Interior designers find it a challenge to get contractors to use LED lights

Contractors don’t care about using LED lights because they only have to put them in a building for a year and then it’s ‘someone else’s problem’ when the project ends.

This is according to Andrew Prince, of RWN Trading, who was speaking at the recent Women in FM & Property forum.

Prince said most customers are not interested in the ROI on LED lights and it is a challenge to get them to understand the long term benefits of using them.

He added the draw-back to switching to LED is the initial cost but the efficiency and cost effectiveness of LED lighting systems will drive demand for more affordable LED lights.

“Irrespective of cost there are still tremendous financial and energy savings to be achieved,” he said.

“The operational life of most LED lamp is 50,000 hours. This is 10 plus years of continuous operation, or 20 years of 50% operation. The long operational life of an LED lamp is in stark contrast to the average life of an incandescent bulb, which is approximately 5,000 hours.”

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are available as small solid light bulbs, panels, direct replacement, tubes or in cluster form with diffuser lenses.

Prince is currently working with ir design on a chandelier made of LED lights.

The Women in FM & Property Forum is organised once a month by Joanna Saward, business development manager, Duserve and guests included Kathryn Brown of H2O Concepts.

To attend or speak at the next event, on Wednesday, July 27, at 4.30pm, email

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