Fragile environments like a correctional facility and prisons are always focused on security, and you can’t blame them. But at the same time the security of a facility is bound to it’s budget restraints, and while lighting may not be on the op of a correctional facility manager’s mind, it might be after this article.
It’s a fact: LED is the only true viable option for a correctional facilities lighting system. Any other technology is just sub par, especially in prison environments, and don’t meet the expectations that LED fixture do. The lighting in a prison needs to be top notch, near flawless, and most importantly; increase security, not decrease it.
Here is some of the ways LED technology is far superior than metal halide, fluorescent, and really any other lighting technology you may find in your prison:
All of these traits that LED products can bring to your correctional facility are exclusive to LED technology, and simply aren’t the case when it comes to other technologies.
And without a doubt, these benefits sound awesome, right? Reduced costs and increased security, what else could a prison or jail ask for? Not much, and it may seem too good to be true, but we assure that it is the truth.
A proper correctional lighting system needs to have all of these qualities, otherwise you jeopardize the integrity and safety of your staff, inmates, visitors, and even property. Let’s talk about a few more of these points that LED technology can and will bring to you prison facility by converting and making the switch.
Reduced energy costs through higher efficiency. Since LED technology is so efficient, by switching away from technology like metal halide you could realize a 50-75% decrease in lighting energy costs. If you switch out fluorescent lights to LED, you can still realize around a 30% decrease in energy costs associated with your lights. For this reason alone it is a major justification for many facilities to make the switch in it of itself, let alone all of the other added benefits that LED will bring to your buildings.
No more flickering of buzzing. These things can cause two MAJOR issues: increased stress and decreased security. How so? Let’s go over both.
If you’ve ever been around flickering or buzzing lights for even just a few minutes, you know how annoying and distracting it can be. Imagine living around this 24/7, 365. It increases stress for inmates, and decreases focus for staff; a combination that doesn’t mix well.
As for flickering, it decreases the ease of seeing movement. This allows for more movement to go unnoticed, which of course is not good in a correctional building. With LED you will be able to get rid of both of these major issues as the technology will never flicker or buzz, not even nearing the end of its lifespan.
Much longer lifespan. The longer the lifespan, the less often you have to switch out lights. With LED, you can reduce the amount of maintenance on your lights by 2-3 times. This not only allows you to reduce risk from inmates from frequent light changes, but it also reduce maintenance costs overall which is another way to reduce your overhead expenses.
Dimmable and motion sensors. Being able to efficiently and cheapy dim lights in our facility will allow you to put your luminaires at the exact output that you like. And for areas that you want to have light when there is movement, but not when no one is in the room, motion sensors for your LED fixtures are the perfect option.
Both of these things are available with some other technologies, but they often aren’t as efficient, reduce lifespan of the fixtures, and can even get costly to do. With LED you can easily do it, cheaply do it, not reduce the light sources lifespan, and do all of this while maintaining a efficient light fixture.
As you can see, we’ve only covered just a few of the true benefits that LED prison lights can bring to your facility. But from just these reasons alone, you might have a better outlook on your lighting system and where you want to go with it.
Next time, or even now, you want to consider your lighting system and how to go about solving your lighting issues; consider LED to do the job. They offer all the requirements that prisons need, all while saving the facility money month to month, producing a positive ROI. What else could you want?
There are various amounts of lighting options for a warehouse, many of which has the same flaws. Such as inefficient, low quality, cost you more money than a lighting system should, and more. All of these are common with technologies such as metal halide, high pressure sodium, and more; but these two are most common.
A solution to those issues, and more, is found with high bay LED (light-emitting diode) lights. These resolve many issues such as high operating costs, low quality light, and more. And high bays aren’t only used in warehouses but really anywhere that has ceilings around 15 feet or higher. High bay fixtures are made to illuminate these types of places that have high ceilings which include warehouses, gymnasiums, loading docks, and other commercial / industrial spaces which have high ceilings.
Enough talk about how LED high bays are the far superior option for you facilities high ceiling lighting system. Let’s show some proof on how a high bay LED system will far surpass any other technology.
1. The energy savings. Although the cost to invest in an LED system for your warehouse may cost a bit more in initial costs, the energy savings that high bay LEDs will bring upon installation will offset that cost over time and actually provide a positive return on investment. Due to metal halide and HPS high bays being so inefficient and outdated, by switching over to LED you could realize a 50% or more savings in energy costs associated with running your lights. This can prove the provide a superb ROI, especially since LEDs last much longer; which brings us to our next point.
