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Lighting the way forward in LED!

Before the UK entered lockdown due to the pandemic we had started to look at changes we could make to the way we operate at our head office that meets our sustainability agenda. We kicked off these more sustainable changes with the installation of new LED lighting. 

We opted for LED lighting for a variety of reasons;

1. Improved environmental performance 

2. Employee wellbeing 

3. Cost savings 

So first off environmental performance - LED bulbs consume less power per unit (lumen) of light emitted. This reduces greenhouse emissions from power plants. Carbon dioxide emissions for LEDs are also low. Roughly, one LED bulb will minimize greenhouse gas emissions by almost half a ton.

Employee wellbeing;

Less Flickering Means Less Headaches

Traditional fluorescent bulbs flicker a lot and this can have serious effects for those who suffer from migraines and headaches. It can also cause strain in the eye and contribute to other age-related degeneration. LEDs do not flicker and can help reduce headaches due to their similarity with natural light.

LED Lighting Regulates Circadian Rhythm

Circadian rhythm is part of your biological process that influences the physiological process. Enough exposure to natural light promotes a healthy and regular circadian rhythm. LEDs mimic natural light and are designed in such a way that they help regulate the circadian rhythm. 

Finally cost saving over the longer term. Many people view LED lighting as an expensive option, largely because the cost of a single LED light bulb is significantly higher than the cost of a single incandescent or fluorescent bulb.

Over the long term, however, LED lighting is far more affordable than conventional light bulbs, both in the cost of the lighting equipment itself and the lower amount of electricity it consumes.

This is because LED light bulbs are designed and built to last. While an incandescent light typically only lasts for 1,000 hours, LED lighting is designed to last for between 25,000 and 50,000 of continuous use.

The next step in our sustainability agenda is reviewing our head office waste management, this is something we will update you on as soon as it is safe for us to return to the office so watch this space and #staysafe 

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