Considering making the switch to LED lighting within your home? Here are a few things to consider along with the benefits of going LED.
A huge benefit to LED is their longevity. Operational life time expected of these bulbs ranges from 40,000 to 60,000 hours (that’s around 6 years of continuous light!) compared to 700 to 2,500 for incandescent. Another example would be, let’s say you left a LED light fixture on for only 8 hours a day, that bulb would last about 17 years.
Something else to keep in mind is efficiency. Incandescent bulbs operate at around 20% efficiency with 80% of the electricity being lost to heat while LED is just the opposite consuming up to 90% less power while emitting very little heat. Thus being great options for large commercial spaces such as sports facilities and airports.
Along with longevity and efficiency, they are also eco-friendly. LED bulbs are free of toxic chemicals (such as mercury) and are also 100% recyclable. For example, a 13W LED light emits 68% less CO2 than a standard 40W incandescent bulb running 10 hours per day. Plus, one LED bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs!
Another beneficial aspect would be the several color temperature options available, from 2,700 degrees Kelvin (warm white) to 7,000 degrees Kelvin (cool white). Warm white closely representing the light given off by incandescent bulbs (fitting for ambient lighting) and cool white comparing to day light (optimal for commercial settings). Thinking of mixing it up? LEDs can be blended together to produce millions of color options.
LEDs are built with sturdy components (a tiny chip encapsulated in an epoxy resin enclosure) and are extremely durable which makes them ideal for rough conditions and exposure to elements such as wind, rain, and snow. They are also resistant to shock and vibrations.
Switching to LED would be a great investment in the long run with longer life expectancies, being extremely efficient on power usage, and very safe on the environment. Plus, they’re available in millions of color options, that’s difficult to pass up!