LED lighting is no longer a futuristic technology. Today, LED lights are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. But what are the advantages of using LED lighting? Not sure? Then let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using LED lighting both in the home and in business.
Is LED lighting energy efficient?
LED’s – or ‘Light Emitting Diodes’ have revolutionised the lighting scene with great light quality and low energy consumption.
Using on average only 20% of the energy that would be required to power a traditional filament or energy saving halogen lamp for the same light output, LED lamps can make a massive contribution to your energy saving effort.
And when you think that the 25% of the average home energy budget is spent just keeping the lights on, even better.
Now consider their lifespan. LED lights typically last up to 50,000 hours with almost no degradation of light output. And if you were to average that out at a typical 8 hours usage per day, that’s an amazing life expectancy of about 17 years.
Unlike conventional lights, LEDs have a directional light source. The LED light therefore gives you increased control over the light and therefore less wasted light and pollution.
Why choose LED lights over normal energy saving lights?
The life expectancy of a LED lamp is more than 10 times that of a similar compact fluorescent and 30 times longer than a typical incandescent light bulb.
The construction of a LED light is solid, in other words they do not have a filament. That makes them virtually indestructible in normal service, and even better, the performance of the light should remain constant. This makes the LED light superior to other light technologies both of which will almost certainly visibly deteriorate with age.
From a safety perspective, LED lights are mercury-free. This is in contrast to their counterpart, the energy saving bulb or compact fluorescent, which because of their mercury content, demand that increased care be exercised when they’re being handled.
Where can I use LED lighting?
You can use them virtually anywhere. LED lights have a lower operating temperature making them much safer to the touch, whilst at the same time reducing heat pollution.
The design of LED lighting makes them suitable for most applications, but excellent as direct replacements for the lamps normally used in conventional light fittings such as ‘down lighters’.
Running off only a 12 volt or 24 volt system, LED lights are a great low-energy partner when used with renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind power generators.
LED lights are available in many different shades of ‘light-colour’ including white, warm white, RGB (red, green, blue) and colour changing. And demonstrating even greater versatility, LED lights are also fully dimmable.
Is LED lighting expensive?
Although initially more expensive, the cost of LED lighting should soon be recovered due to their energy efficiency.
They should also help to keep developments costs down on any new build projects, where they should easily comply with the latest building regulations for energy saving.
And that’s only the beginning of why we think LED lighting has such a bright future…
- Up to 50,000 hours life expectancy
- Excellent luminescence
- Vibration resistant due to solid state technology
- No fragile glass composition or filaments, a robust construction
- Immediate ‘on’ no warm-up time
- Excellent with motion and presence detectors
- Direct ‘retrofit’ replacement for existing installations
- Reduced wiring and distribution board requirements for new build
- No harmful pollutants like lead or mercury
- Reduction in carbon emissions
- Up to 90 % savings on consumption costs
- Virtually no costly maintenance typically for 15 – 25 years of its life cycle
- No irritating flickering or humming
- No infrared or ultraviolet radiation
- Helps eliminate photosensitive epilepsy
- Helps combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADS)