Our new blog series, LED Lighting Everywhere, will take you through a facility type in its entirety and explain each opportunity for LED lighting in that space. First up, grocery store lighting and supermarket lighting.
Is it part of your job description to decorate for the holidays? If you’re a facility or building manager, or if you’re involved in public works, you might dread the holidays. While people enjoy the decorations, they probably don’t realize the hard labor your team endured to beautify your shopping center, school, borough, mall, etc. Did you know that LED holiday lights could make your job easier? Let’s consider the following points about LED holiday lights.
Metal halide lights have been the de facto standard for illumination of outdoor and large indoor spaces for more than fifty years. As that technology has aged, however, building owners and facility managers are seeing its drawbacks. An industry shift to LED lighting systems has increased in the last few years as an understanding that these systems provide more effective illumination, lower maintenance needs and costs, and smaller energy bills.
Sports fans might notice some of the changes that are happening in the outdoor stadiums and fields where their favorite teams compete. Older metal halide and high-pressure sodium lighting fixtures in those facilities are being retired in favor of LED sports field lighting. Fans are even starting see LED lighting in the home stadiums of some NFL teams. While the NFL might be the highest-profile place you’ll find LEDs, universities, high schools, and many other public outdoor sports fields are jumping on the LED bandwagon. When the advantages of LEDs over traditional outdoor sports lighting are considered, it is easy to understand why LED sports lighting is the winner.
LED’s are rapidly becoming the standard choice for exterior commercial lighting fixtures, in part due to their superior durability and versatility, making them ideal for exterior commercial settings. Loading docks, storage yards, and other outdoor commercial environments can operate around the clock with heavy loading machinery and activities that expose commercial lighting to shocks and impacts that can easily damage traditional high-pressure sodium or halogen fixtures. Exterior LED lights include solid state components that are less susceptible to damage from shocks and vibrations. If an LED fixture does experience some damage, the modular nature of many LED lighting systems facilitates easy replacement of a single unit without affecting other fixtures in an exterior commercial lighting array.
LED lighting is fast becoming the best solution for a wide variety of outdoor lighting applications. The reasons are simple: LEDs are the most energy efficient lighting on the market by far, they have the longest lifespan (and associated product warranties) by 2-10 times over the nearest competing technology, and they produce a very high-quality light with a wide range of color characteristics. They are small, steady-state lights which means they don’t present the breaking or recycling issues common with legacy lighting technology. Perhaps the only downside is that they’re not the cheapest technology on the market. That said, the price continues to come down and a smart investor will recognize right away that the energy savings and a lifespan that could be an order of magnitude (10 times) longer than a traditional bulb is easily worth the investment. You get what you pay for after all.
Due to the unique characteristics of LED lights, they are becoming more and more popular for commercial and industrial applications, especially for outdoor lighting. LED's are more durable, reliable, and need little to no maintenance.
The primary benefits of replacing existing lighting with LED lighting are reduced maintenance and energy costs. While the initial expense of an LED retrofit is higher than traditional lighting, this investment often pays for itself within 3-5 year, and in many cases sooner. This impressive ROI means that your initial investment results in future financial and sustainable benefits very quickly. LED lighting is a positive addition for any facility.
LEDs are a simple invention with huge potential to change the lighting industry for the better. Don’t know much about them? Here are three big things you need to know to get your feet under you:
What Does LED Stand For?
LED stands for light-emitting diode.
A diode is an electrical device or component with two electrodes (an anode and a cathode) through which electricity flows - characteristically in only one direction (in through the anode and out through the cathode). Diodes are generally made from semi-conductive materials such as silicon or selenium - substances that conduct electricity in some circumstances and not in others (e.g. at certain voltages, current levels, or light intensities).