Have you been considering replacing your old halogen, incandescent, fluorescent, and other old light bulbs with new LED lighting?
If so, you’re in good company.
LED has become the dominant player in the lighting marketplace, mostly for its reduced energy consumption and extended lifespan. According to a recent estimate by the Department of Energy, the growing use of LED lighting throughout the U.S. could lead to energy savings of $30 billion (the equivalent of the annual electrical output of 44 large power plants) by the year 2027.
Though known for higher upfront consumer costs, the purchase price of LED fixtures and lamps is on a continuous downslide, and given its advantages over traditional lighting options, more and more homeowners are upgrading their lighting with LEDs.
If you’re considering making the switch, here are 6 benefits of LED lighting worth considering:
Longer Life Spans
For many homeowners, this is the number one advantage of using LED: quality LEDs can have an expected lifespan of over 30,000 hours, sometimes even up to 100,000 hours!
This means that if you left the lights on for 12 hours a day every day (and who does that?), it would take about 20 years before you would have to replace the bulb.
Also, unlike standard lighting, LEDs don’t “burn out” or stop shining, they merely get slightly dimmer over time. Considering that your typical incandescent bulb lasts only about 1000 hours, the time, effort, and money you save over the long term makes them a clear winner for many homeowners.
Many traditional incandescent bulbs operate at only a 20% rate of energy efficiency, meaning that 80% of the electrical power used to light them is lost and converted into other forms of energy, like heat – a fact you may have dimly (ahem!) been aware of if you’ve stood too close to one of these traditional bulbs.
LED lights use about 50% less electricity than traditional lights, with a much greater conversion of electricity to light. In combination with their long operational lifespan, this makes them an ideal choice for spaces where the lights will be on for extended periods.
Also, unlike tradition bulbs, LED lighting aims light in a specific direction (hemispherically rather than spherically). This directionality can also help reduce wasted energy and light.
Most traditional lighting is contained in a quartz or glass exterior, making it easy to break or crack upon impact. LEDs, however, are generally built with epoxy lenses, not glass. They are designed to resist impact, vibrations, and shock. This makes them an even better long-lasting choice for a home.
No UV Emissions
LED lighting gives off little-infrared light and practically no UV emissions whatsoever. This is in stark contrast to the infrared or radiated heat produced by inefficient incandescent bulbs.
Excessive heat and UV emissions can present a hazard to people and materials, especially over long periods of time. Many museums and galleries have switched to LED lighting to better protect sensitive objects, and maybe your home could benefit from a similar strategy.
Fluorescent lamps are known for malfunctioning in colder temperatures – they require a higher voltage to get started and the overall perceived intensity of the light is still decreased. By contrast, LED lights actually perform better in colder environments.
Best Choice for Outdoor Home Lighting
Because of their durability and performance in cold environments, LED lights are currently the best choice on the market for outdoor home lighting. You will find many options for path lights, step lights, and porch lighting. When it comes to holiday lighting, not only are strings of LED lights sturdier, safer, and longer lasting, they are also often more efficient to install with up to 25 strands connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Many homeowners begin their use of LEDs outside, and after observing all the advantages begin upgrading their indoor lighting too.
Here at Going Lighting, we offer LED fixtures and lamps to match a wide variety of style and home décor designs.
You can check out all our many options on our website!