LED Panels: The Future of Lighting
There are several good reasons why more and more people are replacing their fluorescent ceiling lights with LED panels. The most important ones are, of course, the savings that can be made and the positive impact on the environmental protection. With only one or two years before the investment completely pays off, LED panels seem like a shrewd business decision.
The breakthroughs in technology have made such panels more affordable and with energy prices constantly increasing, the sooner you make the switch, the sooner you’ll be saving money. Here are some things you need to consider when deciding which LED panels to buy.
Size and position
Naturally, the size primarily depends on your ceiling. Still, you should make sure that the panel you’re about to fit has adequate ventilation and that there’s enough depth. Since LED panels come in the same sizes as traditional ones, they are a perfect drop-in solution.
You can also choose to have your panels suspended from the ceiling. Each panel comes with clear and detailed instructions regarding installation, so you can explore all options before making the final decision.
LED panels provide much more usable light, while at the same time consuming much less power, in comparison to fluorescent ones. So, you can either install the same number of panels and enjoy better light or reduce the number of panels, thus maintaining the quality of light, but making even more savings.
Most people are interested in how much they’ll be saving once they have new LED panels installed. The answer depends on many things, but just to give you an idea, let’s take into account traditional fluorescent 600 X 600 fittings (using 4 T8 tubes). They deliver around 3,200 lumens and use 88W. A LED panel which produces a similar light output uses around 25W, which means less than one third of the energy consumed by traditional fluorescent lights.
Are all LED panels the same?
Of course they aren’t. The latest, high-tech models are more efficient than those produced several years ago and you should definitely look into the specs before making the final decision. You need to take into account the number of units you’re planning to install. For example, when it comes to LED panel office light, you are likely to need more units, which means a more significant investment, but also even greater savings.
When making a purchasing decision, you need to take into account the initial expenditure, the envisaged savings and the expected lifetime. Only then can you realise how great the benefits of using LED panels, since they run longer and consume less energy.
DIY or call an expert?
If you know how to install any kind of traditional light, you won’t have any problems installing a LED panel. On the other hand, if you’ve never done anything like that and feel insecure, please don’t even attempt to start practicing unsupervised now. Instead, call a licenced electrician, who can do it for you.
As you can see, the advantages of having energy-efficient LED panels by far outweigh the disadvantage of having to spend money on buying them. Not only will they soon pay off by cutting down your electricity bill by a significant chunk, but they will be much more economical in terms of energy consumption.
Regardless of whether you’re planning to introduce them to your home or office, you need to choose wisely and in accordance with your budget. Don’t forget to calculate the electrician’s fee when planning the purchase and get ready to enjoy even better quality of light while at the same time paying less for it.