LED (Light Emmitting Diode) lighting
One of the most exciting things to emerge of late is the growing trend towards using LED lighting, which is being heavily promoted by well-known exhibitions, such as LuxLive. It is predicted that LED lighting will replace the incandescent bulb because, not only is LED lighting aesthetically pleasing, it is also economical and more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tube lighting. Perhaps you already even have an LED torch or car bearing LED technology? LED lighting is not new but it is only now being firmly recognised as a way of saving money, energy consumption and labour.
How LED lighting benefits you
LED lighting lasts longer, some units last up to 100,000 hours (11 years continued operation) whereas the incandescent bulb lasts only 5,000 hours. LED lighting also means greater savings, particularly for the commercial sector, where call out costs for the replacement of bulbs and fluorescent tube lighting can be costly.
Although, the initial outlay for LED lighting can be more expensive than the alternatives, it saves you money in the long-term by decreasing your maintenance and energy bills. ACtest’s new LED solution options are maintenance free; provide excellent working light; are flicker and hum-free and run cool, too! Retrofit LED solutions are also available which can provide impressive benefits for minimal costs.
Offices, schools, hotels, hospitals, in particular, may greatly benefit from LED technology because it removes the need for routine lighting maintenance. Also, LEDs operate on reduced power consumption and achieve 80% efficiency if the circuitry is ideal which is in stark contrast to the 20% efficiency achieved by incandescent bulbs. In short, it is a no-brainer which lighting system is better for the environment and your pocket! ACtest predicts that, in the future, LED lighting will be embraced by the domestic sector for all the reasons outlined above and because LED lighting is fresh, bright and modern – features which are the attributes many of us want in our homes and business premises.
The proposed Part L of the future buildings regulations 2013 outlines the governments plan for efficient lighting in non-domestic buildings from 2013 and there are big changes planned! It will be prudent for companies to consider this when choosing lighting solutions for the future, this kind of planning can be really cost effective, too!
At ACtest, we strive to be energy-efficient and to keep abreast of the latest developments within energy conservation. If you are interested in our energy-saving services, please complete the quotation form on the right or call us to find out more.
The benefits of solar electricity
It reduces your carbon footprint – solar energy is green, therefore no harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants are released.
Lowers your electricity bills – you pay for the installation but after that electricity costs will be reduced as sunlight is free!
Get paid by the government – The Feed-In-Tariffs will pay you for the electricity you generate and you can also sell electricity back to the grid for unused electricity
Low maintenance – the panels should last 25 years or more and are relatively low-maintenance but may need to be dusted or cleaned with warm water in the case of bird faeces.
If you would like more information on solar power, please contact us and we will pass your details to our solar provider partner.
Although the excitement surrounding solar energy has died down since the UK government’s consultation to amend the Feed-in-Tariff rates, solar energy still has appeal.
What is solar energy
Put simply, solar energy is ‘green electricity’ from the sun. Solar installation requires the application of solar cells (known as solar photovoltaic) to capture the sun’s energy which is then converted into electricity.