What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About LED Emergency Lights

20 July 2016
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When it comes to ensuring overall employee safety and well-being, one of the things you need to think about is providing emergency lighting throughout your building. If you've been thinking about installing lights to serve as an emergency backup, one of the best options is LED lighting. Here are some of the basics you should know before talking to your commercial electrician about installing these lights.

LED Lights Emit Cool Color

The color of a light can be considered either cool or warm. A warm light usually looks a bit redder while a cool light will have more of a blue undertone. Most of the incandescent lights you find are warm lights, but LEDs emit light that's cooler.

LED Lights Are Efficient  

LED light efficacy is determined by how much light they generate per watt of power consumed. These lights are typically more efficient than CFL or incandescent lights. They'll produce more light per watt, saving you money over time without sacrificing safety. They also dissipate heat, so they won't contribute heat to the building. This is important during emergencies when the cooling system is disabled in the peak of summer.

LED Lights Last For A Long Time  

If you're accustomed to CFL or incandescent light bulbs, you know how they burn out all at once. With an LED, you don't have that problem. The LED light is designed to dim gradually, so you'll be able to identify a failing light before it actually goes out.

The lifespan of an LED light can vary widely, lasting for as long as 50,000 hours. When you choose LED lights, you'll want to ask your electrician about the rated lifespan so that you know how many hours you can expect from them. This allows you to plan ahead and replace them before they fail, ensuring that you always have emergency lighting when you need it.

When it comes to improving safety for your employees and customers, emergency lighting is a valuable investment. As you can see, LED lights are a great option for this. Talk with a commercial electrician like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc about the best type of LED emergency light for your building and have them installed professionally to ensure that your office is protected in the event of an emergency. The electrician may also be able to help you bolster your emergency planning with a stand-by generator, surge protection and other emergency electrical protections.