You may remember using LED lights back in science class, making basic circuitry to show how electrical current flows. Our memories might give the impression these little unassuming bulbs aren’t much to talk about. We’re happy to enlighten you to the contrary.
LED lighting is both the present and future of providing cost effective illumination for personal and commercial use. By looking into some specific benefits of LED lighting, we can show you why you need to make the switch.
LED Lighting is Energy Efficient
Housing and warehouse costs mount up. While it can be tempting to buy the cheapest bulb in the store to meet your needs, the hidden cost behind it can come back to bite you. This is because, according to Statista, LED products use at least 75% less energy compared to their incandescent cousins. This means you recoup the savings on your next electricity bill, saving away the pennies as your monthly payment decreases.
LED Lighting is Long Lasting
Not only does LED lighting consume much less energy, but according to the same study, they last up to 25 times longer than incandescents. Unfortunately, incandescents are still commonly used throughout the world. Fortunately, global governments have been recognizing their lack of both efficiency and cost effectiveness and begun phasing them out with business incentives. The USA signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, but the process is still ongoing.
Not to be cynical, but the reason these incentives are being brought in is not simply green thinking. They are a no-brainer option for saving money and businesses are recognizing their potential without being forced to do so.
LED Lighting is Environmentally Superior
LED lighting emits light with a very narrow wavelength. This means they don’t require as much energy to function and therefore use less electricity. Using less electricity means they don’t burn as much non-renewable fuel and produce less carbon dioxide. According to The Journal of Industrial Ecology, as the demand for lighting sources grows, especially in developing countries, LED lighting could potentially lead to ‘environmentally benign lighting’.
This is not all when it comes to reducing environmental impact. LED lighting has extremely low infrared and ultraviolet radiation emissions. This is not only beneficial in reducing light pollution, but it has actually been known to help encourage plant growth. They can help produce the blues and reds necessary for certain growing environments and special horticultural LEDs are being produced for this purpose.
LED Lighting is the Future
We are just scratching the surface of the benefits of LED lighting, but the research suggests it will eventually be a moot point. Some areas have been a little slow to start when it comes to incorporating LED lighting, neglecting their benefits for cheaper short term alternatives. This may have been fair at one stage as the price of bulbs was significantly high.
However, as production increases and the benefits of LED lighting have become apparent, this will no longer fly. The US energy department has projected that LED lighting will account for 84% of all bulbs sold by 2030. The reason is simple. They are cost effective, energy efficient and they just might be one of the reasons we have a future to look forward to.