The Positive Environmental Benefits Of LED Lights

 

LEDs have swept the conventional lighting marketplace for a variety of reasons, most notably their extended lifespans, reduced energy consumption and health benefits.  By 2030, the DOE (United States Department of Energy) estimates that LED lighting could save 190 terawatt hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to a immense $15 billion. The term for this is a “Carbon Footprint” and, by switching to LED lights and bulbs to provide your primary source of illumination, you can ensure that yours is as small as possible and that you do minimal harm to the environment, both while your bulbs are in use and during their entire life-time. The following are eight advantages for LED Products:

1 | Energy efficiency

LED lights use about 50 percent less electricity than traditional lighting options, resulting in substantial energy cost savings, especially for spaces with lights that are on for extended periods. LEDs also aim light in a specific direction unlike conventional bulbs, which emit light—and heat—in all directions (because LEDs are mounted on a flat surface, they emit light hemispherically rather than spherically). This directional lighting capability not only reduces wasted light but also energy. In fact, turning on an LED light bulb requires less electricity than lighting a regular bulb. By now, it’s pretty common knowledge that LEDs use a lot less electricity than their dull counterparts.

FUN FACT: If every household in the US replaced just one of their traditional bulbs with an LED, it would have the same environmental impact as taking 176,210 cars off the road or planting 447 million trees per year, so that can’t be bad, right? 

2 | Extended life

Unlike traditional lighting, LEDs don’t “burn out” or fail, but rather merely dim over time. Quality LEDs have an expected lifespan of 30,000–50,000 hours (17.12 years) or even longer, depending on the quality of the lamp or fixture. While, a typical incandescent bulb lasts only about 1,000 hours. With a longer operational life, LEDs can not only reduce the costs of replacing lights but also save the environment from the hazardous waste of lightbulbs and its mercury.

The most important takeaway from the extended life of an LED is that it helps conserve our natural resources and reduce the necessity for frequent replacements.

3 | Durability

Without filaments or fragile glass compartments, LEDs are breakage resistant and even water resistant. Traditional lighting is usually contained in a glass exterior, which can be susceptible to damage. LEDs, on the other hand, tend not to use any glass, instead they are mounted on a circuit board and connected with soldered leads that can be vulnerable to direct impacting rare circumstances.

4 | Instant on

Most fluorescent bulbs do not provide maximum brightness the moment they’re switched on, with many requiring two minutes or more to reach maximum light output. LEDs come on at 100-percent brightness almost instantly however, and with no re-strike delay. This can be advantageous following a power outage or anytime the light is turned on off a long period of being turned off.

5 | LED's Contain No Harmful Elements

Unlike Traditional Light Bulbs, LEDs don’t require any harmful chemicals to produce their light.Traditional Light Bulbs contain Mercury vapour which, if they become broken, can be released into the environment, causing ecological harm. Avoiding breakages and damage is therefore of paramount importance, but isn't always within our control.

The disposal of lightbulbs in an appropriate manner brings about a lengthy and energy-intensive process to recapture the Mercury, which ultimately increases the environmental impact of the bulb.

6 | Rapid cycling

Traditional light sources tend to have a shorter lifespan the more they’re switched on and off, whereas LEDs are unaffected by rapid cycling. In addition to flashing light displays, this capability makes LEDs well suited for use with occupancy or daylight sensors.

7 | 100% Recyclable

Unlike incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, both of which are a nightmare to recycle, and generally end their lives in landfill sites, LED bulbs are eminently so, being covered by the WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) regulation.This means you can simply bag them up and put them into your home recycling bin to be reclaimed and reused in the manufacture of even more LED lights.

With the incredible range of LED bulbs that’s now available, it’s never been easier to make the transition over to environmentally friendly LED lights for your home or business. Not only will you benefit the environment, but you will also benefit yourself with a substantial reduction to your utility bills and a much clearer conscience.

8 | No Infrared (IR) or Ultraviolet (UV) Emissions

Less than 10 percent of the power used by incandescent lamps is actually converted to visible light; the majority of the power is converted into infrared (IR) or radiated heat. Excessive heat and ultraviolet radiation (UV) presents a burn hazard to people and materials.

LEDs emit virtually no IR or UV. Rapid advancements in LED lighting technologies, with more improvements on the horizon, have resulted in lowered costs and increased reliability of LEDs.

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