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Making The Switch: Transitioning Smoothly To LED Lighting In Your Office Space

Making changes to your office space can be intimidating. There are costs involved and you have to consider the disruption and work that needs to take place. But the great thing about LED lighting is that it’s incredibly easy to make the switch and can be done with little to no disruption.

The Upfront Costs Of Switching To LED Lighting In Your Office Space

One of the first things that business owners will consider when it comes to switching to LED lighting is the cost.

How much you need to invest will depend on whether you plan to convert original fixtures or replace them with new LED fixtures. In any case, you have to consider that both options will require some sort of initial investment.

But the great news is that LED lighting is far more cost-effective in the long run. Replacing bulbs and tubes is something of a frequent task with traditional lighting but LED bulbs can last for up to 2 decades so, once you’ve purchased them, there are no maintenance costs involved for the foreseeable future.

Moreover, LED lighting is way more energy efficient and this will be reflected by a reduction in your energy bills, especially in offices where lights are consistently being used.

How To Make The Transition

In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, you’ll need to consider several things. These include your budget, what fixtures you already have and what your lighting goals are.

There are generally two options; you can convert your existing fluorescent light fixtures or you might choose to install entirely new LED fixtures.

The latter will naturally require a more detailed installation process so it might be worth considering having the work done outside of office hours or at a time when the workspace is a little quieter.

Converting Existing Fixtures To LED

Most buildings are kitted out with fluorescent light fixtures, although modern buildings are now being constructed with LED lights as a matter of course. So, it’s likely that your current lighting strips are the traditional kind.

But if you’re working on a tighter budget in terms of both time and money then converting these fixtures to LED might be the best option.

You can either choose to replace your existing fluorescent tubes with LED tubes or you might go for magnetic LED lighting strips. For tubes, some minor rewiring may be required which will redirect power from the ballast.

It’s worth keeping in mind that only ballast bypass or type B tubes will work with existing fittings. If you opt for a type A tube then you will need to completely install new fixtures.

If you choose magnetic LED strips then there is the potential for even less rewiring work as many products can be rewired to the mains LED driver as opposed to having to rewire individual tombstone sockets as you would when converting for the use of a tube.

Installing New LED Fixtures

If you really want to bring your office into the 21st century then installing entirely new LED fixtures is the best way to go. Yes, this is going to cost a little more and will require slightly more invasive work but as an investment, it’s an incredibly smart one.

You might choose to replace your fluorescent fixtures with new LED fixtures and the great thing about this is that they can either hang from wires for a more contemporary look or can be mounted to the ceiling or other surfaces.

There is also the option of LED panels which are great for grid ceilings as they can be directly integrated. Some of these panels may have an expected lifespan of up to 50,000 hours which is seriously impressive and they provide very consistent and even light. For larger office spaces, this is well worth considering.

Choosing The Right Colour Temperature

If you want to make the transition to LED lighting in the office then it needs to be a beneficial one. By and large, this will be the case because there are so many advantages to LED lighting systems.

However, if you don’t get the right colour temperature, this can decrease the quality of the light and the effect it has on your workers.

It’s always best to get light that is as close to natural light as possible. By mimicking natural light, we are able to boost our body’s rhythm and this keeps employees happier and more productive.

Daylight bulbs tend to be around 6500K but anything over 4800K is considered to be equivalent to natural daylight. However, many offices install cool white lights which are around 5000 – 5800K and provide a bright, comfortable light that’s ideal for working in.

Making The Switch: Is It Worth It?

While there may be costs and installation involved in switching to LED lighting, the benefits more than outweigh any initial costs.

One of the main advantages is that your employees will feel much more comfortable. It’s been proven that LED lighting reduces headaches, decreases stress and, as I’ve discussed, strengthens our body’s natural rhythm. This means that workers will be more motivated and productive and that has a positive effect on your business.

Another great advantage of making the switch is that you will save money. LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than traditional lighting so you’ll notice a reduction in your energy bills.

Plus, since these bulbs last much longer, you won’t need to keep replacing them and this will save your business a considerable amount over time. When the bulbs do run out, they can be recycled which, along with your reduced energy consumption, will make your business more sustainable.

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