Date: February 16, 2024 9:05 am

The Damaging Effects of Old Fluorescent Lighting

The Damaging Effects of Old Fluorescent Lighting

The Hidden Costs of Old Fluorescent Lights

For commercial spaces, light is more than just illumination. It’s an investment in productivity, employee well-being, safety and ultimately, your bottom line.

Are you, however, unknowingly draining those benefits with outdated fluorescent lighting?

While fluorescent fixtures were once hailed as modern and energy-saving lighting systems, time has cast a shadow on their hidden costs, inefficiencies, and impact on personal well-being.

T5 and T8 fluorescent lighting have now been banned in the UK, inline with the EU regulations. From 1 February 2024 these fluorescent lamps cannot be sold on the UK market. Their availability will become increasing limited, due to the ban and as current stocks reduce.

How does a fluorescent light work?

Unlike regular lamps, they generate light through an interaction of chemicals. The glass tube is filled with gas, generally argon and a tiny amount of mercury vapor. When an electric current is passed through, it energises the gas atoms and mercury, which emits an electromagnetic wave causing the reaction of UV light to form.

The inside of the tube is coated with phosphor, this absorbs the invisible UV light and then releases it into a bright ‘fluorescent’ light.

Time to change

If your organisation still has fluorescent lights, it really is time to bid farewell and here’s why.

The Flickering Toll on Eyes and Efficiency:

Flicker fatigue: Over time fluorescent luminaires form annoying hums and a subtle strobe of light. This isn’t a nostalgic quirk, it’s detrimental to the workplace. It’s an effect that can lead to eye strain, headaches, drowsiness, and decreased productivity. Studies have shown that flickering fluorescent lights can reduce productivity by up to 20%.

Diminishing efficiency: Fluorescent luminaires lose their lustre over time, along with their output. The phosphor coating will deteriorate leading to a reduction in light output. This leads to energy inefficiencies.

Mercury hazard: Within a fluorescent luminaire fitting is a sealed glass tube containing mercury. This is essential to create the light that is omitted by the fluorescent light.

Although the mercury it is a relatively small quantity it can pose risks. It is essential that any leak or a broken bulb is cleaned up and disposed of properly.

The impact of the flicker

Employee well-being: Poor lighting can contribute to various ailments, including headaches, migraines, and even seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Investing in modern LED lighting with adjustable colour and dimming capabilities can create a more comfortable and productive environment.

Lighting can have significant positive impacts, boosting employee morale, concentration, and productivity.

Safety concerns: Outdated electrical components and flickering lamps can increase fire risk. Upgrading to newer, safer technologies minimises that risk while ensuring your workplace is compliant to evolving safety regulations.

Sustainability: Modern LED luminaires not only deliver superior efficiency, but also boast significantly longer lifespans, reducing waste and maintenance costs.

The good news? Changing your old fluorescent lighting for modern LEDs will instantly benefit your business.

LEDs lighting the future:

Choosing the right lighting fixtures is essential. Replacing fluorescent luminaires with modern LED lighting systems will provide energy efficiencies for your organisation and dramatically shrink your carbon footprint, helping you meet your carbon neutral targets.

LEDs offer so many benefits to suit your organisations’ operational requirements.

  • Environmentally Friendly: LEDs don’t contain any harmful mercury and are recyclable.
  • Reduced Carbon Emissions: LEDs use less energy, reducing carbon footprint.
  • Sustainable Choice: They offer increased life, reducing maintenance and waste.
  • Energy Efficient: Unlike fluorescent, LEDs convert approx. 95% of their energy, only wasting 5% as heat. This is whilst using less power to provide a stronger and consistent illumination (Lux) level.

Control and Flexibility Provided with Modern Lighting

Along with their excellent energy efficiencies, LED also has the capabilities to be individually controlled. They can work with light level sensors, automatically turning on and off based upon movement. Having the ability to control lighting within your organisation, will mean you no longer need to illuminate areas that aren’t occupied all the time, or deal with areas having lights unnecessary left on. This provides significant reduction energy consumption and cost savings.

In addition you can also dim or change colour to suit specific functional needs of different spaces.

It’s easy to see why changing your outdated fluorescent lighting will benefit your business.

Switch to modern LEDs and you will benefit from:

      • Vastly improved illuminated spaces
      • Improved productivity
      • Employee well-being
      • Energy efficiencies
        • and bottom-line savings

Speak with our team to start benefiting from energy efficient lighting that will provide cost savings for your business.

Our team of experts will discuss your operational requirements and assess your needs. We will recommend the perfect LED lighting system solutions, and handle the entire electrical design and installation process seamlessly for you.

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