LED lighting is a great way to breathe new life into an old space. In this article, we’ll be discussing the advantages LED lights offer over older, conventional lighting methods such as CFLs and incandescent bulbs.
1. They last much longer
LED bulbs do not use a filament to produce light along with heat, the way an incandescent bulb does. Instead, they rely on a phenomenon known as electroluminescence, by which a ‘Light-emitting diode’ emits light whenever current passes through it. You don’t need to know how this phenomenon works, but what you should know is that the LED itself is not used up in this process, unlike a filament which weakens because of the extreme heat it produces. This allows LED bulbs to have lifespans that are 7-8 times longer than filament bulbs. Speaking of heat…
2. They’re much more efficient
The light produced by an incandescent bulb is just a byproduct of the process by which those bulbs produce heat. Connecting the filament to electricity results in it getting extremely hot, and this causes it to emit light. CFLs produce substantially less heat than incandescent bulbs, and that’s why they were initially introduced as a more energy efficient substitute for them. LEDs, however, produce a negligible amount of heat, in fact you can comfortably hold an LED in your hand without the fear of getting burnt. This means that an LED light can produce more lumens per watt, allowing a 20-watt LED to be brighter than a 75-watt incandescent bulb. This means…
3. They’re safer
As appliances that produce less heat and use less power, LEDs are much safer than your regular bulbs. Not only are they MUCH less likely to cause a fire, they don’t do any damage to heat-sensitive pigments and paints, like the kind in your rugs and paintings. This means that the colors in your room won’t fade from exposure to your light bulbs.
4. They’re more versatile
Because they don’t need a filament or a tube filled with noble gasses, LED bulbs can come in just about any shape or size. This means that you can use them anywhere you can find a power source. LEDs are also different in how they produce colored light. While older bulbs would have these ‘tints’ on their glass that filtered the white light they produced and outputted just the color, LEDs can directly be altered to produce light of a specific color. That means you get a crisp color effect, and one that lasts as long as your bulb does, without fading.
5. They’re more consistent (and more silent)
Due to the technology they utilize, and how little energy they need, LED bulbs are much less likely to flicker, and turn on and off instantly. You’re also never going to hear an annoying hum or a buzzing sound coming from an LED inside a silent room.
LEDs also entitle you to utility rebates if you replace the bulbs on your sign with LEDs. Not only are the bulbs themselves cheaper, they’re also cheaper to run. LEDs give you a stark improvement in quality and performance, no matter what your lighting needs might be. If you haven’t already, maybe it’s time you considered making the switch.