LED Lighting and the Environment

Being viewed as an environmentally aware company is an ever-increasing necessity in today’s highly publicised world. Corporate responsibility is therefore crucial in gaining potential customers’ trust and promoting your business as an environmentally sustainable one. LED industrial lighting is the perfect addition to announce to the world you are taking environmental sustainability seriously. Within this article we look at the key areas LED lighting aids including; the use of fewer resources, low energy usage and non-hazardous products.

LED Lighting is Crucial to the Green Economy

Energy Efficiency

LED industrial lighting uses significantly less energy to operate compared to traditional forms of lighting such as the incandescent form. In comparison to incandescent, LED lighting saves up to 80% more energy. Further energy reductions can be found by using sensors where appropriate (see this article).

Other forms of lighting are very wasteful such as fluorescent lighting (UK Energy Lighting). This form of lighting generates 95% of its energy in heat and only provides 5% of its energy for light.

In comparison, to produce a similar level of light, LED lighting uses 95% of its energy when emitting light whilst only 5% is wasted on heat.

This equates to a substantial energy saving which will enable you to dramatically reduce your energy consumption and play your role in the fight against climate change.

Considering that lighting is a key industrial requirement, and which equates to a significant proportion of a business’ energy usage, switching to energy efficient lighting will provide large scale financial savings as well as reduced CO2 output.

Currently only 20% of UK businesses and homes have LED lighting fitted, so there is huge potential for the country to reduce their carbon footprint by introducing LED lighting.

This is particularly important as the UK energy mix is increasingly becoming more acquainted with renewable sources. The great leap from Q1 in 2019 where renewables made up 35.9% to Q1 in 2020 where the figure grew to 47.0% significantly highlights fewer fossil fuels will be used to power lighting than ever before (UK Government) . As more and more energy efficient LED fittings are set to be powered by greater proportions of renewable energy, industrial lighting is set to provide a much lower carbon footprint.

Natural Resources

LED industrial lighting also has a much longer lifespan in comparison to other forms. It is up to 20 times greater than the likes of incandescent lighting.

This means you will not be replacing or refitting bulbs or replacements nearly as frequently as you would do for traditional forms of lighting.

Hence, by requiring fewer maintenance visits to install replacements you will use fewer natural resources.

This can also be noted with fewer trips being made with product shipping and labour journeys as well as product packaging.

Negligible Harmful Materials

LED lighting is the most environmentally friendly form of lighting on the market given its excellent ability to provide energy efficiency, reduced resource usage and minimal toxins.

Although LED bulbs and fittings (The Light Bulb.co.uk) may contain slight traces of toxins such as lead and arsenic, however they are at such minuscule levels that UK law allows LED fittings to be disposed of along with general waste as they do not pose a threat to the environment.

In contrast, other forms of lighting such as fluorescent tube lighting contains substantial amounts of toxic materials such as Mercury. These must be disposed of by specialist teams to avoid harmful toxins seeping into the environment. This can be very costly when fluorescent tube lighting comes to the end of their lifespan.

Therefore, LED lighting is far less harmful to the environment than most other forms of lighting on the market and will cost you less in removal.


Why not give your facility an LED lighting refit and wow your clients with your newly installed environmentally sustainable lighting? Let your customers know you are doing your part to combat climate change.

Book your free LED lighting survey today and witness for yourself how LED can turn your facilities green as well as saving you money.