Chris McCormick, Director of Root3, explains; “The industry is ever evolving and LED Lighting ever changing and it can appear to be a minefield, so to combat this we devised our Top Ten Guide for LED Lighting.
“There’s ever increasing pressure on Energy, Building and Facility Managers to source high quality lighting with low energy consumption. LEDs use very little power and have a long lifetime so they are an economical choice making businesses more profitable and employees’ lives better working in a bespoke lighting environment. As well as reducing energy consumption, changing to LED can also help in managing your carbon footprint making your business more ethical and of course ultimately reducing costs.”
Electrical Contractor specialists for over ten years Root3 Automation are a key supplier and installer of LED Lighting and work for a range of customers from small independent shops and businesses to large office buildings with corporate clients such as Aviva.
Top Ten Guide
1. EVALUATE - Firstly businesses need to evaluate their current lighting layout and future requirements, a thorough site survey is a must.
2. WHICH FITTING? - According to Builder and Developer Magazine approx 75% of workplaces are still lit by outdated light sources. The traditional ‘Thomas Edison’ light bulb only converts 5% of energy consumed into actual light. LEDs transfer power to light instead of heat and therefore generate very little heat making them incredibly efficient even when compared to the best fluorescent light sources, with energy savings of around 40% against the traditional tubes. Halogen downlighters can cost around £25 a year compared to around £3 a year for an equivalent LED downlighter. Some LED fixtures can deliver 85 percent energy savings so speak to an expert such as Root3 Automation to check appropriate fixture available to you.
3. OFFICE REQUIREMENTS – Your lighting can also be controlled for specific task requirements or for ambient levels and each of these will require a different lighting set up e.g. hot desking, open work spaces, reception areas, boardrooms, technical areas etc. With occupancy sensors, lighting can also be controlled for daylight/night levels and varying occupancy numbers, which can achieve up to 60% energy savings compare to traditional on/off switching.
5. INSTALLATION - Consider downtime for the installation, can this be a rolling project or office by office or overnight/weekend work. Evaluate and weigh up retrofit supply, installation and maintenance costs. The LED retrofit option is often the least evasive to your daily working environment
6. WARRANTIES - Be aware of manufacturers’
7. MAINTENANCE – Due to the increased length of life of an LED being around 3-5 times longer than traditional sources, maintenance and re-lamping costs are greatly reduced. LEDs have no moving parts so can withstand much movement or vibration without breaking.
8. RECYCLING - Unlike fluorescent tubes which require hazardous waste disposal due to their mercury content, LEDs are 100% recyclable and contain no toxic materials, mercury or halogen gas reducing costs.
9. ££££ - Check with the Carbon Trust/Government for available business rebates, tax reductions or credits etc (this information is also available directly from Root3 Automation).
10. CONTACT – visit www.root3automation.com for further information on LED.
Chris McCormick, Director, Root3 Automation Ltd
Office: 0845 430 1100
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