Maintenance costs of LEDs

You probably already know: LED lighting is not only more environmentally friendly, it also saves money on your electricity bills. But one of the most underrated benefits of LED lighting is the lower maintenance costs. This will amortize your initial costs at the speed of light – and there will be no further expenses for the entire service life! Find out now how you can save maintenance and replacement costs with the help of LEDs. You will also find a direct comparison table with traditional light sources. We wish you an exciting read!

Key facts at a glance:

  • LEDs are not only more economical than conventional lights, but they also have to be serviced and replaced less often
  • LED eliminates significant replacement, accessory, and labor costs
  • up to three times longer service life
  • longer warranty period than traditional light sources

When do maintenance costs arise?

Many light sources break earlier than necessary. Then they lose their luminosity, yellow, or start to flicker. This not only costs nerves but also time and money. This is because expenses can increase if you continue to use traditional light sources such as compact fluorescent and gas discharge lamps, or if you buy poor quality light sources. Maintenance costs can manifest themselves in the following three dimensions:

  • Cost of replacement lamps and accessories
  • Labour costs
  • Guarantee protection and duration

Cost of replacement lamps and accessories

No question about it: if bulbs are defective, new ones must be found! Since flickering, for example, puts a lot of strain on the eyes and can lead to symptoms of fatigue and migraines in the long term, the IEC standard IEC 62722-2-1 states provide flicker-free lighting at the workplace. Failure to comply with the norm can, in the worst case, face heavy fines. You owe yourself and your employees good lighting. However, especially in companies, there are many light sources that have to be replaced, including the necessary accessories. Due to the shorter lifespan of conventional lamps, they may need to be replaced every three to five years. That means unnecessary costs that you should no longer accept. If you switch to LED, you do not have to replace your lamps for up to 30 years and you save a lot of money. This means that your acquisition costs will also be quickly amortized.

Labour costs

In certain commercial buildings, such as industry, the lighting is often mounted on a high ceiling. This makes it difficult to replace the lamps or panels yourself. They often need the help of a hired mechanic with a passenger elevator that also has to be paid for. If, on the other hand, you take over the exchange yourself, you may lose valuable (working) time.


While conventional lamps often lose their luminosity after approx. 3,000 hours or they go completely defective, LEDs last 50,000-100,000 hours, depending on the model. What does that mean specifically for you? A short calculation example:

If we assume that your lights are on for 60 hours a week during regular business operations, that would be around 3,000 hours for 52 weeks a year. With a service life of 20,000 hours, you benefit from your LEDs for around 6 years, and with 100,000 hours even for over 30 years! Conventional lamps with a lifespan of 1 year, on the other hand, are very disadvantageous.

Switching to LED is worthwhile in several ways and will save you a lot of money in the long term.