As time goes on, more and more households and businesses are making the switch to LED lighting. You may be starting to wonder if you should change your wall lighting or ceiling lighting to LEDs yourself. Below, we will explore a few reasons why you should consider switching to LED lights.
Why Use LEDs Compared To Old-Style Halogen Lighting?
There are many reasons why LEDs are the preferred choice over traditional halogen lighting:
- LONG LIFESPAN. Perhaps the most important advantage of LED lighting is the long lifespan. LEDs are rated to last between 20,000 to 100,000 hours of use. This is up to four times as long as any metal halide, fluorescent or sodium vapor lights. It is also over 40 times as long as your typical incandescent light. Without the need to constantly replace them, you will have lower costs both for light replacements and labor to replace them.
- ENERGY-SAVING LIGHTING. LED lights consume very little power, especially when compared to other types of bulbs. LED lights are measured in lumens instead of watts, and most LED lights require very little wattage to output their illumination. Where halogen bulbs turn 70 percent of their energy into heat alone, LED lights turn 90 percent of their energy into illumination.
- IMPROVED SAFETY. Because LED lights output less heat, they are a safer choice, especially in homes with children and pets. Since they generate almost zero heat, you can touch them with your hands directly without burning your fingers. Halogen lights are quite hot to the touch and are unsafe to handle when hot. Furthermore, because they use less power, they are capable of operating on low voltage systems which is, generally speaking, always safer.
- SMALL SIZE. The actual LED bulb component is very small, sometimes as small as less than a millimeter. This size makes them quite adaptable to a variety of lighting applications, so you can go as big or small as you like.
- EXCELLENT COLOR RENDERING SPECTRUM. The CRI, or color rendering index, measures a light’s ability to show the real colour of an object it is shined upon, looking the most like natural light. High CRI is something that many people like, as it gives a more accurate representation of what the environment really looks like. This is especially important in retail and other commercial settings. Halogen bulbs tend to make items look darker than they are.
- DIRECTIONAL LIGHTING. LED lights shine at 180 degrees instead of 360 degrees like halogen bulbs. With 360-degree illumination, you need extra tools and equipment to reflect the light and get it to shine right where you want it. This is not the case with LED lights.
How Much Money Can You Save By Switching to LED Lighting?
The money-saving quality of LED lighting is another huge draw alongside the energy-saving aspect. These two things often go hand in hand. Because LED lighting uses much less power, these bulbs can also reduce energy costs and go easier on your wallet.
In the United Kingdom, lighting makes up about 15 percent of the average household’s energy bill. You can save £2-3 a year for each halogen bulb you change to an LED bulb. If a household replaced all of their traditional bulbs with LEDs, this would save a lot of money. By replacing a 50-watt halogen bulb with an equivalent LED, you could cut the cost of your energy bills by £75.
It is though that homes in the UK pay around £146 every year just to run these lights. Those who stick with halogen bulbs end up paying around £378. This means you have the potential to save as much as £232 annually just by changing to LED bulbs. This amount doesn’t even include all of the money you will save constantly replacing your old halogen bulbs when they burn out one after the other.
The upfront cost of buying LED lightbulbs is slightly more expensive, but because of their long lifespan, you won’t have to constantly replace them like you would less expensive halogen bulbs. Remember, LED lights can last for 20,000 hours, but halogen bulbs only last for about 1,000. This means one LED bulb would outlive 20 incandescent bubs. This rounds the cost out to be £5.40 for the LED and £25.80 for the filament bulbs over the course of those 20,000 hours.
Can LED Lighting Be Recycled?
One of the driving factors of switching to LED lights for many is their eco-friendliness. Saving energy means lessening your impact on Mother Earth, of course. LEDs already are better for the planet since you have to replace them less frequently, which creates less waste. Beyond that, it is usually recommended that these lights should not be thrown out with the rest of your household waste and are instead meant to be recycled.
Because LED lights don’t include any toxic elements like other bulbs, they are safer for the environment and recycling. There are electronic components in the lights that are useful for recycling, such as transformers, semiconductors and diodes. LED lights are also made from other metals and glass that can be recycled. Before recycling them, you should check the packaging they came in to see how exactly those particular lights should be recycled.
