Electrical Contracting News (ECN) ECN-Nov2017 - Page 62

SPECIAL FEATURE Energy efficiency is just one of the benefits of LED lighting ENERGY MANAGEMENT THE RIGHT CHOICE LED Eco Lights’ co-founder, Saima Shafi, advises facilities management organisations on what to look for when choosing a supplier of LED lamps and luminaires. R eplacing energy- hungry conventional lamps with LED equivalents makes economic and environmental sense. LED lighting products are energy efficient and cost effective with ultra- 62 | November2017 long lifespans compared with traditional units, so making the decision to change should be an easy one. But how to choose amongst the multitude of suppliers? LED offers significant benefits, including radical reduction of CO2 emissions and running costs, lower maintenance, long lifespan and instant switch-on. Another bonus is that the retrofitting options offered by some manufacturers means products fit straight into existing fittings, thereby reducing the scale of the installation as well as the cost. So, having made the decision to switch to LED, how do facilities managers (FM) make an informed and confident decision on the right supplier?