LED technology has been around since the 60s but only fairly recently in its timeline has it developed into what it is today.
Many people don’t know the benefits of LED light bulbs and just see them as a more expensive, fancier version of their existing household lightbulbs.
And if you’re one of those people, you’re about to learn why they’re massively beneficial and hugely important of the survival of our planet.
They’re very energy-efficient
Incandescent light bulbs get very hot while in use. In fact, about 90% of all energy an incandescent bulb uses is converted into heat, and only 10% is converted into light. This is not energy-efficient or eco-friendly in the slightest.
LED light bulbs, on the other hand, have an efficiency of around 90%, while only losing 10% of energy to heat.
Halogen light bulbs are very power-hungry too. An LED bulb will produce the same amount of light as a halogen bulb while using 85% less power.
Even compared to an energy-saving CFL bulb, LEDs are more efficient.
This shows that LEDs aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for your wallet too.
LED light bulbs, like traditional light bulbs, come in many shapes and sizes.
You can also decide their color too, by opting for either Warm White, Cool White or Multi-Colored.
Multi-Colored (or RGB) bulbs are controlled either via a remote, an app on your phone or a smart assistant like Alexa or Siri.
Wi-Fi enabled bulbs which allow the user to switch their lights on and off, dim the lights or change colors do use a little extra power compared to standard LED light bulbs. But this is still far, far less than incandescent or halogen bulbs.
And they don’t need to be bulbs either. You could replace a traditional light fitting or ceiling pendant with an all-in-one LED fixture. And you won’t need to worry about replacing it very often because:
LEDs last ridiculously long
Incandescent light bulbs last, on average, 1 year before they need to be replaced. LED light bulbs, however, outperform that by 25x, with an average lifespan of 25 years!
And I’m sure that by the time your LED bulb does finally blow, you’ll have gotten your money’s worth out of it!
They’re fairly inexpensive now
Back in the day, an LED light bulb would set you back at least $20. Now, you can buy them at Dollar Tree.
There are many great deals to be had on eco-friendly lighting. This 24-Pack selling on Amazon is retailing at $23.46, making each bulb just 98¢!
But how does this actually make a difference?
Because LEDs use much less power than other types of light bulb, fewer emissions are produced by power plants.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for 20% of the total energy consumption in a U.S household. Switching to LED light bulbs could reduce this to just 5%.