Should You Use LED Lighting In Your Home and Business?
Updated: Apr 15
Whether it’s your home or business, you need to invest in optimal lighting. LED lights are considered the best option for lighting a space; they not only reduce utility bills, but are also more efficient.
LEDs are better when compared to options like compact florescent bulbs and incandescent bulbs. Our experts explain the benefits of LED lights in your home and business:
Reduced energy consumption
LED bulbs are 90% more efficient in producing light, when compared to incandescent bulbs. This is because energy is being used to produce light and not heat. The reduced energy consumption has a direct impact on your electricity costs.
Having LEDs installed in your home or business is the ideal way to reduce overheads. There’s a misconception that LEDs are expensive, which has put off many homeowners and business owners. But in recent years, it has become cheaper to produce them, which has reflected in their price too.
Incandescent bulbs and CFLs have a long lifespan. You have to constantly change burned-out light bulbs since their lifespan is around 1,000 hours. LEDs, on the other hand, are built to last. They can last you 15,000 hours, that’s over 8 years! Some LEDs can also last up to 50,000 hours.
The longer the lifespan of the light, the better an investment it is for you. It’s no wonder that LEDs are so commonly found in commercial spaces. Many homeowners are also switching to LEDs in recent times.
Doesn’t heat up
Incandescent bulbs were known for heating up. You would have to wait for the bulb to cool down before you could change it. 90% of the energy produced by these bulbs translated into heat. They would also make an area warmer. Similarly, CFLs are also hot to the touch, as 80% of the energy they produce is converted into heat.
LEDs are much safer to use since they don’t heat up. They are extremely energy efficient and can illuminate without wasting heat energy. LEDs aren’t a fire hazard in a home, unlike hot incandescent bulbs.
Light bulbs back in the day were so easy to break. The glass used was very fine to improve brightness. Their fragile nature also made them a hazard. LED bulbs today are made with more durable materials. Instead of a fine filament or neon gas, it uses stronger materials that don’t require additional protection.
LEDs are built to last, particularly in harsh weather. They work perfectly in extreme temperatures where traditional bulbs would take longer to illuminate. That’s why LEDs are used in refrigerated spaces.
LEDs are quick to illuminate
Gone are the days when you would have to wait for a light bulb to illuminate completely. LEDs achieve full brightness the moment they are switched on. Traditional fluorescent bulbs, on the other hand, would take a few minutes to heat up and illuminate an area.
With traditional incandescent lighting, the area all around is illuminated. This results in plenty of wasted light. For example, you don’t need to light the area above the ceiling fixture. You need the light to focus on work surfaces instead.
With traditional bulbs, additional accessories like reflectors and diffusers were required to achieve the desired lighting. However, despite these extra parts, a lot of light is wasted within the fixture, making it inefficient in comparison.
LEDs offer directional lighting, making it easier to illuminate particular areas without the need for extra parts and you won’t have as much wasted light. This is why LEDs are preferred in retail stores and offices.
Light bulbs come in various light temperatures that affect the mood of a space. Typically they range from soft white to daylight. You can customize the look and feel of a space by choosing the right light temperature. Warmer lights, for example, are better in the bedroom since they make the space cosier and reduce your exposure to blue light, preparing you for bed. On the other hand, cooler bright lights are perfect to work in. They improve productivity and help you stay focused.
Brightness can be adjusted
LEDs work with dimmable fixtures. This allows you to control how bright or dim an area is. For example, once you’re done working, a dimly lit area is more inviting after spending hours in front of a screen.
Dimmable fixtures allow you to achieve the perfect level of lighting in every space of your home or business. Some LEDs are able to dim to as low as 5%.
Using LEDs at a lower level of brightness also helps with your home’s energy consumption. You can save more by reducing the brightness on the LED bulbs installed in your home.
LEDs don’t produce UV emissions, along with very little infrared light. Traditional bulbs create UV emissions that can damage belongings in your home.
It isn’t just the energy efficiency that makes LED bulbs eco-friendly, they are made with safer materials. LED bulbs don’t contain toxic components like mercury that are found in other bulbs. This protects the environment during, as well as after production.
When traditional bulbs with mercury components are tossed in the trash, they end up in a landfill and eventually find their way into the environment. LEDs contain less waste and since their lifespan is longer, you end up buying fewer bulbs too.
Have the lighting of your home or business premises redone by Black Fox Electrical. We are a leading electrical company that has been serving Wellington and Wairarapa, NZ. Our reliable electricians boast a collective industry experience that spans over decades.
We provide low-cost and effective electrical solutions to commercial and residential clients in the area. We also offer 24-hour emergency electrician services.