Light emitting diodes or LEDs are small electronic devices that deliver more light than traditional lamps or lights. Though they are slightly more expensive than the more conventional means of providing light, they significantly cut your energy expenditure over time.
In fact, making a shift towards LED lighting can have a huge impact on your business and its appeal to potential clients.
Read on to learn how your business can benefit from LED lighting, and the best ways to choose the right lighting fixtures for your commercial spaces.
As compared to regular light bulbs that offer a maximum of 2,000 hours of illumination, LED lights can reach up to 50,000 hours. For business owners, this means less frequency in changing their light bulbs, which significantly translates to huge savings.
Take note as well that even when it reaches the 50,000th hour, it will continue to provide bright lights, unlike regular bulbs that spark into darkness.
Commercial LED spotlights need less power to provide bright illumination. For instance, LEDs will only use around 25-28 watts to attain a bright level of 2,600 lumens while incandescent bulbs may use up to 150 watts. With less energy consumption, the overall carbon dioxide emissions are reduced.
Making a first good impression is crucial in enticing potential clients to do business with you. LED lights are your best option when it comes to boosting the ambient illumination of your office. Be aware that these lights spread light wider, thus making the office space appear naturally lit without unwanted colors and shadows.
With LED lighting, you can control where the light should or shouldn’t go. If, for instance, your business premises is located in a region where a light spill isn’t allowed, LED lights can help ensure that your business is well-lit without overstepping other nearby establishments.
How you light up your business can greatly affect your work productivity, overall monthly energy bill, and customer satisfaction. Indeed, LED lights offer the efficiency and flexibility that other lighting solutions don’t have. But to get the most out of your investment, you need to choose the right LED lighting design and colors.
There are important considerations when it comes to developing the best lighting plan for your commercial space. These include daylight integration, system efficiency, flexibility, lumen maintenance, lamp life, and cost. The most essential considerations are light appearance and color rendering.
LED lights emit colors. It may seem like two lights are emitting the same hue from a distance, but if you come closer, you will realize that each light emits different colors. To choose the right color lighting, you need to look at these two units of measure – Correlated Color Temperature and Color Rendering Index.
Correlated Color Temperature or CCT describes the coolness or warmth of a light source. The color of the light changes as the metal is heated. The metal’s temperature is then measured in degrees and is called Kelvin. Lower Kelvin temperatures are warmer while higher temperatures are cooler.
The color starts as red and then changes to yellow to white and to blue as the temperature gets higher. For instance, 2300K-4000K are yellow, 5000K are white, and 6000K are blue.
Warm lights are best for storefronts and retail spaces while cool lights are ideal for spaces where visual tasks are often performed. Furthermore, warm lights make a space more comfortable and smaller, while cool lights make an area appear spacious.
Color Rendering Index or CRI, on the other hand, is a measure of the ability of the light source to show the natural color of objects. It is rated from 1-100 – the higher the level, the better the color rendering ability. So for your commercial spaces, you must opt for LED lights with a CRI value of at least 80.
Layering the light sources is crucial to avoid eye strain and fatigue. Basically, there are four layers of lighting – general or ambient, task, accent, and decorative lighting.
Using contrast will help create a workspace with dimension, depth, and visual interest. Make sure to include dimming controls as well so you can alter the light intensity whenever you need to.
Commercial spaces will need proper lighting both day and night. Today, there is no doubt that LED lights are your best lighting option. Though the current prices of LED lights are still higher than more traditional lighting solutions, such a high initial cost is outweighed by the many benefits these lights offer.
With the right LED light combination, every corner and space in your workplace (both indoors and outdoors) will surely be stunningly illuminated. Contact a trusted LED lighting supplier and make the switch to LED lighting now!
Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.
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