Not many homeowners realize just how much lighting can add to the monthly electricity bill. For those of us looking for new ways to lower the electricity bill, lighting should be among the first things to consider replacing with more modern, energy efficient options. LED lights (Light Emitting Diodes) are the current best energy-saving illumination methods available in the market today. LEDs have taken the world by storm as they have been proven to use at least 75 percent less energy than traditional lighting which has helped a lot of homeowners save on their electricity bills.
LED lighting is quite different from the incandescent bulbs in a number of ways. The LEDs emit light in one direction, which reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers which can trap light. They also emit a lot less heat than traditional lighting options. While the incandescent bulbs and CFLs release about 80-90% of their energy as heat, LEDs release about 20% as heat. The rest is used for lighting.
There are plenty of LED products available in a variety of industrial and home products to choose from. The intensive research and development of LED technology has led to more LED products being invented and improved manufacturing efficiency. This has helped reduce the initial cost of installing LEDs which is significantly higher than incandescent lighting. While Saving on bills with LED upgrades is the main reason for most homeowners installing LEDs, there are other benefits you can expect when you make the inevitable switch to LED lighting:
1. Longer Life
A typical good quality LED bulb has a lifespan of approximately 80,000 hours. This is a lot more than the traditional incandescent lights which have a lifespan of just 1,500 hours. With LED bulbs, you get over 10 years of continuous operation and about 20 years if you use the bulb 50% of the time. LED lights don’t burn out and stop working like incandescent lights. As such, you can get up to 10 years’ service from LED bulbs which help save you some money in maintenance costs in the long run.
LEDs are built with sturdy components that are extremely durable which makes them perfect for use even under the roughest conditions. These materials are highly rugged and can withstand vibrations, shock and other external impacts that can easily damage traditional bulbs. This feature makes LEDs perfect for outdoor lighting and lighting in manufacturing and construction sites, public places, among other high-risk areas.
LEDs are made with non-toxic materials, unlike traditional lighting that uses mercury and other materials which are known to be dangerous to the environment. LED illuminants produce a little infrared light which has close to zero UV emissions. LED lights are also 100% recyclable which helps you reduce your overall carbon footprint by a third.
4. Design Capabilities
LEDs are also being used by designers to set different moods in the rooms they are installed. LEDs can be used together in various intriguing shapes to produce overly efficient and unique illumination. They also come in a variety of base colours that can be mixed to produce a lot more colour options that incandescent bulbs. A perfectly-designed LED illumination system can achieve unique lighting effects that are easy on the eye. LED m0od illumination is already a hit in airplanes, classrooms, and modern living spaces. Speak to us about our industrial lighting design