5 Benefits of Switching to LED Light Bulbs
Making the switch from incandescent light bulbs to LED is a simple way to make a home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly
There are a myriad ways for you to make their homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to LED light bulbs is one of the simplest changes you can make. The differences are immediately noticeable. The lights in your home are brighter, and they last longer than those old incandescent bulbs. Your power bill will see a decrease in each cycle. Frankly, the peace of mind you feel when you don’t have to replace your lights all the time is its own reward. Choosing LED lighting offers benefits that are even more significant, however. What will it take to convince you and your customers?
1. The Energy Efficient Lighting
One of the top reasons to replace your traditional bulbs with LED lights is that LEDs are energy efficient. They don’t consume as much power as other light bulbs, including regular fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lights (CFL). Their luminous efficacy, also known as useful lumens, is greater than metal halide lights and both high- and low-pressure sodium lights. In other words, outfitting your home with LED bulbs results in brighter lights that use less power.
It’s true that, initially, LED lights cost more than some of their counterparts. However, the price of most LEDs has come down since the first wave appeared on the market. There are kits available to get you started with light bulbs and hubs, as well.
It all depends on the brand, the power and size of the light bulb, and its purpose. For example, you can get a durable outdoor LED for your garage for as little as $10. On the other hand, a multi-color LED designed to create mood lighting and facilitate easy, hands-free control may set you back more than $50 but you reap the benefits of personalized lighting options and 25,000 hours of power. The point is that the light bulbs pay for themselves dozens of times over.
2. A Longer Lifespan
LED lights outshine other bulbs both figuratively and literally. They last longer than their counterparts, and often by an impressive margin. Depending on the bulbs you choose, you can get up to 100,000 hours out of them. They outlive fluorescent lights, sodium vapor lights, and metal halides by double, sometimes triple, and they live 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs. In addition to reducing the hassle of burnt-out bulbs that you have to replace, the longer lifespan saves you money over the long run. There’s a reason LEDs always appear on guides that teach you how to have a smarter house.
3. Safer for Everyone
Other light bulbs pose a risk when they burn out, when you have to remove them, and when you have to dispose of them. LED lights don’t contain mercury within the bulb. Accidentally breaking a bulb isn’t as unsafe as it is with incandescent, fluorescent, or mercury vapor lights. You also have to get rid of those bulbs in specific ways, whereas LED bulbs can go in the trash.
All energy efficient upgrades are better for the environment, regardless of their size. They all have an impact. LED bulbs present a safer option for the Earth and the individual user. You can’t put a price on either benefit.
4. Versatility by Design
Although LEDs come in a variety of sizes, most of them are small because they don’t need to be bigger. The power devices are fractions of millimeters in size, even in larger lights. Being that diminutive results in remarkable adaptability, which is why you can now find LED fairy lights and flashlights along with bulbs for overhead fixtures, lamps, and outdoor lights. Whether you want recessed lighting or mood lighting, you can find an LED for it. Just choose wisely. Focus on the lumens, not the watts, and always make sure that the bulb is compatible with what you want it to do.
5. The Heat Isn’t On
Compared to their counterparts, LEDs don’t emit nearly as much heat. All of their focus goes toward providing light, not burning power. They don’t emit UV rays, either. That means that they’re ideal for illuminating anything that’s sensitive to the UV spectrum, such as paintings.
When you list out the benefits, switching to LED lights is the clear choice. Are you convinced yet?
Author Bio: Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She enjoys writing about events, travel, decorating trends, and innovations for the home, but also covers developments in HR, business communication, recruiting, and CRM solutions.