Commercial and industrial settings all share a need for practical, reliable lighting solutions. No matter how diverse the settings, the location, the clientele, or even the operations, they all need practical lighting. Many businesses, industrial complexes and other places of public accommodation utilize HID lighting (high intensity discharge lighting) or fluorescent lighting in order to keep things illuminated and heighten public safety.
There’s not too much in common between HID lamps and fluorescent lights, but they have been widely used for a few reasons that actually do share. Generally speaking, they offer a high light output, a wide variety of color temperatures, and somewhat high energy efficiency. However, they also are well known for some of their drawbacks that will be plumbed herein.
Their shortcomings in the face of technologically superior lighting solutions have some business administrators and managers wondering if it would make more sense for them to switch over to commercial LED lighting. If you’re on the fence yourself, ask and answer some of these high-profile questions.
1.Am I spending too much on cooling?
This question is a big one, and it might shed some light (if you’ll excuse the pun) on whether or not you might really want to switch over to commercial LED lights and commercial lighting fixtures intended for them.
You’ll want to investigate this thoroughly if your organization makes use of HID lamps to illuminate your indoor spaces, because HID lamps, like high and low-pressure sodium lamps, mercury vapor lamps, and metal halide light bulbs, all produce a fair amount of heat. Commercial LED lighting does not produce anywhere near the same amount of heat, and that might be able to keep your cooling down.
2.What are my electric bills like?
Both HID lamps and fluorescent lights, including fluorescent tubes, are more energy-efficient than incandescent and halogen lamps. Many HID lamps will last 10,000 hours or more, and some fluorescent lamps can top 50,000 hours, which blows every other alternative out of the water. Every alternative, that is, except LED bulbs, which last far longer and draw less energy.
In fact, the energy used by LED lights is an actual fraction of what a fluorescent or an HID lamp can draw. If electric energy consumption is a concern for you, LEDs may be able to solve it.
3.Am I spending too much on replacing old or failing lights?
Speaking of lamp life, if you have to spend a lot of money on replacements every few years or so, the longevity of most LED lights may be able to free you from unnecessary expense. Just think of how much you might be able to save if you only had to replace your lights every few years as opposed to every year or even more frequently. Energy savings and LED longevity are without a doubt two of the biggest reasons that so many commercial buildings and office spaces replace fluorescent and HID lamps with LEDs - for indoor and outdoor lighting.
4.What are the costs associated with recycling or disposal?
Something else that also racks up the expense, especially with fluorescent lights and some HID lamps, is that they can’t be recycled or simply thrown away. Since many of them contain toxic compounds and mercury, they need to be carefully and meticulously removed, and there are specific protocols associated with disposal. These can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, incurring great expense. LEDs will not only last a long time, but they are eco-friendly and in some cases, almost the entire LED bulb itself can be recycled.
5.Is there something otherwise wrong with the performance of my current lighting infrastructure?
If you’re dealing with a proprietary lighting issue, that’s another reason to take a step back and consider the merits of commercial LED lighting. For example, if you have to switch your lights on and off frequently, that may adversely affect their lifespan. Fluorescent lights and HID lamps are also notorious for taking a while to warm up. You won’t encounter issues like these with LEDs, which start up and reach their full brightness immediately and are not adversely affected, even by extreme temperatures.
6.Is there a practical option for my business to switch to commercial LED lighting?
This final question is the most important one you can ask, but the good news is that there is more than likely a solution at your disposal. Commercial LED lights are manufactured in a wide range of configurations, and many of them are intended to serve as a part of retrofit kits, even serving as direct replacements for existing fluorescent or HID technology, or for bay or panel lighting.
Of course, that’s where the help of an expert comes in. get in touch with a member of our team at 1-888-988-2852 to let us know what your current lighting infrastructure consists of, and we’ll go through your options with you - we’ll even work with your pricing. Contact a representative today!