Advantages of LED Lights
The operational life of current white LED lamps is 100,000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years of 50% operation. The long operational life of an led lamp is a stark contrast to the average life of an incandescent bulb, which is approximately 5000 hours. If the lighting device needs to be embedded into a very inaccessible place, using LEDs would virtually eliminate the need for routine bulb replacement.
There is no comparison between the cost of LED lights vs. traditional incandescent options. With incandescent bulbs, the true cost of the bulb is the cost of replacement bulbs and the labor expense and time needed to replace them. These are significant factors, especially where there are a large number of installed bulbs. For office buildings and skyscrapers, maintenance costs to replace bulbs can be enormous. These issues can all be virtually eliminated with the LED option.
The key strength of LED lighting systems is in their low power consumption and durability. On average led based lighting systems will use 10%-20% of the power consumption of their incandescent counterparts. This translates into an average electrical cost saving of 80%-90% as peoples and companies convert to led lighting.
Realistically, the cost savings would be higher as most incandescent light bulbs blow out within a year and require replacements whereas LED light bulbs will last for a decade without replacements. Over the long haul, led based lighting systems are more cost effective simply because of its low power consumption and long life (50,000-100,000 hours).
Lifespan Benefits of LED Lights
One of the number one features of LED lights is their amazing lifespan. LED lights have an average life expectancy of 50,000 hours of usage. That’s almost 6 years of continuous use. Compare that to an incandescent bulb that will last you a month and a half – if you’re lucky.
While changing a light bulb every month and a half in your home might seem inconvenient but not a serious problem, imagine the amount of time, energy and resources that would go into regularly changing all the bulbs in a shopping center or an airport. Suddenly, you need to hire someone full-time just to change bulbs and the six-year lifespan of LED lights looks much more appealing.
Energy Efficiency Benefits of LED Lights
Energy efficiency plays a role in the cost savings of using LED lighting, but benefit that deserves it’s own section. Before light bulbs were classified by their output in lumens (the amount of light they produce), it was common to see bulbs categorized by the amount of wattage or energy they used. While a traditional bulbs takes 60W to produce 800 lumens, an LED bulbs can produce the same amount of light by using as little as six watts. An LED bulb needs only a tenth of the energy to light as a traditional bulb and gives the same output.
Energy savings of that magnitude can quickly add up when larger businesses make the switch to LED lights.
Environmental Benefits of LED Lights
Obviously using less energy ultimately is good for the environment, but LED bulbs and LED products are a also better choice for the environment because they are free of toxic chemicals. Conventional fluorescent lights often contain harmful materials, including mercury, that make the bulbs harmful to the environment and difficult to dispose of.
Not only are LED lights toxin-free, their long-life span also means less packaging will be ending up in the trash.