By Clarissa Allison | November 18th, 2016
The light-emitting diode (LED) is THE premier energy-efficient and ever-evolving lighting technology. This is because well made LED light bulbs have a longer life, are sturdier and emit a better quality of light than the sources of old. Read on for 3 reasons LED lighting is so special, then watch a helpful video from This Old House on how to use them in your home application.
1. THEY SAVE ENERGY
Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true – LED is changing the future of lighting around the world. Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than standard incandescent lights. They are also used in developing countries with no access to electricity to help people study, complete tasks and increase their own safety.
The potential impact on energy savings in the United States with the widespread use of LED lighting is staggering. LEDs emit almost no heat. By contrast, incandescent bulbs burn up 90% of their energy with only 10% being used to illuminate your surroundings. CFL bulbs are similar, releasing about 80% of their energy as heat. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices. source: http://energy.gov/
2. THEY ARE GREAT FOR COMMERCIAL USE AND RESIDENCES ALIKE
LED technology is advancing so rapidly that there is hardly an application not suited for it. Because of their highly efficient and directional nature, LEDs are ideal for many industrial uses. You have most certainly seen them used in in street and roadway lights, parking garages, parks and stadiums, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
Because they consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, LEDs are ideal for standard applications most homeowners will utilize, such as holiday string lights. LEDs are much safer than regular holiday lights, and the odds of combustion or burning fingers is almost nil. Since LEDs are made with epoxy lenses instead of glass, they are also resistant to breakage. They are also easier to install without the danger or worry of overloading a wall socket, since several strings can be connected end to end. Many LED bulbs are also dimmable, so you can still use them in all the same fixtures you have now with a compatible light dimmer, such as those available from Lutron Electronics.
3. RETROFIT LED BULBS LEAVE NO EXCUSES
LED retrofitting means replacing your existing light bulbs with a newer and better technology. Many businesses replace the lighting in an entire building or facility with LED bulbs, because they know that in the future, they will cut costs on overhead, ongoing maintenance and daily energy consumption. Older, outdated lighting technologies such as fluorescent, CFL and HID (metal halide) are often switched to a newer LED system in private residences as well. Not only will you improve the quality of light in your space, sometimes there are local tax incentives and rebates you can take advantage of for making the change.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog. Please contact us with any questions about your next lighting project at 1877 385 2104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Louie Lighting Team wishes you and yours a safe and happy weekend!