LED lighting & lighting technology has advanced enormously in the past couple of decades, giving facilities managers the opportunity to make real and genuine savings on time, energy and cost.
This article in aviation Media talks at length about the huge advantages for airports, which is very true but by no means restricted to airports.
The article looks at current lighting solutions vs newer LED technologies. Until recently most large buildings, airports, car parks and warehousing facilities were using either florescent or metal-halide lighting for their premises. Which was an excellent option, until the surfacing of modern LED technology which can give facilities managers both energy and cost savings.
The first area where savings can be made is with the LED lamp itself which is 40-60% more efficient than fluorescent or metal. To explain – on average a metal-halide lamp on the outside of a building has a lifespan of 20,000 hours. This same lamp would give a 60% lumen maintenance, which results in a loss of 30% of light output after only 5,000 hours of use. Therefore for three quarters of the lamps lifespan it is providing lower quality light.
On the other hand an LED lamp has a lifespan of 100,000 hours, with a lumen maintenance of 92% at 50,000 hours. Only 8% loss throughout half the lamps lifespan.
What do these figures actually mean – quite simply much better quality light for an awful lot longer!
LED has an added advantage for any outdoor lighting, in that it minimises light pollution because it is able to target an objects surface– like a doorway or car park signage, especially important if your facility is in a residential area. Traditional outdoor lighting solutions are unable to do this.
Combine this with indoor lighting capable of coming a lot closer to recreating natural daylight, and you can create a far more agreeable environment for workers and visitors alike.
Now on to the second area of saving – IoT. Using an automated lighting system can simplify the life of a facilities manager no end. The ability to oversee an entire facilities lighting from a single piece of software, monitoring wattage output for each area, being alerted to maintenance requirements and far more in control of your energy distribution means these systems can save an additional 10% to energy output – and therefore costs.
Take a look at the full article, and if you are a facilities manager looking to find out more about how to make a better working environment, and save time, energy and costs – please do call us and we would be happy to discuss with you the best solution for your premises.
Source : Airport World