LED is the common abbreviation for light-emitting diode. LED lights are fast becoming the preferred choice of lighting due to their many advantages over conventional incandescent and fluorescent lighting.
LED’s are notable for being extremely long lasting. LED bulbs have an average lifespan of 11 years or more. Which means you won’t have to get on a step ladder and change out a light bulb every few months. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours, which is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb and 8-10 times longer than a CFL bulb.
LED lights are very energy efficient. They use just 10 percent of the energy of incandescent lights and less than half the energy of compact fluorescent bulbs. An LED that uses 6 watts of electricity produces the same amount of light as a 14-watt CFL bulb or a 60-watt incandescent bulb. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electricity used for artificial lighting in the U.S. could be cut by nearly half by 2030 through the adoption of high efficiency LEDs.
There are many other additional benefits to LED lighting:
- LED lights are durable, which means they don’t break easily.
- LED lights generate virtually no heat so they are cool to the touch and can be left on for hours. LED’s reduce the potential for safety risks like burns and fires.
- With LEDs you can direct the light where you want it, which means no light is wasted.
- LEDs don’t emit UV or infrared and contain no mercury like an incandescent bulb, which makes them more environmentally friendly.
- They also light up instantly when you flip the switch!
Although LED lighting may have a higher initial cost than incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, the cost is quickly recouped over time in lower electricity costs.
Think about it. The same LED technology that lights up the Times Square Ball can also be used to brighten your home.
If you have any question about energy efficient LED lighting for your home, give the Bonney electrical technicians a call at 800-444-0551.