LED lights are one of the most rapidly growing lighting technologies and are by far the most efficient way to keep out of the dark! Today’s LED lights last longer, are more durable, more efficient and can provide better light than alternative technologies for a fraction of the cost, but above all it allows you to save electricity and money on your electricity bill!
LED’s, or Light Emitting Diodes, are a modern type of luminaire, or light. They have been around for many years but only relatively recently have they become so popular, resulting in huge leaps in technology and huge drops in prices which makes the change from conventional home lighting to LED’s that much more feasible for the average home user.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of using LED’s over incandescent or other types of lights:
- Efficiency – LED’s can use around 75%-85% less power than conventional lighting, reducing your monthly consumption and ultimately reducing the strain on your pocket for electricity each month
- Safety – Very little heat is dissipated, which is one of the reasons why they are so much more efficient. This reduces the risk of fire hazards. In addition, there are no hazardous chemicals such as mercury vapour that you need to be concerned about and no glass to break if it had to drop
- Light dispersement – LED lights focus their light better without the need for a reflector, and therefore can light up specific areas more efficiently than conventional lights.
- Lifespan – The lifespan of an LED light is expected to be around 100 000 hours of operation, making it last far longer than any other type of light.
- Environmentally friendly – Not only reducing your carbon footprint through lower consumption but also containing less harmful chemicals to be released in to the environment once disposed of. They contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable.
When it comes to LED lights there aren’t many disadvantages, with the only major problem being the price. The cost per light is considerably higher than conventional lights which makes a complete upgrade of all lights more difficult. The saving on electricity achieved however will allow the light to be paid off in around 2 years, and because they last a lot longer and need to be replaced less, it can save you time and maintenance costs.
As shown, LED lighting’s benefits far outweigh any possible negatives, and it is the best way to achieve a greener, more energy efficient and economical home while still maintaining perfect levels of light. Whether you initiate a project to replace all lights at one time, or replace them on a unit by unit basis when required, it is an investment that should be considered by everybody and pursued as soon as possible.