When it comes to sustainable living, every little bit counts. One easy way to make your strata building more sustainable is by switching to LED lights. Not only do they use less energy, but they also last longer and can save you money in the long run.
So, are your lights LED yet? If not, here’s what you need to know.
What are LED lights?
LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” Unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, which use a filament to produce light, LED lights use a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. This makes them much more energy-efficient and longer-lasting than other types of bulbs.
How do LED lights save energy?
LED lights use up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. This means that they produce the same amount of light while using much less electricity. This not only saves you money on your energy bills but also helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
How long do LED lights last?
LED lights can last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. This means that you won’t have to replace them as often, which saves you time and money in the long run. LED lights also don’t burn out like other bulbs – instead, they gradually become less bright over time.
How much do LED lights cost?
While LED lights may be more expensive upfront, they can save you money in the long run. The cost of LED lights has decreased significantly in recent years, making them more affordable than ever. When considering the cost of LED lights, it’s important to factor in the energy savings and longer lifespan.
How can switching to LED lights benefit your strata building?
Switching to LED lights in common property areas can benefit your strata in several ways. Firstly, it can help to reduce strata energy bills and save your strata company money. Secondly, it can help to reduce your carbon footprint and promote sustainability. Finally, it can improve the overall lighting in your building, making it brighter and more pleasant to live in.
How do we make the switch?
LED lighting is considered a sustainability upgrade on your common property. With the changes to the Strata Titles Act 1985, Strata Companies are now empowered to make improvements to common property. Previously Strata Companies were restricted to using strata funds to maintain, repair, renew or replace. The amendments to the Strata Titles Act, which came into effect on May 1st 2020, empower strata companies to improve the common property – not just maintain and repair. And improvements that are classified as sustainability infrastructure improvements, can be authorised via an ordinary resolution (passed by a majority vote) rather than a special resolution.
This means LED lighting upgrades can be put to the strata company owners and passed with a majority vote.
If you are interested in this, the next step is to contact your Strata Manager who can support you to gather quotes from suppliers to present to the strata company owners for a vote.