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LEDs and a happier staff? Michael Heller discusses the benefits of LEDs on overall health in AIA’s Blueprints.

From Healthier Brains to a Deeper Sleep, Embracing the Benefits of LED Lights

Michael Heller, Vice President at NextGen LED, discusses the effects of lighting on overall well-being in the American Institute of Architects’ newsletter, Blueprints.

Heller’s article, “Innovations in Lighting Technology Impact More than Efficiency”, goes beyond the benefits of LED lighting that we often hear about, including it’s superior energy efficiency and returns on investment.

According to researches, including those from LightingEurope, LED lights provided measurable health benefits to adults, including:

—-— Increased motivation

—-— Increased performance

—-— Increased productivity

—-— Improved concentration and energy

—-— Lower stress and anxiety

—-— “Mood support” in wellness and dining areas

—-— Enhanced drug efficacy

—-— Reduced therapy times and capacity requirements

And the benefits don’t end there!

“These important discoveries elevate the importance of LED lighting beyond the accepted benefits of energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and operating expense cost reduction, and into as-yet-uncalculated improvements to healthcare, education, and overall happiness.”

Read more about how LED lighting positively impacts physical and cognitive utility, as well as the growing movement of human-centric lighting (HCL), in Heller’s article here.


 

 

Hanging on to Those Old Incandescent Lights?

Hanging on to Those Old Incandescent Lights?

Business owners have more options today, than ever, when it comes to lighting their properties. Two of which are light-emitting diodes (LED) and incandescent lights. While incandescent is the more traditional option of the two, it’s not without its obvious shortcomings.

Learn more about the options so that you can light up your home or business in the best way possible.

Understanding Incandescent Lights

You’re likely most accustomed to incandescent lights, but that most certainly doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for you and your property. The truth is that only a small percentage of the energy incandescent lights draw is used to create light, most of it is extra heat that can actually cause your air conditioning to work harder than it has to. You may also notice how some of your materials and art pieces are mysteriously faded over time. This is likely due to the abundant amounts of UV radiation incandescent bulbs emit. Like others, you could be aware of LED lights but choose to stick with traditional lights because of their percieved affordability. While diodes do cost more initially, you begin to recoup that extra savings immediately through lower energy expenses.

Structural integrity is something else to consider with incandescent lights. Simply put, the filament wire and glass envelope of incandescent lights aren’t the strongest, which can be both dangerous and an inconvenience. Keep yourself and everyone else in your home or business safe with the strength of LEDs.

Understanding LEDs 

One of the first and most essential things about LEDs is they are the most energy efficient option. Like incandescent lights, LEDs have a generous variety of applications, including cabinet, industrial, commercial, landscaping and auto lighting. Another advantage of LEDs is they’re much cooler than incandescent light, both visually and temperature-wise. What this means is you can see objects in their true hues rather than in the bright and often washed out colors presented by incandescent lights.

 

LEDs give off very little to no UV radiation, which goes a long way in protecting certain fabrics and other materials. Going back to the point touched on above regarding the price of LEDs, that added cost comes with the added benefit of LEDs lasting significantly longer than standard incandescent lighting and more than 10 times longer than halogen lights.

Make the shift to LED lights to see how much better your property feels, how much energy you save and how long your new lights last. You’re bound to love the many applications and benefits waiting to be illuminated with LEDs. Get started by calling us at 301-804-2986.

Making the Switch to LED Parking Lights

Making the Switch to LED Parking Lights

Business owners looking for subtle ways to improve the exterior appearance of their buildings would do well to consider making the switch to LED lights in their parking lots. Traditional high-intensity discharge fixtures wash out colors, can cost more than necessary on energy bills and are energy vampires. Learn why switching to LEDs is not only beneficial for you as a business owner, but for your customers as well.

Overall Energy Costs

What makes LEDs so energy efficient is the fact that they don’t require the same amount of energy to put out the same intensity of light as traditional HID lights. It’s not unusual to hear to business owners saving roughly $3,000 a year by switching to LEDs for the parking lot.

The Cost of Maintenance

Because LEDs don’t consume as much energy as standard HID lights, they often last longer than their traditional counterparts. What’s even better than the long life of LEDs is the fact that they are easily maintained for maximum functionality with an occasional cleaning. Alternatively, the lamps of HID lights have to be replaced, which can cost anywhere from $8 to more than $50. Another great thing about LED lighting is you don’t have to worry about the cost of electrician labor and the lift rental in order to replace blown out bulbs.

LED Brightness and Color

Individuals who are used to seeing the world through the light cast by an HID light are accustomed to the green, orange and natural white hues given off by the light fixture. These washed out colors often aren’t an accurate representation of the objects illuminated by the HID light, which can sour a customer’s view of the exterior of your business before he or she has even stepped inside.

The color and brightness accuracy of LEDs in your parking lot combine to allow for better security, which is sure to reassure customers as well as your employees. While both HID and LEDs experience lumen depreciation over time, LEDs depreciate at a much more gradual rate.

Replacing Hazardous Lighting Materials 

The materials inside of HID lights and the chemical reaction that takes place when light is created in HID light fixtures can be hazardous to a person’s health, and that’s especially true of the bulb were to burst. While both HID and LED lighting give off UV radiation, LEDs give off less when compared to HID lights.

Make your parking lots more secure, healthier and less expensive to light up and maintain with LEDs. Illuminate the path to true savings and peace of mind for yourself as well as your customers. Get started by calling NextGen LED at 301-804-2986.