Why installing new LED lighting will improve health & wellbeing while reducing energy costs.
For many the topic of upgrading lighting for schools, offices, public buildings is low on the agenda of capital investments as there will always be competing demands on squeezed finances.
Here are some reasons your investment will pay dividends
- Reduce your energy bills – did you know lighting is the highest consumer on your electricity bill! So, looking for ways to drive this cost down can often lead to big savings.
- Longevity – LED’s last much longer than conventional tungsten & fluorescent lamps, different claims & figures are quoted but typically 50,000 hours can be achieved. This reduces maintenance and lamp replacements, there is less degradation with LEDs they will give the same light output throughout their service life, thus maintaining the integrity of the lighting levels & design.
- Cutting Carbon Emissions – halogen lamps were banned from September 2021, according to GOV.UK a shift to LED lighting will cut 1.26 million tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of removing over half a million cars from UK roads. A ban on fluorescent lamps, T8 & T12, which are mostly used in offices, schools & commercial areas, will follow in September 2023, (T5 is not included in this plan so far), with these changes on the horizon, now is the time to consider upgrading or retrofitting your existing lighting to LED. These changes will help and contribute to reducing carbon emissions.
- Well Standard v2 - The WELL Building Standard™ version 2 (WELL v2™) is a vehicle for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that enhance human health and well-being. The standard is centred on 10 concepts – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community – that impact human health and wellbeing. Of course, at Fluorel we are here to deliver excellent lighting design solutions.
- Improved productivity in winter - Studies have shown that those who suffer for SAD, seasonal adjustment disorder, can have a major improvement to their health condition when exposed to 10,000 lux of light. The illuminance level produced by a typical overcast sky may reach 10 000 lux in the winter. Using light therapy can reduce the effects of SAD. Furthermore, a well-lit work environment is safer for employees, especially those operating machinery, so it is less likely that an accident will occur, protecting staff and saving on complex health and safety inspections.