Lighting for schools

 Schools can save on lighting

LED lighting is by far the most energy efficient type of lighting available. Changing over your old lighting for LEDs can save hundreds or thousands of dollars on energy bills per year, so it’s a no-brainer. Although they can cost more to install the savings stack up in a very short time frame.

LEDs last longer than incandescent lights

LED lights are good for up to 50,000 hours of illumination, compared to just a maximum of 2,000 hours for older lights. For a schoo that means not only saving on energy usage but on maintenance and replacement costs too.

  • Upgrading incandescent, CFLs, and fluoro tubes to LEDs at the end of their asset life is important (not necessary beforehand) and should form part of a school’s asset management plan
  • Correct disposal of CFLs and fluoro tubes important (due to mercury as well as other materials) is important
  • Old incandescent lamps often 75-100 watts and also emit lots of heat. 90%+ reduction in energy use swapping to LEDs
  • Older fluoro tubes typically 36 watts; new LED tubes 10-20 watts typically – a 44% – 72% reduction
  • You can also de-lamp old twin fluoro fittings to single tube with reflector to maintain lumen output

LEDs can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

LEDs use less electricity, so if your power still comes from fossil fuels then using LEDs is a win for the environment.

LEDs can provide a more appealing light and increase productivity

Studies show that ensuring your school has adequate and pleasant light levels can improve concentration and productivity from your students.

You can read more about how lighting affect productivity in this article and this article.