LED (light-emitting diodes) lights gradually are making their way into the mainstream for home and office lighting use. Although LED bulbs are a little more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they use much less energy, saving you money on your electric bills. Prices for LED bulbs are coming down, too. Now you can buy an LED bulb that gives off the same amount of light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb for about $10.
Bulbs that give off more light cost a little more, but despite the higher price, LED bulbs pay for themselves within a short time by saving you money on your energy consumption. Cost savings isn't the only benefit of making the switch to LED. Keep reading to find out more benefits of LED lights.
LED Bulbs Last Longer
LED bulbs last much longer than incandescent lighting. An incandescent light bulb usually provides about 2,000 hours of illumination whereas LED light bulbs generally give 25,000 hours or more of light. Instead of burning out, the bulbs become dimmer and produce less light.
A key difference between LED bulbs and standard incandescent light bulbs is that they don't suddenly blow out. Instead, the light LED bulbs emits begins to fade, producing less light over time. However, as a result of this lumen depreciation (light output), the lighting changes as the bulb ages, resulting in dimmer lighting and shadows.
LED Bulbs Save Energy
Incandescent light bulbs convert up to 10 percent of the electrical current that passes through them into light. LED bulbs can convert 60 percent of their electric energy into light. The bulbs not only help you cut your electricity bill, but they also help reduce the nation's overall energy usage. They also don't get as hot as incandescent light bulbs do. Therefore, the bulbs aren't wasting energy in the form of heat. As a general rule of thumb, the cooler the light bulb, the more energy efficient it is.
Another reason why LED bulbs use energy more efficiently is that the bulbs emit directional light. Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, on the other hand, give off light and heat in all directions, which wastes energy in many cases.
Broad Array of LED Styles
LED lights give off instant and high-quality lighting. The bulbs are available in different colors, so you aren't restricted to white lighting. The color quality of LED lights is excellent no matter which shade of light — amber, red, green, blue, or white — you select. Although there are many uses, a common example of the use of a color LED light is for the power button on a computer monitor.
To create white lighting, LED manufacturers mix different color LEDs (red, green and blue) to get light that looks white. In some cases, the bulbs are covered with a phosphor material that changes the color of the light.
While some LED bulbs look similar to their incandescent counterparts in design, others come in a range of unique designs. If you are in the market for more sophisticated lighting choices, some companies offer LED light bulbs with remote controls that allow you to change colors, dim the light, turn the bulbs on and off, flash or strobe.
Less Carbon Emissions
LED lights significantly reduce carbon emissions, an advantage that has multiple benefits. Fewer carbon emissions mean you are using electric power more efficiently, as well as reducing carbon pollution in your home and the environment. Carbon pollution in the environment not only pollutes the air you breathe, but it also can contribute to climate disruption, which can lead to extreme weather conditions. But by burning LED light bulbs, you put less carbon dioxide into the air.
Incandescent bulbs tend to break easily or shatter. Known for better durability, the design of LED bulbs makes them difficult to break. The bulbs have a special coating so that if a bulb breaks, the coating protects it from shattering into pieces or sending shards of glass flying.