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The 10 Benefits of Switching to LED Light Bulbs In 2018

Posted on August 02 2017


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Shopping today has changed.

Today's consumer is much more educated than before.

 

They want products that are well made, save energy and are inexpensive.

LED light bulbs are one of those products.

But a lot of people seem to think the claims about LED light bulbs is just hype.

Here are 10 benefits of switching to LED light bulbs.

 

What Are LED Light Bulbs?

 

In 1880 Thomas Edison came out with the first commercially produced light bulb.

Edison used a carbonized bamboo filament. The incandescent light was emitted from a vacuum.

Today's light bulb LED light bulbs or Light Emitting Diodes emit light from solid matter called a semiconductor.

The LED lamp market is expected to grow to $25 billion by 2023. That's an annual growth rate of 23%.

LED lights are also expected to save $15 billion by 2030 by using less energy than other light bulbs on the market.

So what are the benefits?

 

1. Energy Efficient

 

LED lights are much more energy-efficient than any of the other current types of light bulbs currently offered on the market.

Light bulbs including:

  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Halogen

They also are much more energy-efficient for households or stores which leave their lights on for extended periods of time.

Other types of light bulbs emit heat and energy in all directions. They emit heat spherically.

LED light bulbs are mounted on a flat surface and therefore emit light hemispherically.

The light being emitted hemispherically reduces light and energy being wasted.

 

2. Safer

 

Not only does a LED light bulb reduce light and energy but it's also brighter.

And those brighter lights ensure that your employees are safer than ever.

Sometimes emergency situations arise.

LED light bulbs work best in an emergency situation because they are:

  • Clear
  • Bright
  • Long Lifespan

So when you want to ensure your employees find the emergency exit, it's a smart choice to use LED light bulbs.

 

3. Better Health

 

Have you ever woken up on a rainy day feeling rather lethargic?

Even when you got plenty of sleep?

Good lighting matters when it comes to health.

Poor lighting not only can affect your mood but it can also affect your eyesight.

Two illnesses are even linked to poor lighting:

1. SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder): Causes depression. Tends to start in fall when light becomes lower and less frequent and lasts all winter.

2. SBS (Sick Building Syndrome): Can cause dizziness and headaches.

Light boxes are often recommended to people suffering from either illness.

 

4. Extended Life

 

Neil Young was wrong when he sang that it was better to, "burn out than fade away". 

He was wrong, at least when it comes to the life of a LED light bulb.

These types of lights don't actually burn out or stop working, they simply dim over time.

  • The average incandescent light bulb lasts approximately 1,000 hours.
  • A fluorescent light bulb can last between 8,000 and 10,000 hours. 
  • LED light bulbs can last between 30,000 and 50,000 hours. 

A lot less human power is required to replace these light bulbs.

LED lights are also completely unaffected by constant turning on and off of lights making them suitable for use in sensors.

 

5. Cold Temperature Operation

 

When it's colder out, it takes more energy to heat up. That's basic science and that's what happens when you use other types of light bulbs in cold space.

Cold spaces like a refrigerator.

With LED light bulbs, they get better as it gets colder. They love the cold. The DOE (Department of Energy) performed testing that found LED light bulbs were actually 5% more efficient at -5c than at 25c degrees.

So what cold space could benefit from LED light bulbs?

  • Refrigerated Display Cases
  • Freezers
  • Cold Storage Spaces
  • Parking Lots
  • Store Perimeters
  • Outdoor Signs

 

6. No Delays

 

Have you noticed a delay with some types of lighting?

Fluorescent and HID lamps often take 3 or more minutes to reach their maximum output.

Who has time to wait 3 or more minutes to be able to see well? Especially in a business setting?

With LED light bulbs nearly 100% brightness will be achieved almost instantaneously.

Perfect for businesses who open during early hours or have safety concerns.

 

7. Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Corporate Social Responsibility is now a huge concern in the business world.

Corporations are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and want to set a good example for their employees.

Employees can also set a good example by learning how to be more responsible when it comes to turning off lights that are not in use.

Making the change to LED light bulbs can have a great impact on the overall health of the company and shows their customers they're serious about making a difference.

 

8. Environmental Benefits

 

There are many environmental benefits to LED light bulbs.

  • Can reduce your Carbon Footprint by up to 70%
  • Contain less hazardous materials: Unlike other light bulbs, there is no mercury in LED lights. Mercury is a hazard to your own health and is also really bad for the environment. Using LED lights will reduce the amount of mercury and other hazardous materials in our landfills.
  • 95% of energy is converted. Ony 5% of energy is wasted.
  • Fewer lights are needed: You can use a 36 watt LED in place of an 84-watt incandescent.
  • No need to arrange for proper disposal: With no hazardous materials, you or your company won't need to arrange for these light bulbs to be properly disposed of. 

9. Durability

 

LED light bulbs do not have filaments or glass enclosures.

This means they are breakage resistant and are largely able to withstand vibrations and other heavy impacts.

LED light bulbs are built similar to a cell phone. They are mounted on a circuit board and are connected with soldered leads.

While they can be damaged (as a cell phone can), there's no glass and it's much less likely you'll drop your light bulb as often as you drop your cell phone.

 

10. Productivity & Ergonomics

 

When it comes to productivity, poor lighting can:

  • Harder to see to accomplish tasks
  • Reduces motivation 

When it's harder to see, it's harder to be productive or even want to be productive.

When it comes to ergonomics, poor lighting can cause:

  • Reflections
  • Glares
  • Shadows

Making it more difficult for an employee to find a comfortable and safe way to work. 

Poor ergonomics could lead to less productivity, more sick days and increased time spent going to chiropractors and other health professionals to feel better.

LED lights are amazing. But it's smart to know which one's are the best for you to use. We're here to help you find the best lighting for all your needs. 

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