LEDs are the future of lighting outdoors. Everything points to LED in terms of cost, impact on the environment, and long-term use. The US Department of Energy says that well-made LED products can use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer. Stats like these are always being thrown around, but what do they really mean? Here are 23 good things about LED lighting that should answer all your questions.
1. The quality of light from LED lights is better.
When LED lighting first came out, people worried about the quality of the light compared to more traditional lighting options. Using a mix of different colored LEDs, it took many years for LEDs to be able to make clear, white light, but today’s lighting technologies use LEDs to make light that is just as good or better.
2. LEDs are awesome.
LED lights use energy much more efficiently than incandescent bulbs, which waste up to 90% of their energy as heat. This means that they are safer and cheaper to run.
3. LED lights shine in one direction.
The fact that LEDs are directional means that the light they give off is aimed in a certain direction. Some traditional light sources make it hard to control where the light goes, so you have to use reflectors and diffusers to direct the light where you want it to go. Because LEDs are so small, this need is less important or even goes away.
4. LED lights last longer than other kinds.
LEDs can last up to 25 times longer than more traditional lighting solutions. This means you spend much less on repairs and replacements.
5. LEDs provide modular lighting solutions.
Modular LED lighting solutions let you make lighting fit your needs, so you can save energy and make your lights last longer.
6. LED lights are safer.
As a result of their lower heat production and lower operating temperatures, LED lights provide a much reduced risk of starting a fire in comparison to more conventional lighting options. Because of this, LEDs are safer to use in domestic and industrial settings, as well as outside.
7. LED lights don’t use mercury.
LED light bulbs do not contain mercury, unlike compact fluorescent bulbs. This means they have a much smaller effect on the environment and are easier to throw away. As LED technology improves, the environmental benefits of LED over fluorescent will only keep growing.
8. No ultraviolet “UV” radiation is emitted by LED bulbs.
The absence of UV radiation is another advantage of LED illumination. LED lighting is ideal for temperature-sensitive environments like museums and galleries since it emits no harmful ultraviolet radiation.
9. It’s easy to install LEDs.
Because LED lights use so much less energy than other kinds of lights, a single power source can run a lot more lights without being overloaded. For example, you can plug up to 25 strings of LED Christmas lights into the same wall socket without blowing a fuse.
10. LED lights last much longer than other types.
Part of the reason LED lights last so much longer is that they can handle the weather better. This is because the lenses are made of epoxy instead of glass, which makes them much less likely to break.
11. LEDs save energy.
Because LED lights don’t let heat go to waste like incandescent bulbs do, they use six to seven times less energy. Studies have shown that LED lights could cut the amount of energy used in the US by 50% and save the country $250 billion in energy costs.
12. Running LEDs costs less money.
The fact that LEDs use less energy also means that they cost less to run. Up to 90% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is turned into heat. This means that 90% of what you pay for electricity doesn’t even help you see light. LED lights don’t give off much heat, and this means that your electricity bills will be lower.
13. It’s easier to get rid of LEDs.
Because they have a small amount of mercury, it can be hard to get rid of compact fluorescent lamps. Even though you still need to be careful when getting rid of LED lights, this is much less of a problem now that LEDs last so long.
14. LED lights are available in many different designs.
People used to say that LEDs were ugly or didn’t have enough options that architects and designers could live with. These times are long gone. Now, LED fixtures are made to look good in industrial, commercial, and residential settings.
15. LEDs can be added to lighting fixtures that are already in place.
Some people think that in order to switch to LED lighting, you have to put in all new light fixtures. With LED lighting technology like we have now, this is no longer true. LED lights can be added to fixtures that are already in place, which makes the cost of installing LEDs much lower.
16. The price of LED lights keeps going down.
Between 2011 and 2012, the price of an LED bulb with the same amount of light as a 60-watt bulb dropped by almost 40%, and LEDs keep getting cheaper every year. It is thought that by the year 2030, LEDs will be cheap enough to make up 75% of all lighting sales.
17. LED lights reduce carbon emissions.
Because LED lights use so little energy, they help cut carbon emissions by a lot. In fact, if everyone in the US switched to LED lighting over the next 20 years, it could save about 1.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.
18. LED lights turn on and off immediately.
Traditional lighting can take time to “warm up,” which means that the light you see when you first turn it on isn’t the full output of the light source. What you see is what you get with LED lights. There’s no need to wait for the light to get brighter.
19. There are many different colours of LED lights.
It took decades for LEDs to finally be able to make white light. Today, white light is the most common colour for LEDs, but you can also get them in other colours, like red, blue, and green.
20. LEDs can operate in hot conditions.
Because LEDs don’t release energy as heat, they are also better able to work in very hot conditions. They don’t get dim in cold weather like fluorescent lights do, so they’re a great choice for outdoor lighting in the winter, walk-in freezers, and other places.
21. LED lights work well both inside and outside.
LED lights are great for a wide range of indoor and outdoor uses because they use less energy and cost less than other types of lights. In the past few years, LED lights have shown how useful they can be in a wide range of settings, from shopping malls and schools to roads and parking lots.
22. Solar power and LED lighting work well together.
Because LED lighting uses so little energy, solar power is a great way to power LEDs that are used outside. Traditional lighting sources can be hard to power with solar energy, but LEDs usually use so little energy that the power generated by solar converters is enough.
23. Every day, new ideas are being tried out in LED lighting.
The last good thing about LED lighting is that it is always getting better. Every day, the LED lighting industry comes up with new ways to make it better, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly.