Of the many great inventions of the last couple of centuries, Nick Holonyak’s LED Light Bulb must be right up there with sliced bread as one of the very greatest! That’s why we think you should take a look at this list of the top ten benefits he and his LEDs have brought to the table!
LED light bulbs like the GE LED Energy Smart B22 11W Omni are robust and hardy; quite the opposite of the incandescent bulbs we used for so long in our homes and workplaces. Unlike the old style of light incandescent bulb with its fragile wire filament that can easily snap or become dislodged, LEDs boast securely affixed diodes that are all but indestructible, so they can be bashed and bumped about without breaking.
Heat ultimately destroys light bulbs, but an LED’s super efficient heat sink ensures that it will never become its victim. This gives LEDs like the aforementioned B22 an incredible lifespan of some 25,000 hours which, based on an average usage of 8 hours per day, means you’ll be looking at around nine years of sterling service from each one and fewer replacements mean reduced costs for you!
While an old-style incandescent light bulb squanders up to 90% of its energy heating up the air around it (feel one – it’s HOT!), leaving just 10% for light production, an LED loses only around 10%. Their super efficient heat sink dissipates up to 90% of the heat they create, so they can devote the vast majority of their energy to the job in hand – light! Makes sense, right?
As such, an LED can afford to consume a great deal less energy, but will generate the same number of lumens as an incandescent bulb. Just think of the amount of money you could save by replacing not one, but all your light bulbs with LEDs that consume 10 x less electricity. Depending upon the size of your home, the savings you could make over a year could be astronomical!
Quite aside from the money you’ll save when you switch over to LED as your main source of light, wouldn’t it make you feel good to know you’re doing your bit for the environment as well?
The fact that LEDs are so energy-efficient means that many fewer fossil fuels are burnt to produce it. A knock-on effect of this is that a reduced amount of CO2 and other pollutants are pumped into the atmosphere, too! Plus, their increased longevity means that far smaller quantities of the planet’s precious natural resources need to be consumed in order to produce and manufacture them.
LEDs contain no environmentally damaging mercury vapour that can escape from a broken CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp), thereafter polluting the water table and poisoning the soil. And, LEDs are manufactured from 100% recyclable materials, so they shouldn’t finish their lives in a landfill site – the usual fate of incandescent bulbs that can’t currently be recycled.
A recent study by the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) in the US asserts that developing economies could save $40 billion worth of electricity and prevent 320 million metric tons of carbon pollution, simply by switching to LED lighting!
We’ve probably all experienced the headaches that can go hand-in-hand with the flickering light of a fluorescent tube, and office workers will know more about it than most. Fortunately, LED bulbs don’t suffer (or make us suffer) from this problem, making them a much healthier option than fluorescents.
Over the last few years, the technology behind LEDs has been developed to the extent that they’re now more than capable of mimicking naturally occurring daylight!
A massive accomplishment for lighting science, now LED bulbs with a CRI (Colour Rendering Index) of 80 or more is said to be a very close approximation of outdoor light. As a result, LED light is now being used to treat certain types of depression such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Indeed, research shows that regular exposure to natural light promotes a healthy Circadian Rhythm, and LEDs seem capable of achieving this very successfully.
One of the main negative features that people report after using fluorescent lights and tubes is their constant buzzing and humming sound. Their transformer or ‘ballast’ generally operates at 60 hertz which generates the incessant and infuriating buzzing sound we’re all familiar with.
LEDs work in a completely different way and one that’s totally silent, making them simultaneously more pleasant to be around and much less of an irritation.
And speaking of irritation – how many times have you switched on a fluorescent light or CFL, only to wait five minutes for it to achieve full brightness? It’s happened to us all, hasn’t it, but we don’t have to endure this time-delay any longer because LEDs work, quite literally, at the speed of light!
They reach full luminescence the very instant they’re switched on, which is great if you want to read that book in a hurry!
Dimmable LED light bulbs like the previously mentioned GE LED Energy Smart B22 11W Omni retain their true colour when used together with the correct type of dimmer switch, whereas light produced by an incandescent light bulb turns a pale and insipid yellow colour when their intensity is reduced.
First for Safety
Thanks to their highly effective heat sink, LEDs are able generate light at much lower running temperatures than the hot filament used in incandescent and the hot gases in CFLs. The hottest outside surface temperature of an LED light bulb is often half that of an equivalently bright incandescent or halogen model, and around 25% cooler than CFL bulbs, which means you’re far less likely to burn your fingers on one!
You can also use colour-changing RGB LED Strip-Lights as decoration in your home at Christmas – even around the tree there’ll be no danger of it overheating or causing a fire as previous generation lights might…which is good!
LEDs Are Naturally Colourful
Unlike traditional bulbs, LEDs come in a literally infinite variety of shades and hues that can be phased and cycled through on a whim. Contrast this to the bulky and inconvenient filters we once had to use if we wanted to change the colour of our lights.
This makes them a much more pragmatic and cost-effective option for event and venue lighting, with most rock concerts and plays now illuminated with LED lighting rigs.
Versatility as Standard
Whereas incandescent light bulbs tended to come in one muted colour temperature that became the standard in our homes, LEDs are able to achieve a variety of temperatures which makes different models better for different types of room.
For rooms like the kitchen and bathroom where a bright, clinical light works better, we advise our customers to opt for ‘Cool White’ (6000K) LEDs, whereas living or family rooms with a relaxed vibe are much better suited to 2700 – 3000K ‘Warm White’ or 4000K ‘Daylight’ LED bulbs. It’s all about having a greater number of choices, and the choice is now yours to make!
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