If you're looking to save energy and money with your lighting decisions, LED lighting provides the best results in both the short and long term. Traditional lighting uses incandescent bulbs, which burn out regularly and requires frequent replacement due to their short lifespan of around 1,000 hours. More modern halogen bulbs have an even shorter lifespan, typically lasting just 1,200 hours before needing to be replaced. LED lights are now replacing traditional bulbs as they offer comparable light quality at up to 25% less energy consumption.
LED Light Lifespan
Unlike traditional light bulbs, LED lights do not need to be replaced every year or two. LEDs have an average lifespan of at least 50,000 hours and can often last for up to 100,000 hours. This means that LEDs don't waste energy and money on replacements—instead, they offer a more cost-effective solution in long-term savings. It also means you'll never need to worry about another bulb breaking when you really need it to work.
LED Energy Efficiency
One of the best reasons to go with LED lighting is its energy efficiency. The modern bulbs use a fraction of the energy than incandescent and fluorescent lights do—which means they'll save you money, both in terms of initial purchase price and long-term utility bills. In addition, LEDs have a much longer lifespan than traditional light sources. You can use them for years before you need to replace them.
Improved Safety with LEDs
In addition to being more energy-efficient, LEDs are much safer to use. For one thing, LEDs don't contain mercury. Many traditional lighting products do—and that's a problem. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can lead to a host of health problems and even death when mishandled. It's been banned by federal law since 2008, but some manufacturers still continue using it in their products illegally.
LEDs Operate on Very Low Voltage
Compared to fluorescent and incandescent lights, LEDs operate on very low voltage. This means they use less energy. A 60-watt equivalent LED light is equal in brightness to a traditional 150-watt bulb; however, LEDs only consume 10 watts of power (less than half). LEDs also last longer than most other types of bulbs (up to 20 years). If you install them in every room of your home or office, you could save hundreds on electricity costs every year! Also, there's no worrying about kids getting burned or starting a fire with a faulty lamp—LED bulbs don't get hot. It's a win for everyone!
LED Dimming Capability
Have you ever left a room and returned to find that your light bulb has blown out? Or, when you arrived home from work, did you discover that your porch lights had been left on all day? When traditional lighting is switched off, it doesn't actually go off; it's still drawing current even though no light is coming from it. This results in wasted energy and electricity costs. LEDs solve these problems. Using advanced technology that allows them to be dimmed and switched on and off at precise levels (the equivalent of turning down a knob), they can be used like traditional lights with none of their inefficiencies.