There hasn’t been an innovation in lighting like the LED light bulb since Thomas Edison made the first light bulb in 1878. You may think this is an overstatement of their importance, but we assure you it is not. LED lighting has come leaps and bounds over the past few years. The reason for this drastic change is the products superior performance and the benefit to the environment. LED lighting has numerous home, and business applications and that number is growing. Today we will take a look at the top 5 reasons that you should upgrade to LED lighting.
Saving You Money
Let’s start with everyone’s favorite benefit, the savings. LED bulbs are built to last up to 50,000 hours. This means replacing light bulbs in your house much less frequently. Replacing your light bulbs less frequently not only saves you money but it can also save you the hassle of getting out the ladder to reach those pesky light bulbs. The initial cost for LED lighting is higher than a traditional bulb, but given the longer life, you will save money in the long run.
LED lighting savings doesn’t end at the cost of bulbs; they also use less electricity. For example, if you have a 60W traditional bulb, you can replace that bulb with a 10W LED bulb that uses 1/6th of the electricity while still putting out the same amount of light. Over the life of the light bulb, you could save up to $150. Now multiply these savings across all of the light bulbs in your home.
LED lights give off a more natural and bright, white light. Whereas, traditional light bulbs give off a dim, yellow light. The superior visibility is especially evident in outdoor applications. Many cities are switching to LED lighting because they make the roads we travel on brighter and safer. Studies show that LEDs produce a healthier light that has positive health effects. LED lights are also brighter, which allows a bulb to use less power to produce the same amount of light.
LED lighting has been shown to increase cognitive abilities and alertness. Our brain picks up the difference’s in the color temperatures of lights. The body takes cues from our surroundings to tell what time of day it is. Traditional lighting technologies give off a yellow tone; this makes our bodies think that the sun is setting and it is time to go to sleep. This is especially true when it comes to fluorescent lighting. Many businesses are switching to LED lighting to help their employees stay awake and alert at their desks.
LED lights give off a natural white light that is similar to sunlight. Many businesses are switching to LED lighting to help their employees stay awake and alert at their desks. A natural light tone is especially important in places where cognitive performance is crucial such as hospitals and schools.
The benefits above already imply that LED lighting is safer than older lighting technology. However, this isn’t where the safety benefits end. LEDs are free of UV emission, therefore they will not make you develop skin issues. Traditional lights give off UV rays which can lead to premature aging, skin cancer, and headaches.
Also, LEDs are completely free of mercury. Mercury is extremely toxic to people and is found in both fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs. Removing mercury from your home should be enough of a benefit to switching all of your lights to LEDs.
Elevating Your Mood
Not only does a LED light give off a more natural feeling light, they are also noise free. Have you ever heard a fluorescent bulb in your office humming? This humming noise is sometimes easy to ignore or hard to hear, but it is there. This humming noise has been shown to increase irritation, mood disturbances, and attention deficits. Although you may not realize it, your lights could be part of the reason for your foul mood.
Upgrading To LED Lighting
Some of the lighting upgrades are easy to do on your own. You simply unscrew a light bulb and replace it with a LED light. Anyone can replace light bulbs, but what about light fixtures that are installed in your home? Replacing a light fixture or ceiling fan may be above your technical ability. However, this shouldn’t stop you from doing it. You will want to contact a local professional lighting electrician and ask them to help you with the harder to deal with lighting problems. Tackling electrical work outside of your technical abilities is ill advised.
There are numerous new LED lighting applications. The Sun Coast team can show you how you can improve your health, save money, and have a safer home with LED lighting. Contact us today to learn how we can help!