5 Benefits of Switching to LED Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs have been around forever, but longevity doesn’t always equal quality. They die quickly, they’re fragile, and they’re prone to blowing out whenever they feel like it. Fluorescent lights aren’t much better, if only because it’s a hassle to change them. LED light bulbs are superior for myriad reasons, but you might need to see the numbers before you’re ready to make the switch.
Check out these 5 reasons why you should consider switching to LED light bulbs:
1. Light Bulbs with a Longer Lifespan
How many times have you turned on an overhead light or switched on a lamp only to hear one—or more—of your bulbs blow out with a pop and sizzle? Although incandescent bulbs are the most common, if not necessarily the most popular, that doesn’t make them the smartest choice. Most incandescent bulbs are only good for 700-1,000 hours, and those numbers aren’t very impressive when you consider that LED light bulbs last up to 25,000, with some brands claiming a lifetime of 100,000 hours.
That means that, depending on the bulbs you use, you could leave on the lots for 24 hours a day, and they would still last for anywhere between 3 years and 11 years. Run them half the time and they last twice as long. Shine your lights for eight hours, which is about the average, and your LED light bulbs could optimally last for as many as 20 years. Can you imagine not changing the bulb for two decades? Even though that’s the best-case scenario, it’s impressive. Even a decade’s worth of light is stupefying.
2. Less Wasted Light
Incandescent bulbs use more electricity than LED bulbs, and they waste more of it, too. LED light bulbs are 80-90 percent energy efficient, which means that 80-90 percent of the electrical energy they use gets properly converted into light, while the other 10-20 percent becomes heat. In regular light bulbs, the ratio is the exact opposite. With an incandescent bulb, only 10 percent of the electrical energy turns into light. The rest converts into heat, and is basically wasted.
- No More Broken Glass
On the whole, LED bulbs are less delicate and fragile than their incandescent counterparts. Anyone who’s ever changed a bulb knows the feeling of breaking the light bulb before you screw it into the socket. It’s even worse when you thread in the bulb, only to discover that it was dead out of the box. You probably know the frustration of trying to change an incandescent bulb only to find that the base and filament are somehow left in the socket.
In contrast, LEDs are stronger and more durable. They’re hollow inside and they don’t use glass. They can resist vibrations, shocks, and even being dropped on the floor. That’s one of the reasons why they’re ideal for outdoor lighting as well as indoor use. They easily withstand the temperatures of a fridge or freezer and the frequent opening and closing of the doors, as well.
- Light with No Heat
You know how banks of incandescent lights emit heat as they shine down on you? LEDs don’t do that. It’s even possible to remove an LED light from the socket after it’s been on a while; the surface won’t burn your fingers like a traditional bulb. Not only can you change it safely, but banks of LED speciality lighting, such as track lighting or vanity lights, won’t make you burn up and sweat.
- Say Goodbye to Emissions
Using LED lights is eco-friendly, and not just because they’re recyclable. They don’t produce any emissions, either. Their infrared and UV emissions are practically non-existent. As a result, they’re perfect to shine on any items or materials that are sensitive to heat or UV rays.
The bottom line is that LED lights save money, time, and energy. Are you ready to make a change?
Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer and fashion enthusiast based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her full time job as a buying consultant for small boutiques, she also writes fashion advice blogs that have been published across a number of digital platforms. In her free time, she takes her dog running along the Malibu coastline.