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The benefits of LED lighting for schools
With the pressure on schools to make cost efficiencies and a growing awareness of environmental issues in society, there’s no better time for schools to assess their energy usage.
Lighting is one of those things that we tend to take for granted, but has your school stopped to think how much it’s costing every year? By switching to light emitting diodes (or LEDs) – which are set to replace all artificial light by 2030 – your school could reduce its lighting bill by a whopping 70-90%, not to mention savings in maintenance costs.
This blog presents some pretty compelling reasons to make the switch to LED lighting for schools, including a few added perks that you might not expect!
Reasons to switch to LED lighting for schools
Take a look at this epic list of benefits that LED lighting could bring to your school:
1) Financial savings in running costs
We couldn’t present this list without putting cost savings at the top. According to the Carbon Trust, “lighting represents 20% of schools’ energy costs” with LED upgrades using “at least 80% less electricity than an equivalent tungsten halogen source”.
Depending on the size of your school and your current lighting system, LED lighting has the potential to save you anything from thousands to tens of thousands (yes, you read that correctly 😊) each year in lighting costs.
2) Financial savings in maintenance costs
LEDs are not only more economical to run than traditional lighting, such as fluorescent or incandescent light sources, they’re also far cheaper to maintain.
LED lights are more hard-wearing than traditional bulbs, with fewer fragile parts. And, with an average lifespan of around 50,000 hours, this practically eliminates the cost of replacing blown bulbs.
3) Potential to reinvest cost savings
With savings in your school’s energy and maintenance bills, you’ll have the opportunity to invest this cash in additional resources, new facilities or equipment for your school to give your learning environment a welcome boost!
4) Health and safety benefits
LEDs don’t generate heat so there’s no burn risk to staff or students and they also create a more comfortable learning environment as a result. In addition to this, they’re mercury free (unlike fluorescent and high-intensity discharge bulbs) meaning they’re safer for individuals and the environment when it comes to handling and disposal.
5) Improved learning environment
LEDs can achieve better lighting levels than traditional lighting, making it easier for students to read. As well as this, full spectrum lighting – which comes only from the sun and LEDs – kick-starts our bodies’ circadian rhythm which helps keep us mentally alert and focused, leading to increased productivity.
Old-fashioned lighting systems that hum or flicker distract students and can even cause headaches. LED lighting allows students to concentrate without these background irritations.
6) Enhanced school reputation
Demonstrating that your school cares about the environment should not be underestimated. Parents and the wider community are well aware of the impact of climate change. Therefore, your school proactively doing its bit to help will not go unnoticed. It will also set a positive example to your students.
With all of these benefits, isn’t it time your school considered making the switch to LED lighting for schools? We offer a range of flexible leasing arrangements for LED lighting designed especially for schools. There are no upfront costs, and installation and maintenance are covered for the full term of your rental.
To find out more about LED lighting for your school, contact our team of experts today!