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We believe that the future of lighting lies with LED technology. However, because it is still relatively new, many people are not fully aware of the advantages of LED lighting. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some of the reasons why every household and workplace could benefit from an upgrade to LED light bulbs.
One of the biggest benefits of LED light bulbs is that they are extremely energy efficient. 90% of the energy that an incandescent bulb generates is lost to heat. This is not the case with LED light bulbs, so they can achieve the same brightness as an incandescent bulb, using only a fraction of the power to do so.
For example, an LED bulb that uses only 5 watts (W) of power emits the same amount of light that a 50W incandescent bulb does.
LED light bulbs will last for years before they need to be replaced. The lifespan of light bulbs is measured in hours, and where an incandescent bulb might last for 1,000 hours, a similar LED bulb could last anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 hours.
You would need to replace an incandescent light bulb at least 10 or 15 times to get the same lifespan as just one LED bulb. The equivalent costs mean that LED light bulbs work out a lot cheaper. Click here for more information.
The versatility of LED bulbs means that lighting is no longer just a function in many homes, but a conscious design choice.
The rapid development of ‘smart’ LED lights, which can be linked into one big lighting network and controlled through smartphones and tablets, is allowing people to be more creative than ever in designing their own lighting systems. Easy to install, and endlessly customisable, smart LEDs are the next generation of lights.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) are another energy saving alternative to incandescent light bulbs. However, many of them contain small amounts of mercury, making them difficult to dispose of.
LEDs, on the other hand, are safe to dispose of in the household waste, just like incandescent bulbs. They can also be recycled through local recycling centres or some online recyclers. Some retailers also have their own light bulb recycling schemes.