LED Lighting – Why LED is Growing in Popularity. Is LED the Right Choice for You?
-March 10, 2017
Whatever the commercial project – from a high end corporate fit-out to a retail environment or medical institution – LED lighting, including LED downlights and strip lights, are an ideal solution for all lighting applications.
LED is a form of solid-state lighting that uses semiconductor light-emitting diodes (LEDs), polymer light-emitting diodes (PLED), or organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) to convert electricity to light, rather than gases or filaments. Over recent years, LED has revolutionised the lighting technology industry as LED is more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and saves costs as compared to conventional incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs.
LED manufacturers have also made enormous leaps forward in both LED technology and design, expanding the technology’s design possibilities for commercial fit-outs while pleasing clients looking for not only design excellence but lower energy consumption and cost savings over time, as well as a reduced carbon footprint for their project.
Here are just five reasons why you should choose LED for your next project:
Greater energy efficiency
LEDs have a higher upfront cost than conventional lighting but consume far less energy over time. Cost savings can be up to 80 per cent just in reduced electricity consumption. Their long life and reliability can also reduce ongoing maintenance costs in major commercial projects or public lighting projects where scaffolding or crane hire may be required to reach the lighting for maintenance.
Longer life and increased reliability
Most lighting manufacturers guarantee a life span of 50,000 hours for their LED bulbs, as compared to a very few thousand hours for incandescent light bulbs. LEDs are also more reliable and durable as they are usually encased in a high-strength compound that is virtually unbreakable. They also operate immediately at full power when switched on, making them ideal for any emergency lighting situations.
A more sustainable choice
LEDs use less energy and material to manufacture, do not contain mercury or other toxic substances and their lower power consumption makes them better suited for use with alternative technologies such as solar or wind power. For any projects aiming to achieve a high Green Star rating, LED lighting is the best possible choice.
Expanded design options
LEDs produce a light of very high quality and offer a greater choice of colours than conventional lighting, including a warm white. Combined with the latest technologies and fitting designs, this allows endless possibilities for innovating lighting applications that are not just functional but can be used as a strategic design tool. For example, LED has the ability to deliver high CRI (colour rendition index) that makes visible colour appear very close to true colour, an important factor in any commercial fit-out requiring exceptional product presentation. LED mood lighting is also being used increasingly to affect human behaviour, for example in aeroplanes to reduce jet lag by assisting more natural sleep patterns and in educational institutions to improve students’ concentration and learning abilities.
Greater safety and security
LEDs are a safer source of light due the lower level of heat produced and low voltages. There’s also no delicate glass that could break, no filament and no toxic materials or gases emitted. Their toughness and reliability also ensure LED light sources are less likely to fail in emergency situations than conventional light sources.
LED lighting and LED downlights are available for every application necessary for commercial projects – from office lighting, to product lighting in retail environments and lighting solutions for restaurants, hotels and cafes. For further information or assistance with your next project, contact Sii LIGHT and see how they can assist with all your LED lighting needs in Perth.