It wasn’t all that long ago when LED lighting was frighteningly expensive. The technology was relatively new, and manufacturers were still trying to figure out how to produce these diodes on the cheap. Today, however, prices have fallen significantly, and there are millions of LED light bulbs in our businesses and warehouses.
The problem, however, is that the market hasn’t yet made the definitive switch. According to estimates, 25 out of every 28 light bulbs are still of the conventional variety. And given that traditional lighting takes up between 10 and 20 percent of business electricity use, that’s a problem.
Here we’re going to investigate several important reasons why you should make the change to LED lighting. Let’s take a look.
LED Bulbs Provide Instantaneous Light
Right now many people have old-style energy-saving lightbulbs in their businesses. The reason so many of us have these bulbs is thanks to government drives in the 1990s. The government hated the fact that incandescent bulbs were power-hungry. So they rolled out a programme to get people to use energy-saving bulbs instead.
The old-style energy-saving lightbulbs were a bit of a disaster. Sure, they lit our offices and warehouses and used low power, but only once you’d switched them on for a couple of minutes first. The good news is that LED light bulbs offer the best of both worlds. They are frugal, often using less than 10 watts, and they shine brightly immediately. It’s a win-win.
LEDs Now Come With A Variety Of Fittings
One of the problems with LED light bulbs when they first arrived on the scene was their lack of compatibility. Businessowners wanted to replace their existing bulbs. But when they went to buy LED bulbs, they couldn’t always find bulbs that fit. Fast forward to today and the situation has changed. Now it’s easier than ever to find LED bulbs compatible with practically every style of light fitting out there. LEDs come with spotlight, Edison screw, bayonet and strip light fittings.
LED Lights Are Better For The Environment
There are two main reasons why LED light bulbs are better for the environment. The first and lesser known reason is that they can be recycled. The problem with the old energy-saving lightbulbs was that they contained mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal and toxic to people and wildlife in its pure form. Old-style bulbs had to be disposed of in a safe manner to prevent them from contaminating the groundwater. Yet, people still threw them away, mostly because they didn’t know that they contained dangerous elements. LEDs, on the other hand, don’t contain harmful heavy metals, and they can be recycled easily.
LEDs Come In A Choice Of Colours
Traditional bulbs were good because they produced a warm, natural light. But you couldn’t change the temperature of the light without running more current through the bulb. With LEDs, this isn’t the case. LEDs can take on any colour temperature for a given amount of current. This means that you can get the same natural warm light from your childhood. Or you can opt for a colder, bluer light if that’s what you’d prefer instead.
LED Bulbs Are Super Long Lasting And Low Cost
Living with incandescent light bulbs can be a challenge. They typically have short lifespans – around 1,000 hours – meaning you get about six to twelve months use. That’s not all that much. Other types of lighting, like compact fluorescent bulbs, have much longer lifespans. But the longest lasting bulbs are – you guessed it – LED bulbs. The typical lifetime of a LED bulb is 30,000 hours, or about thirty times longer than standard incandescents. Even though LEDs have a higher sticker price, they actually offer far better value for businesses in the long run.
LED Bulbs Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Perhaps the most significant benefit of LEDs is the fact that they use so much less power than their incandescent counterparts. LED lighting typically uses 90 percent less power than standard lighting. This means that forms that use LED lighting are doing an enormous amount to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Incredibly, a 5 watt LED light bulb is able to replace a 50-watt standard incandescent. This is because nearly all of the energy consumed by a LED light bulb is converted into light, not heat energy.
LED Bulbs Lead To Significant Cost Savings
LED lighting can reduce your business electricity bills dramatically. If you’re spending €1,000 a month on electricity, you could save a significant amount of that per month by switching from incandescent. The cost of you switching over will literally pay for itself.