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February 28, 2024

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Lighting technology has improved dramatically in recent years. If your business is still relying on outdated incandescents or fluorescents, it’s time for an upgrade. Keep reading to see the benefits you can enjoy when you use LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to brighten up your business.

1. Reduced maintenance costs

LEDs can last anywhere from five to 20 years, depending on where they’re used, the temperature of the space, frequency of use and more. Compare that to fluorescent lamps, which typically last a maximum of 10 years, and incandescent bulbs, which last about a year. That means you won’t have to pay for or switch out your building’s lightbulbs for years.

You can make your LEDs last longer by turning them off when they’re not in use. Contrary to some rumors you may have heard, turning an LED light on and off often does not impact its lifespan. LEDs also have instant on capabilities, unlike fluorescent lamps.

2. Increased energy efficiency

Switching to LEDs is an easy way to save energy without really trying. LEDs use up to 75% less energy than conventional bulbs, so you can save energy while continuing to practice the same daily habits.

Using less energy also leads to cost savings on your energy bill. Though the upfront cost of LEDs were higher in the past, it has gone down significantly in recent years. Now, you can get an energy-efficient LED for your business for less than $5 a bulb. And because your electricity use will be so much lower, you’ll make back those upfront costs in no time.

3. Improved productivity

LEDs are available in a variety of colors are available that are beneficial for different situations. Bulbs with a warm tone (below 3200 Kelvin) are perfect for relaxing in a break room, while cool tones (above 4000 K) can promote concentration in an office environment. Choosing the right lighting for the right space can help your business boost productivity.

Color-tunable LEDs can change color and brightness to perfectly match your various rooms and environments. Using a connected app, you can adjust an individual bulb or a whole room with just a few taps or clicks.

4. Decreased environmental impact

Unlike fluorescents, LEDs don’t contain mercury. Disposing of fluorescent lamps has been an issue, because mercury gas is released when the bulbs break. LEDs can be disposed in the trash, though some parts may be recyclable, which can further reduce waste.

Because LEDs last so long, businesses using them will need to buy and dispose of fewer bulbs overall. Using fewer bulbs reduces the emissions and pollution created in the process of manufacturing new bulbs, as well as the shipping, sale and disposal of products containing bulbs.

See Upgrade Your Lighting from ENERGY STAR® for more information about the benefits of LEDs and tips to find the right bulbs for different fixtures in your building.

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