For any school of any kind, whether it be a college or grade school, the lighting system can near make or break the operations and objectives in that school.
From grades to overhead costs, all of these issues can be addressed by making an upgrade of your school's lights over to LED (away from technologies such as fluorescent). The types of benefits that you will discover in this post by converting to an LED system in your school are substantial in every way. If your school is currently struggling with lower than wanted grades overall, high energy expenses, and general disliking of your current educational lighting system; this post may shine light on why LED may be the way to go.
Some of the major benefits we are going to talk about regarding LED technology include the following:
- LED will indirectly improve focus
- Reduce your energy consumption by 30% (or more)
- Receiving rebates
- Retrofitting to save more
- Less maintenance costs
As you can see from just the list above; the benefits of LED can and are pretty significant. The benefits make it near impossible to at least investigate the technology to see if it is something that can be implemented next time you need to replace the majority of your lighting fixtures.
Now, one last thing before we go more in-depth about the things just listed above. When considering to make the switch, there is always an initial investment. Although LED technology is slowly becoming cheaper and cheaper due to more competition and better technology; it still costs more than other technologies. But when you look at the larger picture, LED will actually save you a lot of money and produce a positive ROI. This is what you need to look at when considering a conversion, not just the initial investment costs.
Now, let's start off with how LED may indirectly improve focus in students…
Indirectly improve focus, remove distractions. The majority of complaints from lighting fixture (from those around them all day) are that they flicker or buzz. Even if a light is flickering or buzzing very slightly, it can still prove to be tremendously annoying and distracting, which ultimately takes away from learning experiences for students.
With a LED lighting system in place, you will never again face this issue. They literally will never flicker or buzz, it’s just in the way they are made to put it simply. On top of taking away from focus, they can prove to put stress on the eyes which can cause issues for students and staff alike. All of this is not fit for an environment like a classroom.
Reduce energy consumption by 30% up to 75%. Converting from fluorescent over to LED will let you realize a energy reduction up to 30%, which is still significant when you realize how long your lights are on during the day (often times on 10+ hours or more in school environments). As for converting your outside lights in the parking lot and sports field, you may be even to realize energy reductions by up to 75%. How is this so? Because technologies used outside typically consist of either metal halide, HPS, or similar. These are much more inefficient than LED, by up to 75% less at that!
Getting rebates. Only efficient lights get qualified to be eligible for rebates through your utility company. Two places that qualify efficient lights are EnergyStar and DesignLights Consortium. While EnergyStar mostly works with household lights, DLC deals with commercial and industrial lighting fixtures.
By getting products that are qualified by either of the two, you open yourself up to rebates through utility companies which can seriously add up and reduce your investment costs associated with the upgrade.
Retrofitting to save even more. Think about it, which makes more sense; buying an entire new fixture or just replacing the light source within the fixture? Of course just replacing the light source itself, which is also known as retrofitting.
The costs of retrofitting instead of a full replacement can up to 50% cheaper, which can prove to bring some serious savings. The only reason you’d really want a full replacement is if your current fixtures are old, outdated, and / or falling apart. Otherwise, a lighting retrofit makes perfect sense.
Lower maintenance costs. Lower costs from the maintenance department can be brought upon a longer lifespan light, which LED technology offers. By lasting 2-3 times longer, you can avoid paying people 2-3 times less to switch out lights when they burn out.
On top of this the added benefit of longer lifespans is that you need to less often buy new lights, which will obviously improve your ROI overall.
We hope this post helped bring some light to what LED school lighting can bring to your facility.
The benefits far outweigh the initial investment because it literally pays for itself and makes your school a better learning environment for all.
Don’t look over this option, research it and look into it more; for both your students and the bottom line!