If you’ve shopped for lights of any kind recently, there’s a good chance you’ve purchased — or at least been presented with the option to buy — LED lights. While it’s obvious that this is a newer technology, what exactly makes these lights different ? And what are some LED lighting advantages to consider when comparing LED lights to the incandescent bulbs that have been around for over a century?
To answer these questions, we’ve prepared an infographic and article designed to enlighten you on all things LED. Don’t be afraid to pin, share or simply pass on this info to other inquiring minds. Enjoy!
The Rise of LED
Imagine a world where you install a light bulb in your sweet newborn’s nursery, only to replace that light bulb when that newborn is a thriving 20-year-old — and no longer even lives at home. That’s the world of today, thanks to LED lighting.
Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, offer significant advantages to traditional incandescent bulbs — not the least of which is an estimated 20-year lifespan, or up to a whopping 100,000 hours of use time. According to energy efficiency expert and HGTV host Jeff Wilson, LED lighting is better because:
- It’s energy efficient, using 80 to 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and 40 to 50 percent less than compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs.
- It’s non-toxic (no mercury) and recyclable.
- It’s durable and resistant to shock and vibration.
- It’s relatively cool to operate.
The quality of LED light is inherently different from other light types, and surfaces will take on unique casts under LEDs of varying color temperatures. To get a look at LEDs in action and decide for yourself, visit a local lighting retailer.
According to a recent New York Times article, the future is bright indeed for LED manufacturers. LEDs now occupy 18 percent of the global lighting market, with a projected rise to 70 percent by 2020.
And while LEDs come in spotlights and tracks, rope lights and floods, decorative bulbs and globes, their inherent brightness is perhaps most beneficial for enhancing safety. To highlight a few LED lighting advantages, they are especially popular for:
Warm white LED light is 20 times brighter than a standard solar light.
Small and directional LEDs are perfect for task lighting and casting a glow on countertop cookbooks.
Hallways and Staircases
In areas where lights are left on all night, you’ll use less energy in an LED’s lifetime than in one or two years with an incandescent.
Glad tidings for energy use
Want to save a little holiday cash? Invest in strands of LED sparklers to replace your traditional decorative lights. While there is an initial output of expense, they’re more eco-friendly and durable. Experts estimate that LED strands will reallocate about $7 per year, on average, to stocking stuffers rather than your power bill.