LED lights … if you have walked into any lighting store, hardware, or electrical outlet to replace a globe, you would almost certainly have been directed to LED lights. The reason for this is the many benefits that come with making the switch to LED.
By far the most energy efficient, the cleanest and most eco-friendly way of illumination is LED lighting.
The leap in technology from traditional lighting methods to LED can be seen much like the leap from analog to digital. In fact, LED is digital light, and the advantages of it’s use versus conventional ‘analog’ lighting are numerous.
Top 10 Benefits of LED Lights
1. Long Life
Long life time stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational life time expectation on average of up to 30,000 hours.
LED’s are different to standard lighting. They don’t really burn out and stop working like a standard light, moreover the lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright.
2. Energy Efficiency
LED lights are by far today’s most efficient form of illumination, with an estimated energy efficiency of 70-80% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs.
This means that about 70-80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while only 20-30% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat. With traditional incandescent light bulbs who operate at 20-30% energy efficiency only, 70-80% of the electricity is lost as heat.
The long operational life time also contributes to energy efficiency, particularly when you consider large scale commercial enterprises for instance, whose act of changing light globes on a large scale itself would consume a great deal of energy.
3. Ecologically Friendly
LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials, like mercury for example, that are dangerous for the environment. LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint.
The long operational life time span of LED lights also means less landfill, and less energy consuming production.
4. Durable Quality
LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged. Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.
5. Zero UV Emissions
LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions. Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such as artwork, or household whitegoods.
6. Design Flexibility
LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination. Perfect examples of this includes new designs in LED pendant lighting, or LED strip lighting.
LED lights also allow for greater control of light, colour and distribution. Easily dimmable (with the appropriate hardware), many LED lights come with the capacity to control the colour temperature of light. Downlights, for instance, are the most common light source for “tri-colour” options on installations. These options allow for a warm white, right through to cool white, and all adjustable at your fingertips.
7. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
LED lights are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings, unlike their fluorescent lamp counterparts whose operation could be affected by low temperatures.
8. Light Dispersement
LED lights are designed to focus light, and allow it to be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector. Well designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to a desired location.
9. Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching
LED lights brighten up immediately when powered on. Also, LED lights can switched off and on frequently and without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional fluorescent lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.
A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting in settings that may have been otherwise difficult to illuminate, such as outdoor, or on an even wider scope, in rural or remote areas.
Did these top 10 benefits of LED lighting convince you?
Rovert Lighting & Electrical can answer any questions or concerns you may have about making the switch to LED!