Don’t Use Your Lighting to Heat Your Building

The first light bulbs were invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison and it took a long period of time before the design of the lightbulb changed significantly. Electric wire filaments heated to high temperatures continued to form the core of a warmer interior. It wasn’t until the creation of LED light emitting diodes in the 1960s, that we saw a light that did not produce heat.

In LED lighting, current flows through LED electrons and merges with the electron holes that are inside of the device. This discharge of energy produces photons in effect called electroluminescence. 90% of the energy that is pushed through one of these LED bulbs gets turned into light and only 10% of the energy emitted is turned into heat. Roughly 90% of the energy that is generated by an incandescent bulb is heat energy to the 10% light.

If you’re still operating traditional lighting systems within a commercial building, it’s likely that your air conditioning system is forced to work 20 or 30% harder. Offsetting your cooling system by installing LEDs could lead to a 20 to 30% reduction in heat load throughout your building as well as 70 to 90% reduction in energy use by your lighting systems. If you are interested in maximizing cost savings, growing your business and you are tired of your lighting system causing excess load on your cooling system as a result of heated up bulbs, you should contact a lighting expert today.

If you are interested in cost savings from energy efficiency and a reduction in heat throughout your facility, contact us today! We can create tailor made solutions unique for your business.

This post was written by Carl Edwards. Carl is the lighting engineer at Smart Energy Technologies. Smart Energy Technologies is a commercial lighting service company. They offer lighting solutions to a variety of industries. Some of these include, healthcare lighting, commercial restaurant light fixtures, parking lighting, prison led lighting, led warehouse lighting, and much more.