LED Lighting

5 REASONS TO USE LED LIGHTING

Most businesses and homeowners try to find ways to save on costs and to reduce energy.  A simple solution to energy savings is making the switch to LED lighting.  Light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s leading energy-efficient lighting technologies.  Some have questioned whether it is worth switching from the traditional incandescent lights, as the price of LEDs has been known to be costly.  Though the price of LEDs has come down, they still are significantly more expensive than incandescents.  Traditional business lighting, such as fluorescents, are known to emit poor light, are hot and contain harmful toxins.  LED light bulbs can last up to 25 percent longer than incandescents and on average about 22 years depending on usage.  Not only do LEDs reduce energy costs, but they save on maintenance fees too!  This also means you don’t need to keep a stock of light bulbs handy, as you never know when an incandescent bulb will need to be replaced or when that fluorescent light begins to buzz and flicker.  Whether you’re considering LEDs for your home or business just think of it as a long-term investment.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should switch to LED Lights:

1. Environmentally Friendly

Incandescent bulbs (CFLs) that are available today, minimally meet the energy efficiency standards and they are filled with mercury gas.  If the bulb breaks the gases are released, exposing you to airborne toxins.  LED lights are non-toxic.  They do not emit gases that are harmful to you and the environment if broken.  They are 100% recyclable and are less likely to break.

2. Uses Less Energy

One of the biggest reasons to switch to LEDs is they use much less energy than any other traditional lighting.  When compared to incandescent lights, LEDs use about 75 percent less electricity and provide the same level brightness.  According to energy.gov, if there is a widespread use of LED usage over the next 10 years, it could save more than $30 billion.  That is equivalent to 44 large electrical power plants.  LEDs are measured in lumens.  If compared to a 60 Watt incandescent bulb, an 800 lumen LED bulb uses approximately 13 Watts of electricity.  If you think about it, measuring a lightbulb by the amount of light it emits makes sense!

3. Long Lasting

LED Lights can last between 30,000-50,000 hours.  Up to 25-50 times longer than an incandescent bulb and 8-10 times longer than a CFL.  Their life expectancy is 11-20+ years depending on usage.  If used 12 hours a day, the life expectancy is closer to 11 years.  LEDs typically don’t burn out, however, the lumen depreciates causing your light to dim over time.

4. Safer

LEDs don’t emit heat; therefore, you don’t pose the risk of getting burned when touching or the bulb causing an accidental fire.  Incandescents use heat to emit light.  They are hot to touch when in use, unlike LEDs.  LEDs are hollow on the inside and are made of glass.  They are much more durable and able to withstand frigid temps.  You will find them in most refrigerators, freezers, outdoor lighting, and Christmas lighting.

5. Range of color

Fluorescent lights are notorious for producing a cool white or blue tone.  They don’t vary in color, unlike, LED bulbs.  LED lights are capable of exhibiting a range of colors.  They often come in warm, cool and daylight colors, and the level of brightness varies.

If you are considering switching to LED lighting, here are a few helpful resources:

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