LED technology is rapidly improving and becoming more common in business settings. Although LEDs aren’t ready for every lighting application, they’re a good choice for a growing variety of uses, including replacements for incandescent lamps, parking-lot lighting, commercial signage, task lighting, refrigerated cases, recessed downlighting, ambient lighting in offices, and many high-bay applications.

Despite the technological advances, you should still take care in selecting LEDs that will meet your illumination needs, match their manufacturers’ claims, and work with any controls that you employ. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solid State Lighting website is a good general source for tracking the progress of LED technology.

In 2017, the DOE published the report Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, in which it asserts that there is potential for significant energy savings from both LED adoption and implementation of connected controls—systems in which LED-based lighting systems are fitted with integrated sensors and networked controllers (either wired or wireless), enabling the products within the system to communicate with each other and transmit data.

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