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Janet Richardson


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Jun 21, 2024

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Quotes for Commercial LED Lighting Systems in the UK: 2024 Guide

Are you currently thinking about changing or updating the lighting system in your office or business in order to make annual savings on your energy bills as well as to make a positive impact on reducing your carbon footprint? If so then you might now be looking at a range commercial LED lighting quotes to see if this makes sense for your business or office. Here are a few things for you to consider before you make your decision.

The first thing to bear in mind when you are investigating commercial LED lighting quotes is that LED lighting systems are far more expensive to buy than conventional commercial lighting systems. In fact you might ne looking at paying eight times as much for LED bulbs than conventional bulbs. This, in fact, may put many people off making the switch to LED lighting. However, against high initial outlay this you need to consider the very significant annual savings that can be made by using LED lights. In fact you should be able to recoup your initial outlay on the system well within inside the first year of having it installed and then start to make significant savings.

LED (light emitting diodes) systems are more efficient in converting electricity into lighting you will soon see your electricity bills begin to fall quite dramatically. In fact it is estimated that, on average, commercial LED lighting systems are up to a staggering 80% more efficient to use than conventional systems. In addition to this LED lighting is far more durable than using conventional bulbs, with a typical LED light bulb lasting up to 50 times longer.

This also means that you will be making a saving on the replacement of dead bulbs. This is because LED lights are solid-state and this means that they have no moving parts. Another thing to consider when looking at commercial LED lighting quotes is that LED lighting systems have the substantial advantage over florescent and compact florescent bulbs. This is because, unlike these types of bulbs, they do not contain mercury which is, of course, harmful to the environment.

Florescent bulbs have to be disposed of safely according to government regulations, a fact which in itself can be a costly process. With LED lights they can simply be thrown out when they no longer work. This also means that unlike florescent bulbs they will not have any of that annoying flickering when they are turned on that you often get with florescent bulbs.

It is also important to remember as well that you are not restricted to simply one type of bulb or lighting system when it comes to LEDs. This is because LED lights come in a variety of sizes, models as well as different hues depending upon the particular lighting needs of your business or office. In fact LED lights will typically provide you with a natural light as opposed to the often harsh lighting that is produced by fluorescents.

How much does LED lighting cost for commercial properties in the UK?

The table below is derived from the various costs of UK-based LED lighting manufacturers. Installation costs have factored in average labour rates for UK installation companies. 

These figures are rough estimates and actual costs can vary based on specific requirements, complexity, and regional price variation. For precise quotes, it is recommended to contact local suppliers and installers.

Property Size Number of Fixtures Cost per Fixture Total Cost (Low Estimate) Total Cost (High Estimate) Notes
Small Office (1,000 sq ft) 20 £50 £1,000 £1,500 Includes small offices or retail spaces with basic lighting req.
Medium Office (5,000 sq ft) 100 £50 £5,000 £7,500 Suitable for medium-sized offices, includes basic and task lighting.
Large Office (10,000 sq ft) 200 £50 £10,000 £15,000 Includes larger offices with a mix of general and task lighting.
Warehouse (20,000 sq ft) 100 £150 £15,000 £20,000 High-bay LED fixtures for warehouses; costs can vary based on ceiling height and lighting intensity.
Large Warehouse (50,000 sq ft) 250 £150 £37,500 £50,000 High-bay LED fixtures; costs vary based on specific lighting needs and ceiling height.
Retail Store (10,000 sq ft) 100 £75 £7,500 £10,000 Retail spaces often require higher quality lighting for product displays.
Large Retail Store (25,000 sq ft) 250 £75 £18,750 £25,000 Enhanced lighting for larger retail environments, focusing on product displays and aesthetics.
Industrial Facility (50,000 sq ft) 300 £150 £45,000 £60,000 High-output industrial lighting; cost varies with intensity and coverage required.
School (50,000 sq ft) 400 £50 £20,000 £30,000 Includes classrooms, hallways, and common areas with standard lighting requirements.

Perhaps more than in the domestic arena, commercial LED lighting has taken off in the last couple of years. For many businesses it presents numerous benefits that can help reduce outgoings and boost green credentials that can make a significant difference to brand perception and, more importantly, running costs.

Many businesses have gone for a sweeping change from incandescent or CFL lighting to LED in the certain knowledge that they will get a return on investment in a short space of time.

New builds are, as a matter of course, being constructed with LED lighting in mind but it is also a technology that are easier to retrofit than other green measures.

The Benefits of LED Lighting for Businesses

With the recent and rapid development in LED technology there are now some great benefits for businesses that swap to new lamps and tubes.

  • LED lighting uses less electricity than other bulbs, even more eco-friendly ones such CFLs. For instance, the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb in LED terms is around 6 watts.
  • LED bulbs last much longer than other bulbs. CFLs are expected to give out light for around 10,000 hours, whereas LEDs can last 60,000 hours.
  • Despite being a little more expensive than other types, LED bulbs provide a quick return on investment because of the lower cost in electricity and the durability of the bulbs.
  • Changing to LED is a simple move to make and can be carried out by an individual quite quickly. The range of bulbs are designed to work with existing fittings. The only area where businesses might need to change fixings is with tube LEDs that replace fluorescents.

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Case Studies

Search on the internet and you’ll find a number of suppliers and installers who provide case studies which all show that there are significant energy savings to be made in the long run with the introduction of LED lighting.

Even if you are replacing greener CFLs there are still benefits from the reduction in energy bills and the durability of the bulbs.

Trust LED

Trust LED provide a number of case studies for commercial premises both big and small. Their work with Armstrong’s a manufacturer of floors and cabinets produced large savings on energy bills, according to the company website. Installation of LED lighting cut annual energy consumption by nearly 1.5 million kW and brought cash savings of £118,000 with the initial investment paid back within ten months.

Another organisation they have dealt with in recent times is Preston City Council where a change to LED produced annual savings of over £13,000 and payback, again, in less than a year.

Rexel Energy Solutions

Rexel have a number of high profile customers including food chain Nandos and shopping chain New Look for whom they have provided money saving lighting solutions.

They helped Colchester Zoo reduce their energy usage by 20814 kWh and their carbon emissions by 11 tonnes each year and reduced the energy bill for Chapelfield Shopping Centre by over £10,000 per annum.

Philip’s UK

Philip’s are one of the leaders in LED lighting at the moment and have produced a report concerning their work done for Ranstad in Northumberland. This was one of the first office buildings to be converted to LED lighting in the UK and offered energy savings of around 50% across the board for the firm.

This was a significant reduction in costs for Ranstad because 40% of their bills came from lighting and they also managed to drastically reduce their CO2 output by 6000 kg per year. With a quick return on investment, with many businesses seeing a payback within a year, having LED installed for commercial premises is a win-win option for commercial concerns.

A large percentage of any businesses bills come from lighting and cutting down that cost can release up capital and allow quicker growth – in essence freeing up money to be spent on better things than energy consumption.

Choosing the Right Installer and Supplier

The problem that businesses face is finding the right solution for their needs which means that it is not just a simple question of swapping the bulbs. Industrial size concerns will need a different approach than an average office, and a restaurant might require a more bespoke solution than a residential care home.

There are a number of suppliers and installers nowadays that can offer tailor made solutions for businesses across the UK who want to swap to a more cost effective and greener way of lighting their premises.

They will be able to review a particular business and outline all the cost savings and the best return on investment that can be achieved.

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