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The Dark Side Of Incandescents: Why Your Industrial Lighting Needs An Upgrade

You could be forgiven for overlooking the lighting in your industrial unit. When most people think about being sustainable and saving the planet, lighting isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind.

And that’s OK but it’s important that we all start taking a closer look at it and why it should matter.

For many years, incandescent light bulbs have been commonplace. But as we start to look at the downsides of this type of lighting, it’s easy to see why there’s a serious dark side.

Upgrading your industrial lighting to LED could be one of the best things you ever do for your business. In this guide, I’ll explore why.

What’s The Difference Between Incandescent Lighting And LED Lighting?

I don’t want to get too technical because, let’s face it, we’ve all got things to be getting on with. But, with that said, it’s really important to understand the difference between incandescent lighting and its LED counterparts.

Incandescent lighting uses an internal wire that is heated up by energy and therefore produces light. On the other hand, LED lights are made from a semi-conductive material and the energy moves through electrodes which is what produces light.

What’s So Bad About Incandescent Lighting?

I won’t sugar coat it, incandescent lighting is incredibly cheap to buy compared to LED lighting. But it won’t last as long and that’s just one of the minor pitfalls of this lighting solution.

More importantly, incandescent lighting is far less energy efficient so it’ll end up creating more of a carbon footprint. According to the Energy Saving Trust, switching traditional lights to LEDs could save up to 5kg in carbon emissions per bulb! Not to mention the additional money you’ll use to power this type of lighting system.

It’s also worth considering that incandescent lighting requires some time to properly light up and, even when it does, the quality of the light is not as good as that of LEDs. When you switch on an LED bulb, it emits the optimal amount of light which is evenly distributed and won’t strain your eyes.

Incandescent Lighting Could Also Be Dangerous

Since incandescent bulbs create a lot of heat, there is always a risk of them becoming a fire hazard. In an industrial setting where there are chemicals and other flammable materials, any risk of fire needs to be mitigated immediately.

What’s even more scary is that a single incandescent light bulb may emit up to 90% of its energy as heat.

Not only is this a potential risk but it’s also a massive waste of energy since you aren’t getting as much light as required so you may need to use more bulbs. All that heat that’s created is essentially useless.

The heat created from these bulbs makes them hot to the touch which in turn, makes them a health hazard. If you’ve ever touched a hot bulb, you’ll know exactly how easy it is to sustain a burn from it. On the flip side, LED bulbs create no heat and remain cool to the touch, even when they’ve been switched on for hours.

On top of this, with so many incandescent bulbs on the go, the surrounding area can heat up very quickly. This isn’t only a fire hazard but a comfort one too since there’s a good chance of your industrial unit heating up and being unpleasant to work in.

Of course, there is a solution to this; turn on the air con. But then, you’re only going to be using even more energy to counteract the wasted heat energy produced in the first place. Knowing this, LEDs seem almost like a no-brainer.

How Can Upgrading Your Industrial Lighting Benefit Your Business?

Quite obviously, one of the most important reasons that you should upgrade your industrial lighting to LED is the clear benefit to the environment. Everyone is focusing more on what we can do to save the planet and, while lighting may seem like a small thing to change, it’s a crucial one.

Imagine if we all switched to LED lighting, the difference that could be made.

What’s more, if you want to run a savvy business then reducing your outgoings is something that I’m sure you’re keen to do. Incandescent lighting wastes so much energy but that’s energy that you’re still having to pay for.

Opting for a more efficient solution like LED lighting is going to reduce your energy bills and cut out the need for cooling when those incandescent bulbs get too hot.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; businesses need to be focused on appealing to their client base by being more sustainable. The modern consumer is looking to work with companies that can be seen to be doing their bit for the planet. The more you can play into this, the greater your reputation will be.

Are Incandescent Bulbs Even Legal Anymore?

In 2016, the UK government banned incandescent light bulbs for sale. However, the rules are a little foggy.

It’s now actually pretty difficult to even get your hands on these light bulbs because nowhere can sell them. However, if you are able to source them from leftover stock, then it’s not against the law to use them. But you have to ask yourself whether you’d want to.

What’s more, other less energy-efficient lighting options, such as halogen bulbs, have since been banned with this law having come into effect from 2019.

These, and other laws, are not just being implemented in the UK but overseas as well in countries such as the United States as part of a global effort to become greener.

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