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Benefits of LED lighting part two – Sondia Lighting

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Hundreds of companies are making the switch to LED lighting. At Sondia Lighting, we now have more enquiries for our range of LED lighting than for anything else.

There are a number of reasons why LED lighting is proving so popular – and even then, people tend not to realise the full range of benefits that it can bring.

In fact, LED lighting has so many positives that we struggled to fit them all onto one blog post – so here is part two of our guide to the benefits of LED lighting, looking at the improved design and health and safety considerations of LED lighting.

Health and Safety

No Glass: High quality LED light bulbs are made from a solid array of LEDs accommodated in a robust plastic housing. For industries where glass can cause huge amounts of down-time if broken glass infiltrates production, LEDs can offer a fantastic alternative while also reducing insurance costs. This is common in food manufacturing where glass cannot be picked up with standard food x-raying equipment during quality control.

Hygienic: Some LED lights come as fully sealed units as opposed to lights in an open reflecting luminaire. This means that dust and insects cannot gather inside the unit, leading to additional maintenance costs and hygiene concerns. This advantage over traditional lighting is often utilised in hospitals, food processing factories, care homes and other health-conscious organisations.

Reduced Fire Hazard and Risk of Burns: LEDs produce cold light, reducing the risk of burns and fire hazards. Consequently, installing LED lighting can reduce insurance costs.

Design

Fully compatible: There is a retrofit LED product for almost every luminaire or an equivalent LED product for any traditional light bulb available in today’s market. This means that virtually no additional expenditure is required when upgrading to LED lighting.

Improved Light Quality: LED lights don’t flicker or strobe. They can have a consistent, high Light Rendering Index revealing “true colours”. Panel lights provide a uniform blanket of light.

Aesthetically Pleasing: LED bulbs are compact, especially when compared to Energy Saving (CFL) Bulbs.

Robust: LED light bulbs are considerably more robust than traditional lights (containing glass, filaments and pressurised gases). They are also available in a comprehensive range of IP Ratings. The electrical components are not housed in inert gases and Kellwood sources bulbs with Japanese diodes and capacitors ensuring superior quality. This makes them very suitable in vibrating and other “hostile” environments.

Instant Light and Dimmable: unlike Energy Saving CFL Bulbs, LED lights achieve maximum brightness immediately. LED tube lights don’t require an expensive-to-run starter ballast. Some specially designed LED lights can be dimmed, allowing for much more control of your lit environment.

Temperature Optimisation: LEDs work particularly well in cold environments. They are typically tested at 20 degrees Celsius and will perform even better than their “spec sheet figures” in temperatures below this, e.g. cold stores and industrial freezers. LEDs produce cold light and many organisations find that they save as much money on secondary system costs such as air conditioning, as the direct electricity savings associated with running LED lighting.

Benefits of LED lighting part one – Sondia Lighting

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Hundreds of companies are making the switch to LED lighting. At Sondia Lighting, we now have more enquiries for our range of LED lighting than for anything else.

There are a number of reasons why LED lighting is proving so popular – and even then, people tend not to realise the full range of benefits that it can bring.

In fact, LED lighting has so many positives that we struggled to fit them all onto one blog post – so here is part one of our guide to the benefits of LED lighting, looking at money saving and environmental concerns:

Ways to save money with LED lighting

Reduce your Energy Bills by up to 90%. LED lights are an extremely efficient light source. They use much less power to produce the same brightness when compared to traditional lighting. Nationally, electricity prices have risen by 52% over the last five years and it’s only going to continue.

Pay only for the light you use. LED lights are highly adjustable and cast light only where you need it. This means you only have to pay for the light falling on your desk or workspace, without the additional expense of light lost through the luminaire into the ceiling space.

Reduced Replacement Costs. LED lights last significantly longer than traditional bulbs. A typical LED light bulb will be operate for around 30,000 hours. The cost of installing LED lights is very quickly offset by the fact you don’t need frequent replacement bulbs or tubes.

Reduced Maintenance Costs. The lengthy lifespan of LED bulbs means that maintenance costs are significantly reduced too. The actual labour cost of having to replace traditional bulbs when they blow once a year is often difficult for organisations to calculate, however it can be alarmingly high!

