Lighting options for your retail business must meet not only the need for cost-effective installation and maintenance, but also the ongoing cost of electricity, which means LED (light emitting diode) lighting is the wisest choice. The urgent need for security and safety outdoors is also solved by LED lamps, which provide illumination superior to incandescent lamps with much lower energy use.
Effective and Low-Cost Outdoor Lighting is Crucial for Your Business
Outdoor commercial lighting must fulfill a lot of needs:
- Sufficient lighting to provide excellent security and safety
- Central control of illumination
- Superior functionality
- Cost effectiveness
- Adherence to lighting standards
- Adherence to environmental protection standards
Although upgrading to LED lighting is cited as the perfect solution for meeting these lighting requirements, you may have particular concerns when it comes to outdoor lights. Ever since electric light and its many uses were invented, studies have been conducted, data has been compiled and standards have been set for the use of electricity, including the type of lights that can be installed and used outdoors.
The brightness and safety requirements for outdoor lights are carefully followed by lighting engineers when installing or upgrading streetlights, security lights and all other forms of lights used outdoors, including Christmas decorations. For years, high and low pressure sodium lighting has been acceptable and is still used commercially by many companies. What has changed?
Since the development of LED lighting, testing has shown that LED lights have surpassed traditional lighting by all measures, much to the shock of everyone. They seem too good to be true.
LED Provides Better Illumination as Perceived by the Human Eye
LED lighting can be 40% more effective with four or five times less output than both low and high sodium (incandescent) lights. Illumination is high because the components of the human eye and its sensitivity to light makes LED illumination better; the cost is low because LED lights require less energy.
The human eye integrates with LED wavelengths, which produce light color more aligned with the sensitivity of the human eye, and appears much closer to real daylight than sodium (incandescent) sources. Even when incandescent lights use four or five times more energy than LEDs, they will not provide better illumination. The high-brightness of white LEDs under all illumination tests proves their effectiveness.
LED Lighting Has Been Met With Enthusiasm by the Business World
Many businesses have already chosen LED lighting as their new cost savings strategy, but others have resisted the change. In January 2012, the USA government stepped in with a new law requiring the replacement of incandescent lighting with LED lighting. Their concern, of course, is with the protection of the environment and they are anticipating a vastly reduced drain on electrical resources when everyone comes on board.
Incandescent lamps will continue to be sold until retail outlets no longer have supplies, and the deadline for substituting LED lighting has been extended. To ease the cost of replacing fixtures, there are a number of agencies that will reimburse companies who move to LED lighting, and you should check state and federal tax credits available, as well as other rebate programs such as the one offered by Duke Energy in Indiana. Take advantage of these opportunities while they still exist.
Professional guidance is useful when you decide to replace your less efficient, costly lighting fixtures, and you will appreciate guidance when choosing from all the many LED options available. LED lighting installations are extremely energy efficient and durable, will save you a lot of money over time and will help protect the planet by reducing your energy consumption. Everybody wins.
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