“LED lighting and other lighting technologies have become more advanced over the past couple of years, creating opportunities for facility managers to make genuine and real savings on cost, energy and time” says the manager of Litenow.
The article looks at newer LED technologies and current lighting solutions. Until recently, a majority of large airports, warehouses, car parks, facilities and buildings were using either metal-halide or fluorescent lighting to light up their premises. While great options, these lighting solutions are no match to the emerging LED technologies as they offer facility managers a chance to save on both cost and energy.
LED vs Metal-Halide
One of the most beneficial aspects of using LED lighting is that its LED lamp is more efficient than metal halide or fluorescent lighting – about 40% to 60% more efficient. For instance, the lifespan of a metal halide lamp on the exterior of a building is about 20,000 hours. At the same time, the lamp may have a 60% lumen maintenance, which results in a 30% loss in light output after about 5,000 hours. That means for three-quarters of its lifespan, the lamp will be providing low-quality lighting.
LED lamps, on the other hand, have a lifespan of over 100,000 hours, a 92% lumen maintenance at 50,000 hours and an 8% loss in light output through half of a lamp’s lifespan.
So What Does All This Mean?
Better quality lighting for a longer time! LED offers several advantages when used as an outdoor lighting option with the key one being that it lowers light pollution as it can be targeted on object surfaces like car park signage or doorways – making it especially important if the area you want lit is residential. Sometimes, traditional outdoor lighting cannot do.
Take this ability and combine it with the ability of indoor lighting to recreate natural daylight and you should be able to create friendlier environments for visitors and workers.
Let’s look at the second area where you can save. The use of automated lighting systems can make things easier for facility managers. Offering managers the ability to supervise an entire facility’s lighting from a central system, allowing them to monitor wattage output in each area, get maintenance requirement alerts and control their energy distribution means that automated systems can help you save an extra 10% when it comes to energy output and cost.