How LED Lighting Simplifies Maintenance
LED lighting offers a broad range of benefits beyond energy savings. This lighting technology can achieve synergy with building automation systems, while improving safety in both homes and businesses. In addition, LED lighting has the lowest maintenance expenses among all types of lighting.
Although the upfront cost of LED lamps and fixtures is normally higher than that of other types of lighting, total ownership cost is the lowest when all benefits are considered.
LED Lighting Offers a Long Service Life
A long service life is the main reason why LED products simplify maintenance: lamp replacements become much less frequent, which brings savings in terms of both materials and labour. These savings are particularly high in industries such as oil and gas, where the lighting products used are highly specialised, as well as the contractors who install them.
The impact of service life can be illustrated by comparing a conventional incandescent bulb, a compact fluorescent bulb, and an LED lamp:
- The incandescent bulb has an average service life of 1,000 hours. If used for eight hours each day, the lamp will need a replacement in around four months.
- On the other hand, the fluorescent bulb lasts for 10,000 hours on average, which allows it to operate for 3.5 years if used eight hours per day.
- However, an LED bulb with a service life of 25,000 hours can operate for 8.5 years with the same usage schedule.
This means that, in the time it takes for one LED bulb to reach the end of its service life, a fluorescent bulb must be replaced twice and an incandescent bulb is replaced 24 times. Consider that these lamp replacements also involve a trip to the hardware store, wasting both time and fuel.
LED Lighting Offers a High Durability
Although an individual LED is a sensitive electronic component, fully assembled lamps and luminaires are sturdy and durable. They can be manufactured without using glass or other fragile materials, making them shatter-free and safer to handle.
The durability of LED lighting is notable in the case of industrial facilities, where HID bulbs are commonly used. These bulbs offer a potent lighting output, but are fragile and inefficient; they can shatter in response to drastic changes in temperature or when reaching the end of their service life, which is 10,000 hours on average. On the other hand, industrial LED fixtures are shatter-free and less susceptible to temperature, while offering a service life of up to 100,000 hours.
Another disadvantage of fluorescent and HID lighting is that their service life drops drastically when lamps are switched frequently, which means replacements become more frequent if lighting automation is deployed. On the other hand, LED lighting does not suffer a drastic reduction in service life in response to automatic switching.
Maintenance can represent a considerable portion of expenses in buildings of all types, especially industrial locations. With their long service life and durability, LED products can greatly reduce the maintenance expenses associated with lighting systems, improving workplace safety as well.