2. A Longer lifespan. With a LED having a longer lifespan than competing luminaire technologies by 3-4 times, you will be able to use up that energy savings just that much longer. This also allows less maintenance costs associated with switching out burned out bulbs, which can make the investment even that much more worth it. This is especially true for warehouses with very high ceilings because switching out bulbs at such height can get expensive, and quickly.
So what does longer lifespan for your lighting system bring to your facility? Less purchasing of replacement lights, lowered maintenance costs, and more time to use up those energy savings that LED brings which allows you to generate a very good ROI.
3. They turn on instantly. Older technologies that require a warm up and restrike time are annoying, cost time, and time is money. With LED there is no warm up period when you flip the switch, once you turn on your lights they are on at full capacity. This allows for many different things, like motion detection activation sensors which can turn on and off your lights depending on if there is activity in the area or not. This can provide tremendous energy savings especially when you have a large warehouse that isn’t all being used all of the time. And instead of switching on and off your lights once you are using the area, this ability to install sensors improves productivity and efficiency in the workplace. No more waiting for your high bays to warm up when you switch over to LED!
4. High CRI with LED. The Color Rendering Index (or CRI) is a measurement of light, 0 to 100, with the higher the rating the higher the color rendering ability. With LED, you typically have a higher CRI rating which allows for better lighting in your facility overall with a much greater color rendering ability open for you.
5. LED will never flicker or buzz. Has your warehouse ever experienced complaints about flickering or buzzing then you surely don’t have an LED high bay system in place. Because the thing with LED is that they will never buzz, and they will never flicker; no matter what. Even if they are nearing the end of their lifespan they simply will never be vulnerable to these two downfalls with lighting fixtures. Unlike LED, metal halide and HPS lights are susceptible to these two things at really any point in their lifespan, which can prove to cause stress and reduce productivity in the workplace, both of which you seriously want to avoid, right?!
We have listed 5 huge advantages that a LED high bay lighting system will bring to your facility by making the switch away from other older technologies. From energy reductions to high quality of light, the benefits that LED can and will bring to your warehouse facility will surely outweigh any doubts you may have of the upgrade.
Wondering what you can do next for your facilities lighting system? Learn more, discover more, and find out what will work best for your warehouse. Don’t let your lighting system affect your bottom line, fix it and improve on it!
For years people have assumed that fluorescent tubes, whether it be T8 or T5 and so on, were the best option to go with. They are popular and highly known to be efficient, and while it is true that they are probably the best runner up, they do not surpass LED T8’s and their efficiency. Not only are LED tubes more efficient, but they offer many more benefits that make them even that much more of a better option over fluorescent tubes.
In this piece, we are going to be covering why you need to at the very least ,consider LED T8’s over fluorescents. From the benefits of LED to why fluorescents aren’t as good as you once thought; you will discover the true benefit that you will gain by upgrading to LED technology in your building when it comes time to buy new tubes.
So all of this talk about LED vs fluorescents sounds good and all, but what are the actual and proven benefit of LED over fluorescent tubes? Here we list nearly every reason LED is the winner by far, and hopefully it will sway you to making the switch, and start benefiting from the benefits it will bring to your building.
Mercury free. Unlike fluorescents which contain the toxic chemical mercury that we are all aware can cause issues if exposed to it; LED technology does not need and thus does not have any sort of harmful chemical like mercury in it. This allows for safer clean up if a bulb ever does break, which can help you avoid any type of liabilities you may incur because of damage a broken fluorescent may cause to a visitor or employee!
More efficient. While fluorescents are more efficient than other technologies and they definitely are a qualifier for second place, LED is 30-40% more efficient than fluorescent lighting. By switching away from fluorescent T8 tubes over to LED T8 tubes, you will be able to get in on these energy savings and produce an ROI that you wouldn’t be able to with fluorescent fixtures.
Better dimming. It’s true, fluorescents can be dimmed. But, fluorescents are expensive to dim and they dim poorly. This makes it almost near illogical to get fluorescent tubes and dim them. If you want to be able to dim your lights affordably and effectively, LED tubes (and LED fixtures in general) will allow you to do so.
Longer life. LED has a staggering lifespan of, on average, 50,000 hours for your typically LED T8 tube. While the competing technology fluorescent only lasts for around 30,000 hours on average. This will allow less frequent purchasing of new tubes to replace burnt out ones. On top of that, less maintenance costs because you won’t have to pay someone as often to be switching burnt out lights since they will typically last longer.
