Sustainability has undoubtedly become a large part of the conversation surrounding corporate responsibility regarding climate change. Our commitment is to be ethical stewards of the environment and the resources we use each day. Companies like Apple, Google, and Tesla have significantly committed to bettering their communities and their companies by implementing sustainable initiatives. When first looking at real changes for a company and what is good for the environment, information overload and sticker shock can confuse or make these projects feel out of reach. Fortunately, many real and affordable changes can benefit more than just the environment and reduce climate change contributions. A small change of adding new lighting will have a massive impact, particularly in industrial sectors, by illuminating warehouses, ports, and more.
Energy consumption and the cost of utilities impacting the bottom line are a large factor for many when considering making the switch to LED lighting, which is more energy-efficient, and more malleable in terms of controlling how much light it is putting out, and where exactly the light falls. Having the ability to control which areas need specific amounts of light and being aware of which areas have equipment that could block light is essential in more than just determining revenue. LED lights are known for lasting longer, being more reliable, and safer overall. These longer-lasting lights are critical to an industry that can continue work or production 24 hours a day, leaving energy consumption at a high cost each month.
An enormous benefit to sustainable LED lighting in industrial sectors that are not considered as often is the impact on human capital. Especially in industries that utilize heavy equipment or hauling large items, safety is of the utmost importance. Although companies have the training to improve safety and reduce workplace accidents, having a clear, well-lit space drastically reduces workplace injuries to both employees and equipment or products. Avoiding these accidents is a significant additional savings benefit for the employer, and allows employees to work safely and accurately.
Quality, LED lighting is proven to improve employees’ overall productivity, effectively making more money and reducing mistakes. Good lighting means that employees can work quickly and safely, reducing the time necessary for caution in poorly lit areas. It has been shown that better lighting also reduces sick days for employees, limits headaches, and more.
LEDs can be turned off or on at full brightness in only a moment. Many warehouses choose to keep rarely used space’s lighting on at all times to avoid the slow warm-up time of lights reaching full brightness, maximizing employee safety as they begin to work. LEDs reduce “warm-up” time. For this reason, areas in a facility that are not used as often as main areas can have lights switched off, and then turned on at full brightness easily and rapidly. This makes it easy for employees to work quickly and not delay their work due to faulty or slow lighting. The up to 75% reduction in energy costs, increase in productivity, the limit of sick days or feeling under the weather at work, and the increase in employee satisfaction makes LED lighting an obvious choice for all.
At EōS, we can help companies from the initial call, selecting which lighting is right for them, financing the project, and continuing maintenance after the project has been completed. This process makes it easy for companies to navigate a potentially confusing process, see results quicker, save more money, and be proud of their step to offset their carbon footprint.
It is no mystery why switching to quality and long-lasting lighting is best for companies, employees, and the environment. If you are interested in making the switch to environmentally friendly and more effective lighting, reach out to one of our lighting specialists today.