LED lights and elderly communities
Did you know that assisted living facilities use more energy per square foot than most other types of facilities? According to a study by the Department of Energy, 43 percent of the electricity used in older people communities is powering lighting systems alone! When running a facility as a community of seniors, it is important to keep costs low and residents' safety. LEDs can help these installations achieve both.
DETERMINING THE TOTAL COSTS OF THE LEDS LIFE CYCLE
One of the best LED outlets is its long service life. While LED costs have decreased dramatically in recent years, they are still more expensive upfront compared to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. So how do you determine if the LEDs are the right call for your assisted living community? We have an equation for that!
To determine the total cost of the LED lifecycle, or any other form of lighting, simply add up the cost of purchase and installation, the cost of power to run the lights, maintenance costs, and replacement costs. When using this equation with LEDS, fluorescents and incandescent bulbs, you will see that LEDs are the real winner!
BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTS IN SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES
LEDs offer many benefits, but what do they offer communities of older people in particular? LED lights were shown to reduce energy use by 68% in aisles and 73% in nursing stations. In an experiment at the ACC Care Center in Sacramento, the facility tested tunable lights on residents to help them sleep. They programmed the lights to warm up as the days wore on to the night. The tested group observed a 41 percent reduction in agitation compared to sleep patterns prior to installation!
In the same facility of ACC Care Center, they used LED wall and recessed lights as night lights for residents' rooms. These lights were fitted to motion sensors and installed under the beds and about a foot and a half above the floor. This allowed residents to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom without having to turn on bright lights that can alter sleep patterns. These lights were also placed in the bathrooms by the support bars.