What’s all the hype about LEDs? Are LED's really worth it?

People all over the world are making the switch over to LED’s. This raises questions for home and business owners, so I thought I’d help give some insight to the latest lighting trend.

What are LED’s?

LED stands for “Light emitting diode”. They are a semi-conductor device that emits light using solid state electronics. A diode is made up of electron rich material (p-type) with a layer of electron deficient material (N-type) creating a junction (PN Junction). Applying power to the junction allows the diode to release energy in the form of a photon or unit of light. Although to many this seems like new technology it’s actually been around for more than 50 years!

So what’s all the hype about LED’s?

An LED has many more advantages compared to a much shorter list of disadvantages. Let’s start with energy consumption. LED’s have been shown to be 80% more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. They also provide more lumens per watt, which translates to less money for a brighter light. LED’s also come in different colour temperatures(daylight white to soft blue hue), as well as multi-colour changeable options making LED’s very versatile.

How long do LED’s last?

With incredible life span, the LED light really stands out in this category over the other types of lighting. Some LED’s provide incredibly long life spans reaching 100,000 hours depending on the quality of the product. Most LED’s range from 25,000 to 50,000 hours which makes their slightly higher price tag easier to swallow, considering incandescent bulbs have an average life span of 1000 hours. Today’s LED’s also come standard with great warranties to help protect your investment as well. The only real disadvantage I could find is that the price is still a little high if you look at it short term, but they do have many inexpensive options available. Unfortunately, with a lower price comes lower quality, so keep that in mind when shopping for your LED’s. To get the most out of your investment you want get the one that’s going to save you the most money and last for many years to come.

Are LED’s environmentally friendly?

Comparing the three most common house hold bulbs, LED’s win again! The more modern compact fluorescents contain 1-5mg of mercury, making them very dangerous to our health and the environment. The poor efficiency and short life span of the incandescent & fluorescent bulbs also has a direct effect on the amount of waste we are contributing to our landfills. Everyone gets annoyed at constantly changing bulbs.

LED options

With a growing demand for eco-friendly products, LED lighting is considered to be one of the easier ways to cutting down on energy consumption. Plenty of affordable retrofit options have been made available to both the residential and commercial industry. Switching your home over to LED can cost as little as $200 depending on the size of your home, rewarding you with $150-$300 in savings on your power bill alone! As well as yearly savings on maintenance and bulb replacements.

In conclusion

LED’s have the potential to cut your general lighting energy consumption in half over the next ten years, saving you dollars and lowering your carbon emissions in the process. Their compact size, ease of maintenance, longer life spans, environmentally friendly, colour changing capabilities, along with great performance in cold temperatures make these light bulbs a home-run for me! I’ve already made the switch myself, completely retrofitting my entire home and my family couldn’t be happier. So, are they really worth it? I’ll let you be the judge.

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