Healthcare Business Today has featured Energy Focus CEO’s, James Tu, article “How LED Does More Than “Keeping the Lights On”: Sustainability, Financial and Health Benefits of Quality LED Lighting in Hospitals.”
The cost of hospital lighting can be staggering. According to National Grid, hospitals in the U.S. spend, on average, $1.67 per square foot on electricity and lighting alone accounts for approximately 15% of a hospital’s electricity budget. For an average-size hospital building (75,000 square feet) that’s an annual expenditure of $18,000, and for a large hospital building (650,000 square feet), it costs $160,000 to keep the lights on. This is one of the reasons why more and more hospital executives are looking at LEDs (light emitting diodes, a semiconductor-based light source) for their facilities.