The residential lighting market is seeing LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting becoming increasingly more popular. Their rising popularity can be credited to their technology becoming less expensive to make yet more reliable and efficient. LED models today have become more energy-efficient, longer-lasting, and more reliable than conventional light bulbs. A Department of Energy estimate suggests that widespread LED usage could save 347 terawatt-hours per day by 2027. When translated to current electricity prices, this equals an impressive $30 trillion. This information helps show why getting LED lights can be a great investment for your home.
Here are five ways LED lighting can improve your home:
Excellent CRI (Color Rendering Index)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a rating that measures a light’s ability to show natural colors. Natural light, which all other lights are measured against, would rate a 100 on the CRI. Sodium vapor lamps, which have a low CRI, make illuminated areas look yellow/orange. However, LED lights boast average CRI ratings from 65 to 95, which is generally considered very good. This makes LED lighting a major consideration for landscaping lighting and other aesthetic lights.
LED lights use about half the electricity of incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent lights. This means a complete lighting replacement can save you plenty of money with lowered electricity costs. One big reason LED lighting is so efficient is because it’s a directional light. These lights only illuminate a semicircle compared to the 360° range of normal lights. By only illuminating a semicircle, they use less energy. However, they can be bundled together to produce the same amount of light as a normal lightbulb while still using less energy.
Depending on the quality, LED lights can run for a total of 30-50 thousand hours. This is a huge leap from the 1,000 hours incandescent light bulbs have. At only 8,000-10,000 hours, even compact fluorescent lighting can’t hold a candle. Also, LED lights are polite enough to not wink out when they die. Instead, dying LED bulbs will grow dimmer, giving you warning about the condition of the lights. The longer lifespans of LED lights can make your home’s lights lower maintenance.
Cooler and safer
A common hazard most lights have is the amount of heat they produce. The average incandescent light bulb converts over 90% of their energy into heat while 10% goes to lighting. This means these bulbs are not only inefficient, but they’re also capable of getting painfully hot. LED lights emit very little heat, use less energy, and can work on low-voltage electrical systems, which are generally safer when the unexpected happens.
Easy to dispose
Many conventional lights require special steps to dispose of. With fluorescent lights, they work by running electricity through mercury vapor. This causes the lamp to emit ultraviolet light that makes the phosphor-coated lamp glow. However, mercury is very toxic and requires special precautions to safely dispose of it. With LED lights, all you need to do is put them in the recycling bin.
What makes Wave Electric Company one of the area’s lighting professionals?
With over 30 years in the electrical field, we here at Wave Electric Company have a love for lighting. Our fully-trained and insured technicians offer upfront pricing for all of our work. If you join our membership plan, we’ll also have no dispatch fee, a 10% discount on all service, and a lifetime guarantee on all work we do! Call Wave Electric Company today to learn more about our lighting options!