Like the overwhelming majority of workplaces, the North Eastern Community Hospital used to be lit by fluorescent tubes. They were an unquestionable advance compared to the incandescence light globes of old in both lifespan and use of energy, but the times… they are a-changing…
North Eastern has once again gone one step beyond by replacing all the fluorescent lights by LED globes.
LEDs have been around for a few years now, but they were not a practical solution for large scale use. However, progress was constant and now they are an obvious choice for many reasons:
- Lifespan: where the average lifespan of a fluorescent tube is of 9,000 hours (already an improvement on the average 2,000 hours of an incandescence globe), the LEDs boast an average lifespan of 25,000 hours and up to 50,000 hours in some cases! They are also not affected by the premature ageing of fluos every time they are switched on.
- Efficiency: fluos are influenced by temperature. They work less efficiently in low temperatures. They also give off more heat, which increases the use of air conditioning. LEDs are not affected by temperature variations and give off barely any heat. They stay cool to the touch even after hours of use.
- Light quality; fluos aren’t as bright as LEDs and their light is diffused. LED light is more directional. At work, it is more comfortable for reading printed documents.
- Energy consumption; LEDs require only 30% of the energy fluorescent tubes use, which is an obvious financial benefit for a place with hundreds of light fittings.
- Environmental impact: fluos contain a quantity of mercury whose harmfulness is not to be demonstrated anymore. When a fluo breaks, the place must be evacuated, aerated immediately and the floor thoroughly cleaned. LEDs do not contain any harmful components.
Increased lifespan and lower energy consumption make LEDs more economical than fluos overall, despite a still slightly higher purchase cost.
North Eastern constantly look for new ways to take greater responsibility on our environmental footprint and improve out service, not all of them as visible as a change in lighting method.
Our one constant with any change we consider, is that patients and residents must always be our prime concern because they are the very reason we exist.