Top 5 Reasons You Should Switch to LED Lighting
If a simple change could save you money, cut down your energy usage, and reduce your carbon footprint, would you jump at the opportunity? There’s no doubt that embracing LED lights provides many long-term benefits. Shared ahead are some of the main reasons you should switch to LED lighting without delay.
Still using halogen or CFL light bulbs? I hate to break it to you, but you are simply throwing hard-earned dollars with every electricity bill.
While both halogen and CFL light bulbs are cheaper than LED light bulbs in general, neither can hold a candle (pun intended) to LED light bulbs when it comes to energy efficiency. The latter are simply way more energy efficient than traditional and CFL bulbs, both of which waste as much as 80% of the energy they consume.
In contrast, LED light bulbs waste very little energy on heat, which means they cost less to run. Here’s an example to drive home the point once and for all.
A traditional 75 Watt bulb consumes 75 Watts to produce 1100 lumens. On average, it costs $23 a year to run this bulb. On the other hand, an LED light bulb consumes just 6 Watt to produce the same output and costs just $5 (yes, you read it right!) to run.
The long and short of it is if you don’t want to hand over your heard-earned money to your electricity supplier, switch to LED light bulbs.
LED bulbs outclass incandescent and fluorescent bulbs when it comes to longevity. The average incandescent bulb lasts approximately 1,000 hours. With a fluorescent bulb, you get more run-time — roughly 8,000 hours. LEDs — believe it or not — keep shining for 60,000 hours (if not more).
In short, LEDs beat conventional bulbs to the punch when it comes to durability. This means any price advantage enjoyed by incandescent and fluorescent bulbs over LEDs because of their low initial cost is completely negated by their much shorter lifespan.
As you may know, a household’s or a person’s carbon footprint is directly related to the amount of electricity consumed. Research shows that nearly 50% of our carbon footprint is because of electricity and a big portion of that is because of lighting alone. Since LEDs use 80% less energy that conventional bulbs, they help you reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
Also, LEDS last way longer than conventional bulbs. Since fewer light bulbs translates into less disposal, switching to LED light bulbs helps reduce contamination to our landfills and environment in general.
Safer to Use
CFLs contain mercury in small amounts. Estimates suggest that the run-of-the-mill CFL contains 3mg of mercury. While this is not a huge amount, any exposure to mercury can be harmful, especially for young children. LED light bulbs, on the other hand, are mercury-free and hence safer to use.
Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs produce better lighting. However, keep in mind that the best lighting is produced by LED bulbs that have a CRI (color rendering index) rating of 90 and above. Therefore, we recommend you to invest in CRI 90+ LED light bulbs instead of lower-quality ones. At LiquidLEDs, we don’t compromise on quality and that’s why most of our LED bulbs have a CRI rating of 90+.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Switching to LED lights worth it?
Yes, absolutely, LED light bulbs consume far less energy than traditional bulbs, as much as 80-90% less energy. But that’s not all. They are also more durable, produce high-quality lighting, safer to use, and help reduce your carbon footprint.
Do LEDs really save money?
Yes, LEDs are easier on the pocket — there’s no two ways about it. While every household is different, estimates suggest that an average Austrian household can reduce its yearly electricity bill by $253 by replacing all halogen bulbs with LED light bulbs.
How do I know if my LED bulbs are dimmable?
Check the packaging as it will state whether the bulb you have bought is dimmable or not. Also, remember that not all LED light bulbs work with old dimmer switches and those which do work, may not work perfectly. For this reason, it’s always best to go in for dimmers designed specifically for LED light bulbs.