Health and Age Care
In health and aged care buildings the electricity costs associated with operating the lights can be a major cost of operation, especially as lights in common areas can be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Electricity savings aside, businesses these days are hunting out better experiences for their staff, customers and patients at their facilities.
Part of this experience is the quality of the lighting used. The Green Guys Group have specific premium lighting that we use for health and aged care spaces that ensure that the establishment is looking it’s best, staff productivity is increased and electricity costs are reduced.
No Health Risks
Fluorescent lights contain mercury that can be released if a bulb breaks. Mercury is toxic and can be harmful if absorbed through skin or inhaled.
Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs also emit low doses of UV radiation that can damage not only facility materials but can also damage skin and eyes.
Continued UV exposure is also harmful to the eyes. The possibilities of eye and skin damage are significant factors to consider for a facility whose purpose is to heal.
LEDs contain no mercury, and unless they’re specifically UV bulbs, they emit very little to no UV radiation. These factors alone make them a better choice for health care facilities. Not to mention that, unlike fluorescent bulbs, LED lights won’t flicker or emit any colour spikes. Colour fluctuations and flicker can cause negative effects, such as headaches and dizziness. When used for hospital lighting, LED bulbs and fixtures can improve overall health and eliminate the possibility of additional health risks posed by fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.
CRI and Staff Performance
Seeing colours as they truly are is critical in health care environments. Inaccurate colour rendering of skin or blood could lead to a misdiagnosis or failure to see signs of infection or jaundice. LED lights with high colour rating indexes (CRIs) can ensure that colours are seen accurately. CRI involves a distinct testing method with comparisons to incandescent light or daylight. A light source with a CRI close to 100 shows colours very similarly to how incandescent light or daylight shows those same colours. Fluorescent lights have a range in the lower 60s and below, and LED CRIs can range from 70 to 98.
Lighting in one’s work environment has a large impact on productivity. Although it may not be obvious at first glance, the type and strength of the lighting in a workplace greatly affects the physiological aspect of employees and thus overall productivity. There is a strong relationship between daylight exposure in the workplace and employee’s sleep, activity, and quality of life.
A company can spend tens of thousands of dollars renovating their office space in order to maximise natural light, however the cost and daunting nature of this undertaking in most cases is too great. One solution is to switch the lights to those that are close to natural sunlight – LEDs with high CRI. Lighting products like those of OptiTech that have a CRI of over 85, getting close to the quality of natural sunlight.
LED Lighting Can Help Health Care Centres and Aged Care Facilities;
- LED lighting greatly reduces operation costs of common areas which operate 24/7.
- LED Lighting solutions implementation has minimal impact to day-to-day operations during installation.
- LED lights greatly improve the look of your strata project.
- LED lighting has a massive impact on energy reduction and is environmentally friendly.
There are a few factors that combine to create greater lighting results for retail stores. Here’s some extra information behind success:
The Green Guys use OptiTech LED products that are designed to last up to 90,000 hours
The Green Guys only use A-Grade master electricians to perform our installs, ensuring the quality of install is in line with the quality of the product.
Things to look out for when upgrading to LED Lighting
The average person is drawn not only to well lit areas but areas that have a high quality of light. Quality LED lights provide both of these attributes. When looking at upgrading lighting in an industrial space there are a few considerations that you need to take into account.
In a nutshell, the CRI is a measure of how close the light source is in quality to actual daylight. The higher the CRI, the higher quality of the light. CRI is not a measure of brightness or colour but how well colours appear in that light. Studies have shown that something as simple as high CRI LED lights in produce refrigerators vs normal fluorescents result in higher sales as the fruit looks riper, plumper and juicier to the eye.
The beauty of LED lighting is the longer your operational hours are, the faster the lights pay themselves back. With the average payback period for an LED lighting project in a supermarket averaging less than 12 months it’s no surprise that the uptake of LED lighting over other energy efficiency products has been so rapid.
Generally speaking, the other main cost associated with lighting other than the electricity cost is the cost of constantly replacing blown lights. Especially fluorescent tubes. Our LED’s last up to 90,000 hours which, if you’re running your lights 50-80 hours per week, is well over 10 years of run time! Compare this with a regular fluorescent tube that is only rated at an average of 10,000 – 15,000 hours.
We have installed lights at thousands of business across the eastern seaboard. We know, as a business or organisation, one of your number one priorities is to have little to no downtime when the lighting upgrades take place. We work with the key stakeholders to ensure that the installation occurs with minimal impact to the day to day running of your school. Whether it be installation after hours, early hours or even during the school holidays, the install always happens with minimal impact.
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LED Lights are designed to last up to 50,000 hours and can only be installed by Master electricians.
Save money and improve the look of your business with an energy efficient Industrial lighting system!