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What's the 'wow' factor in current, future lighting?

Photo: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Light Emitting Diodes — they're the real wow! LEDs are high energy efficient semiconductor devises that emit visible light of a certain color; an accelerating transition to LED-based lighting has been changing the dynamics of luminaries design on a global scale.

LEDs are already commonplace in products we buy and in the spaces we live, work and play. They provide uniform distribution of a much brighter light, high efficiency, improved flexibility and long-lasting maintenance-free operation — an easy three times the energy efficiency of 60-watt incandescent bulbs and three times the life expectancy. Today's energy audits can provide advanced information as to the energy levels one can save.

With a 50 percent average reduction in lighting energy costs, commercial and industrial lighting users no longer have to accept current energy-efficient fluorescent technology as their only choice. Whether new construction, retrofitting, or a completely custom solution, LEDs can help realize a wide range of design ideas.

One of the key advantages of LED lighting is its ability to distribute light evenly over a wide area. In fact, it's much better at this than any other lighting technology.

Another area where LED lighting technology really shines is in cold temperatures, such as illuminating freezer storage areas. In sub-zero temperatures, fluorescent fixtures take a few minutes to warm up to full brightness.

Since LEDs come up to full brightness instantly in sub-zero temperatures, they can be fitted with occupancy sensors that turn the light on when people enter the room, cutting the energy consumption even further. There's also a bi-level motion sensor that allows auto dimming when visibility is a safety concern. Retrofitting with LEDs means you will no longer have to turn the light on at the beginning of the work day and leave it on until everyone goes home.

The truth is, there are a whole host of other factors that could tip the scales in favor of one technology or another, and a major impact on energy efficiency — significantly reduced energy costs — is one of them.

LEDs have become the ideal choice for enhancing the appearance of commercial and residential space, and also where brightness and color fidelity are mandatory.

Ultra energy-efficient LED lighting fxtures are perfect for cutting-edge commercial and industrial facilities. LED fixtures bring you the future, now. Plus, to those interested in energy-efficient lighting upgrades, nothing is better than getting a lighting retrofit and letting someone else pick up the tab.

That's where rebates and incentives come in. By combining available energy efficiency rebates and incentives, business owners can reduce the initial costs of performing a retrofit and maximize energy savings after the retrofit.

With wet and dry compatibilities and a choice of colors, LEDs already well support creative and real world, cross industry applications:

Commercial growing: LED grow lights tailored to specific crops allow harvesting 20 to 25 times a year, using 'light recipes' and 85 percent less energy.

Commercial buildings: corridors, stairwells, spotlights, indoor/outdoor signage, lighting control systems, sales booths, showcases, refrigeration units, cold storage facilities, bathrooms

Industrial: assembly lines, warehouses, loading docks, perimeter lighting, flood lights

Health care: over-bed lighting, night lighting, exam lighting, surgical room lighting

Creative art: LED tape lighting is often used because of its small size and easy installation, mixing color and light in glass panel prints, framed artwork, hangings and exhibits

Interior design: decorative architectural glass installations, splash backs in kitchens and bathrooms, cabinets and shelving units, glass shelving in refrigerators and other white goods appliances, stage and theater lighting

Outdoor lighting: Landscaping, walkways, parking lots, perimeter lighting, wall-washing lights, signage, patios and swimming pools

Retail: display backlighting, walkways, window dressings, shelving, dressing rooms

Transportation: automotive interiors, strip lighting on the floors of buses and trains, street lighting

Lighting industry professionals are unanimously confident LEDs will continue to be an important part of lighting's future. With that said, no one can be sure of the longevity of healthy rebates and incentives. Thus, if you're considering a new construction or retrofitting project, be it energy efficient fluorescents or LEDs, contact a lighting specialist soon!

Jeff Koeppel is managing partner of K & B Electric LLC, an electrical contractor and lighting contractor. Contact him at (920) 655-3676 or service@kbelectriccompany.com or go to www.kbelectriccompany.com.

Source:  Green Bay Press-Gazette

 

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