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Lighting


Light years ahead


The increasingly energy aware facility manager is demanding better value for money and greener options for lighting solutions. Saving energy has become a big concern over the past decade and with continued advances being made in the design and production of LEDs, achieving this can be as


easy as changing a light bulb. With the phasing out of incandescent bulbs and the unpopularity of fluorescents, industry experts, environmentalists and politicians have high hopes for LEDs. Today, a new breed of innovative lighting firms are taking an impressive slice of the market share by producing inventive products that match the demands of businesses. LEDtec (UK) Ltd. is one such organisation with a client roster that includes some of the UKs most well-known business names including David Lloyd, Nuffield Health Centres, Costa Coffee and Claridges Hotels.


LEDtec are receiving more and more enquiries from organisations wanting to replace their existing lighting solutions with LEDs. By


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working with David Lloyd health and fitness clubs across the country, LEDtec installed lighting has saved the organisation £387,000 over the course of a year. “Energy efficiency has become a big priority with organisations across the board” said Clyde Roberts, Director, LEDtec (UK Ltd.). As budgets squeeze tighter in a double dip recession, businesses are keen to reduce overheads. LED lighting is around 88% more efficient than standard halogens and fluorescents, so there is an immediate reduction in energy bills after switching.”


Although consideration for greener options can take a backseat during times of economic austerity, with LED lighting, saving money and


environmental benefits go hand in hand. Researchers estimate that a nationwide conversion to LEDs would save 15% of the electricity currently generated by power stations, resulting in a similar reduction in C02 emissions. A global switch would enable the closure of 560 power plants worldwide with C02 emissions equivalent to the output of all the cars on the planet.


“These statistics are a huge incentive to do away with outdated and wasteful lighting solutions” said Clyde, “at the moment, the initial cost of LED lighting is slightly higher than conventional forms of lighting although as LEDs last for up to 100,000 hours at a time compared with 1,000 hours offered by tungsten


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