Lighting Facts to Consider When Choosing a Lighting Company
High energy cost in most companies can be reduced by changing the type of lighting that is used to illuminate the facility. A good way to fix the issue is knowing what types of lighting there are and what is your best option to help lower your usage. As far as industrial and commercial lighting goes there are three types that are discussed more than any other: high-intensity discharge metal halides (HIDs), standard fluorescents, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). To help you learn and understand more about lighting we are going to discuss some lighting facts about each type and show you why the lights you use in your facility truly matter.
If we are going from least effective to most effective, HID lighting clearly brings up the rear when it comes to lighting a large space. Although they are the cheapest and most commonly bought there is a reason why they are so inexpensive.
- They are the highest in energy consumption meaning they are not energy efficient.
- HID fixtures have a wide variety of natural light colors and vary in hue from lamp to lamp.
- The light quality does suffer as the lamps age.
- With the HID you need more fixtures than any of the other types to light the same amount of space.
- They are not able to dimmed, so your energy consumption becomes either all or nothing in terms of adjusting to the environmental light.
- It takes 5 to 10 minutes for HID light to warm up and turn on creating lapses in the ability to work under them.
- They are extremely fragile, so weather and basic handling can potentially damage them.
- HIDs also have a short life span. In comparison you need to replace them more often then any other lighting type.
With using HIDs they are cheaper at first but in the long run you end up spending more. Because of their short life span and how fragile they are you will end replacing and buying more. You may think you are saving money by buying the cheaper light but in fact you end up spending a lot more over time.
Standard Fluorescent Lighting
Standard fluorescents replaced HID bulbs as the gold standard in lighting at some point, simply because fluorescent lighting didn’t have many of the same problems as HIDs did. For example:
- Fluorescent lights are marginally more efficient than HIDs and considerably longer-lasting.
- These lights are generally stable in color from fixture to fixture and don’t lose as much quality over time.
- Some are dimmable, but most aren’t.
- Will turn on instantly, but not in extremely cold weather and are known to flicker often.
- They are not fragile and are able to withstand the elements as compared to HID.
Fluorescent bulbs are only a minor upgrade to HIDs, meaning that the cost of retrofitting your entire facility with fluorescents won’t be something you see value from for some time.
More and more business owners are seeing the benefit of using LED lights in their facilities. Here are just a few:
- LEDs produce more light with fewer bulbs than HIDs or fluorescents.
- Can be controlled remotely and dimmed to any level in response to environmental light.
- Will turn on instantly, even in cold weather.
- They are extremely efficient and longer lasting than either of the alternatives.
- Not fragile and are able to withstand weather, high winds, and human handling.
- The color is identical from lamp to lamp and maintains its quality throughout the entire lifespan.
- They need very little maintenance.
Although the cost of installation may be higher than HID lighting or fluorescent fixtures, the increased lifespan and low maintenance of LED lighting mean that you’ll quickly see the value in retrofitting your facility.
It is clear to see that LED bulbs are more beneficial and offer additional value than the alternatives, but is it worth it to replace your current HID or florescence bulbs with LED fixtures all at once? The best answer to this question is to call us to do an energy audit on your property with a comparison of your consumption with your current setup and a full LED outfitting. Once the audit is done it is probable that you will see a significant benefit in switching your interior and exterior lighting completely to LEDs within the near future.