The Facts: LED vs Fluorescent Lighting

 

The fluorescent lamp was developed for commercial use in the 1930s and was delivered across the globe with widespread success. However, lighting design has come a long way since the 1930s and a new contender for the best lighting technology brightened up the industry in the late 1960s.

 

In 2021, the world is a very different place. Our expectations of quality and our interior design ambitions are bigger than ever, and it has never been so important to think about our world and the living things upon it. So whether you’re looking for new ways to light your upcoming projects or are finding it harder to justify keeping fluorescent lamps in buildings, we’re here to lead you in the right direction.

 

Fluorescent lighting: what’s the issue?

Fluorescent lighting has been experiencing a widespread phase-out for some time now and owes its growing disapproval in part to companies, individuals and government agencies becoming more concerned with conserving energy and saving the planet. Standard fluorescent lamps are extremely poor when it comes to conserving energy and contain chemicals and elements that are very harmful to the environment.

 

Not only does this mean that commercial and residential properties are losing money and energy during the lifetime of the lamp, but extra care/cost must be taken when disposing of them to avoid environmental contamination.

 

Fluorescent lights, especially older installations, also struggle with performance. As omnidirectional lights, they require more accessory parts in order to reflect or focus the luminous output of the bulb; this amounts to additional cost and wasted light. They also have a warm-up period and will not immediately achieve optimum light levels.

 

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LEDs: what are the benefits?

LED lighting is better for the environment and is more cost and energy-efficient. Compared to fluorescent bulbs, LED lights are up to 80% more efficient. Unlike fluorescent lights, LED lights convert 95% of their energy into light and only 5% is wasted as heat; this is all while still using far less power to provide a strong and consistent output at a lower wattage. Less energy usage equals more environmentally friendly outcomes.

 

LED lights also have a longer lifespan than alternative lighting methods. In contrast to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, high-quality LED bulbs have up to 50x longer lifespans than some lighting alternatives. LEDs are also very low maintenance, making them perfect for high-bay ceilings in warehouses and all industrial and commercial applications.

 

In contrast to fluorescent lighting, LEDs have no warm-up or cool-down period and do not flicker (a direct contributor to the state of employee welfare and health). In terms of appearance, the more advanced and compact technology of LEDs means that designs and models can be more creative and bold (and smaller) while still offering the same output and power efficiency.

 

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Invigorate your workplace with LED lighting

LED lighting is the stepping stone between mediocre and exceptional interiors. Without good lighting, the impact of furniture and layout risks being vapid and poor lighting choices can result in health and productivity issues for occupants.

 

Mount Lighting is dedicated to creating and supplying LED lighting that invigorates every workplace, room and building. From CAT A & B refurbishments to healthcare premises; from educational establishments to hospitality; from serviced offices to multi-storey car parks… Mount Lighting have an LED lighting solution that will transform your project.

 

We also offer a lighting conversion service. This service is great when existing luminaires on-site require adapting or fluorescent luminaires need updating.

 

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