Here at The Copper Connection, we always strive to keep up to date with the latest technology. This education allows us to help you to make sure your home or business is running at its most efficient. Likely, at some point you have heard vague utterings about how great LED lights are or how you should switch over to LEDs yourself. But why are LEDs so great? Are they really the best kind of bulb? Let us consider some arguments.
The most important pro to switching over to LED lighting is that they are good for the environment. Small consistent changes such as these can help you to have a greener home or business, and a cleaner conscience. Fluorescent bulbs, for example, contain noxious materials like mercury. In fact, fluorescent bulbs need to be disposed of as hazardous waste. Broken bulbs release mercury into the environment and if someone is in close, prolonged contact with a broken bulb, the mercury can be absorbed into the lungs and bloodstream. In contrast, LED bulbs are recyclable and free of eco-damaging materials. LEDs truly are superior for you and the environment.
LED lights are able to convert 95% of energy into light for you and only 5% into heat. Cheaper incandescent or fluorescent bulbs pale in comparison by only converting 5% into light and 95% into heat. Adding both to your energy bill and the heat of the Summer. LEDs also emit light in specific directions, unlike more traditional bulbs that emit light in all directions. This can help you to create a more focused lighting scheme that does not waste energy lighting areas you don’t need lit. These attributes combine to make LED bulbs more energy efficient for your home or business.
Consider, too, the durability of LED lights. They simply do not break as easily as the thin glass of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. They are easier to transport and work with because of this. Not to mention the fact that you will never have to experience a lightbulb burst again with LED bulbs. This is because LED lights do not burn out. They experience lumen depreciation, which means they slowly fade out. The life of an LED is considered to be met when its light output decreases by 30 percent. And another thing worth noting is that the lifespan of your LED bulb will not be shortened by switching it on and off again. This is especially good news for homes, where we are turning lights on and off quite frequently.
What’s that, you say? LEDs are much more expensive than traditional bulbs? While that is true, LED bulbs are more cost up front, but they certainly pay you back in the long term. Because of their energy efficient nature, they will be saving you money. As well as the fact that you will be buying light bulbs far less often considering that LED bulbs can have a lifespan of 50,000 hours. That is 50 times longer than a typical incandescent! With typical use, these bulbs can last you over a decade.
If you are convinced that LED will be the right switch for your home or business, we can help. While you are at it, we can also help you choose a smart lighting system that will allow you to connect your smart phone to it for added convenience. Give us a call today to get started!
By Copper Connection 7-29-2019