5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO LED BULBS
Sept 25, 2021 4 min read
LEDs are the epitome of technological advancement in the lighting sector, it’s a disruptive technology that has paved the way for a sustainable future. LED (light-emitting diode) lights are becoming increasingly popular. They are turning up all over the place, which leads one to wonder why. What’s so great about these little lights? How are they different from conventional light bulbs? To answer this question, there’s plenty of evidence that suggests that LED lights are a smarter choice. Here are 5 compelling reasons why LEDs are the best option for your lighting needs.
1. ENERGY EFFICIENT
LED bulbs have the potential to transform the lighting industry, they are replacing conventional lights such as incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lighting because of their high energy efficiency. An incandescent lightbulb for instance loses about 80% of its energy to heat and uses the remaining 20% for producing light. However, LED bulbs turn this around, they use 80% of the energy for producing light and the remaining goes into generating heat. The reason for this disparity in energy consumption is the presence of a heat sink integrated into LED fixtures which dissipates heat, this results in less heat wasted and more energy converted into light. Therefore, we can use a lower wattage to get the same amount of visible light which consequently leads to reduced energy consumption.
At first glance, switching to LEDs might not seem lucrative because they are much more expensive in comparison to conventional light bulbs( incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lighting). However, due to their innumerable benefits, they have a financial advantage in the long run. They consume lesser energy that will result in lower energy costs. Additionally, they have a longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs. So, while the upfront cost might be a little higher, the payback time is worth it. To examine the cost comparison, we take an example of a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb replacement. We see the cost breakdown in a 20-year timeline show that LED bulbs are cost-effective in comparison to conventional light bulbs.
3. LONGER LIFESPAN
One of the biggest advantages of LED light bulbs is their long lifespan, an LED has an average life span of 50,000 hours whereas the run-of-the-mill incandescent bulb lasts roughly 1,000 hours and a fluorescent bulb gives us a bit more run-time at 8,000 hours, both of which have significantly lower lifespans. LEDs are more durable because they don’t make use of fragile glass bulbs or filament and are hence more resistant to impact and vibration. This longer lifetime comes with a host of hidden benefits. Over time, you won’t have to buy as many bulbs, you won’t have to waste time and resources replacing those bulbs, and finally, you’ll save a significant amount of money in this process
4. ECO-FRIENDLY OPTION
LED lighting is a green technology that not only brings down energy bills but also promotes a sustainable future. LEDs consume up to 50% less power than CFLs and 80% lesser power than incandescent bulbs, this low energy consumption reduces the load on electric power plants, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel being burnt to generate electricity resulting in a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, LEDs are mercury-free and devoid of any other hazardous materials which ensure a safer and cleaner environment. Furthermore, LEDs do not contribute to noise pollution; they are designed in such a way that they do not generate any vibrations or humming noise. Moreover, LEDs are highly directional and focused and therefore contribute towards reducing light pollution by reducing the unwanted scattered light in the environment. Hence, replacing conventional bulbs with LEDs will play a role in establishing an eco-friendly lighting system.
5. LEDs ARE VERSATILE
LEDs are extremely flexible with a multitude of applications. There are LED fixtures for every environment, they come in different shapes, sizes, wattages, and uses. Ranging from households, streetlights, cars to warehouses and hazardous locations, an LED lighting solution is always available. Additionally, LED light bulbs can be made in a vast array of colors without the use of additional filters. They come with different CCT( CORRELATED COLOUR TEMPERATURE) options, allowing a range of colors from fixtures that emit a warm-toned yellowish light to cool-toned white light. They also provide a higher quality ambient lighting that gives a more polished and professional appearance. Furthermore, they can be easily integrated with intelligent controls to enable a smart lighting system. For instance, LEDs are widely used in smart street lighting projects, smart homes, and smart workplaces associated with human-centric lighting. In a nutshell, LEDs have a wide range of applications in various fields and verticals, indicating that they are the ideal solution for your lighting requirements. Switching to LEDs is hence the smarter choice.
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