ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF LED
Have you noticed that LED technology is now incorporated into every element of lighting application? The spread of Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology correlates with a growing consumer desire to be for energy-efficient. Are you still using traditional light bulbs at home? Consider the following advantages LED has for you and the environment.
Why is LED lighting gaining popularity? There are many reasons: it uses less electricity, last longer, and emit more light, when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs illuminate non-directly, wasting spillover light in areas not meant to be lit. In addition, 90% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is wasted as heat. LEDs have a better quality of light distribution and focus light in one direction as opposed to other types of lighting which waste energy by emitting light in all directions, often illuminating areas where light is not even required. This means fewer lights needed, less energy consumed, and more savings for consumers.
LED lighting is also less wasteful than traditional lighting. Most commercial buildings use fluorescent lights, which are full of many toxic materials such as mercury. Because of their short life span, these lights end up in landfills, along with all the heavy metals and hazardous materials used to produce them. LED lighting lasts 6 times longer than fluorescent, thereby reducing the number of lights produced overall, in addition to lowering carbon emissions by using less electricity.
Overall, technological advances with LEDs raise hopes for significantly reducing electricity usage in the United States and becoming a more eco-friendly country. LED lighting could cut the electricity demand in the country by 1/3, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The estimated savings from that adoption would total $265 billion, including preventing the construction of 40 new power plants.In the quest to become more eco-friendly, there is one very obvious solution to your lighting needs: LED.