Electricity is a huge part of our everyday life, and with an ever-growing need and desire for us to make eco-friendly changes, we are all on the lookout for things we can do to save energy. Electrical installations are often completed in the most eco-friendly way possible now, but what can you do to make your current electrics more energy efficient?
LED lighting has soared in popularity, thanks to its massive decrease in price. What makes LED lighting better than the rest? Should you make the change to LED? You should, and keep reading to find out why.
WHAT IS LED LIGHTING?
The first LED light was created in 1962! Since then, the technology has increased, the cost of LED lighting has decreased massively, and they are now one of the most popular lighting solutions across the globe.
LED stands for light-emitting diode. You probably aren’t too bothered knowing how it all works, right? To put it briefly, regular incandescent bulbs produce light by creating heat. In contrast, LED lights release energy that creates light (without all the unnecessary heat!)
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania records show that with traditional incandescent light bulbs, only 20% of the energy produced is light; a massive 80% is lost as heat! LED lights are the opposite; 80% of the energy is converted to light. If this alone hasn’t swayed you to switch to LED lighting in your property, let’s discuss further why you should convert.
3 REASONS YOU SHOULD CONVERT TO LED LIGHTING
THEY’RE KINDER TO YOUR WALLET- AND THE ENVIRONMENT!
The average UK household could save around £160 a year on bills by switching to LED bulbs! Just think about how your building or office would financially benefit from the change. The cost of LEDs replacements can sometimes be more expensive than other fittings, but after a small period, the savings can outweigh the cost.
So, how are they helpful to the environment? As mentioned earlier, they waste less energy by producing less heat. Also, they are recyclable.
Older, traditional bulbs often contained mercury, which meant they needed to be disposed of separately from other waste to avoid contamination. Well LED lights contain no mercury and are widely recycled.
THEY WON’T NEED REPLACING AS OFTEN (SAVING YOU MONEY)
LED lights can last up to 50 times longer than halogen bulbs. Having to replace bulbs can be frustrating, especially when they blow at an inconvenient time. In traditional bulbs, the filament burns slightly every time the bulb is switched on.
Over time it gets thinner and thinner until eventually, the bulb pops. This is not the case with LED lights, and they should usually last a very long time!
THE COLOUR CHOICE IS ENDLESS
Traditional incandescent bulbs produce a nice, warm light, a kind of light that many people like! Well, the good news is that LED’s can produce this light, but also, a vast range of other colours! You can achieve any colour on the temperature chart.
Often found in bathrooms & retail properties, where a very bright light is required.
This is an ‘in-between’ light, often found in homes and offices, where a light too bright could be overpowering.
VERY WARM WHITE
This light creates a more relaxed atmosphere, prevalent in dining areas and living rooms.
The options do not end here! Alongside these variations of white light, you can even get colourful LED lights! There’s even the option to have colour changing bulbs; the choice is endless!
POPULAR USES OF LED LIGHTS
SIGNALS & INDICATORS
LED lights are used in a vast range of signals & indicators. You know the light on the caps lock key on your keyboard? That’s LED! They’re also used in stage lighting and exit signs, thanks to their long-lasting quality. LED exit lights can be relied on in emergencies to let residents know how to exit the building quickly and safely.
Healthcare settings such as hospitals have turned to LED lighting due to its long life and efficiency. They do not emit heat as they are often used close to patients; heat radiation can be harmful and uncomfortable to patients, so LED is the best choice for medical lighting.
Also, thanks to the enormous choice of colour and warmth, LED lighting is excellent for different medical applications and can also help create a calming atmosphere, something often desired by patients in hospitals, especially when feeling anxious.
Recently, there has been a significant focus on employee well-being. More than ever, employers are doing their best to ensure staff are working comfortably. A great working environment makes for happy and healthy employees! By switching to LED, offices can have bright lights, helping employees experience less eye fatigue.
Whilst LED lighting can be bright when needed, they are available as dimmer lights, and remember about the vast range of colour options. So, if employees prefer a dimmer light, you can do this with LEDs! Also, they emit less heat, which means it’s easier to regulate office temperature than traditional incandescent bulbs.
If you have any questions about LED lighting installation or repairs or any other electrical services, we can help you every step of the way here at Target Maintenance GB Ltd. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you with a change.