“What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing LED lights to help achieve green initiatives?”
May 2, 2011
It‘s widely documented that most LED surgical lights are significantly more energy efficient than halogen surgical lights; one LED system documents 33% reduced energy consumption compared to halogen lights. In addition to energy efficiency, LED surgical lights can last up to 30,000 working hours compared to the average halogen light bulb that typically lasts only 1000 hours. That’s a 30 times longer working life! And because LED sources don’t burn out like halogen bulbs, there are no ‘bulbs’ that need to be replaced or bulb cartons to dispose of. This is another great example of new technology reducing energy consumption and landfill waste.
In addition, many LED surgical lights deliver a brighter, whiter light than halogen lights. LED lights help total room illumination, potentially reducing the total number of lightheads needed for the average OR suite. For example, the average OR typically needs two or three LED lights, compared to the three or four halogen lightheads that would be required for proper surgical lighting. By not installing the extra third or fourth light head, LED technology is saving total room energy consumption while providing high quality illumination that allows the surgical team to perform at its best.
Halogen lighting also emits higher levels of infrared radiation than most LED surgical lights. This causes surgeons and clinical staff to feel uncomfortably hot when working for extended periods of time under the lights. LED technology minimizes the amount of infrared radiation, which improves the clinical staff’s comfort level. LED lights also have the potential to lower the ORs’ air conditioning energy consumption.
All in all, the facts support LED surgical lights as a better environmental choice than halogen lights. LED surgical lights deliver optimized illumination for the surgical staff, while also reducing harmful environmental waste. This is a lighting solution with many benefits!