LED lights are one of the latest and most innovative developments in the lighting industry. Not only did this technology help land an astronaut on the moon and enable the creation of portable AM radios — but it’s changing the way everyday organisations brighten their facilities.
Providing an affordable, flexible lighting solution for any space, read on to find out what we here at WACOMM, your trusted electrical contractors in Perth, believe are the main benefits LED lighting can offer your home or business.
What is LED lighting?
First thing’s first: What exactly is LED lighting? It’s become a frequently used buzzword in the world of commercial electrical contractors, but what do they do and how do they work?
A light-emitting diode, also known as an LED, is a semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current is passed through it. Light is produced when the particles that carry the current, combine together within the semiconductor material.
Benefits of LED lighting
One of the main benefits of LEDs is their significantly longer lifespan than other forms of traditional lighting. The average lifespan on an LED light is 50,000 hours, but depending on how you use it, can last up to 100,000 hours.
That means an LED light can last anywhere from 6-12 years before you need to replace it — that’s 2-4 times longer than fluorescent, metal halide or sodium vapor lights, and 40 times longer than an incandescent bulb.
Less frequent replacement also means lower maintenance costs, saving you time and money in the long run. This has a significant impact on homes and businesses looking to save time, money and energy. It has an even more significant impact on large-scale establishments, like shopping centres and office buildings, that use dozens, if not hundreds, of lights.
LEDs are the most energy efficient and rapidly evolving lighting technology on the market. They waste very little energy in the form of infrared radiation (heat), unlike incandescent bulbs which release approximately 90% of their energy as heat, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) which release approximately 80%. In comparison, LED lights use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer.
Making the switch to LED lights is a smart investment for your business’ bottom line. Your workplace lighting system is likely the biggest consumer of energy consumption — it’s also the easiest thing you can change to lessen your load. Switching from halogen lighting to LED lighting can save a lot of money on your electricity bill, making LEDs a more affordable option.
The number one safety hazard when it comes to lighting is the emission of heat. Many traditional lighting sources like incandescent bulbs turn more than 90% of the energy they use to heat, allocating only 10% of energy to actual light production. Whereas LEDs emit almost no forward heat.
Because LEDs consume less power, they can operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems. These are generally much safer in the event that something goes wrong.
Using LED lights reduces your carbon footprint. Many traditional light sources contain harsh chemicals and toxic substances like mercury, which can pose a risk to both you and the environment. When they burn out, they release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In comparison, LED lights:
- Don’t produce any emissions
- Don’t emit dangerous UV rays
- Don’t require special handling
- Use a low-voltage supply (so they can be easily powered by solar energy)
- 100% recyclable
If you’re looking for a light that needs to turn on quickly, then an LED is your best bet. You know how a fluorescent light flickers when you turn it on and can take a few seconds before it’s fully lit? Not with LEDs.
LED lights don’t require any warm-up time and frequent switching doesn’t affect their overall longevity. Traditional lighting sources have a shorter lifespan if you frequently switch them on and off.
Instant lighting makes LEDs an ideal solution for your business if you need your lights to come back on immediately after a blackout or power surge.
LEDs produce a focused beam of light in a single direction, emitting at 180 degrees. In contrast, other lights emit at 360 degrees. Simply put, LEDs are better at distributing light than traditional sources. LEDs are “directional” light sources, which means they emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and CFLs, which emit light and heat in all directions.
That means they’re able to use light and heat more efficiently in a multitude of applications, such as recessed lighting in a kitchen, hallway or bathroom, or ceiling lights that only need to produce light in a single direction.
Never before has there been such great control over your lighting system. LED lights are extremely versatile and customisable according to your specific tastes and preferences.
They come in every shape, colour and pattern imaginable, so you can choose the one best suited to your needs. You can also control the level of illumination and dim each individual LED light accordingly.
They can be used for various applications, including indoor and outdoor lighting, residential and commercial lighting, and more.
Choose a reliable electrical contractor in Perth
Looking for a commercial electrical company in Perth that installs LED lights? Make WACOMM your first choice. Our fully qualified electrical contractors specialise in a wide range of electrical installation services, including day-to-day electrical jobs, full shop and office fit outs, and LED lighting fittings and strip lighting.
With a long-term client base, we are highly respected for being one of the most loyal, reliable, and honest industrial electricians in the industry. We have helped some of WA’s leading companies install LED lights, and there is no electrical problem that we can’t find a solution for.
Require a customised electrical installation service in Perth? Begin your medium or large scale project with WACOMM. Get in touch today and see how we can help you brighten your business.