4 Things to Know About LED Lights
January 26, 2021
There is a good reason why it is becoming more difficult to find incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs. Here are the top 4 reasons why people are making the switch to LED lights.
A standard LED bulb used to cost $50-$100 per bulb but is now available for less than $10 each! Even at the reduced price, some may get sticker shock when comparing the upfront costs to the old standbys. Do not succumb to the temptation! After taking a deeper look into energy and replacement costs, LEDs are a far cheaper option.
This article compared the cost of three types of light bulbs over the lifespan of one LED bulb. It found that you could save $163 over 25,000 hours of use compared to an incandescent bulb. That is nearly 3 years of continual use vs an incandescent’s 50-day span. And that is on the low-end for LED lighting. Many of the light fixtures Egan Sign offers have a lifespan of up to 100k hours. That’s 11.5 years non-stop or over 34 years at 8 hours per day!
No more picking up shards of glass when a bulb is dropped. LEDs are made with plastic and are nearly shatter-proof. If you do manage to break one, there is no special clean-up required since they are mercury-free.
Beyond broken bulbs, there are other risks many people do not consider. Whenever an overhead light goes out, you must deal with ladders. This includes carrying a ladder to and from the offending bulb and climbing up and down. It sounds easy enough, but according to the WHO, there are over 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the US caused by ladders every year. Since LED lights can last decades longer, your need to climb ladders drops significantly.
Another risk of older light bulbs is that they produce a lot of heat which can cause burns. Many of us remember touching a hot light bulb as children at one time or another. Nowadays, LEDs produce very little heat and stay cool to the touch even after use. No more toasted fingertips.
Gone are the days of LED lights being synonymous with the annoying blue-ish white light that detracted buyers for many years. Manufacturers heard the groans and developed all different types of options including style and color. Choose any color temperature from daylight, which mimics the sun, to amber, a warm inviting glow, and now there are dimming options, too. In addition, your light quality doesn’t have to falter (or flicker) in cold temperatures. LED lights can withstand the cold so well that many restaurants are installing them in their walk-in freezers.
LED LIGHTS AKA THE GREEN OPTION
As mentioned earlier, LEDs use significantly less electricity which we know is a good thing. Everyone recognizes the fact that using less energy equals a lower electricity bill, but the benefits go even further. Using less energy doesn’t just decrease the utility bill, it decreases CO2 emissions from producing and transporting the electricity itself.
In addition, LED lights are 100% recyclable which makes switching to LED your green choice.
There are so many more reasons why switching to LEDs is a great decision. Whether saving money or reducing maintenance, LED lighting is the answer to your lighting problems.