LEDs & the environment
Climate change is commonly accepted to be the greatest threat to our environment. It will result in us all experiencing more extreme weather – with wetter winters and drier summers. This has been caused by the levels of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), which have been released into our atmosphere. In the UK, business produces almost half of our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Even one small office can emit three to five tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
It is a known fact that industry can realise significant money savings by simply upgrading old lighting systems with new more energy efficient lighting; but of greater importance is the reduction in greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere as a result. By drastically reducing the electricity demanded from the power utilities by local authorities and business and industry, a substantial impact can be had on the reduction of CO2 emissions released, and on industry’s carbon footprint as a whole. Add the option for the responsible reuse of the existing lighting system fixture, and project costs can be further reduced while putting even less of an effect on the environment. The environment wins and your project wins considering UKLED offers the perfect balance of buying cost, performance and low operating/consumable costs over the long term for a favourably short return on investment time.
One kilowatt-hour of electricity will cause 1.34 pounds (610 g) of CO2 emission. A GU10 Halogen downlighter rated at 50W on for an average of 8 hours a day will, over a year, cause 195 pounds (89kg) of CO2. The 3-watt LED equivalent will only cause 11 pounds (5 kg) of CO2 over the same time span, a reduction of around 94%! . A building’s carbon footprint from lighting can be reduced, typically, by between 64% and 95% by exchanging all legacy lamps and tubes for new LED lamps and tubes.