In the last few decades LED commercial lighting has advanced greatly. This has given facility managers everywhere an option in lighting technology that gives them savings not just in financial ways but also in energetic ways.
A recent article in the aviation sector described the major advantages this type of lighting has had for airports. LED lighting and its technology are not just advantageous for airports. Here is a look at the current lighting solutions as compared with LED technology in many industries. There are clear benefits operationally and financially with this type of lighting.
Up until recently many lights in office buildings, airports, parking garages, and warehouses were either fluorescent or metal halide. These were great options until LED technology came along. This option gave facility managers savings in time, energy and money.
The LED lamp is up to 60 percent more efficient than fluorescent or metal halide. A metal-halide lamp can operate about 20,000 hours. The same lamp will give 60 percent lumen or a loss of light output of up to 30 percent after only several thousand hours of operation. This means that for much of its lifetime it gives off low-quality light. A LED lamp gets about 100,000 hours of operation with a lumen of 50,000 hours. That means it only loses about 8 percent of its light over its entire lifetime.
That means that LED lights get a lot more brightness for a lot longer than traditional lighting options do. LED has another advantage with is that it helps minimise light pollution. This is because it can target the surface of something like a sign or a doorway. This is great for those who need lighting in residential areas. Older lighting solutions cannot do what LED lights can in this respect. When used indoors, these lights act a lot like natural sunlight, creating a more pleasant environment.
As for the area of money savings, there is a lot to be saved when switching over to LED lighting. As they can be managed with an automated system, they make it easy on the facility manager. The entire area that needs lighting can be overseen with just one piece of software.
The software monitors wattage outputs in every zone, alerts them to maintenance needs and so much more. This means that these systems save time, energy and overall operational costs. This is true for any type of facility.