Common misconceptions surrounding LED lighting have left many people in the dark about its significant advantages over traditional light bulbs. When people think of LED lights, they typically think of a stark, overly-bright white light, not your ideal home or office lighting. LED lighting represents the latest development in the lighting industry. There are reasons why many industrial, commercial and residential buildings now use LEDs, and we’re here to shine a light on why you should make the switch. Check out these five reasons why every light you own should be LED.
LED bulbs last around 20,000 to 25,000 hours, or 20 to 25 years, while traditional lighting like compact fluorescent last half that life span, and incandescent bulbs only last about 1,000 hours, or one year. LEDs also slowly dim as they reach the end of their lifespan instead of abruptly burning out like traditional lights.
Combined with their long lifespans, LEDs cost less than traditional lighting in the long run. Capable of turning about 70 percent of their energy into light, LEDs are much more energy and cost-efficient than other bulbs. For example, it only takes a six-watt LED bulb to produce the same amount of light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb. Since LEDs emit almost no heat, their cooler nature eliminates the risk of combustion, burns, and fire, while traditional bulbs turn over 90 percent of their energy into heat.
Advanced Lighting Capabilities
As semiconductor devices, LEDs are inherently compatible with dimmer controls, while dimming capabilities cost extra for commercial fluorescent lighting systems. LEDs also offer continuous dimming where the shift from 100-to-10 percent brightness is smooth and seamless. Available in a wide range of wattage and color temperatures, LEDs are perfect for creating a lighting system customized to a specific space and style.
Due to their design, LEDs emit their light in one direction rather than all around. This not only helps reduce energy consumption, but their directional nature makes LEDs ideal for applications like recessed downlights.
Unlike traditional bulbs, LEDs are not encased in a glass or quartz exterior, making them less susceptible to damage and largely immune to vibrations and other impacts. Along with their durability, LED bulbs’ performance thrives in cold temperatures, whereas traditional lighting requires higher voltage or appears dim in cooler weather. This makes them the ideal outdoor lighting choice for many businesses and homes.
Now that you have the facts, are you ready to flip the switch to LED? Our experts at Cajun Electric are here to provide quality workmanship every time. We’ve got you covered whether you are interested in lighting up your home or business with LEDs. Contact us today to get started.