LED Lighting vs Fluorescent in Retail Stores

Fluorescent lighting has been the go-to choice for lighting in shops and they have been a good option as energy savers. But, that's before LED lights came into the field. Fluorescents come in replaceable tubes that provide sufficient lighting until the tubes die out and are required to be replaced with new tubes. 


So, why do you need to consider switching to LED lighting from the traditional fluorescent? Here are 6 reasons why.


  • LED Lighting Can Cut Down Your Lighting Bill

Did you know that according to the US Energy Information Administration, in commercial buildings 10% of total energy is consumed by lighting? A regular T8 fluorescent uses 32W and usually produces 2500 Lumens of light. However, the LED equivalent of the T8 fluorescent would only require 17W to produce 2200 Lumens. 


If you have installed hundreds of fluorescent lights, imagine the saving on your lighting bill after replacing them all with LED. 


  • Reduced Maintenance Cost with LED Lighting

While T8 LED lighting has a lifespan of 50,000 hours, the average T8 fluorescent light only carries a lifespan of mere 15,000 hours. Out of these 15,000 hours, not all of it counts as usable. Most of the time, the light output isn't effective and the lights would dim-down, turn yellow, or even start strobing and humming. 


L70 is a lighting measurement of the amount of time it would take a lighting product to reach 70% of its initial Lumens. LED lights commonly have an L70 for 50,000 to 100,000 hours. When compared with fluorescents, by the time your LED would reach its 70% you would probably be on your 4th or 5th set of replaced tubes. 


  • No Flickering or Strobing

Ever wondered why people who work under fluorescent lighting often complain about headaches or eye strain?


In some areas in the US, AC cycles at 60 Hz. This means that every second, the current cycles 60 times turning on and off. It's not detectable to the naked eye as it happens so fast, but this fluctuation leads to the headaches and other discomforts that employees suffer. 


Towards the end of the lifespan of the fluorescent, strobing turns more evident. 


Since LEDs use DC power which doesn't cycle, they receive a constant supply of energy without any flickering. 


  • Easily Recyclable With No Mercury

Mercury is known as a carcinogen that is to be handled carefully. It is also an important component in fluorescent tubes. Due to this, the disposal of fluorescents should be followed according to state rules and regulations. 


Fluorescent tubes are also built of glass, making them a health hazard if they are dropped releasing the mercury. 


  • Save More Energy With Occupancy Sensors

Installing occupancy or motion sensors in certain areas of your store can improve your energy efficiency. It would make sure that unnecessary lighting is turned off when nobody is present. 


If you're wondering about installing motion sensors to fluorescents, unfortunately, that would not work out well. Fluorescent tubes use mercury dust and each time the light is turned on, a small amount of the dust is burned out. Once the tube runs out of the dust, the tube would reach the end of its lifespan. 


However, since LEDs doesn't use this technology, turning them on and off doesn't affect their life. 


  • Reduce Your Light Bill With Dimmable Lights 

Using dimming lights not only accentuate aesthetics depending on the store, but it can also help you cut back on your lighting bill. Generally, fluorescents don't have the option to dim, either you turn them on or off. Also, the fluorescent tubes that are dimmable with the use of a special ballast can be quite expensive. 


Call us at 1-800-414-8919 to find about LED products that would be the ideal energy saver for your store.  

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