LED Lighting Benefits

LED Lighting Benefits

LED Lighting Benefits

Feb 27, 2024

While LED lights were invented in 1962, they didn't start reaching mass popularity until the early 2000s. LEDs today are prolific, and have phased out halogen and fluorescent bulbs in most commercial settings. Residential applications are also common, and there are many reasons to make the switch in your home today. 

Here are some top reasons to switch to LED:

1. Energy Efficiency - LED (light emitting diode) bulbs use far less energy than standard incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Residential LEDs, especially Energy Star rated products, use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. Making the switch in your entire home could save you up to $225 annually. 

2. Longevity - LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than traditional lighting. New LEDs can last 50,000-100,000 hours or more. The typical lifespan of a fluorescent bulb, by contrast, lasts about 10,000 hours, or roughly 10-25% as long as the LEDs. Because of their longevity, that means less bulbs in the landfill, so these are much more eco-friendly as well. 

3. Durability - LED lights are solid-state lighting, making them more durable overall. The lenses are made with epoxy instead of the traditional glass, making them more resistant to breakage. Because of their durability, they make a great option for outdoor lighting as well as indoor. 

4. Cooler Temperature - Traditional  incandescent and  fluorescent lights give off heat as they light up, causing a safety hazard for anyone who is around them. LED lights don't give off much each, reducing the chance of getting burned. This also lowers the chance of fires and keeps rooms cooler, which is helpful in the warmer months. 

5. Instant Lighting - LEDs light up at full capacity as soon as they're turned on. With incandescent and fluorescent lighting, they require heat to produce light, so there are instances when these can take a while to warm up. 

6. Dimmability - Not all light bulbs are compatible with a dimmer switch. If you are looking to utilize a dimmer for your lighting needs, LEDs make the perfect option. If you were to try putting a fluorescent bulb with a dimmer, for example, you would need a specialized fixture to accommodate. These applications are common only in commercial settings. LEDs are the way to go if you want dimmable lighting. 

LEDs can save you money and are easier on the environment. With their durability and efficiency, LEDs are an easy choice to make around the home. Call today to get a free estimate on swapping out old fixtures and bulbs!