Top 10 benefits of shifting to LED lights
In bits and pieces you must have heard about the advantages of LED lights. Yet, you are confused and want to take time to shift to LED lighting in your home, shop, office or factory. Here I would like to pinpoint once again the top 10 benefits of shifting to LED lights with the hope that after reading this article, you will be convinced to use LED lights.
LED lights are digital lights that are energy efficient, the cleanest and most eco-friendly, and have a number of amazing benefits.
1, Long life
The lifespan of LED light is much longer than the life cycle of incandescent, HID lamp or fluorescent sources. A high quality LED will generally last 70,000 hours or longer. If a LED fixture is illuminated an average of eight hours per day, it will last over 20 years before needing to be replaced. An LED light does not burn out like a traditional lamp, so there is no need to replace individual diodes on an array.
Instead, the diodes gradually start producing lower output over a long period of time. The lifespan of LED is measured by lumen depreciation. According to Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), life of an LED should be calculated at the point when the LED reaches 30% lumen depreciation. A high-end LED rated at 100,000+ hours would be used as a light source for approximately 70,000 hours. After 70,000 hours, the LED would still be operational, but at a reduced lumen output and would warrant replacement as per IES standards.
2, Energy efficient
LED is the most efficient lighting source; its energy efficiency level is 80%-90% if compared to traditional bulbs, which means that about 80% electrical energy gets converted into light, while just 20% being lost, which get converted into heat. On the other hand, incandescent bulbs which operate at just 20% energy efficiency, and about 80% of the electricity gets lost as heat.
The traditional fluorescent lights contain materials like mercury that are harmful for the environment. But LED lights are green and contains no toxic chemicals. All components of LED lights are 100% recyclable, and they also help to reduce carbon footprint by one-third.
The long lifespan of LED lights means one LED light bulb can save many materials that are needed to produce 25 incandescent light bulbs. That means a big leap towards a greener planet.
LEDs are quite durable and created with robust components that are highly tuff and can withstand extreme conditions. LEDs have no filaments, hence they can withstand a greater intensity of vibration and shock than standard lights.
Also, as LED lights are usually resistant to external impacts and shock. They are suitable for outdoor lighting systems for robust conditions and extreme weather, or even vandalism, traffic related exposure or construction work.
5. No maintenance
The time spent in replacing traditional bulbs as their lifespan is short, especially in larger buildings, is counterproductive and can be utilize in other things. As an LED bulb has longer lifespan as compared to a fluorescent tube, the time spent on maintenance and replacement can be reduced drastically if LED lights are used.
6. Instant on
An LED light lights up instantly as soon as it is switched on. Fluorescents, on the other hand, require time to switch on and flicker before switching on.
Moreover, fluorescent lights usually don?t provide optimum lighting levels unless they are operating for a few minutes. LEDs, on the other hand, provide light instantly and instant full illumination.
7. No heat, no UV emissions
While fluorescent lights give less heat than traditional and bulbs, they produce much more heat than LEDs. LEDs are lukewarm when touched and hence, they carry less risk of causing any accidental of fire.
This is a big safety factor.LEDs produce 3.4 BTUs per hour, compared to 85 BTU for incandescent bulbs.
In comparison, incandescent lighting expels 90% of the energy it consumes via heat, making the bulbs hot to the touch. LED lights produce little infrared light and zero UV emissions. As a result, LED lights are suitable for places where there are goods and materials that are sensitive to fire due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects such as in museums, art galleries, etc.
8. Suitable for extreme cold or hot temperatures
LED are ideal extreme cold and hot conditions. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may harm operation, but LED lights operate well in cold and hot environments such as in outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms, etc.
Low-voltage power supply is enough for LED lights. This makes it easy to use LED lighting outdoor.This advantage is beneficial to light rural areas with LED lights.
10. Design flexibility
LEDs are very easy to design with. LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce efficient illumination. LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a good control of light, colour, etc. Well-designed LED lights can have fantastic lighting impact.