Standard fluorescent lighting in offices is the invisible force that plagues employees’ health, productivity, and overall well-being. Like the UV rays from the sun, if not taken care of, can cause long-term health problems. The greatest downfall of fluorescent lighting is the unavoidable flicker. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that this flicker causes eyestrain and headaches in employees and can even change an employee’s perception of moving objects. This strain inevitably spreads to the rest of the body, resulting in various health issues. Luckily there is a solution: LED Lighting effectively eliminates all of these problems.
Every day you walk into your office and flip on the light switch. It may automatically remind you that you still haven’t replaced that light bulb that burned out a month ago or how much you hate where your desk is because it sits under that annoying light that constantly flickers. While you may not notice the flicker all day long, it will come back and plague you at the most inconvenient time.
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone! What you may not realize is that those little annoyances are actually causing more harm than you think. However for those few offices that have switched over to LED lighting, they find themselves with far less issues and significantly happier employees. Happier employees are more productive employees which improves overall company performance. For employees who work with mechanical machinery the employee needs to be able to see exactly how fast that machine is moving to avoid injury. Switching to LED lighting can negate a majority of these issues. This has been a recognized problem for a while, even in 1989 Lighting Research and Technology published a study that found exposing workers to lights without flicker saw a 50% drop in headache and eyestrain complaints.
Along with these issues traditional lighting also creates excess heat. Fluorescent lights can reach 180F and incandescent lights can reach 200F. The excess heat from your lights causes either your office to be slightly warmer or your HVAC to work harder. LEDs produce dramatically less heat than their conventional counterparts, which in turn saves money from running the AC less.
You are probably wondering why you haven’t switched over to LED lighting yet. Most likely, the reason is price. LED lighting has been very expensive in the past. However with more and more businesses and householdsembracing this technology,demandhas driven the price lower and lower. Additionally, utility companies are offering rebates as an incentive for LED upgrades. In some cases rebates can cover up to 75% of the project cost. Your local utility company may also offer interest-free financing which is tied directly to your bill. This allows you to move forward with the energy saving upgrades with little to no upfront investment.
The best part is Bright Ideas Lighting Solutions will take care of everything for you. We provide a free Savings Analysis to calculate exactly what you are going to save before you even begin the project. We will help you apply for interest-free financing and file all rebate applications, taking all the effort out of going green.
Does all of this make sense? We think so, that’s why we are in the business to make your employees happier, healthier, and more productive while significantly boosting your bottom line.
To learn more, visit us at www.YouAreBright.com or call 888-353-1113.