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Every commercial establishment requires sufficient lighting – lighting which will illuminate important, essential areas and allow workers and staff to perform their tasks in the most productive and efficient way. Aside from benefitting workers and staff, ample commercial lighting can help showcase your wares or offerings and allow your clients to easily view what you have to offer. Good lighting gives a good impression of your office, industrial premises, or business establishment, be it a restaurant, a hotel, a retail shop, or other business. Commercial lighting components include commercial downlights and commercial ceiling lights, as well as emergency lighting, fluorescent and LED lighting, lighting for the office, bulkheads, LED sign lighting for marketing and promotional purposes, and other commercial lighting systems.
All that being said, however, commercial lighting can quickly become a significant expense, especially when everything is added up. Fortunately, you now have some great choices when it comes to energy-efficient, money-saving commercial lighting. Here’s how you can effectively save money and energy with LED commercial lighting.
How much can you save?
There are a number of ways through which LED commercial lighting can save you money. Firstly, LED lighting requires less electricity to run compared to traditional halogen and incandescent bulbs. And if you’ve heard that CFLs or compact fluorescent light bulbs are energy efficient as well, they’re still not as efficient as LEDs. Nothing can compare to LEDs when it comes to energy efficiency. For instance, a halogen light with 60 watts, if replaced with an LED bulb with 9 watts, would give you about an 85% reduction in the consumption of electricity. Aside from this, the LED bulb will have a longer lifespan – about 20,000 hours – compared to the halogen bulb’s mere 2,000 hours. This brings us to the second benefit of LEDs: as a general rule, they last much longer than other types of lighting.
If you’re wondering about compact fluorescent light bulbs and how they compare to LEDs, think about this: if you replace an 11-watt CFL with a 9-watt LED, you can effectively save as much as 18% in energy. Meanwhile, a CFL will also have a lifespan of about 8,000 hours, so the LED bulb is much longer lasting as well.
Some excellent choices for energy-saving commercial lighting
Commercial downlights can save as much as 70% on your regular energy bill, and you can expect them to last 3 times as long as the typical fluorescent downlight. In addition, they are easier to maintain. Some of our best commercial downlights include the Aurora D series slim downlights, Aurora slim fit shallow downlights, Philips Coreline commercial LED downlights, Megaman Siena integrated commercial downlights, and the economy range of Aurora Enlite Uni-Fit commercial downlights, which also have a dimmable version.
Commercial ceiling lighting comes in a wide selection as well, and they’re perfect for restaurants, shops, retail stores, offices, and warehouses. One of the most popular products (you can view the range of commercial ceiling lights here) is the non-corrosive LED luminaire, Megaman Dino, along with the Ansell ABLED5 Airbeam LED (35W). You can also opt for the Ansell Uni LED surface ceiling or wall light (9W), or the Integral Edge Lit ceiling panel, measuring 600mm by 600mm (a ‘staff pick’ as well). There are also ceiling tiles in our collection along with under-cabinet LED lights and long ceiling lights.
Without a doubt, emergency lighting (click here for more information) plays an important function in any business or commercial establishment. The proper emergency lights can give you sufficient lighting for as long as 3 hours in case there is a power failure. For emergency lights, you have a choice between different kits and backup packs, which include the Ansell AIRMLED/POD/31 Twistlock Emergency Pod (Self-Test), with a tri-colour LED showing ‘green’ signalling a good running condition, a ‘red’ or flashing light signalling a faulty condition, and ‘white’ signalling an emergency situation or operation. Other unique emergency lighting products include the Aurora M10 3-hour emergency backup pack, the Ansell Eagle 3-in-1 exit sign, and the JCC Emergency Twin-spot non-maintained emergency light, which is often used in both industrial and commercial locations.
Whilst LEDs are undoubtedly more efficient, fluorescent lighting has also undergone some innovations, making it more efficient than before. A case in point is the Fitzgerald selection of T5 fluorescent lights, which are known for their energy-efficiency. What’s more, you can increase fluorescent lighting’s efficiency by adding a passive infrared sensor, which can detect movement and allow the light output to lessen by as much as 10% when no one is in the room. Your options in regard to more efficient fluorescent lighting include Fitzgerald T5 fluorescent fittings, Fitzgerald reflectors (T5 and T8), Fitzgerald T5 low-energy bay lighting, and more.
For office lighting, you have a few great choices as well - you can view our selection of office lighting here. Bear in mind that your office space needs to be effectively illuminated to promote productivity and make working easier and more pleasant, so you need to make some careful choices. One excellent choice would be the aforementioned Integral Edge Lit ceiling panel, but you can also select from the LEDS-C4-90 range of LED ceiling lights from Infinite, which come in grey and white finishes.
Bulkhead lighting is immensely useful and is often seen in passageways, stairways, and other prime areas which need sufficient illumination (including the outdoors). Bulkheads are even increasingly seen in the home, especially with the ongoing trend for a more industrial design and theme. If you are looking for high-quality bulkheads, there’s a complete range available for you, including Ansell Ancona Oval LED bulkheads in white, the JCC RadiaLED, which comes with a microwave on and off sensor, and the JCC RadiaLED Utility Mains Emergency bulkhead with 14 watts, among others.
Any commercial establishment should take advantage of highly-efficient and effective LED sign lighting (click here for more info) as we also have a full selection on offer. This selection includes LED chain link strings (40 links), LED chain link strings (50 links), Integral LED strip tapes, both in 12 watts per metre and 6 watts per metre, LED aluminium rail lights, and even LED tape colour-changing lights and water-resistant LED tapes (which are also very flexible).
There are also other commercial lighting systems, and if you want to view them, click here. You can take advantage, for example, of Ansell Otto LED suspended linear lighting, Ansell gridline duo indirect recessed modular LED lighting, Ansell suspension kits, Ansell Topline 6-LED battens in white and which come with different wattages such as 48 watts, 62 watts, 35 watts, and 27 watts, and Leyton linear low-bay LED 5-metre suspension kits.
Commercial lighting comes in many forms, and it’s crucial to pick the right commercial lighting elements for your business. To be completely sure of your choices, however, it’s best to speak with an electrical and lighting expert who can give you the guidance and expertise you require.