If you’re like most office workers, then you probably spend at least 40 hours a week working in a space that’s being lit with artificial light. While you might not think about it much, the type of lamp that’s being used can have a huge impact on your productivity, your company’s bottom line, and even the environment. Based on all of the research available, we can safely say that LED lights are worth the investment.
LED stands for light-emitting diode and was first introduced for practical use in the early 60s, but since it was so expensive to make, it wasn’t used commercially until much later. With advancements in LED technology, however, LED lamps have become the go-to lighting for car headlights, traffic lights, airplane interiors, and offices. Below are just some of the many reasons why LED lighting is the best choice for offices.
They Have a Long Life Span
The average LED lamp in an office environment lasts between 50,000 and 100,000 operating hours, which is 2 to 4 times longer than most fluorescent lamps and more than 40 times longer than the average incandescent bulb. Even though LED lights are slightly more expensive than the alternatives, you’ll end up saving money in the long run because you’ll be paying less for maintenance and replacement lights.
They Consume Less Energy
Office LED lights are much more energy efficient than the alternatives. First, they require very little voltage to operate and since LEDs emit almost no heat, most of the energy powering the LEDs is transferred directly into light (unlike incandescent bulbs which convert more than 90% the energy used to power them into heat instead of light). Also, since LEDs are directional (it’s the only type of lamp that doesn’t emit light 360 degrees around the source), none of the little amount of energy the LEDs use is wasted by lighting anything but the office itself.
They Can Increase Productivity
Since LEDs emit blue light, they can increase productivity by suppressing the production of melatonin, the chemical our bodies’ produce that makes us feel tired. This allows for more energized and productive employees. Additionally, because LEDs do not power energy into heat, it doesn’t create a warmer and uncomfortable work environment. Furthermore, LED fixtures often significantly improve the quality of light in the office, helping workers see better and stay more focused on the task at hand.
These are only a few reasons why LEDs are the best choice for office lighting. If you’re interested in upgrading your office lighting, contact Imperial Lighting today.