As your incandescent light globes burn out, it's a good time to consider switching to LED lighting instead. By now, you are probably aware that LEDs offer quite an impressive lifespan, making them extremely cost-effective. Their cost-effectiveness has been bolstered in recent years as their price has dropped significantly.
The bulbs themselves, and the technology contained within, have also undergone significant advances over the last few years, and are finally able to deliver the warm light that incandescents have boasted for years. More than ever, there are also an overwhelming number of LED varieties.
What is LED Lighting?
An energy efficient form of lighting, LEDs are different from more traditional forms of lighting, such as incandescent and compact fluorescent, in a number of ways. When designed well, LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting.
LED lighting is basically a form of digital lighting. LEDs (or light–emitting diodes) are semiconductor devices. An electrical current passes through the semiconductor material, which then illuminates the tiny light sources known as LEDs. Switching to LED lighting not only benefits the environment, it also means a huge reduction in your energy costs, and a range of other benefits.
- Energy efficient and cost effective: LED lights use 15% of the energy that standard halogen lighting uses. In fact, most of the energy that halogen lamps suck up is used to heat up the bulb, so you’re wasting money on heating, instead of light. If you apply that energy reduction to all the lights in your house, you can see just how much money you’re likely to save on energy costs. Whether you’re considering LED lighting for your home or a commercial space, it’s clear that you’ll easily make back the money of the installation in energy savings.
- Durability and longevity: LED lights don’t have delicate filaments like traditional light globes, meaning they are much tougher. They also last longer, you can expect about 80,000 hours of use from an LED light which is about 8-10 times longer than what you can expect from a halogen bulb.
- Compact and concentrated: LED lights can be as small as 2mm, making them perfect for small, hard to reach places. LED lights are also designed to concentrate the light, meaning they shine the light exactly where you want it, without it being dispersed to other areas. So, little nooks or features can be illuminated without the light falling outside of the desired area.
- Instantaneous illumination: LED lights go straight to full brightness, unlike halogen lamps, which require a warming up period.
- Environmentally friendly and safe: LED lights are more environmentally friendly and safer than traditional lighting not only because they require less energy, but also because they don’t emit harmful UV rays or contain mercury and other harmful gasses. A 13W LED light emits 68% less CO2 than a standard incandescent bulb during a ten-hour day. They are completely recyclable and can help you decrease your carbon footprint by a third. They are also low-voltage, making them the perfect lighting choice for a solar powered home.