Optionally shatterproof. Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED tubes offer the option of either glass or plastic tubing. By choosing the plastic option, you opt-in for a shatterproof tube that won’t break if handled improperly. With fluorescents, you do not have this option as they are always made of glass tubing.
Directional lighting. By choosing a fixture that has directional lighting, you are able to get the light where you want it exactly. With LED, you can achieve this which allows you to light where you want to light and not elsewhere. Whereas with fluorescents, it is multidirectional and you cannot naturally (without the help of reflectors) point the light directly where you wish for it to go. This will allow you to buy less tubes and save money because you won’t need excess lighting to compensate for the multi directional lighting that fluorescents provide.
Quality. LEDs will never buzz or flicker, which fluorescent lighting is susceptible to. Even when an LED tube is nearly the end of its life, it will never flicker or dim. If this is causing issues in your building, as it can cause stress and annoyance, an LED option will prove to get rid of the issue forever.
From quality of light to no toxic chemicals in T8 LED tubes, the benefits LED tubes can bring to your building are obvious and far surpass any type of benefit that a fluorescent tube can bring to your workplace.
Opt-in for the benefits that LED will bring to your building by making the choice to go forward with the conversion away from fluorescents over to LED. You will be applauded for doing so that’s for sure!
The importance of a quality lighting system in any application, scenario, or environment in a necessity for your lighting system. But when it comes to harsh environments and conditions that require vapor tight lighting, the importance of those lighting fixtures to be of quality is even that much more great.
First we must understand what vapor tight lighting fixtures are, and then we can move onto what qualifies a quality vapor tight lighting products vs a bad one and the importance of obtaining this definition of quality pertaining to vapor tight lighting.
What is vapor tight lighting?
In simple terms it is a light fixture that blocks out and resists against dust, dirt, and moisture. This is a huge part of lighting systems inside building that process food, or have dirty environments. They are also commonly used outdoors to resist harsh conditions produced by the natural environment.
To clarify one common misconception, there is a difference between vapor tight and vapor proof fixtures. Vapor proof, as we’ve discussed, blocks out dirt, dust, and moisture. While vapor proof resists hazardous fumes and gases that may affect a lights functionality and integrity. So while they are both have similar or relatable purposes, they are different are used in entirely different scenarios. This post we will be discussing vapor tight lights, not proof.
What Defines “Good” Vapor Tight Lighting?
To qualify good vapor tight lights, we need to look at all aspects of the light, including its purpose. From efficiency, to functionality, all of these things will define a quality light that is made for resisting dust and water from affecting its functionality.
Here are those main things you must be able to look at and decide whether a potential light fits you standards, starting with its efficiency:
Quality is efficient. In most cases, if not all, LED is one of the most efficient lighting technologies around. And since vapor tight LED fixtures are readily available and on the market, you have the option to choose this technology for your vapor tight needs. Quality throughout the LED product world can vary greatly. It all comes down to one thing, and one thing only; lumens per watt. The more lumens per watt you have, the less watts you need to produce the same amount of light compared to a less-efficient fixture that produces at lesser lumens per watt.
It won’t break. This is especially important for highly fragile environments that require vapor tight lighting fixtures to be installed; inside or out of your facility. Fixtures that are of low quality won’t be as tough against the elements of the environment that it is in, and if it breaks; there goes your entire investment. And who’s to stay that a cheaper fixture won’t break a week into using it? There is no guarantee and if you don’t watch who you buy from; you could be out of your entire investment.
Quality lasts longer. Not only with a quality fixture last longer in the sense that it is less susceptible to break, but they last longer in the literal sense of the light sources lifespan. LED lights are known to last 2 to 3 times longer than other technologies, which proves it to be a much better technology in this area (and almost all areas).
What is The Importance of “Good” Vapor Tight Lighting?
So the big question is, what exactly is the importance of getting good and quality vapor tights installed in your facility? The importance is obvious and it’s that you gain all of the benefits that quality lighting will bring you, as listed above and even more.
With anything you buy, quality is something you don’t want to cheap out on. Think about it, would you cheap out on your new car purchase? Probably not as much as a lot of companies are doing when it comes to their lighting systems. Don’t fall victim of falling for a cheaper initial investment just for lights; instead think of it as an investment that will pay back dividends (and then some). Once you and your company looks at it like an investment, you will open your eyes up to the benefits of quality LED vapor tights will bring to your facility and all of it’s lighting fixtures.
The integrity of your light system cannot be diminished just by a poor investment in low quality lighting. The benefits of quality LEDs are there, all of which will reduce costs, improve safety, and create an overall better environment for everyone (for both people and the actual environment).