With the need to save costs and protect our environment, the drive for energy efficiency is accelerating. Since April 2010, the mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme was introduced to improve energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations responsible for around 10% of the UK’s CO2 emissions. The Carbon Trust Implementation Services and Siemens Financial Services have combined forces, and together are offering leases, loans and other financing options to all types of organisations seeking to reduce their energy use. Products from cars to houses are now graded on their energy efficiency, and organisations from all sectors are seriously seeking commercially viable energy saving solutions for the short and longer term.
One such solution is LED Lighting. Lighting in buildings accounts for around a sixth of total UK electricity use. 73% is used in industrial and commercial applications, with the balance in domestic applications. In more recent times fluorescent strip lights have taken over many of the commercial lighting applications but compared to LED tubes, fluorescents use about three times more electricity and require ballasts and starters which also consume power.
The European Union, which is phasing out old-style incandescent bulbs ahead of a total ban in 2012, sees LED lighting as a crucial step in reducing carbon dioxide emissions because they use up to 80% less energy and last much longer. According to a major report issued by analyst firm Pike Research, LEDs will account for almost half of the annual commercial lighting market within 10 years.
Replacing existing commercial lighting with LEDs has never been easier. NET LED Lighting is a leading UK supplier of commercial and industrial grade low electricity consumption LED lighting solutions designed to replace existing conventional lighting. Its range of NET LED Tubes™, NET LED 2D Lamps™, NET LED Flood Lights™, and NET LED Panel Lights™ are already being used in the public and private sectors throughout council offices, car parks, libraries, police stations, factories, warehouses and shops.
NET LED Lighting uses significantly less power to achieve the equivalent amount of light: savings can be as high as 80% and are typically over 60% for fluorescent tube replacements, saving money for the user and carbon dioxide emissions.
Another significant saving is in maintenance and replacement costs; NET LED Tubes have a life expectancy of over 50,000 hours, three times longer than traditional lighting. This also reduces recycling costs and the amount of waste produced.
Other important benefits of NET LED Lighting are that no ultra violet (UV) light is produced, which is ideal for museums and galleries; less heat is produced; the lighting starts instantly at full brightness and won’t flicker or hum; there is no glass or toxic chemicals such as phosphor, mercury or lead found in fluorescent lamps.
Furthermore, the purchase and installation of NET LED Lighting can be self financing too. When lighting is purchased on a 3 or 4 year lease (subject to status) the actual quarterly savings are greater than the funds required to finance the lease repayments. This results in an installation requiring no capital outlay, especially as the initial payment can be deferred for between 3 to 6 months (giving you the time to recoup the savings made on your energy costs). In some cases, such as in underground car parks, where lighting is used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a significant positive cash surplus can be achieved each quarter.
All NET LED products are also covered by a no hassle 3 year warranty which ensures that, at all times, your energy savings are funding the lease. In certain circumstances NET LED Lighting can also include an initial cash back payment to cover the removal of the old and installation of the new lighting scheme and incorporate its repayment into the lease. At the end of the lease the goods become your property.
Organisations already enjoying savings using NET LED Lighting include Her Majesty's Courts Service, The British Library, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Natural England, Nisa Today's, McDonald’s Restaurants, General Medical Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, The Health Protection Agency and many hundreds of private companies.