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Top 8 reasons to switch to LED lighting for your facility

Heather Mahr, a Ferguson author

by Heather Mahr


Facility maintenance industry professionals know that lighting and energy costs account for a significant portion of maintenance expenses and operating budgets. While CFLs are one money-saving alternative to incandescent bulbs, LED lighting is another option that provides maximum cost-cutting benefits. While their cost might be higher initially, LEDs are a beneficial long-term investment because they offer additional savings in multiple ways. Discover what makes LED lighting the smart choice for facility maintenance professionals and see why LED lighting could pay off for your facility.

1. Improved work conditions.

Light bulbs and lighting fixtures that emit harsh light and hum when operating can wear on worker energy levels. LED bulbs are virtually silent when installed correctly and are available in cool lighting shades, making them the better choice for your facility. Switch to LED lighting and you could see a marked improvement in employee productivity, which will help to maximize payroll hours.

2. Climate resistance.

LED lights can withstand even the most frigid outdoor temperatures. Outdoor lighting is critical to ensuring the security of your facility and the safety of your workers and guests or customers. By using LED light bulbs in your facility’s exterior lighting fixtures, you can be assured that your outdoor lighting will continue to function when the temperature drops.

Pro tip: Having the right supplies on hand is important for preparing a facility for winter weather. Discover the top cold weather supplies for facilities and see how investing in the appropriate equipment can help you keep your facility in top shape all winter long.

3. Utility rebates.

In addition to energy and operating cost savings, your facility can qualify to earn money back simply by making the switch to LEDs. Many local utility companies offer rebates as incentives to use energy-efficient products, including LED lights. Check your area to see if your facility qualifies for LED lighting rebates.

Pro tip: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government passed several bills allocating funds for facilities to update their operations. Find details about accessing pandemic relief funds to maintain your facility.

4. Lighting for every need

Whatever your facility’s lighting needs are, there is an LED solution. LEDs come in a wide variety of color temperatures and hour life ratings for both residential and commercial applications. With cool light at 2,200K to warm light at 5,500K and hour life ratings from 10,000 to 100,000 hours, the LED options are seemingly endless. Plus, many LED lamps are dimmable, making them an excellent choice for decorative lighting and industrial applications alike.

Pro tip: LED lights in cool shades are ideal for assisted living facilities because the color of light they emit is easier on aging eyes.

5. Energy efficiency

LED lamps will virtually pay for themselves because of their energy-saving qualities. While LEDs do cost slightly more up front than for an incandescent bulb, LEDs require over 80% less energy to operate and emit the same amount of light. The price difference will pay off in the first few utility bills and will continue to save your bottom line over time.

Pro tip: For optimal energy savings, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program recommends that you select an LED bulb or fixture with the highest number of lumens necessary for the intended lighting application with the lowest amount of watts required to operate.

6. Labor savings.

By implementing LEDs in the lighting fixtures in your facility, the amount of payroll hours and cost spent on relamping light fixtures will be reduced. For example, if you calculate the payroll cost to relamp a fixture at $0.50 to $1.00 per bulb depending on if using a ladder is required to complete the task and factor in that an average LED can last about 25 times longer than an average halogen bulb, that means you could save $12.50 to $25 of payroll cost for every LED bulb you purchase.

Pro tip: In 2020, fall protection topped the list of OSHA jobsite safety violation. Every time a worker uses a ladder to change a light fixture, there is the potential risk of injury. LEDs can minimize this risk by reducing that necessity to relamp fixtures as frequently.

7. Less waste.

Because LEDs last decades longer than most other lightbulbs, disposing of them is a rare event. This means less waste to dispose of for your facility. Like most other bulbs, however, LEDs need to be disposed of appropriately to avoid contaminating the environment.

Pro tip: Light bulbs play a significant role in a facility’s total cost of ownership, or TCO. Having an understanding of your facility’s current TCO can help you lower operating expenses. Find what you need to know about calculating total cost of ownership.

8. Consistent lighting quality.

With LED lighting, you can be assured that the color and brightness that the bulb emits will be the same from the first time it turns on until it expires. Unlike other lights that require a warm-up period when switched on and begin to flicker over time, LED lights will keep your facility consistently illuminated.

Pro tip: If you’re in the hospitality industry, using LED bulbs in your facility will ensure that you are meeting minimum lighting standards because the lumen output of an LED light will stay the same over time.

Opting for LED lighting in your facility will reduce operating costs, increase productivity, save payroll hours and increase customer satisfaction. Shop LED lighting to realize significant savings in your facility.

LED bulb savings: The proof is in the numbers


Standard halogen bulb
Average LED bulb
750 lumens
800 lumens
Rated life hours
Bulb cost
10 hours
10 hours
Energy cost per Kwh
Bulbs needed to run 25,000 hours
Annual utility cost savings
ROI period
2.8 months
Heather Mahr, a Ferguson author

Heather Mahr

With over 10 years of experience in the plumbing, HVAC and industrial supply industry, Heather uses her knowledge to serve trade professionals. She's committed to helping them work smarter by being a resource of useful information.