Although anyone can benefit from upgrading their standard lighting to LED equivalents, for businesses with illuminated shop windows, cosmetic lighting to draw the eye and a desire to create a particular look; say clean and clinical or warm and inviting, LEDs can not only achieve all of these effects but do so at a reduced cost.

Hairdressers, bars, high street shops, coffee houses and restaurants all need good lighting to function during both the daytime and night. Not only will high quality lighting add to the basic requirement of visibility, when used correctly it also aids in promoting the right atmosphere to sell the concept of a premises.

Hairdressers

Creating the right setting that’s flattering for customers, while allowing staff to work in a well-lit space without a harsh light is important to get right in the hairdressing business.

A hairdresser’s salon may have 20 plus spotlights throughout its interior to achieve this. By using LED spotlights a choice is given between colours and fitting options such as lighting around mirrors, in the ceiling, or down/up-lighting inside cabinet displays.

A hairdressing salon with 20 spotlights open for 8 hours a day could save up to £212.58 from its annual electricity bill by switching from 30W halogen bulbs to 4W LED (30W equivalent) bulbs.

Shops

For shops, enticing the customer in and creating a welcoming setting to browse for products is key. In addition to having a pleasantly lit shop display, businesses may also wish for potential customers to be able to see what a store is selling outside of trading hours by keeping the lights on. This is a benefit that can be achieved at a lower cost with LEDs.

An average shop with 20 spotlights operating for 8 hours a day could save up to £212.58 from its annual electricity bill by switching from 30W halogen bulbs to 4W LED (30W equivalent) bulbs.

Offices

Offices with fluorescent tube lighting may have the lights operating approximately 8-10 hours a day, so a simple switch to LED tube lights could mean huge savings for very little effort, not to mention the added low maintenance.

A typical office with 20 florescent tube lights (58W) running for 8 hours a day could save up to £392.44 annually from their electricity bill by switching to LED tubes.

Globe lighting can often be found in cafes and bars to create accent lighting on or near tables when used with table lamps and/or floor standing lamps. If a cafe, for example, had 10 regular globe style bulbs (60W) which were used 5 hours each day then this would cost the cafe £153.30 in a year. Alternatively, by switching to LED (8W) globe bulbs this could cut the same annual lighting demands to just £20.44.