The summer holidays are nearly over, and it will soon be back to school time – with all lights blazing amid escalating electricity prices. It’s time to do your homework and discover how much money your school could save by switching to LED lighting.

LED light bulbs are environmentally friendly, as well as being economical and long-lasting. Energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) may use only 25% of the energy of a standard incandescent light bulb, but they contain mercury. LED bulbs use 17% of the energy of a standard incandescent light bulb and contain no mercury – scoring full marks for health and safety!

LEDs are also available in a wide range of colours and styles, including strip lighting, spotlights and floodlights for large, open areas such as playing fields.  They can help promote an improved sense of wellbeing, compared with traditional incandescent lamps or fluorescent lighting.

Many residential and public sector buildings now use low-wattage LED lighting, not only for the ambience of the lighting effects, but also because the economics make sense.

Fitting LEDs will save you money on your lighting bills, compared with the cost of using incandescent or other types of bulbs.  They have a life of between 50,000 and 100,000 hours – which represents a lot of timetabling, extra-curricular activities and detentions!  If you’re in any doubt, here’s six of the best reasons for choosing LED lighting:

  • LEDs generate less heat, making them safer
  • They’re eco-friendly and will help you reduce your energy bills
  • The bulbs last longer and so reduce the replacement costs
  • LEDs don’t flicker, so help reduce headaches, eye strain and irritability among staff and pupils
  • LED bulbs use light wavelengths which experts suggest can promote wellbeing and increase academic output in pupils
  • LED bulbs contain no mercury so are a safer option

The Carbon Trust offers advice on how to save money on energy bills – including switching to LED lighting. Interest free loans are available to help public sector organisations such as schools switch to ‘greener’ forms of energy, including LED and renewable energy lighting and heating systems.  The Carbon Trust estimates UK schools collectively could save around £70m on energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions by 300,000 tonnes every year.

From the classroom to the playing field, and from the sick bay to the staff room, LEDs will help you cut costs, reduce your carbon footprint and make your school simply a better place to be!

If you’d like to discuss your LED requirements and our special discounted rates for schools please contact us on: 0845 459 8010 alternatively you can email us at: info@simplyled.co.uk

3 responses to “How LED lighting can save your school money”

  1. Caroline says:

    Awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? I will bookmark this page thanks.

  2. Caroline says:

    Awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? I will bookmark this page thanks.

  3. admin says:

    Thanks Caroline,

    Here are the links to our social networking profiles:

    Facebook, Twitter and Flickr

    All the best,
    SimplyLED

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