When it comes to light emitting diodes (LED) lighting, it is the clear winner for the office environment. Here are five reasons why:
When purchasing LED lights, you may find they are a little more expensive than your average light bulb. Over time, however, they are a real money saver. This is because LED lights are one of the most energy-efficient items out there. They last a long time–8 to 25 times longer than halogen incandescents–and use very low energy. In fact, LEDs use only 20 to 25 percent of the energy it takes to light traditional incandescent bulbs.
Better learning environment
Everyone knows that lighting can set “a mood.” A 2016 study published in the Optics Express journal indicates it may help a person’s performance. The study examined a number of different lighting conditions. With LED luminous ceiling lighting, they found, “As predicted, the 6500 K lighting condition led to the highest level of physiological alertness while the 3500 K condition was the most ‘relaxing.’” When used in an academic setting, students scored better on tests because the 6500 K condition “led to stimulation of higher alertness states.”
Because LEDs use a semiconductor to convert electricity into light, bulbs can be six or even seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights. This reduces the need to replace them because they last much longer. Not only does this save money on the purchase of the lights, but leads to significant time, energy and cost savings for maintenance crews. Little needs to be done to keep fixtures working.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an ENERGY STAR Program that rewards buyers for purchasing energy efficient LED lighting. Depending on the location of the business, companies may be able to receive a rebate from the program and/or local utility provider.
Potential LEED certification
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is international recognition of green building. It is necessary for buildings to meet certain criteria to earn a LEED Certification. One of these is energy efficiency.
Being “green” isn’t always easy, but can be very beneficial. LEED certification is a highly sought-after credential and the industry’s gold standard for an environmentally sustainable building.