With all of the media attention given to environmental issues these days, it is widely known that the electricity that we use every day is contributing toward harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. If you believe in global warming, then you realize this is one of the issues that is exacerbated by these greenhouse gas emissions. While some people lead their lives not worried about these issues, there are many people who are making the small contributions that they can toward alleviating this problem. Using LED lighting is one of these methods.
LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” It is a semiconductor diode that emits a single wavelength of light when charged with an electric current. These are some of the main advantages of using LED light fixtures. LED light fixtures are much longer lasting than other types of light bulb, and the expected life of each bulb is around 100,000 hours. If your light was on for eight hours each day, the bulb would last somewhere in the region of 20 years. As a result, the maintenance required to replace the bulbs is far less too. LEDs convert approximately 80-90% of the energy they use into light making them among the most energy efficient bulbs you can buy. Traditional bulbs, on the other hand, can convert as little as 10-20% of the energy they use into light, which means the remaining 80-90% is lost as heat. This means when you choose LED bulbs you’re actually paying to light your home, rather than for the lost energy when using other, less energy efficient types of light bulb. Unlike many energy saving light bulbs, with LED there’s no need to wait for the bulbs to light up fully. They emit their full light straight away. Over time, the light they give off becomes slightly less bright, but they don’t usually burn out in the same way that traditional bulbs can.
LED light fixtures only require a low-voltage power supply, so it can easily be used in conjunction with solar energy. They’re more durable and hard-wearing too, and are weather and shock resistant. LED bulbs are also more ecologically friendly than other types of bulb, as they don’t contain toxic chemicals such as mercury (which many other bulbs can) and are completely recyclable. Thanks to rapidly developing technology, LED light fixtures are becoming much cheaper than they used to be. They’re still more expensive than other types of light bulb, but in many ways their other benefits outweigh the cost factor.