Do you suffer from afternoon headaches? Do your eyes feel strained and fatigued mid-day because of fluorescent lighting in your workplace? Are you sensitive to light?
LED lighting offers some significant benefits beyond energy savings. Unlike fluorescent lighting, which has been linked to health conditions including migraines, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and autism, LED lights are much easier on the eyes.
#1. A Solution to Light Sensitivity
Fluorescent bulbs operate (and flicker) at 60hz which tend to cause greater irritation and more frequent headaches. LED luminaires are flicker-free and do not emit UV light (radiation) which alleviates concerns for those who are sensitive to UV light. LEDs also emit no infrared light so they reduce, or eliminate, “fluorescent headache” complaints and eye strain which can include symptoms like nausea and fatigue.
#2. Improved Concentration
LED bulbs are able to produce a light similar to natural daylight. Many studies have found a significant link between LED fixtures and increased employee motivation and commitment. Some additional, positive impacts include improved concentration, energy, productivity, and an overall improvement in workplace mood. Because of these incredible results, many hospitals, schools, factories, and offices are switching over to LED fixtures.
#3. Better Quality of Light
LEDs offer a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 90 or higher, meaning they emit true colour accuracy. LEDs are also tightly binned so they ensure consistent light characteristics at all times. In many cases, fewer fixtures are needed to be installed as the optics within each fixture are engineered to maximize light. The large light surface area provides beautifully appealing lighting with wide dispersion, soft shadows, and less glare than standard fixtures. In terms of appearance, LEDs provide consistent light, no dark spots, and a wide beam angle.
#4. Personal Adjustments
Minor lighting adjustments can make a world of difference. LED luminaires can be dimmed using methods such as 0-10V, Dali, or DMX. Many models have adjustable colour temperature which allow the user to select their own preference for brightness colour and comfort. They are ideal for hospitals and factories, electronic or photonic sensitive environments, or offices lacking natural light sources. They also do not distract audibility or visibility.
#5. Balance Circadian Rhythm
Since recent technological advancements have made it possible for LEDs to mimic natural light, research shows that exposure to LED lighting is as effective as sunshine in terms of balancing circadian rhythm. Daylight frequencies in lighting have been proven to improve melatonin levels. When natural daylight is insufficient, highly-tuned LED light can be a great substitute.
LED is an advisable alternative to halogen, CFL, and fluorescent lighting on many levels.