5 Reasons to Invest in LED Lighting
You’re constantly told that LED lighting is a great option to serve all of your lighting needs, whether it is for practical, decorative, security or leisure purposes. But what exactly is it that makes light emitting diodes so great?
In short, LED lighting has such a great reputation largely due to the fact that it is a safer, more durable, more efficient, longer lasting, cost-effective and brighter alternative to incandescent or halogen options. For those interested in the what and the why of it, here is the lowdown on the awesome science and technology behind LED lighting!
The Safety Factor
The reason that LEDs are termed as being a “safe” lighting option is generally due to the fact that they don’t contain potentially harmful substances. Unlike their incandescent counterparts, no mercury or similarly toxic substances are used in the manufacturing of LED lights. This makes LEDs safer to work around, but also safer to dispose of, for both the people doing the disposing and for the general environment. Also, unlike other lighting options, LEDs don’t emit harmful UV rays, making them kinder to skin, plants, clothing and the environment. LEDs are also much easier to handle, as they don’t generate much heat, and are therefore cool to touch. This is particularly important if you have a lighting need for something in your home that is within reach of small, curious hands.
The Durability Factor
LEDS are shock resistant and stable, due to their design and makeup. Unlike other lighting options, they don’t contain damageable filament, which makes them less susceptible to breakage. Also, the plastic, as opposed to glass, coating of an LED bulb makes LEDs the perfect option for sport and leisure purposes, whether it be for bike lights, dive lights, camping lights and hiking lights. Being less prone to damage also means that they are more likely to last a long time. That’s one less thing you have to worry about every year when you get the camping equipment out of storage!
The Claim to Efficiency
LEDs produce their light from electrons moving across a semi-conductor, with 80 per cent of the electrical energy being directly converted into light energy. This is in direct contrast to incandescent bulbs, which are powered by a filament which glows when directly heated by an electric current, leading to wasted energy. Overall, LED lighting is a much more environmentally friendly form of lighting, due to its low levels of waste. Following on from this, LEDs also produce much less carbon dioxide than their incandescent counterparts.
Such high levels of efficiency can mean huge reductions in electricity bills for private homes and businesses. If you want further proof, take a three-month LED challenge by replacing lights in just a couple rooms in your house with LED lights. The numbers on your quarterly power bill will speak for themselves!
The Long Lifespan Category
Although they can cost more up front, LEDs have a lifespan of approximately 30,000 hours in comparison to the 750-hour lifespan of their incandescent counterparts, so you have to replace them less often. Many cities in the USA and across the world are currently going through the process of replacing all of their incandescent traffic lights with LED units, largely due to the fact that LEDs will last for years, whereas the current incandescent versions last mere months. This change will save bucket loads in labour costs and make a huge difference to energy bills.
The Less-Light Myth
One of the more common complaints about LED lighting is that it offers dimmer light than other lighting alternatives. Light brightness is generally measured in terms of “lumen output”, as opposed to watts, and it is true that LEDs often rank lower on the lumen scale in comparison to incandescent and halogen options. However, this is only because lumen output does not account for wasted lighting, and therefore is not an accurate measure. In actual fact, LED lights are more direct and less dispersive than all other types of lights, displaying equal brightness across their entire surface area. This in turn actually makes them much brighter than other lights, overall.
About the Author: Chloe Henderson is a London-based interior designer and avid fan of LED lighting. She sources most of her LED lights online from Lighting Ever.