One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings is to replace incandescent lamps with more energy-efficient solutions. However, some energy-efficient lamps contain mercury, which is dangerous to the environment, and they have a relatively short lifespan. For this and other reasons, the more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly light emitting diode (LED) technology is poised to replace conventional lighting technologies in both residential and commercial spaces.
Verbatim is at the cutting edge of LED technology and has recently announced a range of super-efficient LED lamps designed to replace conventional bulbs. They are easy to retro-fit into existing fixtures. South African distributor, Drive Control Corporation (DCC), will be stocking and distributing this innovative new range.
Fred Mitchel, LED product specialist at DCC says, “Although Verbatim is traditionally known as a data storage giant, LEDs have been used for many years in computers and computing equipment and, through its parent company Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Verbatim has more than 60 years of experience in developing lighting materials.
“As a distributor of Verbatim storage products and an organisation dedicated to distributing the best in energy-efficient technologies, it made sense for us to use our existing distribution model to bring these new LED products to retailers and the wider market in South Africa.”
Verbatim LED lamps provide comfortable lighting and deliver significant energy savings. They are shock- and vibration-proof, emit no ultraviolet or infrared radiation and are especially environmentally friendly. Not only do they have a lifespan of up to 16 years, ensuring less waste is produced and environmental impact is minimised, they also contain no environmentally harmful chemicals and are fully recyclable. LED lights are also much cooler to run than incandescent bulbs, thus lowering interior cooling requirements, particularly in offices and commercial buildings.
“While LED lamps may require a higher capital outlay upfront, the efficiency and environmental benefits of the technology soon translate into economic advantages,” says Mitchell. “A standard incandescent bulb may last up to 1 000 hours, whereas a Verbatim LED lasts up to 35 000 hours, or 16 years based on usage of six hours a day. Over the course of 16 years, the succession of standard bulbs would have consumed 1 400 kilowatt hours, compared to just 350 for the LED bulb, and would have incurred higher energy costs accordingly. The cost of 35 standard light bulbs over the years also far outweighs the higher initial cost of the LED bulb, and the carbon emissions produced from one LED bulb are just 175kg over its lifespan, compared to 700kg produced by 35 incandescent bulbs.”
Verbatim LED lamps provide an efficient and eco-friendly alternative to incandescent lighting, delivering up to 80% energy savings with none of the toxic chemicals found in compact fluorescent lamps. The new product range is available in warm white, cold white and neutral colour temperatures. All lamps have a built-in temperature control system to regulate temperature and maximise the lifespan of the lamp.