How to Save FF&E Costs with LED Lighting

There was a time, according to architect Vickie Alani in an interview published in Hotel Management magazine, when light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, paid for themselves in about three years. This was too long to wait in an industry where properties can turn over quickly. Now they start paying off in three to six months.

So what does this mean for hotel owners, designers and purchasers? Simply put, it means highly cost-effective lighting and significant furniture, fixtures, and equipment savings.

Lower FF&E Costs + More:

Not only are the costs associated with LED lights much lower than other lighting options, the ease of implementation is much easier. While your hotel furniture manufacturer cannot hard-wire lighting into the design, they are able to incorporate plug-in lights that can switch on and off into the design.

This means you can work with one vendor from the design stage to the installation stage, which saves you time with communication as well as money.  

All This From a Light Bulb?

Here are some facts to begin supporting these impressive claims:

  • LEDs are much more energy-efficient and long-lasting than incandescent and even fluorescent lighting. For example, an LED uses less energy to generate the same amount of light, and an LED will last at least 25,000 to 50,000 hours. An incandescent bulb lasts 1,000 to 2,000 hours.
  • LEDs are versatile. Because the light produced by LEDs can be indistinguishable from that emitted by an incandescent bulb, LEDs can be used in old designs. An older-style look can be updated without altering its appearance.
  • LED lighting is key to building a green profile. As environmental awareness and concern grow, being able to point to significant energy savings and thus lower greenhouse gas emissions appeals to more and more potential guests.
Where Do LEDs Play Their Most Important Role?

The answer: virtually everywhere a hotel uses lighting, indoors and out. LEDs light ball rooms and bathrooms, lobbies and lounges, pools and parking lots. Whatever the lighting need -- LEDs meet it, and your manufacturer .

Not only do LEDs save cost, time, and energy on the hotel owner’s end, but guests can be dazzled by the incorporation of LED when it is done well. In areas such as:

  • Adjustable room lighting to satisfy a guest’s every whim. Guests can alter color and intensity with a link to their tablet.
  • Lighting that combines with architecture to create the most appealing, even artistic environment.
  • Light bulbs that function in fixtures contained in all kinds of materials, including natural wood, giving designers many choices for putting together the perfect room at a lower cost.
  • Alarm clocks that wake guests with changing light levels instead of that grating buzzer.
  • Better security with well-lit hallways, garages, and outdoor areas.

In other words, LED lighting offers something for everyone who might visit a hotel—men, women, millennials and baby boomers. LEDs’ flexibility allows lighting to adapt to different preferences and requirements quickly and easily. Guests can find the right level and color of light for work, relaxation and sleep with a simple adjustment. In short, guests have the power to create their own ideal environment with the touch of a button.

So What Are the Drawbacks to LEDs?

They’re hard to find. One thing that’s important to remember, though, is that most fixture and furniture manufacturers can only install plug-in LEDs. They can’t hardwire lighting.

So, to save money, it’s a good idea to find a manufacturer who has the right installation capabilities and can make your design happen.

The future of low FF&E cost lighting belongs to LED, and the sooner hotel owners, designers, and purchasers catch on, the better off they’ll be.

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