Newly installed LEDs have an operational life expectation of up to 50,000 hours. They often last 25 times as long as compact fluorescent or traditional incandescent bulbs, depending on whether usage is continuous or intermittent.
LED diodes can cut energy usage by up to 85%. This is because LEDs convert electricity to light, whereas incandescent bulbs lose 80% - 90% of their energy as heat.
Since LEDs only generate very low heat, they are cool to touch even if switched on for a long time, lessening the risk of burns and fires.
Strong, sturdy and robust, LEDs simply shrug off the knocks, blows and vibrations that are part of everyday life. The tiny chip is protected by a tough epoxy resin capsule with no breakable glass or fragile filaments.
100% recyclable LED lights substantially reduce the carbon footprint. Just one of them lasts as long as 25 conventional bulbs so reducing the need for construction materials and manufacturing processes.
Traditional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain mercury as well as other toxins but LEDs are 100% free of the toxic chemicals that damage the environment.
No UV Emissions
With very low heat emission, only a little infrared light and with UV emissions close to zero, LED lighting is ideal for those areas which store goods that are UV or heat sensitive.
Whether the conditions are sweltering or freezing, LEDs can not only cope but can operate effectively.
LEDs only need a low voltage power supply so are perfect to illuminate remote, rural areas where they can be connected to a solar energy source.
LEDs brighten from the moment they are switched on. If you need to switch them on and off frequently, this does not affect either their life expectancy or their brightness.
Lighting our environment is not purely a practical issue. Architectural plans can be transformed with clever lighting schemes designed to enhance retail, hospitality and leisure spaces, making them more attractive to customers.
Low energy LED lighting can be designed to imitate the appearance of old style incandescent lighting. This is a very attractive if you wish to retain a more traditional décor.
LEDs are specially designed to deliver light to a particular location with no need for an external reflector.
Individual LEDs can be dimmed to control light distribution. Using the base colours of red, blue, amber and green, illumination systems can produce a fantastical array of light and colour.
From commercial to residential, industrial to official venues, LEDs are the perfect choice. They can illuminate immense spaces such as airports or can pinpoint a statue on a plinth; flood those dark areas where security is paramount or spotlight that dancer on the stage.
It’s all good news. Companies such as Philips are putting money, big money, into research and development. Breakthroughs are happening all the time and are predicted to lead to lower manufacturing costs and therefore future price reductions.
If you choose to re-lamp then your costs are significantly reduced through:
Capital expenditure on lights
Lower labour costs
Typically, based on projects completed to date, energy cost savings, when compared to conventional light bulbs, are between 64% and 95%. This means that you are likely to have a project pay back time of between 18 to 30 months (at typical current energy costs).
LEDs are known for their durability. Built to last, they are durable, rugged, shock and impact resistant whatever the temperature. LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent bulbs.
Lower Labour Costs
The maintenance involved in purchasing, stocking and changing traditional light bulbs can be high. The long, operational lifetimes of LEDs dramatically reduce these costs.
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The Carbon Trust
Allow us to source your finance from The Carbon Trust
This government funded body helps organisations reduce carbon emissions and become more resource efficient. Its stated mission is to ‘accelerate the move to a sustainable low carbon economy by providing expert support and advice.’ Their support helps businesses reduce carbon emissions by increasing energy efficiency and identifying growth and revenue opportunities through resource reduction initiatives, cost-saving strategies and the adoption of resource-efficient technologies.
Since its inception in 2001 the overall impact is a carbon saving estimated at almost 60MtCO2e and associated cost savings of £5.5bn.
Notably The Carbon Trust is involved in finance schemes, tailored funding solutions, which include an Energy Efficiency Financing scheme for the UK in partnership with Siemens Financial Services. This scheme is designed to facilitate investment in new technology in an
easy, affordable and flexible way by offering loans offset by energy cost savings. In addition, businesses that purchase products from the Energy Technology list can claim an enhanced Capital Allowance, a first year 100% accelerated capital allowance that delivers all available tax relief in one year. This is equivalent to 5.5 times the benefit of standard tax relief in the year of purchase.
Finance benefits include:
Capital-efficient funding for latest technology
Extended lease term to provide ‘Cash Neutral’ funding
No deposit usually required to minimise upfront costs
Cost effective alternative to bank funding
Energy savings validated by the Carbon Trust
‘Bringing the green factor into mainstream business’
One of the items on The Carbon Trust’s top performing Energy Technology list is energy efficient lighting, such as, LED re-lamping. As the Trust puts it,‘ With lighting accounting for up to 40% of a building’s electricity use, installing energy-efficient lighting solutions presents a strong saving opportunity.’
Loans are available from The Carbon Trust for organisations throughout the UK but In Wales and Northern Ireland, interest free business loans of £3,000 – £200,000 are available to help organisations finance energy efficient projects. The size of the loan is based on the projected CO2 savings of a project with £1,000 of loan for every 1.5 tCO2 the project is expected to save per year. The projected CO2 savings are independently assessed by the Carbon Trust. The repayment period for the loan is then based upon the projected energy cost savings, such that the monthly loan repayment amount is covered by the anticipated energy bill savings, up to a maximum of 4 years.
To access a loan businesses must:
check project qualification
read the Carbon Trust guides
provide supporting documentation
complete Energy Saving Assessment
However UKLED can make the loan process easy for you by taking it off your hands. We provide a complete ‘end-to-end’ re-lamping solution which includes sourcing the finance for your project and managing your loan application.
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