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Advantages Of LED Lighting Use In Hospitals

Advantages Of LED Lighting Use In Hospitals

LED Lighting for HospitalsA hospital uses a tremendous amount of lighting. In a hospital setting, there is a constant stream of activity that goes on, non-stop, through various departments and sections of the building.

Surgery and exam rooms require sufficient light for the medical staff to do their critical work. Nursing stations always have staff on duty. Walkways and hallways all need to be well-lit for safety reasons.

Patient rooms and waiting rooms need the right kind of lighting for their comfort. Lights are on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Certain areas must stay lit at all times in order to comply with certain state and federal requirement on what proper hospital lighting should be.

Traditionally, hospitals use fluorescent, halogen, and incandescent lights in their operations. These lights consume a huge amount of energy, with an average of more than 10 percent of the hospitals’ total usage of energy. It accounts for a major part of the hospital’s energy expenses. LED lighting was sought as a more cost-effective and efficient source of lighting.

There are many advantages to LED lighting use in hospitals. First, LED lights consume only one-third as much energy as consumed by fluorescent lights while emitting the same number of lumens. That means a reduction in energy costs.

Also, LED lights require less maintenance. On the average, LED lights have a lifespan of 50,000 hours. That means if you leave the LED light on continuously, 24/7, the light will last about six years.

In contrast, a fluorescent light only lasts about a year, and an incandescent bulb even less. That means you would have to replace six fluorescent lights before you have to replace one LED light. When you do not have to replace as many lights, you save on maintenance cost.

Another advantage is that LED lighting burns cooler because it uses less wattage of electricity while delivering the same number of lumens. A room that is illuminated with high-wattage lighting requires cooling, and that creates a demand in more energy usage. LED lights eliminate that need.

Many hospitals are starting their conversion to LED lights in certain areas where it makes most sense. For example, LED lights can replace traditional lights in exit signs. The higher output of lumens from LEDs make the signs brighter and easier to see, without increasing the energy consumption of these signs.

Exit signs need to stay on 24/7. Using LED lights here will reduce the amount of maintenance that these signs need and will save the hospital in cost of energy and labor.

Any initial cost that is associated with the transition to LED lights is quickly recouped by the savings in energy usage and maintenance cost. Investment in LED lights is for the long haul. Over time, the hospital will improve its return on investments in LED lighting.

Many medical and hospital facilities are seeing that conventional lighting is becoming outdated. LED lighting use in hospitals is more efficient and more environmentally friendly. As hospitals continue to face pressures in reducing operational cost, the cost savings in maintenance and energy consumption by LED lights will benefit a hospital’s bottom line.

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