By this point in modern history, traditional lighting – which are beset by a myriad of drawbacks and disadvantages – are slowly becoming a thing of the past; even a vintage item in the eyes of many.
This is surprising in one way because they were the best (and truly the only real) modern option for lighting our appliances, homes and offices for many, many years. And yet, what is less surprising is the subsequent revolution in the lighting market once LEDs became a mainstream option for consumers and businesses alike.
And the reason for this huge mainstream uptake is a simple one: LEDs are a wholesale better option for people’s wallets and the for the planet’s health than anything that came before it. In short, once LEDs were introduced to the world, they made dinosaurs of its predecessors such as halogen, fluorescent, and incandescent bulbs.
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Since LEDs introduction to the lighting market in 2015, their share of people’s interest was around one in four people. In five years since then, this has increased to over two-thirds of consumers.
In today’s Cube Lighting post we’re going to go over the storied history of the LED and its traditional counterparts.
LEDs are best for our wallets
To begin with, LEDs are the most economically sound choice when compared to their traditional brethren.
They last around 50 times longer at around 42,000 hours compared to the contrastingly piddly lifespan of around 2,000 hours that traditional bulbs last before fizzling out or popping in a dramatic fit of hot rage that spills glass and xenon gas all over your living room carpet.
It’s the heat that brings traditional lighting down to the less than ideal category of lighting, and is something that plagued it during its entire lifespan before LEDs took over.
There is a significant amount of heat energy that they emit in creating the light, but in traditional bulbs case, the light is the by-product of the heat being created rather than the opposite way round with LEDs.
In fact, LEDs produce hardly any heat energy at all, with around 95% of its energy production going towards light production. So not only are LEDs much more economical, they do not hold any parts of features that risk blowing up and burning out causing you to spend more on new lighting fixtures.
LEDs do more with less – and for the best
This takes us onto our next point in that LED lights run better than traditional lighting even at lower wattages. Data shows that LEDs use around 80% less electrical power when compared to halogen, fluorescent or incandescent lighting for the same amount of light produced.
Large scale LED installation then becomes a no brainer for many businesses especially, as they have a much lower lifetime cost even though their initial set up cost is higher.
This isn’t just for businesses either, household installations of LEDs are sensible choice for domestic consumers as they are energy-efficient, safe, and will help you with undergoing the cost of living struggle that many people are facing right now.
Data reveals that LED installations can save a homeowner around £40 a year in energy costs, vital to many people who are looking to save precious pounds wherever possible.
LEDs are a better option for recycling and mother nature
Additionally, LEDs are crucial in the misunderstanding of what lighting fixtures can be recycled and which cannot. There is a lot of confusion about whether traditional bulbs can be recycled, because they contain materials that can harm the natural environment if left in landfill.
In contrast, LEDs do not contain any toxic elements considered hazardous and so they can be left with the rest of your recycling.
Despite this, it’s worth noting LEDs do contain some electrical components that can go in with your electric recycling – so keep this in mind.
What you can be sure of when it comes to LED wastage is that there won’t be a lot of it! Remember that 50,000 hour lifespan?…
LEDs can weather the storm
Furthermore, LEDs are a great tool for facing the infamous Great British weather. Rain, snow, wind – LEDs can handle it all. In fact, they tend to work better in colder temps as it cancels out any heating up that may take place during the LED being on.
When applied to your home life, this means that LEDs are perfect for lighting up any freezer cabinets you have, plus as a beautiful lighting addition to any kitchen or shower cabinets that may get wet from the usual kitchen or bathroom use of every day.
Finally (and maybe we’re getting a little niche here), LEDs are a perfect tool when considering ultra-violet light.
Compared to traditional lighting, LEDs emit ultra-violet waves in much less frequency than the traditional counterparts. Business owners, especially those in the catering and museum business, should be interested in this. UV lights can cause untold damage to precious artworks over time, and so low-UV lighting such as LEDs can be the perfect solution to this.
When it comes to restaurant and take out owners, UV lighting attracts hordes of insects such as mosquitoes and flies, and so LEDs are there to provide the perfect alternative.
So, there you have it. The several many reasons as to why LEDs have taken over the world and lit it up in a way that has never happened before!
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