The Led Is Being Used In Skyscraper
- Jul 25, 2019-
The carbon emission and electricity load statistics are no different in other countries. Cognizant of the environmental impacts that these buildings are having, skyscraper managers and owners are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. In view of these facts, the transition to LED lighting in skyscrapers comes as no surprise.
Lighting accounts for more than a third of the electrical load in a typical skyscraper. Maintaining high-quality lighting while reducing electricity consumption is an easy way to reduce a skyscraper’s carbon footprint. LED lighting creates the same or better illumination as traditional commercial lighting with less than half of the energy input. Much of the electrical input in traditional lighting fixtures is dissipated as heat.
Existing skyscrapers that are retrofitted for LED lighting will reduce their lighting electricity consumption by at least 50% without experiencing any degradation in overall illumination. Those skyscrapers will also realize lower maintenance and repair expenses with fixtures that can operate at full capacity for more than 50,000 hours, and in some cases more than 100,000 hours.
This transition to skyscraper LED lighting is part of a greater movement toward “green architecture”, which focuses on the long-term environmental impact of operating and maintaining residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Skyscrapers are an obvious starting point for this movement because they are so visible in every urban environment. Green building design and LED lighting also contribute a number of indirect benefits, including a more pleasant working environment and improved employee health and well-being, all of which add up to better long-term property values.
Given the conspicuous presence of a skyscraper on a city skyline, architects and engineers are taking advantage of both the energy savings that are provided by LED lighting and the ability of that lighting to facilitate dramatic urban skylight effects with. For example, exterior lighting for the 30-year old Miami Tower building was recently retrofitted with LED’s to give the building a more striking presence on the downtown Miami skyline. The retrofit required the building’s owners to replace aging 400- and 1000-watt metal halide fixtures with more than 200 LED lights, but the utility costs that the owners realized quickly made up for the cost of this retrofit. In addition to reducing the building’s lighting electricity load by more than 90%, the retrofit also gave the building’s managers an opportunity to change the color of the lighting with the flick of a switch. The color-changing characteristics of the LED lights on this building have not been without critics, but few observers deny that the overall impression has been dramatic.
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