How Do LED Lights Work?
“LED” is an acronym that stands for “light emitting diode.” The diodes work by emitting photons or electromagnetic energy, and only certain kinds of diodes put out that light instead of heat. There are two kinds of LED lights: illuminator and indicator. Illuminator lights are high-powered units that provide illumination. This is the kind you have illuminating homes and offices. These stand out from other bulbs that use a filament that heats up to provide the lighting.
Can LED Lighting Have Health Benefits?
It is thought that LED lights have the potential to bring about many health benefits for those who use them:
- Aligns Circadian Rhythm
During the darker seasons when there is less daylight, it can cause problems for the circadian rhythm. This is what helps your body’s sleep and wake cycle. Choosing a light with certain blue wavelengths is thought to suppress the body’s ability to produce melatonin, which is a natural hormone needed to help you fall asleep and relax. Without it, it can be hard to sleep.
Studies have shown that LED lighting can mimic the stimulus given by natural light. This could help promote a regular, healthy circadian rhythm.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
In a similar vein, these lights can mimic the effects of sunlight in darker months. During this time, less exposure to light can trigger what is known as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. This disorder causes temporary depression due to the lack of light, and LED lights have the potential to counteract that.
- Lessens headaches
Light sensitivity is a common issue for those with headaches and migraines. Flickering fluorescent lights can worsen them, especially without proper task lighting. LED technology can provide a more well-lit environment to help those who are prone to migraines and other types of headaches.
- Decreases Stress and Anxiety
Because people naturally thrive in the sunlight, mood changes and behavioral issues are likely to crop up when the lighting isn’t bright like natural light. Alongside seasonal depression, this can also increase stress and anxiety. LED lights can help balance the hormones in the body by mimicking natural light, benefiting your mood and stress levels. LED lighting has been associated with reduced levels of anxiety and stress in indoor areas.
- Improves Productivity and Learning
Studies have shown that LED lights in learning environments help boost a student’s ability to learn. In office settings, studies have also indicated that LED lights could help increase productivity in a work environment.
- No Mercury
Because there is no mercury in LEDs like there is in CFLs, you won’t be exposed to any of the harmful toxic chemicals of other types of lights.
How To Incorporate LED Lights Into Your Home
Below are a few examples of lights you can use to incorporate energy-efficient lighting into your space:
The LWA243 Black 10 Watt LED Wall Light is one of the most modern ways to incorporate LED lighting into your space. This light provides both task lighting and decoration in equal measure with its unique bar shape. You can position it either vertically or horizontally. Both positions will shine a light back onto the wall in what is known as a wall washing effect.
Its black hue allows it to be easily worked into rooms of any design style or colour palette without clashing. It is crafted out of premium aluminium that is durable enough to outlast years of use.
This LED light shines 1000 lumens of 3000k warm white light, which is particularly beneficial for use in domestic settings. This is due to the warmth and visibility that this colour of light provides in equal measure.
If you want your LED lights to come with some artistic flair, the LPL385 6 Watt Modern Round Hanging LED Pendant Light is a good choice. This ultra-modern light features two tiers, with a lampshade on top and a smaller bowl-shaped fixture on the bottom. This causes the light to shine both up and down against the interior of the shades, creating a richer flow and a visually pleasing look.
These LED pendant lights use high quality Osram LED bulbs that output 600 lumens of light, making them just bright enough. They are crafted out of durable aluminium and steel and come in your choice of a black, white or cherry red finish.
Recessed lighting is another way to incorporate money-saving LED lighting into your home. Because of its flush appearance and minimalistic design, it is particularly well suited for contemporary spaces. This particular recessed ceiling light features five-watt high quality CREE LED bulbs that output 430 lumens of 3000k warm white light. The bulb rests within an aluminium circular shell that gives it a sleek, contemporary appearance.
From their energy saving abilities to their money saving capabilities to their health benefits, it makes sense why so many people are making the switch to LEDs. Above, we’ve outlined many reasons why you should consider doing the same.