 years. If you factor in when lights are regularly switched off, you could be looking at 20 years of life in an LED for a typical eight hour day.
Because they are free from toxic chemicals, LEDs are 100% recyclable, offering reductions in carbon footprints of up to a third.
Think Differently about Energy
The model of how businesses use energy is changing. Now they have more choice and it is not simply about being on the grid and consuming energy.
LED lighting is just one example of how businesses can take much firmer control of their energy consumption and strategise it, to match how they run and what their overall objectives are.
Being able to save more energy goes hand in hand with the growth in renewables, and a growing self-sufficiency for many.
Improving energy management in buildings impacts on both productivity and profitability.
Lighting can be the first step on this journey.
Do you want to find out more, and discover how LED lighting can make a huge difference to how you work? Contact us today for a free LED audit.