Over the last few years, talk about LED lights has become more commonplace. As there is a global trend to become more economically friendly, it is no surprise that more people are switching to LED lights. LED lights, which stand for ‘light emitting diodes’, are not only ecologically sound, but economical as well.
Traditional fluorescent lights contain small amounts of mercury. Mercury is extremely hazardous to the environment but humans as well. If you come into contact or inhale mercury, it can be very dangerous and negatively impact your health. Fluorescent bulbs need special care to dispose of properly. LED lights do not contain any hazardous or poisonous material and are 100% recyclable. This means you can have peace of mind when disposing of your LED bulbs and know that the impact on the earth is minimal.
When we say energy efficient, this means that it takes less electricity to convert into light. Part of the reasons that LED bulbs are more efficient is because they do not heat up as much. Less energy is lost in heat so the electrical energy that flows in can go directly to light. Traditional bulbs tend to run at 20% efficiency where as LED bulbs can run at 80% efficiency. Practically speaking, if you are using LED bulbs in your home you are looking at large saving increases on your monthly electrical bill!
Longer Life Span
In addition to saving money on your monthly electrical bill, you will also save money by replacing your light bulbs less frequently. Standard light bulbs have a life span of 800 to 1,500 hours, while fluorescent bulbs can last up to 10,000 hours. LEDs on the other hand can last up to 60,000 hours! You can run for years without needing to replace an LED bulb. So while LEDs are more expensive initially, they are a wise investment in the long run.