LED Ceiling Lighting for Office Buildings

Are you still using fluorescent fixtures in your office spaces? Not only can this cause headaches, increase eye strain and lead to absenteeism, but it can also be keeping energy costs high despite your best efforts. If you are ready to consider other options, it is time to start thinking about (light-emitting diode) LED ceiling lighting panels. Not only can they provide better lighting performance, but they can do it at a fraction of the cost. Below, the experts with Action Services Group explain the A, B, C’s of LED drop ceiling lighting.

LED Ceiling Lighting = Amazing Savings

If your office building currently uses fluorescent fixtures, LED drop ceiling lights can save you big. Known to be energy resistant, LED fixtures not only reduce power consumption costs, but they also help minimize maintenance expenses as well. How? LED drop ceiling panels utilize light-emitting diodes to create light. This means there are no tubes that require replacement. Since LED technology is durable, long lasting, vibration and shock resistant, they can last over 50,000 hours on average. (Fluorescents, by comparison, last up to 20,000 hours if they are not bumped, vibrated, or shocked.) Often carrying Design Lights Consortium (DLC) standard and premium certifications, LED drop ceiling lights may even qualify for rebates and tax credits.


Trying to figure out your savings from an LED retrofit can be confusing. That’s why we created an eBook to help you figure out exactly how to calculate your savings. The Essential Guide to Calculating Energy Savings and ROI on any Lighting Project has all the calculations you need to figure out your savings.


Better Light Quality

Fluorescents do not provide the widest or best range of brightness or visibility. Additionally, fluorescent lamps require a warmup period, as well as the use of reflector plates to redirect light downward. This is not true with LED light ceiling panels. LED lights reach full brightness immediately. Because they face down, LED drop ceiling lights do not require the use of reflector plates to redirect light downward. They also come with prismatic lenses, which helps to soften the LED light and prevent glare. This means you can use fewer LED fixtures to achieve the same or better lighting than you would with fluorescents.


The fewer fixtures got your attention. You can learn more about using less LED fixtures in our blog; If I Upgrade to LED, Can I Use Fewer Fixtures? It’s a must read for those considering an LED Retrofit.  


LED drop ceiling panels also offer you the ability to better tailor the lighting to the specific tasks being performed in the area. Measured in Kelvin (K), some examples of this include:

  • 3500K: If you want to create a warm, inviting atmosphere, 3500K LED lighting is a great choice. Retail stores, hotels, and other hospitality-based buildings would find this ideal.
  • 4000K: Eye strain can be a serious issue in office spaces, classrooms, and libraries. The use of 4000K LED drop ceiling panels can help reduce eye strain and promote healthy work environments.
  • 5000K: Visibility and alertness is essential for hospital occupants. Auditoriums, healthcare facilities, and other large spaces may all increase visibility with the use of 5000K LED light ceiling panels.

Control Options for Your LED Ceiling Lighting

LED drop ceiling lights can often be paired with lighting control systems. This allows you to not only dim the lights as needed, but also tie them into motion sensors, automated scheduling, and much more. Not only can this help prolong the life of your fixtures and increase safety, but it also helps reduce power consumption even more. Some buildings require a certain percentage of operation lighting to ensure safe escape should a fire or other emergency require evacuation. Other buildings may require back up power for a certain amount of time to ensure the safe shutdown of equipment in the event of an emergency. (For example, companies that handle large amounts of personal information may require a certain amount of time to safely shutdown computers and servers to prevent accidental data leaks or corruption.) If you are required to operate an emergency backup system, the Action Services Group experts can help identify how you can tie your LED drop ceiling panels into a backup power supply to keep lights operational for up to 90 minutes during an outage or emergency.


Did you know we have an entire blog category dedicated to Lighting and Power Systems? We have several educational blog series for Lighting Control Systems, as well as Power Supply Systems.  


Designed for Easy Installation

LED drop ceiling panels are designed for easy installation. In fact, most can be installed by a single person directly to a T-bar grid. If replacing one or two panels, this makes installation quick and easy. To ensure all installation scenarios are addressed, additional mounting options are included when LED drop ceiling panels are packaged as a set. This includes ceiling cable mounts, as well as dry wall mounts. Based on your use, you may have a specific certification or usage requirement. All of your LED light ceiling panels should be clearly labeled for use. Whether you need a certificate or rating from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Edison Testing Laboratories (ETL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an LED lighting product exists for you. Furthermore, while LED drop ceiling panels are for indoor use only, there are plenty of outdoor options as well. Waterproof, indoor, and outdoor usage will be clearly on each product to ensure proper use.


Knowing what you’re getting into before you start an LED retrofit in your office building is important. Our LED Retrofit Education page can tell you all you need to know before you start your project.  


Explore LED Drop Ceiling Options with Action Services Group

If you are ready to explore the A, B, C’s of LED lighting, the experts with Action Services Group are here to help. From reducing the number of fixtures you need to identifying the correct Kelvins for use in your space, we can help you save money and improve visibility. If you are interested in learning more about LED drop ceiling lighting, or any other type of LED lighting for your office building, please contact Action Services Group today, by calling 610-558-9773 or email [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

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