Grants and Financing. There are many public and private sector grants and financing options available for new LED lighting installations. Call us to find out more.

Environmental benefits of LED lighting

Reduced Carbon Footprint. Companies are increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities. LED lighting can contribute towards a firm’s carbon reduction targets and help enhance an organisations CSR credentials.

No Mercury. Unlike fluorescent lights, LED bulbs do not contain mercury so don’t require special recycling or disposal procedures, and therefore carry a reduced WEEE charge.

Reduced Light Pollution. LEDs produce directional light. This means that light pollution can be minimised. This is a particular advantage for outdoor/street lighting, particularly in dark sky zones.

Zero UV or IR Radiation. LED light bulbs produce no ultra-violet or infra-red radiation. This is especially useful in museums and homes where conventional lights can damage sensitive fabrics, exhibits, wallpapers etc.

In part two, we will look at the improved design and health and safety considerations of LED lighting.

 

Sapphire Vandal Resistant Lighting

Vandal-proof lighting from Sondia Lighting

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Recent crime statistics have shown instances of reported vandalism are falling – fewer than two million reported incidents per year in 2012, down from a peak of almost 3.5m in the early 90s.

However, that might not ring true with the thousands of businesses and organisations each year who continue to fall victim to vandalism. There are a number of theories that suggest why the official numbers are falling:

1)      People have stopped reporting it. It’s sad, but plausible, that people are so accustomed to vandalism, that they’ve become de-sensitised to it, and weary of the time taken to report what is treated as a relatively minor crime.

2)      Anti-social behaviour crackdowns are working. This may or may not be true – the ASBO was met with mixed results and was only successful in some areas, and again, it’s hard to

3)      Property is becoming harder to vandalise. This is certainly true and frequently-attacked installations such as bus stops are becoming more resilient as technology adapts and improves.

This final part – increasing resilience – is where Sondia Lighting can help. We have a full range of vandal-resistant lighting solutions that can help make sure the lights stay on regardless of what is happening around them.

Lighting is one of the most-frequently targeted fixtures by vandals, yet remains one of the most important services, particularly in public spaces such as car parks, school, libraries and toilets. Vandal-resistant lighting is also critical in higher-security facilities, such as prisons.

Sondia Lighting has a proven track record of supplying vandal-proof lighting to public and private spaces that require that extra level of protection.

It’s not just public spaces, either – Sondia Lighting can supply bespoke vandal-resistant lighting solutions to public-facing businesses such as bars, restaurants and shops.

Sondia Lighting’s secure lighting range offers a number of beneficial features, including:

  • Excellent photometric performance
  • Secure anti-ligature design
  • Vandal resistant design
  • High frequency electronic gear
Synthesis Office Lighting

Synthesis

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• Lift and Tilt fit for exposed ‘T’ grid ceilings
• HF gear for high efficacy
• Shallow recess depth
• Easy Access
• Excellent Photometric Performance

A modern range of recessed modular lighting units for use in offices and commercial areas with VDU use, giving some light onto the ceiling.

The luminaire uses either compact or T5 fluorescent lamps whilst he gull wing body is manufactured from powder coated mild steel which lifts and tilts easily into exposed ‘T’ ceiling grids. The range uses HF electronic control gear to give a highly efficient system. The profile of the dropped end plates can be easily modified to suit the customer’s requirements and can be supplied in a variety of finishes.

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SapphireTS Vandal Resistant Lighting

Sapphire TS

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• 3mm or 5mm Polycarbonate Controller
• High Frequency Electronic gear
• Vandal Resistant Design
• Secure Anti-Ligature frame design
• Excellent Photometric performance

Cornice mounting fluorescent range of shallow vandal resistant luminaires designed for commercial, hospital and educational environments. The luminaire uses T5 high efficacy fluorescent tubes with high frequency electronic control gear.

The combination of mild steel bodies and frames ensures a tight fit, to help reduce the risk of ligature problems. Three compartment trunking system as standard provides ability to carry different services around the association areas thanks to dummy sections installed between fittings. The diffuser can be supplied with opal or prismatic 3mm or 5mm thick polycarbonate.

The geartray is made of white powder coated mild steel and is removable for ease of maintenance. The screws holding the frame are stainless steel high security Allen type with central pin as standard. The luminaires are designed for use in those areas where resilience is important and there are various options of light source available to enable a suitable balance between efficacy and effect to be achieved.

