Why LED?

Why Led?

Quality LED lighting is arguably the biggest and most positive change in lighting technology since the invention of the light bulb!

Quality LED lighting technology will deliver the greatest energy savings of any other form of lighting technology available today and..........

Highest Energy Savings Are Only Just The Beginning

We have all come across LED technology in one form or another as the technology has been in use across a number of industry applications for a number of years now.

For example, in the form of LED displays used in such areas as the automotive industry (dashboard lights, head lights and the like), the marine industry and the consumer electronics industry (mobile phone, TV displays etc.)

However, it has only been recently that LED technology has been developed to a point that it can be used to manufacture high quality lighting products that not only deliver a light source equivalent to any other lighting technology, but also a range of economic, environmental and feature benefits that far surpass that offered by the current install base of incandescent, compact fluorescent and fluorescent lighting that we all use in our homes and businesses today.

So why is quality LED lighting so much better?

Quality LED’s are better than traditional lighting products such as incandescent, fluorescent and/or compact fluorescent lighting for a number of reasons;

Lower Running Costs - LED is far more energy efficient and as such uses substantially less energy and therefore running costs than traditional lighting. Quality LEDs can literally save you up to 80% of the electricity used to run incandescent bulbs and up to 50% used to run fluorescent.

Consider this – With the cost of electricity continuing to climb to exorbitant levels many people are reverting to switching lights off around their homes to try and reduce their electricity bills and many businesses particularly within the hospitality and retail industries are struggling to cope with their every increasing electricity bills. Of course, the introduction of compact fluorescent lighting went some way to offering an energy saving lighting solution, but many have resisted using compact fluorescent sources due to the lack of available retrofits, inadequate lighting quality (in terms of colour, beam intensity, dimming) or poor performance in cold environments.

Quality LED with high efficiency, high intensity and good colour has now become commercially available in a wide range of applications to suit a much broader range of needs, which in most cases are retrofittable and offers the greatest energy saving lighting solution for homes and businesses.

Less maintenance – Replace your bulbs far less often. Quality LEDs deliver a long and reliable lifespan of between 15 and 25 years, ensuring piece of mind especially for lighting in hard to access areas.

Consider this – Maintenance savings include the reduce cost of replacement lamps you need to purchase and the cost of labor you may require to replace them. An incandescent lamp (with an average rated life span of 2,000 hours) for example would need to be replaced 20 times over the 45,000 rated average life span of a single quality LED lamp. Similarly, you would use 5 Compact Fluorescent CFL lamps (average rated life span of 8,000 hours) to a single LED lamp. How many times are you replacing your lamp bulbs, Halogen and/or CFL down lights in your home or business each year?

Environmentally Friendly – Quality LED lighting is very much considered the greener alternative to traditional lighting. LED light globes contain no hazardous materials such as mercury and are 100% recyclable making them a very safe and environmentally sustainable choice.

Consider this - 19% of the world’s electricity is consumed by lighting. By utilising LED lighting technology, over 20% of this consumption could be saved, all of which would have a very tangible impact on climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. This would save 14 billion trees and more than a billion barrels of oil used in the generation of electricity from 255 power plants

Designed for homes and businesses – Whatever your needs, quality LED lighting can create the atmosphere and impact that you want with glare free light that is easy on the eyes, so you can replace your existing lights without compromising on light quality. Most quality LED globes can be retrofitted to your existing light fittings so you can simply replace your existing bulbs for LED without having to replace any of your current lighting fixture and fittings.

Consider this – Why compromise on lighting your home, business or venue in the way you would really like to due to ever rising electricity costs? With quality LED lighting, not only will you be able to light up both your indoor and outdoor environments in the manner you want to, but you will save a small fortune in your electricity and maintenance costs without the need to compromise on your lighting requirements.

No UV or IR - The beam of light is free of infrared meaning no heat is radiated, and no ultra-violet light means that fabric and items under this light won't fade. This is particularly important for any situation in which food and light sensitive products (fabric, paintings, books, wine, museum pieces etc) are highlighted by spot lights.

Consider this – 90% of the energy used to light a standard light bulb delivers heat and not light. This is why you need a light bulb to cool down before you can touch it. If you are running air conditioning or fans as cooling mechanisms in your home, shop or business, have you ever thought about how the heat generated from your lighting is making these devices use that much more energy to bring the temperature down!

The Quality of Light – The retail and hospitality industries in particular recognize the importance of the appearance of a space and the materials within it, as a means of significantly contributing to their business success. Quality LED lighting can bathe a space with crisp white light or a warm white light and the energy savings gained from replacing halogen lamps with LED lamps for example can increase the illumination level output without the need for additional lamps. Additionally LED provides a uniform field of brightness without hot spots or striations also makes a difference, especially in down lighting or wall washing.

Consider this – with the ever increasing range of ‘Controls’ available today for use in conjunction with your LED lighting, there are a number of ways to become even smarter in managing how and when your lighting is used. Most people think of controls as means of changing colours and scene setting or to produce a specific lighting effect. However, use of controls is much wider.

Proportion of energy used for lighting a building for example is 30-35% which represents a huge opportunity to save energy by not only converting to quality LED lights, but controlling this can take things to another level in that LEDs are still using energy when ON when they could be OFF or dimmed.

Outside the ability to manually dim lights in a room, the most commonly used automatic control is a motion detector. These can be easily added to any installation. More advanced systems will automatically dim lights to lower levels with the use of suitable drivers that transmit a signal from a central hub. This can be done down a wire or by using a hand held device or switch.

  • Smart Scheduling – switch lights on in rooms or floors only when they are expected to be in use. Saves up to a further 15%.
  • Occupancy Control – uses sensors and switches on lights when someone is present. Saves up to a further 30%.
  • Daylight Harvesting – maintains a constant light level and uses the available daylight. Saves up to 70% on individual lights and a further 35% for an entire building.
  • Task Tuning – adjusts light output to the level that is required for the tasks at hand. Saves up to a further 20%.
  • Personal Control – local control for individual users – Saves up to a further 15%

The use of LED lighting is already gaining significant momentum in 3 distinct environments;

  • New construction and renovations
  • Outdoor lighting where LED luminaires are is being put into existing applications
  • Indoor lighting where LED lamps are replacing traditional lights – the retrofit market

Indoor retrofits are already taking place in retail stores, the hospitality industry (Hotels, clubs and restaurants), Schools, Universities, Churches, Healthcare facilities and residential developments across the country.

Up until now, owners of the above applications have resisted using compact fluorescent sources due to the lack of available retrofits, inadequate lighting quality (in terms of colour, beam intensity, dimming) or performance in cold environments. Now with quality LED lighting products delivering huge reductions in lighting energy consumption, high efficiency, high intensity, good colour and a multitude of options, it’s not a question of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ LED is purchased to replace all our existing luminaires and lamps.

When will you make the move to installing quality LED lighting within your home or business?

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