Over the years there have been numerous developments in lighting technology. The latest and most talked about of these is the emergence of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. You may have heard that using LEDs is very beneficial for both your energy bills and the environment, but you may not exactly understand why. So, let’s take a look. Here are some of the benefits of using LED lighting.
Choosing the right lights for your home can save you money and reduce your impact on the environment. Here are some of the benefits of using LED lighting.
LEDs Have a Longer Lifespan
This is by far the most beneficial aspect of switching over to LED from traditional lighting – they simply last longer. The average LED light will last between 30,000 and 100,000 operating hours or more, which is at least twice as much as most traditional options. The standard incandescent bulb will only last around 1,000 to 2,000 hours. LEDs are different to standard lighting options in that they don’t burn out. Rather the diodes lose their output levels and they simply get dimmer over time.
They Are More Energy Efficient
The other (equally important) benefit of using LED lighting is that they are far more energy efficient than other options. They require very low amounts of power to operate – between 50% and 90% less energy than standard bulbs. This results in significantly lower energy bill for you.
They Are Far More Sturdy Than Other Types
Incandescent, fluorescent and halogen and other lighting options require a filament or neon gas to operate. Most are also housed in glass. These components are fragile and tend to break easily if they are bumped or tampered with in any way. LEDs on the other hand are a semiconductor device that convert electricity into energy. Thus they are far more sturdy.
LEDs Are Eco-Friendly
LEDs are the eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing lighting. First of all, they consume far less energy than other options. Secondly, they do not contain any of the toxic chemicals that are found in some lighting. For example, neon lighting contains mercury, which can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of responsibly. LED lights are made from 100% recyclable materials. And, because they last longer, you will not need to replace them as often, which reduces the impacts associated with production.
They Are Safer Than Other Options
LED lights produce very little heat, less than 20% of the energy they consume, whereas typical incandescent lights can convert up to 90% of the energy they consume them directly into heat. Obviously, LEDs are the safer option. Also, because they consume less power they can operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems, meaning they are less likely to cause any issues in the event of some kind of electrical emergency.
They Are Flexible When It Comes To Design and Configuration
LEDs can be configured in any number of ways to suit the aesthetic and atmospheric needs of a wide variety of spaces.
LEDs produce only a small amount of infrared light and close to no UV emissions, meaning they are ideal in spaces where these factors can have an impact (such as an art gallery or stores with fragile products).
If you have any questions about installing LED lighting in your home or business, or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.