LED lighting has been around for quite a long time. However, it is only recently that this energy-efficient lighting alternative is finally coming of age. Earlier, LED lights gave fuzzy, warm lighting that really didn’t solve the purpose. While there are poor quality LED bulbs still around that give the same kind of feel, the good news is: if you shop right, you should be getting your money’s worth.
If you still aren't sure if LED bulbs are the right choice to replace halogens or CFLs in your home or office, here are 10 reasons why LED lighting makes perfect sense.
They are energy efficient
According to Energy.gov, which is the consumer department of US’ Department of Energy, LED bulbs are almost 75% more efficient than traditional bulbs or halogens. Thus, it can lead to significant savings in your annual electricity bills. Yes, LED bulbs are more expensive than CFLs and halogens, but the amount you save in electricity bills quickly offsets the extra dollars you pay upfront.
They last longer
The average life of an energy-saving incandescent bulb is between 1000-3000 hours, while that of a CFL is approximately 10,000 hours. LED bulbs can have an average lifetime of 25,000 hours. Considering that you use bulbs for six hours every day, an LED bulb can easily last a decade. Of course, the actual lifetime would depend on the quality of voltage you get, among other factors. Still, LED bulbs far outlast any other kind of man-made lighting source.
They are environment friendly
CFLs and traditional lights typically contain gases that are harmful for the environment, not to mention for your own health. LED stands for light-emitting diode, which means they have no harmful gases, solids, or liquids that could be hazardous for you or the environment.
They are great for your indoor plants
LEDs give off cool light, which is more suitable for plant growth inside buildings. Since they produce a lot less heat than traditional man-made lighting sources, they create ideal conditions for plants to grow. This infographic puts it across brilliantly why LEDs are good for plant life.
They have a wider range of colors
The light emitted by these energy-efficient bulbs can be adjusted more precisely across the entire spectrum, which is not the case with incandescent or fluorescent lighting. You could opt for white or blue LED bulbs for your office that have a temperature range of around 2700 Kelvin, while for your home, you could opt for a warmer tone, around 3000 Kelvin.
They cut down on your air conditioning costs too
LED bulbs run a lot cooler than CFLs and incandescent bulbs. For instance, a halogen bulb typically runs at around 327 degrees Fahrenheit, while the same for an LED bulb is approximately 107 degrees. Thus, a lot less heat is generated, which means your air conditioning units have to work less hard in order to keep your place cool.
They don’t attract insects
Bugs and insects are attracted to UV rays. Thus, if you buy LED bulbs that don’t emit UV rays, bugs won’t be attracted to them. UV free LED bulbs make a great choice for patio lighting for that very reason.
They light up instantly
LEDs light up as soon as you switch them on, which gives them a distinct advantage over CFLs. According to Consumer Reports, switching a CFL on and off in quick succession within a span of 15 minutes degraded its life considerably. The case is not so with LED bulbs, which can be switched on and off in quick succession without any impact on its lifetime.
They fade away slowly
Unlike CFLs and incandescent bulbs, LEDs do not burn out all of a sudden. Instead, they fade slowly, giving you enough time to look for a replacement.
They are safer
LED bulbs use a heat sink to quickly dissipate the heat generated, which is anyway far less than other lighting solutions. Thus, you don't run the risk of overheating and electrical malfunctions, which are quite commonplace with incandescent bulbs.