First discovered in 1907 by the British experimenter H. J. Round, Light Emitting Diodes are now big business
LEDs becoming more commonly used and fast replacing incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Although LED’s command a higher initial capital cost, such costs are being outweighed by the advancing benefits.
Efficiency: LEDs emit more light per watt than incandescent light bulbs Their efficiency is not affected by shape and size, unlike fluorescent light bulbs or tubes.
LEDs have a long useful life, estimating 35,000 to 50,000 hours of useful life, but reports have shown that many LED fitted in 1960’s and 70’s are still in operation. Fluorescent tubes typically areLifetime: rated at about 10,000 to 15,000 hours, depending on the conditions of use, and incandescent light bulbs at 1,000–2,000 hours.
Slow failure: LEDs mostly fail by dimming over time, rather than the abrupt failure of incandescent bulbs
Cool light: In contrast to most light sources, LEDs radiate very little heat that can cause damage to sensitive objects or fabrics. Wasted energy is dispersed as heat through the base of the LED.Size: LEDs can be very small (smaller than 2 mm2) and are easily populated onto tight spaces
Shock resistance: LEDs, being solid state components, are difficult to damage with external shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs which are fragile.
On/Off time: LEDs light up very quickly, typically achieving full brightness in under a microsecond.
The installation of LED lighting in the shopfitting and refrigeration industry is rapidly on the increase. More and more of The Jordon Group’s shopfitting projects are now requesting LEDs to be installed in refrigerators, freezers and shelving. Retail owners are seeing the benefits of reduced energy costs, durability and the appeal of improving the look of their store due to the super bright qualities. This figure is set to rise again in 2012 with the greater need to lower carbon footprint and reduce costs.
Malcolm’s Store Coventry is set for an Efficient Future with The Jordon Group
A store which has an “acute sense of shoppers’ changing needs” is now finely tuning into the needs of the environment. The Jordon Group has installed a new LED lighting system in their £40,000 re-fit; blasting the local family owned Costcutter Store in Coventry into the 21st Century. The dull, expensive lighting has been removed and replaced with super bright LED lighting which combines cost reduction, energy efficiency and heightened visual appeal for the customer. 123 lights were fitted in total to the cabinets, including dairy cabinets, freezers and shelving, bringing an entirely new feel to the store. Owner, Paul Cheema comments on his store,
...the new ligthing helps to highlight different areas in the store. The off-licence in particular benefits from the daylight spotlights, which combine with new silver lettered signposting, black walls and a wood-effect floor to give the category a premium feel. This is certainly going down a storm with customers who have likened the store to an upmarket Waitrose.
Established over 45 years, The Jordon Group are accomplised installers of LED lighting. If you are thinking of making the change to LED, call 0845 408 4426 for free impartial advice or a free site survey, today.
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