What consumes more energy than any other service within most commercial buildings? Heating? Cooling? Computing?
The answer is lighting. The average commercial building consumes 32% of its electricity providing lighting. Schools and universities use up to 50% of their energy to keep the lights on. Lighting for healthcare facilities can command up to 63% of the overall electric bill, according to utility industry data.
LED lighting has been talked about for years, but has become a true reality in the last 18-24 months, with new and better products being released regularly. LED lights last several times longer than traditional lamps, and have a very low environmental impact. LED lights contain no dangerous elements like mercury (found in most fluorescents), are 100% recyclable, and reduce greenhouse emissions substantially.
LED lighting is also much healthier than fluorescents, with a much broader spectrum of light being distributed, reducing eyestrain, headaches and many other complaints. LED lights are much more controllable, with full dimming capability, and full brightness at power-on, with no need to “warm up”.
NetStructures provides LED lighting solutions ranging from small offices to large warehouses and even outdoor venues. By properly designing and implementing these solutions, along with integration with HVAC, security and other systems, savings of better than 60% can be achieved over existing lighting schemes.
Call us today to discuss how LED lighting can significantly impact your business, including possible incentives from your local electric utility.
And for those of you in the design community, contact us and let us show you how our lighting systems can contribute up to 24 LEED points to your next project!