It has long been known that light plays an important part in the mental well being of humans. In recent years, hospitals and health trusts have increasingly been switching to LED technology, which improves the functionality and quality of light, as well as slashing running costs.
Just like many offices and schools, outdated lighting systems in hospitals typically consist of old, modular fluorescent fittings and battens. When replaced by modern LED equivalents, up to 60% is saved in running costs alone. Hospitals are unusual in that they contain many areas that are lit 24/7. Even when switched on around the clock, an LED bulb or fixture will last for 5-6 years, which is hugely important in reducing maintenance costs.
A lighting system is like any other system in life. It might barely do its job; it might be proficient or it might be superbly effective and maximize performance. You could draw an analogy here with web hosting. There are many web hosting companies, but some, like seo.hosting, optimize the visibility of a website to boost traffic and sales without incurring search engine penalization. SEO hosting companies vastly improve SEO performance by providing multiple C-Class IPs for each website or domain. A lighting system is similarly multi-faceted in its efficiency and performance. It might be outmoded and one-dimensional or innovative and dynamic.
Old lighting systems in hospitals worked okay, but the technology used has been superseded. Here are some benefits of LED lighting in hospitals:
- Substantial energy savings (up to 60%).
- Longer lifespan reduces maintenance costs (LED lifespan is typically 2-5 times longer than fluorescent).
- Zero warm-up time means LED lights work well with movement sensors, which in turn save money.
- Many LED bulbs and fixtures are dimmable, while fluorescent lighting typically isn’t. This reduces energy costs.
- Flush-fitting recessed ceiling fixtures (e.g. LED panels) do not offer anywhere for bacteria, dust or dead bugs to settle, so they’re more hygienic.
- Tolerance of frequent switching means you can turn LED lights on and off without reducing lifespan.
If you’re a specifier for a hospital, consider converting to LED for benefits and savings.