GI Communications creates innovative indoor and outdoor solutions that beautify and inspire, while making people safer and more comfortable. We provide environmentally and socially sustainable lighting solutions improving the livability of cities, while respecting the planet and making indoor and outdoor spaces more sound, secure and engaging, while improving your bottom line.
Saving energy is an important factor to many communities and decision makers.
LED lighting offers the highest energy savings of any lighting source on the market. As a comparison to high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, LED luminaires can save as much as 50-70% energy use. “According to the U.S. Dept of Energy, no other lighting technology offers the same potential as LEDs to save energy and enhance lighting quality and reliability.” (Architectural SSL; p.37; November 2008)
A major factor in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of luminaires is the maintenance cost. LED's can last for over 5 years (at least 100,000 hours at 70% lumen maintenance) compared to HID which has a significantly shorter lifespan, therefore a maintenance crew must be sent to re-lamp the HID luminaires as many as three times before a properly designed LED system needs to be replaced. “With a lifetime that is at least triple and in some instances five times that of current technologies, the maintenance advantages alone offer a street-smart argument for transitioning to LED-based systems.”
(Philips; White Paper: Street Lighting)
What does Green really mean? Many think of it in terms of the degree to which we are preserving our planet. One way to accomplish this is to reduce our “carbon footprint”. The carbon footprint is thought of as the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere by human activity or a product lifecycle. By switching to LED, the amount of CO2 emitted by luminaires is drastically reduced. In addition, since LED's are mercury-free and contain no hazardous materials they are environmentally safe and recyclable.