When running a small business, saving a few pounds here and there can have huge benefits in the long run. Mike Mortimer from ICS Digital explains how making the switch to LED lights could save a fortune.
Lighting our homes and businesses makes up around 20% of all the energy we consume here in the UK.
In fact, if you’re running a large office building, keeping the lights on could account for as much as 40% of your annual electric bill.
It stands to reason, then, that reducing your company’s lighting costs could have a big impact on your bottom line.
And installing LED (light-emitting diode) lights is a sure-fire and simple way to shave a big chunk off your operating costs.
What are LED lights?
LEDs were introduced in the early 1990s as a more efficient alternative to traditional lighting solutions, such as standard filament, halogen and fluorescent strip lights, proving so successful that it earned its trio of Japanese inventors a Nobel Prize for Physics.
Unlike most fluorescent lights on the market, LEDs don’t require any time to warm up - blinking on immediately and working at full strength - they don’t overheat, and unlike traditional light bulbs, they don’t emit any harmful gases or UV rays, making them better for the environment.
But, for business owners, the real benefit is in the low running costs. Whether you’re a shop owner, or the head of a multi-national company, installing LED light fittings will save you money year after year. And here’s how:
If you own a brick and mortar business, you’ll know first-hand how expensive it can be to properly light your shop, office or warehouse, and the bottom line is that LEDs are proven to be much more efficient than more traditional lighting systems.
Studies have shown that LED lights consume less than 80% of the electricity of standard incandescent bulbs, and, while the initial cost of installing LED lights can often be a little more expensive than some less energy-efficient options, this initial outlay is quickly offset by the long-term savings; in some cases, reducing commercial lighting bills by as much as 90%.
Since LEDs have no filaments, they’re much more robust than your average bulb, able to withstand greater levels of shock and vibration, as well as prolonged exposure to the elements; no surprise then that companies were quick to adopt LED technology for the manufacture of outdoor security lamps and torches for the police and armed forces.
So, wherever you install LED lights within your business, whether it’s promotional signage to attract customers to your shop front, or simply to illuminate your offices, you’ll save money on upkeep and maintenance, and get the peace of mind that you’re investing in a product that will stand the test of time.
And, unlike traditional lighting sources, you won’t have to worry about swapping out the light bulbs every five minutes; an LED bulb burning eight hours a day, 365 days a year, can last for up to 20 years - ten times longer than a standard halogen lamp.
It’s hard to understate the benefits of LED lighting, and retailers such as lights.co.uk can provide a myriad of different LED options to help your business flourish.
Whether that is improved security, with their robust, motion-sensitive outdoor lamps, or innovative ways to illuminate your office interior, using the colour, depth and lustre of light to improve the mood, motivation and efficiency of your employees.
So, if you want to save money, lower your costs and help the environment, it might be time to embrace a brighter future and switch your business to LED lights.
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