Lighting accounts for around 40% of commercial building’s electricity usage, and 20% of all electricity generated in the UK. For most SMEs, upgrading lighting presents a great opportunity to reduce electricity usage and cut costs whilst simultaneously improving the indoor environment for staff.
LED fittings typically halve the overall running cost of lighting.
Good lighting is crucial for productivity and staff wellbeing. Comfortable and happy staff can improve productivity by up to 13%. LEDs reduce heat output, improve illumination, reduce glare, and eliminate flickering and humming; all of which can make a working environment significantly more comfortable for both staff and customers.
LEDs provide high-quality illumination and value for money. Less wattage is required to achieve the same light level as traditional bulbs and therefore fewer LED lamps may be required. Long life spans of LEDs reduce maintenance costs and help to ensure the workspace is always fully lit.
If you are considering new lighting design, utilise natural light where possible and improve lighting controls, as this can also save up to 40% on lighting costs. Passive Infrared (PIR) occupancy sensors are popular and suited for communal areas and storerooms. Daylight sensors adjust the artificial lighting according to the natural light in a room. Sensor-controlled lighting can also improve office hygiene by reducing the usage of light switches.
We recommend you discuss specific building requirements and technical details with a supplier who will be able to suggest the best options for you and your premises. For a list of suppliers and consultants, please visit our Supplier Directory.
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