07 May The Benefits of LED Lighting
I am sure many of us have noticed a considerable increase in our electricity bills as of late, so I thought it would be beneficial to highlight the advantages of LED lights. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have become smaller, cheaper and longer lasting than ever before making it a much more affordable option over incandescent lights.
As traditional incandescent light sources are being phased out and the application of LED lights has developed, the selection of well-designed lights that are available has increased. LEDs are better at placing light in a single direction than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Because of their directional output, they can be installed under counters, in hallways, and in joinery or furniture. They produce more light per watt than fluorescent or incandescent bulbs and their efficiency is unaffected by shape and size. They emit light of an intended colour, so do not require a colour filter, which allows them to become a part of the design from the very beginning. In contrast to many light sources, they also radiate very little heat in the
form of infrared that can cause damage to sensitive objects or fabrics and help reduce cooling costs in summer.
One of the biggest advantages of LEDs is their long life — up to 50,000 hours compared with fluorescent tubes, which only last around 15,000 hours, or incandescent light bulbs whose lifespan can be as little as 2000 hours. By lasting longer and using less energy to light, approximately 10 per cent of the electricity needed in a standard bulb —they can save a household up to 90 per cent on lighting costs. When they do start failing, they dim slowly over time, rather than suffer rapid burnout, and because they do not contain mercury like fluorescent lights, they can be eventually disposed of more easily.