The full datasheet can be found here

Ruby Vandal Resistant Lighting

Ruby

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• 3mm or 5mm Polycarbonate Controller
• High Frequency Electronic gear
• Vandal Resistant Design
• Secure Anti-Ligature frame design
• Excellent Photometric performance

Surface or recessed mounting fluorescent range of shallow vandal resistant luminaires designed for commercial, prison and educational environments.
The luminaire uses T5 high efficiency fluorescent tubes with high frequency electronic control gear. The combination of mild steel bodies and frames ensures a tight fit, to help reduce the risk of ligature problems. The diffuser can be supplied with opal or prismatic 3mm or 5mm thick polycarbonate.

The geartray is made of white powder coated mild steel and is removable for ease of maintenance. The screws holding the frame are stainless steel high security Allen type with central pin as standard. The luminaires are designed for use in those areas where resilience is important and there are various options of light source available to enable a suitable balance between efficacy and effect to be achieved.

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Magnatron Office Lighting

Magnatron

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• High Quality Semi Specular MIRO Louvre
with low iridescent finish
• Easy Lamp Replacement
• Excellent Photometric performance
• High quality TRIDONIC HF Gear

Recessed fluorescent modular range of decorative luminaires designed for commercial environments.

The luminaire incorporates a compact fluorescent lamp with high frequency electronic control gear. The reflective body housing is made from powder coated mild steel, whilst the 65deg louvre is manufacture in MIRO satin anodised aluminium.

The Magnatron range of luminaires are designed for use in office areas where aesthetics and efficiency are of prime important and there are various options of light source available to enable a suitable balance between efficacy, conformity in line with LG7 and the visual effect to be achieved.

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Libretto Factory Lighting

Libretto

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• Fabricated and painted steel body
• Wide light distribution
• Removeable Gear and lamp tray
• Ceiling or trunking mounting Options
• Thermally protected ballast

A range of fabricated mild steel luminaires with optional toughened glass panel for mounting heights between 5m and 10m. The reflector is made from stippled aluminium and is designed to maximise light output where it is needed.

They are designed for use in factory workshops, warehouses and other industrial applications where running costs and illuminance levels are important. There are various lamp options to enable a suitable balance between efficacy and effect to be achieved. SON and MH versions have thermally protected ballasts to conform with amendments to EN60 598-1 : 2000.

The datasheet can be found here

Lancer Factory Warehouse Lighting

Lancer

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• Fabricated and painted IP65 steel body
• Wide light distribution
• Removeable Gear and lamp tray
• Ceiling or trunking mounting Options
• Thermally protected ballast

A range of fabricated mild steel luminaires with toughened glass panel for mounting heights between 5m and 10m.

The reflector is made from stippled aluminium and is designed to maximise light output where it is needed.

They are designed for use in factory workshops, warehouses and other industrial applications where water and dust ingress protection, as well as running costs, are important. There are various lamp options to enable a suitable balance between efficacy and effect to be achieved. SON and MH versions have thermally protected ballasts to conform with amendments to EN60 598-1 : 2000.

The full datasheet can be found here.

Horatio Vandal Resistant Lighting

Horatio

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Surface T5 Safe Cell Range – Designed and built for HMP Custodial Establishments

• 5mm KILLBURN fire & vandal resistant diffuser
• High Frequency Electronic gear
• Vandal Resistant Design
• Secure Anti-Ligature frame design
• Excellent Photometric performance

Surface fluorescent range of shallow vandal resistant luminaires designed for commercial, safe cell prison and educational environments. The luminaire uses T5 high efficiency fluorescent tubes with high frequency electronic control gear.

The combination of mild steel bodies and frames ensures a tight fit, to help reduce the risk of ligature problems. The KILLBURN diffuser supplied is 5mm thick, Tp(a) rated and has 30min fire rating. The geartray is made of white powder coated mild steel and is removable for ease of maintenance.

The screws holding the frame are stainless steel high security Torx type with central pin as standard. The luminaires are designed for use in those areas where resilience is important, and there are various options of light source available to enable a suitable balance between efficacy and illuminance to be achieved.

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