LED lighting is impacting the industry like nothing has since Edison created the light bulb. There are hundreds of benefits and here are just a few:
LED lights are long lasting. The current average operational life of an LED lamp is 100,000 hours. This equates to 11 years of continuous operation or 22 years of operation at 50%. So you won’t be changing a light for a long time.
Traditional lighting fixtures become very hot, so much so that they cannot be touched after only running for a few minutes. LEDs create heat as well, but far less. Since LED’s are a much cooler light source they help reduce cooling costs.
LEDs work well in the cold and are exceptional for use in coolers and freezers.
LED light fixtures are very energy efficient, sometimes using up to 93% less energy than traditional lighting. The US Department of Energy believes LED lighting has the potential to reduce US energy usage by nearly one half and contribute significantly to our nation’s climate change solutions. If you look at the numbers it would be $250 billion dollars in energy savings or a reduction of 1,800 million metric tons of carbon!
Another defining feature of LEDs is that they emit light in a specific direction. Since directional lighting reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light, well designed LED fixtures can deliver light efficiently to the intended location. In contrast, fluorescent and “bulb” shaped incandescent lamps emit light in all directions; much of the light produced by the lamp is lost within the fixture, reabsorbed by the lamp, or escapes from the fixture in a direction that is not useful for the intended application. For many fixture types, including recessed downlights, troffers and under cabinet fixtures, it is not uncommon for 40 to 50 percent of the total light output of fluorescent, metal halide, high pressure sodium and incandescent lamps to be lost before it exits the fixture.
LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting contains a multitude of materials like mercury that are dangerous for the environment. LED lights contain no toxic chemicals and are 100% recyclable. LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.