How switching to LED lighting improves lab efficiency
Madrid hosts inaugural International Lab Design Conference
In most laboratory environments, conver- sations about efficiency and productivity typically revolve around process—how to
accelerate throughput and time to results,
without compromising accuracy or safety.
In most cases, it involves capital investment
for new or upgraded equipment, procedural improvements and other operational
However, one of the easiest and least
expensive, yet most dramatic, improvements
to overall efficiency can be made with a simple change: changing the laboratory lights.
In fact, upgrading to new high-efficiency
LED fixtures can provide a near-instant
boost in lab productivity, lower operating
costs and reduce environmental impact.
1) LED fixtures eliminate maintenance
costs, labor and downtime. In most labs,
the lights aren’t considered a factor in
productivity—if they’re even considered at
all. In fact, the lights typically aren’t given
much thought, unless they’re not working.
Unfortunately, that can be an ongoing
problem with the fluorescent fixtures most
commonly found in lab environments. Bulb
changes can be a never-ending chore as the
flickering of a failing fluorescent tube signals an annoying alert that it’s about to go
out every few months.
LED fixtures, on the other hand, offer
a much longer lifespan, typically lasting
at least five years, with some of the most
advanced now warranted to last up to
10, eliminating the cost of new bulbs,
maintenance labor and the production
downtime often required. Switching to LED
lighting also brings an end to the storage
challenge presented by delicate fluorescent
tubes, freeing up additional lab space
for productive use. With no replacement
bulbs and ballasts to buy, no maintenance
staff time consumed and no downtime
for lightbulb changes, an upgrade to LED
fixtures allows the organization to spend
those funds elsewhere, on investments that
contribute to the bottom line.
2) LED fixtures reduce energy con-
sumption and costs by up to 60 percent.
Often touted as the primary benefit of
LED lighting, the energy efficiency of these
low-wattage fixtures can be a major boon to
the bottom line. The top-performing LED
fixtures can cut energy use nearly in half
per fixture compared to fluorescents and
other conventional lights for immediate
and significant energy savings … and they
do so without compromising visibility. In
fact, modern LEDs offer much greater visual
clarity and color rendering than conventional light sources, which makes for a safer lab
environment, and one that’s more pleasing
to the eye for staff.
3) LED fixtures reduce carbon footprint.
Because LEDs consume far less electricity
than their conventional counterparts, they
also greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions
as a result, thereby contributing significantly
toward greener, more sustainable operations. In addition, the long-life performance
of LEDs means no burned out bulbs to
dispose of, eliminating hazardous waste disposal issues, which not only saves money but
also reduces environmental impact. For lab
facilities keen on reducing their carbon footprint, an upgrade to high-efficiency LEDs is
a big step in the right direction.
Improving operational efficiency is a primary objective for most laboratories, which
must also be mindful of safety and integrity.
Upgrading to ultra-reliable, high-efficiency
and sustainable LED fixtures can be a simple solution to solving some of the most nagging obstacles to achieving optimal productivity while maintaining, or even improving,
lab safety and accuracy.
As VP of Marketing for Dialight, Michael
Schratz has responsibility for the company’s
product development, strategic market
positioning, corporate branding, messaging,
pricing and communications including web
marketing, PR and social media initiatives.
Michael plays an integral role in managing
new product introductions, successfully rolling
out LED lighting products into the market.
Due to intense interest from the global ab design community, the Labora- tory Design Conference launched
an international lab design conference to
connect professionals from around the globe.
This unique educational event provided
the boldest and brightest innovators in lab
design with a dedicated forum to collaborate,
network and learn from one another on
September 20-22, 2017 at the Novotel Madrid
Center in Madrid, Spain.
The conference focused on Global
Challenges, Lab Design and Sustainability/
Energy and addressed the specific needs of
the U.S., European and other international
markets. Important trends in laboratory
design, architecture, engineering, con-
struction, lab furnishings and more were
examined in a collaborative environment.
Attendees posted to social media using the
hashtag #ILDCMadrid to document their
Stay tuned to Laboratory Design to find
out about next year’s dynamic educational
and networking event for those involved
in planning, designing, engineering, constructing and operating laboratory facilities!