LED Lighting In Restaurants
An LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a semiconductor that illuminates when electrical currents passes through it. They are small, yet clustered together with diffuser lenses, which means the application of them can be much wider and commercial. The use of LED lighting in restaurants has many advantages for both business owners and customers alike.
LED lights are highly efficient especially when compared to traditional lights where 90% of the energy used is lost in heat. LED lamps absorb heat into a heat sink resulting in the majority of power supplied converted into light – no wasted energy.
Many restaurants operate their lighting an average of 12-16 hours per day. Making the switch to LED lighting saves money immediately reducing monthly electricity bills without turning off the lights.
LED light bulbs last about 10 to 50 times longer than a traditional light bulbs and have an average lamp life of 25,000 to 50,000 hours – a definite advantage for restaurants. Conventional light bulbs burn out a lot faster, making the investment in LED lighting a sensible idea since you won’t have to replace light bulbs as often.
Conventional incandescent light bulbs have a slender and fragile fibre called a filament, which can easily break if not handled properly. These light bulbs get very hot, burn out and need to be changed often.
Compact fluorescent bulbs or CFLs use less energy than incandescent bulbs, but they contain mercury and can easily break, causing additional environmental and disposal concerns for restaurant owners.
LED lights are more durable because they don’t have a filament and are less prone to damage or smashing when dropped or bumped. For restaurants, when a traditional light bulb breaks, it can be dangerous for customers and staff. LED lights are less likely to break when dropped and don’t use glass. The days of cleaning up a broken light bulb are gone forever!
Conventional light bulbs produce more heat, use more electricity, and are likely to need replacement more often due to short life spans and damages.
LED lighting is more energy-efficient, saving money on your electricity bills. In addition, LEDs produce very little heat which results in lower HVAC costs.
Why Choose LED?
The most popular MR16 halogen light bulb uses 50 watts. It produces a lot of heat, has a short life span and burns out quickly. This means constant replacing, maintenance and added costs.
Instead, choose a high output MR16 LED lamp, which is capable of replacing a 50W halogen. It has brilliant distribution of light, operates around 7W, lasts 40,000 hours, and is dimmable.
A high output PAR38 LED bulb is capable of replacing a 120 watts PAR38 halogen. It is energy-efficient operating at 19W, environmentally friendly, emits very little heat, provides directional light, lasts up to 50,000 hours, is dimmable and no UV or IR radiation.
Typical fluorescent T8 lamp kitchen lights can be replaced with Linear LED T8 Tube lighting. These T8 LED lamps are environmentally friendly – contain no mercury and don’t require hazardous waste disposal. They don’t emit UV or IR, no buzz or flickering, instant on and are glass free – safe for all working conditions.
With all the many benefits of efficient LED lighting in restaurants, isn’t it about time you made the switch. LED lighting provides money-saving solutions that will improve the bottom line for any business. Customers and staff will be more comfortable in a cooler working environment and better light quality means a more inviting environment.