Since the first light bulb was invented, lighting solutions have come a long way, and LED technology is one of the latest developments the industry has to offer. Lighting has evolved from traditional or incandescent light bulbs to the slightly more efficient Halogen light bulbs and Compact Fluorescent Lights(CFLs) and is now replaced by Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
LEDs, an acronym for Light Emitting Diodes are solid light bulbs that are extremely energy-efficient. They function when electrical current passes through a microchip causing illumination of tiny light sources called LEDs resulting in visible light. Lighting products such as lamps and light bulbs that make use of LED produce light up to 90% more efficiently than the classic light bulbs which are incandescent. LEDs are useful in general lighting applications as they can be incorporated into bulbs, lamps, and fixtures.
Switching over to this effective lighting solution can help save money. Energy-efficient lighting helps lower electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions, all without reducing the quality of light in our homes or facilities.
1. Longer Light Lifespan
Unlike other lighting, LEDs have a much longer lifespan. LEDs, used in commercial lighting, can last up to 100,000 hours of operational time which is four times more than the classic fluorescent and metal halides lights. They last up to forty times more than incandescent lighting. LEDs can stay for many years, anywhere between five years and even up to a decade, depending on how much use is gotten out of them. They resist vibration, drops, shock, and the elements such as rain wind, and snow, making them outlive their incandescent forefathers.
LEDs do not burn out or fail like incandescent bulbs. Instead, they experience something called lumen depreciation where the bulbs just dim over time. This results in purchasing and changing fewer light bulbs over time and saving money on those expenses.
2. Design Flexibility
Due to their small size, LED opens up a new world in terms of innovative design opportunities. Some LED bulbs could take on a more traditional physical form of light bulbs or could be built in as a permanent light source. Their small size allows for LED lights to fit into unorthodox spaces and can be made use of as a lighting solution. They can be put in compact areas depending on need. This allows for tremendous design opportunities and flexibility to fit whatever aesthetic. As they come in different shapes and forms, LEDs take lighting to a whole new level of art and decor. They can be used indoors or outdoors or maybe even both. It allows for you to be creative with lighting and it is unidirectional, unlike traditional lighting that emits light in all directions.
3. Safety and Durability
Most traditional lighting converts most of the electrical energy (about 90%) to heat than actual light production, making it wasteful and dangerous. The heat produced by the fixtures could potentially cause a fire or could get one injured or burned if contact is made. In contrast, LEDs produce less heat as it operates at a lower temperature, making them safer to use.
Also, traditional lighting solutions have glass around them which can break due to the high temperatures they reach while LEDs are solid-state lights which makes them very durable and less likely to break or get damaged. They are maintenance-free and relatively easy to install leading to less change over time.
4. No Need For Warm-up
Most commercial lighting such as fluorescent lighting needs time to warm up and get to the optimum brightness but not LEDs. They reach full brightness immediately they are turned on, therefore there is no wastage of energy. Constant switching off and on does not affect the performance of the LED lights unlike their traditional counterparts, which causes a reduced lifespan. LEDs are a welcome improvement from heated wire filaments as it does not require warm-up and absorb the heat produced through the use of a heat sink. This prevents and slows down performance issues over time.
5. Super Efficiency In Energy Use
As we’ve earlier mentioned, the most important feature of LED light is that it is very energy efficient as it consumes way less power than its more-traditional counterparts. LEDs lighting saves energy up to 30 to 90% more than others which allows you to save more when it comes to energy. LED lights accept variable energy inputs making them compatible with low voltages. This renders them a great multipurpose light for outdoor purposes and gives more customization. They produce light at a minimal voltage and require less electrical energy to light up. This allows for more flexibility for your lighting. Along with conserving energy and saving money, LEDs are environmentally friendly. Since LED draws less energy, they lessen the demand for electricity at power plants and therefore decrease the level of greenhouse gas emissions released into the environment.
LEDs have come a long way since their inception and it has become more favorable over their other lighting solutions counterparts due to their numerous benefits including energy efficiency and comfort. LED lighting is more efficient, versatile, and lasts longer than previous lighting technologies. LED technology has proven itself far superior to older lighting solutions and holds a lot of potential for changing how facilities and homes are illuminated by reducing costs and energy use. Utilizing LED lighting can be such an amazing way to save money and reduce operational costs in the long run.