The Basics of LED Lighting – What You Should Know

04th May 2017 LED Lighting

What is an LED?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. In basic terms, an LED uses a semiconductor and when electricity is passed through it, it creates light.

How is light measured?

Light can be measured by a ‘lux’ level. The higher the lux level, the brighter the light. The standard recommended lux level for an office is around 500 lux.

LED lights are also measured in lumens. This is different to traditional fluorescent lights which are measured in watts. The higher the lumens, the brighter the LED will shine. The conversion between lux and lumens is 1 lux = 1 lumen per square meter.

What about the colour of the light?

Light isn’t just measured by brightness. The colour temperature of a light, measured in kelvin, shows how ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ the light will look. The higher the colour temperature the ‘cooler’ the colour of the light. Most traditional fluorescent lights have a colour temperature of below 3,000 kelvin, giving them a familiar yellow glow, whereas a light at 6,500 kelvin appears as a vibrant pure white colour. Colour temperature needs to be kept in mind to ensure the lighting gives off the right atmosphere and ambience for your premises.

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What makes LED beneficial for my premises?

LED lighting comes with a number of benefits for a business:

-LED lighting needs much less power to create appropriate level of light, meaning much lower energy bills

-Maintenance costs are almost eliminated for over 50,000 hours of use, as LED fittings don’t require regular lamp replacements

-The level of light created is commonly improved, meaning increases in productivity, well-being and health & safety

Now you know the basics, why not get in touch and arrange a no-cost survey at your site? We will provide detailed lighting plans and cost calculations to present the information in a clear and easy to read format, which will illustrate the energy and cost savings to you. With our Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier status we can provide rebate grants of up to £10,000 per business for energy efficient installations, so don’t miss your chance to claim – get in touch today – www.perfectsenseenergy.com/contact-us/