In the Australian market, halogen and incandescent light bulbs are being phased out in favour of LED lights. Unlike other forms of light, LEDs are environmentally friendly and much more practical. They can be used as industrial lighting, can be installed in medical facilities or used in residential settings.
Homeowners and business owners can benefit financially by switching to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Despite the higher up-front cost, LEDs can actually save you money in the long run. LED oyster lights, for example, are designed to lower your power bills while providing bright and directed light.
If you’re already thinking about making the switch, you may be eligible for state or local government help. For more information, see the official government page on rebates and assistance.
For those of you who need more convincing, here are five benefits of using LED lights.
- Long Lifespan
LEDs last significantly longer than other lights. In comparison to fluorescent lighting, the average LED light can last two to four times longer. When compared to an incandescent bulb, LEDs can last approximately 40 times longer. That’s around 50,000 hours of use.
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs don’t use heat to create light. This means that LED bulbs will not burn out over time. Instead, LEDs go through lumen depreciation, the process in which the light gradually gets dimmer. This allows LEDs to maintain a decent level of performance over a longer period of time.
LEDs can also endure extreme changes in temperature without showing significant degradation. This makes it ideal for outdoor use.
Longer lifespans means you won’t have to buy replacement bulbs as often. Generally speaking, it takes about a year for you to get the money that you invested in LEDs back.
Using long-lasting LEDs will also lead to less bulbs in landfills. Also, unlike fluorescent lights, LED products do not contain mercury. This reduces the effects of processed mercury on our environment.
- Energy Efficient
Compared to other lighting systems, LEDs are more energy efficient. This improvement in efficiency can significantly lower the power bill for home and business owners.
LEDs use 75% less energy compared to halogen light bulbs. Moreover, incandescent light bulbs actually produce more heat than it does light. This means that when you use incandescents you’re mostly paying for the unwanted heat that your bulbs emit. With LEDs, 80-90% of energy is used to create light rather than heat.
The good news is, a lot of older lighting fixtures are compatible with LEDs. In fact, when LED lights were retrofitted into existing settings, there was 60-70% improvement in efficiency.
- Low Heat Emittance
Incandescent lights produce so much heat that they are often used for their heat generating properties, such as for poultry incubation. Sometimes these lights reach a high enough temperature to become a fire hazard.
Since LEDs don’t produce an excessive amount of heat, you won’t have to worry about them being a fire risk. Also, LEDs emit a negligible amount of infrared rays and almost no ultraviolet rays. So, if you have books or memorabilia that might degrade when exposed to UV light, LEDs are your safest bet.
The low heat emittance of LEDs also allows medical facilities to use it in surgical rooms. LEDs can provide ample lighting for the surgeons while at the same time preventing accidental burns during a delicate procedure.
Once you turn LED lights on, they will instantly illuminate a room at full brightness. There will be no need to wait for the lights to reach their maximum output.
LEDs instantaneousness also makes them ideal for medical facilities. Surgical rooms often require emergency power systems in case of a blackout. Within seconds of a power outage, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) requires all surgical lights to be back on at a certain level of brightness. With LEDs, this safety requirement can be easily met.
If you want, the brightness of LEDs can also be adjusted. If you need a weaker light for a specific room, you can lower the brightness of your LEDs using dimming systems. Not only will this help you complete certain tasks, it can also reduce energy consumption and improve the longevity of your lights.
- Directional Light Control
Since LED lights are directional, it can be easily controlled. This makes it ideal for task lighting and recessed downlights.
With incandescent bulbs and fluorescents, light exists in all pretty much all directions. To control such lighting rigs, you have to use reflectors, diffusers and other tools that reflect and refract. This leads to a lot of light not being able to exit the bulb. This is another reason LEDs are considered a more efficient lighting option.
These are just some of the benefits of switching to LEDs. Not only will LEDs save you money, it will also help protect the environment from toxic compounds.
If you have any questions, be sure to consult lighting specialists. Again, there are government rebates if your home or business needs help with making the switch to LEDs.