By 2020, 8 out of 10 lights you see will be LED lights. The lighting revolution is no different to the communication and information technology revolutions that have driven our development.
So what are the 10 great reasons to make the change?
1. Low efficiency
Do you really switch on your lights to heat up the room? No! But 85% of the electricity going into your incandescent lightbulb is emitted as… heat! 60 Watts of energy ends up heating up your room… not great!
2. Longer life
Incandescent lights last for 1000 hours… LED lights last for 30000-50000 hours. A big difference…
3. No UV radiation
Yes, UV radiation is emitted by our current lighting. You are not about to get a beach tan from your lighting, but UV light is an issue, and it will impact fabrics and paintings. LED lights have no UV emissions.
Fluorescent lights contain mercury! LED lights contain none. Your choice!
5. No glass
LED lights are made of plastic and aluminum…no glass. So there is no safety issue and no glass that can shatter and cut.
6. Color rendering index
How “real” are the colors under different light sources? Is pink really pink? Under fluorescent light, you may see about 65% of the “real” color. Incandescent lights are better at around 90%, but LEDs come in across the board at around 80-90%. So similar for LED replacements of incandescent lights but if you replace fluorescent lights, you’ll have a great reason to change your lights.
7. Power efficiency
We’ve talked about lumen efficiency per watt of electricity. But what about power efficiency. LED lights use from 2-10 times less power for the same light output. Incandescents put out less than 15 lumens per watt (consider lumens as a measure of light output). Enter the LED light – 7 Watts at 100 lumens per watt. 7 Watts of electricity will cost you a lot less than 60 Watts! That’s a great reason to replace your lights with LED lights!
8. Directional light
LED lights emit light where you point them…not behind them like an incandescent light. Direct the light where you need it…who needs the ceiling lit when you are more interested in the light on your dining table?
You can literally make your LED lights in any color – some even change color with a remote control. So mood lighting is possible and not only can you dim them, but change color as you need to.
10. Finally, safety.
LED lights run on 12 to 24 volts. So a broken bulb will not kill you! A pretty good reason to change your lights to LED lights!
So there are 10 reasons… why not contact LED Lighting Solutions to advise on your LED light replacements.