Considering that traditional lighting accounts for about 85 percent of overall commercial energy costs, it is no surprise that energy savings are often top of mind for many businesses. Switching your office over to energy efficient lighting is a logical way to reduce these costs, but where do you begin? How do you know if LED bulbs are right for you? Asking the right questions can help switching to LED lighting in your commercial office go as smoothly as possible.
- How Much Money Will You Save?
In general, moving from traditional fluorescent lighting to LED bulbs deliver a 50-70 percent wattage savings. Depending on the size of the building and the amount of lighting fixtures, your new LED lights begin to pay off at different rates.
- How Difficult Is Maintenance?
With an average lifespan of 50,000 hours compared to 30,000 for fluorescent bulbs, LED lights can save you time as well as money. Because these bulbs last considerably longer than fluorescents, you need to change the bulbs less frequently.
- How Visually Appealing Is LED Lighting Compared to Other Bulbs?
The high color quality of LED lighting allows for a lot of flexibility in where lighting can be placed as well as how it can affect spaces. Offices and commercial businesses can benefit greatly from this flexibility, as can restaurants and retailers.
- How Environmentally Friendly Are LED Lights Really?
Along with the cost-savings benefits, LED lights do not contain mercury and do not need to be recycled. This can also help companies gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design points. LEED certification offers a range of benefits from better recruitment to energy and cost savings.
- Should You Switch Over Gradually or All at Once?
Depending on the size of your office and your budget, you may want to consider slowly implementing LED lighting into your space. Updating areas that are difficult to reach or tricky to maintain is a great place to start, since these products need to be changed less frequently than fluorescent bulbs.
There is a lot to consider when switching over, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. For more information on implementing LED lighting in your business, contact NextGen – 301-804-2986.