Top 5 Benefits of LED Lighting | Innovative Office Solutions
Everyone has heard of LED light bulbs and lighting systems, but some may not fully understand the advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage associated with LED lighting are the up-front costs. However, the multiple other benefits of implementing LED lighting systems far outweigh the up-front cost of bulbs, installation, etc.
Following is a list of the 5 largest benefits of LED lighting systems.
1. Energy Efficiency
When comparing the efficiency of LED lights to more traditional lighting with conventional light bulbs, the difference is vast. LED’s provide an estimated energy efficiency of between 80% and 90%. What does this mean? It means that 80% to 90% of the electrical energy you are paying for is converted to light, while the other 10% to 20% is converted to other forms of energy, such as heat.
Traditional incandescent bulbs operate at 20% efficiency, losing the remaining 80% of energy to heat. These numbers are proof that LED lighting systems efficiency is far superior to traditional lighting methods.
LED bulbs and diodes have a lifetime expectancy of up to 100,000 hours, meaning you could leave your lights on for 11 years – straight – without them burning out. Or, if you used them every other day, they would last for 22 years. Finally – if you use your LED lights for 8 hours a day, it would be 20 years before you would need to buy new LED bulbs.
Needless to say once you invest in LED lighting technology, you won’t be buying light bulbs for a while.
3. Environmentally Friendly
LED light bulbs are free of toxic chemicals – whereas most fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and other environmentally hazardous materials.
Contained in LED bulbs are non-toxic materials that are 100% recyclable and can decrease your carbon footprint by one third. Along with the reduced carbon footprint, 25 incandescent light bulbs equal 1 LED bulb, in terms of materials and manufacturing. So, with LED bulbs, you’re not only saving money and energy now, you are helping provide a greener future for generations to come.
LED lights are extremely durable and are built with the ability to withstand strong environmental factors.
Because of their ability to withstand these rough conditions, they are ideal for outdoor lighting systems – especially when exposed to wind or rain, construction sites or manufacturing sites, or vandalism.
5. Lighting Power
When powered-on, LED lights brighten immediately – eliminating the warm-up period seen in some traditional lighting systems. These benefits cater greatly to projects involving traffic and signal lights, but also work well for other projects.
LED lights can be turned on and off without it effecting the lifetime or light emission of the bulb – whereas traditional lighting may take longer to reach full brightness and frequently turning on and off the light can drastically reduce the lifetime of traditional bulbs.
These are just five of the main benefits to LED lighting systems. Honorable mentions also include reduced UV emissions, design and usage flexibility, light disbursement and much more.!