Why LED Lighting Can Be Crucial to Your Workplace
Proper lighting is necessary whatever type of workplace you have.
Whether it is a classroom, a library, an office, a factory, a photo studio, a hospital or a warehouse, good lighting is essential to accomplish certain tasks.
For instance, if you are working in a factory assembly line, you will need a lighting system that will not only provide illumination but also help you alleviate eye strain and help you focus better on the details of your work.
The intensity, brightness, colour and focus of lightning may vary depending on the need of a place. In a library, for example, soft light is recommended for ambient lighting; however, more focused and brighter lighting is necessary for individual reading desks. The lights on the reading desks should also be adjustable for the users.
When it comes to a factory or industrial setting, the lighting system generally needs to be bright. Thousands to millions of parts, big and small, are needed to be manipulated and assembled within the premises of a factory. Lighting is, therefore, crucial for workers to properly see the labels of the various components that need to be assembled such as in a mobile phone factory or a computer factory.
Here are several ways by which industrial LED lighting can be crucial to your workplace, especially if you want to save on costs and improve work efficiency.
1. Better physical working conditions
Bright lights are typically necessary in industrial settings, from factory to mining and oil extraction sites. However, prolonged exposure to high intensity light can potentially cause damage to the retina. It can also lead to stress, making workers feel easily fatigued and unmotivated to work.
Replacing halogen lamps and other high intensity lamps with LED lamps will significantly improve the working conditions of workers.
LEDs are less intense but they can have similar degrees of brightness. They produce less heat and consume electricity more efficiently. Lower heat from the lighting system also means less strain for the air conditioning system.
2. Cost savings because of lower energy consumption
A typical 150-watt incandescent bulb produces about 2,600 lumens of light brightness but it also produces a lot of heat. The same amount of brightness can be produced by an LED lamp that only consumes 60 watts of energy. This means that for the same period that the two types of light are switched on, the incandescent bulb is more expensive in terms of per kilowatt-hour rate.
If you have a large office space, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in electricity bills per year if you use LED lamps.
These lamps are relatively more expensive to buy than incandescent and fluorescent lamps but they are very cost-effective in the long run. These lamps also have a longer life expectancy of above 50,000 hours.
3. LED can be used for outdoor purposes
You can install LED lights on the exterior of your business premises or workplace, ensuring the safety and convenience of your customers and clients.
When the temperature outside becomes frigid, most incandescent and fluorescent lamps installed outdoor would fail. LED lamps are resistant to extreme drops in temperature so they are tougher and more reliable.
4. Reduction in maintenance costs
Part of the overhead cost of running a business is the maintenance cost for light fixture replacements. If you have hundreds or thousands of light fixtures that need to be replaced every couple of years, it would be a significant expense.
For instance, if you spend about 50 cents on each light fixture every two years and you have 500 bulbs that need to be replaced, that translates to $250 extra every two years. That excludes the labour costs for the electricians you will need to hire for the job.
LEDs can last five to ten times longer, which means you only need to spend one-fifth of the maintenance cost for the light fixtures.
5. Disposal costs can be minimised
Disposing of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) from offices and industrial complexes requires specialised containers. The cost also includes hazmat disposal fees depending on the jurisdiction.
You facility can potentially be fined if the proper procedures are not followed. In contrast, LED lamps can be disposed of and recycled in a normal way without you incurring additional costs.
If you want to save more, you should find the right LED lighting suppliers that can provide discounts and other perks if you buy in bulk. They can also assist you in properly utilising your new LED lighting system for your establishment.
Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.