As LED Lights evolve and become better designed and prolific in both the residential and commercial markets across the globe, the advantages will eclipse all other lighting technologies that have come before. While still not yet in the majority, it’s important to understand the many advantages of their use when making the switch from incandescent, halogen, CFL (or fluorescent) lighting. Some of the major advantages of include:
LED Lights are super energy efficient.
Unlike incandescent light bulbs that waste over 80% of the electrical current heating up the metal filaments to a temperature high enough to generate light, LED solar power system manufacturer generate virtually no heat and thus utilize a fraction of the energy required to produce an equivalent lumen of lighting. When it comes down to energy efficiency, no other lighting technology compares which makes them very easy to choose.
LED Lights will save you loads of the electrical bill.
Because LED Lights are so efficient, you can literally save as much as 90% off your electrical lighting bills! In most households, over 25% of the total electrical bill is used for lighting. So if you’re spending R500 a month of electricity now and you upgrade most of your lighting to LEDs, you’ll be able to save about R100 per month. For businesses, this is substantially more and in some cases where lighting bills are excessively high, the switch to a LED based lighting investment is a business necessity as energy becomes more and more expensive world wide.
LED Lighting effectively curbs any need for maintenance.
You can’t call changing a LED bulb every ten years “maintenance”! However, if you’re using lights with short life spans in an environment where you’ve got a lot of them, there is a time and cost element attached to maintenance that is all too often unnecessarily high. Resources at a business need to spend time and the company money buying, fetching and replacing lights while disposing of the faulty units – which in some cases is not that easy if you want to responsibly recycle lights that contain dangerous chemicals like mercury. If time is money to your business, then investing in LED Lights will allow you to curb these costs to a negligible factor.
LED lights enjoy ultra long life operational use.
Fact – there is no other lighting technology that has a life span even remotely close… When compared to incandescent (typically 1,000 hours) or fluorescents (up to 15,000 hours), LED products come out clearly on top operating effectively for over 50,000 hours of continuous use. This equates to just under six years of use if you were to never turn them off!
LED lights are 100% green, clean and safe.
Unlike pretty much all lighting alternatives, LED Lights contain no mercury or any other hazardous materials or chemicals. Mercury (found in many CFLs for example) is a dangerous substance – one you don’t want released into your home for your children to inhale in the event you break one. Furthermore, because they are 100% green and friendly to the environment, they pose no problem when they have run their course and need to be disposed of (or better yet recycled). Last but not least, LEDs emit zero UV (Ultra Violet) radiation unlike incandescent, halogen or CFLs.
LED lights adapt better to size requirements and can employ unlimited colour variations.
Because LED technology does not require a vacuum to generate light from a filament (like in all other technologies available), LED lights are often much smaller than any incandescent, CFL or halogen counterpart. This allows them to be better and more appropriately applied to complex building and lighting design requirements while accommodating for any current replacement applications. When it comes down to colour, LEDs can be made to produce any colour imaginable (often with a range of alternating colour options that can be controlled and altered at will). The reason for this is that light from an LED (Light Emitting Diode) is generated via a semiconductor, not as a result of light passing through a coloured filter.