Here is a statistic that could possibly be eye-opening: per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans are spending nearly 87% of their lives indoors and much of that time is spent in the workplace! Another statistic which may or may not be related is that depression rates are on the rise among teens and adults.
Now here’s the good news! A simple change of lighting can have a dramatic affect on the depression rates of employers and employees. Why? It’s been found that the types of lights used in the workplace, even warehouses, play a huge role in the mood, productivity, and efficiency of employees.
For instance, clinical studies have shown fluorescent lighting can cause a multitude of symptoms: eye-strain, headaches, blurred vision, vertigo, shortness of breath, nausea, lethargy, anxiety, feelings of depressions and even disrupted sleep. This comes from the high glare and overall brightness of the lights, a high amount of blue light, 1 and a constant low-frequency flickering of the lights.
1 blue light: the blue light wavelengths of the light spectrum that has a short wavelength and produces higher amounts of energy and can be seen by the human eye. Long term exposure to blue light can have an effect on one’s health and is connected to a disruption of sleep.
In warehouses one will often find metal halide/high-pressure sodium lighting. This type of lighting emits high levels of ultraviolet rays. When they are fully lit they can reach a temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If the bulbs break there is physical danger of fires and burns.
ENTER LED LIGHTING
One of the primary benefits of an upgrade from fluorescent lights or metal halide lights to LED is a dramatic increase in the safety of the environment. High quality, commercial grade LEDs do not take time to warm up like metal halides, nor do they flicker while lit. They provide constant, reliable light.
Additionally LED lights reduce energy consumption by up to 80% providing massive cost savings. Bulbs can be purchased in the warmer color spectrum and these produce less blue light than the cooler colors. Some companies even produce “blue blocking” LED bulbs that are beneficial to a good night’s sleep.
If you would like to talk about LED lighting in your commercial enterprise, give me a call at Consumer Energy Solutions today. Call 844-277-0043 or email me at JHall @CesStaff.com.